Friday, April 29, 2011

A Little Gift for YOU!

Just in time for Mother's Day...get 10% off your Teamotions order by using coupon code AubreyEllie. Tell your friends about it. It is for EVERYONE! Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

And the winners are...

I have the winners for the Teamotions Mother's Day Give-Away (produced by a random number generator).

The five winners of the 50% off coupons are:

Heather said... My mom is definitely deserving of anything that can bring her rest and peace. She's a hard worker. Less than 2 years from retirement but is still the first to arrive and last to leave work each day. She also does so much for me and for my girls. I've been in remission from cancer for 3 years but it's taken a toll. Because of that she is very much a mom and grandma to them. I am so blessed to have my mom.

Gorby family blog said... I would love to win tea for my sweet mother. She's the BEST! She's is such a dedicated mother to six children and just as much a dedicated grandmother to her 11 grandchildren. She's amazing and I don't know what we'd do without her!

Natasha said... My mom LOVES tea and so do I! She is the most amazing mom- after losing our son she stepped in and keep us on our feet until we could do it on our own. She's done this my whole life- always there for us through any storm. She definitely deserves a cup of your lovely tea!!!

C.C. Almon said... I knew nothing about your teas before I visited your website and I am so impressed at the thought behind your line of teas. Love the way you are honoring and remembering your precious little ones.

Jenna said... My mom has always been there for me and even though we don't have the same views on everything, she's always prayed for me and been there when I needed her most.I also liked your facebook fan page! You are such a blessing, Jenna

And the Grand Prize Winner of two FREE tins of tea of their choice is...

All My Monkeys said... My mom is a tea lover, and taught me to love tea. She is constantly giving, and loving, and a great encourager (a trait I hope to learn from her). She has weathered many family storms in the last 15 yrs, and now is the time for her to concentrate on herself, and find her own health and healing. This tea would be something she would truly appreciate. And i wouldn't mind some myself.

Please email me at Rachel@teamotionstea.com to claim your prize (tea or coupon)! Put GIVE-AWAY WINNER in the subject line. I look forward to hearing from you!

And since the rest of you blessed us by telling us how wonderful your mothers are and sharing your stories with us, we want to bless you back. Go to our website www.teamotionstea.com and type in AubreyEllie to receive 10% off your order until May 31st!

Thank you for participating and we hope you LOVE your tea.

Give-Away Ends Today!



This is your last chance to enter the Teamotions Mother's Day Give-Away. I will pick a winner at noon today, PST. Don't forget to tell your friends and share the love! I also have a special surprise for EVERY SINGLE entry so stay tuned! It might be your lucky day!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter

If you are looking for the Teamotions Mother's Day Give-Away-click here!

This morning my son woke me up by standing quietly in our bedroom doorway whispering "The Easter Bunny came! The Easter Bunny came!" I told him to bring his basket up to me and we would look inside to see what he got. I watched him skip downstairs and reappear with a basket filled with gifts.

Easter is an important day around our house. We don't view it as just a holiday, but as the most important event the world has ever known. I do some of the traditional holiday things; Easter baskets and dying eggs. I don't think a little chocolate ever hurt, well, anything. But we make sure that none of those things overshadow what Easter is really about...

Jesus did what he said he would do and rose again! He lives! And that means everything.

This year inside my son's Easter basket were two very important gifts; his first Bible (he is reading now and not even in Kindergarten brag brag) and a beautifully illustrated Bible story book called The Jesus Story. It puts the stories of the Bible, old testament and new, into words that children can understand while showing them how Jesus is woven throughout them all.

You should have seen my son's face! He lit up when he saw his Bible, name on it in silver and everything, and said "My own Bible? So I can learn more about God? I love it. Its my very own Bible." Yes, at times he sounds as if he was scripted, but that is the kind of kid he is. He has never hidden a single one of his thoughts or feelings from us. And I like him that way. I am working hard as a parent to preserve that tender, expressive, and honest part of him.

When he saw the Jesus story book he wanted me to read it immediately. We went straight to the Easter story and read from the Crucifixion to Pentecost. I could feel Dustin breathing in my ear laying as close to me as humanly possible asking me to read more each time I got to the end of one of the little stories. If he had his way we would have read the entire book.

I feel that way with God sometimes. I look at the story of my life straining to see Jesus woven throughout. Sometimes I do see Him, and, sadly, sometimes I don't. Not that He wasn't there, but I missed Him somehow. At times I have been so blind. I have desperately latched on to my Heavenly Father, breathing in His ear to reveal to me more of my story, most importantly, how my story ends.

Since my girls died I have struggled with living out my story without knowing how it ends. My faith has been weary. I want to know how all these pieces, the broken and shattered parts of my heart, will ever be put back together again to create the ultimate good ending that suffering and trials are supposed to produce. All the good things seem lacking in comparison to twhat it has cost me.

As I write this two empty Easter baskets sit next to each other on the table. I made them myself. I painted them and wrapped them in silk ribbon. They are quite beautiful. I couldn't figure out what to put in them this year. I love to remember my girls but it also hurts to fill up Christmas stockings and Easter baskets with things they will never get only to un-fill them later and cry over all that death has stolen from me. I left them empty this time, but it didn't lessen the tears.

Empty isn't always bad though. Empty Easter baskets remind me of Jesus' empty tomb. Without the emptiness of the grave I would have no hope, no power, no life, no joy, and no comfort. Nor would my sweet babies. Easter mean their grave is also empty. Their souls have been taken to heaven by Jesus, who died and rose again on this day to save us, all of us, from death.

My girls are not with me today, but I have the hope of the Resurrection to comfort me. I will see them again. My pain is not over yet. The transformation God has begun in me is not finished. My questions will remain as will the empty seats at my table and the empty places in my heart. My girls will never come back to me. Yet I will be patient and faithful because, although I don't know all the pages of my story yet, I do know how it ends. My girls cannot come to me, but one day I will go to them.

And Easter is what makes that possible.

When my days are up I will be reunited with my Savior. I will finally see him face to face and if I can utter any words in His presence I hope they will be thank you...Thank you for Easter.

Then I will turn around and my girls will be there.

Happy Easter! May the emptiness of Jesus' tomb fill you with hope! HE IS RISEN!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Mother's Day Give-Away!

Today is your lucky day!

I am giving away 5 Teamotions 50% off coupons for Mother's Day as well as one lucky winner will receive two tins of tea of their choice (one for them and one for mom)!

Many of you have never heard of Teamotions, but it is time you did! Teamotions is the legacy of
my daughters Aubrey and Ellie who sadly left this earth to be with Jesus in July 2008. Their short lives changed my life forever. I'd like to share their legacy with you. Read how Teamotions came to be here.

Teamotions teas are simply my way of comforting others just as I was comforted during the saddest time of my life. I wish I could be there, with you, to offer a hug and a listening ear. However, it is impossible for me to be with everyone everywhere, but I can offer tea. And not just any tea, special tea. Tea created with compassion and blended with amazing herbs called adaptogens that nurture and support our physical and emotional well-being. God has given us many things to help comfort and heal us, I believe tea is one of them.

Teamotions makes a wonderful gift for anyone anytime, but especially for mom on Mother's Day for many reasons. All moms need some TLC and appreciating them just one day a year is not enough. A gift of Teamotions shows your love and appreciation with every cup, over and over, day after day. Teamotions teas also make a thoughtful gift for the mother you know who has lost a child, baby or pregnancy and needs extra sensitivity on Mother's Day. I know first hand how difficult Mother's Day can be after loss and a cup of tea sure soothed my aching heart.

Who can you bless with Teamotions this Mother's Day?

Here is how to enter:

You can enter by leaving a comment on this post and telling me how much your mother deserves Teamotions for Mother's day. Also, you can like our Teamotions facebook page and leave a comment that you did so. You can enter yet another time by visiting our Teamotions website and leaving a comment about something you learned on the site that you didn't know before.

The winners will be picked at random on Wednesday 4/27. You will be notified via a post on this blog announcing the winners and you can claim your prize via email.

Good Luck!!!!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Down Deep

I had the privilege of spending my weekend at a women's retreat put on by my amazing church at the Calvery Chappel Conference Center in Murrieta Hot Springs. I cannot even explain to you how much I had been looking forward to this weekend and it did not disappoint. In all honesty, it was probably the best retreat I have ever been to (and I have been to a lot). I was encouraged, equipped, uplifted, changed, challenged, and touched. But more importantly that all of that (because I have been to many retreats that moved me and stirred the emotions of my faith) I was redirected. This weekend was a turning point in my faith and my life. I didn't so much feel the shift as I recognized it with my knower, that part of me that doesn't ebb and flow with the changing tide of my emotions but the part of me that I can rely on to identify truth when I see it. God met me at the steps of my soul and reset my course, pointing me away from everything else and back toward Him. Our speaker, Jill Briscoe, was amazing. She spoke on what she called life lessons. She shared with us what God has taught her in all her years in the ministry and as a missionary and the lessons were profound. They were too many to mention now, but they will be the topics of my blog posts for the next few months (yes I said months) so stay tuned if you want to hear stories and scripture that will change your life. In the meantime, you can check out Jill Briscoe's website and be blessed. She has written a ton of books and also has articles, audio lessons, pod casts, and all kinds of life changing things on there. I will be doing a give-away of one of her books (which book is a surprise) in the coming weeks so stay tuned. I KNOW it will bless your life beyond measure. I also had the privilege of meeting Sarah Macintosh who sings like an angel. She led us in worship right into the throne room of God. She has a new album out and another in the works. I will also be doing a give-away of her CD soon because, well, it is just that good. Again, check back or you might miss it! Until then, I want to leave you with a little taste of what I experienced this weekend. It is a poem and a prayer from a book written by Jill Briscoe called Faith Dancing. I have become enamored with this whole concept of dancing faith. As a baby-lost momma I have grown accustomed to a weary faith. A faith that struggles and strives and collapses in exhaustion from all the hurting, trying, and coping. The healing moments exist, but they are fleeting. The heaviness always seems to creep back onto my shoulders. I try to fight it off, but at the end of the day I climb in bed and I still HURT. It feels like the last three years have been nothing but pain management and I'm spent. I can barely walk let alone dance... But I'd like my faith to dance again. I'd like to enjoy the rest that only comes when Jesus is near. I'd like to trade my tired faith for a renewed faith, for a faith that doesn't just trudge along but dances. There is work to be done for me. Before my faith can dance I must let God in, way in, down deep. I think this concept is extra difficult for someone like me who has experienced such pain. I know how deep pain can go and those crevices and pits are not easy to reach. Of course I know God can get to those places, but I am not sure I want Him to. I don't now how much it is going to hurt to clean out what are still tender, open wounds. But as Jill Briscoe said, "There is absolutely no way I can do the work I've committed to do on the outside of me unless God is doing the work He committed to do on the inside of me." But He can't get in unless I let Him. "I simply need to give him permission to be who He is, as deep down as He wishes to go." Only then will my faith learn to dance.

Down In My Life

by Jill Briscoe


Down in my life where it’s restless and wild,

Down in my life where the adult’s a child,

Down in my fears and worries and care

Suddenly Jesus is there.

Touching my heart strings He sings me a song,

Quiets the child till she’s steady and strong,

Banishes worries – just smiles them away

Turning my night into day.


Down in my life where the troubles run deep,

Down in my life when I can’t get to sleep,

Down in my life when life isn’t fair,

Suddenly Jesus is there.

Rebuking the turmoil; He sends it away,

Gives peace in the panic and helps me to pray,

Turns sorrow to praising, surprises my pain,

And bids me to face life again.


Down in my life where I’m lonely and old,

Deep in my heart when my spirit is cold,

Down in my life when I don’t know what’s best

Suddenly Jesus gives rest.

“Gift doesn’t age” He remarks with a smile,

“I’ll set your soul dancing and make life worthwhile,

I’ll guide you in righteousness: wisdom’s delight:

And nerve your faint heart for the fight.”


He stands in my shadows and the light on His face

Reflects all His love and His mercy and grace

Right down in my life where nobody goes:

Deep in “this” heart the Lord knows.

Down in my life where it’s restless and wild,

Down in my life where the adult’s a child,

Down in my soul I’m acutely aware

Suddenly Jesus is there!"


 
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