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...

January 21, 2012

So I wrote a post.  And then WordPress meanly erased my hard work… so I have been depressed about it and haven’t been able to go back to that post yet.  You know when you lose something you worked so hard to write and then it somehow just disappears, of course at no fault of your own, but regardless it is so depressing to think of the hundreds of letters that had poured out of your soul never to come back again…

Yeah.  So I’ve been away from blogging for a few days.  I am still not quite recovered from the trauma, at least not enough to finish my post.  But I thought perhaps a light, cheery topic might remind me of all the good times we’ve had together enough to motivate me to finish.  So today I am sharing with you a few of the laughs I have had along the way in my blogging journey.

You see, when people Google a phrase, little do they know that this phrase is not lost to cyberspace like my poor dear post… sigh… No it is kept for statistical use by not only Google but...

January 18, 2012

Have you ever felt like this?

Good… I mean, misery loves company right?

I had TWO SENTENCES left to finish on my latest blog post… and then WordPress very meanly pretended to save it and then didn’t and THEN logged me out of my account.

Needless to say I have spent enough time blogging away into nothingness today… so perhaps you’ll get that new post tomorrow.  Sorry folks, I’m disappointed too...


January 15, 2012

Patricia Ann Mueller fell asleep in the Lord on January 8th of 2012.

There are many things I would like to say about this dear Saint, in particular about her love for people and for me.  As I was looking back at old pictures I found one from my bridal shower where Jake and I are standing with Grandma and Grandpa Mueller.  It is a sweet memory I have.

Living far away from home I wasn’t able to have a bridal shower with my side of the family, but Jake’s mom and sister put together a beautiful shower for me over our spring break.  There were so many people there.  90% of whom I had never met before that day.  Grandma and Grandpa Mueller have six children so… there are plenty of names to remember!

That day was sort of my initiation into Muellerhood, so to speak, and it is a small snapshot of the mixture of feelings one has as their identity shifts and they suddenly become family to dozens of people who were previously strangers.  Isn’t marriage a wonderful thing?  The...

January 15, 2012

Hi Everyone,

I am sorry for the delay in posting.  Jake’s grandmother fell asleep in the Lord last Sunday morning.  We travelled to Missouri this week for the funeral and returned on Thursday.  I have been trying to catch up on everything at the house so I haven’t had time to post yet.  I think I will finally get my post up tomorrow so please bear with me.  Thank you all for reading and for your patience.

Love in Christ,

January 8, 2012

In deciding what to write about today I thought I would pick from one of my Old Years Resolutions and go into more detail, since I did promise that after all… and scrolling through I found my favorite one: Have A Baby!!

So yup, this post is all about Baby Mueller #2.  Yesterday I had my first prenatal appointment, and it went fabulously!  When Jake and I were expecting our first, we talked extensively about care options.  

I knew I did NOT want a hospital birth; I wanted to avoid that like the plague.  Jake was fine with a midwife, but he was not completely comfortable with a home birth.  Unfortunately, there were no birth centers in the area at that time, so hospital or home birth were our only options.  We decided to interview a few midwives and see how we felt after that.

We did find a midwife we loved, she was a Certified Nurse Midwife, which made Jake feel much more comfortable, and she was able to answer all his questions about what she would do in difficult birt...

January 5, 2012

A long… long time ago I posted about our new endeavor, the “tooth healing diet“.  Well, I don’t think I called it that, but that’s what it is.  We started, if you recall, with drinking lots of water.  Now that we have a system in place for that, which we are loosely following… hmm… anyway now we are going to start on our next phase – grains.

Grains have always been so confusing to me.  They were on the bottom of the food pyramid… so that means we’re supposed to eat a lot of them, right?  But then I got older and everyone told me that carbohydrates (cough… bread… cough) were bad and made you fat so… lay off the grains!  Then there are so many different kinds of grains, should I choose whole grains or white bread?  Obviously cake isn’t good… and the packaging isn’t always clear, does this just contain whole grains or is it actually whole grain?

Even doing research on the topic only brings up more questions than answers.  Some people say that whole grains are actual...

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