I have 6 children; 22, 21, 19, 16,7, 3. I also have a son-in-law and a beautiful 6 month old grand daughter. My hubby is a carpenter and we moved to Northern Wisconsin from Madison Wisconsin 5 yrs.ago. I love it, but it is also sad to be so far away from culture and things to do. I love homeschooling, homebirth, art, music,cutting hair,decorating, being a support for new moms, and I love to be around funny people – which is why it’s so awesome that God made each of my children so entertaining!I became interested in Raw Foods 7 yrs. ago, after meeting an elderly man at our church who was healed from cancer by doing a juice fast and then going 75 raw. He told me about the Halleluiah Diet. I started juicing and bought the recipe book offered through Halleluiah Acres, but I just couldn’t “get into it”. It was all so foreign to me…like learning a new language, and I was overwhelmed. It did start me juicing and eating more vegetarian. 3 yr. ago after my last child was born, I developed high bloodpressure, and just couldn’t get back on my feet. I can’t explain it, but it was like something in me broke, and for the first time in my life, I started to have all kinds of health issues. It was then that I remembered all that I’d read about the raw food lifestyle, and I found “The Garden Diet” website, and started their “7 days to Raw”. I lost 15 lbs, my blood pressure normalized, and I never felt better. I was able to maintain 90 raw for about 6 months. Then I just got lazy and tired of making double meals – 1 cooked for my family/1 raw for me. I started to make excuses to eat SAD Food, and now…I’m on two medications for high blood pressure, I’ve gained the weight back, I don’t sleep well, and I’m right back where I’d started, but I am so ready to try again. I KNOW that God has lead me to the RAW life. I know it’s the answer to all of my health issues. Why is it that the things that are so good and right for us, are so hard! I wish I had some support and comaraderie up here. Maybe I just need to get the word out and start a Raw Potluck? I feel inadequate though…since I’ve failed before. I am determined though to BREAK FREE in 2008!