Family

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 […]
A Joyful HeartbreakYou know, sometimes life just sucks. Yeah–that’s my intro to this post.  Mainly because nothing else seems fitting. I know God will give me wise words before I leave you, but for now, this is what I’ve got. A few minutes ago, we got the official word that Sawyer failed his rice trial.  Typing those […]
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 […]
Cheating and EoEThese past couple weeks, I’ve really been feeling the urge to talk about something specific- cheating. And no, I’m not talking about the relationship cheating; I’m talking about the food cheating. You know, when your child isn’t supposed to have wheat, dairy, or soy and yet you catch him with his hand in the cookie […]
A Year in Review & the Top 10 Recipes of 2014!All photo credits of our family go to Marissa Dodgen Photography. 2014 was a year, huh?  So many amazing things happened for our family. It started with some of the hardest months we’d seen yet, but took a monumental shift towards the middle of the year.  The darkest clouds have lifted, God has given us […]
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 […]
Non-Toxic Dog Shampoo RecipeSince our skin is our largest organ (yes, our skin absorbs into our bodies everything we put on it), I’m pretty strict about every single ingredient I use.  Just like our food, conventional skin care products are full of nasty stuff that really do affect our bodies.  I’m not in a place in life where […]
Healthy Thanksgiving IdeasLet’s face it.  This week’s is all about food with a little family sprinkled on top.  For families like us that suffer from food allergies and food related diseases, it’s the opposite most days.  Either way, we all gotta eat, right?? Don’t scrimp on your favorites this time of year–just learn to make them 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 […]
How to Deal with Anger & EoEHello! It’s me, Danielle, your favorite EoE girl, here again to talk about the journey of living with Eosinophilic Esophagitis and how to get through it. I know I can’t make the pain go completely away, but hopefully I’m able to shed a little bit of light each month and give you some new insights! […]
“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 […]
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!