About



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. I write about adoption on my other blog, The Adoptive Mom.

You’ll also see Farming and GAPS Diet posts scattered throughout this site. Here’s why:

  1. 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. Our “homesteading” these days consists of shopping at the farmer’s market and growing some veggies in our backyard.
  2. 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!

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 p.s. You might want to come hang out with me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

p.p.s. Feel free to e-mail me, anytime.

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Simone May 2, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Hi Brenda

I wanted to let you know that you have totally inspired me to start GAPS with my family. I have been putting it off for a while as it always seem so daunting but after reading how you are doing it with your 8 children and I only have 2, well I thought if you can do it with 8 than I can certainly start with only 2.

Thanks again.

Simone
Australia

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brenda June 11, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Simone, I am so glad that me sharing my story has inspired you to do GAPS! You will feel better & get healthy! YAY! Blessings! 🙂

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Jim Burns July 31, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Bravo Brenda for the courage to do what you are doing. May the Lord continue to bless you and your family on the farm! In His Love, Pastor Jim in Montana

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Jenny September 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Brenda,
It brought tears to my eyes to hear your story of sickness and then finding the GAPs diet. I started to have pain in many places, swelling in my ear with ringing, and terrible fatigue. I was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia, auto immune disease of some variety, auto immune thyroid, tmj, etc. I was doing a little better with a pretty healthy diet and mostly gluten free, but then 6 weeks ago, I got terribly sick with severe abdominal pain, diarreah, etc. The doctors have checked a lot of things, but are currently waiting for results from a celiac test. I was so discouraged on Friday, I couldn’t even believe that God was going to help me. Friday evening, a friend told me about the GAPs diet and I knew it was an answer from the Lord. I started right away and that night the pain was gone! I still feel week and a little naseous even as I am struggling to eat so much broth! I really need help in how to go forward with this diet! I also home school three kids who need me to regain my energy soon! Thanks for sharing your story and any help you can give!
Jenny

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Hope February 29, 2012 at 6:00 am

I just found your blog via cheeseslave. So cool and L-O-V-E your kitchen, the stainless counter tops are the bomb! I am a sahm of four children, we homeschool, and eat real food! I am from the Pacific Northwest. It has been our dream for acreage and mini farm, yet we keep doing other things, like living in an rv in Florida (currently). We’ve moved about 7 times in our 11 years of marriage (intentionally). We’re ready to settle, hopefully back in Spokane, WA. where our sticks and bricks home is. In a development…..thats the only bummer, but it is still quite rural, we’ve got a wheat field directly behind us, and the devlopment is quite new and not filled with houses due to the down economy. Hopefully we can sell someday and move out to the hills. I own Stories Basic country Skills,the Encyclopedia for Country Living by Carla Emery, Nourishing Traditions, and many others like it. I am also what you call a “Prepper”and an avid Ron Paul supporter in ’08 and ’12! Anyway I totally dig your website. My oldest child is 10 and is on the autistic spectrum, so we’ve skimmed through just about every diet there is. SCD has been the most helpful but we are currently doing more of a primal/paleo diet, I should research GAPS more as I really want to add more fermented foods to our diets. I have heard of it over the years but was more into researching other things, chelation therapy, gf/cf/sf/ _f/_f/ (just kidding) diets….etc. Health in general. Looking forward to visiting your blog. There are SO MANY AWESOME BLOGS OUT THERE!!!! I am totally relating to yours though, I LOVE FIESTAWARE TOO (no lead in the glaze!) I only have 2 white FW coffee cups currently though. Bless you for adopting and foster parenting, there are so many here in the USA that need good homes. Take care & Shalom (peace) Hope in Jacksonville, FL.

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Brenda March 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Hope, thanks for stopping by to comment! I hope that your family *can* settle down on land someday soon! It’s a wonderful life! We moved a lot before we found our farm, also. I think RV life (for a short while) sounds fun, too. I think you and I have a lot in common. 🙂

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Loveoutloud84 April 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm

wow. you sound so much like my dreams! lol! I am in the process of trying to get our house up for sale, start GAPS for me and then the whole family (momma needs the energy to serve all!), trying to move to GA, looking for land there, have two kids (one will start homeschooling this fall) and are looking forward to settling down and adopting (I have 3 younger adopted siblings!) I will be following your blog and rejoycing with you in your journey!
Do you have any tips for starting such a huge diet for a whole family?

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Tifjunker August 16, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Hi! I too have been to Nancy Thomas camp, in fact, I hosted one – I live in Port Angeles WA and am just starting GAPS – I would love to connect with you in private message – is that a possibility?

Thanks

Tiffany Sudela – Junker

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staci September 9, 2013 at 8:25 pm

I just found your page today and am so saddened to hear you are selling your farm. I live in Texas and my husband and I have the same dream to own our own farm…someday. I wanted to make a donation but did not see a place to do it so I purchased a few of your ebooks. Thank you for what you have done and I look forward to reading through more blog posts in the next few days.
Staci

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Tina Brewer Struemph September 18, 2013 at 8:24 am

Can you do farm tours for schools for a small price? I hate to see a good family hurt so much.

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Olivia February 22, 2014 at 7:45 pm

God BLESS you! Such big hearts and dreams. Love reading about it! We will be moving next month, onto our future homestead, of almost 100 acres in beautiful Tennessee. It is being lovingly “provided” by my great in-loves, who will live on the land with us. My parents hope to join us too, come Spring. Talk about crazy! We actually all get along that well ;-p Anyway, your blog is a blessing so far..thank you, thank you!
May God pour His blessings all over your family.

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Dorothy August 15, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Hello!

I have visited random pages of your blog before, just through google searches of GAPS recipes. I have now FINALLY gotten to read a bit of your story and blogs posts! Thanks so much for sharing! My husband and I have attempted the GAPS diet on and off for the past 5 months. I say my husband and I, but it is really my husband – I’m pregnant (due in 4 weeks though!) – he has ulcerative colitis, and we have been working to keep him off medication and have healthy bowel movements. It’s been difficult, and in the beginning I didn’t know what I was doing; but now that I am finally reading Dr. Campbell’s book and reading more stories (such as your’s), we are looking forward to really setting this off. At the same time, I’m very excited about your blog because it is our dream to have a homestead, or at least a small scale homestead.

Thanks for sharing! I’m excited to read more!

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Jessica Davis September 12, 2014 at 11:30 am

Hi Brenda,

I saw your “Fighting For Access to Local Food: My Interview with an FTCLDF Attorney” article today and thought I’d write to introduce myself and our project- http://eatlocalgrown.com.

The eatlocalgrown project has two primary missions-

1) To create awareness about the dangers our food system is facing
2) To support small local farms and farmers markets that are practicing sustainable agriculture

I wanted to reach out to see if you would be interested in having us re-publish some of your existing articles on eatLocalGrown.com as a guest author. Some of our guest authors include Dr. Lissa Rankin, Dr. Amy Myers, Dr. Sara Gottfried. Marc David, Danielle Nierenberg and many more.

We provide full credit on all articles with links back to your site/blog. Guest authors receive a dedicate bio-page where we can also add links to your Supporting Small Farms and Meal Plans.

Our base is growing pretty fast so I am confident that we can get you some great exposure. We currently have over 500,000 Facebook and Twitter followers.

To see some examples of how we give you author credit and links here’s some articles we recently published:

http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/11266-wheat-gluten-the-culprit-for-so-many-ills.html
http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/11904-live-to-100.html
http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/12288-the-real-truth-about-sugar.html

Our ‘About’ page will give you some background on why we started the site and what our goals are: http://eatlocalgrown.com/content/about-us.html

We’d love to have you on board. Please contact me if you are interested.

Thanks,

Jessica Davis
916-847-7932
http://eatlocalgrown.com

http://facebook.com/eatlocalgrown
http://twitter.com/eatlocalgrown

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Sherlene Rittenhouse February 10, 2015 at 7:29 am

Wanting to try the fabric softener recipe, does the essential oil leave any spots on the clothing be “oil”?

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Brenda February 19, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Sherlene, nope, no spotty oils, if you’re using good quality essential oils. Feel your essential oils, they should absorb into your skin quickly and not leave an oily residue on your skin. That’s one way to test for good oils!

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