• Blog Posts

    The Healing Place

    She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her away, she adjusted her sails. – By Elizabeth Edwards I think that I have been trying to feel “whole” my entire adult life. Always searching for something that could magically replace what has been missing. Not ever once realizing that it was irreplaceable. Yet I would try my hardest to be the best person I could be and put my whole heart into things that could possibly reap the rewards of the same in return. Only learning that maybe, that is not the best way to go about things. Knowing that it is best for us to…

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    Blue Butterfly

    Written by Christine Grove for her Momma, Janet 6/30/44 – 1/9/86 Blue Butterfly Thirty three years have snuck on by Left behind are the memories Thoughts of a pretty Blue Butterfly   God protected me as time marched on He guarded my heart with your gifts and charm There is no shelf that your legacy lives upon My children cary small hints of you My grandchildren can be your clone Their smiles touch me, this is true   Your absence will always be upon me  Your love is never forgotten Your smile is etched in my memory   To feel your arms once more To hear your voice another time…

  • Blog Posts

    Parenting Difficult Children

    I have spent the past 30 plus years parenting my chiildren. I’ve learned so much over the years. There is no manual to tell you how to raise your children. I have tried and failed at so many things. One thing is for sure, I have always loved my children with all of my heart, mind, body, and soul. Even if they didn’t see it, the love was still there. I struggled whether to write today about this because I run the risk of “upsetting” a child. My deciding factor was this. Don’t give me something to write about then. I will most certainly make the most of it. So…

  • Blog Posts

    I’m still here…

    I haven’t had the opportunity to write for a while. I have been having internet difficulties and I have been really trying to figure out where I want to go with my blog. My heart is big and full of ideas and the desire to express myself through my writing. It is my goal to help those who have struggled in every day life; just as I have. One of my biggest concerns is that people will assume that I am better than they are or that I see others as “not enough”. The truth of that is just the opposite. I don’t feel better or above anyone. I never…

  • Values
    Blog Posts

    Value Yourself

    We get so good at buying into all the negative self-talk that it becomes a normal every day activity. The more we lie to ourselves the more we believe. We have essentually conned ourselves into believing whatever negative false truth that seems to fit. Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth! Author Unknown Lack of Value Shown Does Not Equal Your Worth This has been something I have struggled with my entire life and is also the most important lesson I’d like others to learn, sooner rather than later. Just because another human fails you, doesn’t mean that you are not worthy for them to…

  • Blog Posts

    How to begin your own blog!

    I have been asked several times how I created my own blog. I’m stubborn, I didn’t want to pay money for something that I couldn’t afford. So I’ve taught myself to do the basics. If you have the desire and the want to, this is not that hard of a process.  I truly have loved this process and I’ve grown with building my blog into what it is today.  I hope this blog post helps you to get started!  I can help you figure out any process that you come across, if I don’t have the answers and I can’t help you figure it out, I can put you into…

  • Boswellia Tree
    Blog Posts,  Essential Oils

    What The Frankincense?

    Frankincense is a resin that is slashed from the bark of the Boswellia tree, bled out and hardened. I am so excited to talk to you all about Frankincense. I love this oil. It has become one of my favorite oils for so many reasons. It is almost like saying a prayer every time I use it. Mainly because it came from biblical times and that excites me. The more spiritual I become the more this kind of stuff means to me. I love the idea of loving my body and putting the best suppliments in my system that promotes a healthier me. King of Oils Often called the “king of…

  • Happy Place
    Blog Posts

    Just Me Today

    Hello, it has been a few weeks since I’ve posted a new blog post. I’ve been doing a lot of growing in more ways than one. Life Is Good For starters, I have two brand new grandsons that I adore. There is something so beautiful when life gives back and you realize that your family is just so blessed beyond measure. We have grown by eight babies since we first became grand parents. It is a blessing all in itself. Eight more beautiful souls that God has intrusted us with. I just can’t see anything but love here. I am the luckiest Grandma and Momma in the world! I really…

  • Gratitude
    Blog Posts,  Quotes & Quibbles


    Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. Melody Beattie Cards you are dealt Have you ever been played a hand of cards in life that just threw you back? All of life’s trials are real. They are sometimes hard to deal with. They can bring us to our knees and can stop us dead in our tracks. It’s during these moments that our reaction to how we deal with our trials define the outcome of how we manage through them. In my past I’ve really struggled with everything that life had thrown at me. I’d cry. I’d ask why. I’d sit…

  • Blog Posts

    Healing…It matters!

    Healing realy does matter! I’m sitting here in disbelief that I need to share this with anyone. Mainly because I was blind sided. Sometimes life brings on so many twists and turns that no matter how hard you try to avoid negativity, it finds you. It finds you when you least expect it. For the past 30 days I have spent endless hours working on myself. Walking for 90 minutes a day first thing in the morning. Journaling every day. Giving gratitude and thanks and appreciation for what I have been given and for what I’m about to receive. I’ve grown by leaps and bounds. I feel healthier than I…

  • Missez Coach Stokes
    Blog Posts,  Business Reviews,  Fitness

    Introducing The Time Is Now Queen – Missez Coach Stokes

    “Closing the gap of where you are right now AND where it is you desire to be!” Have you ever met someone that just takes your breath away with their positive thinking and encouragement? Yea, me either, until I started paying more attention to my dear friend LaNisha Stokes. I had experienced her awesomeness when I was in college. She had gone out of her way to help me when the panic of my classes had set in. As my online instructor, LaNisha was so amazing and helpful. She tutored me, she helped me to understand my assignments and now she helps me to understand life and it’s journey. Her…

  • And Still I Rise
    Blog Posts,  Quotes & Quibbles

    And Still I Rise

    “Did you want to see me broken? Bowed head and lowered eyes? Shoulders falling down like teardrops, Weakened by my soulful cries? Does my haughtiness offend you? Don’t you take it awful hard ’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines Diggin’ in my own backyard. You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise.”~ Maya Angelou This is one of my favorite poems by Maya Angelou. She is saying that no matter what, nothing should hold us back. We need to change our negative self talk and learn from this. We…

  • Family Walk
    Blog Posts,  Essential Oils,  Fitness

    Gaining Ground On Myself

    Stuck In A Rut For years now I’ve been struggling with moving forward and not climbing out of my comfort zone. I have been stuck in a deep hole or rut where there was no personal growth. I am so excited to share with you all about the positive changes I have been making in my life. I have been gaining ground on the person I want to become! I see that person in my not so far off future! 30 Day Challenge I have started a 30 day challenge with a friend who is a life coach. Her name is LaNisha and she has been an amazing source of motivation and…

  • Copaiba Tree
    Blog Posts,  Essential Oils

    The Benefits of Copaiba Oil

    Copaiba Oil There are so many benefits to using Copaiba Oil. Copaiba, similar to Black Pepper, can help soothe anxious feelings and, when taken internally, supports a healthy immune and cardiovascular system. Email me at clarityinthemorning@gmail.com Information has been pulled from doTERRA.com Description Copaiba essential oil is derived from the resin of the copaiba tree which can grow upwards of more than 100 feet and can be found in tropical South America. Copaiba oil is widely used in cosmetic products including soaps, creams, lotions, and perfumes. Since the 16th century, copaiba essential oil has been utilized in traditional health practices by the natives of north and northeastern Brazil. Similar to…

  • Getting stronger
    Blog Posts

    Derailment Anyone?

    “EVERY DAY IN EVERY WAY I AM GETTING STRONGER AND STRONGER!!” Missez Coach Stokes Do Not Buy Into People’s Negativity! Every now and then we all have those people in our lives that love to say negative things and they think they are funny or smarter than we are and they know more than we could possibly ever know. Those are the comments and situations that we need to learn to let roll off our backs. For so many years I’ve let what others think of me determine who I was. I am not doing that anymore! I have set myself up for so much failure and derailment just because I’ve…

  • Medication Alternative
    Blog Posts,  Essential Oils

    Medication Alternative

    What Over-The-Counter Products Do you Use? How many of our hard earned dollars do we spend every month to buy different over-the-counter medications like those in the above picture? What if we had a medication alternative? What if one product would do the same as all those products? I’m all for saving money, even if it is one drop at a time! Contact me at clarityinthemorning@gmail.com for more information DigestZen® Digestive Blend Medication Alternative All information is pulled from doTERRA.com DigestZen is a wonderful companion to aid in the digestion of food, soothe occasional upset stomachs, and reduce uncomfortable gas and bloating.* Description DigestZen is well known for its ability to…

  • doTERRA Essential Oils
    Blog Posts,  Essential Oils

    Benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil

    The more I get into these essential oils and learning about doTERRA products the more I am amazed at the benefits of using doTERRA. I’ve watched countless videos and seen testimony after testimony on the value of using these products. I am sold for life! doTERRA products are made with pure ingredients which makes them better to use than the typical over-the-counter essential oils that can be purchased for a cheaper price and can contain chemicals that can be harmful to pets and humans. As I mentioned in a prior post, I do not have medical insurance. So I have been on a journey to find things that could help…

  • doTERRA
    Blog Posts,  Essential Oils

    Using Essential Oils

    I am very excited to share with you all my new adventure. I have began a second journey as a Wellness Advocate with doTERRA Essential Oils and taken upon the goal of helping others with learning how to support our health and wellness through essential oils. For me, it is a way of finding an alternative to modern medicine and maintaining my health through another source. I am not promoting a replacement for medical advise and prescribed medications. I am hoping to add to and support whatever needs may be there for my clients. I currently do not have medical insurance, I thought it would be a great avenue of…

  • Shoot for the moon
    Blog Posts,  Quotes & Quibbles

    Transitional Hallway

    Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, dream, discover. – Mark Twain Every now and then we find ourselves in a transitional hallway. We close doors that need to be closed for whatever reason and then we are unsure of what to do next. I actually love being in this place sometimes. It is quiet. Then there are other times when it gets too quiet. All I can think of is where am I going and what am…

  • My Dad
    Blog Posts

    Overcoming Parents Suicide: My Story

    Recently I was a guest author for Kate over at mysweethomelife.com. I was able to share my story and have it featured on her website. She did a beautiful job. Thank you Kate for helping me get this out there in the best way possible. It was my honor to share with you. As children, we expect that one day we will lose our parents. To cancer maybe. A heart attack. A stroke. But we never expect that we’ll have to deal with a parent’s suicide. This post is part of My Sweet Home Life’s Overcomer series – where we look at women whose lives haven’t turned out quite how…

  • Nature
    Blog Posts,  Fitness

    Time To Get Moving

    Getting Weight Under Control Weight control is a must for most of us. Being weight concious is something that always weighs heavy on my mind. I had gastric bypass surgery 4 1/2 years ago. I had lost 102 lbs total. This fourth year has been my year of weight gain which is completely normal but can be bad if you’re not careful. I’ve probably put on 30 lbs in the last year. Mainly because I’ve added the types of food back in that is not allowed for gastric patients, as well as failure to excercise regularly. Of course, I know better! I just love food and hate excercise! So I’ve decided…

  • Blog Posts,  Quotes & Quibbles,  Video

    Be Better

    “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be”. – Ralph Waldo Emerson I Love Mike Rowe! Every time I watch a ReturningThe Favor video I laugh and cry during each episode.  This video below was very touching for me. It encourages us to “Be Better”. The whole idea behind my blog is to always be better than we are. I love any feel good show or person that celebrates human kindness. Returning the Favor is a Facebook show and can be found at http://www.facebook.com/ReturningTheFavor Strive To Be Better It is my goal to strive to be a better wife, mother, and grandmother everyday. Every day…

  • Business Reviews

    Suliman Orthodontics

    One of the coolest aspects of being a blogger is being given the opportunity to write about businesses that you have the pleasure of working with. Dr. Suliman and his staff make the long term commitment of orthodontic care so much easier with their friendly smiles and openness to get to know you. I highly recommend Dr. Suliman for all of your orthodontic needs. Mission Statement Sulliman Orthodontics is a Stockton based family orthodontist practice that treats patients of all ages. We are committed to delivering the hightest quality orthodonitic care and do so using state-of-the-art equipment. Suliman Orthodontics 4534 Precissi Lane Ste C Stockton, CA 95207 TELL THEM CHRISTINE…

  • Blog Posts

    I’m Not An “Only Child”

    This will most likely be the only place where I talk about having a sibling. I purposely avoid this topic and avoid adding the slightest mention of him in any of my posts. He is not the role model that the idea of being the “oldest sibling” should offer. I love my brother very much, from a distance. Mainly because that is all I can handle. After dealing with so much in life, one needs to pick the drama that is dealt with and I chose my kids and dealing with things at home versus dealing with the constant drama having a relationship with my brother provided. It can be…

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    I Believe

    The song “I Believe” is originally sang by the Country duo Brooks and Dunn. Sang here by Patrick Henry Hughes. Patrick was born without eyes and unable to walk. He talks about using P.A.T. (his first name) as an acronym. P for Passion/Patience/Perseverance. A for Ability and Attitude. T is for Trust. He goes on to say “In order to achieve a goal you need to have a passion for that goal. Be patient, it may take a while for your goal to work. Persevere, keep trying, don’t give up. Ability and attitude, use the ability that you know you have plus keep a positive attitude. Trust in yourself, you…

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    What Is Your Responsibility? A friend of mine posted this video on Facebook and when I saw it I just knew I had something to blog about. So many times in life we have the opportunity to make a difference and take on the responsibility to do something about a situation that could change our lives forever. Nearly 21 years ago my brand new husband and I were faced with the “ability” to take in two little girls that needed a place to live. Here we were, married only four months and we found out that two of my nieces needed emergency foster care. Their parents had made some very…

  • Blog Posts,  Quotes & Quibbles

    Me In The Raw

    “There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind.” C. S. Lewis For years now I have wanted to sit down and just write about my life.  It hasn’t been an easy life.  As I sit here wanting to share with you all the things that matter to me and could possibly help others that have gone through similar traumatic events, I wonder how much is too much. My life began in 1966 in a wonderful family. I was the newest addition to an already made up family of three, now four. Everything about my family was normal, in my child mind. There was love, laughter, and adoration.…

  • Blog Posts,  Quotes & Quibbles

    Lift Each Other Up

    “If I could give you one thought, it would be to lift someone up. Lift a stranger up – lift her up. I would ask you, mother and father, brother and sister, lovers, mother and daughter, father and son, lift someone. The very idea of lifting someone up will lift you, as well.” Maya Angelou. The power of a kind word can go along way. If we stripped ourselves of the ability to have racial prejudices, divided political agenda’s, and constant hate shown in the evidence of our actions we may be able to come together as a whole community. A group of people that saw human faces on a…

  • Business Reviews,  Local Sites and Treasures

    Mettler Family Vineyards

    Nestled in the Southern part of Lodi is a local family vineyard that has been growing since the 1800’s. Over five generations of premium wine grapes growing in California. This beauty is full of breath taking scenery with Weeping Willow trees over looking a gorgeous pond. The flowers were in full bloom for our visit. Great location for quaint picnics and strolls on the landscaped grounds. Equipped with a spacious tasting room with friendly and helpful staff.  Such a pleasurable afternoon for my husband and I. This is a perfect venue for weddings and special events. Mettler Family Vineyards 7889 E. Harney Ln, Lodi, CA (209) 369-3045

  • Blog Posts

    No internet? No problem!

    So I had this great idea to start a blog and we all know that it takes the internet to make this successful.  So I just wanted everyone to know that I have mastered the art of cell phone usage while creating a blog website.  I’ve taken advantage of hotspot sharing from my cell phone as well as adding from my cell phone directly.  Never be told that you can’t!  If there is a will, there is a way! My will is intact! Today I have added a page on Facebook and hand selected a few friends to see what their input would be.  Thank you Aundrea for being so…