“Where have the last 7 months gone?!”
Hello! It’s been a bit silent … okay, REALLY silent here on my end for the last seven months. This little blog got shoved way down on the list of life’s priorities. Lately several of my close friends have been visiting the blog more and I can see the reports from Google showing me that many are still visiting the site and reading. Perhaps I should give you a little update?!
January 2018 brought changes for our family; firstly I was two months pregnant with our 3rd baby (thank God!) and terribly exhausted. Second, I was beginning to realize that I just couldn’t blog at the same pace that I do “life” at. Does that makes sense? Like … it’s easy for me to implement new things for our family and I love researching health topics but it’s hard to then get that all up on the blog. And, I have to admit, my hat is off to those who blog full time. I’ve realized that my passion in life is far from the computer screen but I so appreciate the dedication of the bloggers that I learn from and follow (Wellness Mama, Ben Greenfield Fitness, Mama Natural, Catholic All Year, and more).
And so in the last 7 months I haven’t been around the blog much but I do have some new things to share with all of you and a couple fun pictures too 🙂
I’ve read a few books that I would highly recommend:
- The Dental Diet
- Made For This: The Catholic Mom’s Guide to Birth
- The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guid to Pregnancy & Childbirth
- Finding True Happiness: Satisfying Our Restless Hearts
- Eat Wheat: A Scientific and Clinically Proven Approach to Safely Bringing Wheat & Dairy Back into Your Diet
- 26 Letters to Heaven: A Catholic Preschool Curriculum
I’ve changed some of my cooking habits:
- We are no longer a gluten free family! After reading “Eat Wheat” it gave me the courage (& science) to move forward. I am happy to say that we now enjoy home made sourdough bread, biscuits, and muffins several times week. I use ancient grains milled in low heat mills (including Einkorn, Kamut, & Spelt).
- Foods that stain your fingers (e.g. beets, cherries) are a staple in our home and you’ll often find us drinking lemon water. These are just a few of the foods that help support a healthy liver.
- I now make all our yogurt for a fraction of what it costs to buy it. It is also reassuring to know that the milk used to make it is from a local farm! Our youngest still doesn’t tolerate cow’s milk very well but she absolutely loves local goat milk.
- We’ve backed off on the home made kombucha, kefir milk, & kefir soda. More research has showed me that very small quantities of these foods are needed as they all contain similar strains of bacteria (compared to the 30,000+ strains in our guts). As adults we aim for just a couple ounces of a fermented beverage a day and the kids need even less.
- Propolis Spray from Beekeeper’s Naturals is our new favorite to help boost the immune system.
And a few personal things: I planted my first garden this year! The results so far have been amazing … our favorite is all the lettuce varieties. I never want to eat store bought lettuce again.
Aside from reading health, faith, and child-rearing books — I’ve been pounding through books about construction, general contracting, architecture, and design. We’ve been hoping to buy land and build a house for a long time and are really trying to make that happen in the next 1-2 years. With baby #3 on the way our little house is going to be extra cozy this winter. Spokane as a long cloudy/rainy season and having a place for the little kids to play at home while I school older kids in the future would be a huge blessing.
Other than that we’ve just been busy being parents, growing our baby, spending time with friends & family, and cultivating a life of faith in our home. Every day is such a gift and blessing (nothing like being an ER nurse to remind me of that)! Cheers and thanks for reading!