Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"Homebase" May the Lord give you understanding in all things. 2 Timothy 2:7

The last three weeks have kind of been a whirl wind around our home. Traveling up and down to Twain Harte is where most of our time was focused and it was starting to wear on us. We live about 25-30 minutes from our church depending on the traffic not to mention our gas guzzling trucks. My husband and I started thinking maybe we were in the wrong location and even talked about putting our home up for sale.  It wasn't until Sunday afternoon when a fellow church sister sent me a message that I realized God has put us where we are for a reason.  She gave me encouraging words of wisdom and I began to think about how our house has kind of been home-base the past three weeks.

It all started when my sister in law was sent into the hospital to be induced four weeks early. We may live 25 minutes from our church but we only live 5 minutes from the hospital. It is a quick trip to make visits, bring supplies, and coffees:) Following the induction of sweet Gracie a snow storm decided to hit our higher elevations pretty hard causing thousands to lose power for days.  It just so happens our family again is centrally located in town and out of the snow, we never lost power once.  On the other hand my sister in law, her husband, and their four day old baby had no power or heat.  To home base the Vondraks came; they ending up crashing at our place for 5 days and we relocated Thanksgiving to our home. Oh wait the story doesn't end yet. Just when I thought things were about to settle down my Dad gets admitted to the hospital and has to have an emergency surgery. Again I am only five minutes from him which seems pretty handy as my sisters and I can take turns watching the kids at my house (home base) and visiting my Dad. So the moral of my story is God has put us exactly where he wants us no matter what I may think. He is an awesome God and I can't thank him enough for all the blessings he has brought into my life. Everyday he shows me his love more and more. Today I am thankful for healthy family, and our HOME BASE.

May the Lord give you understanding in all things. 2 Timothy 2:7

Thursday, November 25, 2010

the word "nurse" means "nourisher" in the Greek.

As I hold Violet in my arms and nurse her to sleep I cherish the moments more and more. Lately I have realized this is one of the rewarding things God has called me to do; be a Mommy. The Lord has put a role upon me to be The Nurturer, The Nourisher, and The Nest builder of our home. I feel it is my duty to keep my family healthy and do everything in power to provide them with healthy nourishing foods.  Violet is my second and I am a little different now than I was with Ryden. 

You see with Ryden my pregnancy wasn't exactly easy which is a whole other story in its self, but because of that hard pregnancy I did Violet a lot different and got tons of different results. When I say different I mean the way I eat now and how I ate during Violet's pregnancy. My diet was made up of whole foods all of which were organic plus the big one (cod liver oil combined with raw butter oil). I found many helpful things in the book Healing our Children, I can honestly say it changed my way of thinking and opened my eyes.

Now that Violet is here I have continued to study what and when I should be feeding her. She is six months old and I continually get asked  "is she is eating solids yet or rice cereal?" Well the answer to that question is no. Yes I realize I can be giving her rice cereal and other foods but from doing my homework the most nourishing food I can give her is breast milk. That is all a baby needs until the are a year old or longer, that is how God intended it. The doctors recommend rice cereal as the babies first foods only because it is bland. As I have researched it I have found that it is actually one of the worst foods we can give our infant. Rice cereal is a type of grain, one of the hardest foods for our bodies to break down. Violet's digestive system isn't even fully developed until she is a year why are we being told to give them something that is going to make their little bodies work so hard to digest?  Yes Violet has sucked on a banana here and there but for the most part it's my milk.  As she gets older or goes through growth sperts she will be more demanding in her nursing. That is only because she needs more milk and in order for my body to produce more milk she eats more until the demand is supplied.  Violet will be introduced to foods but they will be whole, organic, nourishing foods. I find it so interesting researching stuff like this and it is my duty to keep my family healthy. Another uplifting website which truly touched me was 
www.Above The breastfeeding articles are awesome. Check them out.

I hope this helps some of you or any of you that may read this.  I encourage everyone to do a little of their own homework. Its amazing what we can find in books and on the internet these days. Happy nursing, bonding, healthy living.