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We are a family like many others but, as in all families, there are a few things that are unique to our family.  Here’s a little about each of us:

Rebecca – I love music and play the flute and piccolo.  I was a “band geek” in high school and college and especially loved marching band.  I still play the flute and piccolo a little and I’m hoping to get back in to it soon.  In the 8 years after I was married and before I had children, I was crafty.  I’m not creative but I’m good at detailed, repetitive tasks so cross-stitch and crocheting were my favorite.  I also got in to tole painting because of a friend I worked with.  I like tole painting because it’s basically grown-up coloring since there’s a pattern to copy.

I have been working on family history for over 20 years, mostly in on my dad’s side of the family in Gaeta, Italy.  I am very passionate about it and try to make time every Sunday to work on it.

I graduated from BYU with a BS in Business, Emphasis in Managerial Economics.  Right after we got married we lived in Casper, WY for four years and I worked as a legal assistant for a year then as a The Story of "My Natural Family"full time accountant for three years for an oil company.  Then we moved back to Utah, a block from my parents, and I worked in Accounting for 4 more years.  I did payroll, Quickbooks and helped run the office.  I learned a lot of valuable skills that really helped me when I started my own business in Jan. 2009 - MommyBearMedia.com. At the beginning of 2013 I really felt the need to get the story of our health “out there” so I started this blog too.  This blog is currently my passion.  When I’m not being a wife and mom, I’m working on Mommy Bear Media or this blog but I would rather just write blog articles all the time for this blog but it takes time to manage 5-6 employees so I do what I have to in order to pay the bills!

I am very close to my family.  I am the oldest of 8 and employ many of my siblings.  all but two live within 20 minutes of our house and we get together often.  My sister lives a block away the other direction of my mom so we exchange babysitting almost every day.

Daddy – He works hard in computer programming to pay the bills.  He grew up in the country and likes a simple life.  He would rather fish than do anything but rarely gets the chance, although lately he has been taking T fishing a lot.

The Story of "My Natural Family"M – She was adopted in Florida when she was 18 days old.  She is definitely the oldest child.  She is the best school teacher and is better at taking care of her siblings than I sometimes am.  She is very helpful to me and is a really good friend to every one.

T – He was adopted in Florida just 7.5 months after his sister.  He is either the sweetest boy ever or the biggest pain in the . . .  He has me wrapped around his little finger – he is definitely a mama’s boy!  Read about his Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis Story.

K – she is very energetic, sweet and HAPPY!  She gets her overly-optimistic character from me.  Yes, we are both excited all the time about everything.  It’s both a curse and a blessing.  She refuses to be bored and will find something to do, even if it means constantly messing up the house.  She is Daddy’s Girl for sure.

R – my sweet baby girl who isn’t a baby any more.  She’s a smart little thing and so sweet.  She talks really well for her age (at least I think) and everyone in the family loves her.

We are LDS (Mormon) and live in Utah.  That means we go to church most every week, try to be honest, dress modestly, don’t drink or smoke and try to be a good example to those around us and act like Jesus would have us act.  Our religion is very similar to many others.  We just have a few things added to it.

Why Did I Start This Blog?

I started this blog after about 10 years of having lots of health problems and then slowly learning on my own how to fix them by finding the cause of my health problems.  About 5 years ago I started a little blog thinking I would do one of the “normal” blogs where I posted cute pictures of my children and talked about our vacations but somehow I never got around to that.  I soon found out that all my posts were about my health and discoveries I had made along the way.  I found that when I talked to people in person, it soon always came back around to talking about my health.  It’s hard to hide your healthy journey from others when you lose 60 pounds over the course of a few years, have food allergies to almost everything and finally get pregnant after 11 1/2 years of trying.  I had plenty of other health problems that weren’t so visible, most notable RA and the accompanying back problems, joint problems and fatigue but I tried really hard not to let others know about that and not to let it slow me down.

I have written some articles about the health struggles of our family and I am always adding more.  Here are the articles on this blog where I specifically talk about our health journey.

I Genuinely Want to Help You

The Story of "My Natural Family"I started this blog in the summer of 2012 but didn’t really start working on it until the Spring of 2013.  I felt such a passion about alternative health and a huge desire to want to help others.  I finally felt like my health problems were in control enough to be able to really help others and offer real solutions to common health problems.  I had also used doTERRA long enough that I felt like I could whole-heartedly endorse it and because of NAET I was finally FREE from the food allergies that had imprisoned me for so many years.  I am in the best health I’ve been in ten years.  Do I wish it didn’t take so long and cost so much?  Sure.  Who wouldn’t?  That’s why I have this blog.  I want to help you learn how to fix all your problems much quicker and easier than I did.  I want to show you how to feel great and look great.

Don’t Give Up

I’m still on my journey. Over the years I’ve dramatically improved my health and feel so much better than I did during those darker, harder times but that doesn’t mean I’m in The Story of "My Natural Family"perfect health now. But guess what? I’m not EVER going to give up on my health. I’m going to keep searching and experimenting until I have no health problems anymore. Your health is so precious and so important in your daily life. I know that having good health can be expensive, but to me, it’s been worth every sacrifice and every penny spent to be able to feel well enough to be a mom and wife and to feel joy in my daily life. So I dare you to do the same. Don’t give up searching for the root cause of your symptoms. Don’t let the doctors tell you there is nothing you can do, because there is something you can do. I sincerely believe there is a cure to every health problem out there put on this earth by God. We just have to be open and prayerful and dig deep and not be afraid to try new things and not be afraid to feel better. You really can feel better.

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Comments

    • says

      You’re so sweet. Sometimes I notice people looking at our family trying to figure it all out and I forget that we’re not a “normal” family, whatever that is. I’m just so grateful to have a family and 4 children after so many years of none. It’s so easy to forget all that when it’s super-crazy around here all the time.

  1. says

    I love your whole story. It is a story of Love, Family and Giving…You are very special to do all you do and still do , with your health problems. I know about RA, my cousin has it and I have joint issues, but have not gone to a Specialist. I do not like medicine, I believe in Holistic Way, and I take Zyflammend, it helps me a lot. It is Ironic that it is made in the southern part of Vermont, where I live. I also take Krill oil.
    The picture of you with T, you have the new mommy glow!!!! I love it! I look forward to all you write:)

  2. says

    I’m hoping for the chance to sit down and go through your blog some more as I think I can probably learn a lot from you! I suffer from fibromyalgia and have struggled with lots of health issues and I’m trying to find answers instead of just accepting what the doctors have to say and trying to life with all this junk.

  3. Dionysia says

    Hi.. found your site whilst looking for gluten free cinnamon buns.. Im in Australia and wondered if you help me find someone.. maybe this isn’t theplace to ask, but have tried on well known sites to find a Mormon( American ) lady I met in 1971 when I was travelling to USA to be an exchange student for the year.. I h ope to reconnect with her.. been a few years hey, but have often wondered about her and her life.. any ideas where else to look for her?? imagine she would be about late 70′s now??

    • says

      Sorry. I really don’t know. There are like 14 million Mormons all across the world so you would need to start somewhere more specific, like maybe where she used to live.

  4. Angela says

    I “stumbled” across your blog as I was searching information on essential oils. I must say that God definitely had this entire “stumbling” planned out. You are absolutely precious and love your accomplishments you have achieved in your life and especially your family. I have truly enjoyed reading about you. I am not Mormon but Jesus is my savior for sure. So when the day comes and we go “Home” be sure to find me. I have looked at your essential oils chart and found it helpful and look forward to all the information you have provided. I suffer daily with horrible body pain from Fibromyalgia and started out searching for relief other than my pain medicine my doc gives me. Don’t like feeling like I’m at someone else’s mercy to help with my pain. That’s when essential oils popped upand thought I would check it out. Thank you for all the great information. I look forward to learning all I can from you.

  5. says

    Beautiful story and what a wonderful family, Rebecca! I’m in search on natural healing remedies for inflammation in my lower back that comes and goes, I know that picking my three little ones contributes to it, and of course posture! I am eager to learn from your articles, thank you!

    • says

      So good to have you find us. I have all sorts of solutions on here and more in my head I need to get on here (ha ha). So keep following me to get updates.

  6. Christine says

    Thanks for all of your information. You have a beautiful family and I enjoy your blog. I was just going to ask about hair loss when I noticed this post. My 17 year old daughter has been struggling with hair loss, weight gain and joint pain as well as some other symptoms. We recently (last week)saw a doctor who ordered a lot of tests and an ultrasound of what he thinks is a very large thyroid. He also felt a mass. I love my doTERRA products but was wondering if you know of any that can help with thyroid issues. I read peppermint and clove? Your thoughts?
    On another note, I am also a FH junkie and am researching like crazy in the Abruzzo region of Italy where my father is from. The commune is called Filetto. You?
    Christine

  7. Vivian says

    You look marvelous! Please, may I have your 1-800 no. I’ve read most of your website and posts and now I’m ready to order a sample and place an order on time before the Frankincense promo runs out. I have a few personal questions about my order though:-D

  8. Jenn Jones says

    You look fabulous! What a great job taking control of your life and health. Thank you for sharing your story and your recipes.

    • says

      You’re welcome! I just have about 5-10 more pounds I would love to lose but I’m focusing on being healthy and getting rid of the belly by fixing a few lingering health issues and supposedly exercising (that’s my biggest problem right now).

  9. Rebecca says

    We are so similar it is weird. Although I live in Ohio, and we are originally from Kansas, I went to school in Utah, lived there for years with my husband and have two sisters living in Sandy. We have 4 children, 3 adopted! I have had weight issues for years along with fertility issues. I was diagnosed with RA a few years back. And the list goes on and on….I will be keeping a close eye on your blog but I understand that family comes first!

  10. Tonya says

    Kudos to you, I also suffer from many issues and am now living gluten, dairy free and it feels great although i still have pain. I hope someday the pain will be gone for everyone :)

  11. geekbearinggifts says

    I keep finding links to your posts, and thought I’d check out who was making them. Thanks for all the sharing!

  12. Heather says

    Rebecca,

    I have question to ask you about thinning/hair grow. I had been trying to find good shampoo/conditioner for my thinning/hair grow and couldn’t find one. Any suggestion? and which oils do you recommend? And also about Loyalty Reward Programs – for Preferred Member. I need to know how does that works with LRP for Preferred Member.

    Thanks for feedback
    Heather

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