::Sharing my Heart::

roseIt has been on my heart for a while now, and I really felt God ask me to write last wk, but it some how never got done. For one I am not sure how to say what I am feeling, and it always scares me to put my heart out there. I have always protected my heart, and guarded it very closely over the years. Life moves on, and I am growing, changing, allowing God to work in areas of my heart that I have kept even from Him. Although I would have told you God has complete control of my life. It really would not have been true. And I would not have really known that most of the time.

For years I have struggled with trust. Some of the closest people to me, and some very close friends, hurt me. My trust in people was shattered. I could share up to a point, and then that was it. Even so I talked. A lot! I often controlled the conversations. Lulls of silence bugged me, I felt insecure, I didn’t know where the conversation would go. So I would talk to fill the void. I find it hard to listen to others. And I am not proud of that fact. It is something I am working on, with God’s help. And it is one reason I had been silent so long, with few scattered posts in the past couple of years.

In many ways I felt like my faith was shaken. I was struggling in trusting God. The One person I should be able to tell everything to, I could not open up my heart and pour it out to Him. The one who cares the most!! And this is an area I am still growing in, and find hard too often.

I fought depression most of the years I was battling lyme. It was very hard to be positive and think straight when my body was in such a mess. There were times it would be better for a while, but then it always went down again. And my spiritual life followed the ups and downs. Many times I thought I should just have faith, power through it. It’s just in the mind. I know I can overcome this. And I could for a while, but it too never lasted.

It was like so many of the different things I tried in my journey to finding healing and gaining my health back. The different things would work for a while, but always, it would never get to the core issue.

So spiritually and physically, my life would go up and down, up and down. It was so wearying!! It would drain me. Many times it was like a yo-yo, I would feel like I was learning and growing spiritually, and I would think ‘Yes, this time I finally passed the test.’ But then my physical body would crash. I would have no energy, and I couldn’t do the things a ‘normal’ mom should be able to do. And I would begin to feel discouraged and attacked again. And it does not help me in one bit to have my house falling apart around me. When things are a super mess and dirty, oh, it fairly drives me nuts!!! There is a certain level of mess that is ok, and needs to be ok when you have littles. But when the mess is taking over the house, I can get really grumpy!! (Just being honest here.)

Then there would be times my energy would be coming back up, and I would feel good. I felt like spending time with God. I had energy to pursue a relationship, and so I would and life would be good for a while. Then my body would crash again. It was like I would go around and around and around again!!! One way or the other it would hinge on each other. How I longed for stability. For a less mountainous road. Oh, I don’t mind hills, and curves and such. But when it is hairpin turns and craggy, rocky peaks with sharp drop-offs, – that was so hard to ride through in life.

So then enter a pregnancy, in Feb. ’13. Just imagine all the wild hormones then… My life was literally upside down. I did NOT know how I was gonna handle a baby when it took all of me to be mom to the 3 boys I already had. My hearts cry was that God would show me what I was to do!! Everything I had been currently doing to try to gain healing in my body was brought to a screeching halt. And frankly I was scared of the next 2 yrs!!

For this pregnancy we went to a different midwife. In our talking she fast realized I often felt depressed. And she had me take a questionnaire thing to see just how depressed I was. Let’s just say she was not impressed, I was even surprised at how bad my results were. So she kept a close eye on me. Since she didn’t really know my health history, she didn’t understand all I was going through or all I had went through. But she did an awesome job of being there for us and helping us work through some fears. And now looking back I realize there were many times my brain just felt too tired, and too fried, I couldn’t think straight or reason properly. Many times I just didn’t care. And yes, there were times I felt suicidal. My brain-fog was worse than I even realized at the time.

And then God brought Plexus into our lives. How I wanted to have the hope that this would be the answer. That this could be the means God wanted to use to bring order back into my body. Was I scared? Yes, I was!! How many things had I tried? How many things had we prayed over? So many times we felt God had lead us. And then we would wonder why my body would crash again. We don’t regret most of our ‘chases’, as we feel God would allow them to work for a while. And I wasn’t just letting my body go down hill for however long. I was active in seeking health, and each thing would help. It just was never enough. But Plexus, was it really different? I was not interested in another MLM. I had been a part of a couple such things and didn’t wanna do it again. But God wouldn’t let it rest. And we felt a peace to try it.

Little did I know just how much my (our) lives would be changed. Allowing my body to heal from the inside out, allowing my hormones to rest, recharge and heal, allowing my pain ridden body to relax, allowing my foggy brain to once again think clearly… oh the list could go on.

The biggest, and greatest thing I thank God for is my clear mind!! I no longer get overwhelmed so easily. I can roll with the punches of life. (Just ask my hubby.) Those steep mountains and sharp corners no longer throw me off track so bad. (I just get thrown to the curb, not over the side every time!) I am feeling God’s love and care like I never have before. I am s.l.o.w.l.y. learning to trust Him and other friends. I feel so much hope on the horizon. Like with God’s help I am finally emerging from the shell that used to be me. And I am learning to BE a new me.

Has Plexus changed our life and ‘fixed’ everything? No!! A million times NO!! Plexus is not some magic drink to be our savior!! We live in a fallen world. Our bodies are not perfect. The foods we eat are not the same foods they ate a hundred + years ago. We live in an incredibly toxic world. It’s full of disease and imperfections. We cannot, nor should we expect some little thing to be our ‘magic’ potion that heals us. Should we trust Jesus to heal us? Yes, I believe God uses many different ways to bring healing. Could God have healed me without Plexus? Yes, I believe He could have. Is there anything wrong with taking a product that helps a body deal with the fallen nature of man? I don’t think so. God asked us to take care of our temples. I am thankful He choose to restore mine as He has. And I’m thankful He is not done. My body is still healing, it has not been an overnight fix. I still have hip pain, I still have some skin rash issues, I still have tired days. I still find I feel better eating little to no gluten. And we still still greatly limit our sugar. I still feel strongly about eating a clean diet. I like organic, but it is more costly, so we do what we can. But I am just thankful to feel so much better, for the energy to teach my boys, spending time with them, doing fun things. (Who doesn’t have tired days? And with a 13 mth old who still has really rough nights… I would be dragging more than my tail by now before Plexus.

I like to think of Plexus as a tool. A tool to help your body, as you heal and restore where your body has failed, is over worked and worn down. You can’t take a good probiotic and keep eating tons of sugar and processed foods and expect to see results. You just can’t. You are what you eat, no matter what supplements you may be taking to counter act that. You can’t expect the Slim to control the blood sugar levels if you keep pumping in the sugars all day. It’s all common sense.

So that’s my heart. Or a chunk of it. I am still amazed at where I have been & where we have come… And it’s exciting to look ahead and wonder where God will take us! I no longer fear what the future holds, or have fear I won’t have energy to be with my family, or fear I will be taken from them long before my time.

I am thankful I serve an awesome God, who cares about me and loves me, more than I can ever understand!!!!

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Living, Loving Life Again – Because of Plexus

kathy1I love being able to read stories like this… and from people I actually know. Kathy is a local friend of mine that suffered with lyme disease. This is her story…

“HAVE YOU BEEN WONDERING WHY I AM THAT ‘CRAZY PLEXUS LADY’???

I have been asked again to share my story, so check it out!! If you were me you might be that Crazy Plexus Lady too!!
My Story began 6 years ago when my youngest daughter was 4 months old. I got a tick bite that gave me lyme disease. I got treated with 2 rounds of antibiotics but never really felt completely better. I was still nursing and thought, “It must be because I’m older and still nursing.” So I would exercise every other day. This kept my energy up until we went away on our annual family trip down to Illinois for Christmas. When I got home that year I was completely depleted and didn’t even have the energy to exercise anymore.

A friend said she thought the lyme had come back on me. I started treating it naturally with her doctor’s protocol. That summer was horrible from all of the herxing my body did due to the toxic die-off. In August I went to the Dr. to test to be sure I was actually treating the right thing. I came back positive for lyme. He told me to keep on treating it the way I was treating it and added a couple of other things to my regimen. My energy and motivation was non-existent, my brain couldn’t focus, my memory-what memory?, I wandered around trying to remember what I was supposed to be doing. I was an emotional basket case – crying at the drop of a hat, I would get pain in my muscles and joints, sharp shooting pains in my head, my organs would take turns hurting, I had heart palpitations and really broken sleep. At night the bottoms of my feet would feel like they were on fire. I was needing 3-4 naps a day. I have 8 kids, try raising your family under such conditions! If it weren’t for my older kids helping with the cooking and cleaning we would have been sunk for sure! How I thank God for them!

2 years ago I started the Whole 30 diet. It helped. I found that there were many foods that were contributing to my pain. A year and 1/2 ago I found an herbal protocol that really helped too but these things, although helpful, just didn’t completely heal me. I was still struggling, sometimes more than others – like being on a roller-coaster. I had more energy but it was still really inconsistent as was the pain in my body although I was usually not hobbling around anymore in the morning and at night. Unfortunately, because of the lyme I developed candida (leaky gut) and adrenal fatigue, 2 more debilitating diseases. Ugh!

During these past years I would have times when I would research and research to try to find out how to get better because the doctors only had limited information on the lyme and candida. So very frustrating!

This past February my friend Brenda Martin shared Plexus with me. I was very skeptical and thought, “This is too good to be true! I’m not trying this!” But by May I was still struggling and thought, “I’m going to try it, what do I have to lose?” I started with Plexus Slim and by day 3 I was feeling energy – I was pretty excited! The 3rd week I was helping to throw the 3rd graduation party in 3 weeks and I didn’t even need any coffee which I had been living on before! Any one of these parties would have thrown me down on the couch for 2 weeks or more with exhaustion and pain. Imagine my surprise when it didn’t happen with any of them – just one day that I needed to take it easy and I was back up again the next day!!

My body feels REALLY GOOD all over! My brain can think again. The perpetual acne all over my jaw line is gone! My crackly, rough feet are smooth. And I’m sleeping like a baby. My gut feels really good now too and I am able to eat some things I haven’t eaten in a really long time without pain and brainfog that used to last up to 2 weeks. So wonderful! I had the best summer I’ve had in years – So fun to run and play with my younger kids like I did with my older ones! I kind of feel like I have been learning to live agakathy2in.

I truly thank God for bringing Plexus my way! It just keeps getting better and better! I take the Fab 4 now but started with the Triplex. After feeling so good I couldn’t keep such a great thing to myself so after about 6 weeks I started sharing it with others who were hurting and it has been a JOY to see them feel good again too!! Are you or anyone you know struggling healthwise? Plexus could be your answer to prayer also! I would be so honored to help get you on the road to living life again! (The above picture is before Plexus. I remember feeling really cruddy that day. The pic on the right is now.)”

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Better Than My Best

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I prayed for strength, and then I lost awhile
All sense of nearness, human and divine;
The love I leaned on failed and pierced my heart,
The hands I clung to loosed themselves from mine;
But while I swayed, weak, trembling, and alone,
The everlasting arms upheld my own.

I prayed for light; the sun went down in clouds,
The moon was darkened by a misty doubt,
The stars of heaven were dimmed by earthly fears,
And all my little candle flames burned out;
But while I sat in shadow, wrapped in night,
The face of Christ made all the darkness bright.

I prayed for peace, and dreamed of restful ease,
A slumber drugged from pain, a hushed repose;
Above my head the skies were black with storm,
And fiercer grew the onslaught of my foes;
But while the battle raged, and wild winds blew,
I heard His voice and perfect peace I knew.

I thank Thee, Lord, Thou wert too wise to heed
My feeble prayers, and answer as I sought,
Since these rich gifts Thy bounty has bestowed
Have brought me more than all I asked or thought;
Giver of good, so answer each request
With Thine own giving, better than my best.

by Annie Johnson Flint

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Queen of the Home on Amazon & A Giveaway

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‘In past generations, the role of wife and mother was viewed as a sacred calling. The committed homemaker was seen as strong, capable, intelligent, and irreplaceable. She was regarded not only as a crucial part of the home, but as a foundational bulwark of society. She was considered worthy of great honor, appreciation, and respect. Though in recent years feminists have sought to demean this glorious calling, the Bible’s hopeful vision of noble womanhood is one worth reclaiming. Queen of the Home seeks to cast that vision afresh through godly encouragements from writers past and present. This inspiring collection of essays, poetry, and poignant vignettes paints a beautiful picture of what it means for a wife to be a crown to her husband, the monarch of the cradle, and queen of the home, and calls upon daughters to embrace their rewarding role and sacred calling as regal women of God.’

Do you need some encouragement in your roles of wife and mother? Queen of the Home is a powerful collection of essays, poetry and quotes that will renew your vision, refresh your spirit and remind you of the might and worth of your calling. 

My friend, Jen, which I shared her story here earlier, has compiled this book Queen of the Home: Contributors include Jennie Chancey, June Fuentes, Bambi Moore, Kelly Crawford, Nancy Campbell, Stacy McDonald, and  more! It is now available on Amazon, for $2.99 through midnight, Dec. 1st.

You can also enter 2 fun giveaways for a Kindle Fire & huge giveaway package with lots of generous offers from wonderful bloggers and home business owners!! Such as Character Badges from Deborah & Co,  Books and CDs from Generation Cedar, When Motherhood Feels Too Hard Book by Kelly Crawford, One 20″ x 21″  “We Will Serve the Lord” Wall Design by Fruitful Vine Creations, Two DVDs from Family Vision Films, One $25.00 Gift Certificate for Usborne Books  from Stephanie Simpson, Norwex Basic Package from Melissa Niednagel & many more I didn’t link to!!

JenJen blogs at Noble Womanhood, a website that ‘is dedicated to proclaiming the nobility of the home and reclaiming the lost arts of homemaking’.

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Crippled Immune System… Why?

b3I am sharing this post from Lori Harrison. She has so much to share on candida and it’s affects on the body! Search for her you-tube videos. She is brings it down to a level you can understand. And has a great sense of humor too!! -Lois

This is compiled from months of research, and literally dozens of books  And I have tried to explain it to the best of my ability!

  1.  80% of the body’s immune system lies in the colon.

If your immune system is crippled, your body can’t fight off disease and infection. You should never even get a wart. The body’s immunity should fight off a simple virus, like a wart. But how many people do you know that have warts, sometimes their whole life.  The traditional line of thought is to freeze off the wart. But when we do that, we have ignored the fact that it’s our immune system’s job to fight off that virus! We only got rid of that issue on the surface.

NOW, apply that same logic to ANYTHING wrong with your skin; eczema, psoriasis, cracked, itchy, bleeding sores, athlete’s foot, etc. We lotion them. We put creams on them. But we know that those creams don’t actually get rid of the skin issue, because the minute we quit using the lotion, the cream, or whatever, it comes back…..because something INSIDE is causing it.

Doctors use steroids. The purpose of a steroid is to turn off the immune response.  Something is wrong inside….your body tries to get rid of it, so it surfaces on the skin. So, the theory behind steroids is to stop the OUTWARD sign. TURN OFF YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM.

Okay….let’s use some logic here. WHY WOULD ANYONE EVER TURN OFF THE ONLY ABILITY OUR BODY HAS TO RESTORE ITSELF!!!!????? Setting us up to become incredibly ill from something that our body should easily fight off.  Steroids can’t pick and choose which response to turn off. If you get a steroid shot to stop a skin reaction, it turns off ALL immune function, not just the rash. The rash is just a warning of something going on INSIDE.

10403528_10204136082074189_5032132840931683689_nNOW, let’s step outside the skin. Let’s look at disease as a whole. Imagine if we have a simple virus like a wart, then clearly there’s an immune system issue!

  1. We are born with a microscopic amount of fungus in the colon. Itty-bitty. Science says that the only reason they can find that that itty-bitty amount of fungus exists in us at birth, is for the purpose of decomposition. In fact, in the entire universe, that is always fungus’ purpose. Think of it like this: A tree dies. Mushrooms start consuming it and eventually it decomposes and goes back into the earth. Fungus thrives on dead matter.

So, when we die, ideally, that microscopic amount of fungus should start the decomposition process to make us part of the earth.

So, how did things get so out of balance?

The first time you ever took an antibiotic, it went in and killed the bacteria that was making you sick. It killed the bad bacteria, and it also killed the good bacteria that colonizes your colon.  It KILLED it. It made it DEAD. So, there’s dead matter now floating around in your colon.  A buffet for FUNGUS. So, the fungus starts feasting on the dead bacteria and it grows and grows and grows. And the fungus starts to line the inside of your colon.

When your colon is lined with fungus, you can no longer properly absorb nutrients from the food you eat.  Also, fungus has now taken your immune system hostage.  Fungus is the boss, not your immune system!

Imagine early decomposition!!! That’s what is happening. It has started decomposing your immune system.

Your body may not actually die, it may just get some strange disease, like fibromyalgia….or chronic fatigue. Or rheumatoid arthritis! Also, a number of auto-immune diseases. Those disease may actually begin what I imagine is like early decomposition, but instead of it decomposing you fast and just killing you, it’s slow and torturous.

IMAGINE if there was a way to kill fungus AND  re-establish your colon with the healthy bacteria that promote proper immune function!  JUST IMAGINE!

Imagine if there was a way to get your body’s God-given ability to heal itself turned back to ON instead of OFF!

I’m wondering if a couple of products I talk about are ringing in your ears about now!?

People can take your average probiotic ALL DAY long, but when OUR probiotic was developed, the lady who developed it knew she was onto something ground-breaking and life-changing. She would only give Plexus the sole rights to market and sell it if Plexus would agree to make it affordable for anyone to buy! Her conscience wouldn’t let her sell the sole rights to a company that would mark it up to where only certain people could afford it!

We, as ambassadors, offer something to people that they cannot find anywhere else. I like to call it HOPE! And it’s in a small white bottle with a blue label. When it’s coupled with our Cleanse, people get results! That’s where these amazing testimonies come from. Do NOT hesitate to offer these products to ANY and everyone!

**Sidenote:  antibiotics are not bad, and sometimes they are necessary to save lives, so I’m not saying not to take antibiotics. I’m just glad that there is now something to combat the immune-damage they can cause!

***Important thing to note: Sugar and processed foods feed fungus. If someone is very ill, you owe it to them to tell them that! Pro-Bio 5 can only fight off so much, but if you keep adding fuel to the immune-crippling fire, you won’t get well!

Compiled by Lori Harrison  also known as ‘The Fungus Queen’ where she has an awesome FB group with LOTS of info. For more info on a probiotic that can help and is amazing, read more about Probio5 & how it works, here.

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Random Fall Update & Lots of Pictures

Time for another picture post, mainly for my sis again. But you all can enjoy them too. We now have 2 birthdays in the fall close together. Seems we like to do things by 2’s. Collin & Rylen’s birthdays are 2 wks apart in May. And Karson & Jevan’s are 2 wks apart too, Oct. 17th and Nov. 1st. Jevan never liked having his birthday so far from his brother’s, so it is nice to now have a birthday with a brother too.

Anyway… we will start with Karson’s first birthday. We had both sets of Grandparents and all aunts & uncles who were around. Which ended out being only my parents and then all the Martin’s.

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Karson was enthralled with all the people, gifts and wrapping paper!! We just had a simple party, and I went with a ‘Jungle’ theme as I had found some party stuff on sale this summer, so just used that. I thought it turned out pretty good.

karson bdayIt’s hard to believe my baby is a yr old. We tried to get him to walk, but he is just not so interested. It seems so late, as the others were 9, 11 & 10mths when they started walking. Now at almost 13 mths, he is taking 3-5 steps all the time, and stands a lot. But is not walking yet!! Let him crawl… and he is like a low glider, he covers ground FAST!!! (Much to his brother’s displeasure!! Farms are like a magnet to him, he MUST wipe out ever cow that is standing on feet!)

11 Nov 14Then Nov. 1st on Jevan’s 7th birthday, Grandma wanted to update her grandchildren pictures. Let’s just say it was pretty much a disaster!!! Between it being really cold and a baby who was NOT impressed with picture taking in the leaves, a group picture wasn’t gonna happen. But I loved the ones I got of Jevan.

11 Nov 141We went to Pizza Hut with Marv’s. Cory is a few mths older than Jevan and they are Best Buds!!! Lys’ birthday was a few days later, so we brought 2 cakes and icecream along in. I have never had a birthday party at a restaurant before and I must say, it is pretty nice!! We didn’t have to clean up the mess. The waitress also brought out 2 cookie pizza’s for the birthday kids. And Jevan was unimpressed. That was NOT his cake!!

11 Nov 142Last week we butchered 7 pigs. It’s always a fun day, with friends and much laughter. It was a cold day, but we were done around 1. It always amazes me how fast work can fly with a group of people. And it sure helps as the children get older and can help more. The first time we did it Collin was a yr old & the oldest of the group was around 8. So our freezers are once again full of pig meat to enjoy this winter. All I have left to do is pumpkin pie filling. And I keep putting it off, I am rather tired of canning and am so ready to be DONE!

11 Nov 144On Thursday some of us got together to fill shoe boxes for Samaritan’s Purse. It’s always fun to do. Then afterward we played some indoor games with the boys. And a few girls who got involved. (Like me, jumping rope.)

11 Nov 143Collin was having fun learning to jump rope too, and seeing how high or low they could go!

There, I think that’s about all the pics, opps, forgot this one…

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Evidence of the 5 gallons of shell corn in my basement! I *almost* felt bad making them clean this mess up. But not bad enough. They had the basement quite er, em, a mess!! So now they have to play upstairs for a while again. Much to their displeasure. As I mentioned before, Karson delights in messing up their farms!!!

I have been reminded again these past wks, just how thankful I am to be feeling so good. And that I have energy to carry me from day to day and activity to activity. Before I could never have done all these things back to back like this and survived. Well, I might have survived but my family would have suffered, as well as my house, but relationships and upkeep of home would have been in sad states! I just love being able to bounce from day to day. Even though my nights are not totally restful yet either. Karson still bounces back and forth from sleep 9-4 or getting up every couple of hrs. He just really likes his mom.

Well, I must run… supper is ready and waiting. And everyone is hungry!! Um, so supper is over. The ‘men’ set off a bunch of old firecrackers that have been laying around here, just asking to be blasted off. Nothing like a {COLD} night outside to have male bonding. Now they are waiting on me so we can watch a movie… Do you know when the last time was that I watched a movie? I don’t either!! We are gonna watch Blind Side. Have a Blessed Sunday!!

 

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Airing My Dirty Laundry

Towels drying on the clotheslineOr maybe I should say my ‘Clean’ Laundry!!! For those of you who have been with me for a long, long time, may remember my post on laundry and trying to get my towels to be absorbent. Well, I never really did get them to be very absorbent. I just tried to ignore the problem and pretend it wasn’t as bad as it really was. We just sorta lived with towels that didn’t soak up water so great and rags that pushed spilled liquids around until it finally gave into to soaking up the mess. Well, fast forward a few yrs, and I am cloth diapering my 4th son. All was well until he hit about 7mths old, and suddenly my diapers are no longer containing the wetness. And that causes major problems!!!

So began another search… This time FB, and the world in Pinterest has come to play big roles in research. And I think I have found the answer!! I am still struggling some with my diapers, but my towels and rags are amazing!!! I had been feeling for some time that my homemade laundry soap was not cleaning my clothes very good. But the thought of discontinuing my cheap soap wasn’t very exciting to me, especially living on a farm, I do LOTS of wash each week!!! Well, in my search & research, I found a group on FB called Fluff Love & CD Science. (If you don’t mind a lot of drama, the group is ok. I don’t follow it anymore, as I was just tired of all the action there.)

Wow, my eyes were opened and some of my thoughts were finally ok’ed. Like why do we have to use a special laundry soap just to wash diapers? I know back when I was a baby my mom never had 2 different soaps. Why should it matter what soap goes on diapers that touch a babies bum and what gets used on clothes that touch the skin on the rest of the babies bodies?? Hmmm, right?? I know some of the thoughts are on the absorbancy,but if it’s properly washed, our towels should be absorbent too right? If not, there is problems.

So… in their studies this is what they have found: (And it does line up somewhat with what I had researched before, dealing with hard water.)

Most regions of America has some degree of hard water. Often the only way we notice it is when we are scrubbing mineral deposits off our sinks, showers, or faucets. Many people don’t think about how it affects their laundry, especially if they are already using a good detergent with built-in water softeners.

When it comes to cleaning cloth diapers, hard water makes a difference. Those mineral deposits that build up around your water sources also build up in the fabric of the diapers in ways that wouldn’t concern you with normal laundry. A dingy shirt here or there is no big deal, but mineral buildup in your babies’ diapers can wreak havoc.

As mineral deposits build, they trap bacteria. That buildup leads to ammonia or barnyard stink issues, repelling or leaks, and even rashes or burns. Hard water deposits can greatly impact the absorbancy of your diapers. Many people mistake hard water buildup with detergent buildup (which is a myth) because they notice suds in their water long after the detergent itself should be gone. The good news is that no amount of detergent will keep fabric from properly absorbing, but when hard water traps residue, it can hold on to detergent like it does everything else and release residual suds. What you’re actually seeing is the effect of hard water on the fabric, and if it’s holding onto the detergent residue, you bet it’s holding on to bacteria as well. -Kinsey Marie -You can read the rest here.

It goes on to say about adding softeners to your wash routine as well, such as borax, calgon or washing soda. People have asked me, ‘But the homemade has the borax and washing soda in it.’ Yes, it does, but only like 1 1/2 c. of each in 5 gallons of water. They recommend adding like 1/2c. per load.

But first you need to get your diapers or towels back to square one and do a Mineral Strip!! And bleach soak. I was amazed at how white and clean my clothes and towels and diapers were!! Side note:I did not strip colors much, just as a precaution. It was a bit time consuming, but so worth it. We are loving our towels and white clothes again!!

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You can also find more pins with info on my pinterest page here. That will save you from having to join the group page if you rather not. The bleach soak info is on my page as well.

So now I am buying either ALL Free & Clear or Foca. I can not stand the strong smells perfumes in laundry soap. Foca isn’t bad at all and is cheaper than the All. Now I just need to figure out how to keep my diapers from leaking out the sides. I am thinking it is compression leaks. So need to keep trying different things and see what I can figure out. So it goes… At least I never get bored.

Laundry Photo Credit

 

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Jen’s Plexus Story ~ ‘How A Pink Drink was an Answer to Prayer’~

whydrinkpink-285x300I am sharing a story from my friend Jen. I had never met Jen (still haven’t personally), but she joined my team about 5 mths ago. She had read my Plexus story here on my blog, and decided to see what it could do for her. It took over 4mths, but she is seeing huge improvements. She has been an awesome member of my team and I have really enjoyed working with her and watching her grow her own team!! (And I can’t wait to meet her some day in person!!)

I have struggled with my health for most if my life. The past eight years especially have been extremely difficult. Four of those years, including this one, I have spent partly bedridden. 

With 8 young children growing up before my eyes this has been such a heartache to me and a great burden on our whole family. The Lord has been so faithful though. We know that all things come through His hands and that He works all things together for our good and that is a comfort we continue to cling to. We also believe that healing comes through Him and that He is the Great Physician. I have been praying desperately for this and for the first time I have real hope that He is answering with a “Yes” and it is time for me to get well.

A little over a year ago I first heard about a “pink drink” that was helping people with a myriad of health issues. I looked at it briefly, but being a little skeptical I did not pursue it any further.

This year, my health plummeted again and I was bedridden since March. I had days where I was so low I could barely talk, sit up or even open my eyes. I had many days where I was only able to be up for 10 or fifteen minutes at a time, and that was usually shuffling around the house, not even standing upright. The slightest exertion was a huge effort.

In April, we lost the little baby we were expecting. Being so sick, I did not quite know how to even begin to get well. Special diets were not a doable option when I could not even get out of bed to prepare normal meals. I was not strong enough for the hour drive to the nearest doctor and my brain was so foggy and fatigued I didn’t even know how I should figure out which supplements, or combinations thereof, I should be taking.

I had a new determination though, that I had to make getting well a top priority no matter how hard it was. I began to funnel my grief over losing our baby into prayerfully researching some different options. As I began to research, I remembered that Plexus “pink drink” I had read about  last year and decided to give it another look.

I thought it sounded interesting  and the ingredients looked surprisingly natural, so I googled “Plexus Slim and adrenal fatigue”. I found some wonderfully encouraging blog posts from normal sounding, Christian, homeschool mothers and I began to exchange my skepticism for a glimmer of hope.

I decided to give it a try and will be forever grateful that the Lord led me to do so! In the the past 4 1/2 months that we have been using Plexus products my health is continuing to slowly, steadily improve. I am no longer bedridden and I am gaining strength, stamina and energy. My brain fog is clearing away, as well as the depression that I couldn’t shake, and my awful insomnia is improving.

 I have read many Plexus testimonials where people state that “Plexus gave me my life back”. It delights me now to be able to say the same. It truly is giving me my life back! I feel like “Me” again. As a result, it is giving my husband and children new life as well.
 
(Speaking of my husband, Plexus has been a huge answer to prayer for him as well for his years of terrible migraines!)

I am so thankful to the Lord for providing me with such a direct answer to prayer; and something simple enough for my foggy brain and sick body to be able to even handle to get started on the road to healing. 

If you struggle with your health and are looking for help, please contact me! My heart so goes out to others, especially mothers, who are dealing with illness and I want to share with you what has been the Lord’s answer to my exhausted, desperate prayer. There is hope.

Thanks Jen for sharing your story. And blessings to you as your health continues to gain momentum and you feel better & better!!
For more information on Plexus check out my Plexus Page.
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Where Does Time Go?

 Oh, yeah, I am raising 4 boys. I am a wife. We live on a dairy farm. We home-school. I wash dirty barn clothes every day. I feed half an army. I clean up messes all.day.long. I am just so thankful to once again feel good, to have the energy that I need to take care of my family.

For so many yrs it was so hard to basically watch life go by. And I felt like I was sitting on the sidelines watching my littles grow up without me. Now! I am doing life with them. I have a baby that for the first time wants his Mom over others!! Do you have any idea how good that makes me feel? Oh, he still enjoys being held by others, but he sure loves his Momma. And it does this Momma heart so much good. I had often wondered if I was a bad mom, that my babies didn’t care if they were with their Mom or some other person. But it was because I pushed them off on others so often, they didn’t have the strong mom bond. And don’t think they didn’t know who Mom was, they did!! They just didn’t mind having someone else comfort them. It didn’t have to be Mom. If someone else could do it for them or help them out, they didn’t bother with asking me. I often felt like I wasn’t real important in their lives.I can see it changing.

Ok, so I didn’t intend to share all that… it is just something that has been blessing me. Even though it ties me down a bit more. I wanted to be able to nurse my baby longer this time, and we have done that now. I still have a really hard time leaving my baby behind for more than a few hrs!! But I am enjoying every minute of it! Plexus has changed me life!!!

So this will be largely a picture post… mostly for a sister who is gone for 3 mths. And is missing her nephews… And they are missing her!! They love their Aunt Sara, and often ask when she will be back home. Christmas will be special for more than one reason this year!!

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Doing peaches. You wanna try that?

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Wearing big brother’s Logger’s shirt.

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Multi-tasking – Napping & babysitting

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Work begins on our house roof.

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Rylen waited a long time to finally get to go up on the roof with his dad!! He delighted in looking down from the peak!

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A bad picture of it nearly done. We love the new look. And I don’t have to mow shingles anymore!!

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Our ‘new’ schoolroom. I got a table to put in the office and moved all the school supplies back here. I fought it for a long time. Feeling like I should move it out of the kitchen, but liked being out there where everything is happening. But since moving, we are loving it. Way less distractions!! And my work is out of sight and I can focus better too.

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We got together at the park for some fun field games of kick ball, red-rover and SPUD. Karson loved running around the bases with me and pitching the ball.

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Aunt June stopped in with her new puppy. Instant hit with the kids!!

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Happy baby in the fall sunshine.

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Dreaming of the day he will get to play ball too. Just over a wk and he will have his first birthday!!

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So this picture is tacky, and whatever… but this is my besty and our first pallet project!! We had fun, but no one told us how hard pallets are to rip apart. Next time we are gonna use a sawsall!!!

Anyway, there’s your little update from my corner of the world!!

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Brother’s for Keeps

A boy is the only thing that God can use to make a man. -Unknown

IMG_5367::Collin Wade:: 9 yrs

IMG_5377 I so rarely can get a picture of him smiling while showing his teeth. Even though the sun is really bright, I L.O.V.E. this picture!!IMG_5382::Jevan Lee:: 6 1/2 yrs (He was not into pictures. So I only got this and the one with Karson below, that I love!) IMG_5391::Rylen David::  5yrs (This was the best one, until I got some more right as it was getting dark, so added them in below.) IMG_5401 ::Jevan & Karson:: These two are alike, and Collin and Rylen are alike. I say ‘alike’ loosely, as they all ‘look alike’ according to everyone else. But they definitely have their things more in common with one brother more than another.IMG_5406::Karson Emmett:: 7mths Time is just flying by!!! And he is growing up so fast. He finally decided he can roll, and now gets around way more. The other day, Jevan was trying to help him get up on his hands & knees. I think that will come soon enough!! IMG_5409 ::Between the innocence of babyhood and the dignity of manhood, we find a delightful creature of a boy.:: -Author UnknownIMG_5411 I just love my dear little man!!! He has been my happiest baby, most content, and very easy going.IMG_5475 Rylen, he has this goofy grin when you tell him to smile. It’s so not real, and hard to get a good picture of him. So these two pictures made me really happy!! Even though he has a dirty face, from having roasted hotdogs for supper and then ‘playing’ with the fire. And two long scratches down his face from a chicken being thrown at him by a brother. Never know what stories those boys will come in with. IMG_5476Today I looked out to see the chickens running free in the yard. I asked Rylen later why they were out. ‘They needed their exercise’. Hmm. We just built a fence for them to be outside, but not freely roaming. And it is plenty big. They are having a hard time adjusting to being penned up, so we left them out to ‘exercise’ last evening. They must have sweetly asked Rylen to let them out again this morning. boys14

A brother shares his childhood memories and grown-up dreams. -Anonymous

And last but not least, one of all 4 boys!!! Love it when I can get a good picture, without editing someone. I am loving this stage/age of boys. I think I say that every year. But I am enjoying them as they are growing up. Even the harder parts of working with a 9yr old as he grows and matures and we need to relate to him in a new way.

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