Tuesday, October 29, 2013

How We Found Out..../Diabetes, Faith and Food

On Oct 31, 2012 we attended our churches Harvest Festival. Ryan, our usually strong willed, happy go lucky, loud child was lethargic.  We had been to the Dr. a few days before and they diagnosed him with an ear infection, and sent us home with an antibiotic. We returned to the doctor on November 2, 2012.  They immediately sent us to the local Children's Hospital.
 Before any of the test results returned the hospital staff and the emergency room doctor told us."There is no disease that would make someones blood sugar spike besides Type 1 Diabetes."  Our hearts sank and our stomachs turned inside out.  Which little did we know it would be a representation of our new life.  Even though, I knew our life was going to be turned inside.  I had a sense of peace and comfort that this was not going to define us.  I pray you continue to read each day. This part of the story I know that most of you know.  I know that each day you will be comforted and strengthened from each entry.

Though my heart and my mind may fail, God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalms 73:26

****I am putting information about the carbohydrates.  That is all I think about now. I have to determine how many carbohydrates he has eaten, and give him insulin to corrects it. His body no longer breaks down his sugars and transports to energy to his organs that his body needs function.
1/3 cup of  pasta has 15 carbohydrates.  1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce has 8 Carbohydrates.  The rest of the ingredients do not have carbohydrates.

For more articles on "Food, Faith, and Diabetes" click on links below:
How We found out
The Hospital
Going Home
Well Springs of the Heart
All of Us
Mommy I Pooped!!
If There is Any.....
Sorrow for the Night
I Will Try to Fix You
Kill the Oxen Burn the Plows
                                        The "Pasta Dish"
This dish is so popular we  cannot put into words how to describe it.  So we just call it the "Pasta Dish".
                            1 bag of pepperoni or turkey pepperoni
                            8 oz of cream cheese
                            1 jar of spaghetti sauce (meat sauce flavor)
                            1 8oz bag of mozzarella cheese
                            8 oz Pork breakfast sausage
                            1 box of whole wheat or white rotini

Preheat oven to 350 
Prepare the rotini pasta according to the directions on the box. Cream cheese should be at room temperature.
Brown 8 oz of breakfast sausage.  Pour cooked pasta rotini past into a 2.8 liter casserole dish.  Mix room temperature cream cheese throughout the pasta. 
                                                           The cream cheese and pasta


I usually tear the pepperoni(I use half the bag) into half pieces an mix throughout the pasta. Mix browned breakfast sausage throughout the pasta. 
                                                              The sausage and pepperoni

 Add and mix spaghetti sauce and 1/2 the bag of mozzarella cheese throughout the pasta

The mozzarella and pasta sauce
.  Cover the top of the "Pasta Dish" with the rest of the mozzarella cheese. 

                                                                     Oven Ready!

 Cook at 350 for 30 tp 45 minutes or until the edges of dish is brown and crispy.

Eat with garlic bread and salad.  I promise you will enjoy!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Orphan Sunday

Orphan Sunday is this Sunday November 3rd.  Please take a look at the link below for more information.
There is a very touching video on both links.  I recommend that you take a look.

James 1:27

New International Version (NIV)
27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows 
in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.


More information how to get involved at Highridge Church.

A Little History About Kidmia

Kidmia Foundation Logo


Please check out link below for more information about Kidmia.

How you can donate:



God Loves Mothers

Kidmia Foundation Logo


Adoption is unheard of in Ethiopia.  At the adoption conference we spoke of the importance of adoption, and encouraged pastors to inspire parishioners to adopt.  I spoke on the calling of motherhood and how God's loves mothers.  Please read the article in the link above for and inspiring article about motherhood.

A Father's Story of Adoption and Love

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My husband and I were privileged to travel to Ethiopia.  In Ethiopia, we spoke at an adoption conference and visited Kidmia.  Please check link above to find out more about our trip and Kidmia.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

November Challenge

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.  My son was also diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on November 2, of 2012.  In honor of Ryan, this month I will be having a challenge.  Type 1 Diabetes is not a result of food, but now has everything to do with food.  So on Monday, Wednesday,Friday of each week of  November I will be adding  a devotional describing how it is has been to live with Diabetes over the last year, and how God has strengthened us through it all.
I will also be adding recipes  on Monday, Wednesday and Friday that I have tried to help Ryan, Grandmas's recipes, Mom's recipes,and some of my very own.  On each recipe I will add little notes on how I look at food differently due to diabetes, and if my family"Ran from the table screaming and crying" or  if " I cried tears of joy!" because they actually liked it.

Now here is the challenge part.   I want you to try some of my the recipes.  I want you to add some of your recipes to my comments.  I also would like you to add on the comments how your family responded to your and my recipes.  Let us know if  they" Ran from the table screaming and crying" or if "I cried tears of joy!" because they actually liked it.  The challenge will start on November 2, 2013.  I think this will be a lot of fun for everyone!

I will also have a drawing for all those who participate!   You will have the opportunity to win "Praying God's Word" by Beth Moore and "Kisses from Katie" by Katie Davis.  You will be entered each time you look at my sidebar of my blog and follow me, and each time you comment on each article or participate by cooking.
Some of my article titles will be:
" How We Found Out", "Mommy, I Pooped!", "Anger", "Kill the Oxen and Burn the Plows".

Below is the first weeks grocery list:
*** I divided the grocery list by what is needed for each recipe.  Just in case you cannot be involved every meal.

These are my one pot wonders! I made up on my own or adjusted recipes with my own style.
Homemade Turkey chili
2lbs of groundturkey
1cans of Kidney beans (I usually make my beans from scratch)
1 can of pinto beans
Chili powder
Garlic powder or 3garlic gloves
1 white onions
Shredded cheddar cheese
Sour cream
1 can of rotel or diced tomatoes to make recipe mild
15 oz can of tomatoe sauce

The "Pasta Dish"
1 bag of pepperoni or turkey pepperoni
8 oz of cream cheese
1 jar of spaghetti sauce (meat sauce flavor)
1 8oz bag of mozzarella cheese
Pork breakfast sausage
1 box of whole wheat or white rotini pasta

Vegetable Chicken and Rice Soup
Brown rice
1 whole chicken or 3 to 4 chicken breast(making your own chicken broth)
1 box of chicken broth
Salt and pepper to season
1 Can Kidney beans
Fresh green beans
New potatoes(red)
1  white onion
Garnish Cilantro and  diced jalapeno

Leftover Turkey Dumplings
Leftover Turkey Carcass
Leftover dressing
1 egg

All the meals are easy and hearty. They are all healthy.  The "Pasta Dish" is questionable, but add a salad and it is not too bad.

For more articles on "Food, Faith, and Diabetes" click on links below:
How We found out
The Hospital
Going Home
Well Springs of the Heart
All of Us
Mommy I Pooped!!
If There is Any.....
Sorrow for the Night
I Will Try to Fix You
Kill the Oxen Burn the Plows

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

My Grievances with Grief

Good Grief!! Is grief really necessary?
Grief is good for absolutely nothing!
First of all, you lose all sense of dignity. Can you say hello water proof mascara!
It can take the strongest man to His knees.
The poshest, most pretentious, perfect of all pedigrees lose all their dignity. They don't care how they look when grief overwhelms them.

Good grief!! Is grief really necessary?
Who in their right mind would sign up for being run over with a Mack truck of emotion?
Not this girl! If I see a Mack truck coming I RUUUUUNNNNN!!!!
Good grief!! Is grief really necessary?
Grief is the one thing in the world that you can honestly say is not prejudice.
You can't buy your way out of it.
It does not avoid the upper class.
It visits the weak and innocent.
It is even a frequent visitor to the strong and powerful.

Good grief!!! Why do I keeping saying good grief? You might get the impression I think it's a good thing!
Let me challenge you here. Can you make up any sentence with grief that has a pleasant outcome? The mere definition of grief makes you overwhelmed with sadness. You think to yourself, “Wow! I want to stay away from that."

Grief comes in many ways, shapes, sizes and places. When I see grief coming I want to say what my son says, “Nope. Na aah, never, never again!!!”
It doesn't matter how many times it visits you. It can visit you again. It can happen anytime, anyplace without warning. You’re minding your own business and bam! Splat boom! You’re like the wicked witch in “The Wizard of OZ” with your feet sticking out from under the house of grief.
I heard a woman describe grief as a shadow that follows you, it never grows smaller and it never goes away (Broadchurch. BBC. SEASON: 1 EPISODE: 7AIR DATE: 18 SEPTEMBER, 2013, Television) no matter how ominous and hopeless the description.
The woman's words resonated in my heart and mind. Grief is an unwelcome visitor you never wanted to meet. I would misrepresent myself if I said grief did not follow me. I still search for contentment and joy in this past year and now my current situation.
I don't know timetables, nor am I familiar with the process of healing, but this is not the first time my broken heart has been restored. I am quite familiar with God’s character.

He gives peace not offered by the world, and He gives me beauty for ashes and strength for fear and joy for mourning.  He takes away the grief and leaves you with the good. 

For more articles on faith click on links below:

Like Moths to a Flame
God Loves You, God Loves Me, He's Got Great Plans for Our Lives
Ryan's Story
Are You Afraid in Your Own Home?
Looking from Afar
Do it Afraid
My Grievances with Greif