Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in spirit, for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.

Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:3-12

Oh Lord,

Teach me to seek You and reveal yourself to me when I seek You.

For I cannot seek You unless You first teach me, nor find You unless You first reveal yourself to me.

Let me seek You in longing, and long for You in seeking.

Let me find You in love, and love You in finding.

~Saint Ambrose of Milan

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Name: Erin Yonke

Location: Aurora, IL

Info: I'm happily married to my husband and champion pro-life activist, Matt. I stay home with my three small boys; Ambrose (11/06), Peter (3/08), and Joseph (9/10).

Thursday, July 24, 2008


Since this whole nasty sickness/medication/thrush deal started awhile ago, I've been pretty conscious about what I eat. Granted, I think I usually try to be conscious about what I, and everyone else around here eat. I plan healthy meals, make sure we all take in plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, get enough protein, etc. Oh, and it gets worse. We drink raw milk, make yogurt with raw milk, and drink fruit and spinach smoothies with it in the mornings. I guess where I was really running into trouble was in between the healthy meals.

So anyway, long story short, I've been cutting out anything that can feed candida (thrush)--sugar, in all it's forms--even limiting fruit to one serving a day, yeast (beer, bread), and most wheat flour. Has it been fun? No. I don't plan to make it the way I eat for my whole life, though I've learned alot about ways that I should amend my eating habits. But to tell you the truth...I feel great. Also, I'm losing weight like crazy?! Didn't really expect or intend to encounter either of those things, but I guess they're a nice bonus.

Aside from that, Peter is teething quite painfully. Ambrose teethed very effortlessly for the most part, so this is a new one for me.

My next big project around here is to move the TV out of the den and into...dun dun da DAH...the basement.
Fortunately, we don't have much of a TV habit around here. We don't have cable or satellite or even any local channels, but ever since Peter was born I've been more inclined to use movies to entertain Ambrose during the day--which isn't a problem in and of itself, I've realized. The larger problem is that I usually resort to the TV as a big, huge parenting cop-out. There are some days that I would rather not spend the morning toting him around while I do chores, or sit on the couch reading "Old Hat, New Hat" fifteen times in a row, or promptly disciplining him for any number of offenses, so I just pop a movie in. Too easy.

We have a small, 13-inch tv/dvd player combo in our bedroom closet for the occasional rainy day. But I'm pretty intent on keeping it to just that, at least for a long time.

Anyhoo, I've been a big slacker about taking pictures lately. I'll get some up soon.

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Blogger Katie said ... (July 24, 2008 10:52 AM) : 

Poor Peter!

I really need to cut out refined sugar, I'm sure I'd lose a lot of weight. I'm stuck, I've only lost half of the 50 pounds (!!!) I gained with Rory and it's started to upset me.

So don't tell anyone I ate a doublecheeseburger from mcdonalds today! Okay but for breakfast I had lowfat yogurt with fresh strawberries and that and the burger is all I've eaten and it's 2pm!


Blogger Mary Poppins NOT said ... (July 24, 2008 9:11 PM) : 

I had to follow that same diet for months after my last baby. Did I lose any weight? NOOOO. But the yeast did go away, so that's good.


Blogger green mom for Jesus said ... (July 26, 2008 11:03 AM) : 

I used to have thrush a LOT - for up to 8 weeks at a time.
Try using coconut oil, a natural anti-fungal.
Read my food conversion story at
It's the June 18 post.
I have been illness-free for 16 months now.
Was it easy? Not at first! Now it's a way of life.
Medical Doctors and meds weren't helping. I switched to a naturopath.
Best wishes and God bless,


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