Love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. Easier recited than done, right? Keeping every aspect of your health in view and in balance is a challenge for most everyone. Imago is here to bring you inspirating stories of changed lives, along with good information to help you experience more energy, more esteem and more enthusiasm for living well.
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For my entire life I have struggled with my body image. I cannot remember a season since I was a child where I was not over obsessed or under impressed with the body that I had to carry around each day. Even when I felt my best, I still always felt like the worst. Whether it was my complexion, skin, weight, height, or hair, I always found something to detest.
No amount of compliments ever changed my mind. I hid my insecurity behind a facade of over confidence in my intellect and abilities. A poor body image and a worse opinion of myself compounded at 16 as a junior in high school when I developed an eating disorder. I worked out more than I should, and ate less than I needed to and quickly dropped from a healthy weight to a sickly one. By God’s grace and with help, I overcame the eating disorder, but I never seemed to be able to shake the constant feeling of my body never being good enough. Even in marriage with the most loving and supportive husband who adores me and my body, I have struggled with those thoughts and feelings each day without fail.
When Debra Wallace dreamed of parenting, she imagined the United Nations convening in her kitchen. Including a passel of her own, Debra envisioned foster children careening to the table and scraping chairs on the hardwood floor, blonde curls bobbing beside black afros. She and her husband, Jason, would foster to adopt and had only one stipulation: no disabilities.
When Matthew, a partially deaf two-and-a-half-year-old, and his younger brother Christian needed a home, however, Debra and Jason jumped at the match. Debra’s proficiency in American Sign Language, along with a master’s degree in Social Work, made them a perfect fit.
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Before Ford was even born I knew I wanted to make his baby food when the time came. My sister made Embry's and the cost savings is incredible! Not only did the money aspect motivate me but the fact that I could control exactly what I was feeding my baby. The biggest piece of advice I can give moms about to start solids is to use the website Wholesome Baby Food. Honestly I've never used any other website (or even Google) with my baby food questions.