“God this is a mistake! You most definitely gave this sweet little girl the wrong mama!”
Have you ever found yourself saying that? (or feeling it?) There have been many times on our journey that I have convinced myself that God made a mistake making me the mom of my oldest child. I felt like I did everything wrong. I felt I could not help her. I felt I could not make her happy or meet her needs. Punishment didn’t work. Yelling didn’t work. Bribing didn’t work. Meds didn’t work. I remember crying just as much as she did each and every day. And that was a lot. And then the tears just stopped. The hurting was so deep inside of me I just turned off my emotions. Got through the day. And breathed a sigh of relief when she fell asleep, knowing that we both had made it though another day.
As she slept I would sit on the edge of her bed, feeling so helpless and like a complete failure as a mom. There she would lay peace filled, beautiful, innocent, and content. Why were the days so tumultuous? What was I doing wrong? I would tell God everyday that He should have given her to someone who could be the mom she needs. As the storm raged on, I grew deeper and deeper into a pit of despair and desperation.
I remember going to a moms group at our church. It had been a terrible morning with all my children, I had three by then and pregnant with my fourth. I sat down at my table completely depleted and basically numb, yet my insides spinning out of control. I just did not know what I was going to do. I remember Robin (a dear friend now), getting up and giving her little “encouraging ditty” to the moms. My mind was just negating everything she said. She then said, “If anyone wants prayer I will be in the back.”
I went running back. I burst into a pile of tears, unable to even speak. I finally told her what was going on: My daughter (age 6) had been diagnosed with anxiety, ocd, depression, add, sensory processing disorder, tippy toe walker, and more… That on a weekly basis we met with a medical dr., psychologist, psychiatrist, eye doctor, physical therapist, and an occupational therapist. I told her that I had worked with at risk kids at the Boys and Girls Club, taught in inner city Minneapolis, and had years of experience with really difficult children, which gave me a huge tool box of things to “do” with “behavior”. NONE of them worked with my daughter. She was melting down and violent daily, multiple times per day. She cried all the time. She was rarely a joyful child. My heart was broken. I told her I felt like a complete failure and that GOD had given her to the wrong mom! (Read our story here)
Robin very calmly, lovingly, free from judgment listened to everything I had to say. She then said, “God knew exactly who to give her to. He knew you were the PERFECT mom for her. He knew that you had the strength to stand with her and fight for her. To perervere until you find the keys that unlock her and release freedom to her. He will give you the tools you need just for her! You were picked as the ONLY one on the planet that can be her mother.” For some reason this really hit me. I think it was that she was so genuine and loving I actually had a spark of hope and believed what she was saying.
We continued to talk and she started sharing about natural health, chiropractors, diets, and things that God created to bring healing. I was totally clueless on it all. But, a door was opened. I began to research and explore. As I did, I found answers, “the keys” that brought healing to my daughter.
Looking back Robin was so right! GOD did know that I was the perfect mama for my sweet girl. He knew I would not give up! He know I would trust Him with her. And each and every day I still rely on him to help me parent her as well as my four other children. I am the PERFECT mama for these five.
They are mine and no one can do what God put me in their lives to do. Yes, I have made mistakes. Don’t get me wrong. Lots of them and some BIG ones along the way. But, I have learned from those mistakes as have my children. We journey together!
BE encouraged today that you are the MAMA for your babies. You are the only one that can do what they need. You are perfect! God gave them to you because He trusts you and knows you will be the one that brings these little ones into their destiny!
Blessings to all you mama! Even if it doesn’t seem like you’re the right mama. Be assured you are. Seek God for wisdom and He will give it to you, guaranteed!!!
For a few years now I have had it on my heart to take my kids on a special 16th birthday trip that signifies who they are and who they are becoming as young adults. Well, as you all know the first child is the one that breaks the waters for everyone else, this is the child we learn with! As proves true in this little story!
My first born, yes, now 16 and I left Mn yesterday headed for California! She is my sun and city kind of girl. The flight went well and we were off to this sweet 1 bedroom apartment we had rented with kitchen and all (I would be able to cook, huge benefit), we were so excited.
Our flight was late and we got to our “apartment” (at 12am) which was in a very run down building and it felt very unsafe. We met the young man who was to give us keys and get us set up, he was very kind and sweet. I asked him if this was a safe area, he assured me it was. I asked him again and he said, yes.
Well, once he left. We settled down and ordered some pizza! It was 12am and we were starving, the only thing open was DOMINOS (ugh), so we placed our order. We sat looking at each other and said this is NOT what the website looked like and it really didn’t feel good. Everything online (on the website) had good reviews.
AS we sat, I felt more and more unease in my spirit. I prayed for peace but none came. I was prompted to google the apartment complex. Here is what I found…
A very scary place to live at if your a female or a guy who wants to live close to the beach. The place seem great when you move in, but when you hear stories and witness whatever is going on in this building you witness everything that is going on right outside your door. Drugs are a big factor in the building which some of the tenants maybe dealing inside their unit with the in and out of so many people. Management has not done anything to provoke this and clear this mess out (i think the landlord or property manager is part of this cartel). I believe in living life but when someone is getting beat up or stabbed in the hallway or right outside of this building, this apartment building is NOT a good one to live in. JUST A WARNING TENANTS! Live here to see it!
SERIOUSLY, was that confirmation or what?! After reading that I told Han we are out of here. We placed our bags by the door and headed to the car. Once in the car I was going to pull up, put our bags in and get out of dodge, we had forgotten about the pizza at this point.
As we pulled the car out there was a black car with two guys sitting there right outside out the door to our apartment , how was I to get in to get our bags with these two dudes sitting infront of our door, and just then the pizza angle pulled up. He walked over to me with our pizza, I quickly opened the door and grabbed our suitcases. I asked him if this was a safe part of town (he said yes, but he was wrong, but if he lives there prob. doesn’t know any different), I said I did not think so. (You see I LOVE the city, I am usually very comfy in the city, in urban areas, however something here just did not feel right) He chatted kindly with me and helped me get our bags into the car and gave us our pizza. Just as I closed my door the black car with the two guys pulled away!
We then left. I had just been in LA a few weeks earlier for a conference so I called up the front desk manager I had gotten to know, he said come right over I have a room for you! Not only a room but a great room, he gave it to us for $200 off per night! His name is Paul, he was so excited to see us! His daughter has just passed an important test in Sri Lanka and he was so excited to tell someone!!! I had prayed for him the last trip and he had gotten a car since our prayer and was so super excited to tell me all about that too. He had had hours of commute on public transportation to get to and from work, now it is a 10 minute drive! And he got a great deal he added.
All is good now! God is so good. He protected us, sent us a pizza angel, gave us shelter (at a huge discount), provide us with a new and safe place on the beach tomorrow night, and refunded our money from the crazy place, no questions asked! I am so grateful and so excited to see what this trip holds. We have only been on the ground for 10 hours!!!!
This years conference has something for everyone: Vaccination experts, gut experts, learning professionals, therapists, and more! Don’t miss this amazing day set aside to get you and your family healthy! Share this with anyone that would be interested. WE are having a select group of professionals that specialize in alternative treatments for autism, behavioral issues, ADD, etc… if you or someone you know are “stuck” in your health journey new doors await them that will bring healing!
Dr. Bob Zajac, MD, New Kingdom Pediatrics: Wholistic Health Care Dr. Suzy Youngquist, DC, Revolution Wellness Chiropractic Center: Understanding The Gut Microbiome Dr. ShaRhae Matousek, DC, Real Health Chriopractic: The Perfect Strom: Removing Trauma, Toxins, and Thoughts to Heal Our Children Dr. Brian Boyd, DC, Y Chiropractic: Vaccinations: Get Educated! Lisa Carlson, Director, Brain Balance Center: Ultimate Potential: Optimizing Your Childs Natural Abilities Dr. Megan Nelsen, DC, Cornerstone Family Chiropractic: Kids and Chiropractic Linde Ditmarson, Bio Feedback Specialist, Quantum Restoration: What is Biofeedback and Can It Help Me? Dr. Rob Lindsey, DC, Valeo Wellness Center: The Emotions and Illness Connection
To GO to the doctor or NOT got to the doctor, that is the question! Have you ever been faced with that situation? Not knowing if the medical issue you are facing is something you can deal with at home, with a natural practioner, or if it is a case in which a medical doctor is needed?
WE have been in that position on more than one occasion, and it can be stressful!!! Well, Dr. Bob Zajac, (pediatric MD) will be sharing some amazing information on “Western” medicine as well as addressing this most challenging question, at our conference on April 25th!
Dr. Bob Zajac is a board-certified pediatrician with additional expertise in asthma/allergy care, developmental/behavioral pediatric care, and natural/holistic care. He received his degree in Child Development, and pursued an additional four years of training in a PhD program (Early Childhood Special Education), followed by his medical degree (MD – University of Minnesota – 2000) and residency training (pediatrics – 2000-2003).
Prior to starting New Kingdom Pediatrics, Dr. Bob completed his masters of business degree (MBA, Crown College, 2011-2013). With a growing interest in natural and holistic care options, he finds great joy in forming partnerships with families and community health and wellness providers.
Dr. Bob and his wife Julie have been married for almost 25 years and have 8 children.
If you are looking for a pediatrician that has a wealth of knowledge about alternative medicine and supports natural health then you most definitely will want to meet Dr. Bob.
He is our pediatrician and we are excited to introduce him to you! He has had so much wisdom in some very challenging decisions we have had to make over the last year concerning the health of our family and I am so thankful for his wisdom, support of natural medicine, and most of all believing that “I” as the parent have the ultimate decision in “what” is best for my child.
Come and meet Dr. Bob in person at our health conference on April 25th! He will answer all your questions about the melding of natural and western medicine!
Register today, anyone who registers today (April 6th gets a free chair massage, anyone who registers this week gets entered into a free drawing for a massage)
Meet Dr. Brian! Our family has known Brian and his family for years. He is an amazing family man with a heart for healing and educating! We are so honored to have him join us this year to share his knowledge about vaccinations with us!
Here is a little more about Dr. Brian…
Dr. Brian has been a practicing chiropractor since 1999 and has been researching the topic of vaccinations ever since he earned his degree in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from UMD in 1995. In addition to having a family practice at Y-Chiropractic in Plymouth, MN, he has been teaching classes on vaccinations for the past 10 years. The purpose of these classes is to provide parents with information so they can make an informed decision regarding vaccinations for their children.
Since the Disneyland measles cases there has been a flurry of debate in the media over vaccinations. Are the unvaccinated a threat to herd immunity? Should parents be forced to vaccinate their children? Is the science really as clear as health officials claim, that vaccines don’t cause autism? Dr. Brian will tackle these tough questions and more – helping you decipher fact from fiction.
Don’t miss this opportunity to get educated on this HOT topic and make the best decision for YOUR family! Register today!
Did you know you are more bacteria than you are human? That’s right. Right now your body is teeming with microscopic organisms. In fact, they outnumber your own cells ten to one.
If you haven’t’ heard of the human microbiome, it’s quite the hot topic in natural health. We are finding these microbes that colonize your gut, skin, and other vital parts of your body affect your gene expression, hormone function, and even brain cognition.
The bottom line: the bugs living on & in you are mighty powerful. Let’s learn to honor & rebuild this delicate ecosystem so that you can truly thrive.
Dr. Suzy Youngquist (Revolution Wellness) will teach you all you need to know about your gut, is it healthy, and how to heal it!
Right now this is my favorite meal! It is so tasty and inexpensive to make. It freezes well and is a great quick meal out of the freezer. So, double it up and then freeze the second batch for a easy weekday meal.
¼ c. parmesean or pecarino (sheep based cheese) or nutritional yeast (dairy free)
Sea salt and pepper to taste (about 1 tsp)
⅓ c. sundried tomatoes in olive oil (already sliced is easiest)
Family pack bone in tights (can use any cut of chicken)
3 T. grassfed butter or coconut oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper.
Melt ½ the butter in large oven proof skillet, add chicken and brown on both sides. Remove and set aside.
Melt the other ½ of the butter (coconut oil or grapeseed oil) in pan add garlic and cook string frequently until fragrant, about a minute or so. Stir in chicken broth, heavy cream (or coconut milk), sundries tomatoes, parmesan, thyme, oregano, and basil, then cook a few minutes.
Top with fresh basil. Bring to a boil and simmer until thickened, return chicken to the skillet.
Place in over and roast until cooked through completely, until internal temperature is 180 degrees, about 30-45 minutes.
Have you registered for the conference? I will be having a table of my favorite baking mixes for sale and sample! Don’t miss this great event, detail here!
Over the years the Lord has lead us to many different doctors. Each has had a time and place in our healing journey. As we have ventured into Kingdom Kids Nutrition we have had a desire to create a network of doctors that have the same heart and goal, to bring HOPE, HEALTH, & HEALING to families. We are now seeing this all come together. For the next few weeks I would like to introduce our team. Check out their websites and see the passion each one has. You can meet each one personally at our Health Conference on April 25, 2015! Blessings, Kelli
Introducing Dr. Suzy Youngquist, DC
Dr. Suzy is s a dear friend to me. She is a wife and mother of two! She also owns her own practice in Maple Grove, MN. Not only is Dr. Suzy an expert in chiropractic she also specializes in GUT HEALTH, essential to bring healing! In her clinic you are able to do every type of test known to man, (LOL). They can do labs of every type to get to the bottom of your health issues and address them in a way that will heal and restore, not just cover it up with a bandaid to bring temporary relief. Dr. Suzy and her team are amazing and I encourage you to to go her website to learn more
Suzy Youngquist, D.C. With a degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University, Dr. Suzy has an impressive background in Nutritional Healing, Detoxification Therapy, and Corrective Chiropractic Care. Her study of healing New Millennium Disease (Autism, ADHD, Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia, MS, ALS, Parkinson’s Disease) launched her into a national consulting position to fellow chiropractors. With the help of her sister, Dr. Suzy ran the largest Nutrition and Detoxification Center in Chicago. In 2008, she moved back to her native land of the Twin Cities and teamed up with her sister to provide life-saving wellness service to help transform lives of individuals and their families.
At the conference Dr. Suzy will be speaking on the Gut Mircrobiome, you will learn what this is, how to heal it, and keep it healthy. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to meet Dr. Suzy and sit under her wealth of wisdom, not only as a doctor, gut expert, but mama as well! It is an honor to have her a part of your team!
Register here… (Early bird registration before April 11, enjoy a $10 discount!)
From the moment they arrive, from the first glace at your new born baby they consume every fiber of your being. At that very moment your dreams have become reality. You start to see their destiny unfold before your eyes as you begin to dream of who they are and what they will become. They are the most precious, the most beautiful, the more pure thing you have ever encountered. Your heart is so full of love that there are no words to explain. Your eyes gaze at them endlessly. Your lips kiss the new born skin with tenderness. You wrap them in your loving embrace totally and completely enamored with them.
You leave the hospital heart filled with expectation, excitement, and joy. All goes well for days, weeks and months and then “suddenly”. Suddenly something is off, but you don’t know what. There is a distance that is in their eyes, that once held tight to the gaze of their mama. What’s happening? Is my baby ok? In your core of your being your mama radar knows something has gone wrong. Something is there that was not there before. It is so slight and you can’t really put your finger on it.
Weeks and months pass and the distance grows greater. The ability of the precious little one you love more than anything starts to have trouble dealing with daily life. Things begin to spin and spin, faster and faster until all of life seems out of control. Frustration with in your precious one mounts and surfaces in fits of rage. An hour, then two, then three. Once a day then, two, then many. Over and over. Nothing works, all interventions fail. You are a mama rocking your trembling child, tears streaming down your face, as you do not know how to help this little one that captivates your being. You don’t know what to do.
You search the world for answers. Doctors, books, people…. The trail is a dead end. You are told, “This is just the way your child is going to be, you will have learn to live with it.” Your child who you love with all your heart, the perfect treasure you held that first day now stuck in a vortex of pain, anger, fear, and hopelessness. Everyday single day a struggle, every moment insurmountable pain. Your mama heart is broken, crushed, you don’t know what to do, and your dreams are shattered. You are lost and alone with nowhere to turn…
And then GOD…
Almongst the pain you cry out to God. Tears of anguish and torment. The prayers of this mamas heart for her dear little one are heard! A shout from heaven touches earth. Doors unknown, options this mama did not know existed, start to swing open, and hope begins to spring forth.
One by one keys are released showing this mama what will bring healing and restoration to her precious little one. Food, supplements, adjustments, prayer, biofeedback, kinesiology, on and on it goes, but healing comes… Dreams once again begin to flood this mamas heart as the lid to barried dreams is flung wide open, no longer fear but her hope and possibility consume her. Innocence returns, peace is restored, and healing lands complete.
A mamas heart restored as she ponders that first day, the day her baby came into this world. Hearts have been restored, love is growing, anger has ceased. Passion within her little one blooms. Loving smiles, cheer filled laughter, fill the eyes that look into hers. Their eyes meet and they gaze deeply into one anothers soul, the seal of the healing complete.
Launched into a young woman, powerfully brilliant, creative, beautiful, and compassionate, with a future of possibilities waiting for her. The things many said she would never do…and then God!
This is our story. This was our beginning and our end. This is why we do what we do. Our story can be your story! If you or someone you know needs a turn in their story please join us on April 25th. The doctors, therapists, and resources that have been a part of our healing from physical, emotional, and behavioral struggles will be there! We can’t wait to see each and everyone of you and propel you into your healing journey, that will bring restoration and life!
Here is a great quick recipe that can be lunch, dinner, snack, or appetizer! It is oh so simple!
You will need gluten free tortillas (I use Enjoy Life are my favorites for Quasidillas as they crisp up nicely- Hannah like the “fiesta” Udis ones best), cheese or refried beans to get them to stick together, coconut oil, diced veggies and/or black beans for filling.
1. Heat griddle (325 degrees) cover it with coconut oil
2. Place 1 tortilla on griddle
3. Put on a layer of cheese or refried beans (for dairy free)
4. Add fillings: diced veggies, black beans, etc..
5. Put top tortilla on
6. Once it browns up, flip it.
7. Cook ’til brown and cheese is melted
Also, don’t miss out on these four great opportunities to get and stay healthy!
Bunch of fun learning opportunities for you coming up in the near future…
*Winter Defense: Getting & Staying Healthy with Food, Essential Oils, & Supplements (at New Kingdom Pediatrics, Eden Prairie, Jan 23: 7-9pm) Click here to register
*Pain, Pain Go Away: Managing & Eliminating Pain with Essential Oils (with Dr Kate Craig, Tula Yoga Studio, St. Paul, Jan. 26: 7-9pm)- no registration required, click here for more information