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 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.
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
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 essential oils long enough that I felt like I could whole-heartedly endorse them. 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 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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