Hi, I’m Brenda! I have a couple of big passions that you need to know about:
- JESUS CHRIST and the saving work He did for me and you on the cross, so that we don’t have to work to be perfect, to know God or to live with Him for eternity.
- REAL FOOD and it’s ability to nourish, energize, heal and restore the human body so that we can live the life we were created to live. I am finishing up Nutritional Therapy Consultant program through the Nutritional Therapy Association. I have loved every bit of this course!
- ADOPTION AND FOSTER CARE, an amazing and also difficult ministry that my husband and I have been called to participate in. Three out of five of our children came to our family through the miracle of adoption. We have cared for children who weren’t ours to keep. We have grieved the loss of children we thought–we were told–we were going to be able to adopt. We have also been raising “one of those kids” whose counselor proclaimed was one of the “hardest kids” she had ever seen. And we’re alive to tell about it (and that child is doing much better these days!)! 😉
- THE MAMAS WHO RAISE FOSTER & ADOPTED CHILDREN–seriously, can these moms get any cooler? They are heroes in my book, and my goal is to give these hard-working, self-sacrificing, ever-loving, sometimes-grieving, irreplaceable mothers the tools to become literal SUPER MOMS with more energy to do exactly what they know they ought to be doing. Do I care about the foster and adoptive dads? Of course–but I’m a mom, and I wanted to make a girly blog, so–sorry dads. You’ll be blessed by the changes made in your home, too. Trust me.
I need to warn you that you’ll also see Farming and GAPS Diet posts scattered throughout this site. Here’s why:
- We were FARMERS on roughly 30 acres for a few years. During that time, we took in 4 foster kids (for a total of 8 kids!) and when they left, one of our kiddos’ behaviors spiraled and life became really, really rough. We felt like juggling clowns, only–we were dropping literally every ball. Our farm was in debt, we weren’t making the money our carefully pencilled out plan said we’d make, and we didn’t feel like we had enough time to invest in our family. And guess what we realized? Farming is GREAT, please don’t get me wrong—but it was a momentary distraction and a short season for us, because God called us to something different. He called us to raise adopted kiddos, to take on some respite kiddos, and even (gulp) to foster again. We couldn’t have possibly kept up the farm and also maintained this level of ministry–not well, anyways. We now live in a home that is big enough for several children to share with us, on a small lot in a regular-kind-of neighborhood with a few garden beds, 2 apple trees and blueberries. And that’s the extent of our “homesteading” these days. By the way, this blog was dubbed THE WELL FED HOMESTEAD for many years, and even changed to THE WELL FED HOME for a short while (but I regretted that name. It was just wrong! We don’t feed our home.). You’ll see “The Well Fed Homestead” around here until I get it all cleaned up and changed to the new title, BLESSINGS AT MY TABLE. See, the family around my table, and the food that I am able to prepare and consume–it’s all a ginormous blessing. I hope you feel that as you sit at your table, too.
- Our family was on the GAPS DIET for 3 years of our life. I don’t blog about it anymore, because GAPS is not meant to be a long-term diet plan. Three years was probably longer than we needed, though it did help me a lot!! I think the GAPS Diet is an AMAZING diet and well worth reading about–we just don’t need it right now.
Blessings to you!
p.p.s. Feel free to e-mail me, anytime.