Parenting Priorities

I’ve had this poem taped to my kitchen cupboards for several month now. It’s been a good reminder to me that spending time with my daughter is more important than my big to-do list. I hope it’s an encouragement to you as well.

I took His Hand and Followed
By. Mrs. Roy L. Peifer

My dishes went unwashed today,
I didn’t make the bed,
I took his hand and followed
Where his eager footsteps led.

Oh yes, we went adventuring,
My little son and I…
Exploring all the great outdoors
Beneath the summer sky

We waded in a crystal stream,
We wandered through a wood…
My kitchen wasn’t swept today
But life was gay and good.

We found a cool, sun-dappled glade
And now my small son knows
How Mother Bunny hides her nest,
Where jack-in-the-pulpit grows.

We watched a robin feed her young,
We climbed a sunlit hill…
Saw cloud-sheep scamper through the sky,
We plucked a daffodil.

That my house was neglected,
That I didn’t brush the stairs,
In twenty years, no one on earth
Will know, or even care.

But that I’ve helped my little boy
To noble manhood grow,
In twenty years, the whole wide world
May look and see and know.

The Truth about Bottled Water

Many people assume that bottled water is healthier than water from the tap. What they may not realize is what they’re getting may not be any better than tap water. In fact, name-brand companies such as Dasani and Aquafina actually use just that, tap water. Consumers often pay 1,000 times more for bottled water, an unregulated and sometimes even inferior product. Images of sparkling mountain streams and gushing springs seduce the consumer right into a scam. That’s money being poured right down the drain!

Not only is the bottled water itself an issue, the plastic it’s packaged in is an environmental hazard. 60 million water bottles are thrown into landfills each DAY! Although recycling the bottles is better than throwing them away it still doesn’t solve the problem. Even if everyone recycled their water bottles there is still the issue of all the fossil fuels needed to make them in the first place, transport them across the country and then recycle them. Re-using the bottles isn’t the best option either because they are made from polyethylene terephthalate or PET plastic (Recycle code #1), a plastic made for one-time use only.

Consider a better and healthier alternative, reusable bottles. Stainless steel or aluminum (Sigg brand) water bottles don’t release any chemicals and leave your water tasting clean and fresh. My family uses stainless steel bottles made by Klean Kanteen. You can even purchase them with sippy lids for toddlers! Here’s where I bought mine: Reusablebags.com

While tap water is generally safe many of us feel better taking an additional step to insure healthy water. In-home water filtration is the best option out there. It’s more environmentally friendly, healthier and cheaper than bottled water. I’ve been using a Brita pitcher filter but am looking into upgrading to a Berkey filter. I love that it’s powered by gravity and doesn’t require any fancy hookup to the faucet. Apparently it can even filter straight lake water! That would be fun to try! I will probably purchase the fluoride removing attachment as well. If any of you have experience with this particular water filter please let me know. I’m eager to try it! I’ll be sure to let you know how I like it.

Comparison of Popular Water Filters

Sources: Earth Policy Institute, Bottled Water Blues

Live in the Moment

"Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.”
~Corita Kent

Wordless Wednesday: Journey

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“Too often we are so preoccupied with the destination, we forget the journey.”

Reflections on 2007

image Looking back over this past year I’m pleased at the changes we’ve been able to make for our health. Each step we take towards better health is a step in the right direction, no matter how small. If there’s one thing I’ve learned though it’s that there are no guarantees. Sometimes I think if I just eliminate all toxins from our lives, eat well, get enough sleep and do what I’m supposed to then everything will be fine. But the truth is we aren’t in control even though we’d like to think we are. All we can do is to try our best with what we have and what we know.

There is one vital element to good health that I have neglected to mention so far. At times this past year I’ve tried to live healthily without it and it just isn’t possible. We are holistic creatures who are intricately designed. Each part of our lives affects the other parts. When I neglect my spiritual life the rest of my life suffers. All of life is spiritual. I’ve learned that I need God each and every day. I had lost my joy and my peace trying to control my life and thought I knew what was best for me and my family. I finally came to the point where I let go of the control I thought I had and let my Heavenly Father take the wheel. I guess I didn’t realize that God’s commands aren’t something we have to do to appease Him but are the way to true, whole living. Jesus himself is life! The life He calls us to is the best kind of life. The life He calls us to isn’t free of pain however. The trick is to learn from pain and grow through it. Just like pain protects our bodies from further injury, pain in life helps us know we’re alive! It was through experiencing pain that I cried out to God and he came to my rescue! Since then he’s given me such JOY! Joy is the theme of my life now. The joy He’s given me has done more for my health than any supplement or food can do. Pursuing good health is still a strong passion of mine and spending time with my heavenly father is the beginning of it.

May each of you experience every facet of good health this next year!

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