What does Plexus have to do with Lyme?

I have been asked many times how and why Plexus products will help with Lyme & Co. I had done more research when I was first introduced to Plexus. But it had been a while. And now I have a few team members who are fellow lymies and are seeing some amazing results! So we have been chatting, and sharing some info. So while I have it fresh on my mind, I’m gonna share it. Not only for myself to remember it, but in hopes it can give hope to someone else!!

Lyme disease is caused by a spirochete—a corkscrew-shaped bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. Lyme is called “The Great Imitator,” because its symptoms mimic many other diseases. It can affect any/or all organs of the body, including the brain and nervous system, muscles and joints, and the heart. It is an inflammatory disease that rapidly progresses. It causes an auto immune response, and with time destroys the immune system. Here is a post I wrote when I first learned that I had lyme, and give a rundown of what it is. And here is a link to my journey with lyme and all I had done.

Lyme and candida go hand in hand. We all have candida. We need it. But when it begins to grow and spread, getting out of hand, that’s when problems start. Candida and lyme are both issues that cause the body to become inflamed as it tries to deal with it. An inflamed body is in defense mode. Here is a good article on Candida and Inflammation. And as the candida grows, it allows the lyme to spread. They ‘help’ each other weaken the body so they can grow and spread. I know many may have lyme for a long while that seems to just be dormant. Then suddenly their health crashes. When in actuality, the body was fighting it, and was able to hold it off best it could. But was slowly weakening. Then then things change, diet, pregnancy, some illness that really takes down our immune system, and it just opens our bodies up for candida to run wild, further weakening our immune system & allowing the lyme to spread unchecked. (I know I am not doing justice to this subject & process. This is just a drop in the bucket!!)

For me was doing o.k, some symptoms that I had no clue were linked to candida or lyme, until right before I got married. I had went on birth control for 3 mths. By the end of the first month my body was already crashing. Knowing what I know now, I’d never have went on it. I tell others too, stay away from it. Messing with hormones doesn’t help our bodies at all! And then with each baby, I crashed further. Until fall of ’10, I found out I had lyme. Follow link above for more of my story.

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So we are dealing with lyme spirochetes, candida/fungus & inflammation, as the root of lyme & co. And each feeds off the other.

So what does Plexus have to do with lyme and what will it do for a person who has it?? We know that Plexus products will not be able to out right kill off the lyme spirochetes. But we have some tools in our belt that will allow our bodies to fight it naturally, on it’s own.

So let’s address inflammation – “What connects most chronic diseases, taking into account cancer as well, is inflammation. Inflammation which is out of control leads to insulin resistance, which is one of the main factors for all these diseases.” -source unknown

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“Inflammation is a bonfire produced by the immune system in reaction to allergies, infections, poor diet, chemicals, heavy metals, and intestinal dysbiosis. It is the inflammatory response that produces many of the symptoms of Lyme disease.” “According to Metzger, Lyme disease contributes to inflammation, but is rarely the only source. “Until enough sources of inflammation are controlled,” she says, “the symptoms of ‘Lyme disease’ will persist.” Source

In Dr. Horowitz’s book, “A 1994 study published in the journal ‘Infection and Immunity’, reported that Borrelia are so powerful that they can cause a much stronger inflammatory response than common bacteria that produce cytokines(like E. coli), one that is fifty to five hundred times stronger.”

What will help inflammation from Plexus? – One is Ease. It has been amazing for me. When I first started it, I was having lots of pain in the last trimester of my 4th pregnancy. Within a week I was seeing, er, feeling, a difference. My hip pain that I had had for years was all but gone!!! It’s hard to explain in short just all how and why the Ease is so awesome…

4 of it’s ingredients are –

ETArolTM, which comes from the New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel, is a rich source of glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyalouronic acid, which build cartilage. ETArolTM is a natural source of Omega 3, 6, and 9 which help reduce inflammation. The form of Omega 3 fatty acid in ETArolTM is called ETA (Eicosatetraenoic acid) and is found exclusively in the New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel, and is up to 100 times more powerful as other Omega 3 fatty acids in reducing the swelling associated with inflammation.

Serrapeptase, a proteolytic enzyme. Lee Cowden, MD now uses Nutramedix Serrapeptase in place of Carnivora. The primary purpose of Serrapeptase in the Lyme disease protocol is to dissolve the fibrin layer surrounding harmful microbes associated with Lyme disease such as Borrelia, Babesia, Bartonella and Ehrlichia. Serrapeptase is also used for painful conditions including back pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, carpel tunnel syndrome, migraine headache, and tension headache.

Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme. Bromelain is used for reducing swelling (inflammation), especially of the nose and sinuses, after surgery or injury. It is also used for hay fever, treating a bowel condition that includes swelling and ulcers (ulcerative colitis), removing dead and damaged tissue after a burn (debridement), preventing the collection of water in the lung (pulmonary edema), relaxing muscles, stimulating muscle contractions, slowing clotting, improving the absorption of antibiotics, preventing cancer, shortening labor, and helping the body get rid of fat.

Tumeric, a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Check out this link – Green-Lipped Mussels Decrease Arthritis Pain by 89%

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Now let’s look at Candida, and what Plexus can do for it….

Candida is a HUGE subject. One that I’m not even gonna start to unpack in a short space.

The Candida Albicans yeast is a part of the gut flora, a group of microorganisms that live in your mouth and intestine. When the Candida Albicans population starts getting out of control it weakens the intestinal wall, penetrating through into the bloodstream and releasing its toxic byproducts throughout the body.

As they spread, these toxic byproducts cause damage to your body tissues and organs, wreaking havoc on your immune system. The major waste product of yeast cell activity is acetaldehyde, a poisonous toxin that promotes free radical activity in the body. Acetaldehyde is usually broken down into acetic acid within the liver. However, if this process is not working efficiently then it can circulate through your body and cause unpleasant symptoms like headaches and nausea. -Source

Here are a couple posts about candida – The Root Cause of Fungus

Crippled Immune System

Candida is a fungus that needs to be kept in balance in our bodies, a balance with good bacteria. Candida is the bad guy. But it is needed, just not to run as wild and rampant as it is known to in so many of our bodies. It can reside not just in your gut, but can escape to live throughout your body, because of antibiotics, birth control, consuming too much sugar and toxins in our foods, intestinal tract too alkaline, and more!

So what can we do to bring the balance of bad versus good back to proper balance? ProBio5! I’ve never seen a probiotic that works as the ProBio5, it not only is repopulating the depleted good guys, it is attacking the bad at the same time!!

And not only that… it has a certain enzyme that is a.m.a.z.i.n.g!!! Chitonsanase…

lymeDid you know that gut yeast is protected by the same kind of shell that a roach has to protect it … called chitin? Grossed out? You should be! That exoskeleton made of chitin is also protecting the overgrowth of yeast that is reeking havoc on your body! And it is protecting lyme. They also have the ‘shell’ around them, and need Chitosanase to break through the shell. This enzyme, Chitosanase, breaks through that hard protective shell (chitin) and kills harmful yeast (which is very hard to kill) so that the intestines can better absorb the culture forming units, thus getting your gut back into a healthy state.

If you have yeast overgrowth, it INHIBITS the absorption of the good stuff. It actually is taking the best of what you eat for itself, giving your body the leftovers. The nutrients that your body really needs is stolen. Getting rid of the yeast allows the nutrients in the food to finally go to your cells that are so hungry!!! Feeding your cells is another step in helping you feel better.

So where does our main product Slim come in to help with Lyme? Did you know sugar causes inflammation as well. Just Google sugar & inflammation and see what comes up. I think most of us would agree we consume too much sugar, so our bodies are constantly trying to balance those levels out. So not only is our body trying to deal with candida & lyme but inflammation and blood sugars as well. (Not to mention all the other toxic junk we throw at it.) It’s no wonder we can’t heal.

So what balances our blood sugar levels? Insulin. He is our master hormone. When he is messed up, our bodies are in a crisis mode. Slim balances the blood sugars allowing the body to get out of that crisis mode & actually start to reduce the inflammation. It can think about starting to heal. As our blood sugars balance, it can begin looking at other areas in the body that needs to be fixed/healed. Like dealing with lyme & candida.

And the Biocleanse is the best gentle detox out there! Believe me, I tried many & some very harsh! And as we are dealing with all these things, of cleaning up the body and killing off the bad guys, there are lots of toxins needing to be hauled out. If you let them in the body, it will make you sicker. The BioCleanse oxygenates and energizes your body while detoxifying the gastrointestinal tract. Can bacteria live in oxygen? Nope!!! And we are all deficient in magnesium. Here’s a link to signs you might be deficient in it.

Does Plexus cure Lyme? Nope. It’s just a tool to be used. Allowing the body to finally heal itself. It has worked for me and for so many others. Question it? There is a 60 money back guarantee!! I am so thankful, skeptical me gave it a try!! I can tell such a huge difference on the days I miss/forget to take it. If you want to learn more, do your own research!! There is a lot more info out there, just study!!

 

 

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Baby Room Re-Do

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Another long overdue post… I was asked to share pictures of the baby room that I redid with my sister’s help last summer. I could NEVER have done it without her help!! But then I’d probably not done all I did to it either, if it wouldn’t have been for her help. So THANKS so much June for all the hours you put into giving me the nursery of my dreams!!! I love it just as much today as the day it was finished. {Which technically was just a couple weeks ago.}

I looked for a while to find an old picture of the room before… but of course couldn’t find what I was looking for. I forgot to get one of the boarder that I had up of Thomas and friends. So you can just imagine it.:) I was pretty tired of it, as were the boys, they happily pulled it down! When we moved in here, 7.5 yrs ago, we repainted it blue from a periwinkle color. And the curtains I had put up got taken down while there were bunks in front of the window. {They were up, until they got ripped down by bouncy boys.} So this is the only ‘before’ I really have.

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Jevan hard at work, filling in all the many dents and holes this room had from housing 4 boys!!! Well, 2 moved out when Karson was born, so there were 3 in here for a long time!!

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My lovely sis, who worked long and hard at this room. Painting it a lovely shade of grey. Do you really wanna know all the sweat and work and frustration that was put into this room?? The trim that wouldn’t come off, the paint that Walmart discontinued on us, the trials of rehanging trim, that we finally had a friend come and do for us. The hours of stripping, sanding, and repainting the doors and trim… the rocking chair and frames… yes, we did it all. I really should say, June did a lot of it!!!

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The window before and after…

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I have long wanted a room with white trim. And decided this was the perfect small room to do it on. Yes, it was a lot of work. But I LOVE the results!!! I have no plans on redoing any more of house this way either. I’ll just enjoy this one room of mine!

 

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And this rocker… I wanted a small chair or rocker for this room. But wasn’t sure I’d find anything in my price range that I really wanted. Until I found this perfect, beat up, chewed up old rocker!! Yes, chewed!! A dog must have thought the ends of the rocker a perfect spot to sharpen teeth. But we sanded it smooth, stripped it and painted it white. Looks good enough for me!!! I love it and all it’s imperfections. It’s a very comfy chair too.blog7

So here’s the finished room!! One I delight to walk in each day, many times a day!! And no, my daughter hasn’t slept in here yet. But one day it will be all her’s and not a shared room with her brother Karson. He still sleeps in the crib for now. His days are numbered. She is fast outgrowing her little bed!!

And note the painting to the left of the window, another of my sister’s painted that for me!! I love it!
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I love this wall and the frames and the picture and sayings… and well, just all of it!! On the right side, the baby pics are Karson’s and Kianna’s newborn pics. They looked so much alike at that age. This drysink is from my husband’s parents, when our first was born. They had used it with all of their children and a friend had used it for a while before we got it. I love it!!

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This is the opposite side of the room.

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This was what just got finally hung the other week. And made the room finished!! Karson has only once messed with the frames so far.

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And looking at the room from by the window. Closet is on the left, door to hall is on right. I had the lamp, & my sister Sara redid the lamp shade.

I love the way it all came together.

And here’s the little lady…

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~Our Flower~

k2Kianna Rose

joined our family on Oct. 11th, 2015, at 4:05am,

Weighing 8lb 4oz, 2o.5in long.

We promptly fell in love!!

k7k3Kianna means – Living in God’s grace

Rose – Fragrant flower

Her name has special meaning to us. At the time God gave her to us, He was doing a BIG work in my heart! He showed me His grace in a whole new way!! Rose – is a family name, on my Mom’s side. I have lots of cousins and an Aunt with Rose used in various ways in their names. And we know she is our special fragrant flower, given to us to enjoy!!

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Anyway, she was in a hurry just like her big brother Karson, but this time the midwife was there an hour & a half before she arrived. I was a bit nervous about her birth knowing how fast it went with Karson. And I had been dilating for a while, so my midwife was nervous too. Well, I went to bed around 10, wondering if the gut feeling I’d had all day, was going to happen that night. Well, I woke up around 11:45, and had a few hard contractions that seemed different. I rolled over to go use the bathroom and knew my water had broke. So I knew it was the real thing.k4It was pretty intense, I’d never had back labor before. Kianna was in a position she could not move out of. Not the labor I wanted, but at least it was only 4 hours long. She arrived at 4:05am. ‘Covered in her beauty cream’, as my midwife put it. (None of my boys ever had that much vernix on them. She was white with it!!) I was shocked to say the least at the amount of dark hair she had!! My babies were coming every other one, blond & dark, she was to be blond!! And not to mention, none had as much hair as she did!! It was a prayer answered. I had wanted a little girl with a bunch of dark hair.

k6I think I was living in a dream the next few days, no, make that longer, I’m still living in a dream. I was given such a gift, and I felt so very blessed and it seemed a bit unreal. I was putting pink on my newborn baby, my very own daughter!! And seeing the smile on her father’s face, brought joy to my heart.

It was interesting observing the response in each of the boys…

Collin , 10.5 yrs, had went to the barn at 3:30am, and we couldn’t find him then when things had settled down in the house after Kianna was born. He was hiding out in the barn office. But he was delighted to meet her!!

Jevan (almost 8 at the time) – he was a bit of a different story. He did not want to see her. Or have anything to do with her. So he went to church with my parents without being introduced to his little sister. He waited until he was home again. Then he looked at her, but would not hold her. Later he finally held her. Now- It’s a totally different story!!! He is the one who takes most interest in her.

Rylen (6.5yrs) – he had been waiting on her for forever!!! He was so excited!! And happily chatted with anyone who would listen at church to him talk about her.

Karson (she came 1 wk before his 2nd birthday!!) – He didn’t really know what it was all about, but he was right away possessive of her. And delightfully calls her ‘Kia Ro’e’.

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Here are some of his 2 yr old pictures. He is such a fun, lovable guy!!!k8  k11 We are delightfully enjoying our little princess. And it’s hard to believe she’s been delighting our lives and home for 3 mths. I’ll do another post in a day or two with more updated pictures. This will have to do for now.

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The Root Cause of Fungus

11988424_10206424748231049_3851978390642144499_nWho loves SCIENCE?!? and biology? and biochemistry? Well, have you ever heard me or someone else say this: “fungus overgrowth is the #1 root cause of our diseases today” and wonder, “WHY so? what exactly does this statement mean? and how can PLEXUS fix this?” GREAT QUESTION!! I love people who ask the right questions…..while the asking of “WHY” can get annoying in a hurry when your toddler is about 2 or 3 years old and it’s the only word they know, this age-old question is actually pure genius!!! I wish more people would ask the question WHY when their health starts to come apart at the seams. Thankfully, there ARE actually answers!! Though there are obviously more then just one main root cause to all the different diseases (probably between 5-10, but no more; I will speak of the others in another article), the experts in health today all agree that fungus overgrowth ranks as #1. The more I research, the more I agree. (Note: we are speaking of PHYSICAL root causes here, I believe MENTAL issues are more powerful then physical, but that’s a whole other article…..or book:)

Here is the BEST explanation I’ve heard to date of what “gut health” really is…..for the sciency, nerdy types that ask WHY, lol!!! My friend Jessica Hoogendoorn (Naturopathic Doctor, Master Herbalist, Certified Nutritional Counselor) gives a fantastic visual of fungus/candida. She says:

“Think of your gut like a walled castle, a fortress. If it is sealed like its supposed to be, then it keeps toxins out, they go from the gut to the liver and the liver filters the junk and sends it OUT and we are healthy;) Full of life and energy. Bouncing out of bed. Well, lets say we get vaccinated, take even 1 round of antibiotics, go on birth control, have a poor diet, etc. When we do that, what happens is this little bad bacteria that we are all born with in the gut (called candida albicans or fungus; its what decomposes us when we die, turns us back to dust) starts to grow and feed out of control on all these dead bacteria that the birth control, antibiotics, vaccines, etc cause. Candida/fungus is like an octopus with long decomposing fingers. When candida/fungus starts to grow and feed on the junk in our gut caused by poor diet, or die off from antibiotics or drugs, or sugar and carbs that we eat…..it upsets the balance ratio of good bacteria in the gut, turning it to bad bacteria now ruling. You have to understand: 70-80% of our immune system resides in our guts, which basically means that our health almost entirely depends on the ratio of good to bad bacteria ruling our guts. To be healthy, our gut should be approximately 80% good bacteria to 20% bad bacteria/candida/fungus. Now its roles are literally reversed. So the candida starts to flourish and has octopus like fingers that grow and grow and start to decompose and eat holes in the lining of the gut. Our fort has now been compromised. Toxins, food particles, etc then start to leak out of these tiny holes in our intestines into our blood stream/body and start wreaking havoc!! If they settle in the joints, we start to get achy joints/arthritis etc…..If they settle in the female organ area, we have PCOS, ENDO, PMS, etc…..If they settle in the thyroid, we have hypo thyroid/hashimotos and gain weight for no reason….If they settle in the brain, we have depression etc…..If they settle in the bladder, we struggle with chronic bladder infections/UTI. Food particles get into the blood stream/body and we all of a sudden have food allergies, gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance, or environmental allergies. If it hits our Nervous system, we have MS…..If it hits our lungs, we develop asthma…..and so on it goes. So, we go to the doctor and they give us antibiotics, pain killers, medication drugs, inhalers, etc….but neither we nor the Dr. ever get to “WHY DO WE HAVE THIS ISSUE?” In fact, we’ve been going back home to use all these different medications and antibiotics, and we’ve unknowingly/unintentionally ended up just making the root cause WORSE. Its really all so simple…..it started with an imbalance in our gut flora, leading to candida/fungus taking over and compromising our gut lining. The solution? You heal/rebalance the gut and heal those holes…..VIOLA!!! We got to the root of it all, instead of just accepting it and masking symptoms the rest of our lives with drugs.

When your body has an overload of toxins that never should be there in the first place…..everything slows to a halt and your body does just what is has to to survive. It is like an army that has been overrun and they are running for their lives. Exhausted and just trying to stay alive. Fatigue is the first step towards a disease I was taught in school! The body is saying, “hey something is wrong, HELP!” Well, Plexus put together a protocol that #1 heals the gut, cleanses out those toxins, balances the hormones, balances blood sugar, reduces inflammation and FLOODS you with nutrients and oxygen that make you loaded with energy:) SO, instead of masking symptoms, we are now getting at the ROOT OF IT ALL:) YEEEHAWWW”

Well said Jessica!!! I thought this was a great visual for what’s going on in our guts!! Right? So yes, fungus overgrowth seems to be the #1 root cause of stuff going wrong in our bodies. As Jessica said, we are all born with a small amount of fungus/candida, which is OK and normal in these small amounts. Why? Because fungus does actually have ONE purpose, but ONE only. That is to decompose all organic matter (humans, animals, plants, living things). Except that’s supposed to happen after that “organic matter” dies, LOL!! And YES, that’s exactly what’s happening to us (when the gut lining is compromised as Jessica explained, and when the fungus is now setting up camp anywhere in the body)……we are actually starting to decompose to some level WHILE STILL ALIVE!!! Does it make sense now why organs/systems of the body start to fail when infested with fungus? Yup.

Here’s how Plexus addresses the GRANDADDY of root problems, fungus overgrowth!! The three products in the triplex are designed to work together synergistically to restore/maintain gut health and put fungus back into it’s intended place, which is very tiny indeed!! The Slim (NOT nearly just for weight loss as many people advertise it; in fact, it only causes weight loss as a side effect of the slim lowering blood sugar levels and reducing cravings) helps keep blood sugar levels lower and more balanced, which gives the fungus less to feed off, and helps balance hormones (because it balances insulin, which dictates what the other hormones are doing), and also reduces inflammation. The Biocleanse works GREAT with the Probio5 in healing the gut….it helps bowel movements become a multiple daily event, and therefore helps fight fungus, which loves a constipated intestine. It also helps fight fungus in another way, which is oxygen!!! It’s loaded with oxygen, and fungus cells HATE an oxygen rich atmosphere. Oxygen is a key element in fighting off candida/fungus for good. Then of course we have the Probio5, which is the probiotic….BEST brand I’ve ever tried, and I’ve tried a lot!! First of all, it has five very special strains of very hardy probiotics, but it also has something else I’ve never found in any other probiotic: a special combo of enzymes that have the ability to digest through the tough, outer shell of candida/fungus cells called chitin. Chitin is the same crunchy shell that roaches have. Super tough and impossible for the body to penetrate, UNLESS you have these very specific 4 strains of enzymes. They can break the chitin down, and therefore Probio5 also is a VERY effective anti-fungal!! It does battle with fungus on TWO fronts: brings in more good guys/probiotics, plus literally kills off the bad guys/fungus!!! I’ve never before used a probiotic that works this well!!

I’m telling you guys, there is soooooo much to be said and to be understood on this topic of fungus overgrowth/gut health. There have been answers all along!!

I wrote this tonight for 2 reasons: #1 is for my friends and family who are trying plexus but are still trying to fully understand what’s all at play here and how plexus will help. Specifically for those who actually ask WHY and have been searching, possibly for years, for the answers as to what is causing certain symptoms in their bodies. GOOD NEWS!! There are answers! Never quit searching, someone wonderful I know once said in red: “Seek and ye shall find”!!
#2 is for people who are beginning to understand, and are seeing their mom or dad or sibling or friend suffering from poor health, and they would love to help out and share their new-found knowledge and plexus products, but they are not really sure just yet where to start. Or how to explain this “complicated thing” that really is so simple in the end. Well, here’s your article, this is for YOU then!!! I did all the heavy lifting for you, just use this info.

This is my main message and has become my motto:
“DON’T MERELY TREAT SYMPTOMS…..RATHER FIX ROOT PROBLEMS AND THE SYMPTOMS JUST TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES!” ~Jennifer Loewen.

Thanks to my good friend Rebekah Engelbretson in compiling this awesome explanation.

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30 Weeks!!!…

that-moment-you-realize-you-have-10-weeks-to-finish-doing-what-you-have-been-putting-off-the-last-30-weeks-of-pregnancy--1d960Only 10 more to go… In many ways this pregnancy has flown by, while in other ways, I seem to be impatiently waiting!! I can’t wait to meet this little Miss that I’ve been carrying the past 30 weeks. And this just may be the first baby in which I will NOT be prepared when it’s D-Day!!

I’ve been wanting to do a pregnancy post/update, mostly for myself, but thought others who know my healthy journey, may be interested in hearing how much different this one is. And it has been so much different. So much BETTER in so many ways. But I can also tell I am not getting any younger either. I’m only 33, but I am getting older.ultrasound4d58

I’ll start with how I sleep… With each of my other 4, I would be dragging through my pregnancies. Slept a lot, but also had a hard time sleeping at night. This time, I sleep ALL night long. Rarely waking or even needing to get up to go to the bathroom. I have loved it to say the least. I weaned Karson, who still liked his night/early morning nursings all the way to the end, when I was about 8-10 wks pg. So being able to finally sleep through the night was a huge blessings, after 17mths of interrupted nights. And needing naps has been minimal. Sure that first trimester, I did more. But after I got over the first wks of feeling sick, I was good to go. Which reminds me, I should share on that… I was not as sick with this little one. Just that nauseated feeling, almost just wish you could upchuck, but can’t. And it would only last from about 10am-5pm. Then I was good to go. Crazy! And it only lasted about 12 wks. I never had it super bad with my others either. But I discovered with Karson and this time, that taking the proper supplements for my MTHFR helped with my morning sickness.

For those that know me well, know that I have experience incredible hip pain. With my first it was the last 6 wks or so. 2nd, it was at 6mths. 3rd, as soon as I knew I was pg. 4th, I managed to hold it off til the 3rd trimester. There was nothing I could do to relieve that pain!! Laying, sitting or standing, it hurt. I tried chiropractic, but nothing seemed to help. Then with Karson, I had switched to a midwife and she told me about 2 stretches to do from Spinning Babies. The forward-inversion, and side-lying release, they helped greatly. Also finally addressing inflammation with the Ease from Plexus, in dealing with my lyme also boosted it.

Round-Ligament1Well, this time, all was fine and rosy until one night! We were playing soft ball with family, and I was running bases. Yep, I did something wrong. And from there had been in pain. God led me, through 2 friends, to a new chiropractor who does the Webster Technique. This is a great blog post explaining it a bit more. You can search for one in your area here. And I soon learned, my round ligament that supports the uterus was being pulled on that right side. After 2wks, I was seeing a HUGE difference!! And now after about 5 adjustments, that pain is gone!!! I know doing the forward inversion helps so much, maintaining the adjustment and keeping it in proper alignment. I feel like with Karson, I had started it sooner, not realizing what it was doing for me, and it helped greatly with my pain. Now, I know!! And am so thankful to have WAY less pain than I ever had before. Right now I am dealing with some bunched up muscles in my rump. Not sure where that came from… But I sure it will go away before long. I was to my regular chiro yesterday and he works with the muscles, not just a ‘crack and pop’ doc.

I should probably mention, I have a really bad diastasis recti. So my stomach muscles are weak, and probably don’t support baby like they should either. I keep trying to heal them, but pregnancy is really hard on it. So I wear a support band most of the time.

20150806_164538As for gaining weight – Right now, as of this morning I have gained right at 10lbs. Which frankly does make me happy!!! I normally have gained quite a bit. I don’t know numbers, but I do know it’s more than is really needed!!! Especially my first pregnancy, that was a bad one!! Before I knew I was pregnant, I had decided to go gluten & dairy free. But knew it would not be so easy!! Trim Healthy Mama, is a book I’ve had for a while, and I do like some of the recipes as they fit my style of eating. I don’t really follow their plan of eating totally. But do eat that way probably more than I really mean to, just because of cutting so many foods out of my diet. And I love the smoothies (I get a different nondairy protein to add to them.) I was trying to figure out what was causing so itchy bumps, and a rash I just cannot get on top of. And near as I can tell, I can’t handle honey, or even the fruits with higher sugar content. So for the last 2 mths, I have greatly cut it out. (I will be honest, it’s hard to cut that stuff 100%, but I would say it’s about 90% out!!) I honestly think I was losing some weight as baby was growing. So, even though it doesn’t sound like I gained much, I probably gained right where I should be!!

I thought I had more to say on this, but maybe not. Over all, I have more energy, clearer brain to think, I actually FEEL like taking nearly daily walks (which with Karson I had to about force myself to go!!), and it just feels amazing to feel this way!! The last 2 weeks my sister has been helping me redo the baby room. We took the trim down, used liquid sander, and painted it all white. We painted the baby room, and have been working on decor. Nope, not gonna tell you much about it. I’ll post pics later… But while it was a lot added to my days to get everything done. And I was stressing out a bit having so much going… I was still going and NOT crashing!!! It was just amazing!!! I do know Plexus has also helped tremendously!! And I am really hoping that doing all that I am, we will not have to deal with candida issues as I have with each child. And look forward to what these last 10 wks hold!

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Where Is My Security?

L11UPufHow many times do we look for our security in our husbands? I know, what a question to start with. But it was something I was dealing with only a yr ago! I didn’t understand what was in my heart or why I responded the way I did in many situations. I didn’t know I was seeking my security in my husband, instead of in God!! As I have watched other wives struggle, I can identify. I was there!!

What changed? Him or me? It is rather obvious, it was ME!!! He didn’t need to change. God made him just how he was suppose to be – PERFECT!! For ME!

Why could I not accept him, accept his love, the way he loved and the way he handled life? Why did I think I needed to change him? Why did I have to live in fear and doubt that this is where God wanted me?

Maybe I should start back at the beginning… To put it frankly – I lived in fear. It had a grip  on me I didn’t understand. The days leading up to our wedding were so full of fear. If someone would have offered an easy way out, I would taken them up on it. But with trembling heart, I committed my life to his. The only thing I held on to was the way God had brought us together. I knew deep down in my heart, I was to marry this man.

Our honeymoon was fraught with tears. I didn’t know what to do with his unconditional love. I craved it, yet feared it! It was all so bittersweet. We didn’t understand in the least bit what was happening in my heart & my emotions.

As the years sped by, we lost 2 babies & had 3 boys in 4 yrs. We poured ourselves into them. I was learning to love him. But still feared so many things about ‘us’.

As I watched other wives relate & interact with their husbands, I marveled at the carefreeness of their relationship. The way they interacted with each other and most of all the love that seemed to show for all to see. One thing I could never understand, was how a wife could go to the door after being apart for the day, and greet her hubby with a hug & kiss. Me? I would stay away, and let him come find me!! Oh, I would try it for a while. But that fear of love, of him, of myself, was so big!! I could never overcome it. At least not on my own!!

I didn’t understand my heart. I wanted to completely trust my husband. I wanted to freely love my husband and be able to love up on him, the way God intended. And many times I thought I was. But something would always come up. I was never completely free!! But what was it? I could never lay my finger on it.

DSC08272 smThings escalated and came crashing fall of ’12. I finally told him we either needed to go get help somewhere together or I was leaving to go find help. My heart was a mess. My relationship with God was a mess. I was ruining my relationship (what was left) with my husband, with those around me and with my boys. I knew things needed to change.

God brought about an amazing series of events in the next few yrs, that only HE could orchestrate!! A couple days being alone (for me), a slip-slop week of counseling that gave us a few tools to use to work on understanding each other. And then a pregnancy when we least expected it, (he was born fall ’13). Spring of ’14, I started renewing a friendship with an old friend from years ago. It was obviously God’s prompting!! A visit to their home began opening our eyes to the darkness around us and in which we were living.

The next 8 mths were rough as we tried to understand what they were showing us. I say rough, but in many ways it was better. We had a renewed hope for ‘us’. God was working in ways we had no idea of what all He had in-store for us.

ffc82cc26328fb3b35ed791a4167f142Then in Jan. of this year, we went to a conference of some intense teaching for 4 days. Little did I know just how BIG this weekend would be!! My eyes were being opened in ways I never had seen before. I realized for the first time, that my life was NOT surrendered to God. He was not LORD of my life like I thought. I was living in so much fear, hurt, pain, believing lies and burying so much stuff, I couldn’t let God into my life!! I realized I was not a Child Of God’s!! And one night I finally surrendered my whole life to Him!! Oh glorious freedom and victory!!!

Our marriage immediately began to heal!! It had NEVER in all our married life been like this!! It didn’t take days of counseling or weeks of working through things. It just took me surrendering my life to God to change things. I was FINALLY free of so many chains and so much bondage that had held me back. And I sit here weeping as I remember those days. Living in the bondage, and the roughness of our marriage. And marvel at how God has redeemed us!! Healing our relationship in ways we never even asked, as we never thought it possible! It is so beautiful!!!!

DSC08277Over the weeks and months, I kept noticing small things that changed. And it was not on my hubby’s part, but on my part. Or he was changing because I had changed? I didn’t keep track of who was changing where. But I no longer feared hearing his footsteps coming to the door.  I no longer resented his ‘coming from behind’ hugs that felt like he was asking for more later. I didn’t desire for him to change or to make changes. I could love him, in the bedroom, freely and without reserve. I was loving him for HIM!!!! We began the honeymoon we never had! And we were still living our day to day lives. We had 4 boys who got splashes from our love, and they were blossoming.

And in all of this, I freed my husband!!! I had put so much pressure on him to preform to please me, he was not himself. He worked so hard to keep me ‘happy’, but it was still never enough. He was so worn out emotionally, spiritually and physically. I was a very leaky, holey bucket into which he could never pour enough love, time, you name it… it all went right through. So yes, he did change. But not because I was asking him to.

6bba09b0047434b293706db50649cb50When my security was placed in God’s Hands, THEN is when I was no longer looking to my husband to be the perfect person to fill that void in me. God took away my fears – fear of man, fear of love, fear of hurts/being hurt, fear of rejection… this list goes on!!! In finding my freedom in Christ, I became free to love God, love others, trust others and let others be who God wants them to be!! I am blessing my husband without realizing how much love is splashing over onto him. It’s contagious and just keeps growing and multiplying!!!

And I need to share the BIGGEST God blessing’!! I am due with #5 in 11.5 wks, Oct 15th. God gave us this gift, right over my own New Birth!! And He is blessing us with a little girl after 4 boys. Many, many tears have been shed as I look back at the past. I feel so humbled, so unworthy of this gift God is placing in our arms!! Many times I have ‘demanded’ things of God. Then was upset when I didn’t receive them or felt guilty when I did. This time, I truly see this as a gift!!!

God is an awesome God!!! And I marvel at my relationship with Him, at how He never gave up on me, and I can finally see Him as a LOVING Father!!! I know there is more to this story, another side of it. I am only sharing the marriage side right now.

And for those who love a Love Story, you can find mine here, Part 1.

Photo credits – JT Photography  Summer ’14

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Bee Stings, Tears and Plexus Ease

Ease & Body Cream One Saturday evening we were at my parents house. While the boys were out playing, Rylen got stung by a wasp, right above his right eye. I promptly asked my mom for her ‘Ease’. (I had used it this spring on a sting on myself & knew it worked awesome!) She brought me her bottle, and Rylen didn’t want it! But mom knows best! (My boys never liked it because it makes your eyes water, & the cooling effect ‘scares’ them.) Well, I told him it was going on! It would help! And yes, within a minute he was done crying & listening to everyone around giving their advise of what to use. Like lavender essential oil, baking soda, and some other new things I never heard of. I finally asked him, ‘Does it even hurt anymore?’ He shook his head ‘No’. rylens bee sting

It swelled up a bit. I really wish I would have taken a picture before he went to bed. Everyone was expecting his eye to be swollen shut by morning. We put the Ease on a couple more times, & the picture is the Sunday morning, a tiny bit puffy! He was so happy to be able to see. He even asked me to put a bit more on just to be safe! And now he LOVES this stuff! He is convinced of it’s powers.

The Body Cream is great for sunburns and bug bites!! I have tried the Body Cream on mosquito bites and it works great!!!

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Probio5 & How it Works

b5Do you suffer from sugar cravings, inexplicable fatigue or bloating, anxiety or a “brain fog”? Fortunately, ProBio5 provides a solution to many of today’s “mystery” symptoms. ProBio5 features five extra strength probiotics, added enzymes, intestinal flora, B6 and Grape Seed extract – all in one effective delivery system – that supports the breaking down of hostile organisms that negatively impact your health.
ProBio5 may provide the following benefits:

  • Yeast organism (Candida) and fungal cleanse
  • Proper probiotic balance in the intestinal tract
  • Proper intestinal balance which increases nutrient absorption
  • Relief from typical Candida symptoms (anxiety, recurring irritability, lethargy, allergies, acne, dry/flaky skin, migraines, and so forth)

Why is ProBio5 more effective than any other probiotic on the market? Just look at these ingredients…it targets candida effectively.

Enzymes. Yeast and fungal organisms are comprised of proteins, chitin, and cellulose structures. Proteins are broken down by protease enzymes, and cellulose is broken down by cellulase. The chitin structure can only be processed in the presence of the chitinase (chitosinase) enzyme. The enzyme profile in ProBio5, which is micro encapsulated, is designed to process away the protein-based outer layer of yeast and fungal organisms. This then exposes the interior of these organisms to the cellulose of the chitosinase in the ProBio5. Enzymes are efficient and effective in the destruction of yeast and fungi. ProBio5 Friendly Flora In addition to enzymes, ProBio5 contains very beneficial “friendly bacteria” that assists in supporting the body’s need for a balance of probiotics (micro flora) in the digestive tract. This “friendly bacteria” is delivered in a micro-encapsulation system to ensure that they reach their intended destination in the digestive tract to help rebuild the damage done by the yeast and fungi overgrowth.

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Protease: an enzyme that helps the breakdown of protein, is also secreted by the pancreas

Cellulase: an enzyme that helps break down plant matter so we can digest it better

Peptizyme SP: a powerful systemic enzyme that supports the body’s response to inflammation and the respiratory and sinus systems.

Chitosanase: an enzyme that helps to break down candida. It bores holes into the outer cell wall of the yeast (called chitin) so that the good bacteria can destroy it. (Cellulase enhances this activity by breaking down the cellulose component of the cell wall.)

Probiotic blend: Without sufficient probiotics, your body’s nutrient absorption is impaired; this can result in producing an environment that is supportive of some yeasts and fungi growth. ProBio5 contains five powerful probiotics: Lactobacillus Sporogenes, L. Acidophilus, L. Planterum, B. Longum and S. Boulardi.

Bacillus Sporogenes is a spore forming probiotic that is able to survive the manufacturing process and caustic stomach acid so it can establish itself in the intestinal tract. Bacillus Sprogenes requires no refrigeration; it has a 50 year history of safe use. Bacillus Sporogenes produces the preferred form of lactic acid which is capable of releasing energy to resynthesize ATP without the involvement of oxygen and is called anaerobic glycolysis.

Bacillus Coagulans: It is strong enough to withstand the acidic environment of the stomach. It causes a chemical reaction that makes lactic acid so the good bacteria can over come the bad easily.

Lactobacillus Acidophilus: (whose name, from Latin, means ‘acid-loving milk-bacterium’) is found in the mouth, digestive tract. This is common in fermented dairy. It can also help with those that may not be able to digest lactose well. It is has been proven in studies to help greatly in the prevention of yeast infections.

B. Longum: One of the most important residents in the human gastrointestinal tract, B. Longum keeps the digestive system running smoothly, blocks the growth of harmful bacteria and boosts the immune system. It has anti-inflammatory properties that protect the cells lining your mucous membranes from toxins and help some of your immune cells to mature so they can function properly. The organism ferments carbohydrates, including lactose & sugars into lactic acid and has many health benefits for humans. It is often the dominant bacterium found in humans. This probiotic is also present in breast milk, and is one of the first microbes to colonize the infant gut. It is a Gram-positive, anaerobic, branched rod-shaped bacterium. Researchers have identified a number of proteins that are specialized to help B. Longum interact with the human host and persist against harmful bacteria. Future research will now look closely at which genes allow B. Longum to live in different environments such as dairy products, vegetables and the human gastrointestinal tract.

Lactobacillus Plantarum: is one kind of beneficial bacteria that is commonly found in Korean kimchi, sauerkraut, cultured vegetables and even human saliva! L. plantarum can live in your gut and keep pathogenic disease-causing microorganisms from flourishing. And similar to the way icing sticks to a cake, L. plantarum creates a healthy barrier in your colon to keep dangerous bacteria from penetrating the lining of your intestines and enterin10537325_879805442053791_5352579222905591809_ng your blood stream.

Saccharomyces Boulardii: is a unique, non –pathogenic yeast that has many beneficial actions in the intestinal tract. S.boulardii has been utilized worldwide as a probiotic supplement to support gastrointestinal health.

Grapeseed Extract: “Grape Seed Extract is one of the most powerful of the antioxidants that will fight free radicals. It is 20 times more powerful than vitamin C and 50 times stronger than vitamin E. Grape seed extract is a potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory substance. Grape seed extract has been extensively researched in universities around the world.”

Vitamin B6. The probiotics and enzymes in ProBio5 are assisted by the addition of vitamin B6. B6 is required by enzymes involved in protein metabolism and is also essential for red blood cell metabolism. In addition, vitamin B6 helps increase the amount of oxygen carried by the blood. A well oxygenated body is resistant to yeast and fungi.

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Plexus Virtual Health Conference

… Going on now!!!

event banner 3Starting today and going through Thurs. We will be posting a wealth of information on how and why Plexus products work so simply, but so powerfully.

Our bodies are amazing in how they work. So many things are linked together to keep us healthy, what is in our guts affects our brains. Blood sugars affect our hormones. Inflammation keeps our bodies from healing, and often in pain. We will be covering this and so much more this week. Each day we will look closer at products and our health. And there will be a great giveaway on Thurs. Some awesome stuff you really will not want to miss!!!

I know many of you know my story, and know the health it has given back to me. I so enjoy being an energetic wife and mom!! Enjoy being able to think clearly and work without wearing out in an hour. I can keep up with things that just sat, waiting for me for weeks!!

Come join us and see what you can learn!! This is YOUR personal invitation.

Plexus Virtual Health Conference

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Life on the Farm, It’s been 7 yrs!!

It is LONG past time to get this posted!! In fact I had a bunch of it written up and then lost it. Never like when that happens!! So here we go again… The boys are at Grandma’s swimming. My hubby is planning to grill pork steaks for supper, so I’ve got a few minutes to myself.

11This is what the farm looked like 7 yrs ago. It’s hard to believe we have been here that long. But we have. And many changes have been made. Some I didn’t like, others I don’t mind. But I love old buildings, so when it came to tearing some of them down… It was a bit sad. Some we didn’t have a choice. Like that big tree going down on the corner of the grainery. Pushing the whole building sideways. It pretty much had to go. And now the little garage is gone, the great big silo, that heifer shed on the very left hand side. They talk of taking down the other silos too. But I really bulk at that one. What’s a farm without silos?? It just doesn’t seem right!! And this… coming from a girl who said she would NEVER marry a farmer!!

1 20150628_181803This was taken, with my phone so not best quality, but as they were beginning to take the heifer shed down.

IMG_0109smThis was just beginning to tear down the silo… I didn’t think of videoing it. So duh!!! It was really neat!!

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Slowly, slowly pushing the top off.

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IMG_0125smIt made an awesome crash… with 4 guys leaning over to watch it crumple into a heap!!

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And this is where 2 boys watched the action…

IMG_0142smAnd where this little guy watches the action. He about could not have it that he could NOT go outside very often!! But once they started dropping those huge, heavy silo staves, I was not about to let him go out!!

2 20150702_074206I posted this pic on facebook the 2nd morning. There were guys taking down the grey shed, the milk truck picking up milk, the silo guys taking down the silo, a hobbled cow deciding if she should go for a swim and a 7 yr. old watching all the action!!

IMG_0144smThis was the 2nd day. They had some for platform inside the silo that they lowered as they went. And a pulley system for lowering the bands and other stuff they saved. The staves dropped into fresh sand with a thump I could hear inside the house. (Don’t ask how I felt to wake up to that in the morning, with no clue what I was hearing!!) Then some of the guys would save out the good ones, piling them on skids.

IMG_0155smIt was about in here that they couldn’t save any more. And the whole one side they didn’t save either. The blocks were full of fine cracks. So they were not able to save as many as they were hoping to. So things went pretty fast from here on out! They popped bands, and then just knocked out blocks from fairly low, letting lots of staves crash.

IMG_0160smGetting ready to knock out the last of the walls, loading up what they could haul home and cleaning up the mess…

IMG_0161smWhat my view to the barn looks like now… Well, that end piece of the heifer shed is gone now. Still waiting for them to take down one last small section.

So Sunday I went out to take pictures… this is all going to be changing again…

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Pile of rubble behind where the silo was. Waiting to be crushed and used for fill. The neighbor up on the hill (hard to see) right above that pile of rubble (pic on right), is the one who took down the heifer shed. He repurposes old wood.

IMG_0164smSo now we have heifers right inside the barn, in an empty calving/sick pen.

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We have heifers at the back end of the barn, in some empty stalls penned off.

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And these are the heifers in another old shed. In fact the other week, we were just sitting down to eat supper. And were trying to quiet the boys down to pray. When Delvyn really started telling everyone to quiet down!! I could tell he was listening to some strange and strangled cow sounds. And soon he was bolting for the door!! Well, Dad stops to put shoes on, the boys don’t. So they beat him to the heifer shed. Soon I see Delvyn running back through the yard, through the office, through the barn for the skidsteer. And 2 little boys, slow walk back towards the house. And then I knew it was bad. If they don’t even stay to see the action, they can’t stomach whatever is going on. So I decided to head out there with Karson. By then, the worst was over.

And they were fixing up the broken row of headlocks. For some reason a section of headlocks broke off, keeping 2 heifers entangled in the locks, one basically on top of the other.  Just a few minutes longer and the story would have been completely different. We were so thankful it happened while we were home. As it was, the 2 heifers were shook up, and needing some  R & R, but nothing major!! They walked away!! I think the rest of us were about as shook up as they were though too.

IMG_0192smAnd I had to smile at this scene. A certain 6 yr old loves horses, and he has this saddle that he tries to ride many places. Guess this is a great place to ‘store’ it. Although when it began to rain the other day… he made fast tracks to get it!! No he does not ride it way up there…

IMG_0184smAfter walking around the farm, I went for a walk up the road. This is way across the fields…

IMG_0186smA bit closer to home… on the far right is my in-laws farm. Now you know why the boys are *always* over at Grandma’s?? It’s just across the corner!!!

Anyway… WAY too much time has passed!! The boys are back home (at least when they play on the slip & slide they smell clean and soapy even if they are still dirty!), the grill is fired up, my rice is cooking and I need to get off. We have some fun family plans for this evening… FINALLY getting the boys rewards for saying their memory verses at church one Sunday. They each won $5 gift cards to Culvers. And then the park or something else fun like that.

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