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~Precious Gifts~


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During this holiday season, I took a step back and really watched the chaos that unfolded at each store we went to. It was amazing to see the people racing metal carts, grabbing at items as if they were starving, piling their carts as high as they could, and running into each other like they were in the Indy 500. The chaos was extreme. I will admit I took advantage of PS3 games, Tupperware, bakeware and a sewing machine during our shopping adventures. But when the day is through, what is it really all about? …Family.

When I look into my children’s eyes, hold their hand in mine, and see their beautiful faces, I am reminded of how very blessed I am to be a mom. They have changed my life into more than just a life…it is a daily learning experience full of joy laughter and love. God gave me two precious gifts to watch over, protect and love more than myself. How does one do that? with great ease and a humble heart. My life would not be where it is today without my little boy and girl making each day a journey in itself.

I was not on a good road when I was young, and I know in my soul that God gave me a little boy as my saving grace to get me to grow up, then my daughter a few years later to really kick me into shape 🙂 It wasn’t until just this year that I actually feel like an adult at the age of 30. God has put a peace into my heart, a calmness in my step, and opened my eyes to the responsibility of so many avenues in my life.  I have witnessed how these two beautiful individuals are changing my life each moment we are together. I pray to God that I raise them right.

I am very thankful for the relationship between my boyfriend and I, it is an amazing blessing and I thank God for it each day. He is a great kind man and has taught me so much about myself and the world around me. He humbles my soul and fills my heart with more love than I could ask for. When we are all together, everything feels right in the world…complete and perfect.

My sister said something that stuck in my head the other day. My nephew was drawing a picture and drew my moms new boyfriend in it also along with his son. My sisters smiling response was “Well he has been drawn into the family and there’s nothing he can do about it” 🙂 My son has done the same with my boyfriend. He drew me a picture of our home…me in the kitchen cooking, him playing a game, his sister on the front porch, and my boyfriend downstairs watching t.v. I was reminded of what she said and warmth filled my heart.

 

For all that is in a day…for all that is difficult…for all we go through in life…remember at the end of the day it is all part of the journey. And when you kiss your child on the forehead at night and tuck them into bed, you have been given the greatest gift in the world…               Being a mom. ~

~Ms. Fredrickson~

 

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Age 7…. Age 10… Growing up so fast!


I am on the brink of having an 8-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son. Where has the time gone? How did they get so big? Am I really 30? Is it really 2012? Time really does fly by.

I remember the days when Kaden (my son) was running around the house in his diaper, playing with monster trucks and watching Toy Story over and over again. Occasionally he would put on my winter boots and trompe around calling them “Boops”. He was your classic little boy, squatting all the time pointing at all the awesome bugs that crawled the earth while not having a care in the world. He laughed harder than anyone, and cried all the same. The heart inside that kid only grew bigger as the years passed. He is now 10 and growing into a handsome little man, trust me I am doing everything I can to make sure he is not another punk running around with his pants around his knees. So far it is a success, Praise the Lord! I am proud of my little guy, he has a beautiful spirit and loves his mother and little sister very much. He is learning how to treat women correct from the start. It is up to me to raise a well-rounded educated smart gentleman. I am so proud of him.

I remember when Kayla (my daughter) would fall asleep in my arms while watching Bob Ross “The Joy of Painting” at nap time everyday. She was a quiet beauty, full of deep thoughts emotion and adoring gazes. She was a watcher for most of her infant years. She played with her teddy bears, and loved looking at things in her hands. I wish I could have seen inside her mind, so much going on in there that she couldn’t describe. She was a very independent toddler and loved to play outside in the grass watching the clouds and picking flowers. A typical girl with a craving for art. She started drawing at a very early age and already knew how to read and write before she was in kindergarten. Her brain is beautiful and is trying to explode out of her head to this day. She is a gifted child for sure. I vow to raise my daughter to respect herself, her body, and her mind. I am doing everything to make sure she grows into a confident strong woman who doesn’t take bad treatment from anyone. She loves her mom and her big brother, I couldn’t be a prouder mother.

They have both taught me so much as the years have passed. We have laughed and cried together, always there for one another every step of the way. I will always be here for my children.  I don’t think of being a mom as a “Job”, I consider it a great Blessing to teach them, protect them, and love them unconditionally from the beginning until the end of our time. We are given beautiful gifts when we are given children.

Children do not ask to come into this world, they were brought into it completely innocent. It is the our responsibility, and honor, to give them all they need for a happy life.

~Happy Monday~

Ms Fredrickson

Vitamin D3 “Why take it?”


Vitamin D
Alright its time for a little Vitamin information. 🙂 
 
Vitamin D3 “Why take it?” its simple really. Each time we go to the vitamin section of our local grocery store or health food store we always ponder the longest at the vitamins. I know I do. What do they need? What is the most complete vitamin out there for my children and what more can I do for them so they get the proper amount daily. I am all about the natural way when it comes to my children’s vitamins. 
 
I am all about the natural way when it comes to my children’s vitamins. I want them to get the most out of the vitamins they are taking. Everything from the purest vitamin C, Vitamin D, and multiple vitamins.

According to the Encyclopedia nutritional supplements,Vitamin D is best known for its ability to stimulate the absorption of calcium. Vitamin D also exerts many anticancer properties, especially against breast and colon cancer. The incidence of both colon and breast cancer is higher in areas where people are exposed to the least amount of light.

Vitamin D2 and D3 are the most common of the supplement form. The difference between them is that Vitamin D2 potency is less than one-third that of D3’s. My children take one 400 I.U of a D3 supplement every day. It supports the teeth, bones, and immune system. I read up on this supplement and paid very close attention to the amount they should consume and took into consideration our northern location, cloud cover, and sun exposure.

According to the National Institutes of Health, complete cloud cover reduces UV energy by 50%; shade (including that produced by severe pollution) reduces it by 60%. UV radiation does not penetrate glass, so exposure to sunshine indoors through a window does not produce vitamin D.

Sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 8 or more appear to block vitamin D-producing UV rays, although in practice people generally do not apply sufficient amounts, cover all sun-exposed skin, or reapply sunscreen regularly. Therefore, skin likely synthesizes some vitamin D even when it is protected by sunscreen as typically applied.

Season, time of day, length of day, cloud cover, smog, skin melanin content, and sunscreen are among the factors that affect UV radiation exposure and vitamin D synthesis.

Always do some research before taking a supplement and check out what dose the best for you and each one of your family members. Take into consideration age, environment, physical activity and nutritional intake from foods. Check and see what you are getting from your foods and if it is reaching the required amount.

For example, if you notice that you are not eating enough foods with iron in it, as a woman this is very important, than you may need to take an iron supplement, or a multivitamin with iron in it. I myself was diagnosed with an iron deficiency last year and was very anemic, my percentage was down to 12%. I had to start taking an iron supplement, with orange juice to aid in absorbtion, for a few months to get my levels up again.

Research and speaking with supplement professional is always the best place to start when you are considering adding a new vitamin to your daily nutritional needs.

Have we forgotten?


Is it just me or do our kids these days need constant reminders about almost everything? I still have to tell my 9 yr old boy to use soap in the shower! Maybe that’s a boy thing, but you would think that after 9 years of showering that kid would have it down.

And why is it that when we give proper discipline, strong guidance along with personal responsibilities, people think we are being too hard on our kids?

If you ask me a lot of children these days do not have enough personal responsibilities and therefore don’t learn how to be proper little people and eventually adults. If we do everything for them and don’t teach them to take care of themselves, than what kind of a future are we giving them. I say this to myself all the time. I visualize their futures and realize that how they are raised today will form what kind of adults they will be.

I remember being on my own a lot at their age when it came to getting ready for school in the morning. We were given a lot more responsibilities and did it without complaining. If I didn’t get my stuff done than it was my fault.

I also remember being a lot more free back in the day. We would ride our bikes to and from school everyday and all over town. After school we played in the streams and went for adventures in the woods. We were always out and about all day and didn’t come home until dark, and we never worried about getting taken. Our freedoms were vast compared to their freedoms today. This is heartbreaking but a reality.

So my best advice is to give your kids what we had. If you don’t have woods by you, take them to some and let them get dirty and play. If they want to sit in a mud puddle and play in the dirt with a stick, let ’em at it. It will do them some good to get their hands and feet dirty, to feel nature and respect it. To feel like they are kings of the jungle for a day.

We have all ran through the woods like a deer, jumping over logs and ducking under branches. If you haven’t….What are you waiting for?! Your kids would be amazed at what your mad skills in the forest! Just watch their eyes light up as you run with them and play like a kid again. It will fill you with a joy you have always wanted. 🙂 Get out there and have an adventure! I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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