Vaccines, A Preface & Disclaimer

Finding out that I’m having a baby has been the biggest motivator {ever} to do all those things I’ve always thought I might like to do one day {except when it comes to traveling, but, I digress}…


Okay, so maybe all of those domestic things I never thought I’d ever do but always thought admirable in others.
i.e. Real food. Homemade
anything. Cooking. Etc.

Anyway, in addition to getting my act together on the health front, I’ve been so inspired to really research all the things that are normally considering a part of the “norm” or a “given” for steps to take in the whole baby/parenthood adventure.

One of the {many} things I’ve been researching is:

Vaccines

There have been ample horror stories from friends & family about vaccines since I started doing the research & asking questions.

Ample stories that were health related that led us to the decision not to vaccinate our little ones as they come along.

Then, moral reasons started to come up as well.
{Primarily, the discovery that aborted fetal cells are on the list of ingredients in several common vaccinations.}

I hope in this series of posts on vaccinations that I will be able to share my research as well as some of the stories that have been shared with me…

AND

I hope that my heart & motivation for sharing this research is clear:
I care about finding the truth.
I want your feedback.
I want to help by sharing research & resources to those {many} who have asked me what I’ve found.
I hope they’ll pass it along to those who don’t have the time to do all the research themselves.

I am NOT sharing this to judge, condemn, divide, separate, anger or frustrate any of the awesome moms I know.
I am NOT saying that the decision not to vaccinate is an easy one to make.

I do hope that you’ll have grace with me as I share the journey we’ve been on.
& I hope to give grace as I get {what may be harsh} feedback.

Just to reiterate:
If you are pro-vaccines, I still want to be your friend.
I still want to know you, I won’t think any less of you.
Please, please hear: that’s my heart.

{I give all of these disclaimers because I’ve heard a LOT of stories from other moms about harsh responses they’ve gotten when being honest about not vaccinating.}

Squeaky Clean.

I’ve gotten a couple of emails asking me how I made my homemade cleaning supplies.

I’m going to be completely honest: I stole recipes from my awesome friend Jen.
{Although, in all fairness, she shared it on her blog, so I think it’s okay.}

I’m actually going to take them from her blog & share with you here.
{Of course, with my commentary & stories. You don’t get far without those.}

But first, let me tell you the story of these cleaning supplies.

A couple of weeks ago, I bought all the ingredients to make them, but {in keeping with my procrastinating nature} hadn’t done it until, well, 10:30 p.m. on Monday night.
I went to brush my teeth, & that was it. I couldn’t look at that shower again. It had to be cleaned.
I refuse to use the chemical cleaners & bleach to scrub our bathroom, knowing the toxicity there.
John willingly cleaned the shower for me, about 6 weeks ago. He’s promised to do it again.
I don’t even want to smell that stuff, though, & how often is he home that I’m not?

See, John & I wear flip flops. Like, a LOT.
Like, our big toes are about an inch away from our other toes because we kinda live in flip-flops.
{Which, I must say, is legitimate since we live in this hellish weather.} This is great.
Except that means the bottom of our feet get dirty & that dirt cakes up on the floor of the shower.
& The shower is my obsessive must-stay-clean-or-I-will-have-a-mental-breakdown compulsion.
{Also, bed sheets. Bed sheets must stay clean, which means our feet must be clean before bed.}
You can see my problem.

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