Weekend Links

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Links I loved this week:

Peanut Butter Honey Cookies @ Creating Naturally

7 Ways to Include Children in Your Decorating @ Life… Your Way

“I Already Spend All Day in the Kitchen, How Will I Ever Have Time for Special Holiday Food?” @ Kitchen Stewardship

Eat Well and Spend Less on Edible Homemade Gifts for the Holidays @ Food for my Family (I particularly liked the different spice mixes and such in the Ingredients category)

147 Things You Don’t Need to Do During the Holidays @ Not Just Cute  (Amen to this one!)

35 Easy Overnight Breakfasts @ Easy. Homemade (I haven’t had a chance to look through all these links yet, but I LOVE recipes that you can make the night before!)

one alternative to pessimism and optimism @ Chatting at the Sky

The Truth About Baby Carrots @ 100 Days of Real Food

Why Courage Rquires Fear @ Michael Hyatt

Do Your Kids Want Email? Here’s a Safe Way to Let Them @ A Delightful Home (this is really interesting, because my 8 year old has brought up the topic of email so many times this past while, to which we always say sorry but no, so I’m going to look into this option more…)

I think I have an addiction to links… there are always too many good ones!

This week…

What I’m doing: Actually, this week I was in and out of the hospital dealing with a crazy peritonsular abscess (ie. majorly painful tonsil infection that makes it very hard to drink, eat and talk). It’s frustrating, for someone who works so hard to stay healthy and use natural remedies, but just like when I had this same thing 3 years ago, all the natural remedies in the world (literally- I tried almost everything!) have not helped to keep me out of the hospital.

What I’m focusing on: Gratefulness. Yes, it’s hard to deal with hospital visits, to have the awful procedure it takes to drain this abscess, to barely be able to croak out words to my kids and hubby without excruciating pain, to try to force feed myself through a throat that feels like it’s gone through a cheese grater so that I can keep up my milk supply for my baby, to have to take antibiotics which I try so hard to avoid. I’ve definitely been tempted to cut myself some cheese and wine and have a jolly old pity party.

But instead, I am so thankful. If I lived in so many other parts of the world, and did not have access (or enough money) for proper medical care, this is the kind of infection that could actually take my life. That really puts it into perspective, doesn’t it?

However inconvenient all of this may be, it is also pure blessing. This Christmas, as my throat is finally healing up and all of this is over, I will remember to be so. very. grateful for the medical care that I received.

Why does this need to be said? Because on a blog where we talk so much about taking responsibility for your own health, we don’t always talk about the flip side. That doctors and hospitals and medications are sometimes used to bring God’s healing and blessing. Let’s never become so dogmatic in our views that we refuse to see the good that exists alongside the bad.


Two quick reminders for you all! As Christmas comes oh so close, if you still have a few gifts left on your list:

Have you heard of Etsy Kids? One of our fantastic sponsors, Etsy Kids is a site that brings together a ton of different Etsy shops, making handmade goods for babies, children and their mamas. Ever found it overwhelming to sift through Etsy to find what you’re looking for? Etsy Kids definitely makes it easier!

The Christmas Gift Guide is still up and will be until the middle of January. There are lots of shops in there that can definitely still get gifts to you in time for Christmas, and many of them are offering coupon codes too, so take a look. I know that I’ve found a number of my gifts from that list, which made my shopping this year much faster.

What are you thankful for as you approach this Christmas!

Top image by Bedeempled Brain

About Stephanie Langford

Stephanie Langford has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they've been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.

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  1. Thank you for featuring my post. I’m honored. Wishing you a speedy recovery, and a very blessed Christmas!

  2. Praying for you Stephanie and hoping you have a quick recovery – it does not sound fun what you are dealing but your focus on being grateful in and through all things is encouraging. I really look forward to your weekend links so thank you for taking the time to do this even though you haven’t been feeling well. Sending you a hugs :)

  3. I admire your optimism! Especially this time of year, it’s a great blessing to be thankful for what we have. Feel better soon :)

  4. Julie Harding says:

    Thank you for your honesty about being sick. I too have been struggling; I haven’t been in the hospital, but have had a sinus infection for 7 weeks that hasn’t responded to 4 rounds of antibiotics or 2 rounds of steroids or every imaginable natural remedy. It can be easy to make taking care of ourselves into an idol and become self reliant. This experience is really humbling me and causing me to daily trust in God for everything. And, I can honestly say I have found much joy in the last few weeks as I learn to trust.

    • Julie, I don’t know if you will see this, or if it will help. My husband has suffered numerous sinus infections in the past, and we’ve found natural treatments than usually work. Recently though, it was getting bad enough that he was contemplating going to the doctor and getting antibiotics. Then I remembered reading about opening a Biokult capsule onto the tongue at bedtime and swishing the probiotics around, then swallowing. It worked! His infection was better after the first time, and continued to improve. By day 3 he was back to normal. I hope you find relief soon!

    • Yes, it is SO easy to become too self reliant, or to think that perfect health is a prerequisite for joy or trusting in God’s goodness. Thanks for your comments, Julie!

  5. I’m so sorry to hear your had such a painful week! That sounds very difficult. Glad you were able to get it taken care of.

    My kids are really loving their Kids Email. They talk with their relatives much more often. It’s a lot of fun. I noticed that they are have a special deal this week: 1 year of Kids Email for $10.95 (new customers only). It’s good until 12/21/12 or to the first 100 new customers, whichever comes first. I believe they will even send you a gift card so you can put it in your kid’s Christmas stocking if you like. http://blog.kidsemail.org/2012/12/holiday-special-our-best-deal-yet/

    P.S. I’m totally addicted to links, too. You should see some of the emails I send to my friends! Think, “You’ve got to check out this, and this, and this . . . “

  6. Hope you feel better soon, Stephanie.. I am thankful for a LOT this year.. But most of all for being able to work from home with my husband and care for my family while managing a business.. Blissful and blessed.

  7. I recently found your sight and love all the info you have. I am sorry you are in the hospital and hope things turn around quickly. I am batteling something much less serious but trying for the first time to handle it naturally. It really has taken some extra strength for me, but I feel it is worth it. Thanks for the link on breakfast bakes. I am looking forward to trying several. Merry Christmas!

    • That’s wonderful that you’re trying to handle it naturally. It’s harder, but you’re right, it’s worth it, and it does get easier the more that you go the natural route. Welcome to the site- I’m so glad to have you here! Merry Christmas!

  8. Yes, you’re so right about us natural types sometimes becoming dogmatic. I’ve had kids for 20 years next month, and we’ve used antibiotics twice for them, once this month for pneumonia. My daughter was so terribly weak and lethargic that we would have had to worry for her life if we hadn’t had antibiotics. That was frightening. Now we’re struggling with weakness and recovery, but I’m very grateful that the medication was available when we needed it!

    • Who us? Dogmatic? :)
      What your daughter experienced does sound frightening. But that’s exactly the type of time when we really should be grateful. I’m thankful that your daughter received what she needed, and thanks for sharing your story!