Tag: christian

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I don’t want an Instagram romance… (a letter to my husband)

My love, I think you know, by now, my fondness for pictures and colors. You know, the ones I beg you to take as you wrinkle your nose and make a face only your mother could love (and you encourage our son to do the same)… And, if I’m honest with myself, I love making things beautiful. Neat. Organized. Everything in a box. Toned … Read More I don’t want an Instagram romance… (a letter to my husband)

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the tragic loss of self that comes from chronic illness – and how to be an overcomer

Struggling with any form of disease, especially for an extended period of time, can severely undermine your understanding of yourself and even your comprehension of your sanity. After countless white rooms and specialist opinions and side effect upon side effect from your long list of medications, there’s little care or attention given to your mental health and self-awareness after the fact. So, how do … Read More the tragic loss of self that comes from chronic illness – and how to be an overcomer

anti-inflammatory dinners: one-pot wonder meat, rice, and veggies

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Low-Histamine, Anti-Inflammatory, Gut-Healing.  Ingredients:  2 yellow squashes (chopped) 2T extra-virgin organic olive oil 1 LB ground turkey 2 C rice 4 C low sodium or unsalted chicken broth ** (Can also use bone broth). 2 eggs (optional, I don’t have a histamine issue with eggs but some people do) 1/2 medium sweet onion (chopped) 3T garlic salt (to taste) Pepper (to taste) … Read More anti-inflammatory dinners: one-pot wonder meat, rice, and veggies

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self-care in lyme disease – dealing with the anguish when medicine makes you worse

As someone who has had to deal with this (and the ramifications of this) upwards of 7 years now, I hope this is the least-read article on my blog. I am sorry you have to deal with this. I stand with you and I want you to know that it’s okay to say “this absolutely sucks lollipops.” Usually when you get your diagnosis (usually … Read More self-care in lyme disease – dealing with the anguish when medicine makes you worse

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the greatest guilt – escaping the shame and learning to let go

If you’ve struggled with with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, or any other of the issues that run the mental gamut, we have felt the same way. “I relapsed….again. I’ve just been so stressed lately…” “Why can’t I just cope better with things?” “I should be doing better than …this.“ I find myself doing this all too often and just getting angry at myself because I’ve … Read More the greatest guilt – escaping the shame and learning to let go

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young marriage is not for the romantics at heart

Everywhere, we see it. The rustic barn doors with the bridal parties, the tables of petit fours and the beautiful cakes and aisles and invitations. What happens after the magical day? This is why I say that young marriage is not for the romantics or the starry-eyed lovers. This is what I wish all the young marrieds knew before walking down the aisle, feeling … Read More young marriage is not for the romantics at heart

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…When you have the discount genes in a world of Levis

There’s a lot of reasons that chronic illnesses persist. I have a front row seat to finding nearly all of them (yay!) on this journey of navigating post-chronic neurological Lyme Disease fallout. One of these major components is a pre-disposition in genetics linked to autoimmune diseases called the MTHFR-gene. Yes, it sounds like the cussword. And not too far off! Hence, the title. 😉 … Read More …When you have the discount genes in a world of Levis

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Thank You for Buttoning the Snaps

To my wonderful, busy, exhausted husband. I lovd you. I’m proud of you. I know we’ve tried and waited so long to finally get to this point, where we get to see our sweet baby’s face out of all the trials and doctors who said it wouldn’t likely happen. I know just how exhausted you are and see how tirelessly you work not only … Read More Thank You for Buttoning the Snaps

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Enough is enough

I found myself perched on my favorite corner of the couch, going over my to-do lists in one of the rare times that baby C had fallen into a deep sleep. I saw the miles of numbered items, just sitting there waiting to be crossed off. My eyes shut and my mind drifted to how I didn’t feel well…how I wanted to lose the … Read More Enough is enough

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To the mama on bedrest…

Pregnancy is the absolute greatest blessing. You get the privilege of raising and creating a smaller version of yourself, along with the drastic responsibility of making sure you do your job well, as you have been called. However, pregnancy comes with its own sets of complications. Physical and mental. I struggled with issues that had me on bedrest for seven out of the nine … Read More To the mama on bedrest…