May 13, 2012

I have had so many wonderful Mommy moments this week.  Yesterday Jake took Evie to the park and as she was holding his hand and walking away she strained her neck to turn around and say “I love you!”  It melted my heart… not to mention the most wonderful bedtime routine ever last night.  We read a book, said prayers, sang hymns and she just fell right asleep – it was awesome!  Took less than twenty minutes. WOW – thank you baby girl!  It may or may not have had something to do with the fact that she didn’t take her nap earlier 

Jake also got to feel Baby kicking lots.  For a whole minute Baby was high fiving Daddy’s hand.  It’s always so sweet when they are able to interact a little.  With a rambunctious toddler we don’t get to spend as much time focusing on the Baby as we did with Evangeline.  Hopefully, as we prepare for birth in the next couple of months, we will be able to focus a little more on the coming little one.

I can already tell that th...

April 21, 2012

If you have not yet read my first and second posts in this series, you can find them here: Part I & Part II.  You can find the original post that I am discussing here.

In my first two posts I answered the initial question, did God order an abortion?  The answer, of course, is a resounding no.  Of course He didn’t!  And just a little digging under the surface of the text gave us our answer.  But there is more to the post than just the title.  What about the rest of the accusations made throughout the post?  I would feel remiss if I did not address these as well.

The very next thing you see in the post after the Biblical text is a picture with this quote: “Will you still be prolife after she’s born?  Will you still apply the same vigor to your work: against war, against hunger, against poverty, against homelessness, against our planet’s degradation, against capital punishment, for human rights, for opportunities for education and jobs… that you...

April 18, 2012

If you have not yet read Did God Order an Abortion? Part I – please go there and read it now.  It is more important than Part II.  Here is the original blog post that I am addressing in this series.

In my first post I began to address the problematic nature of the question posed in the original post, “God ordered an abortion?”  Well, no He didn’t.  And here’s why.

Previously I discussed the cultural connotation we have of what an abortion is, so I’m not going to revisit that in detail here.  Suffice it to say that in the text being discussed the translation used by the author clearly says “miscarry” not abortion.  Let’s take a look at the text again (taken from the original post):

Numbers 5:21 “here the priest is to put the woman under this curse—“may the LORD cause you to become a curse[d] among your people when he makes your womb miscarry and your abdomen swell.”

In our world, a miscarriage and an abortion are two very different things.  What is different ab...

April 17, 2012

***If you have suffered an abortion please read this post first.***

If a flagrant misuse of God’s Word doesn’t motivate me to blog again… I don’t know what will.

We need to talk.  Not just you and me, Bloggy friends, but anyone who might fall prey to the confusing language and false pretenses of the post I am about to show you.  And, if you happen to be the author of this post, I also would like to have this conversation with you, because I fear you are being led far astray from the great blessings that are found in the Scripture.  I do not mean any disrespect toward you personally.

My righteous anger is turned not toward you but toward the Evil One who has led you astray, to the lies this world propagates as it turns hearts away from God.  “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Eph. 6:12)  So please, bear...

April 3, 2012

So, at the beginning of the year I posted all of my resolutions and promised that I’d keep you updated on the progress.  Umm… sorry about that.  So, in the spirit of doing what I say I’m going to do – here’s an update!

  1. Post a Series on Headcoverings… Haha… haha… ha. Ahem.  I have been working on this just about as often as I’ve been working on my other blog posts… if that tells you anything…  Although, I did read a wonderful blog post on the topic recently which I would highly recommend. There, now you have something thoughtful to read while I drag my feet.  I do feel better, thank you for asking.

  2. Clean the Kitchen and do the laundry – Every Day… Actually, progress in this resolution is the reason why I’m blogging today!  I finally got myself into a routine after the craziness of March.  I have a loose schedule I have been working from this week and it’s going very well!  Today is the second day in a row I’ve done EVERYTHING I planned to do – and I have...

March 7, 2012

For it is my birthday.

It is SO difficult to blog again after you have been gone for so long!  I’m worried about what all of my readers will think that I just abandoned them.  And, although I think it rarely happens, you always worry about everyone judging for leaving and not saying one single word.  Well, ok, so I know that in my head no one will do that – but it’s just one of those things you dread anyway, ya know?

But today is my birthday SO no judging allowed!  On a positive note, my long hiatus from blogging is actually good news for my house, as things are finally starting to come together for our spring schedule, Evie’s new school year and our new diet are all going fabulously.  We axed corn without too much of a problem (I have a post ready for that…).  We’re working on soy now and… it’s MUCH more difficult.  There seems to be nothing we can eat!  We really need to make a trip to the health food store to get some bread since ALL of the bread at our local grocery either...

January 30, 2012

I have had a few questions about our Tooth Healing Diet, so I decided to write a catch-up post clarifying some things and adding in some information that I sorta kinda… forgot.

A friend was concerned that we weren’t eating whole grains anymore. We are still eating grains, whole grains even. What we are doing is transitioning from whole grains processed by factories that give little or no thought to the importance of preparation in this particular food group. Instead, I will be making most breads and grains at home. We will also be avoiding whole grains that include the bran in most cases, like oats, since the bran contains the highest amount of phytates in the grain.

The problem with the whole grain bread in the stores is that, because they have not been prepared as nature intended them to be, they actually carry anti-nutrients which nullify all those other great nutrients you could be getting. Eating white bread is like eating empty calories, since the parts of the grain with the most n...

January 30, 2012

First Snow…

The other week we had a pretty good snowfall and I decided to brave the wintry wonderland with Evangeline for the very first time.  It only happened once.  All she wanted to do when we got outside was eat the snow!  I couldn’t get her to stop!  Her face was soo red by the time we went back in.  Poor thing…

Look Mom!  I’m ready to go!  Should I be able to see in this thing?

I can hold it in my hand!!

It’s sooo cold but I can’t stop eating!

Ok, I’m ready… let’s go back in!

January 27, 2012

So little time.

Isn’t that how it always is?

It’s very cold here… I don’t appreciate it too much.  I have been lethargic for two days; I could lay in bed all day long and still be tired.  I don’t appreciate that either.  But some weeks are just like that I suppose.  I have a lot I could talk about, there’s so much going on.  I am working on Evie’s basic homeschool outline for the next two years, and I’m reading lots of children’s books to preview them for her.  I realized last week that we have hardly any quality children’s books in our library… and I think that should be amended.

I just finished reading J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan”.  And guess what?  I cried at the end!  Ugh!  My hormones are driving me insane… I don’t know if any of you have ever read the book, but the end isn’t really terribly sad.  Normally something that would make me go “Aww”, shrug my shoulders and move on with my day… but no.  I had to cry.  Evie looked at me like “What on earth is wrong with...

January 25, 2012

This is my last official post in the Ecological Breastfeeding Series, although I will finish it all up with a Q&A Session.  Start at Part I if you haven't read the rest of the series yet.

We have two more standards to discuss today and these, very much like my last post, are closely related.  As always I will discuss what these standards mean, and give you an overview of how it looks in our house, along with some commentary and bunny trails along the way.

Ready?  Let’s get to it!

Standard #6: Nurse frequently day and night, and avoid schedules

Nursing frequently is more or less self-explanatory, although it also can be subjective.  Newborns nurse frequently, but as babies get older they nurse less often.  My daughter  (almost 2) nurses frequently, for her age.  She nurses through the night, when waking up or going down for a nap, when she’s grumpy, sad, upset, tired, etc.  Sometimes she nurses because she’s thirsty and other times just because I think she feels like it.  If I had...

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