Remember my food post about Jesus and food and how they are so connected?
I had forgotten that I LOVE to feed my babies lots and lots fresh, juicy organic foods.Our days used to revolve around juicing and smoothies and seasonal fruit. We used to fill our bellies and never feel overstuffed, greasy or sluggish. We rejoiced in Farmer's Market days and experimented with new recipes for just picked veggies. My kids could open the fridge at any time of day and find crisp carrots and dripping- down-your-chin-juicy plums. I never worried about how much they were eating or about WHAT they were eating. They just ate. Constantly. And it was beautiful.
We've obviously lost our way. When we started our road trip I noticed that my body was literally REJECTING road trip food. Chips and candy and fries made me feel nauseous. But what do you do for lunch when you're in some small, highway town with a McDonalds and a Burger King? Yuck. Honestly, I just held out for dinner in Los Angeles.
Since I've been in California I've slowly remembered how easy it is to eat whole foods again. And since I've been at Christina's house I've remembered how much I love it. Our kids (five kids under six between the two of us) have been munching on watermelon, plums, blueberries, grapes and strawberries. They are just constantly eating. And chugging lots and lots of water. We basically sit in the backyard all day while they play and swing and splash in the kiddie pool. The babies play in their walkers or sit in their boosters and eat just as much as the big kids. Daisy has been chowing. She is loving baby food and watermelon and little puffs.
We stocked up on kale and spinach today so we can start making smoothies. I'm so so happy that my kids are being filled with clean food and lots of love. I had forgotten how much I LOVE being their mama. I've been so tired; so drained and empty. I've barely been able to function enough to take a shower, but this week I've been able to play a little. I've taken interest in what is filling my babies tummies and, somehow, it is reminding me to pay attention to what is filling their hearts.
They need clean, fresh love pouring into them as much as they need clean fresh food in their bellies. And they are getting it.
Holy crap, I love my kids.