Sunday, December 15, 2013

Notice Anything Different?

This crazy blog was started to journal my journey from a fast food momma feeding her kids processed foods to a more organic, whole food lifestyle.  That's where it started.  However, the more we changed our diet the better we felt.  The better we felt the more I researched the impact of food on our health.  The more I learned the more changes we made.

Our lives and diets took a huge turn when I learned about the ELISA blood test and got my family tested for food allergies.  We had no life threatening allergies Praise God!  We did however have many other allergies that were causing stomach aches, headaches, GI problems, hives, ear infections and a host of other ailments.  After removing dairy from our diets, sinus infections and my son's constant ear infections vanished.  After removing gluten from our diet the headaches, hives, constant fatigue, stomach aches and GI issues disappeared.  When the remaining foods were eliminated and we began to heal, our new lives started.  My foggy brain disappeared and I finally felt free to be who God intended me to be. That's where the new title of my blog comes into play, Lovin' Livin' Free.  We are now lovin' livin' free of all the foods that caused us to miss out on all the joy and blessings this life holds.

During this process of cleaning up our diets, every area of my life improved by leaps and bounds.   I began to reevaluate all of the other areas in my life that were "fast food" living.  So much has changed in these two and a half years.  And all for the better.  I feel so free.  Free to stop living life just managing illness and free to start exploring, inventing, imagining, and finally DOING all the things I always hoped to do.  Free to embrace all of my passions.  Free to live life with no regrets.  Free to be the kind of person that can provide rich experiences for my family.  My family feels this freedom too.

There are days this freedom has a high price and I feel totally overwhelmed.  This freedom is worth the fight.

PS. This post is not to judge or condemn anyone who eats fast food.  It is just to tell my story of how eliminating foods that were toxic to my body and those of my family changed our lives.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Gift for the King

A group of third grade girls is working to raise money to help support an orphanage in Uganda. To donate, click here. Below is the story of how this got started:

Last year one second grade girl wanted to give a GIFT TO THE KING. She wanted to build an orphanage and clean water wells in Africa. With your help she raised $4200 for World Vision. This year 7 third grade girls and their siblings joined the mission to help orphans in need. We are teaming up with Fair Haven Ministries to help the 50 children in Agnes Child Care Orphange in Jinja, Uganda. We found out about this orphanage through our preschool teacher who helps run the orphanage and visits Uganda every summer to love on the children she sees as her own. Here is her story. We hope to one day join her and hug all the sweet faces we have seen in the pictures the children are holding in this video. Praise God for children that are so pure in heart and willing to listen to God's voice to love on HIS children! Please join this precious group of third grade girls and their siblings in this priceless gift to our King for Christmas by blessing Orphans in Uganda. The donation is tax deductible.  The girls want to write you personalized thank you cards too. Thank you so much and GOD BLESS YOU!! MERRY CHRISTMAS! To donate, please go to: If you check, "yes, Fair Havens Ministries can contact me," you will receive a tax receipt via email. Choose "donation", then "gift for the King" enter your amount.

Ways to help:

Sponsor a child:
$30 per month; $360 per year

$150 for 100 kilos of rice
$110 for 100 kilos of beans
$80 for 100 kilos of maize flour

$10 each for uniforms for school (50 students)
$30 each for uniform school shoes (50 students)
$15 school lunches for the 3 older children (not going to school at the orphanage) (3 month terms)
$150 Transportation to secondary school for the 3 older children (3 month terms)
$100 per month teacher salary for elementary school at orphange (3 teachers)

$40 per month for night watchman ($480 per year)
$40 for soap to last a few months

Please "Like" our Facebook page, and share this with anyone who you think would like to help.

Fair Havens Ministries is committed to feeding the hungry and helping those in need. One branch of this ministry supports Agnes' Children's Care, an orphanage in Jinja, Uganda. To donate, please go to: If you check, "yes, Fair Havens Ministries can contact me," you will receive a tax receipt via email. Choose "donation", then "gift for the King" enter your amount.