Oh, How I love Aloe!

For three months, we have grieved the loss of our foster son to cancer.  The entire family is stuck in this season of depression because we have also lost our little girl. We have had her since she was a baby and now at two years old the court rules to move her into a “treatment home” with her biological mom. The loss feels the same yet she is living, just “What in the world do we do?”


Well, our friends at the local State Childrens’ Home Offices are worried about us and call to see if we can take in these two beautiful girls who are half sisters by their mom. The older is 3 years old and the younger is 18 months. Their parents have not been interested, no visits in months, so they call us and ask if we still want to foster-to-adopt. Without hesitation I say “YES”, but let me call my husband.

What a whirlwind! My honey-man falls for their life stories, just like we always do. How can you NOT help these children? Adding two girls in one day is a really big undertaking. These girls have their issues to work through, but lacking in energy–is no problem. We laugh for the first time in a long while, and their new brothers, just sit and play along with all the drama. Did I say drama?

Our friends are so excited for us and invite us all over to have dinner after a few weeks of settling together. Our friends are Russian and Svetlana makes the most amazing dish elegantly shaped into a mushroom.  Mushroom Potato Salad

She has prepared some soup and has this potato salad on display. With the soup bowl for our youngest girl just out of reach (at least we think!). The next scenario happens so fast, it appears that I am going to have to go to the ER, which is NOT what I can even DO right now.  [Read why here]

So my friend hops up and gets some ALOE VERA from her plant outside and we begin taking turns holding the aloe with a rag on our new little girl’s face, cheek, and arm. I pray for this to work. Oddly, which still disturbs me today, the little girl never cries, she just looks at me with her beautiful eyes in wonder. Her cheek and arm were swelling up and beginning to look like burns almost instantly. She wouldn’t drink the aloe, but we could keep the aloe on her. Within minutes the red faded to pink. Over the next hour, we take turns placing more aloe on her burn areas, changing out the cloth.  

By the end of two hours there was absolutely no sign of a burn.

At this moment, I fall in love with this magnificent creation of thorny sides and slimy gel! I know that aloe is heralded for growing and restoring cell tissues, but seeing it in action is truly a wonder to appreciate.

aloe pin

So we encourage you to keep an ALOE plant alive at your home for moments like these and buy good quality ALOE products. [Like this; and tell them we sent you so we get a discount on our next order.] Here are some of the benefits of ALOE VERA:

  • Heals sunburn and skin conditions quickly
  • Aloe is Antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal
  • Heals ulcers
  • Great for a Colon cleanse
  • and many more!
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Mandy is the force behind the advocacy portal Real Food Recovery. Since losing a 4 yr old to cancer while fostering to adopt, Mandy founded a nonprofit organization recovering children at-risk using real food, real discussion, and encouragement. As a Wife, Mom of birth, foster, and adopted children, author, Nutritional Therapist, & NRT, Mandy shares simple food tips while volunteering in a local Orphanage to create a model for change. Connect with Mandy through Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
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