2018 is the year of restoration of health

We have enjoyed the snow in 2018 but not so much the below zero wind chills. 2017 was a hard year medically for our family, but we are looking forward to the restoration of health for Scott and L in 2018. It indeed is heartbreaking to watch two people that mean the world to me struggle with their health. We have all been grateful for the Lord’s strength to get us through each day. Also, the power of positive thinking helps the days brighter. Last week, I told a friend that I don’t even know how people go through life without God. God gives us hope that these health concerns will be taken care of and we put our complete trust in him.

L will have a scope on February 7th to see if sweet potatoes will be her second safe food. To be honest, she should have had a scope before now, but she has been so sick since September. Steroids were not kind to her body, but thankfully we see the light at the end of the tunnel. I wish I could tell if she would pass sweet potatoes, but we just do not know. She continues to complain of chest pains, and that is a symptom of her EoE no longer in remission. We will not know if that is the truth until February 7th. Nightly prayers continue for a cure for L and so many others that are fighting this evil disease.

Scott is stable, but we would like him better so are seeking another opinion at Duke Heart Health. Hopefully, we will get answers so he can feel like “Scott” again and enjoy being active outdoors.

Our family laughs with each other, wipes away each others tears, and try to keep each other positive. Depression is a real thing, and my goal is not to let Scott and L get depressed.

I’m in my last semester of school and will graduate in May. It is going to be a hectic semester with college full-time, work full-time, and navigating through all the doctor appointments. My motto is, “God gives me strength, so I got this.”

M is driving now! How did this happen? She will practice driving with us over the next year and then will spread her wings to get her permanent license.

In the next posts, I hope to catch up on my pending product views and share a few of my favorite things with you. Please stay tuned and leave a comment to let me know you are still here and how is life treating you in 2018!

Lots of love and blessings!

Our Reaction to the Total Solar Eclipse 2017 {Video}

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Despite some cloud coverage, we were able to experience our first total solar eclipse. I checked out of work early and went straight to sign out M from her first day of school so we could experience this all together. L put together this video of our reactions. We were pretty excited and will hold this memory close to our hearts!

Frugal Deals at Walgreens with Groupon

Did you know Groupon has online coupon codes? I did not realize this until recently when I was searching for an online coupon code for Walgreens. Walgreens is my go to place to have pictures printed and/or picture crafts. One of the main reasons I love using Walgreens is you can order and have someone else pick up the finished product.

L loves to design and draw on the computer. She wanted to surprise her BFF with a gift. Her creativity sparked a beautiful image. We uploaded to Walgreens, searched Groupon for a coupon code, selected the Walgreens closest to their house, and submitted payment. Once the photo project was completed at Walgreens, an email was sent to alert us the artwork was ready for pickup.

Walgreens Wood Panel Picture

Isn’t it beautiful and so creative? Needless to say, L’s BFF absolutely loved the artwork.

walgreensWalgreens has great products to put memories into keepsake items. Their Groupon Coupon page always has coupon codes so you do not have to pay full price for the items. My rule of thumb is to never hit submit until I have checked for an online coupon code. The items make great presents and you can save on delivery charges by sending the product to the nearest Walgreens of your special recipient.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are of my own. We love Walgreens and coupons!

Her strength amazes me – #eosinophilicesophagitis

I would be lying if I said that seeing pictures of families having cookouts and roasting marshmallows by the campfire did not make me sad. Friends, I started crying this weekend when I saw a family enjoying s’mores together. My heart just hurts for my L. There are moments that I am weak and this weekend was one of those moments. God gives us strength and I know he gives L strength to continue on her journey each day. Food is all around us and in our faces everywhere we go. As L’s mom, I try to make her comfortable while she is drinking her formula. At 12 years old, we get questions of why she is drinking formula or only eating pears and sweet potatoes. For people that do not know about her disease, their jaw drops every single time when I explain about the disease. The next phrase out of their mouths is “How does she do it?” L answers with the same answer, God gives her strength. Oh tears, friends.

We do not leave the house without her backpack and in that backpack, I ensure she has her formula, pears and sweet potatoes. Also, I include the elemental candy she can┬áhave which is 100% pure sugar. People have made comments of why we let her have so much sugar, but why wouldn’t we?

L with animalsL’s happy place right now is with animals. The stress and anxiety goes out the door when we see L smile ear to ear when she is surrounded by animals. This girl has a way with animals.

Recently, we were visiting my aunt’s farm and the donkeys just proceeded to come right up to L. It was a priceless scene. In that moment, we did not think about her eosinophilic esophagitis, all the medicines that she needs to take, or her sugar getting too low. It was a moment of our girl having fun and enjoying being a child. This is how life should be for her. My goal is to try and not let her rare disease take away her joy. God has big plans for our girl and we are going to be cheering her on every step of the way. L and I sat on the couch and cried together earlier this week because she said she was thankful God gave her this disease as it has made her stronger in her faith. She mentioned, if God only allows her to have two safe foods, she will be grateful for those two foods. This girl is simply amazing. Her strength will be a huge testament to others. If I’m having a bad day, I just think about L and her living her days with very little food options. Just look at her smile on her face? That is a face of perseverance and strength.

With all the pollen in our area, it has wrecked havoc on her little body. We are not able to do a food trial right now but hoping in the next few days, the pollen counts will drop and we can start another food trial. Failing a food trial is so hard on her as it brings all her symptoms back and takes a toll on her day-to-day activities. We will never stop praying for a cure.

L, you are my hero!

My girls keep me sane!

Life is in the fast lane. As of yesterday, I have one month to finish this semester. My girls see me come home from work, do the tasks that need to be completed on the home front, and then sit down to do homework. They never complain. I worry and feel guilty about the time that I spend on homework, then I look at my girls and they open their arms to give me the biggest hug. There are moments that tears fill my eyes thinking about missing time with them, but then I take the time to remind them why mom went back to school for another degree. Both girls assure me they understand and will always love me. It is at those moments, I know I can stay sane and finish this last year of school.

It is my priority to make mom and daughter time with each of them. This includes taking our dogs for walks, heading to Starbucks for a coffee treat, and watching YouTube videos. Unfortunately, there can be times when they ask me something while I am doing homework, but they have to repeat it to me because my mind was wrapped about homework. The girls never mention or get aggravated about the repeating sentences. They keep me sane.

Mom and MMom and L

The girls get me and are my biggest encouragement to continue on this path. God sure has blessed me with two daughters and I will never take that for advantage. Easter break is going to be good for family time, celebrating He is Risen, and welcoming a new family member. We are so excited to share with you! ­čÖé

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