A. shared last week:
Jenni, I immediately thought of you while reading this. "When you stand & share your story in an empowering way, your story will heal you & your story will heal somebody else."-Iyanla VanzantL. posted to a contest I entered that I should win the prize (I didn't, oh well) because I am her "hero." My mom says the same thing.
Your my inspiration! Keep writing and fighting :)
M. faithfully sends me flowers, cards, and heaps of encouragement and love, even still.
My husband denies his wants to repeatedly provide to be sure my needs (and several wants too!) are met.
My parents help fill the gap left by my absence of driving ability.
Meals were abundant, far longer than I could have anticipated!
C. gives up nearly every Thursday to help keep on top of whatever I need done in our home.
I could go on and on, especially in the hospital with the outpouring of cards, gifts and kindness in the months right after I got home from the hospital. Thank you, every one of you, especially those I was to ill to acknowledge at the time, for your sacrifice and blessings! Your words and acts of encouragement are such treasured gifts. I guess, in addition to a physical touch love language gal (something most of you live too far away to do anything about) I thrive on words of affirmation and encouragement. More than ever before, I'm learning to appreciate acts of service and gifts of loving grace as well! Actually, any expression of love feeds my heart.
My lifetime anticipated medical cost far accede 1 million dollars. I do not qualify for Social Security or other aid, partially because my recent work history has been writing and focusing on my children, so apparently that doesn't "count" for real employment. This is daunting and stressful to consider, but I keep reminding myself that God "owns the cattle on 1,000 hills" and promises to always supply our needs. We take it one day, sometimes one minute or one bill, at a time. If God sends encouragement when I especially need it, we must trust Him with the rest too.
I know I owe debts I can never repay to so many of you, for your kindness, generosity, faithful prayers, and encouraging words and/or deeds. Thank you for being pieces of God's provision in our lives. <3 I don't say it often enough, but I do realize a bit of how very blessed and loved I am. Thank you!
While Kendra is the only friend I know who really "gets" most of this journey (I am so thankful to have limited contact with her!), I feel so blessed that so many do everything in your power to help me carry the burden with whatever level of understanding and giftedness God gives you. Thank you!
2 Corinthians 9:10P.S. So far I'm down 4 1/2 pounds on my diet, even from the lowest "starting weight" recorded at my fitness consult late last week, 163, about 10 pounds from my very highest, early last week, of just a fraction of a pound under 170. It's a small start, but it is a start. Seeing the scale move the opposite direction from what it has all these months, is such a relief and encouragement. Praise the Lord! The ability to walk (with a cane, but be mobile) has done wonders for my metabolism! I'm also stealing crock pot ideas from Kendra's food blog and have successfully prepared a couple of meals now (with a little help - thanks Mom!) so I think cooking for myself and having more say in ingredients also helps. If anyone has easy, low starch, dairy-free, sugar-free, high protein and fruit/veggies ideas that are also free of additives, chemicals, or processed foods, I'm looking!
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
So I don't forget, here what I've successfully made so far:
Salsa chicken - super easy, just poor a jar of good salsa of boneless, skinless chicken breast (I'm told thies work too) and bake at 350 until done (about 1 hour). Can also crock pot and/or add black beans and/or corn.
Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup
4-5 boneless chicken breasts (or thighs)
1 can black beans (rinsed)
1 can garbanzo beans (We didn't have these and substituted "Shelly Beans" just fine.)
1 can tomato sauce
1 box (2 cups) natural chicken broth
1 can Rotel original (Thank Mom!)
1medium onion chopped (I used dehydrated flakes.)
2 cloves garlic minced (Refrigerated, minced, I used.)
A few dashes of Worstechire sauce
1 can or equivalent of frozen corn (We just put in a quarter cup or so, so we could get the flavor without making the dish too starchy.)
Handful shredded carrot
Handful shredded zucchini (I needed help with shredding)
Throw it all in crockpot on high for a few hours, shred chicken (again, I didn't even try this skill!) and throw it back in (I added more chicken broth at this point, because it was SO thick and stew-like). Serve with cheese, tortilla chips, and sour cream (we skipped all these toppings). I ate 3 bowls! There were 7 of last night and the kids and I still have enough left over for generous lunch today.