I’m On Call!

It’s really exciting. Here I am, owning my own business now, doing something I love and enjoy. It’s such a wonderful feeling. And yet, sometimes I totally forget that it’s true (Oh, shoot! I forgot my doula bag at home!!!). Yes, that has already happened. I promise I’ll get better.

Anyways, for those that are interested, my website is Blessed Inheritance Birth Services. I’m also on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. so please follow/like me! My website also has a blog on it that you can subscribe to. I can only list one service area on most of those websites, but I serve Hannibal, Mexico, and the Greater St. Louis area.

I’d love to answer ANY birth/doula/midwifery related questions, so contact me if you have any questions!

I’m also looking for clients, so feel free to mention me to your pregnant friends. Visit here for reasons why doulas are the best!

And finally, I’m also considering offering birth photography. I’m considering you all my guinea pigs, so comment below on what you think of my pictures. Thanks!!!

Midwife Watching On
Midwife Watching On
Loving Support
Loving Support
Beautiful Hands
Beautiful Hands
Totally Relaxed
Totally Relaxed
Love at First Sight
Love at First Sight
Heart and Hands
Heart and Hands
Baby's First Picture!
Baby’s First Picture!
Getting Warmed Up
Getting Warmed Up
Diaper Time
Diaper Time
Only 7 pounds?!
Only 7 pounds?!

 

Our Farm in Pictures

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Seven little piggies (one is hidden behind the black pig)

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Moses, a 10 year old draft/quarter horse mix

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Willie, a 13 year old Registered Paint

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Winnie the Nut

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J after berry picking

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B and a new(er) kitten

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J watchong everyone ride the new horses

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B on Moses, with everyone else watching

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J’s turn!

Independance Day, DONA, Business, Death, Wedding

Interesting title, eh? Well, that’s what has happened recently in my life. I shall expound below. Independance Day. We had three families over to our place for a barbeque. It was quite the group, with all of us being homeschoolers. Which makes us awesome. Yep. We started off with about half of us kids going for a swim in our extremely deep and murky pond. Even though all of us knew how to swim, we all wore life vests. It was that deep! The rest of the kids (mainly the younger ones) had an epic water gun fight in the backyard, while the menfolk started a game of horseshoes. At 5 o’clock, we started chores (cows do have to be milked on holidays). I think it’s really funny – everyone wanted to milk the cow! So I didn’t have to milk that night 🙂 We then grilled up some hot dogs and sausages, and sat down to a great potluck picnic. Mom let us cheat on GAPS diet, and have potato salad. I think that was the highlight of the day for some of my family members… By the time we finished eating dinner and dessert, it was starting to get dark. Dad started a bonfire, and I started a great game of charades, using a app on my tablet. It’s called Head’s Up,  and what happens is one person holds the tablet or phone on their forehead, and it displays different words. The rest of the group then has to act it out. It’s a lot of fun, and I love watching everyone act. By then, it was really dark, and so we broke out the sparklers and the poppers. While the kids were distracted, Daddy and a friend went down to the pond and set up some fireworks. Mom herded everyone around front just as dad set the first one off. They planned that perfectly! The kids all plopped down in the grass, and the adults sat on the front porch. There were a couple of really good fireworks – I was pleasantly surprised. Of course the whole day I was so busy having fun that I didn’t get a single picture! So that was our Independance Day. Next on happenings was my DONA training course. I am now a DONA trained doula! I had a great time. I met some wonderful ladies, learned a lot, and got inspired,  which brings me to my next topic – business. I’ve started a birth doula business – http://www.BlessedInheritance.weebly.com. I plan on serving at Audrain Medical Center, Hannibal Regional Hospital,  St. Joseph West Hospital, birth centers and homebirths. I am so excited about this opportunity! If you readers don’t mind, could you please visit my website and like me on facebook? Thank you! Onto my next happening. We had another animal die on our farm. This time it hit us a little bit harder. We lost our steer, who we were raising for meat. In fact, he was up to weight, and we were ready to butcher him. Now we have an empty freezer. At least I get to end on a good note! Tomorrow we are going to our Pastor’s son’s wedding. I love seeing the different ceremonies, plus the dresses and reception. Well, that catches you up! By the way, if there are some misspellings or typos, it’s cause my tablet is acting up, and it won’t let me see what I’m typing. Sorry!

On Farming..

To those considering farming.

Just with any job – and actually anything in life – there are pros and cons to it. Farming is no exception. I’m sure you probably are just thinking of the obvious – that farmers are at the mercy of the weather. While that is certainly true, there is more farming than just that.

Farmers get pooped on.

Farmers get peed on.

Farmers also deal with vomit and other bodily functions on an almost daily basis.

They get up with the sun, but don’t normally get to go to sleep with the sun.
The reason? A lamb isn’t eating well. A cow is about to give birth. The steer escaped. They have 150 chicks coming in the morning, and there isn’t a spot ready for them. The field needs to be planted before the next storm hits, even if that means staying up till midnight.

And they deal with a death on a regular basis.

Since moving onto our farm, we’ve lost 4 cats, 1 piglet, 1 dog, 25+ ducklings, 2 goslings, 4 turkeys, and too many chicks and chickens to count. 3/4 of those deaths were caused by animals living on our farm.

Our neighbors lost an entire pond of catfish in a matter of days.

They also deal with the death of trees, crops, and vegatables & fruits.

They spend more money on gas than you could ever imagine possible.

Frustration is a frequent visitor to a farm. Tractors, trucks, and vehicles break down. Tools also break or stop working. The ground can be too wet, too dry, too acidic, or too rocky. Some years find you with a shortage of water for crops, or hay for your animals. Other years hit you with storm after storm. Again, other years, like this year, find you with unpredictable weather. One day it’s 85 degrees and sunny, and the next it’s stormy and 38 degrees.

They break their backs planting seeds, just to have something like the chickens accidentally getting lose and destroying your hard work.

They miss events that are special to them, because an animal is sick and needs nursing, or the cows need to be milked. When farming is your livelihood, you can’t just take a break whenever you’d like.

Farming is hard. On everyone and everything.

But.

Besides becoming a mother or father, it’s one of the most rewarding jobs ever.

The wonder of seeing your siblings, children, or grandchildren’s faces light up with joy when they get to ride the tractor.

Looking out a window, and being able to say that everything you can see, is yours. The cows grazing happily on the new spring grass. The lambs and calves bouncing around the field. The eccentricity of some animals – like a goose that likes to be petted, a cat that nurses on a dog (that has never had puppies!), and the miniture horse who likes to chase and bite the cows.

All the babies! Calves, lambs, foals, and kittens, all hungrily nursing on their mothers. The chicks, ducklings and poults, scratching and searching for food. All bring laughter to your life, and remind you of the miracle that life truly is.

The sound of rain on a roof, or the laughter of a child running free.

Seeing that green of new life after a cold winter.

The sense of home you feel when you go to town and everyone knows your name

The taste home raised bacon. That’s almost a good enough reason to farm there.

I can’t even begin to describe the amazment that I feel when I step outside and see millions upon millions of bright, twinkling stars.

The relief and utter happiness at having neighbors that truly care about and for you.

That first meal evey year, when everything on your table is something you grew or raised. There is such a feeling of accomplishment.

The coolness of the creek after a long day of work.

And the friendly competition that develops between kids, whether that be growing the biggest watermelon or hog, seeing who can milk the fastest, or who can hit the most targets.

And farming is necessary! If there weren’t people like these, you wouldn’t have any food.

So, if you are thinking about farming, here is what I think.

Do it.

It will be THE hardest thing you have ever done. But it is worth it. Every minute of it.Image

2012 in review

I thought this was kind of fun:

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

When Tinker Comes to Visit

This past year has introduced me to Pinterest. And to be completely honest, it has been completely addicting! Besides being able to pin clothing items I like, Christmas ideas, etc. it has also introduced me to Elf on The Shelf.

Now my parents have always raised us with the knowledge that Santa was a real person – St. Nicholas – but that he was human and died like all humans do. So we don’t believe in Santa, but we do like to have a little fun with him!

So, the Elf on the Shelf  is an Elf sent by Santa to keep an eye on children, and every night he flies to Santa to report misbehaving little kids. Each morning, when the children wake up, he is located in a different spot. Since my youngest brother is really young still, we just told him that Tinker (our elf) was there to help Mommy keep an eye on him. He gets it, and it’s really cute to see him walk up to her and start talking to her!

My little brother is sick, so today Tinker was sick in bed (I placed her in a Barbie bed, with some crumpled up kleenexs and an extract or two placed by her side). Yesterday she was found on the table, playing cards with a cow, a doll, and a teddy bear. The day before, she was a little mischievous and colored mustaches on our pictures upstairs!

I have a lot of fun hiding her each night, and the first thing my siblings do in the morning is try to find her! It also helps to get the kids to sleep at night, as the sooner they fall asleep, the sooner Tinker will hide again.

I had hope to post some pictures of her hiding, but that will have to wait till another time…

Until next time,

Caitlin, aka FF

P.S. We reserved our Christmas Tree last Sunday. We plan on getting it next Friday! So exciting!

Midwives

After I graduated high school, I decided I wanted to pursue Midwifery training. Surprisingly, some people when I tell them don’t know what a midwife is! It’s quite simple.

A midwife is (according to my new medical dictionary 🙂 “1. a female person who assists women in childbirth.

Not so simply – “2. (according to the International Confederation of Midwives, World Health Organization and Federation of International Gynecologists and Obstetricians) a person who, having been regularly admitted to a midwifery educational program fully recognized in the country in which it is located, has successfully completed the prescribed course of studies in midwifery and has acquired the requisite qualifications to be registered and/or legally licensed to practice midwifery.”

Continued – “Among the responsibilities of  the midwife are supervision of pregnancy, delivery, and puerperium. The midwife conducts the delivery independently, cares for the newborn, procures medical assistance when necessary, executes emergency measures as required and may practice in a hospital, clinic, maternity home, or private home. The midwife, whose practice may also include well-child care, family planning, and some aspects of gynecology, is often an important source of health counseling in the community.

Basically, I want to learn how to help mothers and babies through birth.

So how did I get here? What makes me want to do the messy job of delivering babies? Basically, watching my mom give birth to my little brother. It was such a great experience. The fact that God could create a new human inside of us is amazing in my mind! Another reason was watching the doctors that my mom has used throughout the years. Some were just downright rude. EVERYONE I have talked to, that used a midwife at some point, never regretted it. Most described their midwife as kind, caring, and more knowledgeable than their doctors! I think the part of the reason is that midwives seem to view birth as a natural experience, instead of a medical procedure. But I digress. I wanted to post about the course I am taking, not about stupid doctors.

I am taking the correspondence course offered by the Midwifery Institute of America. I chose the Institute for a couple of reasons.

  1. They are Christian, which is great because a lot of schools out there are New Age. And I really don’t to learn about dancing in the moonlight to connect to my “inner self”.
  2. They have the correspondence course. They also have a physical school, but I don’t really have the resources right now to attend the school.
  3. Their course can be completed as quickly or as slowly as you need to. I’d like to complete it as soon as possible, hopefully before next August.

After I complete the course, I will need to find a midwife to apprentice with. (By the way, if anyone knows of someone who would like an apprentice, please let me know! ) Then I will take a test with the North American Registry of Midwives. That would complete my training.

I’m not completely sure I want to practice, but we shall see where God leads me. I’m also continuing my musical studies, so I shall be one busy girl!

Recipe ~ Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste

Over the last couple years, my family has been on a health journey. It started with my brother, who we found out was allergic to the dye Red #40. We started researching more about the food we eat, such as the ingredients, and where it comes from. It’s been estimated that food travels approx. 10,000 miles to get to your plate. Why pay for that, when there are local farmers who sell better stuff?

Long story short, we now eat local, organically grown food as much as possible, and we try to make as much food as we can ourselves. That means body care products as well. I now make my own deodorant and lotion.

Yesterday, I tried making my own toothpaste. I think it works really well, and I like the flavor and how it leaves my teeth feeling. My dad doesn’t like how you have to dip your toothbrush in though 🙂

Here is the original recipe:

Homemade Toothpaste

2 Tbsp. coconut oil
2 Tbsp. baking soda
2 Tbsp. calcium magnesium powder
2 Tbsp. xylitol or green stevia powder
2 tsp. real sea salt
20 drops essential oil (I use peppermint.)
10 drops trace minerals

Now, as with everything, I tweak. I’m very good at tweaking, and I like tweaking. Anyways… Here is how I tweaked it:

Caitlin’s Homemade Toothpaste

2 Tbsp. coconut oil
2 Tbsp. baking soda
2 Tbsp. calcium magnesium powder Natural Calm Raspberry-Lemon Flavor
2 Tbsp. xylitol or green stevia powder
2 tsp. real sea salt
20 drops essential oil (I use peppermint.)
10 drops trace minerals

Because I used the flavored magnesium, I didn’t add any essential oils. And I didn’t have the trace minerals. I also saw a very similar recipe here. They suggested adding Diatomaceous Earth and liquid Castile soap. I’d suggest that you use either baking soda or Diatomaceous Earth, as both are abrasive, and you don’t want to hurt your teeth.

So there you have it – homemade toothpaste. Let me know if anyone has any questions.

Top 5 Tools My Dad Wishes He Always Had.

#1. An Adjustable Ladder

We’ve found this to be an invaluable asset when working on un-level ground (though it does get cold!)

#2. A Cordless Drill (specifically a Porter-Cable cordless drill)

This thing is AWESOME. Very powerful and the battery lasts a long time.

#3. A Cordless Saw (same brand)

Same as the drill.

#4. Star bits and screws.

 

 

 

This one may be a bit of a shocker, but it’s true. Star bits grip better than Phillips, making it easier and faster to use.

#5. Polaris Sportsman 500 ATV w/ winch

Okay, okay. I know this isn’t really a “tool”, but we’ve only had our ATV for a couple weeks, and we’re already using it daily. I guess I should say that sometimes we use the winch for things it wasn’t quite intended for… but it works great!