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Trip Update

I wanted to jump on here and update you on our trips.I told you in my Thanksgiving post that we always go to Gatlinburg, TN the Sunday following Thanksgiving. This year, we had a slight change in plans. My family and I had planned to go to Waco, TX to Homestead Heritage. They have a Thanksgiving fair there every year the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving. This trip overlapped our Gatlinburg trip, so we decided to leave for Gatlinburg on Tuesday, which would be today.
All went great on the Waco trip. Homestead Heritage is one of the neatest places I’ve ever been. They live a self-sustainable life, growing everything. It’s such a neat community. I really can’t explain it all to you, but if you have any interest in sustainability, natural living, community relationships, a simple life, etc., you should check them out. My mind was blown. I was so impressed.
They had seminars and sold their goods at the fair. They had good wholesome food to eat. They even had live music. They have an adult choir that was around one hundred members. They were accompanied by a full band and orchestra. I’m a musician and I’ve heard some pretty amazing choirs and musicians, but these were top notch. They also had a children’s choir which was around one hundred members. This choir was 6-9 year olds. Another children’s choir the same size which was 10-14 year olds. Then they had a youth choir that was a bit smaller for ages 14 and up. They’re little children sang in Hebrew on one song, and the youth sung in Greek on one song. A couple of children, maybe 6 or 8 years old, played violins. They played like professionals. They even played them upside down. It was something! 
Homestead Heritage Thanksgiving Fair will definitely be an annual event for us from now on. Everyone there was so kind. It rained both days, but the fair went on. On Saturday they had 9,000 people in attendance. They said that was a record on Saturday. I think I heard there were 6,000 there on Friday. I highly recommend this fair. It’s amazing!
As I said, we were to leave today for Gatlinburg. We got word last night that Gatlinburg was burning. Due to wild fires, they evacuated the town and some of Pigeon Forge was also affected. So, we postponed the trip. We plan to go either next week or the week before Christmas. It all depends on how quickly things are reopened.
Here are some photos from Homestead Heritage. You’ll see a lady talking about goat care and milking, soap making, spinning, essential oil distilling, a tiny off grid house, & the choir.

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Happy Thanksgiving 

Hello everyone! I hope you all are well and preparing to celebrate on this Thanksgiving Day. I sure am. I enjoy the holiday season. It’s a nice break in the routine.
My family and I will be celebrating with my grandparents and my mom’s brother. We always have lots of good food and my uncle and I have a lot of fun at my mom’s expense. 🙂 So, the day should be a good one.
Every year since, well I can’t remember when, I have gone to Gatlinburg, TN with my grandparents. We always leave the Sunday following Thanksgiving. We’ve done this over twenty years for sure. My mom started going with us 3 or 4 years ago. We love this trip! So, Thanksgiving brings with it the excitement of going to the Smokey Mountains.
We usually spend 2 days in the Smokeys. We spend 1 day driving through the mountains taking photos of waterfalls and creeks that we have tons of photos of already from previous years. But we don’t have one from this year. :-)- We visit the Indian reservation in Cherokee, NC and enjoy the little shops. We walk the streets of Gatlinburg and visit the shops there as well. It’s just a very neat place. If you have read my blog much, you know I love mountains and creeks. Gatlinburg has plenty of both.
We spend 1 day in Pigeon Forge shopping in the outlet malls and other little shops. We love to go to Smokey Mountain Knife Works. That’s the place to go for survival tools. 
In the past, we have visited Cade’s Cove, which is a nice scenic ride in the mountains. We have also hiked to a couple of large waterfalls. The first time we hiked to a waterfall, my grandma wore her casual boots. They were by no means hiking boots. We did ok going to the waterfall, but coming back was a different story. It was downhill, and the ground was slick. Downhill, slick and casual boots don’t mix. That spells disaster. My grandma was already having to lead me since I’m visually impaired. So, if she slips, we both go. Well, my grandpa was on one side of her and I was on the other side. We literally held her up as she slid. She never fell, thankfully. We all survived and the next year she brought tennis shoes and we hiked to another waterfall.
It was my turn to struggle through that hike. It was so muddy and threatened to rain on us. We had to cross a creek on stones. I couldn’t see the stones and my grandpa had to help me across and it was a miracle that we didn’t both fall in.After this hike I had to buy new tennis shoes because mine were ruined by mud. It was worth it though. I have lots of good memories in the Smokeys.
I will share photos with you when we get back. I could share them now, but they’re from last year. Of course, you will want to see them from this year. 🙂
I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are able to celebrate with your family and friends. May God bless you and give you a special day.
For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, email me at homesteadnutrition@dr.com. Have a healthy and blessed week! 🙂

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My Garden & A Success Story 

Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a great week. I’m sure everyone is preparing for a wonderful Thanksgiving week. Some are probably excited about the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday. I personally am excited about our final vacation of 2016! I will share that with you when we return. 
Last Saturday I was able to put Epsom Salt in my garden and cover it with pine straw for the winter. My friend’s son was able to get me the pine straw after raking a neighbor’s yard. That was a blessing. So now my garden is resting until next Spring. I do still have a pepper plant and carrot plant growing. I’m going to leave them until they do whatever they are going to do. 

I have been working with a client for about 3 weeks who is struggling in school. This young guy is 12 years old and in the 6th grade. He was failing really bad at only 12 weeks into school. 
The first session with him, I found a food additive toxicity, which turned out to be High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). His mom, who is also a client, began trying to remove HFCS from his diet. It was in just about everything he ate on a daily basis. 
I also found a color deficiency. He was deficient in the color red. If you know anything about how color affects our bodies, you know this was vital. Because of electronic use in our day, we are exposed to mostly blue light. Even the light bulbs in our homes, businesses, etc., expose us primarily to blue light.
Blue light isn’t terrible in the daytime. Too much of it can ruin your eyes. The daytime colors are blue, green, yellow, orange, etc. These are the colors of the sky. We see the sky as blue, but it is made up of these colors. We should never wear sunshades. They block the colors we need.
At night we see the sky as black. In reality, it is red. When the sun sets, we need the red light to tell our pineal bland to secrete melatonin, the sleep hormone.If we are looking at electronic gadgets, having lights on in our homes, etc., we are getting blue light and the pineal gland isn’t able to do its job. Our circadian rhythm is thrown off.This causes us not to sleep properly. Loss of healthy sleep causes the body not to heal and repair properly, and on and on it goes until, eventually, we become sick.
So, do we live in the dark after sunset? There are measures you can take to help in this area. Wearing blue-blocker glasses is a great place to start. Dr. Joseph Mercola wears these glasses at all times when indoors. Society tells us to wear shades outside, but as in most areas, society has it backwards here too. Another compensation would be to use red light bulbs. Pretty, right? 🙂 As far as electronics, my first advice is to turn them off at sunset. If you can’t, there is a program called FLux that blocks the blue light. Also, you can wear the blue-blocker glasses. I couldn’t get FLux on my IPhone, but if you have an IPhone 6 or newer, go to settings, display & brightness, night shift, and set it on the warmest color setting. You can set it to come on at sunset and go off at sunrise. This may not be the best, but it’s better than nothing.
In my 2nd session with this young man, I found that he had a heart wall. A heart wall is made of trapped emotions intended to protect the heart from hurt. His was pretty significant and all the emotions were centered around school. They started building up in kindergarten and stacked up until last week. I was able  to identify and release all of them, totally removing the heart wall. I worked on other things as well. The young man’s mom told me earlier this week, he had taken a couple of tests at school and passed both. To God be the glory!
Society would have that young man on prescription drugs. He wouldn’t have a chance. When we allow the body to heal and do its job naturally, it makes all the difference in the world.
For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, email me at homesteadnutrition@dr.com. Have a healthy and blessed week! 🙂

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Garden, Election, Body Code, & Essential Oils 

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a great week. We finally got rain this week! It was really dry here, but it rained Monday evening and Tuesday. Now it is nice and cool.
I still have carrots in my garden. I have no idea how long to leave them in the ground. I’ve been told to leave them for a year. I guess I’ll learn on these. I also still have a jalapeño pepper plant in my garden. I’ve picked 2 peppers from it and it has another growing.  That’s all that is left of my garden. I used a hand plow last weekend and plowed the soil. I had pulled up my tomatoes, cucumbers, etc. and left them lying in the soil to decompose. Now, I’m going to put Epsom Salt on it and cover it with pine straw for the winter. It should be ready for planting in the Spring.
Thank you all for exercising your right to vote in our Presidential election this past Tuesday. The American people have spoken, and we should all except the results. God puts people in power and He brings them down. It’s all apart of His plan to fulfill His Word.
I was demonstrating what I do as an N.D. Who uses the Body Code System, to a friend the other day. I asked if she had anything wrong that I could use to demonstrate. She had a knot in her neck. I began to examine her using the Body Code and traced one underlying cause to a misalignment in her clavicle. I corrected the misalignment with my magnet and she said she could move her neck more freely. 
This is just an example of how powerful natural healing can be. If you, or anyone you know could benefit from this modality of natural healing, I would be glad to set up a session. I see clients in person and can do long-distance sessions as well. I’ve not done an out-of-town long-distance session yet, and would have to work out the details for payment, but it can be done. I plan to expand more in the new year. I want to establish a website and make myself more available to clients, both local and long-distance.
One other quick story. I have an essential oil called Relaxation blend. One evening before going to the gym at our church for fellowship, I put a drop or two on my neck. When we arrived at the gym, one of the babies was crying and just really restless. I sat beside my friend who was holding this baby. Within 5 or 10 minutes he was asleep and slept for a very long time. I don’t know if it was the Relaxation oil or not, but I lean strongly in its favor. This just proves the power of essential oils.
For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, email me at homesteadnutrition@dr.com. Have a healthy and blessed week! 🙂 

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Exercise Your Right

Just a reminder to you as a US citizen to exercise your right to vote. In a physical sense, if we don’t exercise our muscles they deteriorate and we lose them. The same is true with our Constitutional rights, if we don’t exercise them, we may lose them. GO VOTE!!!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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Won by One 

Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a great week. It has been nice weather here and the leaves are falling. 
I do my best to keep this blog focused on natural health and homesteading. However, this week I am going to dare to broach the subject of politics. As you know, if you live in the USA, next Tuesday is our Presidential election. I have been a strong proponent of exercising our right as citizens to vote. I voted in my first election in 1996, which was also a Presidential election, ironically, involving a Clinton. I have voted in every election since then. 
I will be the first to admit that our choices this year for President are poor. Actually, I don’t know of any politician who would be a great choice. They all make big promises and fulfill few of them. So, let me say up front, politics is not the answer for the USA. God is!
Having said that, I am still going to vote next Tuesday. I am voting on behalf of the Supreme Court, natural health, the first and second amendments, life for the unborn, traditional marriage, religious freedom, the economy, etc. Neither candidate is as strong on some of these issues as I would like, but one of them will be President. 
Your vote does matter. One vote made the difference for a state representative in the 1800s, whose vote made Texas a state.  Mr. Jamison Shoemaker arrived at the pole to vote just as it was about to close. They had run out of official ballots and Mr. Shoemaker had to cast his vote on a homemade ballot.When the votes for representative were tallied, Mr. shoemaker’s vote was the deciding vote. That representative’s one vote was the deciding vote that made Texas a state.
I am not telling anyone who to vote for, it’s a free Country, for now. I’m just encouraging you to do your civic duty and go vote. If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain about the President, whoever it may be. This could be our last election depending on how it goes. Take advantage while we are still free to choose.
For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, email me at homesteadnutrition@dr.com. Have a healthy and blessed week! 🙂

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