Thursday, April 26, 2012

Detox

Last year in February, I got sick. I mean go to the hospital for weeks really, really sick. It was awful. After many days of doctors scratching their heads, they finally came up with a diagnosis.  I had contracted e. Coli 0157, which was then followed up by HUS (I'll spare you the full name, it's difficult to pronounce).

How did I get it? We still don't know. But I was a hot mess. My kidneys were failing, I was unable to eat, unable to stand, absolutely delirious and on constant pain medication.  It got so bad that I even needed a blood transfusion and just barely missed having to go on dialysis.

Because it was so contagious, they made everyone that came in my room wear a yellow hazmat suit. (I dubbed them the duck suits.)  My fearless husband spent every day and night there with me, duck suit and all. So blessed.

fearless husband
Fearless husband. Note the purple gloves, as well. 

Over a year later, I am still seeing the effects of being sick. Before e. coli wrecked the whole month of February, I used to be able to eat whatever I wanted with no problems to speak of. These days, I get sick after almost every meal, especially when I am stressed.

I've finally decided that I really need to try to fix this by ways other than prescription medication. I am doing my first ever detox cleanse. Today is the first day of 10. I got this by Garden of Life on recommendation of a friend. I plan to follow this up with a probiotic and see if it helps out the rumbly tummy. I even made my own chicken stock for the first time!


Apparently it's good to eat on detoxes and it tastes amazing. But still, all I want is a beer...or a cupcake...or a big 'ole hamburger. Patience.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Lavender Tea

Sometimes when the day is long and everything aches, a little cup of hot tea can do the trick. While my lavender plant sadly died a year ago, I still have some of the dried lavender left over. Just a little bit makes the most wonderful tea. Added bonus: it makes my house smell great, too. Mmm.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Pool Party

I really enjoy taking time to step away from work on my lunch breaks. The further from the office, the better. It helps me feel refreshed and ready for the rest of the day when I get back. More focused.

Today was no exception. Today I went to a pool party.


So I may not have gotten in and it was mostly for those under the age of 1, but it was well worth it. I made a special trip to the DuVal's and got to see K in her new swimsuit.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Crafties

This weekend, I am co-hosting with Laura a little crafting get together with some of my good friends.  We have purchased some wreaths and supplies for the occasion and are musing on some different ideas.  Here are some designs we have discovered thus far and may look to for inspiration.
Image by The Creative Gypsy
Image by Lobster and Swan
Image by Wreathink Gifting
Aren't they so fun?
Image by April421

Weather permitting, we will have this outside on picnic blankets in the sunshine. I'm so excited!

Check back in later to see the results. I plan on posting a few of the finished wreaths.

UPDATE

Here are some of the finished ones! The whole thing was a huge success!




Friday, April 6, 2012

Good Friday

Good Friday is a day that marks the brutal scourging and death on a cross of our Lord. The reason it is called "Good" is because he suffered these things in our place. Easter is for reveling in the triumph Jesus purchased for us. Good Friday is for remembering what we cost Him.

Our church recorded some hymns recently (my hubby is the drummer) and I found this one particularly pointed for today. 




The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.

Refrain:
Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

When ancient time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.
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