Moving while on GAPS

by brenda on November 18, 2011

So, how is my move going?

We’ll…so far it hasn’t been so fun. I really try to be someone who looks on the bright side of things, but moving right now just feels crazy. I even told Tim once this week that I wasn’t enjoying GAPS that day as I just wanted to order a pizza.

And yes, as my husband is so wonderful, he did call around to a couple of pizza places…they had gluten free, but when he asked if sugar is in the sauce he got the reply,

“Isn’t sugar in everything now?”

True. If it’s not made at home, it is hard to know.

Then he became even more wonderful of  a husband and took all the kids to the store to buy some special ingredients and make dinner for me…I think he can tell I’m feeling stressed.

Shockingly, we have stuck to the GAPS diet through the chaos of moving our family of seven!!! We just started using paper plates yesterday and tonight we decided to finally go out to dinner as I think I could have cried over the thought of washing dishes. We ordered and shared some Cobb Salads with balsamic dressing…so far we have all reacted well to it, but I’m thinking there might have been something in the dressing as I got a very small headache afterwards…but that could be stress related too!

I have enjoyed lots of dates, bananas, apples and brie cheese (ok, and a lot of BACON) to keep my energy up and help my emotions stay a bit more stable! Gotta love all that good fat! =) I have also had my share of salt baths and Chamomile with Lavender Tea!

Thankfully, this week is almost over and the move will be here and over before I know it.

The kids have really been wonderful about packing. They have helped a lot! Just this evening Abbi was either helping me pack, bringing up boxes or keeping track of a very fast and curious 9 month old little brother.

I am also extremely grateful to my mother-in-law who has watched our oldest a few days lately as he has been more difficult than usual…I know the move is effecting him and I’m trying to be patient…but goodness that child knows how to push my buttons!

Not a good combination when this mama is moving!

Chaos in my home stresses me out, which is kind of funny to think about when I realize that homeschooling five kids is a bit chaotic already, but I defiantly have a limit!

As we finished some packing this evening I threw some custard into the oven and crashed on my bed to nurse a sweet baby. While I was laying there I grabbed a devotional next to my bed and read this:

“The greatest things are always hedged about by the hardest things, and we, too, shall find mountains and forests and chariots of iron. Hardship is the price of coronation. Triumphal arches are not woven out of rose blossoms and silken cords, but of hard blows and bloody scars. The very hardships that you are enduring in your life today are given by the Master for the explicit purpose of enabling you to win your crown.

Do not wait for some ideal situation, some romantic difficulty, some far-away emergency; but rise to meet the actual conditions which the providence of God has placed around you today. Your crown of glory lies embedded in the very heart of these things-those hardships and trials that are pressing you this very hour, week, and month of your life. The hardest things are not those that the world knows of. Down in your secret soul unseen and unknown by any but Jesus, there is a little trial that you would not dare to mention, that is harder for you to bear than martyrdom.

There, beloved, lies your crown. God help you to overcome, and sometime wear it. “

November 16th

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That was just what I needed to hear.

And, most likely, you have a trial (or trials!) that you are enduring today too…maybe that is why you find yourself trying GAPS.


Be encouraged dear friend. These hard things are of greatest value.

Let us not become weary in doing good!


I would love it if you would say a prayer for me in this next week as we move into a new home and get settled!

Is there anything I can be praying for you about?

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Abigail B. November 18, 2011 at 7:40 am

Prayers coming your way! 🙂


Tarena November 18, 2011 at 8:02 am

Thank you so much Abigail!!!
ps. love your name…my daughter would too! 😉


Michellejstahnke November 18, 2011 at 8:02 am

Awww! I totally understand! We moved recently, 4 kids a dog and an hour away! I too do not do welll with chaos and homeschool! Prayers for you!


Meagan November 19, 2011 at 9:14 am

Brenda – what a great post! Also it was incredibly great to meet you at WAPF 🙂 I will be praying for your family! And I made the leap and got a TWITTER account… so exciting! It’s interesting navigating it for the first time 🙂


Brenda November 19, 2011 at 10:59 am

Hi Meagan! It was super fun to meet you, too! This post was actually written by my friend Tarena, she’s moving today! I’m heading over there to help her in a minute! I’ll go check you out on Twitter, how fun! 🙂


Heather Dessinger November 19, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Hmph! Boy do I feel silly now for not getting to know you until after the WAPF conference. Love what you have to say and how you say it! And wow, homeschooling FIVE and blogging? I’m homeschooling one and that’s enough for me right now. (This is Mommypotamus BTW – your comment widget won’t accept my email addy so I had to sign in under my Gmail account)


Brenda November 19, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Heather, thank you, this post was Tarena’s! 🙂 We’re friends who write here together. I just went to help her move today! I have 7, but I’m only homeschooling 3 of them right now. The others are 4, 3, 2, 1. I was looking through the recipes on your blog and they look super good! I’m going to try your soaking technique for butternut squash chips. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it, it’s what I used to do with potatoes! Brilliant! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by here to say hi!


Heather Dessinger November 20, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Wow, AND you blog? I will think of you next time I am tempted to complain about my hectic schedule 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!


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