Cheek Update…

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So, I figured it was time I update everyone on how my youngest son’s cheeks look now.

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It took about 6 weeks, but his cheeks are finally healed!!!!

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I am SO happy that his cheeks are baby smooth again! If you want a reminder of what his cheeks looked like before, check out my other post on eczema here.

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It took a combination of eliminating certain foods from his diet – foods he is sensitive to and foods that are high in histamine (here is a list) – as well as using this great eczema cream from Tubby Todd Bath Co. and taking two natural supplements. One is D-Hist which helps you naturally detox histamine. The other one, which really made the difference, is HistDAO which helps your body break down the histamine in food. (Disclaimer: I am NOT a medical professional and I am not sharing these supplements for diagnostic and treatment purposes of others. I am simply telling you what my chiropractor did for us. If you have concerns about your health, I would encourage you to talk to your doctor, functional medicine doctor, or other medical professional.)

Some people naturally make less of the enzyme DAO (diamine oxidase) than others, which may make it more difficult to break down the histamine in foods. To read more on this, visit here. I am interested in knowing whether my son has this issue or not. That is one reason why I am going to genetically test him for some SNPS.

SNPs stands for single nucleotide polymorphisms. They are the most common type of genetic variation among people. (Definition from the U.S National Library of Medicine) There are two main SNPs I am concerned with, MTHFR and DOA (AOC1).

I have ordered an Advanced Methylation Panel test from Maximized Genetics. The reasons I went with them are that they offer an easy cheek swab to collect the DNA, they destroy the DNA after they have tested it, and they give you an easy to read result. If you are interested at all, check them out at Maximizedgenetics.com. (This is an affiliate link, so if you purchase a product you will be helping support my family!) They have many different panels that can give you insight into how your body works together and what you could do to improve your health!

When I get the results back, I will be sure to share them with you!

Let me know if you have questions! I don’t know a lot, but I have found some good sources and would love to share them as you are on your health journey!

Elise

 

 

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The Worries of Motherhood

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As mothers, we fall into the trap of worry all too often. There are so many balls to keep in the air as moms-so many hats to wear. As I was reading in Luke this week, I ran across the account of Jesus staying behind in Jerusalem.

Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.
-Luke 2:41-51

As the story unfolds, we see Mary and Joseph searching high and low to find their son, just like any parents would in this situation. Mary reveals that she and Joseph had been “searching in great distress.” Wouldn’t you have been? I know that if I left my middle school boy in a different city and drove a day away from it, then had to drive a day back, I would be a bundle of nerves and worry. That’s a lot of time to come up with ‘What ifs’ and worst case scenarios.  The only difference is that Mary KNEW Jesus was the Son of God. So wouldn’t she have KNOWN that God would protect Him…that He would be safe? Why doesn’t she lean on God as she goes about this search for the Son God entrusted to her? But of course, Mary is just like every other mother on the planet-broken and human. Isn’t that freeing? The mother of Jesus struggled with worry and fear…and she was raising GOD! If we want to compare ourselves here, we only find an ally in our struggles as a mom.

It seems as though Mary is caught up in everyday life as a mother. I know I get caught up in the laundry, tantrums, back-talk, and potty-training. Maybe she has been consumed in this moment with her responsibilities instead of seeing herself as a partner with God to bring up Jesus. This is something I want to grasp, but don’t in the hard moments of the day. When my son tests my patience, I can ask God for help, but usually I don’t. When my children are sick, I can ask God for healing and endurance, but sometimes I forget. When my kids are disrespectful and mean, I can ask God for grace upon grace, but often I yell and back-talk, too. These tiny humans are made in God’s image for His purposes-they are HIS! I tend to put all the pressure of raising up godly boys on myself, which ultimately takes away from God’s divine work and presence. He wants to come along side us as parents.

Instead of trying to do this alone, I want to rest in the beautiful truth that Jesus has redeemed my soul, as well as my parenting! Praise God!

Elise

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A Family Shaped By Grace

Have you ever spent a holiday with your family and wondered why it felt like such a chore? Do you find yourself walking on eggshells around certain family members because you aren’t sure how they might respond to you? Are there some people in your family that you avoid because being around them is too challenging?

If so, know that there is a better way, and it’s all about grace!

A Family Shaped by Grace is a new book coming out on June 6th that I have had the privilege of reading before it’s release. Gary Morland, the author, had a crumbling family. Finally, he got to the point where he wanted to do something different. His way wasn’t working. He started attending Bible study and met a man named Harold. This man would slowly, patiently love on Gary and teach him a better way to relate to and bless his family. This book is about the things he learned. They have helped him have a family shaped by grace instead of duty, anger, fear, or disappointment.

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What I love about this book is the practical ways Gary gives you to gently change how you view your family and how you relate to them. If you are at all invested in a family (which is everyone) or working with families in a professional way (teachers, pastors, counselors, social workers, etc.), this book is for you!

P.S.-Right now, the book is 40% off if you pre-order on Amazon or Barnes and Noble! Purchase your copy now if you want to get along with the people in your life who matter most!