Vitamin K shots…to give or not to give?

I found myself thinking about vitamin K shots this morning for whatever reason.  As always, the possibility of another pregnancy is always in the forefront of my mind considering we are not using any form of birth control, except rhythm of course.  We injected our first child with Vitamin K at birth but we did not with our second.  My husband suggested that he found a study concluding that such high levels of the vitamin were found to increase the chances of childhood leukemia.  So, trusting his opinion we both decided to say no when asked after the birth of our second daughter.  She did beautifully.  She was a whopping 8 lbs 11.5 ounces and showed little or no signs of jaundice.  I am not writing to convince any mother or father to do as I do but I found this article to be informative and it brought me comfort with our decision to avoid the injection and it may do so for you as well.  First and foremost, I trust in the sovereignty of Christ and trust wholeheartedly that the health of my children rest with Him.  But, that does not mean I will blindly do all the doctor’s recommend or avoid all medical care in rebellion of the first.  Simply speaking, I made this decision based on the understanding that my child was 100% healthy and that her body showed no signs of jaundice or poor liver function which would result in the internal bleeding the vitamin K shot prevents.   Medicine likes to wipe out all odds of error and thus lumps everyone into the same category…healthy, well, and weak.  They make a decision to give all infants this shot thus illiminating the injuries due to infant internal bleeding but they fail to provide parents with good wholesome information of how they can watch and prevent this bleeding naturally.

In short, what I concluded from reading this article was that the internal bleeding in the brain results from a weak and sickly liver in the infant.  The poorly functioning liver fails to create the clotting factors needed and thus the infant bleeds.  A yellowing of the skin and eyes would indicate poor liver function and obviously a parent would know what would be normal and what would not be normal.  Since my child was healthy obviously I did not feel she needed the injection.  If she were to have shown poor liver function by severe jaundice then of course she would have needed it.

So, parents, be informed.  Medicine is a blessing when we need it.  Too often we assume that because it is a blessing, then all medicine is good.  Not so.   Man is fallen and his science is not perfect.  There are many Godly doctors, but then there are not.  So think for yourself…do the research yourself and then pray and act.

Read this article and consider alternatives first before invasive procedures!

I like the idea of giving gradual doses of liquid vitamin K to baby as oppose to super injecting her with unnatural amounts at birth.  To me, you have the best of both worlds.  Giving the vitamin to boost baby’s liver function and help with clotting but not so much where you are compromising her health with an increase chance of cancer!  What is scarier?  The fear of one or the fear of the other?  Helping baby naturally with liquid supplementation of both baby and mommy gives her the extra boost she’ll need without the threat of subjecting her to the possibility of cancer!  With modern medicine taking the place of individual responsibility we are given two options.  1.  You accept the medical care and advice given to you by your doctor which may or may not include what is actually in your best interest but a quick fix.  2.  You ask for alternatives and you are ousted by your clinic.  It’s all or nothing…you either receive a super dose or you don’t.  Just know parents that it does not have to be that way.  With a liquid  vitamin K suspension you know exactly what the ingredients are.  With the injection you have the vitamin but a host of  other chemical ingredients to preserve that suspension.  So you getting the vitamin, but then you are also getting who knows what!

and thus ends another day

Life is such a whirlwind.  Usually, I hardly notice time passing as I chase my children around the house enjoying their giggles and chuckles as they play with each other and with me.  There is absolutely nothing more endearing than hearing them enjoy themselves, especially while they play together since they are so close in age.  They are only 16 months apart…phew!  Each day has its ups and downs of course.  The day could go anywhere from good to great all the way to exhausting and frustrating all in a matter of minutes.

The girls do not like to share.   Right now the biggest thing is how much my youngest wants to follow the oldest around. She loves her big sis and I can easily see why.  With her vivacious smiles and laudable outbursts of joy, she is a hard one to not want to pay attention to.  But then there comes a time when my youngest wants to play with something her big sis has.  I’ll be washing dishes or straightening out the house…perhaps even enjoying an HGTV show (guilty pleasure…I think so), when all of a sudden voices erupt, tears flow down their cheeks, one is pushing the other while the other hollers for my help.  Absolute peace to absolute chaos in a matter of seconds.  Day in and day out.  I look at my oldest and say, “Lovebug, you don’t like it when your sister takes toys from you, so please don’t take toys from her!”  or  “Little girl (to my youngest) right now your big sis is playing with that horsie and when she’s all done then baby girl can have a turn.”  Do they understand?  My oldest does but sometimes chooses to pretend not to while I absolutely know my youngest does.  I’ll see her grab something she knows her older sister cherishes and turn the other direction and almost sprint to wherever she can go to hide from big sister G (which isn’t far in our apartment!  You can get from one side to the other in T minus 5 seconds!).  By the time the day comes to an end I feel like one of the moms on those Suave commercials with the crazy hair before they show the difference by using their product.  Yep, that’s me.

But I wouldn’t trade any bit of my crazy days for anything in this world.  Life has its phases and I am certainly young.  It is such a blessing that I can share life’s little adventures with my two little wide-eyed wanderers.  They are learning and seeing this world for the first time-everything is new, never been explored, territories undiscovered,distant worlds beckoning them forward, life is ever so enchanting and exciting.  How glorious it is that I can partake in that wonderful explorative learning with them!

So as crazy as a day can be and how easily frustrated I can become I just don’t want to forget how glorious and enriching motherhood is.  Each day is a new opportunity to pour into them.  Although I am certainly far from perfect and I make mistakes that I regret, the fact that their love is  so pure and forgiving reminds me of how important it is to become like a child myself before my Father in Heaven.  So much of our society pushes children away, sees them as financial burdens, or a sure way to ruin a career or life goal.  My career is not paid.  Most of it goes unnoticed in this world (except by my sweet husband) and it is a work that requires a lifetime of commitment.  To me striving in a career for the sole purpose of earning money is pure slavery.  In the end what will you have?  A company who does not remember you, people who want to be that much better than you and money that never satisfies?  No thank you.

So I can hardly believe how quickly this day has come and gone.  Tomorrow will start another day with my loves.  I am thankful, so thankful, for each and every moment spent with them, loving them, being loved by them, learning with them, teaching them, and exploring life’s joys with them.  I may be frazzled and my clothes may be a bit disheveled, but inwardly I laugh with joy in earnest belief that God has given me two “little friends” (an endearing term I call them) whose entire world is centered around wanting to be with Mommy.  Truly, motherhood is glorious.

“Cause the only way to find your life is to lay your own life down
And I believe it’s an easy price for the life that we have found”

Andrew Peterson

“Dancing in the Minefields


How Can I Keep From Singing?

Today I turn 25.  I don’t know about you but that sounds pretty grown up.  25, happily married and with two beautiful little girls.  I couldn’t be happier.  I thank all those who have invested their lives with mine.  I am thankful for my true family and friends who walk with me along this path of life and who have steadily reminded me of my Father’s faithfulness to me.  Yes, I have a lot I worry about…especially for my children, but I continually find myself surrendering those fears, hopes, concerns, dreams and prayers to my God.  This song is actually an ancient celtic lullaby sung by Enya but it is so befitting for this day…how can I keep from singing?

 

 

My life goes on in endless song
Above earth’s lamentations,
I hear the real, though far-off hymn
That hails a new creation.

Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear it’s music ringing,
It sounds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing?

While though the tempest loudly roars,
I hear the truth, it liveth.
And though the darkness ’round me close,
Songs in the night it giveth.

No storm can shake my inmost calm,
While to that rock I’m clinging.
Since love is lord of heaven and earth
How can I keep from singing?

When tyrants tremble in their fear
And hear their death knell ringing,
When friends rejoice both far and near
How can I keep from singing?

In prison cell and dungeon vile
Our thoughts to them are winging,
When friends by shame are undefiled
How can I keep from singing?

Did they hear us?

Remember when I wrote about contacting your representative to tell them to vote “NO” for the re-authorization of the Patriot Act? Well, it was defeated! The Patriot Act was shot down!! However, big government does not give up easily and it never enjoys watching power squeeze past its fat fingers.

Last Tuesday, the U.S. House DEFEATED legislation to extend three of the so-called “PATRIOT” Act’s controversial provisions.

Because the bill was put on the “Suspension Calendar,” it needed 290 votes to pass.

Thanks to the quick action of true Patriots, however, the vote failed 277-148.

Remember that the legislation was expected to easily pass. Don’t let anyone ever tell you it’s hopeless to fight for your freedoms.

All of the Virginia U.S. Representatives voted the wrong way, except Democrat Rep. Bobby Scott.

Republican Whip Eric Cantor vowed to turn over a new leaf and listen to “we the people.” But as expected, he once again let us down and voted the wrong way (for the extension).

So once again, please stand up for liberty(and for your privacy) and contact your representative to tell them to vote “NO” on re-authorizing the Patriot Act. Can’t they get the message that the American people want nothing to do with selling their liberties away for the sake of “security?” Our “Caesar” has no right to declare our privacy his. Rendering the sanctity of the privacy of our lives to Caesar is NOT right and don’t let anyone tell you it is.

Contact your representative using the information from this link and remind them of their oath to uphold the Constitution. Urge them to put the American People’s rights before the surveillance state’s power by rejecting the “PATRIOT” Act on every vote.

re-authorization of the Patriot Act

I received an email from a liberty loving group of people who informed me that Congress is seeking to re-authorize the Patriot Act and add to its destructiveness with giving our already big government even more power to reach into our daily lives.  I don’t know about you, but I cherish my privacy.  Thinking about that being invaded just makes me cringe.  I want to be someone who trusts those in power.  I would love to just blindly say that our government always means well and that it is our security they are looking after.  However, when that same government begins to see me as a potential hazard (when of course I am far from that) and begins to lump me into that category of “terrorism” (because everyone is a threat) and begins to motivate its actions to protect itself and its own power instead of the rights and liberties of its citizens…it begins to seem like something is going wrong. 

So I wrote to my representative.  I want to trust that my voice is heard but lately I am beginning to understand that my voice is merely one out of millions and most of those millions of voices are sheep who trust the wolves in sheepskins instead of listening and following the true Shepherd; Christ Jesus.  My not so common voice is thus drowned out and most people want to completely ignore or push away individuals who truly see our government for what it is!  A government that does not recognize God, a government who wants to indoctrinate our youth that evolution is a fact, not a theory and that God shouldn’t be apart of education (didn’t He write history?), a government who exploits the poor around the globe to further its ever-increasing globalist ideals, a government who makes abortion an OK thing (because its controlling the population right and that is good for the environment..go green living!), a government where morals are becoming gray and that differences between democrats and republicans are becoming increasingly vague .  Most of those sheep really mean well…but really…I think those wolves need to be gotten rid of and we all need to open our eyes. 

So please, understand that a vote FOR the re-authorization of the Patriot Act is actually NOT a vote for your individual security but a vote against it.  If you feel led, please contact your representative and tell them to actually represent you! 

Here is the website you can use to locate your representatives contact information for emailing.

Take a moment and dig in to finding out what the Patriot Act is really about.  I think you might find yourself  slightly appalled, like I was.   Email a clear message that a vote for a suspension calendar with the so-called “PATRIOT” Act on it is a vote for roving wiretaps, secret sneak and peek searches conducted without the knowledge of the subject, search and seizure of library records, and so-called “national security letters” signed by anonymous bureaucrats replacing warrants signed by a judge.   There is nothing “patriot” about it.  It is merely a tool used to con people into thinking that if they oppose such an act then they must certainly not be a patriot.  Voting against such a thing makes you unpatriotic and anti american and therefore possibly a terrorist!  Don’t you see how they are manipulating our thinking?  Using what we hold dear and threatening the foundation of our beliefs so that we won’t oppose them.  Such audacity!  Do you really think that is so far fetched?  I used to think so…but I am beginning to look at our country’s leaders with a lense of clarity that exposes yucky power driven individuals who care little for the common man.

To me that is just too hard to swallow!  I think about my children.  I think about their futures and what liberties I have today that they will NOT have.  Giving up liberties that thousands upon thousands have fought and died for just for the name of so-called security should never be made right.  Ultimately, because I believe in God’s sovereignty and that even a nation’s security is in His hands, I think giving up these liberties is a bad thing.  If you look at history you will discover that once the government is given more power it never really gives it back again…again…is that right?  Do you want a big government?  What about for your children?  Don’t be scared!  Contact your Representative!

“In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.” 

Psalm 18:6

And He said to them, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

Mark 4:9

Forcing Peruvian Daffodils

This past Sunday we decided to visit my mother.  It was so wonderful to catch up with her and of course my girls absolutely LOVE their “G.G.”  Putting all of my things down, like coats, babies, diaper bags, pack n’ plays (this list gets quite long when you have multiple children!) a fragrant and sweet smell confronted me.  I looked around for a candle, air freshener, even a bouquet of flowers that would show me what was creating such a sweet and fragrant aroma.  But there, sitting on her coffee table, were live blue hyacinth flowers sitting on a bed of marbles!!  Bulbs and all!  How on earth could they bloom and grow without soil?  I had so many questions for momma.  How did she do that?  Was it easy and could I do it at home, too?  How long do they bloom and when do you need to plant them?  Well, being an avid gardener and an arboretum employee, she knows absolutely everything about gardening.  Everything the flower needs to bloom and grow is in its bulb. It doesn’t necessarily need soil to grow and placing them in just a little bit of water (just enough to touch the very bottom of the bulb) will force it to bloom. Mom’s blue hyacinths were perfuming the entire room.  According to the savygardener.com, “the term forcing refers to inducing a plant to produce its shoot, leaf, and flower ahead of its natural schedule and out of its natural environment.  To force hardy bulbs you need to mimic and compress the process the plant would undergo outdoors in the garden.”

So the next step I took was telling all of this to my husband. “I want to do this!”  Why?  Because it brings a bit of spring cheer into your house and the incomparable fragrance of fresh blooms without artificial chemical perfumes will fill the air.  So we left my mother’s house and headed for Walmart.  I couldn’t find any blue hyacinth like mom had, but they did have Peruvian Daffodils and Daffodils are definitely one of my favorite flowers for their bright cheerfulness and their oh so sweet fragrance.

If anyone else wants to do this just ask someone you know who is great at gardening and who has a knowledge of growing plants(one of the many things I want to learn) or of course, there is Google.  I look forward to getting started and forcing my Peruvian Daffodils to bloom and so that in about two weeks we will be enjoying the fragrance of spring!


All these beauties need is to be kept slightly moist.  Most people make the mistake of over watering and then wonder why their plant dies. Do we like to completely saturate ourselves by drinking?  Neither do plants! Most are kept completely happy with ‘just enough’ water.  Mom told me to only let the water ‘just barely’ touch the bottom of the bulb or roots.  She even said it would be OK to let them get a little dry because even the evaporating water is enough to keep these babies content.  I’m going to fill a shallow glass bowl with river rocks and display my bulbs/soon-to-be blooms resting on top.  Now the waiting begins…just two weeks and then you have days and days worth of fresh flowers!!