OK, the pictures are not great so let me describe what you see. Annika helped me prepare her lunch and Evan's. We made peperoni wraps. They consisted of a slice of peperoni wrapped around cheese and dandelion leaves. In that same bag we put two slices of cucumber and a boiled egg. In the fruit bag we put blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. In another bag we put cashews and soy nuts. At the bottom of the picture there is a bag with 3 small homemade pumpkin muffins. To top it off we added some organic chocolate milk. I bet no one will have a lunch like theirs....
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
My friend, Kate, began her journey to adopt her daughter a year ago. This month she brought her home. During the second leg of the trip she needed someone to help out with her son who is still breastfeeding. Her older children were at home with Dad but little Seamus still need his mom. We spent most of our time in Odessa and then moved on to Kiev the last few days. I missed my children but this was a once in lifetime opportunity to help out a friend and see a part of the world that is so different than my own. Check out Kate's blog to follow her continuing story......
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
OK, actually we made them for the senators and representatives responsible for sponsoring and voting for the bill that hopefully will allow Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) to practice legally in Alabama. Right now mothers who want to have home births in Alabama either have them without any professional birth attendants or with the assistance of a Midwife that practices illegal with threat of prosecution. Even if a mother wants a Midwife at her birth at a birth center (we don't have any here) that is not an option. A lot of moms drive over the state border to Tennessee where Midwives practice legally and are the norm. Because Midwives are not recognized here in Alabama health insurances will not pay for their care. That leaves the poor out of the picture. Even a family who can live within their easily would find it hard to shell out the thousands of dollars necessary to pay out of pocket for each birth in their family. Why does Alabama deny choices to their mothers. Hopefully all of that will change soon. Too many of the student Midwives that hold the future of births in this state in their hands are moving away to practice in other states. We can't let Alabama's resources slip through our fingers. Click on the blue lotus on my side bar to learn more about the Alabama Birth Coalition to help support Alabama's Midwives.
|Eliot working away. Lyn, Annika, and Evan were also helping...|
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Saturday, February 4, 2012
The weather today was really nice. It is way too warm for February. Annika always need a little guidance to help her organize her time so I sent her on a plant hunt so she would have goal while spending some time outside. I gave her a guide to edible plants and sent her out to find 5 different plant. She took a pad and a pencil to take notes. She came back with dandelion, wild onion, holly, gill over the ground, and one plant she couldn't identify. We will need to look up some more information to find out what kind of berries they are. Annika did great....
Friday, February 3, 2012
It was great to be invited to a play date at a park today before the rains started. Ben, Eliot, and Lyn were my tag-a-longs. Everyone else was in school. Eliot met a whole bunch of other 4 year-olds to play with and Ben went up to every person his size and shared his crackers and started up whole "conversations". It is amazing how fast he is growing up. He is no longer my baby. He is such a toddler!
Thursday, February 2, 2012
The weather today was way too warm for February. It made me in the mood to start making some Spring tonics even though Spring is way in the future. To balance out I made a more Winter related drink. I made an elderberry juice mix to help protect against viruses and because it just plain tastes good. I started with dried elderberries. (I just don't have a good source for fresh or frozen berries in my area.) I simmered the berries and then drained the liquid. I added the elderberry juice to hibiscus tea and added apple cider, water, and some organic cane sugar. It turned out GREAT! Elderberries are a great source of potassium and vitamin C. And talk about the antioxidant punch... watch out.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
I have been learning about Ukraine lately and it occurred to me that I read a book a few years ago about a Ukrainian princess and a man who goes back in time to save her. It is a classic sleeping beauty story written by one of my favorite authors, Orson Scott Card. It deals a lot with the Old Slovonian language of western Ukraine. Now I really want to reread it as fast as I can.....