Monday, January 30, 2012

Update on Regan

So, I knew this would happen.  Tons of problems trying to adopt Regan.  First of all I'm told that in Ghana, I have to spend a total of a little over two months there (two trips), plus all money.  That would be impossible with the children I already have.  Then I'm told that one trip, by one parent for about 3 days is all that is needed.  ??
Then I find the house that Regan is actually at, and am told that she is schizophrenic, at least that's what they think (there are no doctors), and that she hears voices and has hurt some of the smaller children so they have her in a separate place.
Then I'm told that they would not even consider me for adoption because I am a Mormon.  It's a very small place (only 15 or so children) and the person who runs it has chosen this.  I'm not offended, so much as just sad.  As I was talking to her agent on the phone, and she was explaining this to me, I thought how good Mormon families are and how it is sad to let a child stay in an orphanage, because as she put it, "You don't believe in the Trinity."  She also said, Oh and that you guys think you can become Gods, and you think other people can write scripture like the Book of Mormon and we believe the Bible is the only true word of God.

Okay, I said, I respect your feelings, and thank you for your time.  I expected that to be the end of it, but somehow we got talking, and she really liked me, and is going to the director to see if there are any rules that can be bent.   She said, the director would probably let you adopt someone who will be, because of their extensive problems, very hard to place.  Someone like Regan for example, or someone severely disabled.  I just don't know what to think about that.  I told her I feel like I was led to talk to her for a reason, and if she ever had someone for us we would consider it.  But that's all I can say.

But for now, join me in grieving for Regan.  She won't have a long life where she is.  When I told Pat, he still didn't want to give up on her.   I really don't either. 

Friday, January 27, 2012

Warning: Catching up post!

Happy Birthday to me!
Pat made me this trifle, and my sis got me the Michael Jackson dance thingy!  Yea!

I always throw together a pasta dish with whatever I have.  My birthday pasta turned out great!  However I do have to say, that since I try to not eat this stuff regularly, I had a total carbohydrate crash after pasta AND cake.

Evan emerges from his bedroom in his dragon suit, Mario backpack, and superhero cape to top it all off.  Leia is a bit worried about him.  Oh, and like what I did with all the Christmas cards this year?

She loves the jewelry her aunt got her for Christmas.

Evan made Leia a crown.  It said prinses Lau.

Sam loves these math worksheets where you have to solve the problem and then use a ruler to draw a line to the right answer, and then color if you like, the pattern.

Aren't these cool neckercheifs(sp?) that the boys got at the pinewood derby.  Here's E sporting D's.

Notice the STOP don't touch sign?  Last year, our non-member friends came and someone stole their car (I think it was a youth acting stupid).  It was the saddest thing ever.  We searched for 1/2 hour, and never could find it.  So they used a back up car, lost every race, had a bad night, and then at the end of the night someone opened up the gym door and rolled it in and closed it before we could see who it was.  By then it was too late and all the hard work they'd done to prepare their car was useless.  They never came back.  Please help me to never find that person, because I'm still so mad about it!!!

We have the best group of scout leaders and they do such a great job with these boys!  This is no small deal to put on and I really appreciate them!

Just chillin' in the tub.  Sometimes mom doesn't feel like filling up the whole bath tub for a quick rinse.  Leia loves it.

Dallas won grand champion last year.  This year he lost every single race.  He was still happy, and I loved how he did his car!  He got the award for the Happiest Racer!

More Food

I decided that I wanted to bring a healthy treat each Wed to Young Women (that is the activity night at the church for the girls 12-18).   Just to show them that I love them, and to broaden their horizons with food.  So I made these raw cookies off a recipe, but have now lost the recipe.  I didn't follow the recipe perfectly anyway, but they turned out so good that I wish I could remember which website I found it on.  We had a Yoga night, and these healthy treats fit in really well!
They had about 2 cups of dates, 2 cups of rolled oats, pinch salt, swirl of agave, spoonful of peanut butter, and I don't remember if that was all or not.  Food process it all and then roll into balls.  Chill in refrigerator and then dip in chocolate.  The tops only since I was in a hurry!  But they didn't need the chocolate.  They were so good already, we couldn't stop eating them.  They don't have to be refrigerated, I just did that to make the chocolate set faster.

Now everyone wants the recipe, and I'm like Me Too! If I ever find it again, I'll post it.

My first attempt at making tofu.  Hated it.  This Asian stir fry would have tasted fine with just nothing but the vegetables on rice.  But hey, I tried it!  Now I know that I never need tofu.  Although it has been good in some Indian dishes I've tried.

This was actually a history project.  We are learning about Russia, and they used to decorate eggs and color them with the peel from onions.  These eggs used to be white!  Not so impressive to us though since our chickens lay brown eggs already.  I wonder what a purple onion would do?

Monday, January 23, 2012

CDC researchers say mothers should stop breastfeeding

Someone posted this on facebook, and I couldn't believe it.  

CDC researchers say mothers should stop breastfeeding to boost 'efficacy' of vaccines

Someone named Sara, commented:  "Okay, 4 years ago our naturopathic family doctor said, point blank, 'Sara, the time will come when the CDC starts going after breastfeeding, because based on all the science and studies coming in, the titers and antibodies in breast milk cause the vaccinations to only be effective 1/3 of the time....and that is just not going to be acceptable to big pharma.' Don't you love it?! Our doctor's prediction is coming true."

My kids have all their vaccines, but I was heavily pressured into it by the school (when D was in school) and by the doctor.  I don't even believe that all vaccines are bad.  But I do believe it should be each parents choice what to do with their children, and not governments.  When the government doesn't even let you enroll without proof of vaccines, it's just a way of forcing it on you.   I went to get my foot checked out last month and they actually asked me if I'd had all my vaccines!  So they could look at my foot!   And of course they have them there for me conveniently if I need one.   Why would they even do that unless it's making money for all of them?  The same thing happens all the time at the hospital when I go to deliver a baby too.  They want to immediately hit me up and the baby up with the vaccines.  One time I had to change doctors because after researching the vaccines my son was about to receive I had questions about some of them, and the doctor started yelling at me, "You people...!", she said before storming out.  I was so taken aback it was ridiculous and I had to try to not laugh as I watched her have a fit.  I was wondering if I was having a dream.  Aren't doctors there to help answer questions?  Apparently not.  At least not with her. 

One thing that taught me is not to just submit your children because everyone says you have to.  Mothers are given an intuition about their children and need to listen to it, since all kids are not the same and will not react the same.  Any doctor or government official that makes you feel dumb for trying to listen to that intuition should be ignored.  Find a new doctor.  I did, and he is so much better!

I do believe big pharma,  are pulling the strings with lots of lawmakers.  And sorry, CDC, I've done a lot of reading, and I've never trusted you. 

Plus, on a side note,  I've always wondered, how do we really know that when they enter the room with the injections all ready, that they aren't expired, that they have been stored at the right temperature, and that they weren't mixed up by the young girls that usually administer them?

Saturday, January 21, 2012


I wanted to name Leia Reagan, because I really liked Ronald Reagan and because I thought it was so cute.
Pat didn't.
Today I found my Regan.  I wish I could adopt her.  She has HIV and was born in 1998.  Think I should try?

I don't have a clue where to start, or how hard it would be.  But I just look at her and want her so much!  She's from Ghana.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Pretty good bar

Had this for dinner tonight, although we scrambled the eggs in with the kale.  Bit of oil, salt, dash of cayenne pepper, and a bit of garlic- saute in chopped kale and then push aside to scramble eggs then mix together.  Serve over toast or hashbrowns.  Pretty good!  We ate it all before I could take a picture of my own.
From Tasty
Pretty healthy, and tastes great.  Just wanted to share.  I haven't tried all the stuff out there, but out of the 3 brands I have tried, this is my favorite.

Raw Revolution Chocolate & Coconut Raw Rev 100 Calorie 0.8 oz bar. Organic.(bag of 12) Price: $9.99

They have a 2.2oz size also for about $1, but the smaller size seems to be enough.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Followup on the Soup post

I never did make all those soups that week.  Got busy, meals got changed, you know LIFE.  But here are a couple. 
Beef burger soup  We love this.  It is a tomato juice/cream of celery base with hamburger and finely shredded carrots.  Very hearty.
Now my one of my favorites:  Pho.  First the condiments:
Fresh basil, cilantro, green onions, jalapenos, and limes.  Sooo good!  Just look at all this healthy stuff above that goes into the soup with a broth base and rice stick noodles below.

No gluten

Before and after the add-ins.

I still haven't found a place I like more than my Vietnamese restaurant.  $6 for a huge bowl of pho soup and lots of green stuff to put in it, including bean sprouts which I didn't have, and fried spring rolls that you wrap up in the lettuce and herbs and dip in a slightly sweet sauce.  Pat and I can eat there for $20 on those rare occasions that we get to go out to eat.  I LOVE IT!  If I lived in California there would be other places I'd enjoy eating at, but I just don't care for much here.

Speaking of going out, last night we went out for our anniversary, had yucky food at Mimi's, paid $35 dollars for it and $40 dollars for a babysitter since we were gone for 6 1/2 hours and have four kids.   I blame you Steph, for not living near me and babysitting for free.  And all of Pat's family too.  I blame you all. :) This is why I don't go out.  I'd rather save up and go to Ireland.  That's just me.  The amount of money spent for babysitter, food, and a movie is frightening!!!  Plus since we heat our house with a wood burning stove, and the babysitter can't do that, we come home and the poor thing is frozen.  Poor girl sitting on the couch in her coat!  I can't wait until Dallas is a bit older!  Dates are good though.  Especially the free ones!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Random thoughts

Leia, let's change your diaper.  (Immediately she runs away.)
And hides...
And is just so funny!
I  always think I'll post my schedule of how we do school, and what curriculum's we use, but then it changes in one way or another, so I never post it.  Now I think I just need to do it and post it every time it changes too.  It may be helpful to someone someday.  And news flash, Karisa, schedules with children are never set in stone!  In fact with babies they can change daily.  In other words, I used to think that through researching and trying different curriculum's I'd get it narrowed down to one thing for each subject and stick with it through high school.  Now I know that each child is different, their needs different, and that change is good!  It expands their abilities and way of thinking.  We've been using Rod and Staff for English, Grammar, Reading, Vocab, etc., but I realized that it was mostly filling in the blanks, which is good- kids need to be able to read something and remember what they read and come up with the answers, but we just switched Sam and Dallas to some different stuff that requires more discussion which has been good already.  Dallas is in Total Language Plus, and he had to read The Whipping Boy, which is a fun story, but with a great analogy to Christ.
In fact since it went with the story, I told Dallas how when I was 4 and Jeremy was 2, I broke a measuring tape, and I knew by how mad my mom was that I was going to get spanked for it.  So I told her that Jeremy did it, because he couldn't really talk and defend himself, though he tried.  I've always felt bad about that, and I did end up telling my mom the truth later that night (wearing all my underwear for padding- though she didn't spank me).  Then I asked Dallas, how do you think Jeremy felt getting punished for something that was my fault?  I did it. It was my choice.  How does it feel to know that Jesus willingly suffered for us.?  He was our "whipping boy".  It doesn't seem fair does it?  Yet God knew we needed a Savior, and gave His only Begotten Son, and Christ knew what had to be done, and loved us enough to do it.  If we repent, we need not suffer as He did.   (Now forgive me while I go into Handel's Messiah, but I just love it so much)

Behold the Lamb of God
That taketh away, the sin of the world
A man of sorrows, acquainted with grief
despised, rejected
He hid not his face from shame and spitting
Surely He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows
He was wounded for our transgressions
and bruised for our iniquities
and with his stripes we are healed
all we like sheep have gone astray
we have turned, everyone to his own way
and the Lord hath laid on Him(self) the iniquity of us all.

The truth of those words could not be more beautiful.
Back to the post:

Sam has switched to Great Books and I don't really have an opinion on it yet, since I'm just getting into it, but we enjoyed the story from yesterday, discussing how to be a friend.
I am also realizing that although I'm not an unschooling type of homeschooler, where you let your children direct their learning completely, I really don't think it would hurt a child to just grow up in their father's shadow, following him around at work, or their mother, and never even go to school.  So many of our founding fathers did just that, doing their book learning on their own or with their parents at home.  Then they could explore what interested them, or learn a trade, and get to know the world and why hard work is important.   I really do think kids would learn a lot. 
For instance, this year we've been studying plants, but it has been really frustrating because most of the projects want us to collect leaves, and do other things that New Mexico can't provide.  Especially in the wintertime. But there's an organic garden place that takes community volunteers, and I realized that if we do that this spring, they would learn more than they could out of a book.  Yes we'll still do what we can in the book, but hands on is so much better.  And we hope to do our own garden again this year.  It's a huge struggle to grow anything here, but we get a bit better every year.
Also, Pat and I are always trying to eat healthier, and follow the Word of Wisdom better.  I believe in eating a mostly plant based/whole foods diet, but believing something and doing it are two different things.  You just have to keep trying and slowly get better.  Abraham Lincoln said, "I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday."
As I explained to the kids about how we would be cutting back a lot on meat (we now buy no lunch meat, and have greatly reduced our other meats), and how we'd be cutting back on milk and cheese and how we'd need to learn to eat beans and vegetables more, Dallas completely understood.  In fact he told me about Daniel in the Bible when he was carried away to Babylon and the king wanted to feed him certain foods, but Daniel would not eat the king's meat or wine.  Then Dallas told me how Daniel and his friends turned out healthier than the others by eating vegetables.  I sure think Dallas is neat.
And I can tell you that your kids will eventually like it.  Sam is my hardest to feed.  Period.  But even he begs me for a big wedge of purple cabbage or a radish or a big fresh carrot to chomp on. 
And speaking of Sam, yesterday, he had to read a short story, and I was teaching him to do a book report- so kind of summarize what was in the story- pull out the most important stuff- condense it- you know.
He cried through it, but he understood, and today he did the short story all on his own and did a nearly perfect job.  I am so proud of him!  It's nice to know that you're efforts as a teacher are not in vain.

To conclude this rambling post, I just want to say that as of yesterday, Pat and I have been married 11 years.  I looked back through all the photos to find a wedding picture to post, but then remembered that there were no digital cameras back then.  And I don't have a scanner, so no luck.  In looking through the photos though I noticed a common theme.  Me pregnant, nursing, or with small children.  For 10 years now.  Very rarely is there a picture of us together, since we had children quickly and one of us is always holding the camera and the other the baby.  We don't have very many friends.  We are friendly, but there aren't usually people hanging out at our house, taking family pictures for us.  But it's all good, it could be worse.  At least we do things together as a family, and I'm grateful to Pat for being a good husband, and father, and for all the hard work he does for us.  He's put up with me for 11 years, and that takes a strong man.  I love him very, very much.

Added bonus: funny things said lately
Dallas, what's a tutor?
Someone who toots.

Overheard, Evan talking to Leia.
Leia, do you want to take another bath?
Then Leia, if you want to take another bath then just poop in your diaper again!  (recalling her gigantic blow-out this morning).

These two guys just got back from their missions and agreed to come talk to the young women at church about dating.  It was pretty funny, and I really appreciated them being such good sports.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Happy 100 years New Mexico!

1912-2012 Happy Birthday New Mexico!  I love the new license plate I just got!  Isn't it sweet?

LA Times

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Okay, 2012... I am really excited and ready for you. New Years Resolutions? Check.  Excitement and all for the new year? Check.

I just haven't finished closing out 2011 on the blog.  Still not finished with some things.  Unfortunately, everyone is sick with the flu, and Pat and I have been cleaning up throw up.

Then I got the flu.

Now Ln and Pat are the only ones left.  Will they hold out and not get sick?  Here's to optimism!

Here's one thing I forgot.  On Christmas Eve guess what we were doing?  Cleaning the church building!
I just think that's so funny.  It's a good thing I love my husband even though he signs us up for the craziest things.  And a good thing the Noorlanders were there to help!