April 18, 2013
Conner’s Care Fundraiser
Let’s all help to make a difference in this angel’s life!
Conner was born July 5th, 2010 with a rare bone disorder called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, OI for short and more commonly referred to as Brittle Bone Disease.
Conner is one of five children for Kip and Denise, he is also a twin! Conner’s twin sister does not have OI, as this disease is a mutation in their family. They were told Conner had OI in utero, as his limbs were much shorter than they should be and he was showing fractures and bowing of his bones.
Conner has a severe type of OI which is type III, he has had over 60+ broken bones in his short 2 1/2 years of life. Conner’s bones were compared to paper when he was born adn they had to carry him around on a pillow because he was so fragile. Although there is NO cure for OI, Conner recieves infusions of pamidronate every 6 weeks over a two day period to help make his bones more dense and help with pain.
Conner has had bilateral femur and tibia rodding surgery along with both of his humerous to help with the bowing of the limbs and to be an internal splint. He has had multiple surgeries and will continue to do so throughout his lifetime. Conner also has brittle teeth, he has had several teeth that have chipped and he will need to have all his teeth capped once they start to show wear.
Conner’s family travels from Charlotte, NC to Omaha, NE for this surgeries and clinic to see experts on OI.
His family will continue to have ongoing medical and travel expenses. He will also need to have his home modified to fit his needs.
We appreciate your support and taking the time to learn more about Conner.
April 17, 2013
This is the hubby’s new favorite dish, a creative, satisfying and healthful way to fix tofu, even fit for a meat-eater. 😉 The blackening spice blend is from the cookbook “Vegan Cooking for Carnivores” by Roberto Martin, this spice blend is also flavorful added to a snack of fresh sliced cucumber or cut mango. Delish!
- One block of 14-16 oz. extra-firm organic tofu
- Green leaf lettuce
- Red sweet pepper, chopped
- 1/2 sweet onion, diced small
- Balsamic vinegar/Olive oil dressing
- 1 Tbsp. paprika
- 1 tsp. cayenne
- 2 Tbsp. garlic powder
- 2 Tbsp. onion powder
- 1 Tbsp. dried thyme
- 2 Tbsp. dried oregano, crushed between your palms
- 1 Tbsp. kosher salt
- 1 Tbsp. freshly ground black pepper
- Mix all blackening spices in small bowl and store in airtight container, makes about 1/2 cup seasoning.
- Wash and chop salad greens and sweet pepper.
- Squeeze excess moisture from tofu, cut into cubes or strips and cover all sides with blackening spice.
- Saute’ onion with olive oil until clear, add tofu and saute’ until browned on all sides.
- Prepare salad in bowl, top with blackened tofu and dressing.
I sprinkled some cooked quinoa in the salad as well, which gave it a nice hearty addition of protein, this is a hearty meal! Enjoy.
April 10, 2013
As we go about living our lives, we are faced with countless choices, opportunities and decisions along our paths. In any given day, we decide what food choices to make, what clothing to wear, where we go, what we do, who we spend time with, how we spend our time, etc.
Sometimes life can become so routine that we forget to recognize the beauty and virtue in living. So, let’s explore the many ways we live virtuously by remembering why we do anything in the first place! You can practice having this awareness by asking yourself “why” you do anything, until a virtue is reached. Examples of virtues can be: Love, Compassion, Good Health, Peace, Service, Forgiveness, Freedom, Comfort, Balance, Harmony, the list goes on….
When you make healthy food choices, you are living for the virtue of good health. You are able to recognize that this short-term sacrifice, leads to a greater, long-term benefit. So, eat your greens, and avoid sugar like it’s the drug that it is.
When you show up daily on your Yoga mat for asana, or your meditation cushion for practice, you may be sacrificing some time for balance, harmony, peace, or good health.
When you go to your job (whatever it may be), you may be living for service of some kind. So, remind yourself that you are doing important work, and that there is great value in it. Even if your job is cleaning the house, or wiping little behinds, when you do them consciously for the greater good of service, it becomes more rewarding.
When you make healthy and balanced decisions with finances by not living outside your means, then you are sacrificing for financial comfort, being able to cover your living expenses or save for a comfortable retirement can be very reassuring.
When we sacrifice our time and energy for our beloveds, we put them before ourselves, and this is all for the virtue of love which is a powerful one. We connect with each other the strongest in the name of love.
Learning to say “no” to someone when appropriate is also okay, admirable, and also virtuous. You can practice forgiveness for yourself, compassion for others, and create a sense of balance in your life.
Always ask yourself for every activity, where is the virtue in this? Why am I doing this? By allowing yourself to realize how your life is filled with virtue, you are also filled with gratitude and happiness.
Maybe with your morning meditation, you decide on a “virtue for the day” as your daily mantra. You can breathe this all day long, a constant reminder that you are alive and living on a great, virtuous path exactly where you are.