The Lowdown on Stomach Acid!

 

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Yep!  That’s right!  All these years I thought I had too MUCH acid in the old tummy!

I’ve been doing some deeper research on this – while learning more about fermented foods – and it seems that our stomach NEEDS acid!  Who knew?

SYMPTOMS

Let’s start off with some of the symptoms of  low stomach acid or in clinical terms, “Hypochlorhydria” …

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I can check off at least HALF of these!  No wonder eating fermented (acidic) foods helps!

 

What CAUSES Low Stomach Acid? 

What are some of the causes of low stomach acid you ask? I was really surprised by some of these…

• Poor diet
• Stress
• Eating too fast
• Zinc/Magnesium deficiency
• Age
• High Sugar Intake
• Antacid medications and prescription drugs
• Food allergies or food sensitivities
• Infection or inflammation
• Chronic illness
• Smoking
• Obesity
• Excessive exercise 

And that’s not all of the possible causes!  I sure wish I had known all of this sooner!

Natural “fixes”

So, how can we increase our stomach acid naturally?   I drink brone broth and kombucha already, so I was tickled to see those two on this list from Dr. Axe – these are some foods that help boost stomach acid – making my shopping list from this graphic!

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To help lower your stomach acid try to avoid these things….

  • Alcohol
  • Carbonated beverages, sugary drinks or energy drinks
  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • Fried foods
  • Spicy foods
  • Processed foods

 

Boosting your stomach acid naturally is easier than you might think!  Here are a few ways you can do that…

♦  Eat fermented foods – Kombucha, kimchi, ACV (apple cider vinegar), sauerkraut, pickles, yogurt, Kefir – anything that is fermented helps boost your gut flora and increase stomach acid.

♦  Take a good probiotic daily.  We take Life 9 Probiotic.  It’s a proprietary, high-potency probiotic that combines 17 billion live cultures from nine beneficial bacteria strains. It helps promote healthy digestion, supports gut health, and helps maintain normal intestinal function for the overall support of a healthy immune system*.   I’d be happy to chat more about our favorite probiotic!

♦  Eat Ginger!  Ginger has great anti-inflammatory properties.  Remember, inflammation is one of the causes of low stomach acid.

♦  Take smaller bites of food and chew slower! This will stimulate your digestive enzymes.


 

This quote from Tribali Foods Blog really made me think…

“Doctors prescribe acid-suppressants and because those medications “put out the fire” by neutralizing gastric acid and create a more alkaline environment, which relieves the pain. But as we know, heartburn, indigestion, and acid reflux result from too little stomach acid rather than too much.

Until you address the problem of low stomach acid, you might rely on acid-suppressing drugs that only mask your symptoms. Again, you experience reflux and indigestion not because of too much acid, but because of misplaced acid that has found its way past the lower esophageal sphincter.”

WOW !!!!!  That’s like putting a band-aid on the problem instead of focusing in on correcting it!  I took PPIs (proton pump inhibitors)  for years!  Little did I know that they can actually do more harm than good and may even contribute to digestive system cancers with long term use!

Personally, I will never take any type of antacids again!  Here’s a short list of side effects from Antacids – OTC and prescription from Dr. Axe

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That’s just wayyyyyy too many side effects for me!!  I’ll stick to DiGize Essential Oil roll-on and using some of the suggestion above!

Stay healthy until next time !

 

 

 

Blessings ~

Heather

 

 

 

 

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Curry Chicken!

One of the healthiest, most delicious dishes that my husband prepares! I could eat this every single night! Do you like Curry Chicken too?

Who wants the recipe?

Here it is!

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CURRY CHICKEN

Ingredients:

1 to 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 stick of butter

Cayenne pepper

Curry powder

2 to 3 medium onions

2 to 3 pods of garlic (optional)

6 to 8 Roma tomatoes

2 lemons

1 cup of Basmati rice

2 cups of water

Prep:

Cut chicken into bite-size pieces (1 inch cubes).

Put butter into 13 x 9 baking dish.

Dice onion into bite-size pieces.

Mince garlic.

Dice tomatoes into bite-size pieces.

Juice both lemons (include pulp, discard seeds)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°. While oven is preheating, place baking dish with butter into oven.

When the butter has melted, remove dish and stir chicken chunks in the butter.

Sprinkle Cayenne pepper to taste and then generously sprinkle Curry powder over chicken, and then place baking dish back into oven (by this time the oven should be preheated. Let chicken cook for 20 minutes, and then remove dish from oven.

Add the onions and garlic to dish and stir well. Spread ingredients out in the pan, and then generously sprinkle Curry powder a second time as before. Place dish back into the oven and let it cook for 25 minutes, and then remove dish from oven.

Add the tomatoes and lemon juice to dish and stir well. Again, spread ingredients out in the pan, and then generously sprinkle Curry powder a third time as before. Place dish back into the oven and let it cook for 25 minutes, and then remove dish from oven. While dish is on its last 25 minutes, pour the water into a 3 quart saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the rice. Stir to ensure that all of the rice has been covered water. Place lid on saucepan and let simmer for 20 minutes. Don’t stir or bother the rice for the full 20 minutes.

Remove saucepan from heat and set aside (do not remove lid).

Let dish rest for 5 minutes, and then serve over rice.

Enjoy!

Garden – Year 1

 

This is our first year of a full garden!  Full for us anyway.  Let me start at the beginning…

When we had to rehome our precious hens last year after the hurricane, our first thought was to sell the 2 pens we had put together as our enclosure for the chickens and their coops.  But winter came, time slipped away and then I had an epiphany!!!

Since we have 3 small dogs that would absolutely destroy a garden, I thought it would be a perfect place to put our very first “in-ground” garden!  I had done some container gardening up to this point, so I was really excited!!!!  The big bonus was the shade covers over the entire 30 x 10 area – the birds wouldn’t be able to swoop in for a fruit or veggie snack!

When our farmer market open this spring, I went to check it out…and there were starter plants!!!  Not knowing exactly what I was getting myself into, I got 4 containers of each of these plants:  Watermelon, Squash, Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, and Tomatoes!  I had already gotten 5 Strawberry plants from another homesteader friend.

I got the ground ready, and planted my little starter plants.  They were so cute!  I only used 2/3 of the area I had, but I soon realized that I was going to have to move some of those running plants!!!  I had NO idea how quickly they spread!

 

Now we have TONS of cucumbers, a good amount of squash, several nice sized watermelons developing – on in a hammock hanging from the fence (his fence mate fell off – I was wondering if it would hold or not – so he got his own hammock to finish growing!

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The tomato plants are HUGE and producing very well, the bell peppers are delicious and sort of at a standstill right now after picking all the mature “bells”.  I definitely need to do more research on the strawberries…they are a confusing bunch for me.

 

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All in all, it’s been a good season so far – we can’t wait for those melons to ripen!  But, I have alot of studying to do for next year!!  I’m thinking about some raised beds too, adding jalapeños, beans, onions, and we might try some potatoes!

At least now I know how much room all those vining plants need!!!!!!

Until next time…

Blessings ~

Heather

 

 

DNA Kit – My Birthday Gift

 

For my 58th birthday last month my youngest daughter, Melinda, gave me a DNA kit from AncestryDNA!

You see, I was adopted when I was 5 days old…my adoptive Mom and Dad brought me home straight from the hospital in Chicago, IL to my brother who had been adopted from another family 6 months before…he was almost 3 years old at the time.

Here’s the Readers Digest version of my life so we can get right to the DNA test and my results…

My {adoptive} parents separated when I was 6 months old.  My brother stayed with my Dad in Morris, IL and I, being an infant and all, went with my Mom to my Aunt’s house in Virginia, IL for awhile.  I never knew I had a brother until I was 10ish – my Mom had told me I was adopted when I was around 8.

As time went on, I finally did meet my brother and my Dad (I’ll dispense with the “adoptive”… at this point they are my family!) and we had a long distance relationship.  My Dad passed away in 2007 and you can read all about him here.  My Mom passed away in July of 2018.

So….on to the birthday gift…

Ever since my three daughters were young they have always wanted me to find my birth family.  I can’t tell you how many times I have heard “I just want to know what your real Mom looked like”!  Of course I always wondered about them – did I look like them?  And of course I always wondered about my medical history too, especially now that I am getting older!

About 15 years ago I wrote to the Cook County Illinois Department of Vital Statistics to see about getting any non identifying information (in 1961 adoptions were “top secret”, not open like they are today) and the only information they gave me was that both of my biological parents were 16 and I was the first child for both of them.  That’s it.  That’s my family “history”. Until last week!

I mailed my DNA to Ancestry on February 26th and got text messages when they received it, started processing it, and then finally when it was done on March 17th I got an email!  I was about to cook breakfast before we headed out to church and I couldn’t believe it!!  The results were finally here!  Did I have any biological relatives?  Should I message them if I did?  Would I even be able to find them?  Would they message me back?  Did they know about me?  Would they accept me?  There were soooo many thoughts running through my head.  The first thing I did was text my daughters in our group text…the results are here!  Well, the mass texting began!

When I finally got control of my senses, I looked at the results and the first match (after my middle daughter – she did hers in January) was a man named Daniel Tvrz.  My first thought was – thank God his name isn’t something common like John Smith!!!  How many of those would I have to go through to find the right one?  My second thought was thank God his last name is so unique!  So…I sent Dan a Facebook message before I went to church.

We were all soooo excited all day, waiting to here what Dan had to say!  Early that evening he sent a reply – I didn’t see it until about 7pm.  We “talked” for a little bit and he WAS the “right” Dan, my first cousin – his Dad and my biological Mom were brother and sister!  Dan gave me his number so I called and we talked on the phone for a bit.  Another huge blessing is that Dan is a genealogy guru so I had tons of family history in minutes!  This was soooo much more than I ever could have imagined!!

Dan told me that I had a sister and 2 brothers in Morris, IL (where my adoptive Dad was from!), and then he contacted my sister, Trudi Tvrz, that night and she messaged me the next day!!  A sister!!!!  I had a sister!!!  And TWO brothers!  Trudi and I have been chatting on messenger for the past week…getting to know each other and she has been a huge help in helping me learn more about our Mom. Hopefully Trudi and I will get to meet soon!!!!

Sadly, my “real” Mom (as my girls would say when they were young) passed away in 2015 but Trudi and Dan have sent me many photos of her and I am learning more and more about her.   I have said my entire life that I am so grateful to her for putting me up for adoption rather than choosing abortion!!!  What a responsible decision for a 16 year old.  I applaud her for that and wish I had been able to tell her.

My Mother, Delores Tvrz Phillips

    

 

I also have 2 awesome 2nd-ish cousins that I have chatted with, Dan’s daughters – Bridgette and Kristina!  They have been so sweet and encouraging!  One day we are gonna do a road trip to TX to meet Dan and his family!

So….there you have it!!  My family.  People that look like me.  People that have the same DNA.  Until last week, the only people I knew that looked like me and had the same DNA were my 3 daughters and 5 grandkids!   I couldn’t be happier that my family has exploded into a huge, loving, family in the past week!  God is good y’all…God is so very good!

Until next time….

~Blessings

Heather

 

 

It’s time to LOSE some weight!

Actually, it’s way past time to lose it!  For those that don’t know, here’s the condensed back story…

In July of 2004 I had Gastric Bypass Surgery.  I weighed in at 308 pounds, had severe sleep apnea, was taking anti-inflammitories daily, and two types of blood pressure medication.  I was only 46 years old.  My second grandchild {my first granddaughter} was to be born in 2 months – my grandson was 13 months old.  I wanted to be able to play with them, carry them around for more than 5 minutes, and most of all…be alive to see them grow up!

 

The surgery was a HUGE success – no pun intended (well ok, maybe a little).  Over the next 11 months I lost 157 pounds – I was down to 151 and tickled pink!  I had fun playing and keeping up with my two grandbabies, and then 3 more grands after that!

2008

 

After 5 years or so, I got complacent.  I started to allow myself to do things I wasn’t supposed to do after having weight loss surgery.  I was drinking diet drinks, sometimes with a little “adult additives” (which brought about snacking on sweets), I was smoking again, and drinking caffeine…lots of it!  All the time know that these things were on my pre-surgical “no-no” list from day one.

NO…

  • Carbonation
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes
  • Sweets

 

Fast forward to today…I am 67 pounds, SIXTY SEVEN, heavier than my lowest post-surgical weight!  That’s totally unacceptable and inexcusable!

2019

 

So….yesterday, I started Intermittent Fasting!!!

I’m trying to work my way into it slowly.  If you know me, you know I LOVE my McDonald’s coffee in the morning – WITH cream and Splenda!

For now, until I can ditch the cream (ditched the Spenda today!!!),

I am drinking “dirty” coffee in my fasting window – but I figured at least it’s a start!!  My eating “window” is 12 noon – 8pm each day!

I’ll be updating my progress here to keep myself accountable.

If you have any tips, tricks, or advice drop them in the comments below!

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Until the next update….

 

Blessings ~

Heather

 

“You Are What You Eat”

Our health is determined by what we put IN our bodies (genetics too…but we have control of what we ingest)

As I have gotten older, I soooo wish I had actually CARED about nutrition and natural health when I was raising my girls (please forgive me Melanie, Melissa, and Melinda!!!)

Getting older doesn’t have to stink. BUT…if you are like me and didn’t pay attention to – or cared – what you put in your body up til this point, getting older will definitely make you re-think EVERY food choice…and also every choice about medications {or not}, natural choices, and toxic chemicals.

I am ready to meet Jesus and when He calls me home, I’m out! BUT…until then, I want to live a happy and healthier life – I wanna hang around as long as I can and spend time with my loved ones!

If this resonates with you…check out Dr. Hyman…click on his podcasts, read his articles, learn about health and the Gut-Brain connection!!!

Don’t wait til your old like me!

Blessings ~

 

Heather

A Father’s Influence

In reading my devotional this morning from InTouch Daily Devotions titled “A Father’s Influence”,  I was instantly flooded with emotions and memories and I knew immediately that those thoughts and memories would become this post.  I normally just share my underlined devos on Facebook, but this one needed special attention!

Daughters need their Dads.

As a Mom of 3 girls – now grown women – and also a woman that was raised without a Dad, I have a little bit of insight on how much a Dad {or lack of a “present” one} has an acute impact on daughters!

Most Dads have no idea how much of an impact they make on their daughters – not just in the early years, but especially long-term into adulthood!  A woman’s self-worth plays such an important role in choosing a boyfriend and then a husband, one who will eventually be their child’s Daddy!

Here is a little back story….

Being raised without a father in my life didn’t affect me at all…or so I thought!  Looking back, after much soul searching and some counseling, I know now that having a completely absent father formed my vision on what type of man I would date, who I chose to marry, and how I thought I should be treated as a woman.  It also left me emotionally crippled – not knowing how a man is supposed to treat a woman –  and with no male influence, I felt like a flailing fish out of water when it came to relationships with men.

After many “boyfriends” in high school (promiscuity is another trait of being fatherless), I chose who I believed to be the right one to marry – or more specifically, the one that would be a great husband and father.  I was married at 17 – 4 months pregnant.  He was 18.  Thankfully, he was a good husband and a great father…and then suddently, without warning, he had an “indiscretion” while away going to an Air Force training school.  I was crushed – my heart is still wounded to this day.  Then 5 years later, I did the same.

After almost 16 years of marriage, we were calling it quits.  It was mainly my decision – I just couldn’t get past the fact that he had cheated on me all those years ago…after 10 years of marriage and 3 little girls, I wasn’t good enough any more (there is that self-esteem issue that being fatherless can fuel).  We had been high school sweethearts, we had that pure and innocent love.  We were going to beat the odds of a teenage marriage.  What happened?

Our lives changed…our thoughts changed.  But I believe that our love never changed.  It just got sidetracked.  Sidetracked by work, sidetracked by his studying (he was getting a nursing degree via night school), sidetracked by his second job (to pay for that college degree), and sidetracked by our outside friendships.  All of those were players in our marital demise.

I made the decision to leave.  It was my choice.  In his eyes, I’m the “bad guy” – to this day, 26 years after our divorce.  Thankfully, my girls and I have the closest relationship that daughters can have with their Mom.  We have been a “package deal” since I left their Dad.  I have apologized to them for taking them away from him.  Now that they are married and moms, they understand better.

Was leaving him the wrong choice? Yep, it was a mistake.  He was a great guy…a good Dad…a good husband.  We just grew apart.  Do I regret that decision?  I can’t.  I wouldn’t have the 5 precious grandkids that I have now if that decision hadn’t been made.  I also wouldn’t be the strong, independent woman that I am now and my daughters wouldn’t have grown into the women they are today!  I’m so very proud of them – shameless props for my girls right there 🙂

Divorce Magazine is an awesome resource and has a great articles….here are a few snippets from one of their articles…


Without Shared Parenting, a Divorced Dad’s Relationship with his Daughter May Suffer

In a divorced family, there are many ways a father-daughter bond may suffer. Based on her research, Dr. Linda Nielsen found that only 10 to 15% of fathers get to enjoy the benefits of shared parenting after divorce. Nielsen posits that while most daughters are well adjusted several years after their parents’ divorce, many have damaged relationships with their fathers. Unfortunately, if the wound is severe, a girl can grow into adulthood with low self-esteem and trust issues.

What a girl needs is a loving, predictable father figure – whether married to her mother, single, or divorced. Joshua Coleman, Ph.D., a recognized expert on parenting, explains that one of the predictors of a father’s relationship with his children after divorce is the mother’s facilitation or obstruction of the relationship. It’s crucial that divorced dads attempt to forge positive relationships with their ex because it will benefit their daughter to see them communicating in a harmonious way.

Another snippet says…

Since a daughter may perceive limited contact with her divorced dad as a personal rejection, this can lead to lowered self-esteem and trouble trusting romantic partners during adolescence and adulthood. Be sure to spend time with your daughter on a regular basis and find activities to do together that you both enjoy. These might include hobbies, sports, exercise, and cooking.  Additionally, be sure to enlist her input and surprise her with outings that you can enjoy away from other family members.

Read the complete article here.


 

I say all of that to say this…daughters NEED their Dads!!!  Desperately!  Fathers, and the relationship they have with their daughter, is the MAIN deciding factor in how a woman learns to embrace their confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth!

Two of my daughters came through our divorce with less scars than their sister.  Even though they are all in their late 30s/40ish, the relationship they each have with their Dad is somewhat strained…but it is {thankfully} better now than when they were younger – only with the help of Jesus!  One daughter of mine is painfully in need of her Daddy.  The daddy she had when she was a little girl…because that little girl still lives inside her and craves the approval, validation, and unconditional love of her Dad.  That little girl hasn’t healed.  Without full reconciliation with her Dad, and all the important things that come along with that, my little girl’s emotions and heart will never heal.  For years I have prayed for all of them – and their Dad – that their relationships will be fully and finally restored!

There are limitless articles and studies online of  how desperately daughters need their father’s love, attention, acceptance, guidance, encouragement and more!

If you are the child/adult child of divorce –  there is help out there!  Please seek out a counselor if you need to!

If you are a divorced parent, here are some great guidelines to follow courtesy of Divorce Magazine

  1. Never disparage your former spouse in front of your children. Because children know they are “part mom” and “part dad,” the criticism can batter the child’s self-esteem.
  2. Do not use your children as messengers between you and your former spouse. The less the children feel a part of the battle between their parents, the better.
  3. Reassure your children that they are loved and that the divorce is not their fault. Many children assume that they are to blame for their parents’ hostility.
  4. Encourage your children to see your former spouse frequently. Do everything within your power to accommodate the visitation. (my note:  this is EXTREMELY important!!!!!)
  5. At every step during your divorce, remind yourself that your children’s interests-not yours -are paramount, and act accordingly. Lavish them with love at each opportunity.
  6. Your children may be tempted to act as your caretaker. Resist the temptation to let them. Let your peers, adult family members, and mental health professionals be your counselors and sounding board. Let your children be children.
  7. If you have a drinking or drug problem, get counseling right away. An impairment inhibits your ability to reassure your children and give them the attention they need at this difficult time.
  8. If you are the non-custodial parent, pay your child support. The loss of income facing many children after divorce puts them at a financial disadvantage that has a pervasive effect on the rest of their lives.
  9. If you are the custodial parent and you are not receiving child support, do not tell your children. It feeds into the child’s sense of abandonment and further erodes his or her stability.
  10. If at all possible, do not uproot your children. Stability in their residence and school life helps buffer children from the trauma of their parents’ divorce.

 

That’s it for now y’all…thanks for listening     Image result for heart clipart

Blessings ~

Heather

 

 

 

 

Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Soup

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My husband’s “therapy” is cooking.  David has alot of emotional “disorders” – like many other folks do – and cooking is totally therapeutic for him.  He also has OCD, so his cooking becomes a very long and drawn out affair most times!

Hubby was off work this weekend, and after church on Sunday he decided he was going to “clean out the fridge” and make some soup – it was a very cold and rainy day here in eastern North Carolina – a perfect day for homemade soup!

Using the vintage cookware that we recently purchased from ebay and Etsy, a pattern that was inspired by a small dutch oven we found in my mother’s refrigerator when she passed away this summer, {meatloaf still in it, she loved her meatloaf} he proceeded to make the BEST homemade soup I have ever eaten – and he has concocted a TON of great dishes!

Getting down to business here….I’m sharing his recipe with you – I hope that you enjoy it as much as we did! Image result for line divider for website

Here’s the ingredients you’ll need….

  • 1 stick of butter, divided in half
  • 1 to 1¼ pound of boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
  • ¼ tsp coarsely ground sea salt
  • ¼ tsp coarsely ground pepper (preferably a blend)
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme, divided
  • 4 to 6 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 small sweet pepper (red, yellow, or orange) [may substitute ½ of a full size one]
  • 1-2 tbsp of flour
  • 4 cups of chicken bone broth
  • 4 small potatoes, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced small
  • 1 cup of water

Then do this….

In a large skillet, add half of the butter and melt over medium-high heat. Place chicken in the skillet and stir until well coated.  Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and thyme.  Cook chicken until light golden brown, stirring frequently.  Remove skillet from heat and set aside.

In a medium stock pot (at least 5 quarts), add remaining butter and melt over medium-high heat. Add bacon, onion, garlic, celery, and sweet pepper.  Sauté until tender, stirring occasionally.  Sprinkle flour evenly over sautéed vegetables and stir until well blended.  Pour in about half of the bone broth and stir well, making sure the flour is mixed with broth evenly; then pour in the rest of the bone broth.  Add the chicken, potatoes and carrots and stir well.  Let soup boil on high for about 10 minutes or so, stirring frequently.

Reduce heat to medium-low and cover.  Let simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour (time will depend on how small the potatoes and carrots are diced), stir occasionally to prevent sticking (NOTE:  add the cup of water if needed, and add salt and pepper to taste).

When soup is done, stir in ½ to 1 cup of half ‘n half (depends on how creamy you want the soup to be).

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And there you have it….the BEST soup ever!  Please let me know how much you LOVE it!

Until next time…

Blessings ~

Heather

 

 

Sadly, we are now chicken-less

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Even though we were blessed with no damage from Hurricane Florence, when we thought that NC was going to be hit with a Cat 5 (ish) hurricane, things got real and my life perspective changed immediately.

When you have to decide what to take with you and you can ONLY take what will fit in your vehicles, it really makes you think. It was a short list…

Dogs (and everything they need)
Cat (and everything she needs)
Phone and charger
Ipad
Camera
Things hubby and I need (clothes, water, food etc.)

And then there were the chickens. 12 of them. We couldn’t just leave them. Graciously, my oldest daughter said we could bring them with us to her house and keep them in the garage in kennels. That’s alot to deal with. Thinking about all of that stressed me like you can’t imagine.

I realized quickly that we were NOT prepared for emergencies/disasters where our chicken were concerned. We had made them makeshift “balconies” to keep them out of any rising water, but to actually keep them safe by taking them somewhere?

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We had no barn or out building to put them in. I feared their coops were not strong enough. So many more thoughts and emotions those few days before Flo hit. I can’t do that again. I’m too old for all that and they deserve a safe haven if this happens again.

So…we made the decision the weekend before last to at least downsize and we rehomed 7 hens to a friend.

This past weekend we rehomed the remaining 5 girls to another good friend of mine. I just can’t do it any more. I obviously was not meant to be a chicken mom…they aren’t just chickens to me, they are pets (not anything like our “real” pets, but I am still very attached to them). I would never have been able to “cull” any of them, and if one had died – it would have been extremely hard to bury her. I’m just not a “chicken Mom” I guess.

With all that said…even though we are now chicken-less, we are still a homestead and we are still living the healthier life! Our posts may be of a different nature but we are still Our Healthy Homestead!

Thanks to everyone that follows us…we appreciate you so much!

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