When we were preparing to begin the GAPS diet back in early 2017 we mentally prepared ourselves for two years. We could sign on for two years. It seemed long, but at that point, considering how sick Raleigh was, we were committed. Then two years came and went. Raleigh was a vastly different child at… Continue reading Surprised by Joy
Why are all the kids so sick? This is a question I get asked quite often in my DMs on my Instagram account (Findingforrester4). It's a good one too. It is relevant and real. I've spent the last 5 years trying to figure this out. The scales tipped for me back in 2014 when Raleigh… Continue reading Why are all the kids so sick?
I would like to say that a journey like this is always moving and flowing. That would be a lie, though. There are times when things are seemingly standing still and you’re walking toward a goal without seeing things change or improve. I’ve spoken before about how sometimes healing will just sneak up on you… Continue reading Parasite Paradox
We woke the Balrog. We were walking through the Mines of Moria, doing okay, not too much happening, minding our own business and then we woke the Balrog. You've seen the movie. You know how it ends. But the thing is, he needed to be woken. Dr. Natasha talks about the body being ready to… Continue reading Sleeping Giants
In my last post I talked about some of the mistakes we feel like we made early on in our GAPS journey. We've been working now close to two months on trying to correct those mistakes. It feels like we're in a holding pattern of sorts and the waiting certainly takes the longest. I long… Continue reading The waiting takes the longest
It has been a hot minute since I’ve updated the blog. There have been a lot of reasons for my delay. Right before we reached the 2 year mark on the GAPS diet (June 13th, 2019), Raleigh was exposed to a big toxin/allergen. We took him to horse races where he was exposed for 4… Continue reading The Journey to Two Years
I’ve had quite a few people reach out to me lately. Many of them are on a journey to find healing for a child and feel swallowed up by the pain of it all. Saying I can relate is an understatement. I still feel intense emotional pain when I revisit pictures and memories of Raleigh… Continue reading Beauty From These Ashes
Happy New Year! Last year was a long and tedious year for us. I spent the entire year cooking two separate meals a day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, almost every day of the year. When I think about just how I did that I’m really not sure, it just happened because it had to… Continue reading Let them eat cake!
We are in the season of Advent. We are waiting for our Savior to be born - we are waiting for Christmas. This theme of waiting, anticipating, pushing forward day after day and not fully knowing what is coming runs so parallel to our journey with Raleigh on the GAPS diet. It feels as if… Continue reading The Nature of Patience
Here we are. We're here in all of this, still. Still here. The months keep passing, one season folds it's cards to the next. We soldier on. We are between 16 and 17 months on the GAPS diet. It's one of those updates that doesn't feel much like an update, but there are things. We… Continue reading Keep Your Eyes Open