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Friday, February 24, 2012

Loving The Juice

A couple of days ago we got our juicer. I wanted one and wasn't sure how I was going to do with it, so we chose to get the Jack LaLanne juicer only because if only used it sometimes at least it wouldn't be a huge amount of money spent into it like 300-400 dollars. Plus I wanted my kids to enjoy it too. We do now plan on getting one of the more advanced models for juicing and possibly leaving our Jack LaLanne in the car for when we travel. (Yes we love it that much). Since Tuesday afternoon I have eaten a total of 4 meals the rest of my meals have been juiced. I thought I would have food cravings, or want other foods but I don't. I guess it's because I am getting so many nutrients with my juiced fruits and vegetables that it's not needed. I also feel better. I get energy from the juices and I don't feel tried after eating. It just shows eat real live foods and you will feel alive. Eat dead foods and you will just want to sleep.

On a side note I would like to say that I think that juicing is really the best thing for me right now. Based off of my tests from the dentists my mercury fillings are seeping out high amounts of mercury and mostly due to me chewing and eating foods. I have to still eat but since I am juicing now I don't have to chew as much and less mercury is being expelled into my body. I feel more at ease knowing that than anything else.

The best thing of all is I have my meat eating husband asking for juice for breakfast, and lunch. We really only eat dinner now and maybe a snack every now and then, but we are loving the juice. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

My Child My Choice

After reading the article on how a girls lunch was taken away and she was given pink poisoned chicken nuggets instead really enraged me. I understand that the schools are trying to do their best with their school lunches, but if I or anyone else that sends their kids to a public school chooses to send their child with a lunch they should be able to eat that lunch.

This is one of the reasons I pulled my daughter home. I was tired of them "taking" or telling her she couldn't have her food. One instance that really sticks in my mind is I sent a turkey sandwich, with cucumber and carrots on the side. I also enclosed a small thing of ranch and a mango cut up. She came home telling me how the school told her she couldn't eat the mango because someone in the lunch room was allergic to it. She didn't even know who or anything. I have taught my daughter to always mind your elders and respect them so she didn't eat it.

This continued on about how little by little she couldn't take the paleo brownies because it had walnuts, then almonds, then eggs. She wasn't allowed to take hard boiled eggs neither. After other school related concerns we chose to bring her back home. She had been home schooled before so it would be fine.

I don't understand where the schools feel they have any right to tell us parents what to feed our kids when we are paying for it ourselves. Frankly if I want to send my kids with junk crap processed food I will and if I want to send my kids with a veggie feast I will. They are my kids and the more that we allow them to decide for us what is best the worse it's going to get.

People ask me all the time why we home school and I tell them because I want to ensure that they get a full education, and understand completely what health and wellness means. There is no way in H E double hockey sticks I would allow my kids to go back to the public schools again. I have 5 kids and some days its challenging to home school, work, and do housework, but I wouldn't change it for the life of me. I think more parents need to stand up to the schools and if they don't agree with what is going on say something or home school them. Eventually the schools will lose more and more money and then we will all be responsible for our child's education.

I truly hope anyone doesn't feel this school was in the right because I know what type of stuff they serve in the schools and is by far not healthy at all.

To view the complete article on this matter click HERE  

Learning The Importance of Measurments

Our oldest daughter Alissa is starting to cook and experiment a bit. I love that she is so encouraged and excited about cooking. It's not boxed foods neither she loves making cinnamon rolls from scratch, but it's things like home made cookies, pies, and soups. So as part of her school work we wanted to give her a blog. The blog is going to be focused on pre-teens/teens her age hoping to inspire other kids to eat healthy and make healthier decisions. I have decided this would be part of her English, writing, and home economics curriculum. She is to do at least one post a week. Take pictures and reply to comments etc.

Last night she was trying her first recipe that she came up with (with one small suggestion from me). So I printed out the recipe and she started going to town. She preheated her oven, had all the ingredients out and just started mixing it just like the directions said. She baked them and they came out like little cookie bites. She took a bite and uh oh she got a salty bite. I asked her how much salt she put in she said what the directions said. I asked her exactly how much she put in she said 1/8 cup of salt. I had her go get me the recipe I printed out. It turns out she was supposed to put 1/8 teaspoon of salt. So lesson learned measurements are very, very important when cooking.

We all got a good laugh out of it and I told her that she could try again today. I am sure she will be more cautious in the future about measurements.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Mom and Dad Why I Love You

Today I was looking through some pictures and I came across one of my mom and dad. They are still married after 30 years. I have to say it is the best picture I have seen of them. My mom and dad are truly my inspiration for my marriage. No matter what they have fought through their marriage to keep it together. They showed that marriage and life isn't always easy but standing in unity with your spouse and prayer can get you through anything. 

My dad taught me and my sisters to stand up for what you believe in. He taught me that I may have to make sacrifices in order to take care of my kids. He taught me to not lie to your kids it sets a bad example and it's wrong. He always showed that he loved me even though he was a little tough on us. It makes me happy and proud to call him my dad. 

My mom always taught me to be a lady. Never settle for anything but the best. She has set an amazing example of a mom. She always took care of me and taught me everything I know about raising my kids. Not all of it we completely agree on but we are both OK with it. I don't have to worry about if she will ever let me down when I truly need her because she has always been there. She has moved across state lines and away from all of my other sisters just to be with me for a few months while my DH was deployed, gone in training or because I was pregnant AGAIN. My mom isn't perfect, but she has shown me that you don't have to be and never will be perfect. I can say my mom is one of my best friends and I love that we can spend a day together just hanging out. 

Monday, February 13, 2012

Got Milk

Today I am not only sad, but angered by a headline that I read online. The Washington Times read "Feds Shut Down Amish Farm For Selling Fresh Milk". Here is why I am upset about the situation and I am speaking out about it.

The first thing is the customers that were buying the milk were going to Rainbow Acres directly to get the raw milk. The farmer was not telling anyone or forcing anyone to buy their milk. One person gets sick from raw milk and they are told not to ever drink it again because of the bacteria in it. Yet we are told to continue to buy meat even though it is filled with bacteria and has caused several hundreds death a year due to E Coli poisoning. To me this is completely insane and backwards.

I do understand what Mr. Allgyers did and the charges that are he was charged for. I don't sympathize with him on that choice, but he was only trying to help others. What I am not happy about is how the FDA has chosen to go about it. I am little confused on when and why our food rights are being take over. When will it stop? I don't like being angry or keep bitterness inside but this is outrageous.

Everyday you and me and reading about rights being taken away and controlling our food system more and more. They already fully control the public schools, food and what is fed to them. (One of the many reasons we home school). Last summer and the year about there was an article about a women that got put in jail for 93 days for growing her own vegetables. You can see the article HERE.

It's only a matter of time before we aren't able to read our bible or speak freely about the word of Yahweh. truly hope that more people are aware and take a stance. If you believe that raw milk is good for your family I see drink up. If you believe that store bought is the best for your family I say; Do some research, but don't take my right away to eat what I please.

Forget that name brand products are putting such toxic chemicals in our food, that people are dying from. Instead they are more concerned with an Amish farmer that makes his living by selling his stock, fruits, vegetables, and doing labor around his town.

The point is our rights are being taken especially our food rights. We deserve to at least be able to eat what we want. Even if it means growing our own food, raising our own cattle, and having our own chickens. If that is what we want and we have the land to provide for it I feel strongly that it should be allowed.

If you are interested in taking a stance or want to know more about the benefits and uses of raw milk you can visit their website at

Juanita E. 

Preparing For The Sabbath

Each week is a new struggle as our family faces different and new strategies. One of them is learning to put in practice the Shabbat as my husband chooses and leads. We have really gotten consistent in the past 6 months with honoring the Sabbath. So each week it does get easier.

The first week was so hard. I mean I was confused, and I ended up cleaning and ran out of our "snacks".  It was horrible at first. I kept praying and asking for help because I needed it. Little by little my creativity came into play. I got more creative as time went on. I am still no pro but I am a lot more organized and the Sabbath runs so much more smoothly.

I have narrowed down 7 things I do before the start of the Sabbath.

  1. Buy fruit, vegetables, greek yogurt to eat for the morning and snack on. 
  2. We buy paper plates plastic spoons and forks. I know this isn't the best option, but until I can come up with something a little better this is what we have chosen that fits with our family. 
  3. I print out the scriptures on a Word Document the Sunday before the Sabbath. This so that way the material that my husband was teaching our kids is fresh in our mind. I would like to point out my husband does lead the teachings and is head of our home. He tells me what we are going to study and asks me to find scriptures ahead of time so he can teach me and the kids. 
  4. We do a crock pot meal or prep a casserole the week of sometime so that way Saturday evening we just pop it in the oven. If we decide to cook something else we will prep the food still and put it in the fridge or freezer. We have done this with hamburgers, steaks, and pies. 
  5. We do all of our deep cleaning on Sunday and extra loads of laundry on this day. The only difference we have made is that instead of our family day on Sunday it is now on the actual Sabbath. Thursday and Friday morning I may have the kids do dishes, while I vacuum. Basically just little things to be sure to keep the house tidy during the Sabbath. 
  6. I do all my shopping by Thursday because chances are I forgot something and it gives me Friday still to go and get what I forgot. 
  7. The last thing I do is on Friday early afternoon. I set up movies, coloring sheets and activities for the younger kids to do while we study The Scriptures with the older kids. I try to refrain from using cutting, glitter or really small gems and stones. I will usually have one of the older kids cut out the shapes before hand so it's cleaned up before the Sabbath. 
This is what I have found to be the most successful in preparing for the Sabbath. It might not go as smooth as I would like all the time but this has eliminated me stressing out over it. These simple steps are things I do through out the week and I don't cram them all into one day. 

It has also helped me and our family to rest and enjoy the Sabbath. 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Bible Reconstruction

A few years ago I came up with something called "Bible Reconstruction". It wasn't something fancy or complex at all. Our now 11 year old was only about 4 years ago so she was about 7 years old. We were coming home from a fellowship and she had started talking back to me and my husband and this was something that was kind of escalating over a few months. On this particular day she was really being rude, nasty and just not of a peaceful spirit.

At first my DH said you are going to go to your room when you get home. When we got home she was happy to go there. Like she could "get away" from us when it was typically our day of family time. The Holy Spirit then led me to have her do something else. Instead of giving her what she wanted by spending time in her room by herself I told her she was going to have to do some writing exercises. (She was being home schooled at the time so she assumed something from her school work, however this wasn't the case).

I had her sit at her work area with a paper, and pencil. I opened the bible up to Deuteronomy 27:16 and I had her copy the verse 10 times. This was a short verse, but for longer verses I only make them do it maybe 5 times or 3 times. I try to find the shorter verses though when I incorporate this in their punishment. After they are done they also have to explain to me why from a biblical aspect it was wrong.

Here are my reasons for choosing this as part of their discipline.

  • It shows them from a biblical point what they are doing wrong. 
  • It shows that I too follow through with Yahweh's word and The Scriptures. 
  • It also shows that sometimes it isn't easy being obedient to the Scriptures and it's hard but we do it because it is commanded by Yahweh and his word. 
We have noticed a huge difference that this alone has had on our blessings from Yahweh. They do get upset if we ground them or make them do extra chores, but now I will gently remind my older two if we need to do some bible reconstruction and their response is no ma'am or no sir. They do what we ask, because it's always in their mind that mommy and daddy are doing what The Scriptures tell us to do. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Swallow That Garlic

I hope that this post does make you laugh, most of all. In January I got a kidney infection and I went to the doctor and he didn't believe me at first. He talked to me like I didn't know what I was talking about, and that I was needing attention. Believe me that is that last thing I wanted to do. I only went in to confirm it was a kidney infection. I had a high fever, pain in the lower back, and couldn't sit in one position for very long. I have only had a kidney infection one other time in my life and it was the same pain again.

So the doctor was very prideful and literally talked me in a way that didn't make me feel comfortable. I was kind of upset and told my DH how he just rushed me through and said it's back spasms, and they would send it off to culture but more than likely it's just back spasms. I didn't agree with him. So I kept pushing my fluids. By the next weekend I was still in some pain. I was taking a Kidney Activator Herb Supplement, D3, and a Potassium Combination blend. It helped with the pain a little bit but I could tell the infection was still there. My husband did pick up the prescription but I chose not to take it.

Instead I went old school. Remembering back of what I would have done a year or two ago. So I said I am going to take a garlic clove and swallow it. That will kill the infection. By this time it was the 10th day of having the infection so I know I needed to get it killed. During that time I would get fever off and on, and I would get cold chills.

So I took a small garlic clove because I wasn't sure how I would be able to do it. I have told hundreds of people just take a garlic clove and swallow it. I know it works, I know the amazing benefits of garlic, but I myself have never had to actually swallow a garlic clove.

So the first dose I took the small clove went down like a regular pill. I was like man that was so easy and no garlic taste neither. A few hours later I was starting to feel better, but I knew I would have to do it again over the next couple of days to be sure the infection dies. Plus garlic is good for you any way.

The next day was as Saturday I got a little bit bigger sized clove this time. I also bought some cranberries and boiled them in water so that way I could drink the cranberry juice. That evening I had to take my 2nd dose of garlic. I got a clove off and thought this should fit it's no bigger than a prenatal vitamin and I used to take those all the time just fine. (What I didn't realize was that the clove was curved and not exactly shaped like the prenatal vitamin I used to take) I just need a bigger glass of water. So I got the water and popped the garlic into my mouth and started drinking the water. I kept drinking and drinking. The garlic clove started to go down, but about half way down I realized it wasn't going to go down. So it was either going to come up or I was going to die. Next thing I know all the water including the garlic clove came shooting out all over the floor and my husband's back.

The first thing I said once I was able to catch a breath was "I'm Sorry". He said what happened. I responded back to him. I was trying to swallow the garlic clove and about half way down my throat I realized it wasn't going to fit and then the water came back up with the garlic clove. He said "So you didn't swallow it." I told him "No". His next response was "Well where is it so I can wash it off." My response back to him was "ewww no you are not going to wash it. Throw it away." He said "No we can use it again." I was trying so hard not to laugh, but it was really hard. By the way that garlic clove went in the trash.

So the moral of the story is be sure to cut up the garlic clove at least 2 or 3 times in length so it does fit. The garlic taste isn't that bad at all. If you really don't like it you can coat it with honey like my dear friend Darlene suggests.

Back To Gluten Free

For the past couple of months money has been tight and although Yahweh has provided it's still been difficult.

First I would like to give a quick background on our precious 5 year old Ariah. When she was about 3 years old she started to regress backwards. She stopped talking, she did arm flapping, yelled at us but without any words, stopped going to the bathroom when she had been potty trained for 6 plus months, full blown tantrums, anxiety and leg pains at night. I have studied so much into the health field that I can recognize health issues by symptoms. I don't need blood tests or xrays most of the time. So the first thought that came to mind was Autism. I thought but how could this be she is pretty much vaccine free with the exception of the Vitamin K and  Hep B at birth. I kept thinking there is no way that could have done it. Then I started to think about my silver fillings. Wondering if they could have contributed and could have caused it. So instead of trying to find out why or how it happened my focus was to just focus on what to do next.

Now DH was in training in Fort Benning and we were there with him but with him spending week after week in the field and not being able to come home until Saturday morning and then back out Sunday evening I couldn't ask him to help much. I had a new baby and a 18 month old daughter on top of my older 2 kids. So to help my mom came and stayed with us. It was only for about 2 maybe 3 months but it really helped a lot. She was able to tend to the other kids while I was able to work with Ariah one on one. So after doing some tests by seeing if she was just sensitive when aware or truly didn't want to be touched at all we concluded that we needed to remove gluten from her diet for 2 reasons. One was if she was on the Autism spectrum this is one of the first things the doctor is going to tell us to do. 2 if she wasn't on it then we needed to remove it see if she had some kind of sensitivity to it. With in a week after removing it she started to regress. With in a couple of months she was talking again, going the bathroom on her own and the tantrums got less and less. She was signing to me again as well. Now fast forward to a couple of months ago.

I had gotten really sick after Thanksgiving in November. My DH had to take over the cooking in the house and snacks since some days I couldn't even get out of bed. So he did what he could and what was easiest. PB and jelly sandwiches on store bought bread, pasta, lots of spaghetti etc. This resulted in extreme leg pains for my precious baby and major emotional roller coaster for all of the kids. So as of this past week DH said I don't care about easy and convenience any more we are going back to Paleo and being gluten free. I was really happy.

So no more wheat for us in this house. We have also chose to eliminate several grains as well to see how we do without them. So bye bye oatmeal, corn, and rice.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Laughter Does a Soul Good

I have to say after reading this it really made me laugh. I could actually see my husband doing this kind of stuff in a store. It was a reminder that marriage is a life time commitment and that instead of dragging your way through some times you just have to enjoy the little things.

I can honestly say that my mom and dad still are "silly" with each other every day. There are always things that my dad does that makes my mom laugh and if it wasn't for him modeling that I probably wouldn't have found a spouse that is the same way. It makes things easier in life when things seem so hard and difficult.

So here is something I found online, but not sure who the author is.

After I retired, my wife insisted that I accompany her on her trips to Target. 

Unfortunately, like most men, I found shopping boring and preferred to get in and get out. Equally unfortunate, my wife is like most women - she loves to browse. 

Yesterday my dear wife received the following letter from the local Target:

Dear Mrs. Harris , 

Over the past six months, your husband has caused quite a commotion in our store. We cannot tolerate this behavior and have been forced to ban both of you from the store. Our complaints against your husband, Mr. Harris , are 
listed below and are documented by our video surveillance cameras: 

1. June 15: He took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in other people's carts when they weren't looking. 

2. July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in House wares to go off at 5-minute intervals. 

3. July 7: He made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the women's restroom. 

4. July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official voice, 'Code 3 in House wares. Get on it right away'. This caused the employee to leave her assigned station and receive a reprimand from her Supervisor that in turn resulted with a union grievance, causing management to lose time and costing the company money. 

5. August 4: Went to the Service Desk and tried to put a bag of M&Ms on layaway. 

6. August 14: Moved a 'CAUTION - WET FLOOR' sign to a carpeted area. 

7. August 15: Set up a tent in the camping department and told the children shoppers they could come in if they would bring pillows and blankets from the bedding department to which twenty children obliged. 

8. August 23: When a clerk asked if they could help him he began crying and screamed, 'Why can't you people just leave me alone?' EMTs were called.

9.. September 4: Looked right into the security camera and used it as a mirror while he picked his nose. 

10. September 10: While handling guns in the hunting department, he asked the clerk where the antidepressants were. 

11. October 3: Darted around the Store suspiciously while loudly humming the 'Mission Impossible' theme. 

12. October 6: In the auto department, he practiced his 'Madonna look' by using different sizes of funnels. 

13. October 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed through, yelled 'PICK ME! PICK ME!' 

14. October 22: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed the fetal position and screamed 'OH NO! IT'S THOSE VOICES AGAIN!

15. Took a box of condoms to the checkout clerk and asked where is the fitting room?

And last, but not least: 

16. October 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile, and then yelled very loudly, 'Hey! There's no toilet paper in here.' 

One of the clerks passed out.

I hope you enjoy this little bit as much as I did.