Writing is not a strong suit of mine. I can feel so inspired sometimes (I write a lot in my head when I'm running), and other times completely stuck. Not too sure how consistent of a gig this will be for me, but I hope to try to make it a habit. In this particular space I hope to be able to encourage you and share what works for my family. I'm certainly not aiming to be a top mommy blogger. I hope to inspire a few of you in my small corner of the world. Inspire you to either continue or begin to choose to put the health of your family at the top of your priority list. Nothing drastic, but enough to improve where you are today.
Parenthood, by far, is the hardest thing I've ever done. It's the best, but it's hard. I homeschool my 3 kids and am so thankful for the time I get with them. Too much time on occasion, but I'm thankful. As if we don't have enough pressure to rear, lead, discipline, teach, and keep them clean and presentable, we also have to FEED them! Anyone else's kids hungry all the time? Mine are ... or at least they think they are. Even in our seasons of going without certain luxuries because of financial stress, my children still have no idea what it is to be hungry.
I am reading a book right now called Rhinestone Jesus by Kristen Welch. Kristen is a great blogger and founder of Mercy House Global, a movement I am honored to be a small part of. I'm at the part in the book where she's walking readers through her first trip to Africa with Compassion International. It's the beginning of what would cause a shift in her life and open doors to plant the ministry she and her family are now a part of. She paints the picture of hungry children that have swollen bellies, flies swarming around them, and are half-naked. It's heartbreaking and convicting, but I was deeply moved by how, in the midst of the slums, there are mothers aiming to do what we all (seemingly) do with ease on a daily basis. They are striving to find something to feed their children, and it most often is someone else's leftovers.
Why in the world would I even bring this up?!? I'm into all the healthy things right? ... organic produce, grass fed beef, pasture-raised eggs and pork, gluten free, paleo, yada-yada. My family takes supplements because I believe they support optimal health. I'm a foodie and love to see and take pictures of beautiful food. This seems far off from the realistic picture I just described. I bring it up to remind us that we must keep perspective. Situations around the world, and even right in our backyards, are heartbreaking. There is struggle all over. Those directly around me don't struggle with hunger, but struggle with other things ... different diseases, fatigue, physical ailments, mental disorders, attention disorders, skin issues, auto-immune diseases, etc. Many of these health issues are now linked to sugar and the processed foods we consume as a society. We consume them in abundance, and are left with an abundance of negative side-effects.
Keeping perspective and finding a balance in what you are able to do for your family is important. It will keep you from feeling overwhelmed. It will open your eyes to ways you can help those around you or far off. It will allow you to baby-step your way to better health. To begin to see the possible connection between some physical struggle or ailment you have and something you are eating, or maybe a deficiency you may have. We all have different bio-individual needs and respond differently to the foods we eat and our surroundings. My heart is to help us all find a balance in our lifestyles and make small changes that will have positive lasting effects in the lives of our families.