Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Getting ready for ASI ~

We just got home late last night from Hartland Camp-meeting (I'll report about the amazing blessings we received there later) and are in high-gear getting ready for ASI. I ordered all our supplies before we left and came home to a door-full of boxes. So today I've been sorting, organizing, and filling, filling, and more filling of jars of essential oils. This year we have two new oils: Lemongrass and Pink Grapefruit. I really like the scents!

Monday, July 23, 2012

A Box ~

It's amazing how much fun one can have with simple things. Last summer we got a new washer and dryer and of course, they come in bog boxes. Evan & Nalani decided to put the box to good use and make a house out of it. It sat in the garage all winter and this week Nalani got it out to play with. She and Nyah had a lot of fun. You can't tell but it has a sink, counter, etc. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

On our knees ~

There are times in our lives when we realize…the only place to be…is on our knees. 

When life is going well, we should be on our knees thanking the Lord. 
When we have had an amazing experience with our Savior, we should be on our knees praising Him. When we are going through the hardest times in our lives, we should be on our knees crying out to Him. 
When we don't know where to turn, we should be found on our knees seeking His direction. 
When we don't know what to say, we should be found on our knees asking for His words. 
When we feel like all is lost, we should be on our knees laying our lives in His hands and surrendering our all to Him. 
When we see our loving Lord hanging upon the cross so we can have the choice to live, we should be found on our knees praising Him for the gift that cost His all to give us a gift that we don't deserve. When we don't know how to get back up, we can be on our knees crying out to the only one who can truly lift us up. 
When we gain the victories that we never thought we could gain, we should be on our knees glorifying the Lord for His victory in us. 

When we bow before our Maker, Redeemer, King, Father, Comforter, and Friend…somehow things just seem a little more clear and the impossible become possible. We don't always have to understand, yet we know and trust the one in whose hands our lives are held. 

When the trials and tribulations of the world seems to be creeping in, it's the time on our knees that helps us go on. 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A promise that brings comfort ~

The Father’s presence encircled Christ, and nothing befell Him but that which infinite love permitted for the blessing of the world. Here was His source of comfort, and it is for us. He who is imbued with the Spirit of Christ abides in Christ. Whatever comes to him comes from the Saviour, who surrounds him with His presence. Nothing can touch him except by the Lord’s permission. All our sufferings and sorrows, all our temptations and trials, all our sadness and griefs, all our persecutions and privations, in short, all things work together for our good. All experiences and circumstances are God’s workmen whereby good is brought to us. {MH 488.4}

On: relating with others ~

Every association of life calls for the exercise of self-control, forbearance, and sympathy. We differ so widely in disposition, habits, education, that our ways of looking at things vary. We judge differently. Our understanding of truth, our ideas in regard to the conduct of life, are not in all respects the same. There are no two whose experience is alike in every particular. The trials of one are not the trials of another. The duties that one finds light are to another most difficult and perplexing.  {MH 483.1}

So frail, so ignorant, so liable to misconception is human nature, that each should be careful in the estimate he places upon another. We little know the bearing of our acts upon the experience of others. What we do or say may seem to us of little moment, when, could our eyes be opened, we should see that upon it depended the most important results for good or for evil.  {MH 483.2}

Friday, July 13, 2012

Getting ready for Sabbath ~ Hallah Bread

We love making Sabbath special. One thing that Nalani especially loves is making Hallah bread for the bringing in of Sabbath. Here are just a couple pictures of what it looks like. :) 

Nalani ~ Violin

Nalani just loves playing the violin! The Lord has really given her an amazing gift to be able to pick up the piano and violin and play by ear. Here are a few pictures that we got of her. :) 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Excitotoxins ~ Our experience...

As I was studying about excitotoxins I was quite grateful that we eliminated most all of those items awhile ago. I couldn't think of anything that we ate that could possibly contain excitotoxins.


This morning my mom decided that she wanted me to make french toast for breakfast since I've made so much bread lately. Down stairs she went to get our MoriNu Extra Firm Silken Tofu, which is one of the key ingredients in our recipe. She decided to look at the ingredient list only to find that it has "Soy Isolate Protein!!!"

There went our french toast for breakfast…instead I made pancakes. :)

We are always learning and growing.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Excitotoxins ~ Just the beginning...

"Satan is constantly on the alert to bring the race fully under his control. His strongest hold on man is through the appetite, and this he seeks to stimulate in every possible way. All unnatural excitants are harmful, and they cultivate the desire for liquor. How can we enlighten the people, and prevent the terrible evils that result from the use of these things? Have we done all that we can do in this direction?"—Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, 16, 1890 {CD 150.1}

Excitotoxins cause brain cell damage or death within 1-3 hours of consumption, in higher centers of the brain, cognitive thinking, learning, memory, reason, etc. 

"Today, virtually all of the neurodegenerative diseases are now considered to be intimately  related to the excitotoxic process. Seizures, headaches, strokes, brain injury and developmental brain disorders are all intimately related to excitotoxins. " Dr. Russell L. Blaylock, M.D. 

How they make hydrolyzed vegetable protein:

It's also referred to as vegetable protein or plant protein. "Made from junk vegetables which are unfit for sale, and especially selected so as to have naturally high contents of glutamate. The extraction process of hydrolysis involves boiling these vegetables in vat of acid. This is followed by a process of neutralization with caustic soda. The resulting product is a brown sludge that collects on the top. This is scraped off and allowed to dry. The end product is a brown powder that is high in three known excitotoxins - glutamate, aspartate, and cystoic acid (which converts in the body to cysteine)"

Found in most all of the processed fake meats, in soup mixes, flavorings, protein drinks, etc. 

"The amount of MSG in a single bowl of commercially available soup in probably enough to cause blood glutamate levels to rise higher in a human child than levels that predictably cause brain damage in immature animals." Olnay, J.W. "Glutamate: A Neurotoxic Transmitter." 

MSG is always in: 
-hydrolyzed veg. protein 
-hydrolyzed or autolyzed anything
-plant protein extract
-sodium & calcium caseinate (found in some firm tofu)
-yeast extract (main ingredient in Marmite)
-textured vegetable protein

Most always in:
-malt extract (in carob chips)
-malt flavoring 
-whey protein
-natural flavorings
-soy protein
-soy protein isolate (Braggs is this) 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A few pictures from this summer ~


Nyah looking at something under the steps

Looking at Nalani's little book

Nalani and some friends

Picking peas from the garden. I helped with the delivery of the little boy 4 years ago!

The beach...

A dear friends new little baby. 

Nyah playing piano

Nalani and Nyah picking strawberries


A flower and peas