Friday, January 17, 2014

Mom Heart Conference, Coming to Irving, TX - February 21-22, 2014

In February 2009, I attended an amazing moms conference for the first time.  The Mom Heart Conference, then named Whole Hearted Mother Conference, was so rich and inspiring that I've attended just about every year since.  It's a day and a half at a hotel, filled with inspiration, relaxation, and fellowship with other moms.

The second year I was so excited that I wrote about it and invited many friends to attend with me.  It was truly a life-changing experience for me and greatly needed for that season of motherhood.

Since then, I have come to admire the visionary of this conference, Sally Clarkson, and I've read several of her incredibly inspirational books.  

If you're interested in attending this year's conference, visit the Mom Heart Conference Website.

And don't forget to visit Sally's Blog - ITakeJoy.com for wonderful posts which will keep you inspired and focused during this season of motherhood.   

One of the features on today's broadcast of MomTalk2020 is a post from Sally's Blog, written by guest blogger, September McCarthy at One September Day.


Sally's latest book is 10 Gifts of Wisdom: What Every Child Must Know Before They Leave Home.




Wanna win tickets to the conference for you and a friend?  Good Morning Girls is hosting a  Giveaway on their website.








Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Gut Check! Questions for Mommies in All Seasons of Life!

Is it time for a gut check?  Check out this video and join in the discussion with me!

(It's in 3 parts for now but I will come back and edit it at some point and add them all into ONE.)

Part 1



Part 2


Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Saturday, March 30, 2013

How to clean and get urine smell out of a mattress. (yuck)

In case you've had problems with anyone (or pet) who has had an accident on your mattress!!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Hated this problem!! It did take a while for them all to go, but I think we got them all!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

40th Birthday!

When I was 10 I searched for significance. 

For the next 10 years, I struggled to determine exactly to whom  I was valuable. 

At the age of 20 that search was over.  My savior rather emphatically revealed to me, that it was only his attention and affection that mattered. 
For the next 10 years (or so) I sought after Him.  He showed me what joy there was to be found in him, and him alone.  Not easy but extraordinarily worth it!   




When I turned 30 the real "woman's work" (in my eyes) began.  I cried (and I cry) so many times as I press through.  Ever thankful that He is always there --- spiritual spinach to
supernaturally strengthen my spirit!! 

Over the next 10 years, it was the only thing that kept me going....that kept me sane.

Here I am at 40, now what? 

My value comes from Him alone - still.

His affection and His unspeakable joy is what makes me smile - still.   

Gotta put the hard work in - still. 

And even moreso, boy do I need that spiritual spinach!!! 

For the next 10 plus ten plus ten (and so on) years, I vow to remain thankful for this life He's given me to live.

I take nothing for granted, but remain connected to Him.  For without him, I am nothing.  We are nothing.

Thank you Lord for FORTY YEARS!!

"Such confidence we have through Christ before God.  Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.  He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant —not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.".
II Corinthians 3:4-6

Sunday, April 22, 2012

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

EOE Update 2 - New Treatment Plan

We visited Healthy Kids Pediatrics today and talked to Dr. Nadoo (who also consulted Dr. Osborne, the naturopath).  Over the past few years, we've visited Healthy Kids Pediatrics for other reasons but hadn't been there since our son's condition developed.

We were so thankful for Dr. Nadoo's care and recommendations. 

Here's the plan of care we received (5 items listed below), to help heal our son's gut and hopefully get rid of the EOE!

That is our prayer!!

1.   Pro Omega Fish Oil    1 – 1 ½ tsp once a day

Benefits: "Provides exceptionally high levels of the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA."  Dr. Nadoo suggested Fish oil vs. Flax Oil. 

Each 5ml contains 3202mg of Essential Fatty acids.  1 standard fish oil capsule contains 300mg of EFA’s. This means that 1 tsp on Nordic Naturals ProOmega is equivalent to 11 standard capsules.

2.   Vita-Zymes Chewable     2 tablets before each meal

Benefits: Helps settle the gut and prevent reflux.  This was recommended vs. Prevacid which was prescribed by the GI doctor.

3.   GI Revive  (powder)    1 tsp    2 x / day

Benefits: "Slippery elm, chamomile and okra will sooth and coat inflamed bowels.
Cat’s claw supplement will decrease inflammation. Amino acids will support that smooth intestinal muscle.  Cat’s claw, quercitin, and mucin for comprehensive support of optimal gastrointestinal health. Prunus and citrus pectin are included to aid regularity.   If you have food sensitivities, this product will support your gut."

4.   Intrakid         1 oz      2 x / day for 2 weeks, then ½ oz     2 x / day, break on Sunday (ongoing)

Benefits: "100% organic liquid multi-vitamin and nutritional supplement specifically designed for children aged 4-12. Containing over 215 vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, IntraKID™ is formulated to support the healthy development of our children, as well as provide a defense against disease and illness.  The finest and most comprehensive nutritional supplement available for children.  Low Glycemic.  No Synthetics.  No Preservatives.  No Additives.  Hypoallergenic.  Vegetarian. Fresh Raspberry Taste."

Contains: 71+ trace minerals, 115 antioxidants, 10 essential fatty acids, 39 amino acids, 10 digestive enzymes, 35 green foods, 8 essential sugars, 62 vitamins and nutrients, 34 herbs, 16 macro minerals, 14 vegetables, 65 electrolytes, 7 optimum seeds and sprouts, aloe vera, 25 fruits, 10 probiotics, silver, noni, 12 carotenoids, 22 fibers, 86 bioflavanoids

Does not contain any: Preservatives, colloids, fat, cholesterol, wheat, gluten, caffeine, corn, yeast, rice flour, peanuts, nuts, soy, dairy, fish or fish oil, animal products, artificial additives, artificial colors, artificial flavors, fillers, pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics (drugs), chemicals, starch, binders, coatings, excipients, or flow agents.

5.   Black Walnut Herbal Supplement 9 drops in water    3 x / day

Benefits:
Gastrointestinal: The juglone in black walnuts may be behind the plant's ability to normalize intestinal tissue and may explain why black walnut drops are often used for nausea, constipation, diarrhea and the treatment of colic. Chinese researchers also studied juglone's effects on three key enzymes from Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria that causes ulcers, and found that it was effective at inhibiting growth of the bacteria.

Parasitic:
Black walnut drops have been used to treat worms and other parasites and even poison oak rashes. It's the juglone in black walnut drops that targets tapeworms, while the tannins work as an astringent and help to reduce secretions and irritation and shrink and disinfect the top layer of skin to help relieve symptoms of ringworm.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

EOE Update 1

I haven't written an update here, on my blog in months!!!!  Since the experience we've been having with my 8 year old has been so significant, I thought I would document as much of it as possible until we get through it.

The name of the allergic condition he has, is eosinophilic esophagitis (EOE).

He started out, in October, at about 67 pounds (his normal weight), having trouble swallowing solid foods.

This progressed over the next couple of months and one of the biggest alerts we received was at Granny's birthday dinner, at the end of December, when he had a very hard time. We thought it was routine allergy problems. Over the next few weeks the problem got progressively worse.

In February he was down to only eating things like tomato soup, yogurt, ice cream, pudding. He couldn't even eat mashed potatoes.

I found out about EOE when I posted a question on a Facebook group (Essentially Healthy) asking if anyone had a child with difficulty swallowing. Our next step was to visit an ENT and have them perform a scope and see if they could find anything. They could not.

He sent us to the GI doctor, whom we visited later that week. After the office visit, he scheduled an in-patient surgery to look further. It was through that test (upper GI endoscopy or esophagogastro duodenoscopy), we were able to diagnose the EOE.

After that point we were told to try swallowed (vs. inhaled) steroid medicine - flonase, along with Prevacid and Nasonex.  After several weeks, there was no change.

We decided to further research and try to figure out if there was a natural way to treat the condition.

Several sources suggested that we could try either a) an elemental diet or b) an elimination diet.

We tried the elemental diet first (with Neocate formula and fruit drinks only) and he was just not getting enough calories.

With both elemental and elimination, he was sad that he could no longer have the yogurt, pudding, and chocolate that he had been enjoying before.  We had to remove those due to the milk content.  We also had to remove the yummy tomato soup he had been eating, due to the acidic content in the tomatoes.

So now we're trying the elimination diet, removing all of the high-allergenic foods such as soy, milk, fish, nuts, wheat, citrus, etc.  He can have soups and juices (still looking for a smoothie recipe that he will LOVE) and we also supplement with the Neocate fruit drinks.  Each little "juice box" contains 210 calories of great nutrients!

Last night we were happy that he liked the black bean soup Jeoff made for him.  He'll get over 200 calories in one cup and there's lots of healthy veggies in the recipe.  Other than that, he's eating brocolli an organic brocolli soup we've been buying.  We tried sneak chicken into it but it must not have been the right proportion.  He didn't like it.

He had been eating chick and potato soup made with rice milk, but he started having what may be an allergic reaction to the rice milk so that's off the menu until we come up with another milk to use instead.  He can't do cow's milk, goat's milk, almond milk, or soy milk.  He didn't like flax milk or hemp milk.  I think next time we'll try coconut milk again.

Yesterday he weighed 64.8 pounds.  That's up 1.4 pounds from two days ago.   Praise the Lord.


Thursday, April 07, 2011

Memory Master 2011

My 3rd grader accomplished a HUGE GOAL this week, which she set for herself a year ago (and I didn't even know she had set the goal). She scored 100% Mastery of the grammar curriculum in our home school program,@Classical Conversations Inc. In CC each year, students learn over 500 pieces of information including history, science, math, English, Latin, and geography. See more here. She woke up Monday morning and said, "Would you review the Memory Master information with me? All of it? I really want to be a Memory Master." :-) I'm so proud of her and all of the students in our CC community and what they've accomplished this year. Learning together with mommies and daddies is such fun! It's all for God's glory! Whatever goals they accomplish. Sol de Gloria! www.classicalconversations.com

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

With Arms Wide Open

Life consists of mixed emotions and subtle ironies. We’re overwhelmed with emotion on the day we’re married, received that new job, or looked into the bright future of life filled with wonderful children, a great place to live, or our dream car. Then comes the day to day grind we must face; the disagreements, unmet expectations, disgruntled co-workers, car repair bills, or back-talking offspring. Where’s the joy then? Can we find it, or is it hidden too deeply?

Take a look at this excerpt from a book my husband brought home the other day by Stephen C. Lundin. The book is titled, Fish Tales – Bite-sized Stories – Unlimited Possibilities
“We recently read about a little boy with a rare digestive disorder. He spent much of his time in the hospital, with needles in his arms. When a doctor or nurse approached him, he knew it was because they were probably going to have to put another needle in his arm. But instead of crying, he smiled and held out his arms for them.
Life can sometimes be painful when you greet it with arms extended. But there is no other way to fully embrace life.”

When he first read this to me, I thought it was a cute story. I could even find a few examples of how I could apply the principle to circumstances I had recently experienced. We talked about how we want to teach our four young children this principle and be prepared to face not only the joys of life but the struggles and disappointments – starting with their every day dealings with one another. Teaching others is fairly easy to do because you don’t have to get too dirty.
Over the next few weeks, however, this thing was ever present before me.

As I faced my daily responsibilities, I would remind myself that I enjoy this family of mine. Each small source of irritation would present itself in much larger magnification that it was in reality and I’d have to slap myself and say “with arms wide open,” …. smile, …. embrace it.

Entering my 7th week of pregnancy, two and a half months after miscarrying I had an ultrasound. After being told my baby’s heartbeat was much lower than normal, and the measurement was below the presumed gestational age, I had to tell myself, “with arms wide open,” …. smile, …. embrace it.
Nearing summer’s end (ending way too soon), and staring at the books I’ve purchased, wondering how to put some type of plan into place to pull this all together and teach my children successfully, I’d sometimes think about how incredibly hard this job really is. My toddler poops again and it’s the kind that puts a grown person to shame and I want to scream. But the Lord reminds me, “with arms wide open,” …. smile, …. embrace it.

It’s now the beginning of my 8th week of pregnancy and every morning I wake up waiting for nausea, hoping for morning sickness, praying to feel the worst pregnancy symptoms ever because I know that’s a signal of hope. It’s a sign that something is being stirred up with in. It’s not being stirred up for futility, but it’s for a purpose. There’s life destined to be birthed. So any day I felt these symptoms, “with arms wide open,” ….I smiled, …. I embraced it. I actually hoped for that same struggle the next day.
Even today, after having confirmed that our 6th baby’s heartbeat had stopped, the principle has not changed. I’ve repeated to others many times before and I hate sometimes, when I have to take this advice myself — the Lord’s principles remain unchanged. I can’t apply it to one circumstance and not another. God’s says in his word that “weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). The Word also says, “for the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross.” (Hebrews 12:2) So today, Lord, I set that same joy before me.
I will arise and eat bread. “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” (II Samuel 12:18-23)

I love you, Lord. I know you planned and fashioned our family well before I met any of these people living in this house with me. Well before you placed me in my own mother’s womb. So again, I say that I love you. I thank you. I will “Be Still and Know That You Are God”.
And “with arms wide open,” ….I will smile, …. I will embrace it.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Apple Cider Chicken

I love love love this one!! Thanks Sunny!

Apple Cider Chicken by Sunny Anderson








Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 Vidalia onion, chopped
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced into 1/4-inch wedges
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider

Directions

Heat oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper, add to pan and sear until golden, about 4 minutes each side. Remove chicken from pan, and set aside. Add remaining butter and onion, apple, garlic, thyme and bay leaves. Saute until apple begins to get color and onions soften, about 6 minutes. Add flour and stir 2 to 3 minutes. Nestle chicken back into pan, add cider, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook until chicken is cooked through, about 12 minutes.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

How He Loves!!

Thinking about the Father's Love for us, especially during this Valentine's Day season.

I love the lyrics to this song, by the David Crowder Band. Enjoy them below as well as the video at the bottom.

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He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,

Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realise just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

And oh, how He loves us so,
Oh how He loves us,
How He loves us all

Yeah, He loves us,
Oh! how He loves us,
Oh! how He loves us,
Oh! how He loves.

We are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes,
If grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking.
And Heaven meets earth like an unforseen kiss,
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest,
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets,
When I think about, the way…

MomHeart Conference


I went to this last this year and it was really refreshing. Mrs. Clarkson was very sweet, and an inspiration to me in this season.

My friend Andrea and I had such a good time that we said we needed to tell lots of other moms next year.

The conference dates are February 26-27 at the Las Colinas Marriott.

Here's where you can find more information
http://wholeheart.typepad.com/itakejoy/mom-heart-conferences-2010.html