Monday, August 31, 2009
HFCS is most widely used to as a sugar substitute. It costs less to produce and it is easier to blend and transport because it is liquid.
Perhaps the biggest concern I have is that a small amount of Mercury could be passed into the HFCS through the process it goes through before it becomes HFCS. Another concern I have is that it is in nearly every packaged product we eat and drink! If there are concerns regarding something I am giving my family to eat, I want to know what it is and what the concerns are.
What does the CRA say?
I took some time to read what the CRA (Corn Refiners Association) had to say about all of this and surprisingly the website does not cover a lot of the safety concerns. It does, however, cover about 10-15 of the most popular concerns. The website seems to be pretty thorough and truthful in its explainations except for a few in which they are clearly making excuses and avoiding solid answers. Simply stating facts as these does not prove them to be true.
Audrae Erickson, President of the Corn Refiners Association has said, “Americans should know that no mercury or mercury-based technology is used in the production of high fructose corn syrup in North America.” He also says, "High fructose corn syrup contains no artificial or synthetic ingredients or color additives and meets FDA’s requirements for the use of the term ‘natural.’"
Those are some pretty big claims. Especially since the FDA does not have requirements or regulations for the use of the term 'natural'! They put it through a high level of processing and they use at least one genetically modified (GMO) enzyme to produce it. Does this sound natural to you?
And then there is the mercury...
A pilot study reported that some high-fructose corn syrup manufactured in the U.S. in 2005 contained trace amounts of mercury. The mercury appeared to come from caustic soda andhydrochloric acid, two chemicals used in the manufacture of high-fructose corn syrup. It has been found that caustic soda used by HFCS has been produced in industrial chlorine chlor-alkali plants using the mercury cell Castner-Kellner process, and can contain traces of mercury....Nine of the twenty samples tested did contain measurable amounts of mercury. - Wikipedia on HFCS
High Fructos Corn Syrup: Part 2 (Coming Soon)
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I became a Mother about a year and a half ago. My journey into motherhood was not as difficult as I had always imagined it would be. I got through the pregnancy (although definitely not pain-free!), I made it through labor & delivory (which had always been my greatest fear!), and the first year of motherhood was surprisingly simple. I was patient with my daughter, attentitive to her needs, and every moment I had to care for her I was glad to do it! This was a shock to me because I have always been an impatient person and I had always worried about how I would be as a mother. God definitely answered my prayers in getting me through the initial shock of being Mom. I fully understood that she was a baby, she did not know any better when she did things wrong (to a certain extent) and when she cried it was for a purpose.
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Answer: Being a mother is a very important role that the Lord chooses to give to many women. A Christian mother is told to love her children (Titus 2:4-5), in part so that she does not bring reproach on the Lord and on the Savior whose name she bears.
Children are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127:3-5). In Titus 2:4, the Greek word phileoteknos appears in reference to mothers loving their children. This word represents a special kind of “mother love.” The idea that flows out of this word is that of caring for our children, nurturing them, affectionately embracing them, meeting their needs, and tenderly befriending each one as a unique gift from the hand of God.
Several things are commanded of Christian mothers in God’s Word:
Availability – morning, noon, and night (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)
Involvement – interacting, discussing, thinking, and processing life together (Ephesians 6:4)
Teaching – the Scriptures and a biblical worldview (Psalm 78:5-6;Deuteronomy 4:10; Ephesians 6:4)
Training – helping a child to develop skills and discover his/her strengths (Proverbs 22:6) and spiritual gifts (Romans 12:3-8 and 1 Corinthians 12)
Discipline – teaching the fear of the Lord, drawing the line consistently, lovingly, firmly (Ephesians 6:4; Hebrews 12:5-11; Proverbs 13:24; 19:18;22:15; 23:13-14; 29:15-17)
Nurture – providing an environment of constant verbal support, freedom to fail, acceptance, affection, unconditional love (Titus 2:4; 2 Timothy 1:7;Ephesians 4:29-32; 5:1-2; Galatians 5:22; 1 Peter 3:8-9)
Modeling with Integrity – living what you say, being a model from which a child can learn by “catching” the essence of godly living (Deuteronomy 4:9, 15, 23; Proverbs 10:9; 11:3; Psalm 37:18, 37).
The Bible never states that every woman should be a mother. However, it does say that those whom the Lord blesses to be mothers should take the responsibility seriously. Mothers have a unique and crucial role in the lives of their children. Motherhood is not a chore or unpleasant task. Just as a mother bears a child during pregnancy, and just as a mother feeds and cares for a child during infancy, so mothers also play an ongoing role in the lives of their children, whether they are adolescents, teenagers, young adults, or even adults with children of their own. While the role of motherhood must change and develop, the love, care, nurture, and encouragement a mother gives should never cease.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
- We are unable to afford it now, but at some point I'd love for us to be able to get our eggs, milk, beef, pork, and chicken all from local farmers.
- I'd also love to look into buying whole foods in bulk from something similar to Azure Standard.
- Learn how to garden so that we can make our own veggies.
- Learn how to do canning!
- Make just about everything from scratch.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I have been listening to/reading Nancy Leigh Demoss' series on the Biblical Womanhood over at Revive Our Hearts Radio. Yesterday I listened to, "A Biblical View of Womanhood", and today it is "A Virtuous Woman". This is a series that was originally done in February 2007. It is available for anyone to do at any time and you can find it here: The Counter-Cultural Woman: A Fresh Look at Proverbs 31. It begins with, "The Most Important Lesson".
I have read through Proverbs 31 many times, especially within the last 3 years as I've been a married woman. I've always had a difficult time understanding what some of these things mean, which is why I am doing this study. I thank the Lord for Proverbs 31. It is a beautiful portrait of true womanhood! I can only hope and pray that I will at least somewhat emuIate the Proverbs 31 woman in the years to come. I am so excited to study this passage over the next month or so.
I am so encouraged by Nancy's teaching. God is the focus of her studies, which is so refreshing to hear.
Here is the portion of Proverbs 31 where it gives instruction for Mothers:
Proverbs 31:10-31 (NLT)
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
by Pastor John Piper
My earnest challenge and prayer for you is . . .
. . . That all of your life—in whatever calling—be devoted to the glory of God.
. . . That the promises of Christ be trusted so fully that peace and joy and strength fill your soul to overflowing.
. . . That this fullness of God overflow in daily acts of love so that people might see your good deeds and give glory to your Father in Heaven.
. . . That you be women of the Book, who love and study and obey the Bible in every area of its teaching; that meditation on biblical truth be the source of hope and faith; that you continue to grow in understanding through all the chapters of your life, never thinking that study and growth are only for others.
. . . That you be women of prayer, so that the Word of God will be opened to you, and so the power of faith and holiness will descend upon you; that your spiritual influence may increase at home and at church and in the world.
. . . That you be women who have a deep grasp of the sovereign grace of God which undergirds all these spiritual processes; and that you be deep thinkers about the doctrines of grace, and even deeper lovers of these things.
. . . That you be totally committed to ministry, whatever your specific calling; that you not fritter away your time on soaps or women’s magazines or unimportant hobbies or shopping; that you redeem the time for Christ and his Kingdom.
Monday, August 17, 2009
On March 12, 2008 we welcomed our first child into the world! A baby girl named Zoe Kimberly (named after her Grandma Kimberly, my mother, who passed away in 2005 just a month before I met Gage). She is the greatest blessing God has granted us with. She is such a joy to have and we look forward watching her grow.
Right now Gage is attending school at Southeast Technical Institute (STI). He has already received a diploma as a Software Support Specialist, and is continuing his work to earn an A.A.S. in Computer Programming. I am a stay-at-home-Mom now and I absolutely love it! I couldn't ask for a better job than this! God has truly blessed me. I spend most of my days at home, going to parks, going for walks, learning anything that I can, organizing/cleaning, teaching my daughter anything and everything, and in addition to this I love to write and I love photography. I have just earned a Diploma in Photography and hope to one day earn money through my photography. Right now my focus is entirely on God, my husband, and my daughter.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
4.To Train Up a Child
6.The Way of the Master
7.Biblical Womanhood in the Home
8.Biblical Portrait of Womanhood
9.No More Whining
10.Heaven at Home
11.The Excellent Wife
12.Kitchen Organization Tips and Secrets
13.Shepherding a Child’s Heart
15.A Full House of Growing Pains
16.Mission of Motherhood
17.Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World
18.Death by Love
19.What Did Jesus Do?
20.Discipline of Spiritual Discernment
21.Don’t Waste Your Life
24.Love or Die
25.The Reason for God
26.The Way Home
She looked so beautiful!! I found this picture on facebook posted by Katharine's friend Lindsay. Katharine is the 3rd out of my 6 bridesmaids to be married now. She has now husband Ted Oswald were wed yesterday in San Diego, CA. It's hard to think that she is no longer Katharine Daulton anymore! I feel so bad that I could not make it to their Wedding. I searched for affordable tickets for 2 months before the Wedding and I guess this is a bad time to buy plane tickets because there was never anything I could afford.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Today I decided to go look back at my first post here on blogger: Click here if you wish to read it. I created this blog with the purpose of writing about my many adventures in homemaking. I think I have gone through 3 different names for this blog so far and who knows if the current one (Motherly Love) will even stick... but overall I feel I have succeeded in what I set out to do. I want to document my life and whatever I am doing at the time happens to be what I write about. Right now I am a new mom, so a lot of my posts are about motherhood and the excitement of seeing my daughter try new things each day.
This is a personal journal / homemaker's blog.
I hope that by writing on this blog I am able to encourage other young women to pursue lives devoted to their families. I also want to have a document that my daughter and any other future children of ours will be able to read one day to enjoy and be encouraged by. I believe there is nothing more important for a woman to do, especially in this day and age.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
My Mother-in-law, Jennifer Herrmann, made her dress! It is her 3rd Wedding dress in recent years, I think she made her own as well. Jenny made my Wedding dress, my best friend Shannon's Wedding dress, and Monique's dress! As you can see, she is an excellent seamstress!
This was an interesting Wedding for me. I was videotaping from a balcony and the only other person up there with me was the photographer. I did manage to get a few photos of my own though.
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