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Triplets Want Real Food, Too!

It’s no secret that I’m big on no-GMO foods over here. Even the triplets don’t like GMOs. It’s true! This was their reaction when I showed them some GM corn:

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Ok, so really they had no idea what I was telling them. But I do and it’s my job to protect them however I can until they do understand and can make decisions for themselves. Amen?

GMO stands for “Genetically Modified Organisms” and you will find GMOs in just about every item on the shelf in your grocery store.

What’s the big deal? Why should we care?

tomatoBasically, it’s like this. That tomato looks fresh and juicy and should hurry up and jump on your burger, right? Wrong. That tomato has been scientifically engineered in a lab. Way back when it was just a baby seed, it was genetically modified with genes from totally different plants, fungi, viruses or animals! What?! Why?!

To make rich people richer.

How? Well, scientists have modified seeds for many different crops to help them withstand many, many sprayings of pesticides, herbicides, etc. Essentially, the plant lives but the buggies die. This means a better crop for the farmer (or the company that “owns” the farm, but that’s a story for another day!).

Doesn’t sound that bad? Oh, just wait!

cowSee, these seeds – the ones that were injected and cloned with DNA from foreign sources like animals, humans and viruses! – are grown in massive quantities and turned into food that is fed to animals. Corn, for instance, is highly GM and is a big source of food for beef cows, chickens, pigs, etc. These animals eat food they were never intended to live off of (including candy sometimes!!!) and basically their digestive systems can’t handle the new “DNA” strains. Those that seem well enough are passed through to slaughter…and arrive at your dinner table. Yum. Who knows how that meat has been affected and what it will do to your family’s health?

Or take the produce section of your fave grocery store. Most of that pretty produce (unless USDA-certified organic) is GM. Which means that your body literally has no idea what to do with much of it!

And if you’ve ever read a food label, chances are you’re seeing ingredients like: canola oil, soybean oil, cane syrup, corn flour, corn starch, high fructose corn syrup, etc. Am I right? Quick – go check your pantry, fridge or freezer…I’ll wait for you.

Waiting…

Waiting…

You’re back? Ok! I’ll bet you anything there are GM ingredients in just about everything in your kitchen that is not in its original form. If it has to be packaged, and isn’t organic, you can bet there is something GM in it. Ugh!

Some of the highest GM food crops are corn, soybeans, canola, sugarbeets (from which HFCS is made). And lots of other foods are being tested – like a salmon that will grow four times faster than normal!

Getting Sicker

Ok, so we know that GM ingredients are bad and are found in produce, in conventional meats and in most packaged/processed food on shelves. So what does that mean for us? Our families? Well, since those GMOs aren’t recognized by our bodies, they create holes in our gut and leak food into our bloodstream. Yup. So gross. The result? We now have new diseases, and others that are skyrocketing each year, like celiac disease, infertility, food allergies and diabetes. What we eat is making us sick.

We have become a scientific experiment – unable to process the food correctly.

The Big Guns

Who benefits? Companies like Monsanto. They benefit greatly. They hide behind labels like “all natural.” They develop and implement marketing ploys that tout saving the world with stronger, hardier crops. When asked, they refused to label their products with which ingredients are GM. …Of course, because who would buy them? (I hope not you and I!) And then they would lose money. Which would be bad. Of course.

And then Obama recently signed a bill that stops federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of GMO crops and seeds, no matter what health consequences from eating these products may come to light in the future. Gee, thanks, Pres.

Get Your March On!

So what do we do now? We march! On Saturday, May 25, you can join thousands of others around the world and fight to keep your food clean, real and in its natural state. And you can do so in your own city or from the comfort of your own home. (Click here to find info on where your city is marching; and click here to find out how to march online.)

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So What Do I For Dinner Tonight?

Well, I heard the White House is serving a yummy special – all organic, of course. Maybe you should stop by? Kidding. =)

But seriously, it can most definitelydefinitelydefinitely be overwhelming trying to figure out where to start in overhauling this (and other!) areas of your life. You can read my Baby Steps to Natural Living for how to do so slowly and effectively.

Are you going to join the fight to keep your family out of the science experiment? Where are you marching?

Sources: Eat Taste Heal, Genetic Roulette – Are You Playing?

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Baby Steps to Natural Living

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If you’ve been around here for long, it’s no secret that I l.o.v.e. doing things naturally. I love learning and researching how to eliminate chemicals and toxins from our home and keep them from going into our bodies. I’ve been on this journey for a few years now and it certainly hasn’t been easy (not in the least!). But it has been fun! I see each aspect of change as a challenge. I envision what it must have been like to do these tasks or create these foods 150 years ago over a hot, wood-burning stove in the middle of summer with 15 layers of clothes on…and it is amazing how much funner (yes, that’s a word…ok, it’s not but I pretend it is) these tasks become. No joke!

Life, Naturally

But, what does “naturally” mean? Well, my definition would be this:

naturally – nat*u*ral*ly, seeking to live life with as few artificial contributions as possible. Put simply, do it myself.

“Ok, you’re crazy,” you say. Possibly. But I’ll tell you why “naturally.” For me, it is a conviction. As a follower of Christ, I have a responsibility to care for this body He has given me (as well as those in my family). Many believers teach about the sins of promiscuity and the need for moral integrity, etc. (which is good!). But how about the sins of gluttony or laziness? Did you know that your everyday lotions and beauty products contain ingredients that are very, very harmful? This is true for most of the products we use, whether ingested, injected or used topically. So is using these things helpful or harmful to my body? I believe it is honoring to God for us to be aware of what we are taking in; we wouldn’t want our children ingesting second-hand smoke on an on-going basis or watching pornography. Many of the commercial products we use are just as harmful to our bodies, yet we continue to down them and drink them.

Now, a lot of amazing things have come from labs, factories and plants in the past 150 years or so. But a lot of bad things have come out of them, as well. Particularly, the demand for ease and deserving attitude that is so prevalent in our culture. Think about it…we microwave leftovers instead of pulling out a pot three minutes sooner. We don’t want to take a few extra steps (or in many cases, including mine, don’t know how) to make chicken broth so we buy it packaged in the store. We buy the latest gadget/cleaning product/fitness routine/meal-plan/diet/immunization-suggestions that promise immortality, to shave time off that task, or get the results we want while “eating our cake, too.” But there’s a cost. A very high cost, at that.

The Cost of Convenience

For instance, buying just about any food bought in a conventional grocery store has the potential to save you money….short term. Heck, it even has the potential to make you money if you shop right. (I used to get those deals and they were exhilarating!) Unfortunately, those products in bright boxes and cool bags contain unnatural ingredients.

Yeah, but they’re FDA approved, so what’s the big deal?

The problem is that many of them, while FDA-approved, wreak havoc in our bodies in very, very serious ways. The chemicals in food products, cleaning products, toiletries, immunizations, etc have been proven to be harmful to our bodies – they are making us sick as a nation. They are lowering fertility, creating higher infant mortality, causing cancer/celiac disease/asthma/ADHD/allergies, etc, etc, etc. (If you haven’t watched this documentary, I would highly encourage you to do so. Genetic Roulette will be life-changing! …in a good way!)

What To Do?!

Fortunately, the art of making things ourselves is one that is pretty easily learned and, like I said earlier, fun. Does it take more time to make these items like cleaning products, home remedies, and foods than it does to buy them in the store and pick up a prescription. Most times, yes. But the payoff is amazing. My food is fresher. My family is healthier. I spend less money on chemicals (cleaning products, ingredients in packaged foods and medicines) and more on…food. Seems like a good trade-off, right?

However, it can be vaaaastly overwhelming and nearly impossible to know where to start. Of course, there are many “12 Step Programs” for the conventional American to take. I’ll simply (pun intended) give you my suggestions:

1. Pick one area, then one item.

Is it the food that you buy/make/eat that bothers you? Is it the cleaning products? What about your toiletries? Or your health and hundreds in Rx costs? Pick one area and then hone in on one aspect of that area. If it’s your health, what natural remedies are there for your condition? If it’s cleaning products, which do you use most often? If it’s food, which item concerns you? And then…

2. Research.

Search the internet. Read articles. Ask questions. Find someone who is “a step ahead” and become their apprentice. Make no changes until you feel confident in your decisions to make changes. Unfortunately, the marketers are doing a great job in selling “natural” and “organic” products that sometimes are no better than their counterparts. You’ll discover which ones are clever marketing as you dig deeper. Now this can take a while or a few minutes, depending on the item you’re researching. But I can attest that it is well worth turning off that show and spending a few minutes reading blog posts to learn how I can better care for my family (though I do still watch TV, almost every night!….a subject for another time, though =).

3. Implement.

This is the fun part. All your new findings come together and you excitedly pull some new recipe out of the oven and…it’s a mess. Or you brew your herbs and…your kiddo still has a snotty nose for three more days! Or you wipe down that tub and…your arm breaks off from scrubbing so hard. Yes, it’s possible. Just as it’s possible that that new Rx from the doctor didn’t work so they had to up the dosage. Just as it’s possible that that Hamburger Helper was quite as disastrous. Just as it’s possible that that Soft Scrub caused your arm to grow some serious muscle even though the commercial shows a woman with her hair done up, in her neat little outfit and bent happily over the tub. But I’m telling you, there’s a high – an excitement – that comes from the victory of trial and error and pushing through the “error” part to victory! And knowing that you can do this again and again, which spurs you on to…

4. Pick the next item.

I dare you to stop at number 3. You won’t be able to. It’s just sososo rewarding to know you can do something yourself, save money and give your family something better/fresher/natural.

5. Watch for guilt.

This little booger sneaks up on us like a mosquito, but leaves much worse consequences than an itchy bite. There will always be someone who is further along in this process than me. I can get frustrated that I’m not doing enough or that I don’t have the money to overhaul this particular area of our lives. At the end of the day, did I love on my family? Were they fed and clothed? Did I honor God with my priority-placement? Those are the biggest biggies, right? Everything else will eventually fall into place! So remember to take it slow and find those who are “behind” you who could benefit from your new-found knowledge and experience! Become a teacher!

Over the past few years, these are a few of the changes I’ve been able to make (this is a sloooooow process):

  • Cloth diapers and line drying
  • Switched all processed oils to coconut oil, homemade tallow and a little bit of olive oil
  • Organic produce (EWG is a great resource for what is good to buy organic and what is personal choice and check out the awesome new company Local Organic Moms!!!)
  • Make bread
  • Make household cleaners (vinegar and water, baby!)
  • Soap nuts for laundry detergent
  • Grassfed beef and pastured chickens
  • Raw dairy
  • Eliminated processed and pasteurized foods from my pantry and fridge
  • Make kombucha (a probiotic drink suuuuuuper beneficial to the health of your gut!)
  • Make toothpaste
  • Soak beans and nuts
  • Make handsoap
  • No immunizations

Some of you are probably laughing at how small this list is…leave a comment so I can find you and learn from you!!! =) For those of you who are tempted to be overwhelmed or intimidated by it, please remember…this list is an accumulation of years of “switching.” I didn’t make these changes overnight!

The next areas I hope to tackle are household items and toiletries. I want to find alternatives for things like deodorant, shampoo and paper towels/napkins. I’ve been gathering my information and am about ready to take the plunge in a couple of them! =)

What are you currently working on?

 

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What He Said…

#marriagediscussion, #biblicalresponse http://growinguptriplets.com/2013/03/27/what-he-said/Gay. Straight. Marriage. Hate crime. Tolerance. Intolerance. Wackos. Religious. Homosexual. Homophobe.

These words are pretty much everyday words in mainstream media these days. Seems everyone has an opinion and few want to listen to those opposing their viewpoint. If you disagree, you must be intolerant. If you fall on the other side of the line – in a different camp – you must be made to accept my convictions. It seems fear is often at the base of the motivation of many who follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, who trust in Him for their salvation. But this ought not to be so! For this earth is just our temporary home! We are journeying through! We are guaranteed that the world will hate us (John 15:18). Why are we surprised when we are mocked, ridiculed and called intolerant? We shouldn’t be surprised…but we are.

Joe Dallas, author/speaker/father/husband, recently wrote this:

This week we will hear arguments presented to the US Supreme Court which will, most likely, settle the legality of same-sex marriage once and for all. So far the justices are predictably divided – 3 for the traditional view; 3 for revision; Justice Kennedy providing the swing vote. Two cases are under consideration here: The Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, voted into place by California voters in 2008 as a defense of traditional marriage. Whatever the outcome, there’ll be anguish and elation, simultaneously, nationwide.

Personally, I’ll be shocked if the court doesn’t vote in favor of same sex marriage, officially ushering in a new era with untold ramifications. But even if I’m wrong, no doubt America will see homosexual marriage ratified, if not now, then soon. It’s impossible for even the most hopeful traditionalist to deny the trends, and they run decidedly in favor of revising, rather than maintaining, the status quo.

What to do? (Read the whole article here.)

My favorite sentence from his article is, “Because what looks like midnight in America will dissolve, perhaps very soon, into a morning we’ve talked about for decades and hope more than ever to see…” 

So…how will we respond if the result is not what we would hope for it to be? In love? With patience? Gentleness? A humble willingness to be mocked and not always proven right? Trusting our Saviour to care for our children and their future? Acting and getting involved to raise up and install godly men and women who share our convictions?

Yes! Let’s do it! Let’s show this world Who Christ really is and what His death on the Cross means! Let’s speak gently but firmly. Let’s fight sin and not the sinner, the enemy and not the ones He created. Let’s love and challenge. Let’s be above reproach, confessing sin and walking in the Light. Let’s get involved at the local level. Let’s do it!

 

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The Great Shot Debate, part 2

http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&client=firefox-a&sa=N&tbo=d&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw=1366&bih=638&tbm=isch&tbnid=1s1OW-u2rM7e7M:&imgrefurl=http://www.salon.com/2012/07/10/whooping_cough_outbreaks_another_thing_to_thank_vaccine_conspiracy_people_for/&docid=tnku5h8fvg04jM&imgurl=http://media.salon.com/2012/07/vaccine_rect.jpg&w=660&h=440&ei=8XcQUZbQEJHa8wSptIDQBw&zoom=1&ved=1t:3588,r:18,s:0,i:204&iact=rc&dur=620&sig=107410980003096801319&page=2&tbnh=175&tbnw=260&start=16&ndsp=22&tx=87&ty=24I shouldn’t have been, but I was: I was surprised by the huge response to the first part of this series: The Great Shot Debate (if you haven’t read it, start there and take the quick poll, too!). I have received Facebook emails, text, comments and questions galore! Part of why I think this topic is so popular is because we all love our children so very, very much. And, with new information cropping up every day – both pro and anti vaccinations, I think all our ears are tuned in. Each of us wants to make sure we are doing the best thing(s) for our children and to feel confident in those decisions. Which is a good thing. What we shouldn’t be doing is blindly accepting anyone’s recommendations (doctors, mothers, friends, etc) without good research into what is being recommended. After all, our decisions today could very well affect our children tomorrow (or next year, or ten years down the road). It certainly isn’t unusual to do a lot of research into the school system (public, private, otherwise) before you move into a new home…how much more should we be researching what we are or are not putting into our children’s bodies.

I don’t judge parents who choose to vaccinate their children. I do not, however, understand vaccinations without research to be sure that each of them are necessary for your child(ren). I do find it curious, though, how frequently I am judged by parents (perhaps I’m misunderstanding?) for choosing not to vaccinate my children. The research my husband and I have done have led us to a different solution and that is all. (For an explanation of what we choose to do instead, click the link above for the original post.) What I would love is a bit of reciprocation for those of us who use alternative methods. 🙂

Recently, I came across an article I thought very helpful for both sides of this issue. The author listed several points from which we could all use a reminder every now and then, I think. Particularly helpful were points 4 and 5 that assure us that parents who do/don’t vaccinate don’t love their child(ren); and parents who do/don’t vaccinate are just “sheeple” and do not do real research! Kate, the author, briefly explains why it’s silly to argue that vaccines are a government conspiracy to harm and kill us all (point 6). And I think both sides will be interested in the final two points:

Point #8: Vaccines Have No Risks

This is one of the silliest things that is ever said. Of course vaccines have risks — anyone who is being honest will say that they do. Whether those risks are major or minor, and whether or not the benefits outweigh the risks is something else. It is entirely appropriate to say “I believe the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks.” Okay — I understand that (I disagree, but I fully support someone coming to that conclusion). To say there are no risks is completely wrong. There are risks to anything! People need to be willing to admit that this entire discussion is about a risk-benefit analysis because there are risks to both sides. Downplaying that doesn’t help anyone.

Point #9: Not Vaccinating Makes Your Child Magically Healthier

While some early studies have shown that children who are not vaccinated have a lower risk of asthma, autism, etc. they have not proven a causal link. Children who are not vaccinated are also likely to have parents who take a healthy diet, supplements, and other aspects of health more seriously. While I believe vaccines play a role in these conditions, simply not vaccinating does not guarantee your child health. There are other steps you need to take to protect your child’s health.

Plus, some parents seem to think that their child will be so healthy from not being vaccinated that they won’t actually catch anything. This is dangerous. If your child isn’t vaccinated (and frankly, even if s/he is), s/he might get sick. S/he might get the measles, or the mumps, or pertussis. All of these have circulated in recent years. You need to learn what the typical symptoms of these diseases are, the signs of complications, when to call the doctor, how to treat at home in minor cases, and so on. You have to accept the risk that your child might get sick. Now — it’s unlikely if your child is not a newborn and not immunocompromised that the illness will be serious or permanently harm or kill your child. But s/he still might catch it. Know it, prepare for it.

To read the full article, click here.

I have been asked numerous times how I came to the conclusions I did. There were many contributing factors, websites, and conversations. In my research I learned that some vaccines contain ingredients that I cannot morally and ethically support (such as aborted fetal tissue). Some contain chemicals that are known toxins to the body. I am concerned by the leap in the number of recommended vaccines as compared with the number of vaccines recommended 20 years ago, in such a short and developmentally critical time.

As far as specific sources of information, many are surprised to know I went to the Center for Disease Control (CDC)! I read through the descriptions of the vaccines/diseases listed here. I wanted to know what the numbers said. So, for instance, polio. There were only 187 cases of polio worldwide last year. Some would argue, probably effectively, that it is due to the development and implementation of the polio vaccine. I and others would disagree. There’s a phenomenal documentary on Netflix (I don’t have Netflix right now so I don’t have the title – anyone want to share it? =) that depicts the reality of polio and how other measures besides the vaccine were just as effective in eradicating this disease. Chickenpox. Almost everyone got chickenpox before the introduction of the vaccine in 1995. Each year there were between 100-150 deaths. That sounds scary, but let’s break it down. Nearly everyone in the US got the chickenpox. Only 150 died each year. There are currently 315,317,389 people living in the US. Comparing the numbers, you can see the percentage of people who will die from chickenpox is staggeringly low. Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 1.6 million people worldwide will die from car accidents each year. My entire family is astronomically more likely to get killed in a car accident than to die from chickenpox!

Another concern I have is the ever-growing number of vaccines urged upon parents for their children. In 1983, http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&sa=N&tbo=d&biw=1093&bih=498&tbm=isch&tbnid=hlN0sgAYVE-ntM:&imgrefurl=http://www.polkmoms.com/forum/topics/pediatrician-immunizations-1&docid=-eWjIndo-1bX-M&imgurl=http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7lwCgCrwvCA/TTSa5VE244I/AAAAAAAABJ8/oSTM0jqZLfQ/s640/child%252Bgetting%252Bvaccine%252Bi%252Bstock%252Bcopy.jpg&w=432&h=640&ei=ZAobUYrrL4ju9ASmwYCwAw&zoom=1&ved=1t:3588,r:3,s:0,i:96&iact=rc&dur=548&sig=113778380035084661098&page=1&tbnh=192&tbnw=127&start=0&ndsp=9&tx=73&ty=52there were 10 vaccines and in 2010 there were over 36. Many of these vaccines are doled out for diseases which have been eradicated. Many are for diseases that are simply a “nuisance.”

And, of course, the argument that there are many health risks post-vaccinations. This argument is one that continues to be debated by both sides. And while I think there is much truth to the argument that the “new” diseases we have (such as the “a” diseases: asthma, autism, ADHD, etc), I am not going to delve into this aspect now.

David and I are both holding this issue loosely. We are not saying “absolutely none, never, ever.” We feel strongly that we will wait on all vaccines till they’re older, then revisit. I hope we can, prayerfully, come to the same conclusions. =) But there may be other factors that change or new ones come into play that might affect our decisions. Bottom line? Our trust is in the Lord. Not in vaccines, or doctors, or chiropractors, or real food, or breastmilk. Beyond our trust in the Lord, we are walking out this crazy thing called “parenthood” to the best of our ability. I’m certain you are, too!

I am often asked which resources have been helpful on this journey. Here are a few that I’ve gleaned from over the past year and a half:

CDC

Maximized Living

Dr. Sears

Dr. Mercola

I would love to hear from you – thoughts, questions, oppositions…feel free to share!

 

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Genetic Roulette – are you playing?

http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&client=firefox-a&sa=N&tbo=d&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw=1366&bih=638&tbm=isch&tbnid=Zx6tIamnnSf_vM:&imgrefurl=http://www.gamblingstrategy.net/casino-strategy/roulette-7/&docid=okjdtAmin8LonM&imgurl=http://www.gamblingstrategy.net/upload/pages/Roulette6.jpg&w=2424&h=1527&ei=fcwKUeyQKo768QTduoCoAg&zoom=1&ved=1t:3588,r:45,s:0,i:294&iact=rc&dur=600&sig=107410980003096801319&page=3&tbnh=178&tbnw=219&start=42&ndsp=24&tx=189&ty=52While this blog is often a forum for my love for my littles, it’s also a vehicle to share things about which I am very passionate. Some of these topics include marriage, fighting pornography, ending abortion…and getting back to the basics. Yep. Getting back to the basics. It is my desire to (continue to) take my family to a more natural way of living. Over the past few years, I have learned a lot. I’ve learned so much about what’s in many of the foods we eat, the products we use, the things we buy. I’ve realized I was being a poor steward of the body God has given me. One of my favorite phrases is “if you know better, do better.” So, that’s what I’m doing. Slowly, but surely, I’m changing the way we do things.

In our western culture, we daily (sometimes hourly!) put into our bodies foods we have no idea from where they came. This is evidenced by the skyrocketing numbers of Americans who are getting sicker…not better. Did you know many of the illnesses and things we struggle with today are a result of foods we ate yesterday? Things like celiac disease, infertility, food allergies and diabetes are only a few of the symptoms of a far greater issue: what we eat is making us sick. If you’ve never watched a documentary, watch this one. It is so very well done and a really great use of your time today. It’s also only available to watch for free for the next couple of days so don’t put it off!* If you have watched documentaries before, you’ll love this one. I so appreciated how easy the science was to understand and the depth to which they went to help the everyday consumer (us moms!!!) follow along.

See? I knew you’d be affected! Don’t forget to click on there website here to vote for this film! What did you find most fascinating?

*Update: The full-length video is no longer available, but the video above is the trailer. Click here to learn more about Genetic Roulette.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Current Affairs, Real Food

 

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.Life is Sacred.

unborn_babyToday is “Sanctity of Life” day. It’s actually pretty sad we have to designate a day out of the year to remind one another that life is sacred. Why isn’t that just a given? Why would that ever be something we forget? But sadly, we do. And we go so far as to not simply forget life is sacred, we blaze right into straight-up murder. And murder of the tiniest human beings. Those helpless, precious, still forming, hearts beating, fingerprints shaping, unborn babies.

Forty years ago, abortion became legal. It became legal to kill your unborn baby. If you are 40 or younger, you could have been legally aborted – your life snuffed out painfully and grotesquely. But since you’re reading this, you clearly were not. Your mother chose to give you life. Maybe take a moment today and thank her for this – for not giving in to pressures from culture, lies of the enemy, etc. She chose life. It’s something we take for granted but not every baby conceived these days is given this innate right. Since it became legal, abortion has taken the lives of 55,000,000 babies. About one-third of our country’s population has been killed off through abortion. It’s horrific.

Many are disturbed by the use of words like “murder” and “kill” in reference to what so many, including our newly sworn-in President, call a woman’s choice. I am glad it disturbs us. It should. Science has proven over and over again that life begins at conception. The lie that “it’s just a blob of cells” should hold no weight anymore…and yet, it does. It’s fed to countless women all day long, day after day in “clinics” as they are contemplating abortion or seeking justification for what they are about to do. The reality is, that “blob” is a life. If given the chance, that baby will be born and learn to laugh, walk, talk, read and write. That baby could be your child or your child’s friend. It could be your child’s future spouse or the next President of our country. But we will never know. That baby was just sucked from his mother’s womb, right after his little arms and legs were ripped off. That baby and another were just killed. In the next minute, two more babies in our country will be killed. Two babies are killed every minute of every hour of every day of every month…all year long. This adds up to the sickening 1.21 million sweet babies who were killed through abortions in 2008 (http://www.abort73.com/abortion_facts/us_abortion_statistics/).

Way too many babies are being killed through what is deceptively called “selective reductions.” Many multiples pregnancies are reduced down to the more “manageable” number of children determined by both parents and doctor. I’ve shared what this is here: Too Much To Carry?

Do you live in Florida? Florida is the state with the second highest number of abortions annually – 81,918 in 2009 (http://www.abort73.com/abortion_facts/us_abortion_statistics/). No matter where you live, if this makes you sick, what are you going to do about it? Will you visit a local clinic to pray for the moms? Will you donate money to help end abortion (http://www.abort73.com/donate/)? Will you rally your local church to get involved with a crisis pregnancy center? Will you post pleas on Facebook? Your blog? The only action that grieves the Lord is in-action. Let’s move, church! Let’s not let the numbers grow any higher without our efforts to stop them.

 
 

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“Too Much To Carry?”

Recently my mother shared an article on my facebook page with this title, by the Washington Post online. I would encourage you to read it. All the way through. Every word. You may not be able to see through your tears. Your stomach may churn. But it’s a must read. Because this happens every day across our country. Parents kill off one or two (or MORE!) children in their womb. Why? Why would a parent play God like this and make decisions only He should make? Because one or more might have a handicap. Or one might be “behind” in growth. Or they might want one sex over another. Or one might simply make one too many babies for whom the parents can “easily” care. It’s that disgusting. They pick off babies like one would slap a pesky mosquito. They choose which to kill as if they were selecting colors for the nursery.

If we had been a couple who chose this murderous route, our sweet Emma would have been the one to be killed. For many reasons: she was the furthest back in my womb, she was the smallest baby (measuring “behind” by a day or so – yet still a valid reason in the Murderer’s mind), and she was a second girl. Emma is now our biggest baby and totally healthy. And I carried the trio till 32 weeks and 4 days. They were all three very healthy babies – just requiring time in the NICU to grow and learn to eat. And this is common for triplet pregnancies. I’m not fooled. Parents “selectively reduce” for ease. God, help us. And, please, come quickly.

Too Much To Carry?

For those of you reading this who have already chosen this path, I am so sorry for the guilt and grief you must bear over what you have done and the missing life of your child. This is something for which you can and must go to the Lord and repent. You can be rescued from the guilt of your past sins and the punishment that awaits all who do not come to Christ. As a fellow sinner, I have been saved by the grace of God, forgiven of all my sins. The broken relationship (caused by my sins) between Him (my Heavenly Father) and me has been restored by the work that His Son, Jesus Christ, did on the Cross. He is waiting and willing…please come?

If you have questions, are considering this route, or just want to talk to someone who has multiples and to find out what you can expect, please contact me.

Our three babies – the day we found out the Lord had given us triplets. I was by myself, since David was on a business trip, and was terrified. Now, I look at beautiful babies and marvel at His kindness.

 

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