Monday, April 28, 2008

-5 Truths and 1 lie.......-

Or fiction?????

alright, here's a game that was posed to me by someone else - it's where you list 6 things about you (5 truths & 1 lie) - you make it as hard as you can so it's a bit of a challenge to others that might wish to 'play along' - alright, here goes!

1. I walked all around the Charlotte airport with my dress over my shoulders...exposing myself to everyone.

2. I was a size 8 through high school.

3. When we moved from one of our houses....I lived on the 2nd floor and my mom had to replace some of the shingles as they had been removed from all the times my friends and I would "escape"

4.I felt the need to participate in Senior skip days...even when I was a sophomore and junior. I was a little advanced for my age....and besides...growing up in Fl...who could say no to a day at the beach????

5. When I was *wee- little* I aspired to be a *stewardess* on Eastern Airlines.

6. I Had my 1st car accident less than 3 months after I got my drivers license. which of those is the lie.......

Friday, April 25, 2008

And......HE WON!

That's sweet boy won the Championships! This is his last year in "pee-wee" and next year he will be considered Bantam so his competition may be a bit more "fierce." Next year the traveling team will be a must if he wants to are some pics of the winner (s) :) Excuse some of the was very dark in there and my camera was not being very co-operative!!!

Ok ....where is he????

You're MINE! See my hiney? See my friends yelling for me in the background?

Ok kid...just ROLL would make my job so much easier....

And I got it! See the ref's hand? Red hand up means red team (me) wins!

Here is the two of us posing for our winning pic's. Don't we look great?

See all of the kids (little ones anyway) that won blue ribbons? They should of put all the kids with red ribbons in there too as they worked just as hard as we did :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

He won the tourney's!

And so it goes on...the little man won in the tournements last night :) So far an undefeated season....he will go on to championships this Thursday. We are too excited!

Quit Squirmin!

Thanks! Now you can call it....RED WINS!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Great link to learn about fats....

The following nutrient-rich traditional fats have nourished healthy population groups for thousands of years:
-Beef and lamb tallow
-Chicken, goose and duck fat
-Coconut, palm and sesame oils
-Cold pressed olive oil
-Cold pressed flax oil
-Marine oils

The following new-fangled fats can cause cancer, heart disease, immune system dysfunction, sterility, learning disabilities, growth problems and osteoporosis:
-All hydrogenated oils
-Soy, corn and safflower oils
-Cottonseed oil
-Canola oil
-All fats heated to very high temperatures in processing and frying

go here to get the full story!

My little brownie.....

Last night Katharine was inducted into her Brownie troop. It was so cute! They had a candle lighting ceremony, followed by the pledge and the story of how the brownie came to be:

Once upon a time, there were two little girls who lived in England with their granny and their father. The girls played all day while the granny and father had to work very hard. One day granny told the girls about the Brownies, who used to do lots of things to help around the house. They are gone now, she said, but we were always so much happier when they helped. The girls wanted to know where the Brownies had gone and how to get them to come back. Granny said, "only the wise old owl knows!"

That night, when everyone else was asleep, one of the girls ran out of the house into the magic forest. There she found the wise old owl. "Please", said the girl, "where can I find the Brownies to come and live with us? The owl said, "I know where two live – right in your house!" She was very surprised! Tell me how to find them, she begged. He told her to go to the pond in the magic forest, turn around three times and say, "twist me and turn me and show me the elf… I looked in the water and saw…….!" The wise old owl said, "When you finish the rhyme, you will see the Brownie in the magic pond."

The girl went to the pond in the magic forest and did as she had been told. She went back to the forest and found the wise old owl and said, " something must be wrong, I did all you told me to do and I only saw myself! And I am not a Brownie!" " Are you sure?" said the owl. To be a Brownie, you must be ready to help those around you, make friends wherever you can, and every day try to discover something new. "I'd like to be a Brownie", said the girl. Then go home and try, the wise old owl said kindly. He touched her hand with his feathers, and suddenly she was back in her house, in her own bed.

Quietly, she woke up her sister, told her all that had happened. Together the girls tip-toed into the kitchen and began to clean the house. In the morning, when granny and father saw the house, they wanted to know what had happened. "Who did this?" said granny and father! The girls danced around and shouted, "it's the Brownies!" And from that day on, theirs was a very happy house near the forest, all because of the Brownies!

So of course, after the story was read...each new little girl was lead to "the pond" where they twisted and turned and looked down to see "themselves" to cute :)

Katharine getting her candle lit

Smiling while others are reading the story of the Brownie


Taking the girl scout pledge......

This time with my hand up......

Homeschool Conference

It was great! We had such a great time :). We left our house by 5am on Friday...and apparently there was an earthquake while we were on the road....we knew nothing lol. I ended up calling my sister and then my neighbor. My sister slept through it, my niece had stuff falling off her walls, and then it woke my next door neighbor up as the house was shaking. Needless to say I had her run to our house to make sure everything was OK...and it was. Wouldn't you know, something exciting happens around our house....and I miss it???

We arrived at Loris to drop the kids off and hung around for just a few before heading out. We arrived at the conference at about 8:45. General assembly started at 9. After that we headed to the exhibit hall. Now before I go on...I feel the need to tell you......there should be some type of "AA" meeting for people like me.....only not alcohol.........curriculum. "Hi my name is Angela" (in the back ground "HI ANGELA) "And I am...a curriculum junkie." I love going through all these things saying "Ohhh I would LOVE TO do this" and "Ohhhh I would LOVE to do that" and before I know it I have over scheduled and over worked my day. I went in with a PLAN (and a budget) of what we were going to do this year. I basically stayed within my plan and went over budget by 20 dollars. Kyle is working on the kids about the tabernacle so he saw some things that would go along great...not in my budget but hey...if he is getting excited about homeschooling the kids then he can go at it. Here is what we picked up for this year:

History for all: Mystery of History volume 1

Noah: All I needed were Rod and Staff 1st grade workbooks. He was more than capable of reading all the way through the 1st grade reader so we omitted unit 1 in the 1st grade books. I purchased units 2-5 in workbooks only. For math all he needed was the Math U see Beta workbook.

Katharine- I bought the Learning Language Arts through literature yellow (3rd grade) teacher and student book. I also purchased the Math U see Gamma teacher and student pack.

unexpected items: The one unexpected item I bought was called "History pockets." These look like some cool activities that will go right along with what we are learning in mystery of history...too cool! Kyle purchased a workbook on the tabernacle, and then a "visual" of the tabernacle for the kids.

Maddie= we already had all of hers....Math U See Primer and Little Hands to Heaven.

We also will be using KONOS with all :)

We heard some GREAT speakers....I was able to hear Shelly Noonan speak about "Beautiful girlhood to wonderful womanhood" and "Build-a-man" (comparing build a bear to raising a godly son....choosing what to fill them with, choosing their heart, what are we going to clothe them in etc..). We also attended a workshop on Homeschooling a child with Sensory integration (that was VERY useful to us). We heard all about Indiana History ( so new to me as a Floridian!) and the last session we attended was about Fathers and sons: from apprenticeship to discipleship.

Aside from all the convention-ey type stuff.....It was a whole 2 days where it was just "Kyle and I." We took time to walk around downtown, visit a museum, actually have SEVERAL meals where we could just talk..the two of us. We took time to walk around the mall...and we even (unexpectedly) met up with some of our friends from the Connersville Church!

So now my goal.....School starts in 13 days...lesson plans...lesson plans....lesson plans!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Ugh....this week is CRAZY

This has had to be one of the craziest weeks on record for me. Remember how I said I kept feeling like I was coming down with something? Well that something turned into 2 day migraine....a "small" headache one minute.......big blowout throbbing heading with all kinds of nausea and *ahem* what usually follows said nausea....then fine...then within hours starting the whole nasty process over again.....the sight of any natural light was making me sick ugh...

The worst part was on Tuesday but then it continued for bits and pieces (only once) on Wednesday. I did end up feeling as though I was going to lose my mind. We left the house yesterday around 9 am and I got home last night a little after 10pm..and that's with only coming home for about 45 minutes so Noah could change. We had OT in the morning, followed by lunch with a friend, then off to the church so we could make some new song books (they look great!), then home long enough to change/collect my coconut oil, head off to wrestling, after Noah wrestles we RUSH to bible study, after bible study I run off to deliver some coconut oil to a friend of mine and then *whoosh* on home to CRASH in a matter of fact everyone was asleep when I came home...including Kyle :(

This morning we were up and out of here this am...we head to rush to register for 4-H (I was supposed to do this last Tuesday but man that migraine had me down for the count!). After that I made a quick run to an herb shop for some new herbs, drove out to have my hair cut, then RUSH back home as my dd had broke her glasses and we NEEDED to get them fixed...but alas they were left at home. We came home, I RAN inside and grabbed the glasses and we were off to the eye Dr. We sat there for what seemed like an eternity. We then headed to McD's (that so does not go along with my healthy eating). After that we rushed over to Kyles "old" place of employment to pick up his last paycheck...only to be told they could not find it :) I sat there and waited until they did :) Me and all 3 kids in a small office waiting did not take them THAT long to find it lol. We then headed off for walmart to saw off my right arm and leg get gas for both cars. After we left there we headed off so we could drop a new gas card off to Kyle at his job. I walk into his shop and he is sitting down chatting with his brother...huh??? The work conversations have completely changed as he now works at a state hospital...for mental patients....but alas that is a whole other post in itself....

After we witnessed my husband slacking on the job working diligently we headed off to clean the church as its our month, and with us being gone this weekend we figured it was better today than at 10 PM on Saturday night. The church is now we only have to head back up to Cato (for pants for me) and Kroger (they have the cheapest organic milk in town). After all this I just did NOT have the energy to go clean out the car..oh well I will just complain about tomorrow LOL. I think we are pretty much all packed and I am ready to dump the kids off at Lori's the kids are ready to spend a fun filled night with Spike, Lori and "the girls" (yes that includes you too Brittan). ....At is now almost 11:30 PM...and I have to be up at 4 so we can leave at 4:30 tomorrow morning for that homeschool convention..........everyone around here BEHAVE! I will post when we return :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Spike and Lori found out what the baby is!

And I know! Let me share it with ya'll.............Spike and Lori are going to be the proud parents of a bouncing baby b........................oh wait let me try it again..............Dustin, Brittan, Kiara, Ruby, and Karleigh are going to have a precious baby s............... Oh didn't REALLY think I would tell you do you?? :) Head on over to Lori's tonight to see if we are celebrating with BLUE or PINK

Monday, April 14, 2008

The picture that he "posed" for..........

Oh yeah.....another match tonight and he won..again :) Undefeated my boy is :) We have one more match for the season and I think it will be the toughest team yet so we shall see. I heard "through the grapevine" tonight that my son is sitting in 1st place in the county for his weight class...........hehe are you seeing me *burst* with pride???

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Haiti Update from Bin....

Sorry you didn't hear from me. The reason was that I was not been able to connect to my server for the past several days. Just wanted you to know, that the country is pretty much back to normal. There are no blocked streets and the people are resuming their normal daily activities.

The Prime Minister Jacquet Alexis is no longer the Prime Minister and now the President will select another person to fill the position. The people are satisfied with this action and are no longer demonstrating; HOWEVER, they are waiting to see if things will be better. The president has asked the reduction of certain foods (spaghetti, ketchup, meat, etc); however, the people would like to see the price of primary foods like rice, oil, beans reduced. There is talk (haven't verified) that Brazil has given Haitian ??? tons of food and that they are talking about having canteens.

About travel to Haiti: I see no reason to cancel any trips that any of you may have already arranged.

While there was lots of stores with windows broken and there was lots of looting, especially on the Delmas streets, it is fair to say, on behalf of the demonstrators, that this was not done by them but was an offshoot of those that always profit the occasion to steal and loot. It is something that happens throughout the world when there is chaos..... Always those that will capitalize on the movements of others who want to have peaceful problems solved.

Granny Bin (a.k.a.Bin) and Maggie

*to add-Please pray for this for us and many others here stateside....while we may not be "Haitian"...our kids are....and our kids have family down there....and to us, if its our kids family, then it is our family too. Pray for safety and that the Word will be spread to reach ALL*

This is supposed to be a great day....

Today went very always I LOVE meeting with the saints and having fellowship. Today something was a little "off" though...and that something would be me. I am not sure what it is...maybe I am getting sick or something. I can't really explain it...I loved talking with the people, listening to the messages etc...but I just felt really tired.As in I can't really sleep...but yet I am tired.Odd..I know....I never said I was normal.

Kyle starts his new job tomorrow and we are all so excited about it. We are going to be able to eat all 3 meals together tomorrow (we usually get to eat 1!). Since Kyle wont be leaving the house until 7:30 we can all get up and have breakfast together....and believe me the prospect of this sounded much better yesterday...once again...refer back to the tired paragraph. Getting up at 6 tomorrow will not be a pic nic but I am excited about the changes around here..

Tomorrow we are going to go meet him for lunch because he gets *gasp* an HOUR for lunch. For the past 11 years he has had 30 minutes to get somewhere and whoof down his food, and then head back. Altogether he had maybe 10-15 minutes to eat. This does NOT make for a relaxing lunch lol. Now he will have the better part of at least 30-40 minutes to just sit, relax, eat, and have some lively adult conversation (which from the sounds of it he is going to need some as he will be working pretty much alone all day!). He will come home and be like one of those stay-at-home-moms who does nothing but talk to kids all when they finally get another adult to talk to....the conversation wont stop....*ahem* oh wait.....I would be talking about me.....

Saturday, April 12, 2008


Standing in the bathroom, as I was doing one of the girls hair...there it was...something right behind the bangs........flittering in the hair. The girl says "That's not what I THINK it it?!?!?!" Kyle walks up and says "Yep..its a tick...and its stuck....hold on." Kyle grabs the tweezers and as he does the girly starts screaming...stomping her feet...flailing her arms screaming "GET IT OUT!!!! GET IT OUT!!!!" There were tears coming from her eyes!!! Kyle kept saying "Calm down and DON'T freak out!".....too late. So as the girl is crying and just wanting to fly as far far away from that big bad bug as she can...Kyle grabs the tweezers and pulls it out of her hair laughing. When the tick was out...the girl wiped her face...and then smacked her husband for making fun of her. Have pity on that girl ya'll...that girl was ME

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Another match tonight..........


Ok now this is how it went down...............Noah and the other kiddo hopped up onto the mat..........Shook hands.............the ref.'s hand went down.................and Noah had the kid on his back. he had pushed the kid over to the side of the mat and was just sitting there with his elbow on the kid. Right next to me was a woman taking professional pictures for the boys and girls club wrestlers. Coach Anderson gave a chuckle and pointed to the camera....he said "Hey Noah! Say cheese!" So in the middle of a match my dear son posed for a pic..........I was laughing so hard I was crying and completely missed the part when the ref called the match. Needless to say I saw the boys shake hands...and the ref raised my boys arm. if things keep going the way they are I can see where we may be at the Championships again this year! We do have 2 more matches left in the season and both of them tend to be tougher we shall see :)

From my "autistic" point of view....

This was emailed to me and thought I would share. While Katharine is not labeled with "Autism", but yet labeled on the "Autism Spectrum" we find sooooooooo many (but not all) of these to be true......I am CONSTANTLY trying to remember these things every single day.....

Here are 10 things every child with autism wishes you knew.

1. I am a child with autism. I am not "autistic." My autism is one aspect of my total character. It does not define me as a person.

2. My sensory perceptions are disordered. This means the ordinary sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touches of everyday life that you may not even notice can be downright painful for me. The very environment in which I have to live often seems hostile. I may appear withdrawn or belligerent to you, but I am really just trying to defend myself. A "simple" trip to the grocery store may be hard for me. My hearing may be hyper-acute. Dozens of people are talking at once. The loudspeaker booms today's special. Muzak whines from the sound system. Cash registers beep and cough. A coffee grinder is chugging. The meat cutter screeches, babies wail, carts creak,the fluorescent lighting hums. My brain can't filter all the input, and I'm in overload! My sense of smell may be highly sensitive. The fish at the meat counter isn't quite fresh, the guy standing next to us hasn't showered today, the deli is handing out sausage samples, the baby in line ahead of us has a poopy diaper, and they're mopping up pickles on Aisle 3 with ammonia.... I can't sort it all out, I'm too nauseous. Because I am visually oriented, this may be my first sense to become over-stimulated. The fluorescent light is too bright. It makes the room pulsate and hurts my eyes. Sometimes the pulsating light bounces off everything and distorts what I am seeing. The space seems to be constantly changing. There's glare from windows, moving fans on the ceiling, so many bodies in constant motion, too many items for me to be able to focus - and I may compensate with tunnel vision. All this affects my vestibular sense, and now I can't even tell where my body is in space. I may stumble, bump into things, or simply lay down to try and regroup.

3. Please remember to distinguish between won't (I choose not to) and can't (I'm not able to). Receptive and expressive language are both difficult for me. It isn't that I don't listen to instructions. It's that I can't understand you. When you call to me from across the room, this is what I hear: "*&^%$#@, Billy. #$%^*&^%$&*" Instead, come speak directly to me in plain words: "Please put your book in your desk, Billy. It's time to go to lunch." This tells me what you want me to do and what is going to happen next. Now it's much easier for me to comply.

4. I am a concrete thinker. I interpret language literally. It's very confusing for me when you say, "Hold your horses, cowboy!" when what you really mean is "Please stop running." Don't tell me something is a "piece of cake" when there is no dessert in sight and what you really mean is, "This will be easy for you to do." When you say, "It's pouring cats and dogs," I see pets coming out of a pitcher. Please just tell me, "It's raining very hard." Idioms, puns, nuances, double entendres and sarcasm are lost on me, and frustrate me.

5. Be patient with me. It's hard for me to tell you what I need when I don't know the words to describe my feelings. I may be hungry, frustrated, frightened or confused, but right now those words are beyond my ability to express. Be alert for body language, withdrawal,agitation, or other signs that something is wrong. There's a flip side to this: I may sound like a little professor or a movie star, rattling off words or whole scripts well beyond my developmental age. These are messages I have memorized from the world around me to compensate for my language deficits, because I know I am expected to respond when spoken to. They may come from books, television or the speech of other people. It's called echolalia. I don't necessarily understand the context or the terminology I'm using, I just know it gets me off the hook for coming up with a reply.

6. Because language is so difficult for me, I am very visually oriented.Show me how to do something rather than just telling me. And please be prepared to show me many times. Lots of patient repetition helps me learn. A visual schedule is extremely helpful as I move through my day. Like your day planner, it relieves me of the stress of having to remember what comes next, makes for smooth transitions between activities, and helps me manage my time and meet your expectations. Here's a great web site for learning more about visual schedules http://www.cesa7./<> content/rsn/ autism.asp

7. Focus and build on what I can do rather than what I can't do. Like any other human, I can't learn in an environment where I'm constantly made to feel that I'm not good enough or that I need fixing. Trying anything new when I am almost sure to be met with criticism, however constructive,becomes something to be avoided. Look for my strengths and you'll find them.There's more than one right way to do most things.

8. Help me with social interactions. It may look like I don't want to play with the other kids on the playground, but sometimes it's just that I simply don't know how to start a conversation or enter a play situation. If you can encourage other children to invite me to join them at kickball or shooting baskets, I may be delighted to be included.

9. Try to identify what triggers my meltdowns. This is termed "the antecedent." Meltdowns, blowups, tantrums or whatever you want to call them are even more horrid for me than they are for you. They occur because one or more of my senses has gone into overload. If you can figure out why my meltdowns occur, they can be prevented.

10. If you are a family member, please love me unconditionally. Banish thoughts such as, "If he would just ..." and "Why can't she ... ?" You didn't fulfill every last expectation your parents had for you, and you wouldn't like being constantly reminded of it. I didn't choose to have autism. Remember that it's happening to me, not you. Without your support,my chances of successful, self-reliant adulthood are slim. With your support and guidance, the possibilities are broader than you might think. I promise you I'm worth it.

It all comes down to three words: Patience. Patience. Patience.

Work to view my autism as a different ability rather than a disability. Look past what you may see as limitations and see the gifts autism has given me.I may not be good at eye contact or conversation, but have you noticed I don't lie, cheat at games, tattle on my classmates, or pass judgment on other people?You are my foundation. Think through some of those societal rules, and if they don't make sense for me, let them go. Be my advocate, be my friend, and we'll see just how far I can go.I probably won't be the next Michael Jordan, ....but with my attention to fine detail and capacity for extraordinary focus, I might be the next Einstein.Or Mozart. Or Van Gogh. They had autism too.

Freelance writer and consultant Ellen Notbohm is a columnist forAutism/Asperger' s Digest and co-author of 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Future Horizonshttp://www.futureho <http://www.futureho rizons-autism. com>rizons-autism. com). She favors "common sense" approaches to raising her sons with autism and AD/HD. She lives in Oregon.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Another match!

We had another match tonight and the squirt won again :) Although...for 1 ....we need to work on a bit of humility. After his 2nd match on Monday (where he pinned the kid) he flexed his bicep and pointed it out with a huge smile on his face. Then after the match he heard the parents of the 1st boy walk by and say "Don't worry, you'll get em next time." Noah turned to look at Kyle and said "I don't think so...." lol So now tonight....he goes to wrestle this boy and the match was over in less than 20 seconds.....Noah had him pinned. Noah walked out onto the mat and I think that boy just took one look at him and thought "Well if I just lie down this will make things much easier." LOL

Prayer Request

Thank you everyone for all your kind words and emails over the past week. Our family has really needed it :) The decisions we had to make were hard, but God is faithful and will see us through. I now have 3 more prayer requests for you:

1. Our good friend and sister in the Lord, Bettie, is in the hospital again. She is an older widow and her body is constantly plagued by various lung infections. This one seems particularly bad.

2. Another sister in the Lord is Peggy. She is battling cancer and has just found out (through an MRI) that her condition has worsened instead of improving (after a year of chemo and radiation). The tumors they found were inoperable. They are considering more radiation, but because of the amount she has already had, they will only be at 1/2 strength (if my recollection is correct).

3. The Barnett family -Katharine has dance class with the youngest Barnett. We found out last Monday they this family lost everything they had in the flood 2 weeks ago. They were never able to have flood insurance and have now lost their home (not repairable), all of their furniture, all of their shoes, and many other items. They were able to walk out with anything that was "high up" (items on top shelves, pictures on the walls) and most of their clothing. Everything else was a loss. They have 2 girls ages 10 and 7.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Noah..the 1st of many this year!

He did a great job his 1st round out this year...he won both of his matches last monday! Here are a couple pics of the big hero :) They are kind of fuzzy but...I m taking pictures with little boys and um..."overgrown" boys....expecting them to be "still enough" for a photo is next to impossible LOL

The 21 Rules of this house

I saw this earlier...and I thought it was great. This is what we try to instill in our children. Our list is much shorter than this one, but I think that sometimes people (little and big :P) need things said specifically..

The 21 Rules of This House

In This House:

1. We obey our Lord Jesus Christ.
2. We love, honor and pray for one another.
3. We tell the truth.
4. We consider one another's interests ahead of our own.
5. We speak quietly and respectfully with one another.
6. We do not hurt one another with unkind words or deeds.
7. When someone needs correction, we correct him in love.
8. When someone is sorry, we forgive him.
9. When someone is sad, we comfort him.
10. When someone is happy, we rejoice with him.
11. When we have something nice to share, we share it.
12. When we have work to do, we do it without complaining.
13. We take good care of everything God has given us.
14. We do not create unnecessary work for others.
15. When we open something, we close it.
16. When we turn something on, we turn it off.
17. When we take something out, we put it away.
18. When we make a mess, we clean it up.
19. When we do not know what to do, we ask.
20. When we go out, we act just as if we were in this house.
21. When we disobey or forget any of The 21 Rules of This House, we accept the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Thanks Sharon!!

WFMW- Greatest hits!

*This version of WFMW is a "greatest hits" edition. Here is one of my favorites as it continually is true for me!*

Every time I would go to the grocery store I would tend to buy off the top of my head. I went in with no list, and just a guess of what would work for the week. My average grocery bill was astronomical (compared to what I can get away with now). I started making menus and keeping a running list of what I needed for the week. Once I would go to the grocery store I would not stray from that list (unless necessary items such as medicine). It had helped us lower our grocery bill so much! Also we tend to go multiple places for our food. For example we go to the local meat processing plant and buy meat cheaper than we can at walmart. Not to mention it is fresh and does not have the added nitrates. We also participate in a buying club or -co-op. Being able to share the ability to buy in bulk certainly helps us eat healthier and maintain a cheaper food bill! For more info on buying clubs check out the Natural Farms Site . These are some great things that work for us. I don't know if it will work for you, but it sure works for me!

*update* At the time I did this, I was only making a list of what we would need for dinner and not planning our meals for all 3 meals daily. I was challenged by Crystal to make a budget and keep it. We set our budget for a family of 5 at $50 per week....I could not keep this budget until I started writing all 3 meals down. It has made a huge difference in the variety of food we eat ( we ate peanut butter quite a bit lol) As a matter of fact we rarely eat the same thing twice in a week for breakfast, lunch, OR dinner. too cool!*

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Blog recomendation

I am pretty picky about the blogs that I read, therefore a little bit picky about the ones I recommend. I have seen this one posted on many sites and have been reading it for a while. This blog is written by a group of homeschooling Christians. I have come to love their thought provoking posts and family humor lol. So the next time you are looking for a new blog...check out The Common Room..............

Excellent article about Kefir!


A cultured dairy product, not unlike drinking-style yogurt, but more tart and refreshing and has more therapeutic value than yogurt.

Kefir is made from grains, or "starter" (which can be purchased from health food stores), and milk: cow, goat, mare, sheep, soy or rice. With proper care, kefir grains can be used over and over again for a lifetime.

It is best made from raw, fresh, whole, organically-raised goat or cow milk as it has not been pasteurized and contains enzymes which help break down fats and proteins and makes it less mucous-forming.

The friendly yeast and bacteria in kefir are crucial for restoring and maintaining a healthy flora colony in the small and large intestine. It's acidic environment creates an inhospitable environment for parasites and other unfriendly organisms. It is especially beneficial during and following antibiotic treatment and packs a powerful one-two punch when combined with probiotics (an acidophiluslbifidus complex nutritional supplement).

Kefir is especially useful for children, in order to keep their immune systems strong, since they are exposed to many viral and bacterial infections at school and daycare.

Kefir may prevent stomach ulcers which are often caused by the He\icobaeter pylori bacteria.

Kefir is nature's natural antibiotic, and along with cultured vegetables and probiotics helps rebuild the inner ecosystem.

Kefir contains:
* A complete protein (all the essential amino acids) which is critical for healing
* Tryptophan to help calm the nervous system
* Abundant calcium and magnesium
* Vitamin B6
* Phosphorus (an important mineral for utilizing carbohydrates, fats and proteins for growth, cell maintenance and energy)
* Biotin (another 8 vitamin which assists in the manufacture and oxidation of fatty acids and carbohydrates)
* An excellent source of Vitamin B12 which contains important mineral elements and is essential for longevity. B12 cannot be made synthetically--it must be grown in bacteria or molds. If builds immunity, increases energy and counteracts allergens. B12 needs calcium for proper absorption, and nature has provided that as well in Kefir.

* Kefir is also rich in Vitamin B1 (thiamin) which is known as the "morale vitamin" for its beneficial effects on the mental attitude and nervous system. Thiamin is linked with enhanced learning capacity, growth in children, improvement in muscle tone of the stomach, intestines and heart, and is essential for stabilizing appetite and improving digestion.

Kefir helps stop food cravings because an inner balance is achieved and nutritional deficiencies are corrected.

Kefir provide a "sour" taste, one of the five tastes necessary for balance in the body, according to Chinese medicine.

Kefir is cooling to the body, so is an ideal food for the summertime, or when you have a fever or any condition of body heat (ie. menopausal hot flashes)

Over time, the skin becomes moist and creamy, with a noticeable refinement of the pores. It can be used externally to help moisturize the skin for all skin types. Fermented milks contain lactic acid which is a naturally occurring Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA).

Kefir's friendly bacteria automatically show up in the vagina, but if there is a vaginal yeast infection, you can implant them more directly by using the kefir as a douche.

While Colonic Therapy helps cleanse pathogenic yeast from the large intestine, such yeast colonize in the small intestine also. Fermented foods like kefir and raw cultured vegetables have a cleansing effect on both intestines. The liver functions better as a result, releasing its toxins into a clean colon, as it was designed to do.

Kefir helps produce more pleasant breath, healthier, sweeter-smelling bowel movements and helps eliminate flatulence.

Start with 4 ounces in the morning on empty stomach, and every other day increase the amount until-you are able to drink a full 8 ounce glass.

If you are detoxing, wait 3 to 6 months before introducing Kefir.

Drink a lot of water to help pass the mucus through the body more quickly. Get adequate exercise since heat burns up mucous accumulations. Use proper food-combining to make kefir less mucous-forming.

Food Combining Rules for Kefir. As a dairy product, kefir should be eaten along on an empty stomach or combined with:

1) Raw or lightly steamed vegetables. Try a salad with kefir dressing, or use kefir for a dip with raw veggies.
2) Acid (sour) fruits such as strawberries, lemons, limes, grapefruits, pineapples, cranberries or blueberries.

Kefir makes an excellent fruit smoothie which is delicious and very popular as a breakfast for children and adults. Children will like the addition of favourite fruits and the smoothie may be sweetened with a few drops of Stevia (an-herbal sweetener which does not affect insulin levels. A little unrefined flax seed oil or a butterscotch-flavoured essential oil combination from Omega Nutrition, are especially good for children with eczema or who are hyperactive. You may also add to the smoothie Hemp Oil which is balance and tasty, Lecithin granules (1-3 tsp.), probiotics, and natural flavourings such as nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla.

To ensure that kefir is not overly mucous-forming, do not combine it initially with proteins or starches. A general rule of thumb is to wait 3 hours after dairy before eating protein or starch foods. However, kefir's protein is predigested, the yeast and bacteria speed up digestion, and you need only wait about 45 minutes to an hour before eating something else. Once your inner ecosystem is restored (anywhere from 3 months to a year), you may experiment and try kefir at the end of a meal, or before bedtime to help with relaxation and a sound sleep.
Remember to brush your teeth after eating kefir as its bacteria produce an acid condition in the plaque that can lead to tooth decay.

Do not take Vitamin C with a kefir meal. Kefir is such a powerful digestive aid that it may prevent Vitamin C from reaching the bloodstream. If you have a cold or infection, stop the Kefir and take therapeutic doses of Vitamin C (1000 mg. per hour to bowel tolerance).

Whether you take Kefir on a regular basis, for a short time, or maybe just two or three times a week, trust the wisdom of your own body and learn to listen and heed its signs and signals. The important thing is to Keep colonizing the intestinal tract with beneficial bacteria as research shows that it disappears once probiotic therapy is discontinued.

There are so many things that I am continually learning about everyday in this new world of "ideal food" for our body. This morning I made smoothies for myself and the kids from the kefir with strawberries and blueberries. Although I would of preferred a little more sweet (my next batch of stevia will come in next Monday) I still found it absolutely delicious! I could not taste the sourness at all and it was VERY thick...almost like a milk shake. The kids also loved it. Katharine didn't want it any sweeter than it already was (she is one who LOVES to drink it "neat"). I also made my 1st batch of cream cheese with it and cant wait to give it a try! Now that I am getting the Kefir thing down I am going back to what I used to do.....baking on Sundays. I used to do this and loved it...but simply got out of the habit. I am looking forward to making our own bread again (time consuming as I don't have a bread machine but I love it) and then moving onto true fermented veggies in the summer after my garden has produced!


Yep you read that right. We hadn't said anything about this to anyone as we had enough going on over the past week. This only added to our bunch of worries and we really wanted to avoid "issues." but......The best way it was explained to me...was that sometimes states contract with other states (kind of like they work together). When Kyle turned his application in to the state he did get hired for this job.......but one of our partner states (Colorado) has long been looking for someone with Kyles abilities and skills. A fist it was a definite "NO!" but then on the other hand....I have been longing for a change for a long time. Kyle started to think to that a move would not be so bad and maybe change is exactly what we need. He replied back this morning with a huge indeed we are moving! His will (for the 1st time in his life) be in a salary position making almost DOUBLE what he makes now. We have looked at housing and we plan on living in an apt for a least until our house burns down sells. Things will be tight as we will have to afford the house payment for a while, but once we get rid of the house payment we can start looking for our own "home" over there. I now need to get checking on Colorado homeschool laws amongst many other things. While I am sad we will be leaving my friends and family behind, we are excited about a new opportunity.