This Military Life | Bloom Where you are Planted

Bloom where you are planted

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Lots of you are moving this summer. Oh, how I feel your pain. Moving is stressful and never easy on so many levels. But, by golly! You all do it so well, and come alongside one another when needed – entertaining kids for the day, helping to load trucks, cooking and delivering meals, helping to sort, pack and repurpose! I have seen it all.

My worst move was the one we did last summer. I was on my own – not to rat out my husband, as it wasn’t his fault he couldn’t be with me. He had training he had to do before we moved to the new assignment and new work responsibilities. {Imagine for a moment what it is like to learn a new job every one, two, three or four years! Seriously, that is what our warriors do…they are constantly learning new skills and taking on new responsibilities. I am amazed at what my warrior does and how quickly he acclimates to a new job!}

Now…I am not one who likes to tell all of the horrible stories on moving and deployments and change…it is like telling a pregnant woman all of the horrible birthing stories. Really?? Why do we do that?? I like to be real and authentic, but NOT dramatic.

But, I am going to tell you this story so that I can give  a shout out to those who came to my rescue during the most difficult move I have ever  had. And please keep in mind, I was living in a Local Community, not on a Military Installation.

I had done what I could to get my boys (ages 7 and 9 at the time) plugged into a camp the week of the move. Unfortunatley…it was a huge disappointment. The kids hated it, were miserable in the heat and it just wasn’t a good fit. So, I let them stay home with me, but quickly needed to find a way to get them out of way for part of the day at least. Our sweet neighbor with boys nearly the same age, took my boys for several days in a row!

I had prepared our home as best I could for the team coming. My husband had hired a crew to come early and disassemble our trampoline. I had drinks on ice, food in the fridge, plans for ordering lunch, bags packed and items set aside that weren’t meant to go in tot he moving truck.

Then in walked four young, confident men. Honestly, I should have seen it coming. They were a bit cocky and dismissive when I asked them about packing methods. They seemed to be in a bit of hurry. They said the things they knew to say to assure me that they had it all under control. But, as things began to get packed on three different levels of my house – even though I had asked to them stay in one level at a time so that I could watch them – I soon saw signs of poor packing. Argh! What to do? I said a lot of prayers, spoke up when I saw something not quite right, called my  husband for advice {although, there was very little he could do}, and just believed that it would all be okay. It is all just stuff really. Read more here: Moving Tips from a Military Spouse.

The morning after the final box was packed I woke to find over 50% of the boxes with packing tape coming undone. This has never happened before! I called the TMO contact I had {TMO is the branch that handles the details of our move and those they contract with}. He came to inspect and advised I call the company.  I had to ask them to come back and requested that they re-tape all of my boxes. Two of the packers, you know the ones I wasn’t to sure about to begin with, showed up. I wasn’t feeling terribly confident, and my personality doesn’t like to rock the boat. I asked them to please re-tape all boxes – stating that I had even talked with their manager about it. Yet, in under two hours they were done and said they had checked all boxes and only re-taped those that needed taping. Ugh…my vision was boxes coming open and stuff spilling out from the East Coast to the South West USA.

The one shining person in the entire experience was our driver and his top-of-the-line truck. He was so proud of that truck! But, when he came to assess the state of our things prior to loading them on his truck, he was not impressed with the quality of the job the packers did. What ultimately complicated things was that we had four different companies contracted to do our move: One to coordinate the logistics of the move, another to pack, another to load and the last to drive the truck with our stuff. And, no on worked well together! In fact, at 5pm on the day of loading, three guys walked off the job and left 50% of my belongings sitting in my garage. There was nearly a fist fight between them and the driver – whose intent was to take care of our stuff and his truck. It was a mess.

And, for four hours we waited (until 9pm) for a new crew of individuals to show up and finish loading the truck. We were stuck. We had to be out of our house that day. Never before had it taken more than one day to load our things. And my husband still wasn’t home. He would be home in the wee hours after the loaded truck drove away from our house.

This is when the friends and neighbors really came to my aid. By 6pm that day of loading, I had half a dozen people show up to help. My neighbor helping me with the boys spontaneously decided that they could just spend the night at her house so that I could get the job done. Another neighbor, retired Army, showed up with spotlights, lamps and extension cords because it was pitch black outside and impossible to load in the dark. Fellow military friends who had just finished packing and loading their house that afternoon showed up to help me. We all carried things down do the curb to be loaded. Dinner was brought over by another neighbor. And…the driver never once grew weary, threw his hands up, or gave up on me. He was totally on my side and had a “Can Do” attitude all the way. I had even gone as far to send out messages to friends and family asking for prayers.

By midnight the truck was packed and the doors closed. We had received 2 temp workers at 9pm that came with good attitudes and willing spirits. They worked their tails off! We repaid them with pizza, coke and a big tip!! I will forever be grateful.

I never cried. Got angry. Or lost my smile. How? God and I have been around the block quite a few times. I have been angry, resentful, even vengeful at Him at times reacting to life experiences that have come my way. And, when this catastrophic move happened, I had learned a lot of  lessons that came to my rescue.

First, God has got it! Eveything is for a reason. And you will come out stronger on the other side.

Second, it is all just stuff. As long as the children, pets and spouse make it safely to the oterh house you are good.

Third, there is no use getting all worked up about things you cannot control. You will wear your self out and hurt those you love.

Finally, it is worth investing your time and energy in Blooming Where You Are Planted – or in other words – thriving, building relationships, investing in others no matter where you are or for how long you are there.

When it came time for us to move last summer, we had only been living in PA for 11 months. In 11 months time, we had invested in relationships providing opportunity for people to step up and help us when we needed it. It was no big deal for me to contact my neighbor to help us with lighting. Or to ask for the boys the stay at someone’s house. Or, for our neighbor to offer us a meal and refreshing drink in the midst of our hard work. Had we kept our doors and hearts closed from those around us because we were only going to be there a short 11-months, I would have never able to reach out for help.

Investing in relationships, no matter how long you are in a location, is vital – for you, for your family, for your children and for your community! We can’t always live in the home we want to. Or send our kids to the ideal school. Or replicate all of the amazing activities, shopping and restaurants we had at the last duty station. But, we can choose not allow our current conditions to tear us away from seeing the opportunity we have to invest in a full life.

Did you know what I discovered that year? My neighbors who had student families from the Army War College living amongst them in rental houses from year to year, knew very little about military life. We who live this life, know there is a stark difference between civilian life and military life. I have heard military spouses complain that civilians don’t welcome them into their communities, or offer support, or reach out. Do you know why? Have you ever asked? I have….and you know what I have heard again and again, they want to help, they just don’t know what to do or how to help. They don’t know what military life is like, thus our needs are not even on their radar.

So, don’t begrudge locals in your community or your neighbors or even those in your church because they haven’t reached out to you or haven’t offered to help you with your immediate needs. Instead, reach out to them, get to know them, get to know the area you are in.

Tell your story – your Military Life story. (Begin by leaving a comment below.)

Give them an opportunity to look inside your life for a while to see how we live. Take the time to educate them on what living this military life is really all about. Let them know your needs – without being whiny or dramatic of course – and their eyes will be opened.

Think of the last time you were in an unfamiliar place – maybe you were on a mission trip in a foreign country, maybe a new part of the US with a unique and distinct culture, or even sitting in on a presentation or lecture about a topic you were sure you didn’t agree with. Once you had experienced life from that angle for a moment – didn’t that make you more aware and sensitive to the situation/ the topic/ or the community? I am certain it opened your eyes to the needs around you in a new way.

What an opportunity we have to represent the Armed Forces well. We have the opportunity to forge relationships with civilians and show them what resilience, endurance, and authentic living is really like. We get to plant seeds wherever we go.

Eleven months of building and investing in relationship with my local community enabled me to have more help than I knew what to do with in my time of need. My only regret is that we had to leave so soon. We served one another in authentic relationship for the time we were there, and I will forever be grateful.


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Why I LOVE doTERRA Essential Oils and Some FREE Stuff for YOU!


For some time now, I have been sharing with you my love for doTERRA Essential Oils. I have had many opportunities to share these essential oils with a variety of people – both during one-on-one sessions and via classes. Many of you who {members of my online community} have contacted me and are eager to know more. And, if I could, I would happily join each of you in your living rooms to share my LOVE of doTERRA’s essential oils and wellness lifestyle with you, your friends, and family.

It has been my intention to record a class just for you. However, due to my family’s busy vacation schedule and some technical details (more like technical oops! on my end) I have not been able to get one recorded.

However, I am not going to let that get in my way because I am determined to share with you my love for DoTERRA Essential Oils. They have radically changed my life and I know they will change yours!

So, in lieu of me, I want to share fabulous videos with you. These will demonstrate for you why I love doTERRA and think that everyone should have these powerful essential oils in their homes.

This is the class I share most often: The Medicine Cabinet Makeover. Here Natalie shares great introductory information with you.

doTERRA teaches all of us the importance of living a lifestyle of prevention – of having a solid foundation created with building blocks we can control, such as Diet, Exercise, Rest, Stress Management, and Decreasing Toxic Load – so that our body’s amazing capabilities are maintained in prime condition. When life’s little emergencies come our way, we then can be empowered take hold of nature’s medicine in the form of essential oils.

This lifestyle of prevention is one I am passionate about and is completely congruent with my nursing education and training. Our current medical model focuses on management of symptoms and treatment of illness. We have been conditioned to run to the doctor or pharmacy to take a pill that we believe will make us better. We are less conditioned to exercise daily health habits that will not only keep up from running for pills to take, but improve our overall feeling of wellness. I believe we must be good stewards of our bodies and build a foundation of wellness through our daily lifestyle habits. My goal is to Educate, Equip and Empower you to do just that.

Please do not misunderstand me, there is a time and place for Modern Medicine. We have the best trauma centers in the world. And, if I, my family or friends are injured or ill to the point of needing emergency services, I am certain to take advantage of the amazing medical care we have in this country. But, did you know that nearly 80% of the cases seen in doctors offices and emergency rooms can be taken care of at home – without the cost of time, copays, or lost wages? With doTERRA Esential oils in your medicine cabinet, you will have the tools you need at your fingertips to care for life’s little emergencies. Studies are being done to understand how and why essential oils work, and serve as proof of their effectiveness.

More and more essential oils are being presented by healthcare providers as an alternative to pharmaceuticals in their private practices. Check out this video of doctors discussing how they regularly use doTERRA Essential Oils in their private practices:

Through doTERRA, I believe we all have the power to take back our health care, to use the power of plants to work in conjunction with our bodies to bring us balance, vitality, and a overall sense of wellness.

When I teach my classes and talk about the importance of prevention, I am so excited to share about doTERRA’s Lifelong Vitality Pack – a completely plant based, gluten and milk free daily supplement which includes Vitamins/Minerals, Omege 3 Fatty Acids, and Antioxidants. I take them every day and have experienced increased energy, increased vitality, and a balancing of my hormones and emotions. I LOVE them and am confident they are an essential part of the building blocks that are giving me a solid foundation.

This video will show you why I am so passionate about doTERRA’s Lifelong Vitality Pack (LLV)

Are you ready to get these amazing doTERRA Essential Oils and supplements into your home?

I have provided some helpful links for you here:

Let’s get you enrolled so that you can begin your doTERRA Essential Oils journey!

Check out these great incentives: 

  • For the month of July ONLY, enroll as a Wellness Advocate (Wholesale Account) with a 100PV enrollment order and receive 50PV product credit FREE (redeemable in the month of August). What is PV? Each doTERRA Product is assigned a point value or PV. The Family Physician Kit is valued at 100PV. Thus, you could purchase this for $150 and receive 50 FREE PV to put towards doTERRA products in the month of August.What can 50PV get you? Several Oils and Oil blends, as well as other wonderful doTERRA products – Lemon (10PV) Melaleuca (19PV), Peppermint (20.5PV), Lavender (21PV), Wild Orange (10.5PV) – just to name a few.So what does this really mean? Essentially you are getting almost Half of your July purchase back in Product Credits to redeem for FREE DoTerra Products.

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  • And Exclusive Offer from Me to YOU: 

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  • Consultations with me will include a Wellness Assessment, and a review of your Top 3 Health Concerns and Wellness Goals. Then, together, we will discuss natural solution options through doTERRA. I aim to Educate, Equip, and Empower you in your journey towards wellness. These consultations will be provided over the phone and are individualized to suit your needs and goals.
  • What is the Loyalty Rewards Program (LRP), doTERRA’s auto-ship option? It is like a Frequent Flyer program – when you purchase product via the LRP program you earn FREE doTERRA products. This rebate program starts at a generous 10% and can grow to as much as 30% as it increases every 3 months with your continual commitment. Added to the 25% savings with you get when you enroll with a Wholesale Account (Wellness Advocate), that is a potential for a 55% savings in all! For more information link here, Loyalty Rewards Program explained.
  • Why would I want the Modern Essentials book? Because with every great tool, like doTERRA Essential Oils, comes a users manual. The Modern Essentials book is just that! It serves as a reference for application techniques, in depth information on each doTERRA product, and an entire directory of solutions for specific issues. There is even a quick reference guide to consult when using doTERRA’s essential oils on all members of the family, including children and women who are pregnant. I refer to mine daily! Here is additional information:

Modern Essentials: A Comprehensive Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 5th Ed.

This popular hardcover book is truly one of a kind. Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils is perfect for anyone looking to know more about essential oils and how they can be used safely and effectively to take care of common health concerns and promote wellness naturally for your family and in your home. Whether you are a beginner or a long-time essential oil user, this book is designed for you.

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I can be reached at for any questions about doTERRA Essential Oils, this webinar, and promotions. I look forward to hearing from you!

Refer to the links above for answers to FAQ, instructions on how to enroll with doTERRA, to read my personal doTERRA story, and additional explanation

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Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. I am a dōTERRA Wellness Advocate who receives bonuses and commissions from the Company.

Monday Invitations | Casting Light and Passing it On

2 Samuel 23


Whether we are mothers, fathers, employers, teachers, leaders….we must rule justly. According to the above scripture that means ruling in the fear of God. To fear God is to revere, respect, and be obedient to God and his teachings. For if we do we will be for others like the morning light, like the sun shining on a cloudless morning, like the rain that makes the grass sprout.

We will be life. We will give life. We will empower, motivate and bring forth in that person a harvest producing fruit. Fruit that serves to feed and give life to others.

My invitation for you to consider today.


This Military Life | Sojourning, Singing and Settling In

Statues, Songs, Sojourning


Some would describe us military families as Nomads. Wanderers with a Purpose! Short-timers. Non-locals. Visitors….I am sure you have a few descriptors you could add here. I like to think of us as Sojourners. That has a much better ring to it, doesn’t it?

We have the opportunity to live in a wide-range of locations. Experience a variety of people and cultures. Learn new and albeit interesting ways of living. Taste news foods. Experience new adventures.

And while all of that sounds so very exciting, the reality is that moving is hard.

Right now it is PCS {Permanent Change of Station} season. We (collectively speaking) are sorting, packing, moving and saying goodbye. (I wrote a post all about that here.)

Our kids are grieving their friends. We are having to let go of established routines only to have to reestablish them on the other side of the move. Maybe we are facing the reality that the things we love in our current duty station will no longer be available to us at the next. Maybe we are faced with learning an entirely new language or wondering how we are going to manage in a country we have never known.

So, here is how I cope. I sing and dance. When I am feeling anxious, sad, overwhelmed….I say to my kids…”Ready for a dance party?” Or. “Do you want to sing some praise songs with me?” And, depending on my mood and what I need in that moment I choose the Pandora station or music mix on my phone that suits me. I open my lips and I sing. I let loose my step and I dance and move to the music.

It is usually just me, the boys and our sweet dog, Daisy. We rock out! And, you know what? It changes things. It changes my mood, my attitude about what is to come, and it usually leads to laughter, hugs, kisses and all around well-being. I have done this since the boys were babies. I remember the days I would be able to pick them both up (only 20 months apart) and sway to the music with both of them. The Peace and Joy this provides me is hard to capture here with just words as I feel the smile crossing my face and the warmth of Love filling me deep within.

You can do this PCS! You can! You may not feel like you can right now. But, you can! You are an amazing person with capabilities and capacities within you that you may not even realize. Pick your music. Here is a link to one of my personal favorite: Pharrell Williams – Happy!

Sing your songs loud and proud and let them indwell within you. Here is my one note of caution: Choose Wisely – Music penetrates deeply. Thus, our spirits marinate in the words and their intended meaning.

The Holy Scriptures are music for me, too. And, on days when I am too weak in my spirit or too low to muster the strength, it is His statues – His truths in Scripture – that I meditate on. They become my music.

Scriptures like:

Psalm 119:105. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Jeremiah 29:11.For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Psalm 46:10. Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

1 John 3:1. We are called children of God. 


 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. Hebrews 11:8-10

Like Abraham, we can make a home in the land to which we are sent, live in tents, and experience a joyful life, even if our conditions are not ideal. We can if we keep our eyes focused on the prize at the end of our race - A City with Foundations, whose architect and builder is God!





Monday Invitations | I will follow you into the dark

In this world you will have trouble.

Grey’s Anatomy will always be one of my favorite series…ever.

In the 5th season, there is an episode that will forever remain with me. It is titled I Will Follow You into the Dark. One of the main characters learns that he is being sued for the recent death of a patient for whom he had performed brain surgery.

He is devistated as this is the final in a series of patient deaths. Upon learning the devastating news, his girlfriend, soon to be fiancé, professes that she will follow him into the dark.

This statement is prophetic in her commitment to him. And, there is comfort for me in her words.

Her statement implies two things.

  1. Her recognition that he is about to enter a deep dark place.
  2. That she needs to follow him there, in all likelihood, so that she can be there with him, in the dark, and therefore eventually follow him out.

I wonder if she inherently knows that he will be forever be changed by his journey through the darkness. And, that if she doesn’t follow him, she may lose the chance to know the man he will become.

We will all face suffering of some kind in this life. We will all need to learn to navigate in the darkness. We will all be changed for it.

She states she will follow him into the darkness, not lead. She doesn’t take it upon herself to initiate the process of grief, or coping, or the journey of “whatever” he is about to go through. No she doesn’t initiate it or suggest that he follow her, as if she had all of the answers he were looking for. Instead, she commits to following him. This isn’t her path to take, but instead it is her loved one’s path. She accompanies him there following him, allowing him to initiate the process.

Oh, how I wish, this had been my case. After my brother took his life, I wish those around me would have realized that I needed to follow my own path through my grief. That they couldn’t take me down theirs. Or lead me through to “healing” on their time-table or along their prechartered course. There were so many wrong turns for me along the way as I was lead by those whose intentions were good but misguided.

It was my path to follow. My unchartered waters to navigate. In my own time. By my own way.

But, as I write, this is what I hear God saying to me. Jana, I followed you into the darkness. I was there with you. And, once you allowed me to, I led you out.

God is here now. He is in the darkness. He remains steadfast through it all.

Jesus, my Lord and Savior, followed me into my darkness. Held me. Carried me. Rested with me. Enveloped me. Listened to me. Sat with me. Prayed with me. He followed me into the darkness.

No human could do what He did for me. No human could have had the capacity to follow me into my darkness like I needed them to. No human would have had the patience, endurance, or courage to stay with me for that long, with that intensity, or love me so deeply that no amount of anger, rage, sadness, or self-loathing would push Him away.

He followed me into the dark. And, then, he brought me into the Light and Set me free. His power is beyond measure. Beyond comprehension. Beyond understanding.

The mystery of Christ remains yesterday, today and tomorrow. In Him I draw my strength. In Him I will remain.

Are you journeying through the darkness? Are you following a loved one on their journey? Are you scared, afraid, angry, lost? If so, I encourage you to invite Him to join you. He will remain with you and lead you to Freedom.



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