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May 30th marks 5 years at our home. FIVE! In our first 8 year of marriage we moved many many times. The longest we lived in one home was 1 year. Now we have been in our home for 5 times that. We have truly grown to love and appreciate the stability of being in one place for so long. It has shown us the toll moving so often was taking on us. We have had SO many memories in some really great and some not so great places. But no matter how nice or yucky our home was, we made so many memories. Here is a very BRIEF overview of our past homes:

1. 2004/2005 Our first home! Our honeymoon house.

We sure loved this place. We were the first to live in the fully renovated granny flat on a beautiful beef farm in the Orangeville area. It was our first home. There was a steep learning curve for me learning how to cook, keep up a home and be a wife. But this was our honeymoon year and we have so many incredible memories in this wonderful 1 bedroom home.

2. 2005 Allergy basement
Just before we started the missionary training in Durham, we had a summer where we needed a place to stay. We had to move out of our honeymoon house but couldn’t move into our student housing in Durham yet. A friend of ours graciously let us stay in her basement. They had been using it for storage and had also previously been lived in by a heavy smoker. We were so blessed to live here. This is the home where we discovered we were pregnant with our first, Canaan! But we quickly realized it wasn’t going to work out. My allergies were TOTALLY out of control here with all of the stored antique furniture and the smoke scum all over everything. We ended up staying in this place for about a month before I could no longer control my allergies. So we quickly moved in with Norm’s parents for the remainder of the summer.

3. 2005 Mom and Dad Copeland’s House

While we were living with Norm’s parents I had my first encounter with serious morning sickness. I couldn’t keep anything down at all. It was so awful. I was so grateful for Norm’s parents taking us in last minute like that and I felt so bad that I was such a terrible house mate with the constant puking.

4. 2005 Lakeside Waterless Shoebox

Our first student housing apartment in Durham was right next to our beautiful pond. It was incredibly tiny and had zero running water. We had two tiny bedrooms. Our queen size bed went wall to wall on three of the bedroom walls. We had a tiny fridge, a mini stove and almost no counter space. Our “living room” was big enough for our small kitchen table and our make shift sink. It was super crowded. We had to haul water into the apartment to wash our dishes and had to haul out the dirty water. We also had to use a community bathroom. This was not easy while being pregnant!
 

5. 2006 Waterless Chalet
After a semester in our lakeside apartment we moved up the hill a tiny bit to a slightly bigger apartment. It also had zero running water. But it did have space for a couch and a pack n play for Canaan for when he was born. This was Canaan’s first home! While pregnant it was always such a chore going down the hill to use the bathroom or take a shower. I was usually up several times a night, during winter I might add, to use the bathroom.

6. 2006/2007 New Student Housing with plumbing!
We were SO SO SO excited when the brand new student housing was completed and we were selected to move into one of them. We were beyond thrilled to have running water and our very own bathroom! It sure made bathing Canaan much easier, much less washing dishes and everything else. We lived here for about one year.
  

6b. Jungle Camp
This one doesn’t fully count as a move. But we did build our own home with no power tools and lived in it for a month. We carried our belongings in and we were not allowed to leave during the one month period. We had no power, other than a car battery we charged using solar power. This battery powered a few little lights. We had water plumbed into our kitchen sink only. We warmed water for our showers in the stove we built. Canaan was 3 months old while we lived in the “jungles of Durham.” We had a great time. It was a wonderful component of our missionary training.

7. 2007/2008 Quebec City house sitting

Once we completed the missionary training in Durham we moved to Quebec City to begin our French studies. We were so lucky to find a wonderful couple who were taking a sabbatical year. We rented their fully furnished house and cared for the house and property while they were away. We were always very nervous that we would break one of the many delicate things in the house. But we very much enjoyed our time at this home. This is the home we discovered I was expecting Emmaus! We were also very excited to have a washer and dryer right in the house with us! No hauling laundry out of the house! While we lived here in Quebec City they had a record year of snow fall with over 17 ft. We felt like we lived in a snow globe!

8. 2008 Ancient Mount Forest House

Once we were finished with our year of French studies we moved to Mount Forest. I was pregnant with Emmaus and we wanted to stay in Canada so that we could have our midwives deliver Emmaus. Mount Forest is about 15 minutes away from Durham. We were having trouble finding an affordable place to live in the area for a short period of time. We needed to be somewhat flexible with the number of months to rent and it was less than 12 months. Most places had a minimum of 12 months. We were very excited to find out that the parents of our friends had a house sitting empty in Mount Forest. They said we could rent it for a very minimal amount and pay for the utilities. We were overjoyed to hear this wonderful news. But we were very disappointed when we arrived and found it in very poor shape. It was full of stuff and very dirty. It was NOT good for my allergies. Our church blew us away and came up for a work day to clean it out, wash it thoroughly and give the bedrooms a coat of paint. It was still rough on my allergies but was doable after that. I have to say though… every single time I got in the old cast iron tub to take a shower with my ever growing belly, I was CERTAIN that the floor would give way and I would fall clear through to the kitchen below. Thank God that never happened. But we did have troubles with the heat. The furnace was too outdated to get refilled with oil. So it had to be completely replaced in order to heat the house. Let me tell you… we were SO cold. It was nearly December before the heat was turned on. This was Emmaus’ first home!

9. 2009 Camarillo Apartment

When Emmaus was about 6 weeks old we moved down to California to commence our partnership development. While we were in California we prepared for our move to Guinea, worked hard to find people who would partner with us in our ministry, worked on our French and loved living in the same town as my family. We sure loved this great apartment and we were so blessed by many people donating furniture and housewares.


10. 2009 Guinean House

We only lived in this house for 3 months. But we had SO much happen during these three months. We completely outfitted it with DC power that would charge whenever the city power was on, which was hardly ever. We also had a generator to top it up when there was no city power to charge our system. One great thing about this house was that it always had water. Emmaus, Canaan and I all had malaria at the same time. Norm was our super hero and kept us all alive… to this day I am not sure how we made it though those two weeks… But God got us through. For about half of the time we lived in this house we were under “house arrest.” Guinea was on the brink of civil war and the embassy wanted all foreigners to stay in their homes for safety. We were eventually evacuated and had to leave on short notice. It was a very difficult three months, but we also had some amazing times experiencing life overseas, making life long friends, and seeing many new things. This house was one of the worst ones when it comes to germ factor. I especially had a hard time with the bathrooms and always felt dirty. Our house had NO kitchen! Before we arrived they plumbed in a sink. After we arrived we had the local wood workers build some “cabinets” for us. They were essentially large shelves.

11. 2009 Mom and Dad Rutledge’s House

After being evacuated from Guinea, we stayed with my parents for the next 6 months. It was a good time to recover from the traumatic few months in Guinea. I was a mess emotionally and needed time to get myself back together again before heading back overseas. The boys loved their time living with Grandma and Grandpa. We made many fun memories here. Lots of playing outside and family time. During this time at my parents house we found out we would not be going back to Guinea. So Norm headed back to Guinea to pack up our house and sell off as many things as we could before shipping the rest up to Senegal.

12. 2010 4th Story Dakar Apartment

After discovering we would not be able to return to Guinea we decided to move one country north to Senegal. We lived in the capital city, Dakar. We were once again very blessed to be the first to live in this apartment. It was so nice not having old germs and grime. We did however live in an incredibly dusty neighbourhood. We also lived on the fourth floor… with no elevator. There was very little running water. It usually only ran well at night. Our Senegalese host family lived in the apartment right next to us. Our building was in a little valley and every single time we got a good rain it completely flooded our road. We often times had to wade through sewage water to get in or out of our building. Across the street from us was a mosque. The speakers for the call to prayer were at the exact level of our apartment. So many many times a day starting early in the morning we had extremely loud calls to prayer being blast right into our apartment. It was often too loud to hear the person next to you. It was a very busy building with people coming and going all the time. Once we had thieves trying to knock our door down. We celebrated our first African Christmas in this house. We didn’t have a bath tub, which is normal for West African apartments, so the boys took their baths in plastic tubs.

 

13. 2011 Giant Dakar Apartment

After about 9 months in our first Senegalese apartment, it was becoming very clear that my allergies were getting very bad and could not stand the dusty neighbourhood and smoke from charcoal cookers blowing in our house all the time. Friends of ours were moving out of their wonderful apartment so we decided to move in there. This was our favourite African home. We had near constant water, except for when we had city wide water outages, that would last a week or two. We had three large bedrooms, a giant living room and actual kitchen which I loved after having two houses with no real kitchen in them. And the boys were THRILLED to have a bath tub! We also had a large balcony which provided a wonderful place to play and hang our laundry. The main door to the apartment building was locked so we had nearly no traffic coming and going. And we only had to go up one flight of stairs. This apartment was dearly loved. We were so sad to leave it when we finally decided my health was not tolerating Dakar and we had to return to Canada.

14. 2012 Student Housing Temp Apartment

Once we returned from Senegal we needed a temporary place to stay while we hunted for a more permanent house. We were so blessed to have a student apartment become available for us. We found that immediately my health began to improve. We had a wonderful few months living in an awesome place with hardly any belongings and tons of space. It was a great time of healing physically and emotionally. Canaan lost his very first tooth in this home.

15. 2012-present! HOME SWEET HOME!

Once we decided to stay on permanently at the home office here in Durham, we needed to find a place to stay in town. We checked out the costs of renting vs buying and decided that it made most sense for us to buy a house. We were so excited and a little bewildered as we never pictured ourselves owning a place. After house hunting for a few weeks we finally picked a place. We were so blessed to be house hunting during a time with lots of houses available. God truly blessed us with a gorgeous home. It is beautiful on the outside but needed a LOT of updating on the inside. We ripped out a lot of carpet, scraped endless amounts of wallpaper, tiled the floors, took out a wall, painted all the trim, doors, walls etc. After moving constantly it was so refreshing to stay put! The boys were so accustomed to moving frequently. But this is the house Berea was born in and has never lived elsewhere. She was literally born in our bedroom. We fall in love with our home more and more. Today is our 5 year anniversary of getting the keys. Five years of wonderful memories. And hopefully many many more years to come. When we purchased this home we were a family of four, with no intentions of changing that. Now we are a family of five going on seven (adoption). God knew all of that and provided us with the perfect home even for a larger family than originally planned. 2017 has been a year of renovations. We are currently working on our laundry room/bathroom renovation. We moved the laundry out of our downstairs half bathroom and added a tub/shower. The large entry way is now our mud room/laundry room. It is a much better use of space. We hope to finish this reno in the coming months.

 

Thank you God for keeping us safe through each move, for giving us the strength emotionally and physically to get through each one, and for bringing us all together more and more with each new place.

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Slow progress

Hi Friends!

Many of you have been asking about our adoption. We truly appreciate everyones encouragement and support. Each time someone asks us how its going we are encouraged! Unfortunately, this time of waiting is dragging on and on and thus there are not too many updates! 

The past few weeks have been rather stressful as our agency suddenly announced a huge change. The Haiti program director that has been working tirelessly on our file the past 2 1/2 years was let go. All of us in the Haiti program with our adoption agency, TDH Ontario, were in shock and worried that our files would not be pushed along as well as they have been thus far. The Haitian adoption program is an incredibly complicated system. We had all grown attached to our advocate who was helping navigate our files through the maze of red tape! She herself had adopted from Haiti many times and has traveled to Haiti many many times.

Now the director of our agency, Manon, is also directing the Haiti program! That is a lot to have on her plate. But she is the best person for the job because she already knew all of us in the program and is familiar with the Haitian adoption system. She herself had been to Haiti this past March to visit all of the orphanages and the children’s aid (IBESR). She just went down to Haiti to reconfirm with everyone that all was well and to check up on the status of our files. We finally had the opportunity to speak with her yesterday. She was very positive and confident in how things were going. It was very nice to hear her voice and to hear her heart. She is very understanding of the fact that we have been waiting an incredibly long time for a match. She is working to get us a match as fast as possible! Praise God!

We have also been working on updating our home study, which expired a few weeks ago. It has to be updated every two years. So our prayer is that this is the last time we will have to do any updating or adding amendments to our home study. We just signed the update yesterday and sent it off in the mail to our social worker this morning. Next it will be sent to our adoption agency and sent to the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth services to be approved. After its approved, it will need to be translated and sent down to Haiti.

We are still confident and prayerful that we will receive our match sometime at the end of this year. We can’t hardly wait to set foot on Haitian soil and meet our children face to face. Our hearts are longing for that day. It is a very odd feeling knowing that your children are going about their lives, day in and day out, without you and without any knowledge of you. It is sad knowing that they are growing more and more without us. Each day we wait is more and more painful. We grieve the days we are missing with our children.

But that brings me to something amazing. Something absolutely incredible. GOD! God’s timing, God’s power, God’s plan. God is working hard on us through this difficult process. The many tears that are shed and the pain that grows in our heart are not for nothing. Each tear and each moment of pain cause us to run to God. We pray, we pray, we pray. We read the scriptures. We fellowship with our friends. God is using each moment that we wait to grow our faith, to bring us into a closer relationship with him, the creator of the universe. I feel like we are clinging to God in ways that we never have before. And that is what it is all about. That is the purpose of our life! To glorify God with our lives, to worship him, to grow closer and closer to him. And this is what is takes for me to grow. I need to be in a place of total dependence on him. And let me tell you… if it wasn’t for him I would not have made it this far in this journey.

The last few weeks I feel like God was teaching me something very specific. And it is beautiful! Am I putting my faith in people to get our files pushed through and matched with the right kids? Or am I putting my faith in HIM!? He is the one who laid this whole thing on our hearts many years ago. He is the one who knitted together my children in someone else’s womb. He is the one who is going to get his plan done and done right and done in his perfect time! But I had been leaning a little too much on the people working on our files. I grew comfortable in what they were doing… not necessarily what God was doing. Guys! Whatever is going on in your life, God has got it! He wants us to rest in the peace that passes understanding… knowing that HE is taking care of everything. Thank you Lord for this reminder! Even though it has been painful, I am thankful. 

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I Won’t Let You Go

To my dear future (adopted) children,

I know that adoption is a wonderful beautiful thing. Its a wonderful picture of God’s adoption of us into his family. Its a wonderful healing thing. But it comes from grief, loss and brokenness. Losing your first family, losing your second family and more. I still don’t know your story. But I know one thing is for sure. There is much loss. And with this loss our hearts break and you will put up walls to protect your precious broken hearts. We will be here offering you unconditional love. But out of fear you may push that love away. You will desperately want our love but you want it so much that the fear of losing it will be too much.

I want to make you two promises.
1. Gods love is eternal. There is absolutely nothing you can do that will break his love for you.
2. We love you unconditionally. No matter how much you fight back… we will be patiently loving you with all our hearts.

This song by one of my favourite bands, Switchfoot, makes me cry every time! I hear it and I am reminded of the love that God gives us. Completely unconditional and everlasting. And it also reminds me of the difficult past that you will forever bare in your hearts. A past that was completely out of your control. We wont let you go. We will never let you go!

When it feels like surgery
And it burns like third degree
And you wonder what is it worth?
When your insides breaking in
And you feel that ache again
And you wonder
What’s giving birth?
If you could let the pain of the past go
Of your soul
None of this is in your control
If you could only let your guard down
You could learn to trust me somehow
I swear, that I won’t let you go
If you could only let go your doubts
If you could just believe in me now
I swear, that I won’t let you go
I won’t let you go
When your fear is currency
And you feel that urgency
You want peace but there’s war in your head
Maybe that’s where life is born
When our façades are torn
Pain gives birth to the promise ahead
If you could let the pain of the past go
Of your soul
None of this is in your control
If you could only let your guard down
If you could learn to trust me somehow
I swear, that I won’t let you go
If you could only let go your doubts
If you could just believe in me now
I swear, that I won’t let you go
I won’t let you go
I’ll always be by your side
Yeah
If you could only let your guard down
If you could learn to trust me somehow
I swear, that I won’t let you go
If you could only let go your doubts
If you could just believe in me now
I swear, that I won’t let you go
I won’t let you go
(I won’t let you go)
There ain’t no darkness strong enough that could tear you out from my heart
There ain’t no strength that’s strong enough that could tear this love apart
Never gonna let you go
Never gonna let you go
No I won’t let you go

Oh my sweet babies, come home to me soon so I can love you.
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Happy Birthday Debra Lynn!

It’s a special day at the Copeland home, it is Debra Lynn’s birthday! We’ve lived in many places and done many things and it’s been Debra who has always made our house a home by loving our family so much! She is fiercely dedicated to her family, the kids and I are so blessed to have her in our lives.

Later today we’ll be getting a baby sitter for Berea (the boys are away at my moms) and heading out for a geocaching adventure and dinner together. Just the kind of adventure we love to have together!

I love you Debra Lynn! We’re quickly coming up on having spent half of our lives together, I’m excited to celebrate many many more birthday adventures together!

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Keeping busy during “The Wait”

Its been pretty quiet here on our blog lately. That usually means we have been super busy and fallen out of the habit of updating all of our faithful followers. Sorry about that!
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We sure have been busy. We spent almost all of December in California visiting family, sharing at churches and seeing friends. It was a very very busy time. It was so precious and wonderful to see our family, friends and supporters. We cherish each minute we get to spend there.
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January was a month of getting back into the swing of things… Then as usual February has been a rough one. We spent most of February dealing with our frail earthly bodies. Norm and Deb both fell on the same day at different times. Norm faired well… but I ended up with weeks of back pain, muscle tension, migraines and sleeplessness due to messing up my back. Then we were hit with a very nasty virus that knocked us all down. Norm fought it off, at least he never ended up getting it really badly. The kids all had it and recovered within about a week of getting it. I, on the other hand, have been left with extreme fatigue, back and joint pain ever since.  I’m praying that it will pass soon. I am extremely anxious to get back at my normal routine.  Even though I haven’t been feeling well I have been practicing some of my baking skills to keep me somewhat occupied.

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While we were in California we noticed that 90% of the time the first question people would ask us is, “How is the adoption going?” We LOVE getting that question! It means people are thinking about it and want to know/support us in this amazing journey. Never feel bad about asking that question… even though we hear it all the time.

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So… how is the adoption going, you might ask? Its going very well. We are currently in the phase of our adoption that many people call “The Wait.” The wait can last a very long time when it comes to Haitian adoptions. Our file is in Haiti and its basically waiting in line. We are waiting and waiting and waiting for our referral. The referral is such a highly anticipated thing. When we get our referral we will find out who our two children are, how old they are, what genders they are and so on. We are anticipating to wait until around Christmas time for a referral… but as we have found time is very relative. Some people wait 6 months and others wait 5 years. Our prayer and hope is that we will have our referral for Christmas, but only God knows our timeline. We are so grateful to God for having this all in his hands. His timing is perfect! d9f15f1186c38bdf033692a259cfaa47

Right now things are pretty tense politically in Haiti which often times slows things down quite a bit. So please pray for peace in Haiti. Peace and good leadership is greatly needed.

Once we receive our referral we will be taking a 2 week trip down to meet our precious children. This is called the socialization visit. Its a time to meet them, get acquainted and meet with a Haitian social worker. Once the social worker approves our match then they will work to approve and finalize the adoption. This portion can take 6-18 months. It will be a BRUTAL time of knowing our children but not having them home with us.
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We still have a long road ahead of us… but we are more excited than ever! Please pray for our kids. We do not know what they are going through in their lives right now… but they are constantly hanging heavy on our hearts. Pray for them as life might be confusing, difficult right now. Pray that God will prepare their precious hearts for us and ours for them.

Have a wonderful day!

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Comfort zone

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Plexus! Plexus! I am just LOVING what its doing for me and my family. Its been so fantastic. I feel like I need to shout my story from the mountain tops. How I wish I had heard about this sooner. I am really enjoying the opportunity to help my friends feel better too!il_fullxfull.710775850_6rpl

But you know what… this may come as a surprise to you. But sharing about Plexus and making Facebook posts about it is so so so far outside of my comfort zone. It scares me to death! I am so afraid that people will just think I am a “crazy plexus lady,” and not see me for who I am. I’m afraid they will tune me out. I’m afraid! But I am working hard to push my fears aside… because this stuff is so awesome! My health made it hard for me to dream about life and the future! But now I feel like I dream and those dreams are coming to life!

11120586_1011494912203687_2973250369029661889_nI am also afraid that people will think that I am just sharing about it make money. Ok friends… if I could buy it for you and give it to you I would. Its definitely NOT about the money. The thought of it helping us reach our adoption goals is so crazy exciting… But I know that we will raise all the money for our adoption one way or another. But how cool is it that I can help my friends get healthy and help bring my babies home from Haiti! WIN/WIN! Right? 1488726_847805881961077_5630691839852578833_n
Ok… so I have awesome news! I really wish I could get Plexus into each one of my friends hands. It totally breaks my heart when someone contacts me and really wants to try Plexus… but they say they can’t afford it. That is EXACTLY what I said! I said we couldn’t afford it. No way! But my health was so poor we decided to take advantage of a cash back deal that my friends were running. I am so so so thankful they were running that deal. Because without that I probably never would have jumped in and tried it out. And now I am getting healthier by the day and also bringing in an awesome income for our adoption!

So if you are considering Plexus NOW IS THE TIME! We are running three different sales right now at the same time!
1. Free shipping on all orders!
2. BIG cash back deals on all new ambassador sign ups
3. 10% off your entire order!

There is no way you are ever going to get a better deal on Plexus!images-1

Please contact me with questions! I am here to help!

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Happy 7th Birthday Charles Emmaus!

IMG_7312Happy 7th Birthday Emmaus! We love you so much. You are a blessing in our lives every single day. You are truly an encourager. You want everyone to feel loved and you are passionate about cheering people on. We are so very proud of you and proud of who you are becoming.

This year Emmaus has prayed nearly the same prayer every day. “Dear Jesus, Please help our adoption and help everyone believe in you. Amen!” I just love that!

Here are a bunch of my favourite Emmaus pictures over the years. He is so photogenic and wears his heart on his sleeve. He is incredibly expressive!
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What is Plexus?

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Now that I have briefly explained what Plexus has done for us, I am going to explain what it is. Plexus has many different products. But in this post I am going to focus on the Triplex combo, because that it was we have been taking.

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Plexus is all natural and plant based.  It’s not a meal replacement or energy drink.  They’re supplements that balance blood sugar and heal the gut, getting to the root of many health issues. With everything that is added to foods these days it is reassuring to know I can have confidence putting this stuff in my body. Which is really important to me!

The Triplex combo has three different parts: Slim, ProBio5 and BioCleanse. Here is a very brief explanation of each of those.      

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  Slim– It was one of Plexus’s original products and was created to help diabetics and hypoglycemics.  What they found was that as their blood sugar balanced, they lost weight.  Imagine that!  So even though Plexus markets Slim as a weight loss product, it helps everyone and addresses a number of struggles (energy, metabolism, diabetes, chronic pain, inflammation, inability to lose weight, hormonal imbalances, depression, PCOS, and more).  It is caffeine free, gluten free, and sweetened with Stevia.

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  ProBio5– This is a unique probiotic that heals the gut by killing off Candida yeast and replenishing the gut with 5 strands of quality good bacteria.  It strengthens your immune system, helps with acne, allergies, asthma, eczema, digestion problems, sleep, and more.

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    BioCleanse– Provides a gentle GI cleanse.  It oxygenates your body and supports healthy cell growth.  It gives you energy as your body is cleansed from toxins and waste.

I have been reading countless testimonials of men, women and children who are benefiting from Plexus. I was so skeptical… It can be pretty hard to change my mind on something. But after actually feeling the benefits of taking the Triplex and seeing such a night and day change in my husband… I am SOLD! And I can’t help myself but to share this with my friends and family.

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These three beautiful children are three of the biggest reasons I started Plexus. I was tired of being the mommy who was always sick, had a migraine, didn’t feel up to going out for a walk or doing a fun craft together. Plus I have two more precious children waiting for me in Haiti! I want to be ready to be there for them, helping them go through one of the toughest times of their lives.

I love Plexus so much that I have decided to become an independent Plexus consultant. I have been working on learning more, taking some training and helping my friends and family find the products that will help them the most. An added bonus is that every bit of my commission will be going towards our adoption fund. So not only are you taking control of your health you are helping us bring our sweet kids home from Haiti! Win win!! Also they have a 60 day money back guarantee! I love that you can try it risk free.

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Please contact me if you want more info.  I will send you some info and a few really great videos.

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How are you feeling: The solution

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After”self diagnosing” myself with a candida overgrowth I started noticing a bunch of my friends talking about Plexus. Plexus was changing their lives! They were all raving about it. I am a MAJOR skeptic of any kind of supplement. If you can’t get it from the food you eat, you don’t need it… Well, that theory works ok… but I had been so sick I was ready to try almost anything. Plexus says that it is all natural and that definitely interested me. I checked out the ingredients lists and it IS indeed all natural and the list of ingredients is quite simple and easy to understand. imgres
So I started asking questions… Is it really helping you the way you say? How is it making you feel? Are you exaggerating? Is this for real?

So I finally took the plunge. But I made Norm dive in with me. I didn’t want to see results and then just talk myself out of it and say I made it all up in my head.  We greatly anticipated the arrival of our first months supply of Plexus.

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After a few days on Plexus we would compare “notes.” How are you feeling today? How did you sleep? Did you have a headache? Were you sleepy? Did you have more energy?
Some of the first things we noticed was how well and how deeply we were sleeping. It was the best I could ever remember sleeping. We also noticed that we didn’t feel super sleepy during the day. This is HUGE for Norm. Norm can’t drive 5 minutes in the car without struggling to stay awake. Norm works at a desk all day long and finds it extremely difficult to stay awake and have a clear mind. I could hardly believe how awake Norm seemed. He would come home from work with a lot more pep in his step! He normally comes home from work looking like he hadn’t slept in weeks, he acted like it too. Well not now! He kept going on and on about how he wasn’t struggling to stay awake in the car nor at work.
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I felt like I finally had the energy to get everything done each day… and then in the evenings I still felt like I could keep going. I used to lay down every few hours just to rest for a little bit.

My headaches were definitely decreasing in strength and frequency. I was however getting weekly headaches when I would up my probiotic dose. Those headaches were candida die off. In a way it was encouraging getting the headaches… this stuff is actually killing the candida off!

Another major benefit for me has been my anxiety is gone. Ever since Berea was born I have struggled with feeling incredibly overwhelmed… by basically nothing. Its been so frustrating. I basically wanted to shut myself in my room where it was quiet and there were no messes or anything to do. But on Plexus… wow! I am a new woman! I feel so much more “present” in my life. I feel more engaged. Noises and social activities don’t freak me out anymore.

Taking care of the candida in my gut is also helping me make better decisions on what I eat. The sugar and carb cravings are nearly gone!
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I feel like instead of hiding in my room where the sun wont make my headaches worse, I actually have energy to go out side and play with the kids. I spent pretty much the entire summer indoors… missing out on the many beautiful sunny days we had. Missing out on chances to go explore with my kids, go hiking with Norm. Not now! =)

Well I am beginning to ramble a bit so get ready for Part 3! What is Plexus and what does it do? images

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How are you feeling?

 

IMG_7224Over the years I have become very acquainted to the question, “How are you feeling?” I have been sick more than healthy. We ended up leaving West Africa because of my allergies and migraines, I had two years of constant strep throat, had my tonsils out and I have been struggling with debilitating headaches and fatigue for the entire year. Most days I find it difficult to get basic tasks done. Grocery shopping, church, or social events always end with a nasty headache.

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I have spent a lot of time at the doctors office, had my blood drawn many times. But the doctor can’t figure out whats wrong with me. Why do I have constant headaches? Why am I gaining tons of weight when I am eating well? Why can’t I sleep? Why are my allergies out of control? So far the doctor could not answer any of these questions. My blood work has been coming back completely normal. Which is WONDERFUL and yet kind of discouraging too. I need some form of relief!

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I started doing some of my own research to figure out what could cause these symptoms. And one day the light bulb came on. I was on antibiotics so constantly that my entire system is so out of whack it can hardly function. When you take antibiotics it kills off the good bacteria in your gut and allows the bad to take over. Pretty much ever symptom I have can be answered by a candida (yeast) overgrowth. Weight gain, headaches, fatigue, allergies, anxiety, sleep issues, sugar cravings and so much more. As I did some research I found out that nowadays most people have a candida overgrowth and don’t realize it. Well I for sure had a major overgrowth caused by my chronic antibiotic use.

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And guess what?! I have found something that has truly changed my life! I am so excited to tell you all about it! Stay tuned for part 2!

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