I love my family. My husband and I have been married since 2001, and we have four sons. Troy is 19, Isaiah is 13, John is 12, and Trey is 7. We have a dog (he’s a boxer) and eight chickens. Our dog’s name is Mac, and I won’t take the time to list out all the chickens’ names. I am the only person in my family who isn’t adopted. My husband, our boys, and our animals are all living with families that they weren’t born into. We adopted John and Isaiah when they were 5 and 6, and Troy and Trey were adopted about a year and a half later, when Troy was 13 and Trey was 2. All four of them were in the foster system when they came to us. They are all great kids and we have an awesome family. We have had our share of struggles, like most families, but I wouldn’t trade it. I am proud of all of them, husband included. I’m excited to share more of our history and our experiences through my blog.
Eating right isn’t as easy as eating the typical American diet. My family went from eating frozen meals and pasta to eating nutrient-dense whole foods, and we are all better for it. It has been a process! I started out just figuring out how to feed myself and cook for myself, and once I got comfortable with that, I took the big step into feeding a family of six with quality, whole foods. It takes time and discipline, and it costs more, but what is more important? Am I going to skimp on quality food so I can buy my kid an I-pad? To pay the cable bill? So I can have a bigger shoe collection? So I can start each day with a $5 cup of coffee? Every cell in our bodies is affected by the foods we eat, and knowing that makes choosing healthy, nutrient-dense foods an easy decision. My job as a mom is to protect and love my kids, and that means that I am going to spend the money and take the time to fuel their bodies properly. The most difficult part is when the kids (and the husband) aren’t at home, and I have to accept the fact that they often make poor choices when it comes to the food they are putting in their bodies. I know that they are learning good habits, though, and when they’re older they will be able to fuel their bodies well and take good care of their own families. I’m looking forward to having some healthy grandbabies someday!