Be grateful, pray and give thanks

Life has been pretty hectic lately. Blogging has certainly had to take a back-seat. It’s a pity really because the whole reason for starting a blog in the first place was to have as a keepsake the things that we do in our home-school.

Lately, all I have managed is cooking for our very strict diet, and getting small amounts of school done. I have even been quiet on the Instagram front too. Jay’s health has taken a turn for the worse. Even though it is entirely ‘normal’ when going through a detox program such as this, it doesn’t make it any easier.

As toxins leave the body they initially make you feel a lot worse. This is difficult because you are putting so much work into trying to heal the body and all you feel like you are doing is making things worse!

As we peel back the layers of Jay’s problems I feel we are gradually getting towards finding out what is going on in his body. His ileocecal valve is not shutting and it looks like it suffered some trauma from having his appendix out 4 years ago. Other problems are surfacing too, but at least this gives us an idea as to what we can do to help him heal.

I want to begin blogging more again. I will be trying to document what we are doing for school. Jay isn’t managing much school work. His work load depends on how he is feeling each day. On a good day he focuses on getting some maths and english done. If he is able to do more, he reads his textbooks for history and science. He also has the option of religion and geography which are online courses. When unwell he spends lots of time on the couch listening to audio books and reading. He also watches documentaries. I have faith that he will catch up and I am so grateful that we homeschool and we can adapt his school as we need to each day.

So I won’t bore you with any more ‘health talk’. I will be posting more about what’s happening around our home. And I will be focussing on all our achievements of the week (even if very small). When things are difficult I believe the only way to survive is to celebrate the success and be grateful for the little things. Be grateful, pray and give thanks!

Thess quote

My Daybook – May

This month of May has been so busy. I am only squeezing ‘My Daybook’ post just in time before winter begins tomorrow. The little three kids are in bed and I can sit and reflect on what has been a particularly crazy month of May.

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW I SEE…. Nothing….it’s dark! But when the sun is shining our rose bushes look beautiful at the moment.

roses May 2016

I AM GIVING THANKS…..that I get to go out with my hubby Friday night. We are going to see one of our favourite bands “The Idea of North.” I can’t wait!!!!

I AM PRAYING FOR…… many people at the moment. Mostly at the moment I am praying that this diet we are on will make our sick kids better.

I AM LISTENING TO…. Jay playing some Spanish music on his guitar. The heater is also whirring away trying to dry my bedding so I can get it back on my bed tonight.

I AM THINKING ABOUT…starting a journal to document how we are progressing each week on the diet. Each week there is new developments and I think I will never forget them, but I am sure I will  ;-)

I AM LEARNING….how to experiment with recipes to make them ketogenic/GAPS friendly. Prior to this diet I could only cook from a recipe. I am finding more and more that I can adapt recipes to suit our needs and even make up a few of my own.

I AM READING….’Gene Genius.’ It is a fascinating book about how our genes influence our health.

IN THE SCHOOLROOM….we are much more on track now after having a rough few weeks. Firstly, it was the adjustment to the diet, then we had our National testing, NAPLAN.


COOKING IN THE KITCHEN….coconut yoghurt, fermented apples, fermented carrots, kefir, lots of slow cooked meat and veggies, broth and a couple of fermented drinks. One yummy drink I made was a kefir beetroot and ginger juice – yum!

Here are some that I made with the kids on the weekend….

fermenting weekend

IN THE MORNING BASKET… On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness and lots of Zentangles.


morning basket May


I NEVER WANT TO FORGET….our trip to the hills last week. We went to Mundaring Weir. It was a beautiful autumn day and the scenery was lovely. The whinging 3 year old in the back of the car on the way there wasn’t so lovely (he was crying that his foot was ‘wobbly’ – we think he might have had pins and needles!). Nevertheless, we arrived after 50 minutes of driving. We had a lovely walk and then cooked a BBQ lunch. We then got back in the car and drove to the other side of the Weir, had a walk across the dam wall and then made ourselves comfortable and began some nature journalling. It was a day to remember. Even Dami keeps asking me if we can go back to the hills.

Mundaring Weir nature journalling

PLANNING FOR THE WEEK AHEAD….appointments, a coffee night with a dear friend, lots of school and no doubt lots of cooking!

Katie’s Home – GAPS style

Gee it’s been a while since my last post. I don’t think my feet have touched the ground since then! We have embarked on a new health journey. It is one which is currently taking up a LOT of my time, but one which we feel is entirely necessary.

My eldest, Jay, has had migraines since the age of four and has had a constant headache for four years now. He also suffers from frequent tummy aches. He has numerous food intolerances and the food on the ‘can’t have’ list seems to be growing by the day.

Thankfully, after searching for years in the mainstream medical world, we stumbled across someone who can help us to get Jay back to full health. It will be a long, hard road to healing but we are committed to join him as a family for the ride.

The diet we have taken on is basically GAPS/ketogenic style diet. We starve our bodies of carbs and sugar and pack it full of fermented food for good bacteria, bone broths and meat and veggies which are gentle on our tummies.


Prepping veggies for breakfast and lunch


Fermented Jelly

During these first few weeks it takes a while for our bodies to adapt. Some of the kids have a larger toxic load than others and are taking longer to adjust. Vomiting and lethargy are common during these early stages. Thankfully, we are over the vomiting part.


A large part of my day is spent in the kitchen, as there is NOTHING at the shops that we can just buy and eat. EVERYTHING must be cooked or fermented. This takes
a lot of forward planning and time. Ferments can take anywhere from 8 hours to three days. For example, fermented apples take three days, as do carrots. Coconut yoghurt takes 8 hours and kefir takes about 24hours.


Coconut Kefir needs to be drunk every day



Fermenting Apples


Epsom salt baths or magnesium spray is important as is bentonite clay drinks or baths. Jay also takes charcoal tablets which soak up toxins and eliminate them from the body.


This protocol is HUGE and the benefits may not ben seen for a while, but we are committed and are determined. The kids have been amazing so far. I have been so proud of them. They only eat the foods they are allowed, even when being offered sweets by their friends! It has been wonderful for their self control. They are maturing before my eyes and I have been impressed by their obedience and their understanding of what it will take for them to  get to full health. They are also getting really good at helping in the kitchen.


Coconut Yoghurt Starter


I am confident that we will pull out of this in the end better, healthier people. And we will be glad that we have taken the difficult, yet more rewarding path.

My Daybook – April

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW I SEE…. our new pot plants. We spent one day last week doing some gardening. It was a lovely holiday activity.


I AM GIVING THANKS….. that my Dad is able to come and babysit tonight. Also, that after our last trip to the dentist for Dom it looks like his broken tooth is starting to heal.

I AM PRAYING FOR……..a family friend’s brother whose funeral was today.

I AM LISTENING TO…. Dami and Zac playing in the play room. Jay playing his guitar. Beth and Zac are playing lego.

I AM THINKING ABOUT….going out for dinner tonight. We are taking out Dom for his graduation dinner. It’s a bit late because he couldn’t really eat properly before with his broken tooth.

I AM LEARNING….all about the gut and its importance in being able to have good health.

I AM READING….I have just finished reading ‘To the Heights‘ and have just started ‘100 Cupboards‘. I seem to read a lot of the kids books, and I love it.


I AM CREATING…. fermented foods.


IN THE SCHOOLROOM….not much – it’s holidays!!!

COOKING IN THE KITCHEN….coconut yoghurt, fermented apples, kefir, and hopefully soon some kombucha.

IN THE MORNING BASKET… I don’t know yet, I haven’t decided what we will do next term.

I NEVER WANT TO FORGET….How cute my littlest boy is.  Also, how brave my two other boys have been with their fractures. I am also enjoying my snuggle morning time. Dami and I (and sometime Zac too) often spend the first part of our day snuggling on the couch reading books.

PLANNING FOR THE WEEK AHEAD….School begins. I really need to do some planning and I still need to catch up on some marking from last term. We also have a hospital appointment for Zac to see if his broken shoulder has healed yet.

Easter Triduum: Part 2

It seems to have become a tradition that on Holy Thursday evening I bake hot cross buns. Hubby plays at Mass that evening and it is too late for the little ones to be out, so I stay home with them and spend quiet time in the kitchen baking. This year, due to our food intolerances, I made two different recipes. One was for our paleo, low-FODMAP eating son, and the rest were for us. Unfortunately, they didn’t work out as well as last year, but hey, it is for Good Friday after all so they don’t need to be delicious.



Spelt and Paleo Hot Cross Buns


Good Friday was a beautiful reflective day. Stations of the Cross in the morning and the 3 o’clock service in the afternoon. In the evening hubby and I watched ‘The Passion of the Christ’ with our eldest son. It was his request to watch it for the first time.


Saturday was preparation for our Resurrection Celebration!


Beth helped to make home-made chocolate eggs

During Holy Week we read, Rechenka’s Eggs. It inspired us to blow and paint our own eggs. We blew them on Good Friday and used them to make our meatless meal – scrambled eggs. Then they were ready to paint.



Dom, Beth, Zac and Dami painted our eggs



I was pretty sure that this little guy would squash his – but he didn’t!


Our finished products. A piece of paper was placed inside them and they became part of the Easter hunt on Sunday

We decided to go to the Easter Vigil Mass. It is such a beautiful Mass which begins outside the church in the dark, surrounding a fire. Dami only just managed to stay awake and we even got a photo after Mass.


Finally, a family photo at our church in our recently installed chapel.

Easter Sunday was spent with both our families. One before lunch and one after. Dami didn’t quite last the 50 minute drive between houses and he crashed in the car for a while.


So there ends our Easter Triduum. We are now in the Easter Season and we continue to celebrate the Risen Christ!





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