When All Hope Isn’t LostThis morning, I am fresh faced, hair still wet from an overdue shower. My legs are crossed as I type and my eyes still a little puffy from yesterday’s news. Thoughts are running through my head like, “Why is God making His children suffer?” “When will we have a break?” “Will we ever feel normal?” […]
The Day My Child Didn’t DieSomething happened today, and I felt the need to share… Not so long ago, all my boys went to the lake in Tennessee and left me here for a solitary weekend filled with work and writing. This was their view. And this was mine. I’m not sure why I thought this backdrop would be better […]
Update on Sawyer Blaine, a Real Life Super HeroI think about trying to describe this soul to you, and tears replace words. The welling up kind. The kind that make it hard to see–the ones that leave my top eye lids puffy for days. It’s not because I’m sad or because of the stupid disease. It’s because of him. A 3 year old […]
Presents with a Purpose–The Bird’s Nest CollectionA few years ago, when mounds of medical debt swarmed our lives and when everything seemed too much, I came across a blog about how to make a bird’s nest out of wire. From there, the idea was born to make these pieces as a way for people to participate in our lives in a […]
Music is my LemonadeI love to write stories before they’ve been finished because then I know I’m passionate about the very thing—rather than the outcome. If I fail, I’d likely not write the story out of embarrassment. If I succeed, I’d be insecure that I only cared enough to write about it because of the success. There is […]
“I am Good,” He WhispersAs I stand with tired feet, my wrinkled hands muster up the courage to wash one last load of dishes. I carefully wash my fourth batch for the day, remembering to switch rags when I get to the spoon with the peanut butter on it. I come upon a plate with a half eaten sweet […]
Solid GroundIt’s finally as quiet as it will be; babies tucked tightly in two cold bedrooms. The monotonous hum of the fireplace seems our only hope. I gaze intently at the orange flames, following their fiery patterns with my tired and somewhat nervous eyes. My mind purposely wanders to a time when I suspect this was […]
Pure Living DefinedI have a love-hate relationship with Eosinophilic Esophagitis. On one hand, it has brought so much sadness to our lives because they are the words that have made our lives change so much over the last two years. They are the words that define our children’s pain. They are the words that make us feel […]
Pure Living 101We are so excited to announce our first series entitled Pure Living 101. In our journey, we can’t separate Faith, Family, and Food from one another, so we’ve designed a series to encompass it all. We hope you will spread the word and join us on Friday, January 24th for our first post!
For you make beauty from the ashes…There are days when I feel empty. Days I feel numb. Today is not one of those days. I am completely filled with joy, and peace, and acceptance, and...on and on.... 48 hours earlier..... Andrew and I are doing a wonderful job at "dividing and conquering" this 3 kid thing. So as he got Sawyer and Beckham fed and ready for bed Saturday night, I took McCall to band practice with me for some one on one time with mama and with 4 of his favorite band friends (JB!!!, Wobbie, Danyull, and Mistuh TJ). I knew God was preparing my heart for the next morning. ...
Grieving Over GrapesLast night, Andrew and I had to work on McCall's diet plan once again. After meeting with a nutritionist and reading through some literature and research, we are removing more foods as we are in this waiting period before we decide on his treatment. The specific foods that we removed last night are: grapes, raisins, honey, refined sugar, pork, sausage, beef, potatoes, and caffeine. I feel like I should revise my earlier post on his diet, because that has now changed!
God Will Go Beforeexcerpt from the family’s CaringBridge Journal—written May 6, 2012 I’ve always known God is in this. We have always believed that. We know that ultimately, in the end, God will get the glory. But, being really honest, that does not necessarily make the everyday struggle very easy. Most days I wake up and say, “I […]