Thursday, December 31, 2015

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the Ankneys!

Hard to believe this year has come to a close already!  It's been a year filled with loads of challenges but lots of amazing blessings.

In January, we welcomed our second son, Abel Henry.  He's such a happy and easy going little buddy.  His favorite activity is to watch his big brother!  He started walking at 10 months and has been on the move ever since.  He currently has 7 teeth and loves to chew on anything in sight!  It's hard to imagine our life before this sweet boy!  Can't wait to celebrate his first birthday in just 3 weeks!!

Caleb turned two this summer and continues to amaze us.  His bubbly and outgoing personality lights up any room!  His favorite toys are cars, trucks, and trains.  He loves to play pretend and often gives life to his toys!  He talks non-stop and tells the funniest jokes!  We love watching his little mind work, taking in the world around him!  Two is such a fun age! 

This month Dan celebrated 5 years with Sweetwater.  He continues to enjoy his work in the studio!  In his "spare time" he loves working in the garden and continuing to fix up our little blue house!  He loves being a dad and teaching his boys all kinds of things!  We're both looking forward to this summer when they'll both be able to him help in the garden!

Jess loves spending her days at home with the boys, watching them grow and learn!  She loves taking them to story time at the library, visiting the zoo, playing at the park, and visiting Daddy at Sweetwater!  In her spare time, she shares about essential oils and teaches classes for her homebred business with Young Living.  She kind of fell into the business side of Young Living and it has not only given her such purpose and filled the void that leaving the classroom had left, but has allowed us some added financial security!  We look forward to the incredible opportunities this company will bring our whole family!

We celebrated our 7th anniversary in November with a little getaway to Winona Lake.  Our time away was so sweet and such a time of renewal for us!  We spent out time together dreaming great things for our marriage and family!  

2015 has been an incredible year of growth for our little family.  Growth isn't always easy, as we've learned time and again this year!  We are so looking forward to's going to be BIG! The Best is Yet to Come!! 

Praying you have a joy filled holiday and a blessed new year!

With Love, 
the Ankneys!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Happy 1/2 birthday Caleb!

Yesterday, in celebration of his half-birthday, Caleb and I made yummy Cinnamon Rolls.  Unfortunately, two is hard and he missed out on trying them after dinner.  So today, we had a fun little celebration after nap time! 

Two really is the best age!  Love this sweet boy so so much!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Morning 2015

Every other year we head to Pennsylvania to celebrate Christmas with Dan's family.  This year was extra special as there were two new littles to join in on the fun!  Love watching these three together and can't wait to see all the memories that will be made as they grow! 

{Caleb 2.5 yrs. // Abel 11 mo. // Helena 1 yr.}

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Pie making with Grammy

Grammy's in town and that means PIE!  Instead of bringing her usual gift of pie, Caleb decided he wanted to bake an apple pie with Grammy while she was here!   

I'd say they both enjoyed the process, and the finished product quite a lot!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

change is a beautiful thing.

As I returned from the grocery this afternoon, with two sleeping babies in the back seat, I was taken aback by the view of our little home in the woods.  Four and a half years, two babies, countless projects, and finally this little house is feeling so much like a home! There are days when I love this house, and days when I can't wait to get out.  In some ways it's too small, others too big!

I'm not much of a landscaper, but I love that these beautiful zinnias have been so abundant this year, such a beautiful reminder of the beauty we saw in this old dilapidated house we bought just a few years ago!  I mean, just look at the change!

We have no idea how much longer we'll call The Little Blue House our home, but until then we are soaking up all the memories we've made and continue to make within these walls!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Fall family fun.

This season of parenting has really pushed Dan and I to slow down in life.  Lazy days spent at home with our boys are quickly becoming our favorite way to spend the weekend!  These are the moments I want to remember with our little family....the moments we slowed down and really took each other in.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Celebrating our first Oil-iversary

This weekend we celebrated our Oil-iversary!  (yes I made up that word, but roll with it!)
One year ago we took the plunge made the choice to invest in our health with Young Living Essential Oils. Over the past 12 months our family has been blessed in so many unexpected ways because of this company and their products!  What started as a way to rid our home of chemicals, has actually filled our home with incredible wellness, purpose, and abundance!  
So, how did we get here?!

Nearly 5 years ago, I began to realize just how much garbage we’ve allowed in our world… in food, cosmetics, cleaning products, medicines, and more.  It wasn't until we spent two months backpacking with only a bottle of shampoo! (no makeup, no conditioner, no lotion, etc)

At the time it was just me & Dan, but knowing we'd have children soon, making changes to avoid the toxins we could was something I began to take seriously.
I know you can’t simply escape a world of pesticides, GMOs, and toxic chemicals altogether, right?!  But what I did realize was, I have a choice! We all have a choice when deciding what foods to buy, what products to clean with, the cosmetics we use, and the type of care and remedies we choose when we are hurt or sick.

After returning to the states, and settling down on our little homestead, I began making small changes like buying organic produce, grass-fed and pastured meats, and began raising chickens so we could have farm fresh eggs.  I have learned how to make our own kombucha, sourdough and yogurt.  I’ve ditched our chemical cleaners and my favorite make-up for alternatives without so much junk.  I’ve tossed my regular deodorant (gasp!) for one without chemicals.  We regularly visit the chiropractor and have found a medical doctor who will only give antibiotics as a last resort.  
Needless to say, it is a journey, and one that we are still on. But even with all of my granola-esque tendencies, it took several years for me to get on board with essential oils!  I’m not sure why… maybe I thought they were too out there?  Maybe I never considered that they might actually be effective?  Well I bet you can guess the end of that story.  I realized essential oils are effective and that there are reasons they were man’s first medicine! 
My introduction to essential oils was when a friend suggested that I try essential oils to support my respiratory system while pregnant.  When I experienced amazing benefits from these oils, I knew I had to learn more.  Since then, we have used essential oils for so many things!  Finding and using Young Living has changed our lives, and for that I am so very thankful!
I want to share.  I am so glad I was introduced to therapeutic-grade essential oils, and I want to share their power with you.  Please contact me if you have any questions.  Connect with me on Instagram or just send me a note.  I’d love for you to check out the Premium Starter Kit if you are curious as to where to start with essential oils.

And remember… YOU are in charge of your health!