Archive - 2016

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» Dog Therapy: Why kids and pets belong together
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» Commuting in the 2017 Mazda3 Grand Touring
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» REVIEW: Nashville’s Nutcracker 2016
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» Ethiopia Trip (pt. 1) and The Day of Hope
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» REVIEW: Ring Doorbell and Stick Up Cam
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» Break forth like the dawn: Anxiety vs. Joy
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» 2016 Holiday Gift Guide (and Giveaway!)
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» 3 things you need to help survive Winter
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» I Want to Be Brave
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» Review: Dr. Mercola Probiotics

» Dog Therapy: Why kids and pets belong together

It’s New Year’s Eve morning and I’m happily snuggled on the couch with four kids and two dogs. Coffee has been poured, daddy is catching up on sleep and my computer is in hand. Saturday mornings are often blogging mornings for me… but this morning I asked the kids to help me out, to choose today’s topic, and they immediately suggested that we write about the newest member of our family. A 50-pound lab mix from Lifehouse Pet Rescue.

Wrigley (you’re welcome Cub’s fans) is approximately 11 months old and all puppy. He needs a lot of attention, training and rope-pulling time. Our 6-pound toy poodle is quite disgruntled by his presence and his persistent sniffing of said poodle’s bottom. They are truly a comical pair. It’s quite the interesting dynamic to watch the 6 pound dog display shows of dominance to the ever-growing giant lab. We gifted Wrigley with a large dog bed and Hiro immediately staked his claim. Wrigley won’t dare lay on the bed for fear of little poodle teeth, so you’ll find Hiro relaxing in comfort on his king sized dog bed.

The question I’ve gotten a lot, including from my husband, is why I would want to add a second dog to our bustling mix of four young kids and one temperamental poodle. Well friends, I’ve made you a list of why kids and dogs just belong together.

  1. Therapy: My children benefit from the therapeutic benefits of a large, warm dog. Time with Wrigley provides sensory input! Wrigley loves to be leaned on, snuggled, hugged and napped on. He loves to pull on ropes with the kids. This falls into the category of  proprioceptive input and aids in body awareness. Not only is it comforting and fun for them to tug and pull with the dog it also provides opportunities to work in sensory input.
  2. Reading practice: The kids can read to Wrigley, while he keeps them warm with his lap dog tendencies, without fear of rejection or correction. He just listens and enjoys the togetherness and in turn they practice fluency.
  3. Nurture: While they are not completely responsible for taking care of Wrigley and Hiro they do help. They love to feed the dogs, take them to the dog park, teach them simple tricks and give them exercise. I find them speaking to the dogs in the high-pitched tone one would use with a baby. They worry about them and watch out for them. As young children they are given the opportunity to love and care for creatures that depend on them. It’s empowering and character-building.
  4. Perseverance: Training dogs to be well-behaved family members is quite a task. It requires a large amount of consistency and perseverance. We incorporate the kids as we work to help young Wrigley greet new people without jumping, sit before a treat, lay down on command, walk nicely on a leash and much more. They are learning foundational goal-setting skills as they work toward a goal with Wrigley’s training.
  5. Confidence: As the kids interact with the dogs, teaching them and nurturing them, they build confidence in their ability to accomplish tasks and create meaningful experiences. They also experience unconditional love and acceptance from their doggy pals, something that is a wonderful support as they navigate relationships with peers. Their dogs will always be waiting for them after a difficult day.

When I look at my home and see the young kids and fur babies running around I know that the bit of extra work is worth it to give them all an opportunity to grow. I grew up with dogs in the house and it was a positive experience that I knew I wanted to share with my children as well. My husband on the other hand is new to the dog-life but has embraced it and can often be found relaxing in the evening with at least one pup in his lap. If you are considering adding a furry friend to your family look into local rescues and foster-based groups. Our Wrigley was rescued and then fostered before he came to us. He was already potty-trained and knew the basics of living in a home. This was a huge help for us and we were able to start on more advance training and social skills. For our family, the benefits of having dogs really outweighs any additional work we put in. But always consider how much you are willing to do before bringing pets into the home.

 

 

» Commuting in the 2017 Mazda3 Grand Touring

I am blessed to work from my home office. Apart from a few weeks in Ethiopia and Uganda here and there you can typically find me working away under a heated blanket on my couch. I love it, but I also miss office life from time to time. That’s why I love getting the chance to spend a week at the America World corporate office in D.C. Not only do I get to spend time with our staff, but I also get to take in the sights of beautiful Washington D.C. On my last trip in I had the chance to give the 2017 Mazda3 Grand Touring a spin… and I’ll tell you… it was hard going back to my Honda Odyssey.


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The Mazda3 was built for traffic. I had a crash-course in D.C. driving and found that the Mazda3 had me weaving in and out of traffic with the zip that only Mazda promises. Add the sporty moonroof for viewing Christmas lights and we were set. I drove the 6-speed manual (standard on the Touring model) which was an added bonus as I put my race-car driver moves to the test.

Things I loved:

Style – The photos say it all. The exterior and design is great and will definitely turn heads. The Mazda3 looks much pricier than it really is. And this particular color was to die for. Not only was the car a looker, the interior was able to comfortably seat up to 5 people. Talk about making the carpool to the office a bit more enjoyable! Another great bonus was the ample trunk space. You can easily fit 3-4 full size suitcases in the trunk. This was particularly nice because we all packed our fair share of shoes.

Performance – As expected, this car can go. D.C. streets can be a little (or a lot!) busy at times but this car didn’t have any problems. In addition, Sport mode came in handy when we needed that extra get up and go. The 6-speed manual that I drove was really fun once we hit the open road.

Safety – Similar to some of the other Mazda’s we’ve driven in the last year, this vehicle had an array of safety features: forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring. A new camera is now part of the package, which Mazda says expands the speed range at which pedestrians can be detected for the automated emergency-braking system. Cars equipped with the i-Activsense package (like ours) can now also recognize traffic signs.

 

Conclusion

The Mazda3 was comfortable, classy and functional with a bit of fun throw in. From USB ports, to heated steering wheels and traffic sensors I felt that this vehicle met all my needs and even a few wants. Who knew how much I would miss that heated steering wheel?? What impressed me most was the versatility of the vehicle, this car can fit a family of four nicely and still serve as a really good option for long work commutes.

 

 

 

 

 

Special thanks to Mazda USA for allowing us to test drive the 2017 Mazda3 Grand Touring. As always, these opinions are my own.

» REVIEW: Nashville’s Nutcracker 2016

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Nashville Ballet combined with the Nashville Symphony celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with the ninth season of Nashville’s Nutcracker. This incredible performance has become a family tradition for us, however this year “family” meant some of our closest friends sans boys. With three families represented, we all had our own reasons we needed to be there. What a great way to get swept up into the Christmas spirit. Most of the girls had attended this show at least once before but they still absolutely loved it. Every year they notice something they didn’t catch the year before.

We loaded up the van, grabbed a quick lunch, and headed to TPAC’s Jackson Hall. The matinee show is great for young kids as the show sits nicely between lunch and dinner so you won’t have to worry about overtired or hungry kids. Before the show and during intermissions, there are nice photo opportunities that you can take with different performers.

The show this year did not disappoint. The girls emphatically let us know that this year’s was the best yet! I did notice that there seemed to be a lot more diversity among the performers. I learned afterward through some other reviews that this year boasts the biggest youth representation ever — 251 local kids!

Nashville’s Nutcracker is a great way to kick off the Christmas season and build an appreciation for the arts. The Nashville Ballet doesn’t cut any corners and puts on a high-quality production in all aspects. Add lunch and dinner downtown and you you will build life-long memories with your loved ones. I especially love the memories made in the weeks following the show as Charlotte leads her siblings in different re-enactments of the ballet.

Below is the remaining 2016 schedule:

December 10 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
December 11 at 2 p.m.
December 16 at 7 p.m.
December 17 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
December 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
December 21 at 2 p.m.
December 22 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
December 23 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, December 23 at 2 p.m.

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» Ethiopia Trip (pt. 1) and The Day of Hope

As you may know, this has been a busy season for me… leading with an unplanned surgery, my last semester of graduate school, and a trip to Ethiopia with One Orphan. Many people have asked about the trip but it takes a while to process (as it always does) and I’ve already had to leave again for a quick work trip to D.C. Please read the information below about The Day of Hope (today!) followed along with some pictures from my recent trip to Ethiopia taken by photographer Daniel Hobbs. In the coming weeks, I’ll be sure to share more!

Today is the day the Day of Hope: America World and One Orphan invites you to join as we continue our mission to care for orphans worldwide, build forever families and advocate for waiting children.

Due to a generous grant opportunity gifts given during this time will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100,000!

Together, we are able to have significant impact on the lives of vulnerable children in each of the countries we partner with. AWAA is committed to family preservation and orphan care and thanks to our wonderful in-country partners, hundreds of children are being loved and cared for.

Here are a few ways your gift will be utilized:

Support for five orphanage partnerships in Ethiopia
Provide Ethiopia families with sponsorships through family preservation efforts
Support for families in the post adoption stage
Resources and support for orphanage partnerships in Haiti
Resources and support for orphanage partnerships in China
Support for adoption programs in India

If you would like to give a year-end, tax-deductible gift please click HERE and choose Day of Hope in the drop down menu. If you have further questions about how your gift will be utilized feel free to contact the Executive Director of One Orphan, our orphan care ministry branch:  joe.wilson@awaa.org

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» REVIEW: Ring Doorbell and Stick Up Cam

We live in a “safe” neighborhood but with young children, I wanted more peace of mind. Thanks to Ring and our internet recently being upgraded to faster speeds, we now have a reliable wireless solution instead of the traditional wired option. Once installed, setup for both the Video Doorbell and Stick Up cam are extremely easy as it is with almost all good smart devices these days.

Video Doorbell

Because the Video Doorbell was replacing our existing doorbell, we decided to have the power hardwired. This version also has an internal rechargeable battery so that you don’t have to use electric wiring if you don’t want to.

  • Compatible with all iOS and android Smartphone and tablets
  • Built-in motion sensors detect movement up to 30 ft. allowing you to know what is going on outside of your home
  • 720p HD Camera with 180° Field of View, 30 ft. Motion Detection, and Night Vision
  • Lifetime Purchase Protection: If your Ring Video Doorbell is stolen, we’ll replace it free of charge
  • Bank Grade Encryption
  • -5 to 120°F Operating Temperature

Elliott was excited to jump in and help make the swap. (I have to admit, I hated seeing our original-to-the-house doorbell gone… but I quickly got over it.) Everything you need is included in the box. Ring claims that the installation takes about 5 minutes but ours took a little longer since we had to make our wiring hole significantly larger to allow the new device to sit flush on the wall. Installation took about 20 minutes, you also have to consider that my nine year old was doing a majority of the work here.

If there’s motion or someone rings the doorbell, both Calvin and I get a phone notification. We can jump immediately to the live view and decide whether or not we want to talk to the other person or not. We’ve also taught the kids to use it as an emergency tool since they don’t have their own phones. So far I’ve been able to give instructions to the UPS driver and also turn away solicitors while nobody was home… nicely of course. There have been times that I didn’t get to answer on my phone in time but it was still great to open the app a few minutes later to see who just came by the house.

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Stick Up Cam

The Stick Up Cam is very similar to the doorbell except it’s designed to be installed anywhere else outside the home (or inside if you prefer). We’ve started with one Stick Up Cam so we decided to put it near our garage door as the kids often will gather and play on the driveway. You can keep the unit plugged in via USB or solely rely on the unit’s rechargeable battery.

The installation was even faster for the Stick Up Cam as we opted not to keep it plugged in. Ring claims that the battery will last up to 8 months, but of course that will vary depending on use and the traffic of the area it is monitoring.

  • Motion detection
  • Night vision
  • Two-way audio
  • Weather resistant for outdoor use
  • Bank grade encryption
  • 80 degree field-of-view

The most practical use I’ve used it for so far is checking on the kids from inside the home to make sure they are being safe and playing nicely. The Stick Up Cam also has two-way audio just like the Doorbell product. Even with our Stick Up cam installed pretty high up on the house, the microphone/speaker have worked really well so far. We even discovered that we had a opossum trying to get dinner from our trash can one night. The Stick Up Cam doesn’t boot up as fast as the doorbell does and sometimes not at all. I’ve even tried this next to our router to make sure we were getting the strongest connection possible. This can be a letdown to many in a real emergency situation. Hopefully they may be able to fix this in an app or firmware update in the near future.

Conclusion

Having a few more eyes and ears outside never hurts. Ring makes everything super easy to install and set up on your iPhone. Considering the peace of mind and security that Ring products offer, it’s worth the cost of the equipment. I have found the doorbell to be a little more reliable than the Stick Up cam but I also think it’s because of less movement. When someone rings the doorbell, they normally stand and wait for the owner to open the door. With the Stick Up cam pointed at the driveway, there have been times the recording started a little too slow to catch what triggered it in the first place. You should also plan on adding the cloud video recording option that runs $3 a month or $30 a year (per unit) for unlimited video recording. I’m still hopeful that Ring will give price breaks for multiple units as it can get pricey if you’re looking to monitor your whole house.

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Disclaimer: The folks at Ring kindly provided us a unit for this review. As always, the opinions are my own.

» Break forth like the dawn: Anxiety vs. Joy

I’ve always considered Africa to be female, with her mountainous terrain and lush, green rolling hills juxtaposed with desert expanses. Like a woman she has mastered the art of multi-tasking by sustaining various forms of life and  ground. She is wise and ancient, she holds secrets and gives life. Specifically she gives me life. From a young age she beckoned me and I listened. Year after year I’ve traveled there. I want to say journeyed but in-flight movies and decent food take the journey out of the trip. Mother Africa fills me up, gives me purpose and confirms the ache in my heart when I’ve been away too long. It’s embarrassing, honestly, the way my Western ways are shattered when I visit. I’ve learned so much… but still have room to grow. My most recent trip was healing on so many levels. It came just as I was recovering from surgery… both mentally and physically.

Here, in the comfort of the first world, anxiety rules. It damages our spirits that weren’t meant to be bound by darkness. It creeps in when we forget and leave the door ajar. Here, I tremble while I wait for words from the doctor. There… I run free. Last year, as I spoke with my friend Amanda, Isaiah 58:6-9 came to our minds:

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
    and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
    and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
    and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
    and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
    and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
    and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
    you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

This promise, written long ago has set me free. I’m free to respond to the call that comes across the waters. I’m free to speak up for the oppressed, and I’m free to trust that God will answer my calls for help. He formed this World with purpose and beauty and spent the same efforts on me as well. My Joy comes when I pursue the purposes I was created for. My Joy like the Noonday, busting forth over the mountain ranges. My soul rests in the words of my creator and my soul leaps when I serve a country that I love. But as always I return filled, taking more than I leave.

If you are struggling today, if anxiety has stolen your light… remember the things that make your soul light up. Remember that you have a creator who adores you. Be brave and pursue things that lift others as well as yourself. Your joy is waiting to rise as the noonday, to break forth like the dawn.

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» 2016 Holiday Gift Guide (and Giveaway!)

Without fail gift-giving becomes a chore as each Christmas approaches. We try our best to purchase toys that won’t end up in the trash or Goodwill pile before winter break is even over. We also strive to find gifts that create interaction and experiences rather than providing just one more thing to sit on a shelf. This year, we’ve had the opportunity to check out some different options that might not necessarily be on your Black Friday ads or the standard Lego/Xbox/American Girl, but are definitely worth considering. We’ve created a series of posts for varying ages, just click on each link to access the lists and feedback.

Check out these Holiday Gift categories:

Ideas for Liam (Pre-K Boy)

Ideas for Charlotte and Lola (1st – 3rd Grade Girls)

Ideas for Elliott (3rd-5th Grade Boy)

Ideas for Me

GIVEAWAY:

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Win it: One lucky U.S. reader will win our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide prize pack as pictured/listed, enter via Facebook or Instagram

(1) uHandy Microscope ($100)
(1) Sticky Mosaics Robots Kit ($18)
(1) Sticky Mosaics Deep Sea Beauties ($18)
(1) PlushCraft Heart Pillow ($18)
(1) PlushCraft Football Pillow ($18)
(1) Super Sonic Rockets Kit ($18)
(1) Unashamed by LaCrae ($10)
(1) Looking for Lovely by Annie Downs ($10)

» 3 things you need to help survive Winter

So far, we’ve had a very warm fall, and I’m okay with that. But I know evil Winter is lurking in the shadows. The picture above is not an exaggeration, it’s how I really feel every year during this dreaded season. Before we head into the thick of it, I’ve already started to prep… not my wardrobe (although that’s important) but my bedroom. There is only so much hot coffee and tea that one can drink so here are a few things that we’ve added to combat the oh-so-real winter blues.

1. Withings Aura w/ Sleep Sensor

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Rise and shine. When it’s cold out, I never want to get up and out of bed. The Aura (by Withings) has an awesome alarm feature that increases light that simulates a sunrise for a gradual wake up on those dark winter mornings. The Aura also has a nice bedside speaker that functions for the alarm (or sleep mode) and when you just want to listen to some tunes through Spotify (via iPhone app).

With the sleep sensor (optional) accessory and with the help with the (iPhone) app, you can begin tracking your sleep. This can come in handy if you run into a season where you’re not getting much sleep at night. The Health Mate app might help you find a pattern to when you’re tossing and turning… and hopefully help you figure out the root cause.

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The initial setup for both the Aura and sleep sensor doesn’t take long at all. The unit has no buttons but rather turns on/off by touch and up/down through gestures on the device. This takes some getting used to. Setting up and changing sleep/alarm settings is primarily done through the phone app. I’ve enjoyed managing the alarm times via the app as it is much faster and less annoying than having to hold the ‘alarm’ button and tapping the ‘minute’ button 30+ times on traditional clocks.

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2. Envi Heater

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We all have that one cold room in our house. Unfortunately for our house, it’s my room. And the problem is, if we crank the heat to our liking for bedtime, our kids are upstairs sweating in their sheets… not to mention the gas bill that comes afterward. Enter the Envi Heater (Bonus: Made in the USA), designed to heat an average room of about 10 by 15 feet, which is perfect for our bedroom. During those cold winter nights, we’ve never considered heating our bedroom because space heaters can be ugly and expensive to operate. We like the Envi Heater because it’s silent (through convection heating) and only sticks out about four inches from the wall, unlike those big clunky hotel units that I’ve been fearful of. And about that electric bill? This thing only costs four cents an hour to operate!

The other reason we’ve avoided heaters this long is because of the hazards they can be. The Envi Heater has no exposed elements and operates at a safe surface temperature of approximately 90°F so that it’s not hot to the touch. The Envi does have it’s own temperature sensing, thermostat for easy temperature regulation so that you can leave it plugged in and not worry about any children or adults accidentally leaving it running.

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The unit must be installed onto the wall to work but Envi Heater makes it super easy with the included instructions, wall template, and hardware. Plug it in and you’re good to go (they also have a hardwired model for a nice permanent finish, plan on getting an electrician of course). Installation time took me about 10 minutes. And the company backs their product with a 3-year warranty.

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3. Brooklinen (Bedding)

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When you work all day and tend to the kids all night, moms need a good night’s sleep! The first time I layed in Brooklinen sheets, I immediately thought of the sheets at a W or Loews Hotel. You know, the kind that takes you to an imaginary place that you never want to leave, or get up in this case. I’m now a believer that good bedding is worth the investment. Their most popular mix-and-match Luxe Hardcore Bundle includes a Core Sheet Set, 1 duvet cover and 2 extra pillowcases in a smooth 480 thread-count weave. We are currently using a comforter we’ve already had but when it’s time to replace it, we will be giving Brooklinen’s a shot.

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By working directly with leading factories in developed markets and cutting out middle men, they are able to offer exceptional quality products, manufacture responsibly and are comparatively cheaper than same quality sheets in a retail store. I don’t know why these feel so good, they just do… maybe Brooklinen’s explanation will help for those of you curious enough. Don’t believe me? You can try their sheets for 60 nights risk free. If you aren’t completely satisfied, they offer free return US shipping and easy exchanges, no questions asked.

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Disclaimer: The products mentioned supplied units for review purposes only. As always, the opinions are my own.

 

» I Want to Be Brave

On August 22nd I had surgery to remove one of my parathyroid glands and the benign tumor that it contained. Surgery went well but recovery did not. Weeks passed and left me extremely fatigued, dizzy and weak. I could barely make it through work and get dinner on the table. In fact, on most nights I didn’t. It became clear that my body wasn’t liking the new calcium levels and just wan’t going to cooperate for awhile. During this time it was also discovered that I have a very narrow chest that actually traps my heart, in a way. It’s not a serious condition but it explains why I pass out easily.

I could barely make it through work and get dinner on the table. In fact, on most nights I didn’t.

To be honest, consistently feeling terrible really started to get to me. I began to worry that this was my new normal. I missed going for runs and doing errands and just living my life. I began to make plans to turn over the Ethiopia trip I was leading. I even wondered if my current career would work for me anymore. What if I couldn’t travel anymore? There were a lot of questions and a lot of anxiety over the situation. I prayed desperately through sleepless nights and long days. I begged God to help me heal. And then immediately felt guilty for asking. I believed that relief would come in time, but I also had a glimpse into how it might feel to live with a chronic illness. I gained a huge respect for those that get up every morning and face their health difficulties with bravery. I began to pray less for healing and more for bravery.

I remember praying… God, life is hard, I want to be brave.

Bravery was a turning point for me. I still felt bad, but I didn’t accept it. The mental part of healing is often just as important as the physical aspect of healing. I set my sights ahead and on my family and on the God who created me. Slowly I accomplished more, made dinner and walked up the stairs to read bedtime stories.

Part of being brave is also being vulnerable. During my hardest weeks my friends showed up at my house with food. They fed my kids and cleaned my house. They sat with me and chatted with me. My sister in law flew in for a weekend. And the icing on the cake? My grandparents moved in for two weeks. You know it’s bad when you’re an adult and your grandparents come to cook and clean.

Side note: having my grandparents here was such an unexpected blessing. We cherish every bit of time we get to spend with them.

This has really gotten quite long, so let me start working toward the finish line. A couple of weeks ago I woke up… and I felt good. In fact, I felt great. I tentatively went about my day, cautiously trying out this new feeling good thing. To my delight, feeling good started to be a daily thing. I was also sleeping well again at night.

It took me more than two months to complete a recovery that I was told would take a week. But I learned about being brave. And I think, and I say this cautiously, that I’m thankful for my longer-than-expected recovery. I’m thankful for the way Jesus drew me close and I’m thankful for friends and family who carried me on my most difficult days.

Tomorrow I leave for Ethiopia to do what I love… Speak up for vulnerable children. I’m abundantly thankful tonight as I reflect over the last few months.

Stick with me this week and next as I share about our trip and revisiting the orphanage where my son lived before we brought him home.

» Review: Dr. Mercola Probiotics

We have been aware of the benefits of probiotics for quite some time. However, our kids aren’t always eager to take them and they often have an interesting taste, and can be difficult to mix with foods or liquids. We have pressed on, knowing that 80% of our immune system lives in our gut. A healthy gut often equals greater health overall…. so we were quite excited to partner with Moms Meet to try out Dr. Mercola’s probiotics for kids and adults.

If you are curious what makes a good probiotic, here is a quick checklist to look for:

  • Contain effective bacterial strains – must be strain specific*
  • Are viable and dose specific
  • Remain stable and viable for a long time
  • Have the ability to survive the stomach and reach the intestine
  • Thrive in the intestine

You can be sure to avoid false claims by double checking the label for the following:

  1. Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1
  2. Lactobacillus casei
  3. Lactobacillus plantarum
  4. Lactobacillus salivarius
  5. Lactobacillus rhamnosus
  6. Lactobacillus brevis
  7. Bifidobacterium lactis
  8. Bifidobacterium longum
  9. Bifidobacterium bifidum
  10. Streptococcus thermophilus

Dr. Mercola does indeed include these ingredients in a conveniently packaged and truly good tasting powder. Dr. Mercola products are also subject to third party testing and the probiotic strains demonstrated gastrointestinal acid and bile tolerances over 90%. You can read the results here.

The kids actually enjoyed mixing this up and drinking it. I also packed the adult probiotic with me on my latest trip to Africa, it was so convenient to mix with bottled water.
Additionally, it mixes very smoothly. There were no complaints when it came to taking the daily probiotic!

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Disclaimer: Mom’s Meet provided samples of Dr. Mercola’s probiotic. As always the opinions are my own.

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