Our Charis Family
Hello, everyone! What
a beautiful group of people Charis Childbirth
contains. I had my first interactions with a
handful of you at a recent Charis workshop that was
very informative. I have just recently became
part of the Charis Childbirth family through
LifeSong Midwifery, Kristin Schuchmann’s home birth
We have two little girls, Abigail who is almost
three and Betsy who was born at the end of December.
Abigail is my June baby that was naturally born in
the hospital. We were left with a traumatic
experience, having to fight through our labor for a
natural birth. So, when we were pregnant with
Betsy, we knew homebirth was what we wanted.
We met Kristin through a dear friend, Amy (her birth
assistant), and we felt connected instantly through
our phone conversation. Betsy was born at home
a few months ago (patiently awaiting Kristin's
return from her visit to Virginia) with a wonderful
birth team. I couldn't have asked for a better
I have a passion for helping people, a BA in
Business management, and job experience with
customer service, accounting, and healthcare.
During my third trimester with our oldest daughter
Abigail, we decided it was best for me to stay at
home; and after holding Abigail for the first time,
my gut told me my focus was on my family for now.
I have been a stay at home mom ever since.
At just the right moment, Kristin graciously
welcomed me as an administrative assistant for
LifeSong Midwifery; and, as of this week, Charis
Childbirth, too. I am very excited to be on
this journey I have begun, especially as I am
training as a birth assistant, as well. I have
an amazing, supportive husband, Jeremiah, who is on
board with all of the demands of this journey.
I hope to learn more about Charis Childbirth and
look forward to learning your story soon!
Betsy and Abigail
Andrea, Jeremiah, Betsy and Abigail Kuntze
Carrot Nut Salad
A wonderful carrot nut salad
recipe, scrumptious, mouth watering and chocked full of
Eight – ten medium carrots, grated or spiralized
One-half cup celery chopped
One-half cup green onions chopped
One-half cup dried cranberries
One-half cup raw cashew pieces
One-third cup pumpkin seeds
One-fourth cup grapeseed oil
One-fourth cup apple cider vinegar
Ten fresh basil leaves chopped fine and a few leaves for garnish
One lime, juiced
One teaspoon agave syrup
Sea salt and pepper to taste, if desired
Mix all salad ingredients and set aside. Mix all dressing
ingredients and whisk to combine. Drizzle dressing over
salad and toss gently to coat all. Garnish plates or bowl
with fresh basil leaves. Serves 4-5
Now, experiment, add a bunch of spiralized beets!
Garnish some celery!
'Behold, I will
bring them from the north country, And gather them from the ends of
Among them the blind and the lame,
The woman with child and The one who labors with child, together,
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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