I’ve written lots of encouragement 🙂 here for staying on the GAPS diet and doing everything "just right" (I’m a first born–a rule follower–a perfectionist). Today, I’m writing about how to let the perfection go when you can’t do everything "just right."
This is our second night with 4 precious new children in our home. They are foster placements, we pray, maybe, adoptive placements in the future, but it’s not in our hands. We have four kids of our own, and these kiddos are ages 3 and under. It’s been a little crazy around here the last 2 days. 🙂 Things are not normal, and that’s ok. This is the season that God’s brought us to. This is what we prayed for. And now we’re here. 🙂
I’m thankful that I planned ahead with my 3 Months, No Shopping. I’m stocked up on most things. I had to break it though, and go shopping for the unexpected things. I didn’t know we’d need diapers, and bibs, and a bunk bed, and baby toys. 🙂 I bought (well, my mom picked up & I paid her back) bananas and some pure organic hot dogs for the kids–we want to ease the newbies into our way of eating with some kid friendly, but safe foods.
I even bought baby formula. GASP! Me? Yes. With Farm Princess, I made a raw milk homemade formula (she did FABULOUS on it–her spitty/vomiting days were over once we got her on that and she grew like crazy!). My ideal way of feeding an adopted baby (after trying breastfeeding, of course, which I tried with Farm Princess) involves that very same formula, or maybe the homemade liver based formula or homemade goat’s milk formula…but these aren’t my kids. They’re foster kids. I can’t do whatever I want/can’t do things my ideal way…So yes, several times per day, you will now see my husband or I shaking up a bottle of Similac….our ideals have to go in this situation…
In a normal week, I would have made whole chicken tonight, and I’d have stock going overnight in my crockpot. Not tonight. 🙂 I had zero dinner plans. Didn’t even think about it. Like, totally. forgot. and didn’t defrost anything. Our pastor and his wife, bless them, came over and offered to bring us a couple of rotisserrie chickens, some veggies & salad. AWESOME! Did I make stock out of the bones? Not tonight. Nope. I’m exhausted. My mom even did all of the dishes, kitchen clean up and laundry tonight. And I’m exhausted!!
People from our church have offered to bring us meals. That is amazing. We are BLESSED with a very involved church. People are in each other’s lives, and that’s a good thing! Friends just dropping by (like tonight) because we were on their mind and they wanted to come pray with us). We LOVE IT! So, people are bringing meals–do I expect people to cook GAPS style? Oh goodness. That would be overwhelming to people! So no, this is what I mean–ideals go out the window. We know what impacts our family the most–wheat, corn, sugar, and nuts (2 of us have nut allergies). And that, frankly, is overwhelming enough to lots of people! So–that’s all I said. Will we eat potatoes? With gratefulness. Rice? With joy. We’ll be ok. We’re not going to die. 😉 Today, anyways. 😉 We know that when life calms down a bit (when these kiddos are adjusted and know the routines here and the days are a little less chaotic), we can ease into eating our "ideal" way again….but for now…I can barely go to the bathroom alone (the almost 2 year old does not like me leaving her side, ever.), I’m not sure how I’ll be finding the time to soak and dehydrate seeds, make yogurt, etc…So….will we eat unsoaked seeds? For a season. And buy yogurt? For a season. And that’s ok……Life is happening, and this is the GOOD LIFE, let me tell you!
So there’s my encouragement…eat as healthy as you can where you’re at–in your season. When my boys were 3, 2, and 1, I heard of gluten free, but it seemed overwhelming. GAPS would have been way out of my league in those days. We’re there again. As of tomorrow (there’s a b-day tomorrow), the ages in our home will be 9, 8, 7, 3, 3, 3, 22 months & 6 months. Crazy? Yes. Wonderful? Absolutely. Eat with the seasons: it has double meaning. I’m eating in season, what about you? 🙂
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