Saturday, January 31, 2009

This Really Made My Day Yesterday


Since Jamie has already posted about Lucas I feel free to share this happy news! My cousin Jamie and Nate had their baby boy yesterday - Lucas James 7 pounds! So sweet! It really made my day - I think I smiled all day and when I went to see him my stomach was in knots I was so excited to meet him! Everyone is doing great and they are "so in love" (her words) - who could not be!! Pray for them as they venture home tomorrow and start this new life as a family of 4! They have the sweetest family picture EVER but they haven't posted it anywhere for me to steal it but when I do I will have to update this blog with it when they get settled.
Ps. 127:3: Don't you see children are God's best gift?

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Very Very Very Random...I mean VERY!!

This randomness could be a result of all the randomness on Facebook! Actually, my friend Shalita told me to look up all that a banana is good for - she said she heard that a banana could get rid of a wart (we were discussing this because Noah has a wart and I was asking if you could put wart remover on a kid)...ANYWAY...so she told me to go home and Google it...That was weeks ago and I'm just getting to it...BECAUSE, my friend Missy has a blog about Honey and Cinnamon and all it's good for (halfway through her blog I thought she was joking but she's not!) So, then I remembered...Hey I've got some researching to do myself and found this...Just in case you wanted to know!

How good is a Banana?

Anaemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of haemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anaemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect food for helping to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at an English school were helped through their exams by eating bananas at breakfast, break and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin – known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body so if you suffer from heart-burn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight and at work: Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods – such as bananas – every two hours to keep levels steady.

PMS: Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer, trypotophan.

Smoking: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking, as the high levels of Vitamin C, A1, B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalise the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water-balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be re-balanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in ‘The New England Journal of Medicine’ eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronic ulcer cases. It also neutralises over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that, if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape! (I'm gonna try this!)

all of the above was taken from: http://archives.chennaionline.com/food/healthandnutrition/gbanana.asp

Banana anyone?!?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

We've Already Benefited ;)

In October Jason got a ticket for "Running a Red Light" - it was actually Yellow (in our opinion). Anyway, they said we had until January to pay the ticket. So, when school started back Jason started checking on it and come to find out it was LATE. When he called they said there will be a $10 late fee added to the ticket price and the price of the ticket will be $153.00 + $10.00 late fee. Okay...it's our fault...we were late! And...we've since starting stopping at Yellow lights!!

So Jason goes downtown to pay the ticket and the lady at the desk was wearing an Obama shirt or pin (Jason will have to clarify that part)...but he starts talking to her...asking her if she was going to Washington...got her all excited about Obama being our next President. And so she replies, "Your total is $153.00" - and Jason said..."But, they told me there was a $10.00 late fee" and she looked at him and repeated... "That will be $153.00" - Thank you Obama!! For our first installment of all you are about to do for us!! HA!

This story is true...I'm being sarcastic of course but it is funny to think we've already "Benefited" from Obama!!

Monday, January 5, 2009

He Told Me NOT to Tell

Yea...he told me not to tell my pregnant posse about getting this sonogram so I'm not saying a word to them!! But HOW SWEET IS THAT?!?

I went to the Dr. today to do all the paper work, blood work, and hear the baby's heartbeat for the first time. It was 164 bpm! Reality is setting in! The pregnancy is going very smoothly - I've yet to be violently sick! I have gagged several times but that has been the extent of it! I can handle that! I'm ready for the yucks to be over with though! It can sure wear on you - even with #4.

In other news...school also started back today and the kids were so excited...Jason and I were very sad! But I guess it's good to get in the groove again! I was a little worried about Mary because she had been home with us for 2 weeks but she was all smiles and was practically wiggling out of her seat to get in the nursery! She reached out for her favorite teacher and that just made me so happy! I just love she is so happy and content to play with them! She's such a good baby!

So...Happy New Year friends! 2009 holds new things for us...I hope you experience some joy and excitement too! Life is good! God is BETTER!!

Ps. 34:8 - Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!