Timothy’s Story

It is truly unbelievable what these parents have been through. Most of us can’t imagine a medical system that would inflict such injury and then blame the parents. I pray this family will be reunited and find healing and the ability to forgive all who have been involved in this tragic situation.

Suzanne Humphries on Vaccines

I wish I could help every pregnant couple, or maybe rather, ever teenager, to watch and understand the message of this video!

Dr Humphries offers a rational clear explanation of how our immune system works and how to support and protect it.

She also explains why aluminum is added to vaccines, how the immune system develops slowly and is supported by breastfeeding, and much much more.

I have been researching the vaccination issue for over 30 years. This is the clearest most insightful presentation I have come across. Please share it with others!

Application for Motherhood

Reprinted from Above Rubies, a magazine to bring strength and encouragement to marriage, motherhood, and family life. www.aboverubies.org

If I had to apply for motherhood, I would never have gotten the job. I would never have been asked to come in for an interview for the position. My application would have hit the circular file immediately upon receipt. No one in his or her right mind would have deemed me capable for this job. I had absolutely no experience or training in this field and no knowledge of the requirements.

Furthermore, had I investigated the job description, I would have found the following requisite components for this position:

  • functions coherently with little or no sleep for extended periods of time
  • efficiently copes with disorder and disarray; has a talent for dealing with more than one person talking at a time, often on different topics and at varying decibel levels – and is able to resolve each issue in a timely manner to the satisfaction of all parties involved
  • skilled at multi-tasking to the ultimate extreme
  • has a flair for attention to minute details
  • capacity to avert disaster at a moment’s notice (or before)
  • creative financial aptitude; expertise in successful mediation with individuals on every level of the intelligence scale
  • creative wardrobe design
  • triage medical experience
  • quick change artist

Even though I couldn’t believe I fit the bill, the benefits package for the position was so irresistible, I was sucked in.

It began when I got all that attention the first time I was pregnant. I was allowed to be self-centered and self-serving on every level – probably because it would be the very last time in my life that would ever happen again! I was pampered, coddled, showered with blessings and, for the first time in my life, not worried about gaining weight. I could buy new clothes without a guilty conscience, as my wardrobe no longer fit my newly rounded figure. I could be crabby and no one would be offended; I could be spacey and those around me just smiled knowingly. I even had a good excuse for taking time off work.

Those were just the short-term benefits. Long-term benefits were even more lucrative, once I got past the excruciating pain of the first day on the job. The smell of a newborn babe is enthralling beyond description; it drew me in and captivated every fragment of my attention. There was no question I wanted to serve every whim of this completely helpless, hand-sized parcel to the total exclusion of everyone and everything else on earth. The tiniest reaction from this child in response to my ministrations evoked such passionate emotion that I wanted to shout it to the world.

I continually encouraged my offspring to strive for greater accomplishments, like smiling, walking or talking. After I’d been on the job awhile, I would have occasionally reversed some of those accomplishments – with the exception of smiling.

Even though the job description for motherhood was far beyond my knowledge, talent and abilities, God chose to give me a shot at the position – not just once, but nine times! His business plan was certainly far different from the one I would have drawn up! Whenever I thought I had the task mastered, He gave me a new little handful to sharpen my skills.

I learned that not all the colors in a baby’s diaper are precious in a mother’s sight, but every child is. I found out that no matter how much I diligently strove to raise them all the same, each one has an inherent personality that needs to be molded. Mostly, I discovered that if I relied on the Lord to direct the outcome of this challenge of motherhood, everything would be all right. He was the most valuable consultant I could ever have. I found new meaning for, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

Over and over again God demonstrated that I was capable to meet the challenges of motherhood. When unable to see the fruit of my labors, He would send someone to point out the positive results of my diligence.

Most of my children are grown, but even today, when I least expect it, the Lord will send someone to testify that I have successfully completed the task set before me. I may not have fit the qualifications of the motherhood job opening, but the Lord thought I fit the bill.  I guess He was right!

Darlene Stern

Kewaskum, Wisconsin, USA

David and Darlene’s blessings are Jim (30), Josh (28), Jon (27), Amanda (24), Jacob (22), Ana (20), Alyssa (18), Angela (16) and Amelia (7)

ABOVE RUBIES April 2009, No. 76

Recipe: Quinoa Stuffing

Every once in a while I make a great dish up on the spot.  Often I never write down what I did and I completely forget and that bit of brilliance is lost forever.  Yesterday was such a day, I made a completely personal recipe without referring to anything and I don’t want to lose it.  So I’m going to write about it.  That way you can share in this amazing recipe and I will also have a record of it in the future when I might need it!

My dilemma started when we decided to prepare a turkey for Thanksgiving Day.  Now that is pretty normal for most people in the USA, but living in South Africa for nearly 30 years we haven’t really kept up the Thanksgiving tradition. Just as I was going to pop the bird into the oven (after carefully reading the baking directions) I decided I should stuff it with something so it would add to the flavour. The challenge is that my daughters and I are both not eating bread (or sugar), so I quickly chopped a couple of onions, a Granny Smith apple, celery sticks, dates, added raisins, herbs and spices, mixed and shoved some inside the turkey.  I had overestimated the size of the bird’s cavern and ended up with quite a lot of chopped stuff left over.

You must realize that Thanksgiving Meals are mostly a distant memory for me, so I don’t have a lot of experience with exactly what procedures are supposed to be followed.  I did remember that often my mom would have a separate dish of stuffing, so I decided to go that route.  Here is my amazing concoction:

chopped onion, chopped celery, chopped Granny Smith apple, chopped dates, 1/4 Cup or so raisins, 1/2 Cup or so cashews chopped in half, 1/2 Tablespoon coconut oil, 1/2 Cup quinoa, 1 and 1/4 Cup boiling water, herbs & spices, salt & pepper

I didn’t really measure too much, so the measurements are approximations.  I knew that you need 2x as much water for the amount of Quinoa.  I mixed it all together, put it in a ceramic baking dish with a top on and baked next to the turkey for about an hour.  Delicious!  Must be the HEALTHIEST and the MOST DELICIOUS stuffing I’ve ever eaten!

Our meal was very simple and shared with just my husband, myself and our two remaining children at home.  We accompanied the turkey and stuffing with baked sweet potatoes and green bean, stir-fried with soy sauce and sesame seeds.  We all shared some things we were thankful for!  I’m sorry we didn’t take a picture!  Maybe next time!

Babywearing is important for your baby’s health!

Strollers, Baby Carriers and Infant Stress is a great blog with lots of details and scientific facts about why babywearing and baby holding – in the correct positions – are so important for your baby!

This is a subject close to my heart.  After having five children my opportunity of holding, wearing and carrying my babies is over!  I can’t go back and hold them more.  I didn’t have the wonderful long pieces of fabric to tie around your body to perfectly hold baby with very little stress on my back and shoulders.  When my first babies were born the main baby carrier available and well known was the Snugli, but I could only comfortably wear it when they were under 5 kg.  Also, it was very uncomfortable when baby fell asleep in it and all you could think about was getting it and baby off!

I saw a ring sling when my third baby was born.  I was amazed and quickly found a sling to be a great benefit and used it for a long time.  I kept the sling I had made and used it with my 4th and 5th babies too.  However, I did have some neck problems and found it harder to use with my 5th baby.

When I first saw a long BabyWrap I was amazed.  It took me awhile to figure it out, but now I am an avid proponent and eager to explain how to use it to anyone who wants to know!  I had the awesome privilege of being able to experiment with it and wear my first grandchild a few times.  It was delightful!  Wearing a baby is such a wonderful way of bonding with them and I am so thankful that my son and his wife  allowed me the thrill!

Unfortunately my son, his wife and my granddaughter have moved to another continent where they are expecting their 2nd baby.  I am sad that I won’t have the same opportunity of bonding through wearing with this baby.  However, I have been experimenting with a slightly modified concept of the long BabyWrap.  I have sent a mini BabyWrap to my two dauther’s in-law.  I made a demonstration video to help them figure out how to use it.  I am looking forward to their feedback on how it works.  I have tried it with a few moms and babies and find such joy and satisfaction in helping moms – and dads – with a comfortable way of meeting their babies need to be carried!

So enjoy this very short stage of life – carry your babies – you will not regret it!

The Priority of Babywearing

I discovered a great post every parent and grandparent should read…So I had to share it!

Imagine if every baby had the wonderful opportunity of being carried all the time… And how healing would it be for every adult who was involved in carrying the wondrous creations we are blessed with!

“If You Hold That Baby All The Time…”
by Pam Leo

“Wearing your baby in a sling completely transforms the experience of parenting an infant.”

I’m into helping parents wear their babies.  Check out my mini babywrap a perfect way to comfortably cuddle with your newborn.

Natural Hair Products

I learned something amazing that has the potential to save my family a lot of money.  I only wish I had learned this much much sooner!  My daughter-in-law alerted me to this great blog that tells you how to make your own natural shampoos at home.  My daughter-in-law was able to make a shampoo and a conditioner using ingredients she had at home AND she said her hair hadn’t felt so good in a long time!  As a bonus, it is much less stress and strain on the environment to use these safe and natural and INEXPENSIVE ingredients!!!

So what are we all doing wasting the world and our own resources by buying the brands we’ve been marketed for sooo long????

The commercials aren’t actually true! The models in the commercial doesn’t even use the hair product she is modeling!  My daughter’s have been involved in a variety of commercials over the years and one of the main benefits has been that it has opened their eyes to the fact that the story told in every commercial is just a fictitious story designed to impress and inspire you to buy their product so that they can increase their profits.

I can’t wait to try this simple idea and am looking forward to running out of my current shampoo and condition!