I suppose I should introduce myself. I'm Lauren Ambrico. Daughter of the Most High King, wife, mommy, teacher, and friend. I am a NJ state certified k-5 teacher, with my Masters in Elementary Education turned Stay-at-home/work-from-home mom. I love Jesus and I love doing His work. I am currently in school to become certified in Hollistic Natural Remedies. I have directed a preschool program at church, and also taught classes on the benefits of using sign language with your infants and small children at a local pregnancy crisis center. I look forward to starting my new ministry work in the hospitality department of our church's Moms Connect ministry in September. My last out of the home job was at a nearby Christain academy where I was the Praise Dance coach, Small Elementary Choir director, and substitute teacher. I stepped down as the due date of my youngest baby came near. My number one ministry right now is my family. I am wife to a hard working Godly man, and mommy to three amazing children; Sophia 8, Milena 6, and Santino 14 months. (Born at midnight, the moment it turned my birthday last year! If that wasn't God ordained!)
I have a Bachelors in Humanities (theology, philosophy, psychology, sociology, foreign language, and art). I also have an Associates degree in Education. I love children, and always wanted to teach! Just didn't realize it was God's calling for me to teach my own until I had them! Before I became a mother, while waiting to find a teaching position in a public school (oh the fun interview after interview process), I was hired to be a private teacher and help a family homeschool their child. It snowballed from there. I homeschooled and tutored many other children after that. So when I had my own, it was something that was in the back of my mind to possibly do. After praying about it with my husband, and discovering my oldest had developed a severe life-threatening peanut allergy, we knew God was leading us to homeschool our children.
Since, it has been a fun and challenging roller coaster ride, and making discoveries of natural living came... well... naturally along the way. I have discovered a new passion (over the last 9 years) in natural living, and in creating a life for my family that is low on chemicals and high on God and love! I even started working for the health and wellness company Arbonne about a year and a half ago, after being a customer for 8 years and realizing I couldn't live without many of the products.
My goal in creating this blog is to share my journeys in life about Marriage, Parenting, Homeschooling, and Natural Living of course; and the little bit of wisdom I've accumulated along the way. And hopefully be able to earn a little something to help me stay home to homeschool my children. I choose the name "Lil' Olive Tree" because of its biblical symbolism. David says in Psalm 52:8: "But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever." (KJV). The ESV translation says, "I trust in the steadfast love of God for ever and ever." God's love is the only love that is unfailing, ever merciful, and full of grace so freely given if we trust in Him and let Him lead our lives. I want my family to be like an olive tree, with roots firm in His WORD, each of us a branch that grows and learns through scripture each day, and reaps good fruit out in the world by loving and serving others in His name's sake. Glory be to God! One way to serve others that God has placed on my heart to do is to spread information about how to nourish our lives physically and spiritually, which is where the tagline, "Nourish the Body, Nourish the Soul" comes from. I hope to help bring like-minded people together for the sake of living healthier, more natural lives, and loving one another. I look forward to sharing useful information, my experiences, scripture, recipes, homeschool tips, product recommendations, and more with you that will help enhance your life! God bless!