Volume 7

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 2





Our Charis Family

Mary Beth Stubenrauch

 Mary Beth and Brian Stubenrauch

Hello Charis Family,

My name is Mary Beth Stubenrauch and I'm a new Charis Childbirth Educator/Doula student.  My husband, Brian, myself and our four children are missionaries in northeast Thailand near the Lao border.  We have lived in Thailand since just a few months after we were married ten years ago.  All of our children were born in Thailand and are homeschooled for which we are so very thankful!  We are in the process of completing the adoption (on the Thai side) of our youngest son, Tyndale (age 3).  We've recently moved from the south of Thailand to the northeast, which is one of the ways the Lord led me to Charis. 

We're in a much more rural area now, and I'm hoping to be able to help women understand their bodies, especially during pregnancy, birth and post-partum.  It's a pretty taboo subject among most Thai women, but since I'm not Thai they seem to be happy to have someone to talk to about these things.  I'm so excited to be able to study from our home here in the mountains among the rice fields and mosquitoes. 

Before Brian and I married, I planned to pursue traditional midwifery as a way to reach women wherever in the world God was planning on sending me, but in His wisdom He postponed that pursuit and gave me 4 babies in the first 7 years of our marriage! : )  I would still love to become a midwife someday, but for now, among the responsibilities of wife, momma of 4, homeschooling, and missionary life, I'm happy working toward becoming a childbirth education and doula.  Looking forward to the Lord's plan for me among my fellow Charis students and the larger Charis family!

Love from Thailand,

Mary Beth

Brian, Mary Beth and their children,
Tyndale (age 3), Mercy (age 7), Micah (age 4) and Asia (age 9)

Charis Cuisine

Carrot-Ginger Soup

4 cups carrot juice (about 4 lbs carrots)
cup macadamia nut
avocado, mashed
2 TB ginger, minced
2 tsp nama shoyu or tamari
1 TB freshly squeezed lemon juice
tsp curry powder (optional)
tsp fresh dill or tsp dry
Pinch of cayenne to taste
Pinch of salt to taste
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper to taste
avocado wedges (optional for topping)
cup pine nuts (optional for topping)

1. Place 1 cup carrot juice, macadamia nuts, and avocado in a blender, and blend on high speed for 20 seconds or until mixture is smooth.

2. Add ginger, nama shoyu or tamari, lemon juice, curry powder (if using), dill, cayenne, salt, and pepper and blend on low to medium speed for 15 to 20 seconds.  Slowly add remaining carrot juice through the top while blending on low.

3. Serve immediately at room temperature.  Pour soup into bowls, and top with avocado wedges and pine nuts, or any garnish that appeals to you!!

Healing foods: a carrot a day might help keep the eye doctor away.  Half of a medium size carrot supplies you with 100 percent of your vitamin. A requirement in the form of beta-carotene has been shown to be essential for eye health and, due to its antioxidant activity, has been reported to lower heart disease risk.

Yield: 4 cups, prep time: 20 minutes, serving size 2 cups.

Nutritional Benefits of carrot and ginger:

Carrot is one of the most healing foods that provides the finest and highest quality in nutrients, especially from its juice.  It is an excellent source of pro-vitamin A, vitamins C, D, E, K, B1 and B6.

It is rich with biotin, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, organic sodium and some trace minerals.

Carrot greens/tops CAN be eaten.  It is very rich with potassium (vitamin K) and protein. Potassium is a key mineral in our body, thus high consumption of it keeps all the organs in our body in tip-top condition.

The known phytonutrients in carrots are lutein, lycopene, anti-oxidants alpha, beta and gamma carotenes, zeaxanthin and xanthophyll.  You don't need to remember these fancy names, but just remember that phytonutrients are nature's marvelous provision for healing of various diseases.

Ginger is known to have more than twelve types of anti-oxidants, making it useful for treatment of many disorders.  Like other spices, it has aphrodisiac properties and is used widely for medicinal purposes.

This herb contains essential oils, protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin C, choline, folic acid, inositol, manganese, panthotenic acid, silicon, and a small amount of vitamin B3.

 'Behold, I will bring them from the north country, And gather them from the ends of the earth,
 Among  them the blind and the lame, The woman with child and The one who labors with child,  together,
 A great throng shall return there...And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the LORD.'
 Jeremiah 31:8, 14
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February 2012