~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!!


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’.


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:

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!!


Slowly, slowly pushing the top off.


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


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…



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.


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

IMG_0174smAnd we have heifers out in the dry cow lot, in a penned off area.


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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Healthy Happy Moms with Plexus


Are you a Mom struggling with your health? Struggling to have enough energy to get through your day? I was there once myself!! And I thought I’d share a few stories of others who have had their lives changed because of Plexus!!

Kristy takes the TriPlex combo and shares this ~ After having my fourth child I had gained so much weight. Breastfeeding tacked on another 15lbs on my already over weight body. I was so devastated. I just remember being so disgusted with the way I looked, the way I ate, and having no self control when it came to junk food or any food for that matter! I have lost over 24 inches and about 36lbs in 5 months with the help of plexus, but the best part is my life has forever changed. I eat only whole wheat bread. I no longer live off of soda. I make Vegetables with every meal (something I NEVER did).
I no longer eat ground beef, only ground turkey. There’s always lots of fruit, and almost NO junk food (my kids still like their cookies) I no longer am addicted to all the sweets and junk food that ruled my life!!!
My life is FOREVER changed and I give all the glory to Christ Jesus, because He knew what I needed and brought it into my life!


infertility“After 6 years and 2 months of infertility with on and off infertility treatment we are finally expecting! I truly believe I owe Plexus a huge thank you for this due to bettered health. We had struggled for years between natural means, oral infertility meds, injection fertility medications and three failed IUI’s. With all our attempts we got 0 pregnancies. I was diagnosed after 4 of those 6 years of trying with PCOS (poly cystic ovarian syndrome) and my husband possible low count. If I would have known about PCOS sooner I could have diagnosed myself with it already back in the 5th grade. We were told these are your last options since you have already tried all the options we would normally go about now with this diagnoses: 1-no kids, 2-adoption, or 3-IVF. I was heart broken. My dream was to be a mom since I was a child. I run my own Childcare preschool and all, children are my life. This was the hardest time I have went through in my life. It might not seem like much but it is, when it’s your dream and you can’t have it, it’s heart wrenching. My husband and I struggled to agree on IVF or not…I felt it was about to tear us apart. It took us a long time to recover from this hard time but we made it through. Then I found Plexus in November 2012. I started with just Plexus Slim/accelerator combo. I was in love! My ovarian pains (cyst covered ovaries) were getting better, my other signs and symptoms of PCOS were diminishing! Also I had planters warts on my feet that for years even with doctor treatments wasn’t taking care of them, even those diminished after like two weeks! I was losing weight (slow but loosing) and feeling great! I tested for candida yeast and was positive. I added probio5 and the bio cleanse. This combination of plexus products was a blessing!! I was feeling even better yet! I was shrinking the few lbs I needed to lose (doctor said I was ok weight wise but if I lost 8lbs to bet in the right bmi that could up my chance of a miracle a little bit but with me being close to the right bmi he didn’t think it would make a difference). Well I wound up in the end being 37.5 ibs!! This put me in the perfect bmi area of the chart and now my PCOS was under control as well!!!! I was even getting my cycles on my own naturally without medication to induce them (this was not happening prior to plexus)! YAY! So all was well, cycles were regular, I was ovulating on my own and having signs of great fertility during this time, so I waited to be blessed with a positive test …it still took some time, but I wasn’t loosing hope, for plexus had already brought me so far! Oh I forgot to mention it also took away my head aches and lowered my bad cholesterol and upped my good cholesterol!!! SO I figured I’ll keep being patient for Plexus is working step by step to synchronize my body to health so I’m ready for my little pumpkin! Then X-Factor came out! My husband and I both started it! It’s amazing!!!! Then a few months later…we are expecting!!!! I did add two herbs to my diet as well but I had tried herbs before and they didn’t’ work, I feel it was because at that point in time my body wasn’t where it needed to be! It needed more than one herb to kick my body in gear!! Plexus I strongly believe did so for me! On my two early ultrasounds the dr told me my cysts are clear!!! The only thing left on my ovaries was one spot on my right side which is where my egg ovulated from! Clear!! Yes, my cysts are gone!!! I’m blessed to have found Plexus and to have gotten news of expecting during my plexus journey. My doctor and I agree the blend of X-factor may have played a part in my ability to become pregnant, that maybe on top of PCOS I was lacking something that Xfactor helped fill. She is even having me use the X-factor as a prenatal and alternate it with a prescription prenatal every other day, only reason to that is to get the little bit of vitamin A and Iron in that’s in a prenatal but she didn’t want me to lose the effects of the X-factor (Also added folic acid and DHA)! I was also able to know I was pregnant as soon as I implanted because with Plexus I was feeling so so so good! When I started feeling like crap I knew something was up!!!! Plexus is a blessing to my life in so many ways! Don’t give up!!! If it seems to be taking longer than you wanted, don’t loose faith, sometimes the best of things like a little extra time. I’m so glad I didn’t give up or I wouldn’t be expecting my miracle today. Give Plexus the time it needs to transform your whole body to health and good things may be around the corner. I was satisfied with just the non scale victories I had. The weight lost was a bonus. My little baby, he’s the icing on the cake! I Thank God each day for my pregnancy and for leading me to Plexus.” ~Danielle


cassie1Cassie is a friend of mine, (I met her in the airport on the way to the Plexus Convention.) She is due just a few weeks before I am, with her 3rd boy. She is living life to the fullest!!! Even thought it’s the middle of summer and this beautiful friend is 27 weeks pregnant, keeping up with two toddler boys, and feeling awesome!
It you could feel awesome while growing your baby by getting rid of some discomfort(s), what would they be?cassie This first picture is of her experience with Plexus products at the beginning of her pregnancy. (Click on picture to read the fine print. It’s worth it!!!)

“On to the 3rd Trimester! (Update on Pregnant with Plexus, her 27 wk update!!)
As is common with pregnancy the second trimester can be the “easy one”, and mine was a dream!! I will say that my biggest struggle in my second trimester with previous pregnancies was leg cramps, restless leg syndrome and over all body aches and pains! My hips and back would ache all the time and normally by this point I would be visiting the chiropractor on a weekly basis!
NOT THIS TIME! I haven’t been to the chiropractor since week 15 after I fell down some stairs… I only have restless leg or leg cramps if I forget to take my BioCleanse in the evening! My overall feelings of inflammation or achenes have been pretty much ZERO! My weight gain is PERFECT! My doctor was so excited to hear about Plexus she asked how she could order some and is now on her month 3 of taking the triplex!!!
Did I mention I feel great? I have awesome energy and my two toddlers haven’t slowed me down yet!!” -Cassie Goossen


MorganAnd then there was this report from Morgan Ingram that I just had to share as well:

“What life looks like now:
-I have no issues digesting pork or beef any longer.
-I was diagnosed with asthma 5 years ago and have always struggled with keeping it away using an inhaler. NO MORE ASTHMA. I threw the inhaler out months ago and haven’t needed it since.
-On bitterly cold or damp days, any injuries I acquired through dancing in high school would ache terribly. We had a cold winter, but my body was fine.

+My hair has grown SO MUCH! I get countless compliments on how long and healthy my hair (and skin) looks. I can’t remember a time my hair looked this good.
+No fatigue. Not even when my 14 month baby girl lets me have 5 hours of sleep.
+I have had 1 mini migraine caused by a pinched nerve in my neck that the chiropractor fixed and 1 tiny one while detoxing. The 2nd day I started Slim, my 30 day migraine stopped.
+Haven’t had heart palpitations since, at least, November.
+Allergies? Not even to CATS!
+No brain fog
+No dizziness
And my biggest success: I’VE GAINED WEIGHT! I was down 5 lbs after a battle with the flu the middle of December and I am up 6 lbs from that time which leaves me only 9 lbs away from my target goal. Praise God!!! Plexus works if you give your body time to heal and nourish itself with the products.

PS This photo is from a recent 3300 mile trip with my family… 10 days of on the go travel and Slim kept me going!”



wendy's“For over a year, I was a skeptic. Although I watched my friends and family lose weight, become healthier and gain financial freedom, I was sure a “diet drink” could not be responsible for the changes. I thought of all the reasons it could not, would not work for me.

During my pregnancy, I had struggled with fungus/yeast. After the birth of my son, I wanted to try some natural healing to keep flare-ups at bay. I decided to try Plexus (Slim, ProBio5 and XFactor) only because my trusted friend, Wendy Larson, recommended the products. I knew that as a Certified Natural Health Professional, Wendy would only consume or recommended healthy choices, so I decided to take a leap of faith in January 2015, and the results have astounded me. I’m done with thyroid medication after almost 10 years of daily use. I have lost 25 pre-baby pounds and returned to my high school weight. My moods have become more stable and I have more energy. My skin is blemish free, with not a single cold sore in six months. My hair is growing beautifully. I feel like a better person, mommy and wife.

After taking Plexus products for five months, I had a profound moment. It occurred when I was leaving a Plexus meeting and stopped me in my tracks. God stirred in me a desire to be more and give more. Somehow I had “settled” into my fantastic life and forgot to keep learning and growing. I was afraid. Afraid of trying and failing, of reaching for a goal and coming up short, of being harshly judged or not worthy of success. I needed to be brave. I have seen what Plexus has done for me, inside and out and I want it to be amazing for you too. Good health is a gift!”

Want more info?? Contact me!! Or go to my Plexus Website.

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Do I Still Have Lyme??…

It is a question I get asked, and asked a lot!! There is no easy answer, neither is there a short answer. So I’ll try to tell what I see happening and update you all in my health since I have been on Plexus products for over 1 1/2 yrs now.

First, do I still have lyme? I don’t know. And I don’t know how to answer that. Many ask about blood tests. I only had one lyme test done back in Oct ’10. I looked back at that post, thinking I would have more info on the test results, but there wasn’t. I know I had 2 or 3 of the main/big markers for lyme. So yes, I had a very positive lyme test. What I don’t know, is if it is still active, dormant or gone. I haven’t had any blood tests recently, nor do I plan to have one. I avoid Drs. at all cost if posible. And I’m not really sure what it would prove at this point.

I haven’t had my thyroid tested again either. Or my adrenals. I haven’t had any contact with the lady I was working with 2 yrs ago dealing with those things. She pointed me in the right direction for a lot of things, adrenal fatigue and MTHFR were the main ones.

I don’t think I ever mentioned having MTHFR on my blog before. It is a gene defect that is not widely known, but it is pretty common. And can easily be tested through a blood test. And many have it that may not realize it, it is hereditary. I have the Compound Heterozygous, which is MTHFR 677CT + MTHFR 1298AC = a compound heterozygous mutation which is one mutation from two different parts of the gene. And that one is very likely to be passed on… so my boys most likely have it as well.

MTHFR stands for ‘methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene’. I am not sure how much I should try to explain here… it might be best if you would just go to mthfr.net and research and study it for yourself, What is MTHFR?. In a nutshell, the function of the MTHFR gene is simply to produce the MTHFR enzyme. However, if the MTHFR gene is mutated, the enzyme produced is not entirely correct. The MTHFR gene is responsible for making a functional MTHFR enzyme. If the MTHFR gene is slightly altered (mutated), the MTHFR enzyme’s shape becomes distorted. Enzyme function depends a lot on shape. It is similar to the grooves on a key. If the grooves on a key are slightly different than the lock, the key may fit and turn the lock a little but it does not unlock the door.

The function of the MTHFR gene is simply to produce the MTHFR enzyme. However, if the MTHFR gene is mutated, the enzyme produced is not entirely correct.

The genetic code of the MTHFR enzyme must be perfect in order for it to function properly. A dysfunctional MTHFR enzyme may lead to a slew of health problems.

And here is a link to a list of symptoms that may be related to MTHFR. And it is very probable that it is the reason I had 2 miscarriages before carrying to term. And that I have 4 healthy boys and one on the way is a miracle!!!  I don’t understand it all, but enough that I know I need to take folate (folic acid) in a different form so as to by-pass the defect. In other words, my body can’t process folic acid, or B vitamins, and maybe other things. And avoiding it in processed foods is very helpful as well. Along with avoiding dairy, and gluten.

So why do I bring all this up now? Well, I had been taking all the proper forms of vitamins and methylfolate (the form a person with MTHFR can use of folic acid). But they are spendy. And we were using Plexus products and having great results with that. So I really wanted to try going without my other vitamins and just use Plexus products. So I quit them about a yr ago, Spring ’14. Well, as much as I didn’t want to admit it, by fall I was beginning to drag. But I didn’t know why. Oh, I still felt MUCH better than I had in recent yrs. But it wasn’t the same zip I had been feeling in the spring. Well, it took until Dec. to start connecting the dots… I NEEDED those other vitamins.

So in Jan. I bit the bullet and ordered prenatal with the vitamins I needed in a form my body can use. Little did I know how perfect the timing all was. By the end of Feb. I realized I was pregnant and had no clue how far along I was. Turns out, I got pregnant about the time I started those vitamins. Well, morning sickness was setting in, and I knew that with Karson I had started the proper forms of B Vitamins and within a wk or 2 my queasiness was gone. SOOooo, I bit the bullet again and ordered those B vitamins. And yep, within 2 wks I was feeling like a new person again!!! My energy was back and I was feeling GREAT!!! And I haven’t really slowed down since!! I feel sooooo good. Well, until my hubby forgot my prenatal & B vitamins when we were in CO. My energy was fast going down each day. But within a couple of days of being home and back on the vitamins, I am feeling great again.

And this has been good for me… studying into this whole MTHFR thing for this post. I am learning more too. And may make some small changes that might help further.

So I found out I NEED those vitamins!!!! But saying that… I am still taking the XFactor, 1 capsule with the 3 pills of prenatal I am taking. There is aloe in the XFactor that I know is also helping my body absorb the vitamins. (Yellow pee anyone? I’m still observing this, so I’ll update this post when I know more. And I may stop it again, I need to see…)

Now, as far as the rash I have talked about in other posts… I STILL have it. I am still trying to figure out just what causes it. I have a rash and I have a problem with breaking out in itchy bumps, mostly on my hips/stomach, that drive me NUTS!!! I will scratch til they bleed. So for the last 2 months or so, I have completely cut out dairy, along with gluten. Both of them I had been greatly limiting, but found it so hard to cut completely! Well, I finally was like, I HAVE to get to the bottom of this. I don’t want to deal with candida with another newborn. I have actually found it easier to just say NO to it ALL, then try to limit it. It’s so easy to just have a little here and a little there, it soon adds up. And I have some family members that are finding out there are really sensitive to dairy products too. So… I’m thinking I may just have to adapt to this new normal more permanently than I had hoped.

Well, it was really helping. But then I would randomly get flare-ups. And I could not figure out why. So I started watching just what it was that I was eating differently. And there are a few things I am watching out for… I was using natural sweeteners such as honey and maple syrup, and lots of nuts/nut products in baking and such. So I cut out all nuts first, including coconut. And still was breaking out, though maybe not as much, but still more than I liked. So in the past 2 wks I decided the other sweeteners needed to go too.

I find it interesting how I keep piecing things together… slowly. You’d think I’d understand it all by now. And many times I just wish I would have stuck with my rad diets way back when we first started. By now, I’d be leaps & bounds further ahead. So what is at the bottom of all this?? Candida!! And as I cut out more and more of it’s food sources, it screams and reacts harder and louder. NOT a fun thing to go through. But I am determine to get through it all!! I am SO thankful for Probio5, an awesome probiotic that also kills candida, at the same time. It is doing so much for me. And the BioCleanse, that is hauling out the junk. Believe me, I need more than the recommended amount to keep on top of all the junk, and all the hauling out it needs to do.

So, primarily, I have been following the Trim Healthy Mama diet. While I don’t agree with everything they promote, a lot of their recipes are ones I can eat. Making it easier on me. And it is keeping my weight gain at a slower pace than normal, which I am very happy with. For a while I was sorta worried, as by 20 wks I had only gained 3lbs. But my midwife is not concerned, so I’m not either. Since then, my weight has gone up a bit more. But just cutting out glutens and dairy helps so much in that area.

Sunday in church, my hubby was looking at a photo book I had made for Collin back when he was Karson’s age – 1.5 yrs. old. There was an engagement picture and one when Collin was almost 1 yr old, with me on it. Delvyn was right away like, ‘You were chubby’. So I started comparing both pictures of me. Sure my face was fatter in the later picture, but I was still more filled out in the first, too. And that would have been at a much lower, pre-wedding, weight then my lowest weight post baby with Karson when many thought I would blow away. I realized just how much inflammation & junk my body must have been dealing with already at that point, before I got married at 20, almost 21 yrs old. I had really wanted to get down to my wedding weight, but it just wasn’t happening. But my face and body was slimming down more than I realized. So I was ‘losing inches, not lbs’. Which really is the best way to go!! And the inflammation is gone, I am sure it is what was causing the swelling in my face.

Another thing that has been a chronic issue of mine, that I never mentioned, as I didn’t think much of it. But my nose runs constantly!! Then in Feb. I had the boys to the dentist. He asked if one of the boys had a chronic stuffy nose. He had lots of tarter build up for a child his age, a sign of dairy intolerance. Hmmm, he didn’t have a stuffy nose, but I sure did!! And that was part of my jump into no dairy. And guess what, it has greatly helped my nose. I should not say stuffy, but just randomly runs, and runs often. We went through LOTS of Kleenex. But now, it is not nearly so bad. And I’m sure it will keep getting better with time. Time away from dairy!

Last night as I was laying in bed, I realized I wasn’t scratching the life out of my sides and stomach. And it suddenly dawned on me… I don’t have many itchy bumps driving me nuts!! Oh, yay!!!! I AM on the right track!! I am getting somewhere!!! It makes me so happy. And I know it is all gonna be worth it!!

Oh, on another note, going back to the lyme thing. I do know this, that if I am getting all stressed out over something, or if life is really crazy/full/changes, to many late nights, I will feel more fatigued, and my hip will start aching again. My brain will start feeling foggy and I feel like it is all connected. Mostly, it is my allowing my immune system to get run down again, so the weak areas show their weakness. It happens less and less, and the symptoms are less as well. So I know my body continues to heal and regain it’s health. And I am so thankful for that!!!

This is feeling a bit disjointed, guess that’s what you get from taking too long to write it all out. But the more I researched, the more I am learning, mostly on the MTHFR side of it. I want to keep digging and try some different things out, change it up for myself.

I just love learning, researching, understanding our bodies and how they work. Truly we are ‘Fearfully and Wonderfully Made’!!!!

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