Navigating Without Instruments: You Have to Know Where You’ve Been to Know Where You Are Going

 

You know that part in the movie Moana where she and Maui talk about wayfinding? I saw the movie but I didn’t even notice the term or wonder what it involved. It just went way over my head, like a big wave.

 

 

I had forgotten that scene, but I’ve been thinking about navigation lately. My two scholar phase children just read Carry On Mr. Bowditch over the summer for a book discussion at our homeschool co-op/ liber school group (Pyramid Project– a LEMI Scholar Project). It started already for the new school year. (I know, school in early August–soooo not my idea! We should still be on vacation like last year, having #notbacktoschool in Utah! Alas, seminary, football practice, and the homeschool group have all started so I’m being more of the attitude of “When in Rome…do as the Romans do” this time around.) Mr. Bowditch lived in the Founding era of American history, and was a pioneer in the field of navigation. As an author, he wrote the book The American Practical Navigator.

 

 

Then something else happened to pique this wondering about navigation. When I got back from my Utah vacation, the Summer 2019 BYU Magazine was here  waiting for me. The cover article tells about a modern day Moana, Dr. Linda Furuto. She is a professor of ethnomathematics at the University of Hawaii. Ethnomathematics is math that uses the creations of Heavenly Father as the textbook.

 

 

Dr. Furuto also practices the science of wayfinding, which is finding your way without using any man-made instruments, just like Moana. So no compass, sextant, or GPS. Instead you use your hands, your observations of the waves, the wind, wildlife, the sun, the moon, and the stars. I find this so fascinating! You can see how they do it here at the article.

 

Illustration by Hannah Hillam, from BYU Magazine Summer 2019

If you click on that link, and then scroll down to the subheading “Wayfinding 101” you will see the same illustration above. Then read the explanations for each number. This is so cool!

 

 

Some people of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, the PVS, use wayfinding to navigate a Polynesian traditionally-designed canoe, the Hokolea, to circumnavigate the globe. Dr. Furuto has been a master apprentice with the PVS on such a voyage. She holds Google Hangouts with classrooms around the world to answer questions from schoolchildren about math and navigation.

 

 

Wayfinding uses the Hawaiian Star Compass, a mental construct. Basically you imagine your canoe  at the center of the Star Compass. Learning the compass involves memorizing the seven star houses for each quadrant between the four cardinal points of the compass, as well as 200 plus stars. This is so cool! Here is a link to look at it. Here’s a description of its history.

 

 

Two lessons I see from wayfinding:

  1. We can’t know where to go unless we know where we’ve been. Wayfinders have to observe and remember all the cues coming from the wind, waves, stars, moon, and sun. Isn’t this interesting? It’s the same in real life. We can’t know where we are going unless we know where we’ve been. This applies to both the physical and the spiritual realm. Memory is such a blessing. I read this book, Moonwalking with Einstein, last year (I actually listened to it on my drives to my weekly liber homeschool group), and learned from that book that memory is part of personhood. I’d never really thought about it before. People who lose memory lose their identity. To take it deeper, we can’t really know who we are unless we look beyond our own personally-known past to our roots, to our family roots, and even to our pre-birth roots. Could it be that we can’t really make our way if we don’t know ultimately where we came from, our heavenly home with God?
  2. Things external to us are there to guide us. If we pay attention to them, they can  help us. In other words,  external reality really is a thing, and we can rely on it. It’s created by God and placed here to guide us. Some things are universal to all of us, and not irrelevant or imaginary. This is amazing! If we had to, we could be reliant on these external things, God’s creations, and not technology, to guide us.

Here is a video of Dr. Furuto telling us how she voyaged around the world with Christ as her navigator. (The videographer lost the audio link so the only audio recording done was with the camera mic so it’s not the best quality.)

 

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Family Night at the Movies: Dangal

 

During my week-long family reunion at a cabin in the mountains of Utah in July, my sibs and our kids and I watched this fascinating movie out of Bollywood called Dangal. The title word literally means “wrestling competition” in Hindi. Since my brother just moved from India after living there for three years I thought this movie was his idea. He had just hosted my parents on a June vacation in India where they toured the Taj Mahal and other amazing Indian places. Nope, watching the movie was my baby sister’s idea. She and her husband live across the country on the east coast with six kids. After we watched the movie, as we got ready for bed, she told me that her husband has a passion project of watching movies in the winter on weeknights after the kids are in bed. She paints art. He watches movies. They both get to unwind in their own way, then go to bed feeling relaxed, ready to sleep, to refresh and restore for a new day. Sounds like a great recipe for happy home life!

So I’m sharing this movie with you all. It’s a great story of fatherhood, love, marriage, family life, and mentoring. Best of all it’s based on a true story! So fascinating! It’s all in a foreign language though, so you can’t multitask while watching (which I do all the time, working my hands while I listen). You have to watch the screen to read the subtitles or you will miss out!

My brother in law found the movie on Netflix when he watched it in Maine but just now I found it on YouTube. I’m assuming it’s legal to watch it there. If it’s not maybe this video I embedded below won’t work in a few days.

So here’s the full movie. It does have one crude statement about female bodies that I missed because I was out of the room when the young girls start wrestling. Other than that it’s a clean family movie, as far as I can tell. I did leave the room a few times and then came back. It held all the younger grandkids attention for over two hours. I give it five out of five stars. It raises a lot of questions like:

What is the true role of a father? Is it OK to push your children to do things?

What is the true role of a mother? Is it OK to interfere with your husband pushing your children to do things? How do you find a compromise?

What is the role of children in obeying parents?

Is it OK for females to wrestle in public?

What gender roles are OK? Is it OK to have gender roles?

What experiences do you see in your life of women or men being treated less than respectfully because of gender?

Do you see a need for female empowerment in your society?

Do you see a need for male empowerment in your society?

Is it important to do things to please your father or mother, even if you don’t want to do that thing?

I won’t ask any more questions about the movie otherwise I will spoil it for you! Just watch it and tell me what you think in the comments section below!

 

The guy who played the dad, Aamir Khan, had to transform himself from fat to fit to play his character. He started out looking old and fat (after gaining weight– he said he had fun eating to do that) and then in five months, after a vigorous regiment, he was fit and young, to play the younger self. So they filmed the “older dad” part of the movie first. Wow, he’s so inspiring! A six-pack after age 50 to play a thirtysomething!

 

This next video shows the star who played the mom, Sakshi Tanwar, talking about her role. I loved her as the mom. She’s so gorgeous!

 

 

Then here’s the soundtrack. I love the music!

 

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Recap of Vaccine Info from 2018 Health Conference

 

Remember when I announced the Your Health Freedom Conference that happened in Utah last fall? One of the topics presented at this conference was about vaccines. Since it’s back-to-school time, many of you are faced once again with the vaccine issue. You might feel pressured to vaccinate against your wishes because of education officials or relatives. So here’s some information to consider:

1.The video above by Laura Hayes, of her presentation at the conference. See also her website, ageofautism.com.

2. A playlist of the videos from the organization that sponsored the conference, Your Health Freedom, over here.

3. A brief summary from the conference, from my friend Heather who attended:

One guy spent an hour and a half sharing meticulously researched historical data that shows how the autism epidemic as truly that, and not just a modernization of diagnostic techniques. His son is autistic and he was passionate- they all were. Another spoke about the coming tsunami of the adult population of autistic folks that we will be seeing soon; how we thought weak soc. sec. was just a problem for us, but how about them?! When their parents pass away, how will we deal? Is anyone preparing our country to deal with those realities? I had not really thought of it in those terms-very sobering. There was a brilliant bio-chemist who talked about chelating of heavy metals, a naturopath, a gardener, a U of U researcher who sued the univ and cdc for data fraud, etc., etc. The two highlights for me were Andy Wakefield- answering all kinds of medical and legal questions on vaccines, and Laura Hayes. Wow, she is has a powerful message. She cares for her 22 year old “4 year old” and is fired up about getting the word out. She gardens to have safe food, she has done every alternative diet thing out there, takes care of him, and still travels all over to speak. She lives in CA, which is now a state of tyranny for vaccine mandates. People with sick kids are fleeing the state. The only way to avoid vacs is to homeschool. If you need the hospital, they can withhold treatment until vacs are given. If you say no, they are calling CPS on families and taking their kids. It’s getting crazy! She says Utah is headed for similar legislation. We need to be involved before our rights are gone!
These two are modern heroes to me!!
The room was full of people with vaccine injured kids or family members. It was painful to hear the stories and how all of them have been through their own version of hell, that is the ongoing story of their lives. The woman that I sat by (from Cedar City) has two adult autistic kids that she cares for. One son became so after his vaccines and she overhauled their life, for years, to get him better. Through endless interventions, he graduated high school. at the top of his class! Went to college and played soccer! He was in an accident, she was in another state, in the hospital they gave him two mercury loaded vaccines (with no permission), and he completely reverted to the autism of his childhood!! He’s 24 now and functions as maybe an 8 year old, but because he is strong and gets violent, he is now in a state institution. Sad, hard stories like that- lots of them. I’m glad I got to go!

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Let the Book Speak for Itself, Without a Title, So Any False Preconceived Notions Aren’t Stirred Up

 

“And moreover, I say unto you, that the time shall come when the knowledge of a Savior shall spread throughout every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. And behold, when that time cometh, none shall be found blameless before God, except it be little children, only through repentance and faith on the name of the Lord God Omnipotent.” Mosiah 3:20-21

(Note: I started writing this last January, but got distracted. Imagine that, LOL! That’s the way motherhood rolls, right?! Anyway, I’m finally publishing it! Hooray!)

I finished the Book of Mormon by the end of 2018, to follow the prophet’s challenge that he gave to the women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in October 2018. Then, as a family, we finished in January 2019. To top it all of, my nine-year-old finished on his own in June. I’ve lost count of how many times we’ve finished it. It’s one of of our family’s central classics that we turn to again and again to strengthen our core faith. Just like the Bible.

 

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Some copies of the Book of Mormon in different languages on display in a glass case at the Museum of  Church History and Art.

 

“I think a book like this can help people find answers when they are in darkness.” – quote about the Book of Mormon from a non-religious person.

 

That’s what I love about the Book of Mormon. Reading it can give you answers if you read it with a sincere heart, intent on finding answers to your sincere questions, not matter who you are, religious or not. Just like the Bible. It really doesn’t matter who you are, as long as you are sincere. I promise you, that if you read it sincerely, it will bless you. It will give you light in the darkness.

 

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What happens when people actually read words from the book, without knowing the title of the book, without knowing where the words come from?  The video below shows an experiment done by some students at BYU. They copied excerpts from the book, showed the excerpts to random people on random streets in big cities, and asked the people’s opinions about what they just read. In other words, they let the book speak for itself, by having it speak to people with no preconceived notions of what they were reading, because they weren’t told the title of the book. The result? Watch below:

 

 

I love this! I love the Book of Mormon! I testify that it testifies of Jesus Christ. It will lead you to Him and help you follow His teachings, so you can feel joy and peace. Here are 10 gems from the Book of Mormon that fill my heart with light and hope and why I like them.

  1. “And as I spake concerning the convincing of the Jews, that Jesus is the very Christ, it must needs be that the Gentiles be convinced also that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God; And that he manifesteth himself unto all those who believe in him, by the power of the Holy Ghost; yea, unto every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, working mighty miracles, signs, and wonders, among the children of men according to their faith.” 2 Nephi 26:12-13

This verse explains that Jesus shows himself to everyone who seeks him. Everyone! Not usually in person, but He manifests Himself in Spirit and or other ways according to our best good. Jesus is for every nation, kindred, tongue and people! He works “mighty miracles, signs, and wonders” among the whole earth. That’s amazing! I love hearing stories about Him showing His grace, peace, comfort, and power in people’s lives. I have definitely felt His power in my life.

 

 

2. “For behold, the Lord doth grant unto all nations, of their own nation and tongue, to teach his word, yea, in wisdom, all that he seeth fit that they should have; therefore we see that the Lord doth counsel in wisdom, according to that which is just and true.” Alma 29:8

 

Why I like that verse: No nation or group has a monopoly on truth. God gives wisdom to all according to their readiness to receive truth, to all nations, across the globe, throughout all history. God is so generous!

 

3. “Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection—Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life. And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow. And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of the wicked, yea, who are evil—for behold, they have no part nor portion of the Spirit of the Lord; for behold, they chose evil works rather than good; therefore the spirit of the devil did enter into them, and take possession of their house—and these shall be cast out into outer darkness; there shall be weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth, and this because of their own iniquity, being led captive by the will of the devil.” Alma 40:11-13

 

Why I like that verse: it comforts anyone who loses a family member to death. “The spirits of all men,” when they die, go home to  that “God who gave them life.” These verses show both mercy and justice. Those who have lived according to goodness and the light and truth they have get the just reward of paradise. Those who have chosen “evil works rather than good,” get their fair reward as well.

 

4. “For behold, the time cometh, and is not far distant, that with power, the Lord Omnipotent who reigneth, who was, and is from all eternity to all eternity, shall come down from heaven among the children of men, and shall dwell in a tabernacle of clay, and shall go forth amongst men, working mighty miracles, such as healing the sick, raising the dead, causing the lame to walk, the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear, and curing all manner of diseases.” Mosiah 3:5

 

I love that verse because it demonstrates that people knew that Jesus was going to come many hundreds of years before He was born. (The speaker of those words, King Benjamin, lived hundreds of years before Jesus.) Heavenly Father, in his merciful, beautiful, orderly plan, inspired prophets to tell people about Jesus, before He was born, to give them hope. God always wants us to have hope!

 

5. “And ye will not suffer your children that they go hungry, or naked; neither will ye suffer that they transgress the laws of God, and fight and quarrel one with another, and serve the devil, who is the master of sin, or who is the evil spirit which hath been spoken of by our fathers, he being an enemy to all righteousness. But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another.” Mosiah 4:14-15

 

That verse pops into my mind whenever my kids fight. It motivates me to help them stop.

 

6. “And it came to pass that I said unto them that I knew that I had spoken hard things against the wicked, according to the truth; and the righteous have I justified, and testified that they should be lifted up at the last day; wherefore, the guilty taketh the truth to be hard, for it cutteth them to the very center.” 1 Nephi 16:2

 

If I’m finding it hard to accept something, maybe that’s a sign that I’m guilty and need to change? Ouch.

 

7. “Yea, and how is it that ye have forgotten that the Lord is able to do all things according to his will, for the children of men, if it so be that they exercise faith in him? Wherefore, let us be faithful to him.” 1 Nephi 7:12

 

I remember reading this verse as a teen. It hit me so hard. It has always given me assurance that the Lord can do all things for me, according to His will, conditioned on my faith in Him. He is the most generous, loving, liberal god that we could ever hope to have.

 

8. “And therefore, he that will harden his heart, the same receiveth the lesser portion of the word; and he that will not harden his heart, to him is given the greater portion of the word, until it is given unto him to know the mysteries of God until he know them in full. And they that will harden their hearts, to them is given the lesser portion of the word until they know nothing concerning his mysteries; and then they are taken captive by the devil, and led by his will down to destruction. Now this is what is meant by the chains of hell.” Alma 12:11-12

 

That verse reminds me of the importance of receiving the word of God. The more I receive, the more I will get.

 

9. “Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy. Hearken diligently unto me, and remember the words which I have spoken; and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness.” 2 Nephi 9:51

 

Nephi knew our “constant-stimulation-24/7” day would come, with its empty calories for the mind and body. He guides us to seek for that which is rooted in Jesus Christ. If it’s not, we will never be satisfied. This is the one place in the scriptures giving us permission to get fat on good stuff! I love it!

 

10. “And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities. Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me.” Alma 7:11-13

 

 

I have more fave verses but that’s enough for now. I encourage you to dig in to the Book of Mormon yourself, even if you don’t belong to my church. You can read the article about the experiment here. You can read the Book of Mormon here. You can read some fascinating answers to questions (“KnoWhys”) about the Book of Mormon here. I challenge you to read it and let the book speak to you for itself.

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2019 UT Family Reunions: Cousin Time!

 

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I recently got back from a three week vacation in Utah. It was just what I wanted and needed, for a change in my routine. That is, except for a slight hiccup that happened in the middle, which surprisingly made my vacation better after the situation resolved itself. Before the resolution, however, I felt mildly panicked and lost. I still feel slightly discombobulated after living out of two suitcases for three weeks in five different places, with two of my kids being swapped out for each other, so that each could go to a camp.

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I attended a birthday party for my 18 year old son, a Veggie Gals reunion, two family reunions, one for my husband’s side of the family tree, one for mine at a cabin in the mountains, and then my 30 year high school reunion. In between the two family reunions, I chicken-and-dog-sat for a friend, with my two youngest kids,  while she took her family to Nauvoo.

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One thing my siblings and I, and all our kids love, is playing games! The week at the cabin was full of all kinds of games: card games, board games, ping pong, and Frisbee golf. 

 

The high school reunion seemed unreal! So many beards and gray hair (for the guys, the girls didn’t look much older, surprisingly, probably because we are more vain and color our hair, lol!). Has it really been 30 years?! Amazing!!!! In a way, that part of my life seems like it never happened. It feels like a dream, in a sense that so much about high school does not matter to real life.

 

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That class reunion was fun, but the family reunions were better. It is always delightful to be around cousins! So to celebrate that, here are a bunch of pictures of my kids (and my grandbaby) and their cousins. Staying at a log cabin in the mountains completely refreshed me!

 

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Before this summer vacation, I thought I had found the best definition of what a cousin is from the book, Gone Away Lake, by Elizabeth Enright:

 

“If cousins are the right kind, they’re best of all: kinder than sisters and brothers, and closer than friends.”

 

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Just this week, however, I found the best definition, by studying the word “cousin” in Hebrew. After I returned home from Utah, I discovered the mention of an extended family member in Acts 23, as part of my Come, Follow Me Study.

 

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In this chapter of Acts, we see Peter in prison. The son of his mother’s sister intervenes. He comes to Paul in the “castle” and tells Paul of a conspiracy against him. So Paul’s nephew intervened to help save his life.

 

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The New Testament was not originally written in Hebrew, so I have heard, but I love to see how words translate into Hebrew whenever I study any book of scripture.  When I read about Paul’s nephew helping him, I somehow thought of the word “cousin” instead of “nephew.” Probably because I had just seen my kids immersed in the world of their cousins at the cabin in Utah just the week before. I wasn’t thinking of these kids as nieces and nephews, even though they are, but as my children’s cousins. Reading about Paul’s nephew triggered the fresh memory of cousins. So in my scripture study time last week, I looked up the word for cousin in Hebrew. Hebrew has no generic word for “cousin.” It does, however, have words for “son of uncle” and “daughter of aunt.”

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The Hebrew word for a male cousin, a son of an uncle, is “ben dod.” I won’t take the time to show each of the characters of the ancient Hebrew pictograms, but when I combine all the meanings of the pictograms together, I interpret the word to mean, “The heir/seed of the home who works to enter the home.” Entering a door into a home shows humility.

 

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The word for a a female cousin, the daughter of an aunt, is “bat doda.” That means, when translated back to the ancient pictograms,”The home of the covenant/sign to work to enter the home.” Again, entrance into a home shows humility.

 

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I love how the word for a boy cousin involves the word “heir” and the word for a girl cousin involves “sign/covenant.” Both words involve home, work, and entrance/door to home (humility).

 

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Cousins are to work on and help each other to make covenants and be heirs of the Father, to enter His house, in humility.

 

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For the reunion, I made plans to take the cousins to go to the Manti Temple for a youth baptism session. That temple is so dear to my family. My parents got married there over 50 years ago, my paternal grandparents did as well, and then I did too, as well as each of my four siblings.

 

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At first, it looked like only my returned missionary sons would be coming, but in the end, as one girl cousin saw that another girl cousin was coming, she decided to come, and got ready in 15 minutes, and then another got ready, as some of us waited in the car. So I ended up with my younger daughter, three of of her girl cousins, and my two sons for a wonderful trip. At first they were quiet in the car, but the more we drove, the more relaxed and louder they got, especially on the drive home. Cousins are great for that! I’ve been blessed to have great cousins and I’m glad my children have been too. I’m grateful we had that week in July recently in the mountains to forge those friendships stronger.

 

 

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Nontoxic Elimination of Bed Bugs

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I just got back from a three-week vacation to Utah. The vacation was full of reunions and nostalgia and soooo fun! Another piece of nostalgia comes from my memory of coming back last year from Utah after a six week vacation. The picture above was taken after that vacation, a year ago, at my son’s Cub Scout Pack Meeting.

The meeting was held at a park. After I got home, the next day, I noticed what I thought were mosquito bites. I pointed them out to my husband and said I thought maybe mosquitoes bit me at the park.

My husband sheepishly confessed that they were probably bed bug bites. While I was in Utah, and he was not, he brought home a used foam pad to put on one of the kids’ mattresses. He then realized, too late, that it was infested with bed bugs! He had been bitten, apparently, as evidenced by all the bed bug stains on our sheets, but he didn’t react to the bites with any itching at all. None! Every night he slept blissfully. I, however, was not so lucky! The itching happened after only one night and made sleeping hard. Aargh! I didn’t have time to deal with bed bugs!

 

So what did I do, after making sure DH had tossed the mattress pad, LOL?

  1. I Googled “Joette Calabrese bed bugs.” I had learned about Joette’s knowledge as a homeopath and turned to her blog for a solution. As directed by her blog post on bed bugs, I used the homeopathy pellets, Ledum 30x, found here. This helped sooooo much to relieve the itching! Essential oils did not work at all. If I missed a dose of the homeopathy pellets, 3 pellets every three hours, the bites would get redder and bumpier and itchy. If I was consistent, the bites/bumps would fade and not itch. It took about two weeks of consistent use for the itching and bites to go away completely.
  2. Washed all the bedding in the house in hot water then dried in a hot dryer to kill eggs.
  3. Vacuumed the mattress crevices.
  4. Sprinkled diatomaceous earth (DE) all around my bed frame legs and in all the crevices of my headboard.
  5. Had my husband pour DE in an outline form around my body after I lay down to sleep. For many mornings in a row, I woke up to find bugs that had literally bit the dust and were stopped in their tracks after eating the DE.

It worked! I was relieved that these simple things took only two weeks, despite having a dusty bedroom. When we went for a month after the two weeks with seeing no dead bed bugs in the bed, we vacuumed up all the DE and washed the bedding again. My poor sister who lives across the country had them a few months before I did. Not  knowing about the pellets and DE, she spent a lot more money and time to eradicate them. She hired a pest control company to spray, especially since she had already scheduled to host a famous author in her home one night for her book club. (The author will never know about the bed bugs lurking upstairs.) Homeopathy and DE work for bed bugs and they are so inexpensive!

 

 

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Reading Aloud: An Obstinate Act of Love, Especially As You Defy Digital Distractions

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My dad recently got to visit my nieces out of state. It warms my heart to see him reading aloud to them!

Sarah Mackenzie recently did a podcast episode that captures my thinking of how and why reading aloud is so magical. It features an interview with the author of the book below, Meghan Cox Gurdon. Listen here. She answers a question from a podcast listener about how to read aloud in the busy summer months at the beginning of the episode. 

Reading aloud really is such a simple act that brings back the most rewards of anything you can do as a parent. It’s also fun! Meghan’s book pictured below looks so amazing! Deliberately choosing to read aloud in this age of distraction is definitely an obstinate act of love! Here is what Meghan writes at the beginning of the book:

Imagine an elixir so strong that a daily dose makes your family smarter, happier, healthier, more successful, and more closely attached.  Now imagine that you can have it without spending a dime. 

It all starts with a story, a voice, and a place to sit . . .

Guess what? You can listen to this book in audio format for free using the Scribd app on your phone! Sign up for scribd here for a free two months trial!  Then refer your friends and you will get a free month for every person who signs up from your recommendation. I have an Audible membership too, but so far I’ve been able to find more in Scribd than in Audible. Not only does Scribd have audiobooks, but books in text format, summaries of books, and sheet music! I hope you sign up here and enjoy it too!

This video below shows just how important it is to put down our phones and connect with our children. Reading aloud is one of the most fun and easiest ways to connect with them. So go ahead and defy those digital distractions! Pick up a book and read aloud to your children and talk about what you are reading. I’ve blogged about what I’m reading now to my kids and what I’ve read aloud for the past months of 2019 here.

 

 

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