illness

What You Need to Know: Your Hypothyroid is Probably Hashimoto’s

I spent today baking cookies for a Christmas party tomorrow.  It was a lovely day filled with falling snow, Christmas music, and wonderful tastes and smells.  

Tonight my whole house smells like sugar cookies.

After 3 batches of cookies, I started to notice the inevitable: pain and stiffness everywhere.  

I had even tried to take it easy, having teenagers lift heavy things, mix frosting by hand, and lean down low so that I didn’t have to exert myself any more than necessary.  

But it only helps so much.

A friend reminded me to be thankful that I was able to do even this much, for there was a time not long ago when I couldn’t walk or drive.

I took some supplements to help with the inflammation,  forced myself to clean the kitchen in an effort to avoid any possible panic attacks over the mess tomorrow,  and settled myself down on the soft, fluffy couch to write my blog post. Continue reading “What You Need to Know: Your Hypothyroid is Probably Hashimoto’s”

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children, parenthood

The Little Blue-eyed Boy in the Restaurant


I sat with my back to them in the other restaurant booth.

Her toddler squealed and giggled and whined –depending on his happiness about what she would or wouldn’t let him play with.

Knives were not okay. He couldn’t have her coffee.

 

I smiled to myself.

Remembering.

It’s been too long.

Longer than my heart wanted.

But God had other plans.

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faith, illness, Uncategorized

Lessons from Jonah

Yesterday my oldest asked my why the story of Jonah ended so badly.
I proceeded to tell him the highlights of the story, explaining that along the whole way of Jonah’s experience, God kept showing him mercy, grace, and patience.

At first Jonah refused to obey at all.

Then, when he saw he had no choice (remember the whale?) he decide to obey, but his obedience was only on the outside. His heart was not in it. He was standing on the inside while sitting on the outside, as the saying goes.

He did as he was told to but afterward went into the desert to pout.

Now a man could die in the desert, so God provided shade for Jonah while he pouted. Then, a bug ate the plant that was shading him, so Jonah decided that he just wanted to die.

In conclusion, I explained that what God had planned for Jonah was not what Jonah thought he wanted.

Regardless of all the ways that God had taken care of Jonah, he refused to be happy with what God had for him.

Oh…

Wow…

OUCH…

Conviction.

I think I just found a little bit of Jonah in me.

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