the shoup crew

Hi. My name is Erin.  I want to share with you a journey that the Lord is currently taking my family and I on.  I grew up in a family of 4 siblings.  My parents raised us up in a wonderful Christian home and taught us great values of work and loving Jesus.  My Momma taught me how to love and always tried to keep me on track. My Daddy worked hard and provided in a way that has made a huge impression on my life.

I met the love of my life in Spanish class (high school sweethearts).  We were married at the age of 21.  We had our first baby 4 years later and then added 2 more to our Shoup crew.  We were young and stupid but we had love and that love continues to grow each day.  We have learned so much together about life and learning to follow God and his direction for our lives.  We have grown together in our faith and that faith has taken us to where we are today.

After attending Blue Mountain College for 2 years with a passion for music, I decided to make a complete 360 and go to cosmetology school.  I began my career as a licensed cosmetologist in June of 2004 and have worked at the same salon in my hometown for 13 years.  I have met so many wonderful people through this path and love how God has enriched my life and provided for me through this line of work.

As we a grew as a family and life happened we began to stroll down a path that many Americans go into.  We were eating fast food, having unrestful sleep (with a new 3 month old), spinning our wheels each day and becoming very incoherent with our lifestyle choices.  I began to start dealing with headaches.  At first it was random and not a big deal. But that discomfort got to be more often and I was tired of dealing with it.  I was taking Excedrine Tension Headache like it was going out of stock- all while breastfeeding my 3 month old baby boy.  I knew that I needed to make a change.

I began using Young Living Essential oils in April of 2014 to try and kick some chemicals out of my body and home.  Little did I know that I was going to fall in love with this company, it people, its many benefits for my health, and the way that it has blessed my family.  This is really where my story begins.  This is where God opened my eyes to Him.  He showed me how many gifts he has hidden in His word that need to be discovered. Gifts for our health and wellness, our emotions, our  longevity, etc.

God is so good. He has opened my eyes to so many things over the past 4 years. He has shown me that through faith ANYTHING is possible.  He has shown me that dreams really can come true.  He is proved that His way is a better way.  We are family of flaws, joy, heartaches, trial and error and love. The Lord has many helpful gifts to show us and give us while we are on this earth.  We must truly be open to Him and his guidance.  I hope that through this blog you can see the many gifts that he has planned for you and that he gave us in the very beginning.  Many gifts are hidden gems just dying to be discovered. Some are things like grace, that we all need during hard times.  Whatever it is, I pray the Lord guides me to show you.