I am a wife, mother and grandmother. In the working world, I was a school teacher and school Librarian. At church, I do what is needed – pianist, community service leader, children’s Sabbath school teacher, bulletin clerk, etc.
What do I enjoy doing? Making crafts, family time, being in nature, camping, reading and more.
Making crafts was a big part of fun time with my children. Which also was one thing I enjoyed about being a Vacation Bible School leader for many years.
I’ve tried my hand at knitting, basket weaving, origami, etc. But, crocheting has been a longtime favorite. Many times while reading, I’m crocheting something. [it has to be a simple pattern].
Before I quit working in 2005, I’d spent a few years studying herbs and natural remedies. I more aware of the benefits of following a plant-based diet. So I began creating skin care products using herbs.
For a few years, I’d wanted to learn soap making. The opportunity finally came! It is a lot of fun! There are so many variations that can be made from just one recipe – ingredients, shapes, sizes, colors, etc. This is a practical craft! More than enjoying making soap, smelling them and looking at them, they can be used!
As you see, I serve in a number of leadership roles. But I also enjoy creating things, helping and teaching… that’s who I am, who God designed me to be.
My Hair Experience
Years ago, I finally decided to go natural. I stopped pressing my hair and putting in perms. During the last years of wearing a perm, my hair broke off in the back at least twice. It was time to let it go.
After wearing natural hairstyles for a few years, someone mentioned to me that I should check the ingredients of the shampoo I was using. I did. I also read the labels of shampoo in other stores and saw ingredients I couldn’t pronounce. I wondered, why urea?
This led me to the internet to find a recipe for making a natural shampoo. The first recipes I tried used essential oils and castile soap. The shampoo didn’t make a lot of suds, but it cleaned my hair, smelled good, and left it soft, etc.
Over time my hair began to grow. Later, when my hair began to thin out on top*, I found a recipe with herbs that would stimulate hair growth. [A friend had told me about her husband’s experience with a shampoo containing nettles]. *I later discovered that I have female pattern baldness – “thinning of hair on the scalp due to increased hair shedding or a reduction in hair volume.”
I have also begun treating my hair ends with Essential Joy Natural Hair Butter or one of my other hair oils – to seal in moisture. As a result, my hair is now longer than it was. [I cut my hair a few months before this photo was taken.]
I believe that eating a plant based diet [lots of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds] has also contributed to hair growth.