Appreciation for the Simple Things

Would I be able to appreciate all of the little things in life if I had not endured these past few years?  I don’t think so.  Sitting in bed on a lazy Sunday morning talking to my husband as we both wake up, we are both reflecting on struggles we both have in our current state of life.  Ryan, the desire to be more engaged with me and the kids, our friends, our community;  me, the struggle that I continually have with being kind to the people that matter the most.  I am humbled by his willingness to reflect and to ask the tough questions that we both need to find the answers to.  But more than anything, I am thankful that we are asking these questions, that we are having these conversations and that we are both much more present in this life.


The “juice” question?

I have been asked a few times about what I mean by “juice” on my lifestyle page.  I thought it was worth some clarification.

All the juice I drink is vegetable juice.  We purchased a twin gear juicer (picture attached) and we make our own juice most mornings and evenings (and by ‘we’ I mean mostly Maribeth, my juicing queen).  Now that I’m putting this picture of our juicer on this site, it almost feels like I should have a name for ‘her’.  I have no idea why, but from this moment on I’m going to call her Sheila for referencing purposes.

It is very important to note that I steer away from juicing most fruits.  Most fruits have a lot of natural sugar which has a very acidic effect on your body.  The exceptions I make are lemons and limes.  While these are acidic fruits, they have a very alkalizing affect on your body.  I will throw in half of an apple once in awhile to change up the flavor, but mostly I do all green veggies.  If you are just starting to juice, you can also use carrots, beets and bell peppers for some sweeter flavor.  Please note that these are more acidic then green veggies so use them sparingly.  Sheila does most of her work with cucumbers, celery, lettuces, kale, red cabbage, zucchini, broccoli and parsley.  We also add a chunk of ginger root to most of our juices for flavor, but use sparingly or Sheila will make it burn!

If you have any questions or comments, please click on the comment bubble at the top of this post!

There is a link on our ‘resources’ page for more information on types of juicers (Sheilas).

Happy Juicing!




Welcome to our world!

We literally feel as if we wandered into a better life!  Although we were pushed there with the crazy reality of having a disease, we are both extremely grateful for the journey that we have been on and the new reality of wellness we are creating for ourselves and our children.

This website is a way to share our story and we hope that our experience will allow you to question and look at your disease/health/lifestyle from a different perspective.  The blog will be about our continued journey as we learn about this new lifestyle, but it will also be about our recollections on the difficult times and how we were able to muster through them (in other words, our therapy).

Thank you for checking out  We look forward to having conversations with you in the future!