Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The First Three Months

I am finally going to post my Day One to Day 90 pictures, BUT hear me out first!! 

I hesitate to even post pictures because this is not about weight loss! This is not a diet...I am losing weight as a side benefit to getting healthy! 

Some people using this program need to gain weight and they do!! Some people need to lose weight and they do!! Some are serious elite athletes looking for the energy, performance, and muscle building and they find that! But the real point is that our bodies are healthier. Once your body is detoxed, alkalized and craving only what it really needs, the body knows what it needs to do!

I began this journey because I knew this was going to be a really busy school year between bringing all 5 kids back to homeschool them, volunteering with Project HOPEFUL, working Brian's second job with him, trying to restart Antiquity Gamecrafters, being a tutor at Classical Conversations....you get the idea! I needed energy and a LOT of it! 

AND I needed to get rid of my Migraines which had become far more life-interrupting than my Ménière's disease was! My Ménière's episodes were pretty rare, although I still dealt with loud tinnitus  most days and poor equilibrium at night. My migraines were a much bigger problem. I 'managed' them....by filling myself with ibuprofen almost daily.

There were lots of other little things that never seemed like a big enough deal to see a doctor about but all converged to make me feel about 20 years older than I really am.

It wasn't just about being 'out of shape'...Last winter I was running three times a week, and living on a juicing diet when I did this:

Running a 5k with my brother

But all that running and all those power-veggies were not dealing with how toxic my cells were, how much inflammation I was dealing with, how little energy I had, nor how much I wanted to eat a bag of chips and drink a Pepsi.

But that is all changed now. I am a completely different person from the inside out and I never want to go back! 

This year is going to ROCK!!!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Changing the Face of Orphan Care, Adoption and Missions: Commission to Mission

Having a passion for orphan care in all it's forms and in missions have something in common that we would all really like to not have to think about....they are both fueled to one extent or another by funding. How many of us have wished that we had the means to fully fund an adoption that has become close to our heart, or felt the desperation of trying to adopt a child who needed to be home and safe immediately, but have to wait and wait because the funds just are not coming? How many of us would love to take away the financial burdens of missionaries so that they could simply focus on the needs of the people they are called to and never spend a moment's concern about whether they have to return to their homeland to find more support?

I think, too, about all of those families in these types of situations who forego taking care of their own health, or taking much-needed vacations because of the concern that their donors may not approve of how they are spending their money! What if you could relieve that worry because you had the means to do so?!

This is, in part, why I have become so passionate about joining the Adoptagenix team - a group of families using Isagenix products for their families while earning commissions that they can use to bring better health to their adopted children or to children left in orphanages, to fund missionaries, to pay for their own adoptions or those of other families. The compassion and the passion we already have for people all over the world who need Christ's love, the love of a family, and/or nutrition for the millions of needy individuals everywhere can be harnessed to help others - the very best reason to become millionaires: to turn your commission into mission!

Our AdoptAgenix Team has begun podcasting on this very thing and I'd love for you to listen and share this today! You can contact me at jennifergetshealthy@gmail.com if you are ready to learn more!  http://cl.ly/QjjN

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Divine Sovereignty: The Fuel of Death-Defying Missions

It's been awhile since I posted anything about missions.  Tonight I was too sick to attend prayer meeting, so I re-listened to this David Platt sermon from last years T4G Conference - I highly recommend it!!

Divine Sovereignty: The Fuel of Death-Defying Missions from Together for the Gospel (T4G) on Vimeo.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Which way is this plane flying?

You've probably had a few of them...those moments when you think "Oh yeah, weren't they adopting or something? I wonder what ever happened to that?"

Excellent question.

Well, what happened was a couple of things, but mainly this: we put it all on hold. We needed to step back and breathe for a little bit.  When we took the PRIDE classes last winter, we knew that foster care was the wrong direction for our family. It was such a relief to know there was a direction we were NOT to go, even though there were still so many directions we COULD go.

That same week we were made aware of a little guy in Burkina Faso who needed a family and thought that we might be it! But we pursued that route only to find that another family was also pursuing his adoption, and since BF really dislikes allowing families our size to adopt from there, the other family was much more likely to be given approval. No problem - another door closed just meant one more direction we were not to go!

But around the same time as this direction-change there were some big-time concerns going on right here at home...it looked like a very strong possibility that the Mister was going to lose his job. Scrreeeeeeeeaach - halt! The children we have been considering have been special needs kiddos and no job means no insurance!  So we decided that it was time to take a break from the crazy adoption train and wait.

Well, surprisingly, I was able for awhile to really let it go, relax, and wait patiently.  Then the crisis passed and God preserved the job! But summer was.....well, summer. There was a lot going on, a lot of other big decisions and stuff going on in our little world.

By the end of summer, when a conversation was taking place in one of my FB groups about adoption and waiting kids, I typed "...still in a holding pattern and it's time to tell this plane which way to fly!"

Well, I had prayed just a day or two before that "Lord, I wish someone would just hand us a picture and say 'this one's yours, now go get him (or her)!' "  So you know what God did? After I typed that comment, a friend (not knowing what I'd prayed, of course) posted a picture in the group, tagged me and said "...GHANA! There's a little boy named Calvin... who needs a family!"

Since that day there have been lots of moments where God has made it so clear that THIS is the direction we need to go right now. My heart is officially four time zones ahead, staring at every picture we have of him and studying every precious little inch of his face. I did a crazy laugh-cry-hopenooneislooking thing when I got new pictures of him a couple weeks back.  I'm smitten ♥

So which way is this plane flying? Well, at the moment, all indicators say GHANA! Time to renew my passport!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

You have $50,000...

...well, you have to power to give it and to do so without spending one single cent of your own money!

Cultivate Wines is giving away $100,000 per quarter to non-profits via a democratic voting system. The winner will receive $50,000, and the five runners-up will each receive $10,000.  Project HOPEFUL has been privileged to be chosen as one of the potential recipients! To vote, you can either register or login through facebook. Once you’re logged in, you will have 1 vote per day. 
We’re sure you can imagine what this much money could mean to Project HOPEFUL’s ability to fulfill our mission to Educate, Encourage, and Enable families and individuals to advocate for and adopt children with HIV/AIDS and other of the MOST OVERLOOKED children for adoption! So be sure to come back and vote for Project HOPEFUL again each day!

Please consider printing off our Get out the Vote reminder card and placing it in a place you will remember every single day from May 1 through June 30.  Every vote is going to be absolutely crucial! Also, every time you vote, would you please tell all of your contacts and ask them to vote, too? The power to multiply votes with these very simple actions is enormous!

Here are the rules:

1.  You must be 21 years old to vote.  If you aren’t, ask your friends/family who ARE.
2.  NO gifts; contests; give aways.
3.  You must sign in using a FB account to vote.  If you don’t have one, would you consider registering for one just for the next 60 days?  You can take it down thereafter….
4.  Absolutely no use of voting companies who do all the work for you.

Thank you so much for your help and support!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

HIV/AIDS Adoption: Teen Selah Twietmeyer Gives Her HIV Adoption Testimony

I just love this girl!!! Please share it on your blogs and social media:

From the description of the video:" HIV/AIDS Infected teen Selah Twietmeyer from Project Hopeful http://www.projecthopeful.org tells how she was adopted from Ethiopia into her family and talks about disclosure...she said "I am not ashamed and not afraid to tell the Truth"...Incredible testimony...repost this link http://youtu.be/sRxDRzZxDbI Tweet: http://clicktotweet.com/020db subscribe http://www.youtube.com/mothertheworld"

Faith - and the ones who love her

Every human life matters to the One who formed each one and numbered their days and lit the eternal flame of their soul.

This one matters....and her family is ready to bring her home and show her that beautiful truth: Her name is Faith