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Moments of Grace Daybook & Currently (3/17/14): Staying Positive, Restore & Trusting God’s Plan

I’m linking up my Daybook with Jenny and I am also linking up with a blog I just found – A Mama Collective.com for their Currently Link-up. Go check them out!

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Moments of Gratitude…

Today I am especially thankful for

  • For the dirty dishes in my sink – it means we have plenty of food to eat.
  • For the piles of dirty laundry – it means we have plenty of clothes to wear.
  • For the bathrooms and toilets that need to be scrubbed – it means we have running water.
  • For the beds that need to be made – it mean we have a place to rest our head at night.
  • For the Legos and Star Wars figures… the sketch pads and nail polish bottles scattered around the the house – it means we have three little boys and a tween girl who fill our home with sweet smiles, warm hugs and joyful giggles.
  • For the inconvenience of cooking from scratch and carefully checking ingredient labels  so I am aware of what we put into our bodies – it means my husband is alive and that I can do something to help him beat this cancer.
  • For the grace to let go of the frustration and see the blessings amidst the mess – it means God is working within me.

(I’m trying to be more positive these days. Can you tell?) ;-)

DISCLAIMER: After I posted this, the kids got in trouble and I yelled at them so don’t think that it’s all Pollyanna around here. I am a work in (slow) progress. LOL.

 

Beauty in the Ordinary…

Our weather has been weird – in the 70’s one day and the 50’s the next but there are flowers blossoming everywhere!

 

In the Kitchen…

M – Turkey Enchiladas with Green Guacamole (to make it a bit more Irish.) ;-)

T – Minestrone Soup and homemade wheat bread.

W – Sneaky Spaghetti Sauce: Pureed zucchini, carrots, celery and peppers.

Th – Chicken, Baked Potato and Veggies.

F - Quesadillas & Low-Fat Broccoli Slaw

S – Homemade Veggie Pizza & Greek Salad

S – Leftovers

 

Praying…

  • For Brian’s continued recovery from cancer and for the chemo treatments that start March 24.*
  • For all those who are fighting cancer and for their families.
  • For all those who have lost loved ones and for the repose of the souls that have died.
  • For those who are alone and feel unloved or contemplating suicide.
  • For the who are spiritual leaders, that God will strengthen them and help them to live humble and unselfish lives.
  • For each of us to be faithful to God and live his love throughout his day.
  • For the conversion of sinners and the souls in purgatory.
  • For some special intentions.

*Originally Brian was supposed to start his chemo on March 10 but it was pushed back because the port they put in his chest wasn’t fully healed yet. So his first round will start this Monday the 24th instead. I’ll keep you posted and I appreciate all the prayers, especially from those of you have have commented and shared your own cancer survival stories!! I shared those with Brian and he asked me to send you a big thanks. The encouragement means a lot!  :-)

 

Pondering…

Last week I shared about my Lenten journey and how I was working on regaining my happiness in daily life. I still struggle to remember to take care of myself – like drinking my water, ugh! – but God must have dumped out buckets of grace to get me started because it seems like there is much more peace in our house. Well, there is still chaos at times but I think I am dealing with it better.

Turning my heart to God throughout the day is helping and spending more time doing things as a family (or at least me and the kids) has helped. When the kids were much younger I longed for the days when they could play by themselves so I could wash dishes or put a load of laundry or even shower. With Matthew almost three, I have much more free time than before but now I have to remember that they still need “play time” with me – to read them a book or take them to the park or blow bubbles outside with them.  I think these little things have made us happier.

Plus I’ve been trying to talk to Brian more. I mean, more than the usual small talk. He is not exactly Mr. Chit Chat so this takes a little work but asking his questions and allowing him to share without me interrupting has been beneficial and made us happier together.

Continuing this theme of finding joy, I decided to join Elizabeth Foss‘ online workshop Restore.

The Restore Workshop is a six week online course geared towards adult women who have struggled or are struggling with or want to avoid burnout. It is for any woman who wants to nurture joy within her life and the lives of those around her.

 

Around the house…

The house is actually straightened up since my in laws came over for dinner last night. Whenever the house gets too messy I just invite people over to ensure I get it cleaned up pronto. ;-)

 

Reading…

This morning I was reading this article A former MLS player lost his battle with cancer today, but he won so much more. Elizabeth Foss had the link on her website. (Her son that wrote the article.) The article was beautiful and moved me to tears. Here is an excerpt:

As I sit in the dark, I find myself wondering about the end. Was Shawn right to believe what he believed? Did it “work”? After all that pain and suffering, was faith in something he couldn’t see or even fully comprehend worth it?

The answer to that question is the greatest victory of Shawn Kuykendall’s short life.

I remember sitting on the couch with Shawn on a Saturday morning last November, watching an English Premier League game. Out of seemingly nowhere (though thinking about it now, he had probably been working on this thought for the first 60 minutes of the game), Shawn looked over at me and spoke these words, which I imagine will follow me until my end.

“I’m not really worried about death or dying, I’m not. Because here’s the thing – you know – we’re all dying. I mean, right? We’re all dying. So whether it’s tomorrow or 90 years from now, the end is going to be the same. We’re going to die.”

I hit pause on the DVR at this point because I knew he would want to come back to the game and Liverpool’s buildup play once he finished his thought.

“We are all given this great gift of life and we have this finite time to do whatever we want. So we live the best we can, and for me, that means living the way I think God wants me to live. I need God more than ever now.”

There was a pause as he rubbed his head, once full of dark flowing hair, now bald from the chemo.

So praise be to God. I’m not going to waste time being sad or worried or scared. I have to fight. If I trust in him and fight, everything else will take care of itself.

That is what I am trying to do. Trust. Fight. And know that God has a plan and purpose.

 

Listening to…

The trees rustling as the breeze flows through them… and Matthew “fixing” my chair with his Thor hammer.

 

Watching on my DVR…

When Calls the Heart (I love that show!!),  The Walking Dead (Last night’s episode was insane) and a St. Patrick cartoon to watch with the kids tonight.

 

On the blog…

This week I want to finish my post on Baby Names. I think Kathryn’s link-up is there until Friday.

 

Posts I’ve Liked on my Bloglovin

I have 300 unread posts in my reader. I’ve been a negligent blog reader. Sorry about that, my fellow bloggers.

 

Pinned…

I saw Vani (aka The Food Babe.com) on TV the other day and she as talking a lot about diet and eating whole foods without additive, preservatives and GMO‘s etc. That is what we are trying to do with Brian (and all of us.) I pinned a number of her articles and these recipes are next in line for upcoming Pinterest Parties. ;-)

 

Plans for the Week…

Lots of the ordinary stuff plus a movie night on Thursday to see Divergent (woohoo) and it’s the school’s end of the quarter Family Fun Night this week. The kids dress in their pj’s and bring sleeping bags and watch a movie in the gym. This time it’s Frozen so there will be a of of singing too. ;-)

 

Captured…

This is my photo from yesterday’s #holylens photo challenge. The theme was “Mercy.”

 

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5 Comments

  • I still have a hard time believing ALL the health food claims. A lot of the “science” behind it seems like just a way for you to buy more expensive food. Not to mention some of the healthy things they tell you to eat instead of something else has its own downfall. Off the top of my head I can think of soy milk, tofu, flax seeds and yes those might be good for you they also contain a lot of estrogen and are able to mess up hormones in young boys and woman trying to become pregnant. I am not trying to say you shouldn’t try to eat more healthy things, I just can’t buy all the claims that are out there. Sorry, I am probably rambling!

    • bobbi says:

      Elena, I know what you mean. All this can be confusing! It’s funny that you mention soy because that is one of the number one foods we are avoiding.

      There are so many food claims and diets out there a person can go crazy. (ie. I have a hard time eliminating whole food groups.) The one that made the most sense to me and our family situation was to eat whole food…to eat food closest to its natural state and avoid foods that have been genetically modified in a lab. A friend of mine has been helping me sort this info out. (Her husband, by the way, is a hospice nurse and has called the morgue too many times to pick up young dads with colon cancer who lost their battles! But I digress…)

      The two biggest GMO food products is corn and soy. Soy we avoid altogether. (Plus because of the health side effects you mentioned.) Corn is harder because it’s in everything that’s a packaged food in some form – corn oil, canola oil, high fructose corn syrup etc. For someone like you that already eats healthier food and makes things from scratch it’s not really a problem. But I’m the opposite version of your domesticated brilliance. We ate Pre packaged food and boxed snacks all the time. We ate out at least twice a week. We loved our diet cokes and sweet treats so it is a bigger deal once we changed our diets.

      Granted, we aren’t 100% away from processed food but we’re doing what we can to reduce the additives, preservatives, nitrates, GMO’s, etc that we consume. That still requires commitment to more time in the kitchen and more time shopping to check ingredients labels etc. Everything changes once it’s your hubby fighting for his life. So if eating cleaner helps Brian to stay healthy and beat this cancer, then so be it. Although it may requires me asking you for more advice in the kitchen, sis. ;-) LOL.

  • Mrs_EDavis says:

    Great daybook.
    Have you done the Novena to St. Peregrine yet? He’s the Patron Saint of Cancer.
    I admire you for cooking from scratch. I do mostly. It’s just a healthier way to go. Plus where you are, you can get great produce.
    Try Kale and other foods that help with antioxidants, etc. Dandelion Tea too.
    Those purple flowers are gorgeous.
    I appreciate your zeal for life, even in hard times.
    Surely you are blessed.

    p.s. – mustard seeds (you can buy mustard seeds in the spice section of most grocery stores).

    Blessings,
    Em

    • bobbi says:

      Hi Em, we did do the novena. In fact the PrayMoreNovenas.com website was starting the St. Peregrine novena just when Brian was going though all this. Right now we are saying the St. Joseph novena for Brian. Brian also just received a small statue of St. Peregrine that he put on his desk. We are lucky that we have a lot of fresh food available to us. We’ve been looking at a lot of different foods that help with cancer. We’ve added kale to our salads but this week I am going to try and cook it. (I’ve never tried that before. I’m not even sure how.) LOL. A zeal for life? That sounds fun. ;-) But you are right, despite the crosses along the way, I am very, very blessed! Anyway, tomorrow I’m going to the market so I’ll look for some mustard seeds. I’ve only seen ground but then again I never really looked for whole. Thanks again for stopping by. :-)

  • Erica Saint says:

    I am still praying for Brian and your family.
    I am a slow progress, too, but I am so thankful that I have made progress!
    I love your scripture picture. It is beautiful!

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