Hi, I’m Rebecca, “that organic mom”, welcome to our world. I am a wife and mom to six kids (yes, they’re all mine) from 25 to 8. I’ve been a mom more than half of my life…(wow).
I’d like to help you achieve superior health for your family. Would you love to transform your family’s health and experience less sick days and enjoy life more? I would love to help you learn how to be happier and have a more peaceful home environment. Maybe you just want to get your children to go to bed on time; I can help you with that.
So just think of me as your big sister, your cheerleader, a friend who wants to help you avoid the pitfalls in parenting. I would like to share what I have learned along the way and save you some time. “Busy” is a plague that is running rampant among moms and I’d love to help you take time to enjoy life. We all need to learn to recognize our own success. I would like to help you recognize your own greatness!
I’m very passionate about health and nutrition; especially helping kids eat healthy at home as well as at school. It all started back in 2003 when my son started struggling in school. I was desperately trying to figure out how to help him when I found out I had a kidney stone. That is when my passion for natural living, nutrition and food as medicine began. I studied how food affects behavior in children and how to make changes to our diets.
My family became my experiment as we tried different eating styles from gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, raw vegan, green smoothies (for two years during my 5th pregnancy and ended up giving birth to a 12 pound baby boy at home) then gradually adding in healthy meats and eventually settling on a Simple Whole Foods Diet.
I believe with patience, low stress, quality sleep and the proper diet most modern illness can be more effectively treated than with conventional methods. I’ve suffered the loss of my father before his time, and the loss of my older sister to cancer. It hurts to see family suffer. I’m still learning about love, acceptance, choices and forgiveness.
During the initial learning phase I shared much of what I was discovering with my friends and family through a newsletter I called “Planting Seeds.” I wanted to share the things I was learning with those around me in hopes that they would benefit. I wanted to help everyone achieve my goal of being healthy, staying fit, feeling young, being active and enjoying life. These are still my goals and the reason why I created this website.
My children say I live in a bubble because I forget not everyone goes against the grain so to speak in things like natural or home birthing, early infant potty training, eating a Traditional Diet instead of the Standard American Diet, adding fats to our diet, skipping sodas and diet sodas, not using candy for rewards, openly discussing the problem with the food supply in America and lots more, like schooling…
Over the years my children have received education via home school, private Christian schools, secular private school and public school. I have learned valuable lessons such as; one-size-fits-all is a lie when it comes to schooling, parenting, and clothes! We each do what is right for our children; we must adapt to the needs of each particular child. I hope to encourage you to have the confidence to mother your children the way you think is best.
Speaking of children, here's a little bit about each of my six children:
My daughter Macey holds a special place in my heart. There were years when it was just the two of us. We went through a lot and she made me a mom, so there's that! I am so happy that she has added a member to our family with her wonderful husband Brad, my first son-in-love! Read their engagement story and see more pictures here.
Wedding pictures by: photographers, Alex and Cammy
My second child was a precious daughter and I am so happy that she came along because she is such a very special person. She has a way of giving so much of herself to those around her. She is the person who always remembers special occasions and tries to make other people feel special.
Haley has always had a talent in photography and now she is using her talent to serve our country. Her career in the USAF doing Combat Cam as a Photo Journalist should be interesting. I just know that her adventures will take her all over the world and I can't wait to see what she does next! Read more here.
My first son, my third born child, Benton Taylor is always trying to make us laugh. He loves gaming and computers and has a great voice! He is the voice you hear at the beginning of a few of my earliest podcasts….
Ivy is my artist! She has always loved drawing, painting, sculpting, and all things art! She also has a talent for making me laugh. Her humor is not the tell-a-joke kind, but more life humor like a live in sit com. When we have our chit chats in the afternoons when she comes home from school, I always feel a little mood lift!
Ivy has a really cool style that I've noticed she gets a lot of compliments on. Being the third daughter she could have been really insecure or she could have tried to be just like her older sisters, but she has always let her own uniqueness shine through!
Harmon is my second son and holds a special place in my heart! Harmon was my 5th child and my largest. His delivery was nothing short of a miracle. You can read my 12-pound birth story here. We were all surprised at his weight and he's been surprising me ever since!
Harmon was a very loved little baby; he had three older sisters to carry him around, sing to him, feed him and play with him. He had an older brother too, but even though Benton really wanted the next baby to be a boy, he didn't quite know what to do with him once he arrived.
When he was little, Harmon loved flowers so much that if we were driving down the road and he started crying, we could make him stop by pulling over and picking a flower and giving it to him. His tears would dry up immediately as he held the flower in his pudgy little fist.
Shawna is my youngest and my fourth daughter. My baby! Shawna Danielle was named after her daddy, we simply changed Shawne Daniel to the feminine form. She's my only child born in Tennessee!
When Shawna was only five years old she ran a 5k with me to benefit Alzheimer's research. I was so proud of her. Shawna loves cats and art and drawing cats and loves to teach and train her kitten Halfmoon! You can see some YouTube videos of her carrying her kitten around to the bookstore and other places here.
Creating community is an important part of my life and that is why I put a lot into a special group on Facebook called Hopelively.
Hopelively is a private community for women desiring to find and keep their Hope. For women seeking encouragement in their wellness pursuits or recovering from loss. Our goal is to promote a spirit of hope in the midst of struggles, both physical and spiritual. If you are someone who has learned to live with chronic illness, struggle with health challenges, or just need some motivation, please join us!