Our family challenged ourselves a few years ago to get back to the basics in our physical and spiritual health. We have been on this journey as a “Whole Family” ever since. Throughout this time, our family has weathered great storms, including becoming a single parent household. Even still, we have continued to press forward in faith, to document our successes, our challenges, our ups, downs and in-betweens, and share it with you. We never imagined how much of an impact we would have or how big our site would grow. Thank you! We hope we are an encouragement to you and your family as we journey together.
For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of meeting my beautiful and crazy family up close, let me introduce ourselves.
I, Jacque, am a homeschooling, stay-at-home, working mom. I didn’t plan any of this life I now have, but I am playing the cards I’ve been dealt, hopefully with some level of grace. The Lord has been gracious to care for us every step of the way. I have been homeschooling for 10 years and plan on continuing, if that be God’s will, all the way through. I cherish every moment with my kids and love seeing them learn new things, and have their own convictions about what they believe and do and say. We are “counter-culture” and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Speaking of kids…my oldest is Jeremiah and is 13. He is an awesome kid with a kind heart, and a great help to our household as our resident spider killer. His eats, sleeps and breathes basketball and plans on being in the NBA one day, then the marines. He also loves being around animals and getting his hands dirty through hard work. This kid is going to do big stuff. He also has had type 1 diabetes for almost 10 years.
My little princess, Shiloh, is 10 and has the biggest servant’s heart I have ever seen. She loves to serve, encourage and make other people’s lives brighter. She is so much fun. Shiloh loves to try new things, is super into theatre, loves animals, and loves to draw and write stories. She’s a beautiful example to her little sister.
Levi is my 7 year old little miracle that we prayed and prayed for. He brings joy to every one of our lives as a fantastic comedian, and is full of energy. He is following his big brother’s footsteps in his love for basketball, and is enjoying the new world that has opened to him as he has learned to read. He’s a sweetie and my resident cuddlebug.
My “baby” Mercy is now 4 years old. She is such a mix of her older siblings, yet dances to the beat of her own drum. She sings constantly, loves to play with her baby dolls, dresses herself in the most creative of outfits, and loves big. She completes our family and brings a smile to our faces daily.
So, that’s us! Hope you enjoy getting to know us more!
As much as we are focusing on our physical health, our main focus is on our spiritual health and our relationship with Jesus Christ. We have committed to having a daily worship/devotional time as a family. We are each also studying the bible on our own daily. We very much desire to grow closer to each other as we grow closer to the Lord. In everything we do we want to honor the Lord whether that be through what we eat, how we care for our bodies, how we live, or how we seek to learn more about Him.
When it comes to eating we normally follow the whole9, or Paleo, eating plan, 80% of the time. This means we eat mainly good meats and fish, fruits, veggies, some nuts and berries, and lots of good fat. Whole Foods like in this meal plan.
We do not go crazy or overboard in our views on eating, and definitely enjoy the occasional splurge. There is always room for flexibility but for the most part, we try to be as healthy as possible. Perfection is not our goal, healthy is.
We have been unexpectedly amazed at what eating paleo has done for Jeremiah’s type 1 diabetes. His blood sugar numbers have been much better than they have ever been before. This is just one more reason we have for continuing to eat so well.
As for exercise, we regularly work out as a family. We also enjoy taking family bike rides and playing at the park. My 3 oldest are all in basketball as well. As a family we make purposeful decisions to try and do something active daily.
We have been blessed. We are excited to be on this journey and are amazed at how God continues to work in both our spiritual and physical lives. Thank you for joining us!
If you have any questions or comments for us, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on Facebook. I do public speaking on numerous topics and would love to join you at your next event. I look forward to hearing from you!