My Story…the condensed version

We live on the same property that I grew up on.  We built on my parents land right behind my parents house.  My mom passed away in 2005 and we moved my dad into our garage apartment.  Our oldest son Harry & his wife Val and our 2 grandsons now live in the house I grew up in.  My dad had a chicken farm here while I was growing up.  He raised chickens for the sale of eggs, this was before cages came into being.  He went out of the chicken business when it was time for the transfer over to cages, thank goodness.  He moved on to factory work, like allot of folks in this area did.  This particular area in South Jersey where we live was big in the glass industry and agriculture when I was a little girl, then things changed.  So I guess thats where I get my love for chickens and really animals in general.  We always had many farm cats roaming around and there was always dogs both inside & out.  You really don’t see many outside dogs anymore, do you??

I am a Christian.  Now, what kind of Christian or what is a Christian, you might be asking yourself.  Well, I am a Bible Believing Christian.  I believe & try to live strictly on what the Bible says.  I don’t follow any ‘religion’ or specific church ‘denomination’.  I AM a follower of Jesus Christ and we go to a Bible believing, Bible teaching church.   I am not going to preach to you here or anywhere in this blog, but I might throw in a Bible verse or two every now and again if its fitting to what I’m posting.  I’m going to put one here because you wanted to know about me, that’s why your reading this.

I was ‘saved’ in 1982, during a Methodist church service.  The minister read a verse out of the Bible and I had one of those light bulb over the head A-hah moments.  The one where you just get it, it all just clicked into place.  I can’t remember what verse it was or the exact date (some people view that as important, I’m not so sure God does), I don’t have that kind of brain where I can retain allot.  That’s just the way God made me.  Anyway, If you have questions ask, I’ll be happy to answer them.

JOHN 3:5-8
Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c] must be born again.’The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”[d

Looking back on my life, God was always there and I always did believe, I had just never made that commitment to him.

JOHN 3:16-21
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

So now we’ll fast forward to 2 1/2 years ago, Easter 2011, that’s when we decided to get some back yard chickens… well, I had been wanting them for a while, that’s when I finally convinced my hubby, or he had a weak moment, either way, that’s when we started our flock.  He went to the Tractor Supply store one day and brought home 10 chicks, which we kept in a box, in our sunroom with a light for warmth.  A couple days later a friend of ours had chicks to share, so Harry went to their farm and brought home a mix of 6 chicks.  The original 10 turned out to be 8 Rhode Island Reds and 2 Leghorns.  The 6 were a mix of full breed & mix breed Ameraucana, Araucana & Australorps.

A few months later the same friends gave us Buddy our first rooster, after we put out the call of need for one.  We had lost one of the Leghorns & a RIR to a Redtail Hawk, and after doing some research, found that roosters are very beneficial in protecting & alerting the flock.  Buddy, has been a wonderful addition to the flock.  He has truly amazed me in his roostering abilities.  He really cares for his girls and goes beyond the call of roostering, though now, I see a slow down in that.  Since then, we have been introduced to broody hens and chicks, what an education and what excitement!  Everytime we get a broody hen, I’m just as excited as my first time with one.  It truly amazes me the transformation of a hen, to a broody hen, to a mama hen in 21 short days, it truly is a miracle.  And believe me, if your not familiar with chickens, there is an amazing transformation from hen to broody hen.  When you watch the circle of life, you know that things couldn’t just have evolved, its just too amazing, it had to be God.

GENESIS 1:25
25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Currently, as of the writing of this page, October 21, 2013 we have a grand total of 28 chickens consisting of: 1 rooster, Buddy, 13 hens and 14 baby chicks ranging in age from 13 weeks, 10 weeks & 2 weeks old.  You can catch up on Buddy’s Flock here on my first post: Welcome to Buddy’s Flock.

Okay, so here I go, if you’ve been following my blog and reading my posts, a few times I have mentioned things in my health, that I would go into detail later.  Well, later is here!

A year & half ago, April of 2012, I was diagnosed with a rare Cranial Aneurism.  Rare, as to where in my head it was.  How did they find it, you ask??  Good question.  I’m actually going to post this story on a seperate page because I don’t know how condensed I can make it, and this way if you have any questions on this specifically I can answer them there.  You can find the rest of the story here: ‘There, I’ve said it out loud…I have an aneurism

Sometime during the year & a half of dealing with the aneurism, not really related but during that timeline, I was having some tummy issues, and talking to my daughter who always trys (we all try to some extent, don’t we? Then we possibly fall away from time to time) to be health conscience.  Upon hearing my complaints, she suggested I go dairy free.  She explained to me why she thought I should go dairy free and that she now was also dairy free.  I did a little research,  and decided to give it a try.  The tummy issues subsided.  Interesting.

In the meantime of going dairy free and dealing with the aneurism stuff, a good friend of mine, Pam, was getting deep into healthy eating, eating raw, and learning about the Hallelujah Diet.  She had Harry & I over for dinner and fed us a completely raw, dairy & meat free meal.  It was very good.  I was particularly impressed with the raw zucchini noodles made with a spiralizer!  How cool was that!  You see, I wasn’t really ready at that point to receive what she was showing us, but I did love that gadget she had!

It wasn’t long after Pam had us to dinner, that I began seeing little blips on health pop up on my facebook page from time to time.  I started to read them, I started to save them, I started to save them to my pinterest page with a special board just for them, I started to understand what the food we eat actually put into our bodies and is doing to us….me.

I always knew about artificial coloring and flavoring, our youngest son, Jeffrey was allergic to artificial color as a kid, the effects on him were amazing, so when I shopped back then, nothing with artificial color came into the house.  Well, when the kids grew older and moved out, I didn’t read labels any more and we ate just about everything.  Now I am back to reading labels and anything with artificial ingredients or additives doesn’t come into the house.

Okay, I’m off track, but you get the idea, some where along the line, thanks to my daughter MaLinda & my girlfriend Pam, I got kick started and now I am not only dairy free, I am gluten free and pretty much sugar free and I don’t buy anything that has ANY sort of additive or artificial anything in it.

GENESIS 1:11-12
11 
Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

GENESIS 1:29
29 
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.

So, this brings me to today.  I DO believe that God gave us everything that we need to sustain us.  We just became modernized so much that we forgot that.  Back in the day, they used oils and herbs to heal.  They’re food came from the land, the grew their own food, knew what was in it and it was good.  We now let other people grow our food, we have let people modify our foods,  put things in our food, take things our of our food, so that they all look pretty, so they don’t go bad and so the bugs won’t eat them.  Well, if the bugs won’t eat them, should we???

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