Ty and Charlene Bollinger created a storm last year when they released to the internet for free, a 9-part docu-series on cancer, The Truth About Cancer, which was watched by hundreds of thousands world-wide. I watched the whole series too, and learned plenty of new information about what is currently being used in the treatment of cancer over the world, besides chemo, radiation and surgery.
The Truth About Cancer is back for another round this month, in an effort to get the word out to more people. Can I encourage you to sign up to watch for free over the 9 days, beginning April 12th? Get informed about how cancer can be healed, hear the stories of those who have done it themselves, and be encouraged with hope that there is a better way than what you may have been told.
I don’t know about you, but I am so over losing my loved ones to cancer! There has to be a better way! I really do believe Ty and Charlene have done a superb job of bringing together so many experts and so much information into one packed-full series. If you or a loved one is battling cancer, this could be your starting point with moving forward into intentional healing.
Some of you will have been watching Ty and Charlene Bollinger’s series over the last 9 days: “The Truth About Cancer – A Global Quest”. I’ve been studying cancer for about a decade, for my own personal interest, yet I still found stacks of new information in this series including up-to-date research and more recent breakthroughs in preventing and treating cancer. I especially enjoyed the segment on essential oils, which I’m about to finally take the plunge and fill my home with!
The final episode has excerpts from an interview with Jordan Rubin, author of NY Times Bestseller,”The Maker’s Diet”, who shares his story about how he healed his own cancer in 2008. He was told that 100% of people with his cancer will die from it, and was given 3 months to live. I have enormous respect for Jordan, and his book “The Maker’s Diet” is still the benchmark by which I weigh other perspectives on health by.
He set about going after his healing with great intentionality, and was successful in seeing that thing turn on its head. Brilliant!
I came across this testimony of how Jordan journeyed through healing cancer and the 5 keys we can use to unlock conquering faith in all challenges. The talk is called “To Hell with Cancer!” I hope you find it as inspiring as I did.
I thought I’d give you a glimpse into our pantry and fridge, and show you how we eat most of the time. I think it’s fairly simple, just natural, whole ingredients, and organic where possible and affordable. We also have a few specialty ingredients that we use sometimes.
So here’s what our pantry usually looks like after shopping day (photos taken a month ago). Where it’s just way too expensive to buy organic varieties, we try and find the next best thing. Our local supermarket for example has some ‘natural’ range products that are more affordable, and some of these things we use less regularly anyway (eg. almond meal, maple syrup). A lot of things we buy in bulk bags, such as flour, nuts and dried fruit. Also, our dairy produce in New Zealand is grass-fed and so we don’t buy organic dairy or meat (but do free-range chickens).
You’ll notice there’s some things there that aren’t all that healthy (like the bought crackers, which are convenient carriers for healthy toppings!), but we aren’t 100% perfect and aren’t trying to be!
Flour and Baking Ingredients
Gluten-free/aluminium-free baking powder
Coconut amino sauce
Pure maple syrup
Nuts, Seeds, Dried Fruit
Natural raw nut mix (almonds, pecans, brazils, walnuts)
Seed blend (LSAP)
Oils and Vinegars
Extra virgin coconut oil
Cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
Red wine vinegar
Fermented soy sauce
Jasmine white rice
Popcorn (always organic)
Millet (used infrequently)
Amaranth (used infrequently)
Canned coconut cream
Canned chick peas
100% bean pasta
Tomato passata sauce
Homemade buckwheat cereal
Large rolled oats
Store-bought oat bars
Organic herbal tea
Dr Mercola Protein powder
Moringa leaf powder
Braggs nutritional seasoning
Various dried herbs
In Our Fridge
This is about the fullest our fridge ever looks, as we have various leftovers in there, some chicken bones to turn into stock, and some bags of flour! I can also spot some blueberries that we picked ourselves, and about 4 jars of sauerkraut. Generally, the staples are:
Double organic cream
Free range eggs
Pesto (maybe once a month for this)
Kombucha mushies (haven’t made kombucha in a while)
Homemade ACV drink
Homemade iced tea concentrate
Meat and frozen berries are in the freezer, also some frozen homemade stocks
Usually we eat naturally fermented sour dough bread, as we can get some amazing artisan bread for a great price the day after it’s baked. But we’re looking at cutting out grains for a while just to tidy up a few health issues that are lingering. Instead I’m making flax bread and keep slices in the freezer ready to go, or using leftovers and making cooked lunches.
So there you go! We’re spending inside the average range for a family of our size: $230-$359/wk (NZ stats for 2013, from lower to moderate range). The weeks I blow the budget is usually because we’ve stocked up on something or bought supplements.
We’re going to make some cut backs on our grocery bill this year but more on that another time. I’d like to get it down to $200-250/wk without compromising our health. That’s going to take some serious creativity!
I just wanted to share this great site with you. Miranda Nelson is a international speaker, model, author, visionary, and all-round beautiful person. She has a range of printed tank tops and t-shirts that I love, as they make identity-affirming statements which I’m all about, and part of the proceeds go to support ‘Project Orphans’ who aim to provide safe homes for children in dangerous situations. If you’ve been around my blog for a while, you will know that loving orphans is really important to me!
Miranda also has a great blog filled with wisdom on health, food, beauty and other things. I encourage you to take a look. You’ll be blessed.
It’s taken years to be truly on this path to freedom, but here I am in 2014 finally able to embrace who I am, and whose I am. And I don’t plan on retreating back to where I once was!
We have an unfortunate cultural trait in our country called ‘Tall Poppy Syndrome’. It’s common enough for there to be a name to it. When a person stands taller from the crowd, they are pulled down or cut down with words so they no longer stand tall. It’s sometimes overt and sometimes more subtle, but the outcome is the same – to prevent another person from rising to all they could and should be, so that another feels better about themselves. It’s the opposite than what Heaven intends for our country, which a culture of true honour, comradeship and courage, and a People that will cheer on others in their chosen path.
I have been on the receiving end of this, and without doubt I’ve probably hurt others in this way. I can only repent for where I have partnered with this myself, and pray the Lord keeps me sensitive and humble from walking in it again!
What we want in the Body of Christ is for EVERY PERSON to walk in fullness, and in that way we are all better for it! We can honour the unique voice of one another, and enjoy and celebrate the brilliance that shines from each person.
My Journey in Becoming a ‘Tall Poppy’
For many years, and more so since becoming a mother, I’ve frequently been on the receiving end of jealousy, cutting down, and revilement, because others have desired what I have or have been jealous of what I am capable of. It has caused me to withdraw, be silenced, and isolate myself from others. Sometimes, it’s been shrouded in religious language, or a ‘minor’ reason given instead of the ‘main’ reason that hides what it really is. Other times the responsibility has been put back on me, as though the cause is me – I’m causing insecurities to rise up in others, or intimidating women because I am skilled and gifted in areas that others may not be. I’ve been pressured to hide my light, to be less of myself, to enhance my struggles and shortcomings so that others feel better about themselves.
But do you know that excluding others, cutting off or cutting down someone, or withdrawing your friendship or care of someone because you perceive them to as the source for your discomfort, is really unloving and based on a lie? And at times, the victorious life they lead might actually be the result of years of perseverance, cost and sacrifice? Or perhaps an outpouring of favour of the Lord they have grown in, to be celebrated and cheered on?
Here’s a snapshot.
I love my husband and children. I very rarely need time away from them. I do need time by myself to re-energise at times, but it’s not because I’m fed up with them. It’s because I’m an introvert that likes to sit and read, listen and think. So I don’t crave the time out of the home without my family that others might. I also love spending time with other families, and I don’t crave women-only get togethers. Rejoice with me that I’m different and what a change the Lord has brought about in my heart – when I first got married I wasn’t sure I wanted children, as I was still hurting from my parents’ divorce. Whata transformation God has done in my life!
I don’t believe my way of parenting is the best/only/right way.Truly. I have many convictions about things that are right for our own family, but that doesn’t mean I think it’s the best way for your family. Those decisions that we all have to make about raising children, eating, Church fellowship, homeschooling or public school – they are all things that we can only be responsible for ourselves and not for others! I freely and joyfully love to help others, hence this blog as one example. But if you decide a different way, then go for it and be the best you can! So celebrate with me the victories and the courage it has taken to go against the mainstream, as we have pursued the best plan for our family.
I (usually) have a well-ordered and clean home. My mother set a wonderful example for me. I also learned young how to do this, as from 11 I lived without my mother under the same roof. It became necessary if I wanted clean clothes! Celebrate with me God’s redemptive purpose that has come about, and that he has brought strength and excellence into my life as a homemaker. It’s come at great cost.
I love to be home with my children and am glad for the blessing to homeschool them.I’ve had hard days. Really hard days! But the vast majority of the time we enjoy ourselves and my children are thriving and doing well. But the cost of living off one income is I only get a haircut once a year, we wear our clothes out (except the kids who benefit from a very generous Nanna!), we don’t get out of town to see family often, and a thousand other things we can’t afford to do. Worth it? Yes yes yes! So tell me I’m doing a great job and encourage me. Don’t tear down homeschooling because it offends your worldview or theology, or gossip about me because you see imperfection or you feel inadequate yourself. Be the best ‘you’, and encourage me to do the same!
I love to create a warm and hospitable environment for people to come to.It’s true – before you arrive at my home, I will often whisk around and pick up things that you might trip on, check the toilet for any ‘surprises’ my children may have inadvertently left, and perhaps wipe down the dining room table where you may place your coffee cup on arrival. Enjoy the place I’ve created for you to enter into. Embrace the English cultural background I come from, where you can sit and be served rather than the more common way in our culture of being told to ‘help yourself’ or ‘make yourself at home’( which is fine too). This is how I do hospitality – be blessed by it!
I love to create nourishing meals for my family and am good at it. I had to learn young, and at 11 I was cooking roasts and making school lunches. God has used those difficult circumstances and turned them into something good, something helpful, a blessing to my family, and also to others that have been on the receiving end of my generosity. Please, rejoice with me at His goodness expressed in my life!
I’m frequenting on the receiving end of the Father’s generosity and our family find ourselves with abundant provision that is beyond logic.Rejoice with me in the goodness of God! It has sometimes come at the cost of many times of enduring faith and hope, tears and prayer, and we ourselves have been generous with all we have in our hands, at times with extraordinary sacrifice.
You probably won’t catch me posting photos on Facebook of my messy lounge, my baking fails, or any other imperfectness – not because I don’t have those days like every other mother, but because I choose to celebrate the victories and strive for the excellence that I know is in me.
I’m not perfect. I fail daily. There is grace daily. I’m utterly dependent on Him.
I am a beautiful, gifted, beloved child of the Father. I love who He’s created me to be, and love my life, and I love growing in who I am in greater measure. Rejoice with me that God has taken brokenness and grief and turned it to wholeness and joy. He’s brought beauty from the ashes. I will no longer hide my light!
And He can do the very same thing with you.
“The church is God’s body, where every member is welcomed, accepted, loved and valued as a contribution. There is room for us to live in Christ while we are learning to be Christlike. This means we make space for the ugly and the beautiful in all of us to grow and change.” From MANIFESTING YOUR SPIRIT (Graham Cooke)
Here are a handful of my favourite magazines for some whole family reading. I love to sit down in the quiet with a magazine and flick through short articles on all kinds of different things. It’s definitely one of my favourite ways to re-charge.
Seasons at Home
This is a great read that seeks to minister to homemakers and their families by providing encouragement for mothers, homemaking tips, DIY projects, homeschooling, recipes, crafts and more.
‘From Scratch’ is a free bi-monthly online magazine for the modern homesteader and for living life simply. You’ll pick up heaps of great ideas for your home on gardening, food, DIY projects, homemade products and more.
Answersis the Creation Science magazine published by ‘Answers in Genesis’, and reaches 200,000 homes each quarter. It’s packed full of relevant articles on the latest creation science news while also having an apologetics and theological perspective through which to understand culture. While I don’t share all of Ken Ham’s theology in its entirety, I so appreciate the solid science and his dedication to defending a creation science worldview through the written word.
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
The Old Schoolhouse Magazineis a free online magazine by The Old Schoolhouse that is packed full of homeschool encouragement and resources. Read my review here. They also publish a print version, which for 2014 has over 300 pages of homeschool goodness. I have a copy in my hands which I’m still not finished. This edition features Deborah Wuehler, Todd Wilson, Heidi St. John, Andrew Pudewa and many other homeschool greats, including my talented online friend Bonnie Rose Hudson who is completely fantastic.
Nature Friend is a creation-based children’s nature magazine for the whole family to enjoy. There is opportunity for your children to submit different contributions as well. This is one we haven’t gotten ourselves yet but plan to at some stage in future.
Voice of the Martyrs
We have joined the mailing list for the NZ branch of ‘Voice of the Martyrs’ and they send out a magazine a few times a year with the latest news and ways to partner with this mission. I wholeheartedly recommend supporting their ministry if you have a heart for the oppressed and persecuted. Visit the US website or NZ website for more information.
Relevantis another magazine that I haven’t physically had in my hands yet but I’ve been enjoyed the articles online for some time, plus some of the worship sessions that have been recorded by Relevant. The magazine is targeted at the 20 and 30-something age group, and covers topics of ‘faith, culture and intentional living’. The digital magazine is free to view, and the print versionis a very small $6 for 6 months.
Answers for Kids
Answers for Kids is the children’s magazine from Answers in Genesis, and contains just 8 pages that fold out, with a theme each time that fills the pages.
God’s World News
We subscribed to this super magazine last year and even with the international postage it’s still incredible value for a monthly magazine for each of my children. The different editions cater for different age groups, and cover the same content but age appropriately. This is definitely one of our favourite homeschool resources.
** Update on ‘God’s World News’ – the magazine have decided to halve the number of print editions per year from 10 down to 5, and in the month’s between your child will receive an e-mail instead. There are less print edition options also. The cost remains the same. In my opinion, this is no longer the fantastic value that was offered before so I no longer recommend it, but you might still decide it’s worth it for your family. **
For the past 12 months, we’ve adopted a method of gardening, sometimes called the ‘no dig’ method, and more recently popularised by the super documentary ‘Back to Eden’, which is free to view online.
With summer just behind us and the cooler months approaching, I thought it would be a good opportunity to pass on how we’ve done over the last 6 months.
In all honesty, the weekends have been so filled with other activity since Christmas that our little garden has been somewhat neglected. We just let the summer months roll by, and enjoyed the produce that came from it, when really we should have continued with the relatively small amount of maintenance that it needed to thrive.
So I’ll pass on some things we’ve learned in this process, and the how we’re moving forward from here.
Fresh wood chips
It’s all about the covering, right? What we really needed to continue with, was adding cover on top of the existing wood chips. Because we didn’t start from scratch initially, we couldn’t just heap 6 inches of cover on top of our existing plants. So we put down compost first, then added wood chips on the top but not at a thickness that was going to produce the kind of results we wanted. Decomposing just takes time – there’s no rushing nature!
Our wood chips have been decomposing nicely, but we have needed to keep adding fresh wood chips on the top. The other thing the garden could greatly benefit from is some chicken manure or similar.
Our plan is to source some wood chips locally (we had bought them in from out of town) and keep a supply elsewhere in our back yard. This way, we can keep the garden replenished. We also want to make use of living on the coast and collect up some seaweed from the beach to use on the garden. I’ve been told by a local veteran gardener that it’s the trick to the hugest and juiciest strawberries. Here’s a great write-up on why to use seaweed.
In the meantime, last weekend we put some fresh mulch on top of our existing wood chips, and will keep doing this through the winter months.
Our weeds have definitely decreased significantly. But as we slackened on the cover, there are patches in our garden where there is little cover and some weeds have come up. Because we’ve had the wood chips and it has lessened the weeds, it probably lulled us into a false sense of security as we didn’t feel the need to tend to the garden! We’re paying for it now, as we’re having to put some work in. But we’re happy with getting through a long hot summer with not too much that’s sprouted.
You can see from this photo, we have way too much clay and not enough decomposed wood chips underneath.
Again, because our soil health has needed some attention, namely some manure and/or nutrients, some of our leafy greens were a little woody instead of being juicy with water. The outside leaves particularly, and that is where we had some problems with insects or clusters of insect eggs. The inner, juicy leaves were insect free, even those exposed to the air. It just goes to show that the principles do work if you actually use them.
We enjoyed plenty of summer harvest through the warm months, including different varieties of tomatoes, spinach, squash, and towards the end, pumpkins and butternuts. Next year, we’ll be better at preparing for the upcoming season and planning ahead. We still have time to get seedlings in for the winter, but it will be from seedlings we purchase from the garden store and not our own seeds.
Lessons Learned from Our First Year
Our little garden with the remains of summer’s growth
The soil is a living organism. We need to remember to continue to replenish the cover and check that the soil underneath is damp and rich.
While transitioning our garden to this method, we need to still water sometimes through dryer periods until there is adequate nourished soil underneath our wood chips.
Healthy soil makes for healthy plants, and less weed and insect problems.
Manure and sea weed are great for ongoing soil health!
In 6 months time, I hope to tell you that we’ve found a rhythm to keeping our garden maintained and healthy!
The last month has flown by again, and we’re feeling like our family is in a relatively good rhythm going into the winter. We have enough commitments outside our family life for now, and the kids are settled into some good routines. Here’s hoping we can cruise a bit for a while, after a couple of months of some really stretching circumstances. Love the outcome of faith having grown, but do not love the process as much.
In the Kitchen
Take a break from your gluten-free living and enjoy these simple Cornish pasties from Jamie Oliver. I can’t imagine how a Cornish pastie would taste with gluten-free pastry, but if you have a recipe feel free to prove me wrong.
Trim Healthy Mama – it’s taken me a while to get hold of my own copy, but I’ve decided to give this a read and see what all the fuss is about. So many people I know are using this eating plan. I’ll let you know in the coming months what I think. So far, I like the emphasis on increasing healthy fats in your diet.
Here’s an informative article on agave nectar that I encourage you to read.
Last month I linked up a post at Wellness Mama on how to re-mineralise your teeth. Here’s another well written post on oil pulling.
On the Homeschool Front
I’m going to be adding ‘Life of Fred’ Math to our homeschool curriculum soon. I’ve only ever heard great things about these books, but we’re going to supplement our existing Math-U-See rather than replace it. This series of books bring Math alive to children through stories.
We have switched things around a bit for a month (in case you missed it, read ‘Mix it up May’). So far, all is going well and our learning times feel like they’ve freshened up a bit. I recommend doing this if you’re children start to drag their feet behind them!
We’ve picked up our ‘All About Spelling’ again after an extended break. This really is a great spelling program and I find my daughter instantly picks up the rules. Here’s an article from All about Spelling on learning spelling logically: Spelling Can Be Easy When It’s Logical
We were blessed to listen to Loren Cunningham twice yesterday, who is currently on tour with his wife Darlene in New Zealand. He has a fresh challenge for us seeing a bible in every home, in every nation. Listen in here.
All Sons and Daughters have released a new self-titled album. Listen to the whole thing here at Relevant.
Quote of the Month
‘To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today’. – Unknown
I’ve got some posts tucked away and ready to go for this month on our ‘Back to Eden’ garden, Maestro Classics, Story of the World for Christian families, some of our favourite magazine reads, plus a few other things.
We are currently enjoying the cool of autumn’s arrival, after a long, beautiful hot summer. March is my favourite month of the year.Last weekend’s berry picking left us with just a small bag of berries, as the last of the summer berries have finished.Soon will be root vegetables and casseroles coming out of the kitchen.
On that note, here are a couple of recipes that I’ll be trying soon.
We’re enjoying Supercharged Science at the moment, and I’ll be posting a review next week.This week has been about minerals and genetics.We love our Apologia Science. But I’ve found Supercharged Science has given us a fresh boost of inspiration and new knowledge and perspective that has breathed life into our homeschool.Perhaps we’ll keep doing both for a while!
I enjoyed this really neat music video of a couple’s bump to baby progress. It had over a million views in 2 days.
This month I’ve been enjoying worship from the fantastic Josh and Amberley Klinkenburg, and All Sons and Daughters.Josh and Ambs have released an EP called ‘Our Love’, which you can pick up on i-tunes. And All Sons and Daughters have released a live album available on their site.
Have a listen – you’ll be blessed.
Quote of the Month
And finally, some brilliance from Bill Johnson of Bethel Redding:
“When our passion for God fails to find its expression in joy, it will often find expression in legalism.” Bill Johnson
I hope you find some great things to read, watch and eat on this post.
Have a great week friends!
PS. Due to when the Review Crew due dates fall, you’ll be getting 3 days of nature study posts from me between 7th and 9th, then a science review on the 10th. But then your inbox will have a 6 day break until the 16th. I hope you don’t feel swamped!
I want to share these free online episodes I’ve been enjoying of Dr Caroline Leaf teaching on the connection between our brains with our soul and spirit, and the science behind our thoughts and choices from a faith-based perspective. I believe this is potentially life-changing teaching that will help you take control of your thought life with intention and purpose.
Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication Pathology.
I listened to a set of Dr Leaf’s DVDs a few years ago, and so was thrilled recently to see that she is now online for you all to enjoy. As you listen to these, you will hopefully find your awareness of your thought life will increase, and you can work with the Holy Spirit as your Guide to take you into a place of greater freedom and health.
Dr Leaf is currently doing a 13-episode series on TBN (USA) where she is covering her research on overcoming toxic and negative thinking. So take a look and let me know what you think!