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Friday, May 31, 2013

Midwife Visit and Stuff Related

This morning was good.  Woke up nice and early for my walk, showered (it's even sweat-inducingly warm by 630am when i was finishing up my walk!), meditated, read my scriptures and ate some peanuts and raisins, and spent some time writing in my journal.  My midwife arrived.  We are now at weekly appointments.

The baby's heartrate was 140.  Normal.  Awesome.  My blood pressure was 118/72.  Good.  My fundal height measured 1 week more than last week.  Good.

All is well.  :)  Baby moves regularly.  We're gearnig up for the birth!  How?

Well, i've completed my goal of preparing 14 days worth of snacks (that's 2 snacks each day, by the way).  My goal of having 14 main courses prepared prior to the baby's arrival is short by only 4 meals.  Pretty great, right?  And i DO have a plan for those meals... at least 3 of them.  :)  So, i'm feeling pretty pleased with myself.

The rest of my "Before Baby Arrives Goal List" is sorely lacking in accomplishment.  But most of the items on it are not integral or even terribly important to baby's arrival.  Just things i WANTED to accomplish.  The main one that sorta had to do with baby (and the biggest that were/are directly related) is already done.  That goal had to do with excess clothing in the house.  It did feel good to get the items i'd put aside a long time ago washed, sorted, and OUT (though i did retain a few items in SMALL sizes... few is REALLY the operative word there).

The only thing i MUST accomplish before baby's arrival now is to relocate the clothes and blankets i expect to use for this one (probably some of the neutral colors as well as a few in "girl" and "boy" colors since we won't know which we have until the birth).  Those items DO need to be washed and i will have to find a home for them.  That last bit should be the most interesting of all aspects of the job pertaining to those things!  ^_^  It'll be fine.

I sure am getting excited!  This is the first time i've been able to look forward to a birth this way.  What's the difference?  i'm not getting stuck at the labor!!!  ^_^  Why?  Well... i think it is a many-faceted jewel of a difference in me, honestly.  For instance, i'm walking right around 2.31 miles every morning as well as doing "kimchi" DEEP squats.  i walk and do squats 6 days per week.  As a result, i feel very strong in my body and greater peace, generally.  The peace (and ability to feel it regularly if not constantly) is due, at least in large part, to the time i spend praying and listening to uplifting talks during my walks, which walking requires right around 1 hour every morning.  (Today was 65 minutes.)  i do think the Bach Remedies i use are enabling my brain to access the Peace always  available to us through Christ much more constantly.

Bach Flower Remedies are most definitely a facet in the jewel of my anticipating this birth.  THAT is a huge one, i think!  If i had to say which of the remedies are making the biggest impact, i'd have to say: Olive, Aspen (which has been particularly helpful regarding fears), as well as Hornbeam and White Chestnut.  Many days i use a total of 7 remedies, but i've been trying to use fewer the last couple days.  Just felt like i should....

Meditation is, of course, yet another facet.  If you haven't tried it, i HIGHLY recommend doing a little reading/watching and making a 40 day commitment.  If 40 days is too much, try 7.  In my opinion, 40 days is THE best minimum to try... but doing even as little as 7 could show you the value.  As for me, i started with a 40 day test this time around.  (A long time ago, when i was 25, i practiced some guided imagery meditation and loved it, but scared myself out of doing it.  But that's another story! ^_^)  The test, which i honestly didn't think i'd be able to completely, went wonderfully well.  Apparently the differences i felt were not very apparent to those around me, but i felt them so much that i kept going even though there was a good deal of opposition.  i'm super glad as i'm now approaching my 1 year anniversary!  ^_^

Currently, i'm practicing Kundalini Yoga.  It's nothing like the yoga that is commonly understood when that word is used.  In my opinion, it's MUCH better... though not usually/always as physically demanding.  If you do a search right here in my blog, you'll readily find a few posts that include the meditations i do regularly... except for the most recent addition (i started a new 40 day challenge), which i'll write about soonish.

Finally, but in no way meant as the least of these, is my effort to eat very well.  Organic produce is the majority of our food supply currently.  Hopefully, some of that will come from my garden very soon.  (So far it has been very little in the form of some greens.  Definitely grateful, but hoping for a good bit more.)  Juicing is also a big effort.  As i progress in this pregnancy it becomes increasingly difficult to juice regularly due to physical fatigue, but i still try to do it every couple days!

There is surely more, i just cannot think any more on this subject.  My mind is ready for sleep, but i have hours yet to go before i may.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tricky Tuesday: Chocolate

Tricky Tuesday is the day i share money saving ideas (when i have them).  Today's suggestion is very specific, but also general.  ^_^  What is the suggestion?  FAST.

What do i mean by FAST?  Well, for me (and this is the specific part) i'm thinking in terms of the very extended 'fast' i have done for the last two years and five months.  That is how long it's been since i've had chocolate.

There are lots of folks that joke about being addicted to chocolate and being a chocoholic - or whatever.  But i'm among those for whom this problem was and is not a joke.  Guys, i still dream about, crave, and REALLY want to have some chocolate.  Sometimes more than others.  That's RIDICULOUS.  It's been almost two and a half YEARS since i had any!  Okay, so there were two times when i realized something someone else made had chocolate in it... once it was pumpkin cookies with chocolate chips (i honestly thought they were raisins).  i scraped my tongue with a napkin when i realized it was chocolate in my mouth.  Same reaction when i realized it was crumbled oreo cookies in a jello-fluff dessert served at a social.  Both of those experiences were withing the first six months or so of my FAST.  Oh, i was so frustrated both times, but i really truly did NOT eat the chocolate and certainly did not have it in my mouth intentionally!  I've been MUCH more careful and cautious about food consumed at socials and items i have not personally prepared!

Fasting from something you desire is and can be good for us in WAY more ways than the benefit to the pocketbook.  Sometimes, though, the pocketbook is easier to conceive of and focus on than the metaphysical and/or spiritual benefits.  For me, NOT having ANY chocolate has saved me and my family as little as $620 (and that's on JUST chocolate, not milk and/or anything else i would "need" to accompany my chocolate fix) and as much as two or three times that much.  That's pretty significant, don't you think?

This suggestion, as i mentioned before, is also general in that anyone can choose ANYthing from which to fast.  If you think giving something up for two years is too much, try a day, a week or a month.  If it's something you use FREQUENTLY (like soda for energy and/or sugar), giving it up for 1 week can save a few bucks... every little bit helps, right!  If you think it's just too difficult or impossible for you to do it, please consider that i thought the same thing about/for me.  Seriously.  And if you don't actually know me, you cannot know how utterly and completely true this statement is for/about me.  If you don't believe it, i can put you in touch with someone who DOES know me, so you can learn from them how unlikely they would've considered me NOT having chocolate for more than 2 years before i started.

God can do anything.  He makes weak things strong.  Truly, He has made this change in me.  If i was doing it for just me... well, it wouldn't have been long before i was using again.  It's only because i know Heavenly Father directed this FAST that i'm able to continue in it.

FASTing from chocolate has made other changes in me possible.  I've been able to become more consistent, in general.  The changes have been slow... very slow and gradual, but they are a big deal to me and in my life.  I started and have been able to consistently continue to meditate daily.  It's been almost a year of meditating now!  Meditating has increased the speed of changes possible in me (mentally, emotionally, and spiritually).  My emotions are MUCH steadier.  My heart is at peace MUCH more often - even when/though things around me are not good or peaceful.  My mind is significantly calmer.  My Spirit is stronger.  And almost 7 weeks ago i started walking 6 days each week.  At first i walked 2 hours each day, but had to reduce down to 1 hour almost 2 weeks ago because of the physical problems the extended walks were causing in my very preggie body.

It's been a long time that i've believed that strengthening my Spirit would make physical changes "easier" and i am definitely experiencing the manifestation of this truth in my life!  Praise the Lord for His leading and Love!

Truly, there are some ways that saving money can also benefit our Spirit!  ^_^

Monday, May 27, 2013

Meditation Monday #33

Today is day 351 of my meditation journey.

So, i missed two Sundays in a row. May 12 and 19th.  Bummer.  But i get right back on track, so that's awesome.  :)  Edging ever nearer to my 1 year anniversary date!  ^_^

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Super Sunday #6

The 22nd finished my sixth week of walking.  If you recall last week's post, at the very beginning of week six, i had to reduce my walk time down to 1 hour from 2.  My mileage is also proportionally reduced.  I hope to be able to continue the 1 hour walks until the end of this pregnancy, but will definitely make a new decision if it becomes necessary.

I've continued to miss the hour i reduced out of my walk, but i feel significantly better in at least a couple ways.  #1: my feet don't hurt like they did and #2: i've been taking a nap after my walk, which has worked out WAY better than trying to nap during my children's quiet time.  Quiet time naps were so hit or miss - based on the behavior of my daughters.  I often gave up trying to take a nap in extreme frustration or got up from nap time exhausted and angry because they were not actually BEING quiet and as a result, i couldn't actually nap at all.

Napping in the morning (particularly most days, since Jessie is home) is actually possible and restful.  I've had to shift things around and i really don't prefer this change, but it definitely makes it easier in enough ways that i am keeping it this way rather than trying to force myself to plod along in utter exhaustion as i ended up doing most days when i was trying to nap during quiet time.  Given how close i'm getting to the baby's projected "due date," i'm just working on being kind to myself, accepting my limitations, and rejoicing in the consistency i am able to maintain - even if it's not the same quantity i'd prefer.  :)

I sure am glad to still be walking, though!!!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

What a Wonderful Day!

Today was March on Monsanto.  What a GREAT day for it!!!

This day has been JUST such an amazing and wonderful day! It SURE does feel good to KNOW i'm not alone in this fight against the bondage of poisoned food!!

We were blessed with two local places to march.  I chose the bigger city because a Temple (otherwise also known The House of the Lord) is also there.  The MARCH started at 2pm, but we left home at 10am so that we could make it to the Temple FIRST.  God first, of course.  :)

Our first stop found us waiting along with a rather large wedding party... why?  Because my girls wanted to see a bride.  Unfortunately, we were only able to catch a glimpse as we drove away, but, thankfully, my three were satisfied.  :)  It was sweet and wonderful to hear their exclamations of pleasure in seeing her and their admiration of her beauty (and the dress's).  ^_^  My girls are SUCH girls!  i'm glad.  I sure wouldn't want them to be stuck like me.

While at the Temple i happened to see a woman from my previous Ward (church group).  She seemed genuinely happy to see me, which was very uplifting.  :)  It was very good to see her, too.

Our second stop: MARCH ON MONSANTO, lasted all of about three and a half hours.  Part of that time spent looking for the parking garage in which i'd left the van.  Yes, this misplacement was only realized at the end when i was trying to depart the downtown area.  See, here's the thing: i DO actually know how to walk away from places when traveling (always look back so the return trip is familiar and you'll recognize where you're going), but it did NOT help me this time!!!  *sigh*  Chalk it up to preggie brain and fatigue.  (Kat reminded me, a bit later, when i felt especially frustrated about my fatigue that i DID wake up really early today.  She's right, of course... 5:45am is pretty early, though, amazingly enough it is NOT earlier than i have awakened for my walks of late, but it is still early AND THEN to also be out in the hot sun.)

As a RARE treat for the wonderful behavior of my children during the hour of speeches and then the 2+ mile march, we went to Chick-Fil-A for dinner.  Thankfully, i really do NOT have to worry about their behavior in restaurants much!  I know, my choice of "treat" is pretty ironic given that many items on the menu there have GMOs as part of their composition... not on purpose, but because it's sorta just THERE (gmos, I mean) when you buy something already prepared.  And, if one should be so blessed as to find that there are NO GMOs... well, unless it's organic, you can bet your bottom dollar that it was treated with man-made fertilizers and/or pesticides.  BOTH of which are decidedly HORRIBLE for the human system.  *sigh*  We still had a LOT of fun!  We stayed extra long so the children could play in the playground.  It was SUCH a pleasure for me to watch Ria and Kat help Jmy get through the playground so he could slide and hide and peek through a window to wave.  I sure do LOVE my children!!!

The baby may have enjoyed the playground time, too....  When the girls were helping and playing so nicely with Jmy the baby was just bouncing around in my belly as if to say, it seemed to me: "Oh, please let me out to play, too!"  i couldn't help thinking a response to my baby, "Yes, you will love playing with these siblings of yours!  You sure are blessed to come into this family with THEM!"

I actually DID take some pictures.  But i'm WAY too tired to upload them at this time.  Sorry.  I'll try for it sooner than later.  Yes, i could be more ambiguous, but i'll refrain.  ;)

Have (or hope you HAD) a SUPER wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!  Stay safe and be GOOD.

If you don't know about GMOs, March on Monsanto, or the dangers to our Food Supply, please take time to learn.  March on Monsanto is also on Facebook and in the beginning stages of planning ANOTHER march for October 12.  It's such a great opportunity to become politically active about something that REALLY matters!  If you care about your family and/or children and their future (especially their ability to be healthy and choose their own food), you really MUST learn about this issue)!!!

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Meditation Monday #32

Today is day 345 of my meditation journey.

Amazing, right?  :)

Still going strong!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Super Sunday #5

As of Wednesday that has just passed, i've been walking 5 weeks.  YEAY!

This week started out much better.  MUCH less pain when walking.  My shins haven't hurt, my knee is better, my calf is fine and my feet hurt only at the very end of the walk!  Such wonderful improvement.  It really is worth reducing the walking distance i did last week.  :)  I was able to take my regular 2 hour walk on Monday and Tuesday.  YEAY!

However, due to my increased need to evacuate, the extreme pain in my feet by the end of my walk on Tuesday, and the almost constant Braxton Hicks in my belly while walking, i've reduced my walk time.  Starting Wednesday, i walked about 1/2 the distance, which took about half the time.  I definitely have missed the hour that i have not walked each day, but am SO glad for the hour i DO have.  My feet haven't hurt and i've been able to take a nap in the early morning, which seems to be working MUCH better than me trying to nap during the children's quiet time.  THAT ended up being just a huge frustration for me and i ended each day feeling sick as a result of feeling SO tired.

So, i'm still walking... just less.  i still feel good about walking at all, though!  Especially in this stage of advanced pregnancy.  ^_^  My "due date" swiftly approaches.  Obviously, that means give or take 2 weeks... and, with me, that usually means: "give an extra 5-17 days"!  heeheehee

Oh... one NICE blessing that has shown up this past week: i started to wake up around 530am each morning for my walk withOUT the alarm!!!  This is huge.  if you know me, you know HOW huge.  If not... well, let me just say that this is basically like unto a personality change.  i've mentioned it before, i'm pretty sure, but you really don't know how truly HUGE this change is.  And the fact that i'm waking 1/2 an hour before my alarm... even more amazingly huge change!!  So, God is working on me!  And i'm SO grateful!!

Do you see God working in your life?  How?  I'd love to hear!  :)

Friday, May 17, 2013

Freaky Friday

Not that i'm starting a new Weekly thing or anything, but i'm feeling quite freaked out.  If you would PLEASE take the time to read the information i'm pasting into this blog.  And then, please let me know if you already knew this stuff.  Freaky Friday describes how i'm feeling this Friday: FREAKED out.  Maybe it won't seem like such a big deal to you... but then, maybe you aren't awake or aware to the implications of The UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) and/or the innumerable and escalating incidences of State sancioned child takings there have been lately.  If you ARE aware/awake to those two things, specifically, and learn something new in the words that will follow, i'd REALLY appreciate it if you'd communicate with me about the connections you see and their implications.  Please.  i know it takes time to write to me in comment or via email, but i could really use some wise eyes/minds that are open and aware with whom to communicate about this info and it's implications!  Thank you, in advance, for sharing your time with me!

The following is copied completely from this is the URL: http://www.thewomenwarriors.net/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?t=483

Once again, before you begin reading, please KNOW that i am NOT the originator of the following information.  i have copied and pasted from the above site, which is a copy and paste from a PDF pages 10-12.  The URL for the PDF is: http://www.teamlaw.org/Warn1.pdf

Thank you for reading and sharing with me!

Family Ties

My sister-in-law lives in a very conservative Utah community wherein most of the people place a stringent guard over the sacred union between husbands, wives, and children.

Yet several years ago, in that community, my sister-in-law’s natural born son came home from school shortly after he left in the morning.

On his way to school he’d been beaten up by a bully and ran home. His mother called the school to inform them that her son would not be to school that day, relating the reason why. The receptionist said she’s have the principal call in about a half hour because he was in a meeting that would last that logn.

About 20 min. later, there was a knock at the door. It was the principal. He demanded she bring her son to the door threatening that he would call the police, have her arrested and declared an unfit mother if she didn’t. Out of fear she got her son.

The principal said, ‘During school hours you are not his mother or guardian, the state is his parent.’ The principal then took her son back to school with him.

That day, my sister-in-law went to the school board and filed the papers to allow her son to be home schooled.

The next day she kept her son home and about an hour after school started there was a knock at the door. It was the principal again demanding entry. This time he had a social worker with him and he was intent on having her whole family removed from her as an unfit mother.

She refused their entry and showed the social worker the school board documents which proved that the state determined she was competent sufficient to home school her son.

Disappointed by the fact the intruders left.

Two years later, in Texas, my sister’s daughter was just starting First grade. Her father often drove her to school and because he thought her classes started ten minutes later than they did she was often tardy.

In that county a certain amount of tardies equals an absence, and, if a person goes beyond a certain number of absences the parent are subpoenaed with the child into the local court where they are fined a minimum of $100.oo as if a crime had been committed. The court has been recognized as having ‘state aurthorty’ to remove the children from the family.

What’s going on?
How could the state have gained such power over the people?
Over our children?
Or, are they our children?
Who are we?
Where are we?
The answers to these questions are found in history, logic, and Law.
They will surprise you.

In America, people with children are usually married --- with a corporate state granted marriage license.

Now, everybody knows that a license is “permission to do something that would otherwise be illegal’; and,

Where Common Law marriages are lawfully recognized in every state, it is not otherwise illegal married without a license.

Remember how you first learned about common law marriages. I was walking to school with a friend. A new family had just moved into the neighborhood and my friend told me that they had a common law marriage.

I asked, “What is that?”

My friend told me it meant they had lived together in sin for over seven years, so now their marriage was legal.

Most of us learned about marriage from parents, churches, or from school. But, did we learn the whole truth?

The truth is that the seven year rule is common law. It’s even Biblical. It’s a property law called the “Law of Jubilee”, which says that every seven years (grand jubilee = 50 years) all debts are forgiven, and whatever has been called something for seven years, or more, is what it was called.

Though a responsibility in marriage is proven by jubilee, that is not the limits of common law marriage.

Common law marriage is defined by “agreement” and “consent”.

Jubilee proves the existence of both agreement and consent, because if you haven’t contested the union within seven years jubilee says you waived your right to contest it and therefore you gave your consent by tacit admission.

In a common law marriage the “agreement” is between the spouses to be, they must agree to be married.

“Consent: comes from the father of the bride. He must agree to give his daughter to the bridegroom.

Under common law, if a couple has both agreement and consent they are married. That’s all there is to it.

The moment agreement and consent are in place the bride and groom are married, and that marriage can then be lawfully consummated.

Marriage often result in the creation of children. Children are created in the image of God. Therefore such a union is sacred and often tied to a great deal of ceremony, religion, pomp, and circumstance.

Now, back to the “License”.
Marriage License

Whereas, “license” means permission to do that which would otherwise be illegal’; and,

Whereas, it is not otherwise illegal to be married under the law; and,

Whereas, the only other reason it would be unlawful for two consenting adults to be married is if they ware otherwise incompetent;

Therefore, if a couple goes to “the state” and asks for the state a license, where there is no other reason for them to need a license other than incompetence, in law, those requesting a license must be incompetent because that is the only reason they could possibly need a license.

Now, one must ask, “When a bride and groom are incompetent to be married without a state license and that state grants that license, Who is responsible for the marriage?”

Answer: The grantor, the state.

Who is responsible for anything created in such a license marriage?

Answer: The grantor, the state.

And, what, typically, is the only thing “created” in such a marriage?

Answer: Children.

So I ask you, “Who do the children created in a state license marriage belong to?”

Answer: They belong to the state.

Believe it, or not. Just check out the evidence:
Evidence #1 --- The state social services stand their authority on a doctrine called “Parens Patria” which is Latin for “parent by the country”. In modern usage parens patria is understood to mean “the state is the parent” [if you’d like to see an in depth WARN report on this doctrine let us know].
Evidence #2 --- When U.S. doctors deliver chidren from the womb they are required to create a document known as a: Record of Live Birth.
Is it given to you? No.
You’re given a: Birth Certificate.
So what happens to the Record of Live Birth?
And what is that?
It is a subdepartment of the “DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE”.
And, what is the, “DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE”.
It is where the U.S. keeps track of its possessions.
This evidence indicated that the state is declaring the children as their possession at birth.
Evidence #3 --- New statutes require hospitals to assign Social Security Numbers to each child before birth, or without the natural parents signature or permission. (read “Independence Day” in this issue)
Evidence #4 --- Why are each of the childbirth performing hospitals in the U.S. registered as “Ports of Entry” into the U.S. when virtually none of them have incoming foreigners?
Evidence #5 --- Birth records and Census reports are used as collateral for U.S. loans and as proof of the subservient nature of the people under control of the U.S. government.
It’s Scary.
It’s proof of the war.
It’s fulfillment of Biblical prophesy.
And, if we don’t do something to change things we’ll have no promise from the King of Kings (other than judgment).

First we learn what happened.

In times past, there were no licenses of marriage except in cases where it was unlawful to otherwise marry.

For example, Biblical Law forbids the intermarriage of races, so, the statutes of this nation (which were based on Biblical law) prohibited marriage between persons of different races. If a white person wanted to marry a black or an Indian they were, by statute, required to get a license.

Marriage records were kept in family Bibles, then in the County Clerk and Recorder’s offices. Statutes were created to allow anyone desiring a license to obtain one. Churches were used to assist in getting people to use marriage licenses as a manner or recording marriages. Over time people began to believe the licenses were required by law, even though they were otherwise incompetent.

Now, remember, the promise given to Israel, was that if we maintain our stewardship, we’ll inherit the earth.

Our stewardship starts with our families. Isn’t it ironic that the document typically used to being a marriage is the same document used by the corporate state to remove our children from us? And nobody ever even warned us, because government employees were just doing their jobs.

Whenever we discover we’ve erred, we can repent. The error was asking the state of a marriage license.

Repenting includes fixing the damage.

Some people would tell you that to remove the marriage license you have to revoke or rescind your signature from the request for the license.

However, as a matter of law, revoking or rescinding a signature admits that you signed it in the first place.

What if you never signed the request for license? Then there would be no license in existence.

In contract law there is no signature if full disclosure is not given with presentation of the agreement.

In the case of the marriage license, if you used one, you were likely not informed that:
1. The grantor of the license is a privately owned corporation;
2. licensing with them wasn’t necessary for you to be married;
3. If you request a license from them you were declaring yourself incompetent; and,
4. You were signing over possession of your future children to them as collateral.

Therefore, if 1, 2, 3 and/or 4 above are true in your case then the contracting license is void, without signature from the beginning.

So what about your marriage?
Legal & Lawful Marriage

Well think about it. If the two of you want to get a “required” license, you must have had agreement. And, if you had her fathers blessing you had his consent and therefore under common law (and/or Biblical Law) you were married without the license before the license was issued.

The churches rightfully want people to have “legal and lawful” marriages.

A common law marriage is a “lawful” marriage, meaning it fulfills law. The accent in the lawful marriage is the fact the parties of the marriage have an agreement, they have the father’s consent, and they are bound by their acceptance of, and consummation of, the marriage.

A “legal” marriage indicated a written contract or marriage. The accent in the legal marriage is the document that binds the marriage.

All you have to do to make a lawful common law marriage a “legal and lawful” marriage is make a legal record of the union made under common law.

In other words, if you legally record your contract of marriage with the County Clerk and Recorder. Such a record is a legal record and the common law marriage is both a lawful fact and a matter of legal record, i.e. “legal and lawful”.

If your original marriage agreement was verbal, you can later legally reduce it to writing and make it binding from the first moment of your agreement and consent by making your contract “nunc pro tune”, which means, “now as if then.”.

Knowing these things prior to marriage on some interesting questions especially if you or the father of the bride have religious beliefs (like I do) that cause you to desire to go through an ecclesiastic leader that may be unaware of the truth and therefore believes that you have to have a state issued marriage license.

The solution is simple.

If it was me, I would obey the law.

With agreement and consent, I would:
Create a Notice of Marriage stating that:
I and my spouse to be have an agreement to marry, show that we have consent of the bride’s father, and, give notice of the intended ceremony which when performed will bind, seal, and/or begin the Marriage union. I would have all related parties sign the document.

I would then go to the County Clerk and Recorder’s office and legally record the Notice with the marriage licenses. I would then get a couple of state certified copies of the Notice.

I would take a state certified copy to the ecclesiastic leader as evidence of the legal right to lawfully marry.

In Law your Notice has a greater authority than the state issued marriage license. The authority you will be using is the authority of common law in original jurisdiction, as was endowed upon man by birth. It is the same authority and power that makes you sovereign. It follows law.

The Notice is in accord with the laws of the individual states and is binding.
Taking your Family back

This problem started many years ago. It wont’ be removed overnight. The state took charge of our stewardships because we allowed them to.

People are a great source of wealth. If the state can convince you that you are under their control, as their asset or subject, then you won’t control them.

We are living with allege contractual bonds to parens patria, and we have been doing so in condemnation for at least three generations. It’s time we recognized the truth. It’s time to take responsibility for our families, our stewardships, and our lives.

Removing the marriage license won’t remove the entire problem in and of itself. It will, however, remove the foundation upon which the state builds its entire “parents patria” doctrine.

With the state’s foundation removed you’ve taken the first step to prepare for any battle that may come up where the state attempts to use social workers, or other forces, to interfere with your family.

You’ll be beginning to act like the sovereign that you are.

If your marriage is not made under their authority, they have no lawful right to interfere with your family unless you invite them to.

Step two: Stop inviting them to solve your family problems. Be self reliant.

It doesn’t’ mean that they won’t ever interfere. It does mean that if they do you’ve disarmed their #1 weapon.

You’ll need to learn more and to prepare to turn back any attack they bring against you, but foundationally you’ll be ready.

Even after we resolve our marriages, the problem is that the system that set up the parens patria system of control still exists and government officials still want us to believe we are their incompetent servants. We need to solve that problem by eliminating the incompetence. Thus:

Step three: You’re sovereign and therefore you’re responsible, so start acting like it. Learn the Law --- Obey and apply it, and when others trespass against you or yours, mercifully and justly hold them accountable to their trespasses. Accountability is the key.

If you’ll do it you’ll be well on the path to true freedom and liberty, and we’ll get our nation back.

Team Law can help.

That’s why we’re here, to help people wake up and learn the law.
Re-tie Family Ties

Typically for about the same reasons we had the marriage license problem we have the problem or raising our children in that same system that taught us that we needed to have the marriage license. That system that wanted us to be incompetent workers providing all of the “government’s needs”, believing that the “government” was supposed to provide our needs. When in reality we are responsible for providing all of our own needs and government’s responsibility is to insure that our rights and property aren’t trespassed.

The question is, “What are we allowing that system to teach our children?”

You don’t have to take your children out of the public school system. Though many have, successfully.

Within the public school system you do have to take an active part.

At the very least pay attention to what your children are learning.

I’m not talking about the school’s alleged subject matter. I’m talking about the public school’s end results: drugs, immorality, and crime.

You decide what’s best of your children. After all, ultimately, when it comes time for you to stand accountable for your stewardship, you won’t be able to blame the school for the outcome.

After all, you are the sovereign.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Genetically Modified Organisms: GMOs

Do you know about this issue?  It is a tremendous danger to our world.  Yes, our whole world.  Won't you join me in taking a stand and making a difference.  We truly CAN if we WILL!

GMOs are infecting heirloom seed varieties.  We will lose variety of seeds as the GMO seeds continue to increase in usage and propogation.  But, really, that's not the most important problem we face.  It's REALLY important, but being egocentric as we humans are, when something impacts us directly it is more meaningful.  And truly, THIS issue impacts us as personally as possible!

This technology will, increasingly and negatively, impact the health of every human on the planet if we do not stop the progress of the agri-businesses responsible for promoting and perpetuating this destructive technology.  Yes, i'm absolutely serious.  They already are making consumers sick and if genetically sensitive: sterile, too!  GMO seeds are bad enough, but in addition to them, the chemicals required for their maintenance are truly horror inducing if you are informed, even a little bit.

Additionally, if you don't already know about The Codex Alimentarius, you must inform yourself about it.  Issues pertaining to GMOs are going to advance the precepts and principles in the Codex if we're not watchful, mindful, and making sure to prevent the advancement of the truly detrimental directives in the Codex!

Monsanto is among the evil corporations responsible for this disasterous technology in the USA.  If you don't know about them, you REALLY need to inform yourself!

Also, there's a march to protest what Monsanto is doing.  May 25th.  There are places ALL over the place where people are uniting to protest this horribly detrimental stuff!  i'm attending one near me.  i hope you'll be at one near you.  We can be there "together"!  :)  Check THIS out to find out where you can attend near you!  Join me!  Let's stand against those who would poison our food supply from the seed up!


Meditation Monday #31

Today is day 339 of my meditation journey.
This last week found me busier, so fewer long meditations.  But i'm still going strong even though i did miss meditating yesterday (Sunday)!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Super Sunday #4

This week has gone well.  Can you believe, as of this past Wednesday, i've been walking for FOUR weeks (six days each week)!  i'm tickled pink about this accomplishment!  NOT proud... i know this accomplishment is not of me.  Many mornings i wake before the alarm... that is not the natural-Tori... that is God's Grace full-on!

Also, as of this just past Thursday, i've been walking in the EARLY a.m.  THIS is phenomenal... like character-change-incredible for me, really truly!  i'm serious, yall.  i mean, when i was younger (as far back as i can remember and until April 10th (11th is when i first woke early to walk)!), mornings have ALWAYS been rough for me.  i would rather sleep in and stay up most of the night than wake early for much of anything.  Anyway... this change is exciting, to say the least!  ^_^  While i am excited and grateful, i must AGAIN acknowledge that this is in NO way a result of ME: Tori.  This is God all the way!  Am i willing to be changed?  Surely!  Finally sufficiently to acctually be ABLE to change... but God is the change-maker!!!

This week has been slower as pertaining to the speed of my walks.  Why?  BOTH of my feet and my left calf (and both shins) hurt pretty horribly by Saturday.  Shoes may be an issue... hoping for a resolution to that problem sooner than later, for sure!  By Saturday night they were NOT improved (as they usually were the other days since i've been walking and they've been hurting) and i was worried.  So, i did as little as possible Sunday (not as little as i planned since Jessie needed attention/help with/for his infected tooth), but more than i normally enjoy.  i also used essential oils morning and night as i had been for a few days... massaging my feet and lower legs.

Monday morning i woke feeling hopeful.  My feet did NOT hurt and my calf did NOT hurt... my shins didn't hurt either!  However, as i walked (and i took it very slow Monday morning) my left foot started hurting again and my right KNEE started hurting!?  What's up with THAT!?  *sigh*  So, i took it really easy on Monday's walk, Tuesday's was also quite slow and Wednesday was slow, but faster than the other two days.  i'm just glad to still be walking 3+ miles and spending between 1.5 and two hours in prayer and listening to uplifting and enlightening messages!  :)  Sunday night, Tuesday night and Wednesday i used Theives Oil on the bottoms of my feet and in the areas with the most pain... Tuesday and Wednesday on my knee.  Seems to REALLY help!

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All of the above is describing my newest addition to taking care of me: walking.  To recap my personal care to date (and starting with what i do first in a given day): i walk 2 hours first thing (lately between 6 and 8am or right around then), "kimchi" and faster LOW squats (think position for birthing), shower, essential oil self-massage when/where necessary, scripture reading, journal entry (many days, but not EVERY day), and prayer.  i usually hold family devotionals sometime around 9am and then reading class with Tea soon thereafter.  This whole process takes up a good portion of the morning, which works here since Jessie is usually home until later morning and the children get time with him while i take care of myself.  If i go out into the house while he's home, he often wants to talk to me and they won't/don't get his attention.... and i have a more difficult time with them because they've missed their Daddy time.

i'm gearing up to have lots less time with/for myself with the birth of our #5.  During pregnancy with each of the children since Ria (didn't feel it with Ria, really), i wanted to run away for a night or two alone... in a hotel or something AWAY.  This makes perfect sense to me now... i wasn't doing much of ANYTHING to take care of me!!!  This time, i feel perfectly fine with things as they are.  i feel whole and/or healing and WELL and/or becoming well!

It's not selfish to take care of ourselves.  i have more to give as i become more!  :)

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Thankful Thursday

i'm thankful for change.  The ability to change and the opportunities each new day provides.

i'm thankful to have met some neat ladies on Tuesday night and hope to be meeting some more today!

i'm thankful for hope... maybe not hope in the things i used to hope in/for... but hope in new directions and with new foci.

i'm thankful for Heavenly Father's provsion - even miraculous provisions!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Meditation Monday #30

Today is day 332 of my meditation journey.
i am amazed to consider that i am only about a month (33 days) short of meditating for one year!  Seriously!  i was thinking about it just the other day and i thought i was closer to nine months than to a year.  So, i'll definitely make it to my year anniversary of meditating before the baby is born, God willing baby stays put at least until due.  :)

Recently, i've been able to incorporate a few longer (33 minute) meditations.  My preference would be to do them that long (or longer!) if i could, but i do have a family for which i need to do things.  i'm still primarily doing Kirtan Kriya, but every once in a while i'm able to also do a Conquering Anger Meditation, too.

Remember, though... i've been walking daily since early in April (except Sundays), i still also read my scriptures morning and night and pray morning and night... so, when i consider that, i can see pretty clearly why i am feeling better.  i'm FINALLY taking care of myself!!  The following are how i believe i am taking care of myself: physically (my walks), mentally (reading when i can, doing my bit online, and prayer/scripture study), emotionally (prayer, self-speak; particularly outloud), and spiritually (prayer: especially the spoken out loud ones!, scripture reading/study, and meditation).  If you know me or have been reading along here for a while, you'll readily recall that i have added on different self-care practices VERY slowly.  It's doable!  One BABY-step at a time!  ^_^  Even with four children and homeschooling!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Super Sunday #3

Monday, April 29th i was sure i'd walked 5 miles in 2 hours.  When i plugged my route in to my Google Pedometer, i found that i's compeltely "only" 4.98 miles.  GAH!!!

Tuesday, i knew i'd walked a little more than 5 miles, but i had no idea about how long i'd been walking.  When i walked in the door, my eldest told me what time it was: exactly my same arrival time on Monday... AND i'd left at exactly the same time, too!  So, Tuesday, i walked 5.09 miles in exactly the same time as it took me to walk 4.98 the day before!!!  This just tickled me to no end.  EVERY improvement is something worth cheering myself on about, far as i'm concerned!!!  ^_^

The rest of the week i was able to walk daily and even had some good (for me) times.  By Saturday, though, my feet hurt horribly most of the day long and my left calf and shin were REALLY painful.  i decided that Sunday would be a complete rest day (no walk with the children).  I think it's helped... i sure hope so!

(didn't publish until Wednesday... forgot!)

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