Monthly Archives: May 2012

Recipe for Healthy Friendship

I’ve heard it said that you find out who your true friends are, in times of distress.  It’s true.  Some of my closest friends are the ones that stood by me – or helped me through rough times.

Would you agree?  Knowing someone cares, when you need it most – matters.

What about you?  Can you think of a friend or two who pushes you to be the best you can be?

God tells us, in His Word, to be close with other believers, and that iron will sharpen iron.  Your closest friends, should be pushing you, and encouraging you – with your relationship with God… in good times and bad.

Recently my daughter’s Bright Lights group held a mother/daughter tea.  The key speakers were college aged girls who shared a recipe for friendship.  I enjoyed it so much – I wanted to share it with you.  It helped me realize who my friends were, and how to be a better friend to others.  The whole thing revolves around our relationship with God – being the NUMBER ONE relationship.

When we are right with God – it’s easy to let offenses from others go.  Why is that?  Because we KNOW what He wants for us, we remember what He did for us.  When we put ourselves before God, it’s easy to let those grudges settle in and take a foothold!  {and BOY can they!}

Good friends aren’t jealous, they don’t envy, their friendship isn’t conditional on something they can get from you!  If they’re like my good friends, they love the Lord with all of their heart, soul and strength, and they push you to do the same!

So here it is …

A RECIPE for HEALTHY FRIENDSHIP:

– 7 CUPS OF BEING BEST FRIENDS WITH GOD. {But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit. 1 Cor. 6:17}

– 6 PINTS OF WALKING WITH GOD {And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together,   as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another —and all the more as you see the Day approaching.  Heb. 10:24-25}  *this is why church attendance and Bible study are so important!

– 5 LBS OF REAL HONESTY {Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Romans 12:15}  *Real friends are lovingly honest.  They want the best for you!

– 4 BUSHELS OF COMMITMENT TO GIVING {David saw that Saul had come out to seek his life. David was in the wilderness of Ziph at Horesh. And Jonathan, Saul’s son, rose and went to David at Horesh, and strengthened his hand in God. And he said to him, “Do not fear, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you. You shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you.  Saul my father also knows this.”  1 Sam. 23:15-17}  *Real friends do all they can to help you, when in need.

– 3 GALLONS OF CHOOSING FRIENDS WISELY {Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. Proverbs 13:20 & The fruit of the righteous is  a tree of life, and whoever  captures souls is wise. Proverbs 11:30}  *As my husband says, watch out for what type of kool-aid people are drinking – if God’s word warns against it, be aware!

– 2 YARDS OF INCLUSION {But to all who did receive Him, who believed in his name, He gave the right to become children of God  John 1:12} *It’s ok to be friendly with non-believers, but obviously you’re not going to them for counsel.  The standard is in God’s Word, so compare up!

– 1 PECK OF YOUNG AND OLD {The relationship of Paul and Timothy reflects this} *Unlike grade school, your friends don’t need to be only people your own age.  It’s helpful to have mentors, and be mentors… with all ages.

Praising God for Healthy Friendships today!

Processed Food, That Doesn’t Process.

We have this little running joke at our house.  It stems from a trip we took in our first year of marriage.  My husband’s family owns retail stores, and we used to travel to a yearly convention, where we set up shop for a week.  Meals were scarce – as were bathroom breaks… we stood on our feet a lot!  We ate TERRIBLY back then.

When we stood in line at a Burger King for breakfast… Yes, I said Burger King and breakfast – together. *YUCK*  One of the menu items to order was a mini-cinnamon roll set of 4, in  box made for a hamburger no doubt.  As the orders were placed, the staff person kept saying “CINNA-MINI” into the microphone, to let the back “cooks” know to put another round in the microwave.  {That way they were nice and FRESH you know.}  Yeeeeeeeah.  Not. So. Much.

Ever wonder why you feel so poorly after eating fast food? We saw this at the HS conference in April. It’s 5 years old… Makes you wonder how your body is supposed to “use” stuff like this and process it – after we consume it?? Just say no.

Anyway… the whole mono-toned “CINNA-MINI” makes me giggle…  but the idea of what we ate or what was in that food, makes me a little sick to my stomach.

I used to LOVE cinnamon rolls.  Our local bakery made the best.

They probably still make the best, I just don’t eat them… obviously.  I stopped eating them 6 years ago when I stopped eating many cake-like breads.  However, my kids still REALLY wanted some cinnamon rolls – and I wanted to make that happen for them.  I present to you – gluten-free cinnamon rolls in cute little muffin cups! (I’m sure you can make these with whole wheat/white flour too…)

GLUTEN FREE CINNAMON ROLLS

3/4 cup luke warm water
2 packages active dry yeast
3/4 cup almond milk
3 T sugar
2 T canola/grape seed oil
1 tablespoon honey
3 1/2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour (I used Almond flour mix by Gluten
Free Mama)
2 t. salt
1 t. baking powder
1/4 cup GF carbonated water
3/4 cup sugar
3 T. ground cinnamon
1/2 cup gluten-free or organic butter, cut into 12 squares
Pecan halves (optional)

Preheat over to 375 degrees. Grease 12 muffin cups. Set aside. In a large
mixing bowl, stir lukewarm water into yeast until dissolved. Add milk, 3 T.
sugar, oil and honey and mix well. Let stand for 5 minutes.

In a small mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking powder. Add flour
mixture to milk mixture and beat until combined. Stir in carbonated water.
Fill muffin cups only HALF FULL with a glob of dough.

In a small bowl mix 3/4 cup of sugar with cinnamon. Sprinkle batter in
each cup with about 1 Tablespoon sugar mixture. Top with square of butter.
Fill with remaining batter.

Use a skewer or knife to make a swirl at the top of batter in each cup. Top
with remaining sugar mixture. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown. Top
with pecan halves if desired. Serves 12.

Stressed OUT??  Someone IS listening.  Talk to Him!

“In my distress I called to the Lord; I called out to my God.   From His temple he heard my voice; my cry came to His ears.”

2 Samuel 22:7

Memorial Blessings!

We tease that we live on a compound.  Only because, we sorta live in the country.

It’s not REALLY the country… although – technically, we don’t live in town, and we DO live on a gravel road – so it IS the country.

But, to those who really live out in the middle of no where, we just live a little off of the highway.

At any rate, on our compound, we home school.

Since we home school, our children are not properly socialized.

I say this (jokingly) because that is the number one question that comes up about home schooling.  It’s such a funny joke to my husband and I now – we like to mock Tim Hawkins (Christian comedian) by sticking up our noses and saying, “PROPERLY SOCIALIZED”… {click for a giggle}

If you look up the word socialization in the dictionary, you’ll find this:

a continuing process whereby an individual acquires a personal identity and learns the norms, values, behavior, and social skills appropriate to his or her social position.

So basically, the fear is, you’d need to go to a government-run institution to realize your social class – so you could have an identity – and then act and respond accordingly.

You see how silly this sounds?

I think what most people are wanting to know is – is your child a misfit?  Can they interact with other people?  Will they stand out?

The answers to those questions are: YES, YES, and hopefully YES!

We are blessed to talk with and encourage another couple who have felt called to home school, and for me – this is always exciting.  I know how much that encouragement meant to us when we were exploring what God might have us do 8 years ago…  and it’s a blessing to be able to help do that for another couple!  Please pray for us, as we meet with them tonight!

We realize home schooling isn’t for everyone, but for us, on Memorial day – it’s one of the freedoms I hold dear to my heart.  The freedom to CHOOSE to school our children the way we feel called.

Hope you all had a glorious weekend.  If you slipped up, and ate too much or missed a workout – remember, we’re on a marathon, NOT a sprint.  Back on board today!!

Get movin’!  Remember whose body this is!!  God’s!

“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? 

You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price.  So you must honor God with your body.” 

 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

 

 

Sour Words That Cut

Shhh… our secret weapon at church! People wonder why our kids are so quiet? CANDY! They get a piece if they make it to sermon (participating and singing), and can sit quietly and take notes/draw pictures of sermon dicussion.

My children have a set of CDs by Steven Green. They are terrific Scriptures, set to music in song format. When my oldest kids were little, we played them over… and over… and over. They worked well for my husband I also! We still listen to them now, just not as much with a greater selection of CDs available.

One of my favorite songs was based on 1 Thess. 5:11… “Encourage one another… and build each other up! Build each other up! Build each other UP!” and it also talked about NOT “tearing each other down… down, down, down!” Good for children to learn opposites, and to understand (at an early age) that if you’re tearing someone down, you’re NOT building them up, like God has instructed us to do!

Well, I’ve been a little under the weather lately. I know part of it is the auto immune side of celiac disease, and I’m just more prone to certain things. In college, under stress – I’d have pink eye for months, yeast infections for weeks, and reoccurring UTIs as well. During pregnancy I’d have months with sore throats, and I’ve always had mouth sores that were totally stress related… not to mention sinus infection after sinus infection with no real help other than an impending surgery “some time in my future.” Frustrating as it was, now that I can understand the WHY I get (and stay) sick like that – it’s less stressful to me, because I know I’m trying my hardest to be healthy, and it’s how God made me. I can’t always manage the stress around me, or on my body.

Thankfully, I’ve had a group of people in my life checking on me – and encouraging me when I wasn’t feeling so hot. My friends and family have checked in with me often. It’s nice to know we’re loved, and it’s so easy to make a choice to make someone feel loved – vs. forgotten, or unimportant.

I read some where on Facebook that we can make an effort to bless our “friends” {yes, on Facebook as well!} – just by liking their picture, their status, or commenting on their wall – to let them know they’re thought of. Little things do really matter.

Think of the last time someone sent you a little note in the mail, for no reason at all. Didn’t that make you feel loved?

On the flip side, the words we say can sometimes unintentionally hurt others too. They can hurt people in passing, and even online – though we must remember there are REAL people, with REAL feelings on the other side of that computer screen.

Even on the phone the other day… I spoke with a Christian lady about our new diet… I made some comment about how many of my GI symptoms of celiac were eliminated when pregnant… and how I (jokingly) wished I could just always be pregnant. To which she remarked, “Oh you wouldn’t want to bring ONE MORE child into this world with celiac disease.”

OUCH.

That really hurt.

Now, she probably didn’t mean it that way that it felt… but in my mind I was a little tongue-tied after that.

My heart sank, and my eyes filled up with tears.

Did I do something wrong? I don’t remember choosing this for myself, OR my kids?

All I could think was words of Truth: God made me. God made my children. He had a purpose in all of this. While celiac disease is extremely serious and life-long commitment to be healthy and it can obviously be life threatening if left unattended… I don’t feel it has to be a death sentence.

I simply don’t regret being open to having 8 kids, no matter how much I tease my husband, “Why wasn’t 2 enough?” Celiac disease, or NOT.

Although I’m not good at expressing when I’m hurting always… I know those jabs affect me, and in turn, they effect my immune system – because I internalize a lot.

Years ago, my Dr. suggested I avoid super stressful situations when possibly – because we realized it did tie into my immune system and digestive system. How we missed celiac disease is clearly a mystery.

Anyway, after that, my husband and I made a point to avoid things that were super stressful, if possible. I was never good at dealing with issues, or confronting problems, and he is even worse (if that’s possible!) It was only through God – who showed me what a sin it was to keep things in, and leave problems unresolved… that I learned to attempt to talk about things face to face with people, and do my part to “be at peace with everyone…”

In the case of this person’s comment, and others like her, I choose to forgive their words… and move on. I’m thankful for His Truth that is in me, and allows me to re-adjust myself after a verbal slap, such as that one.

She may never realize how what she said unintentionally made me feel, and I’m certain I’ve done the same to others in my lifetime. We ALL say things we regret. Grace to ourselves from Him – and always – grace to others through Him.

Peace be with you! See who you can build UP today.

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

1 Thess. 5:11

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Ch-Ch-Ch-CHIA Seeds!

You know, the little seeds, you soak – then spread on a clay head, animal or what-not to have it “grow” hair?  I’ll admit, we’ve done it… we got them as gifts one year from the kid’s dear great grandma!

However, I watched Hungry for Change (the documentary), it was the first time I had considered EATING aloe vera or chia seeds.  My mother, being a biologist, always used aloe vera plants for our burns… so we had lots around the house.

She never made us eat them.

I never knew you COULD eat them actually… or why you’d want to eat them?  Chia seeds definitely seemed more do-able for me, but essentially they have the same consistency as the aloe vera, [after being soaked].  I saw many more ideas for putting them on salads, in breads and muffins, and or adding them to things like yogurt.  Several people I knew also used them as a pudding substance (just again, soaking them) and mixing them up with fruit for breakfast.

I figured I could try them in yogurt.  If I choose the white ones, I wouldn’t know they were there… so I wouldn’t have to over think trying my new “SUPER FOOD”.

Well, it was painless – and they were great!  I was pleasantly surprised, and I don’t have to add much – and they DO aid with digestion.  Who knew?

I would advise mixing them in, letting them sit and mixing some more… so they can open up and expand if you’re eating them in yogurt.  They’re tasteless in the yogurt – other than additional crunch with my GF granola!

For those watching gluten intake – just make sure you’re reading the package!  The ones I purchased just contained chia seeds, but many of the packages I inspected said they were processed in the same plant as wheat… and it was clearly spelled out on the warning.

Enjoy!

“Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what He has done.”

Psalm 105:1

Summer Salad

Saw this and had to share!  It seems perfect for summer, and easy too!  It’s from page 62 of “Gluten Free Made Simple”… but it’s great for anyone.  Refreshing!

EASY CABBAGE SALAD

1 – 14 ounce package shredded cabbage with carrots

1 – 10 ounce can mandarin oranges, drained

1/4 cup whole almonds or almond slivers

1/2 cup gluten-free Italian or Oil and Vinegar dressing

* In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, oranges and almonds.  Add dressing and toss to mix thoroughly.  Serve immediately OR chill for up to 2 hours.  Serves 8.

** always double-check labels to check for hidden gluten in the ingredients.

120 calories per serving

8 g. fat, 1g. sat. fat

10 mg cholesterol

20 mg. sodium

9 g. carbs

2 g. fiber

3 g. protein

“Praise the Lord,my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

Psalm 103:1-5

Drinkin’ the Dirt

Sounds pretty tasty doesn’t it?  Drinking dirt?Ack.

How about vegetables – that come from the dirt?  Still gross?

I was pretty grossed out, if I do say so myself.

I’ve had juicing and smoothie books – trying to figure out how to get the vitamins and calories I’ve needed… something that tastes good.

I’m one to find something that works – and STICK with it.  I think that stemmed from not knowing what was making me sick, and just being leering of the “bathroom dash”!

So…. we splurged and got a juicer.  My photographer board, that also talks about nutrition and all things organic and wonderful, in a subgroup – had discussed some of this, and I had watched “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” many months ago.  I was sold on the idea to TRY juicing as a supplement to add nutrition to my diet.  Not a juice fast, mind you… as I wasn’t trying to lose weight, and not just a fruit drink – as you know how I feel about drinking my calories.  My purpose now,  was just having natural options to encourage my digestion with a lot less fiber from grains in my diet.  After enjoying some spinach smoothies, I thought I was ready for the challenge.

We choose our juicer after reading lots of reviews, and deciding what was best for our needs.  We went with the Breville.  It’s easy to clean and does a great job.

2 beets, 5-6 carrots, 3 large navel oranges

So, I got my supplies, beets (aren’t they beautiful?), oranges, and carrots.  I love carrots and oranges.  The recipe was called something like “Sunrise Energy”… sounded good to me!  My family cheered as we got everything ready, and had fun pushing the fruits and veggies into the tube to be made into nutritious juice!

Oooooh!  Ahhhhhhhhh!  Look at how pretty it is!  We all were so excited.

Now, in the back of my mind, I remembered reading some reviews that this had sort of an “earthy” taste.  I missed the memo about adding one beet or two, vs. the TWO I added.  I also tried to block out a few comments made about how others couldn’t get over the DIRT taste.

Into the blender it went, with ice!

 

We poured the cups, and handed them out… the silence was deafening.

More sips were had… everyone looked at one another and there was still, lots of silence.

Finally my husband said…”Well…?” as if to attempt NOT to say anything negative, until I did.

“I’m not sure….” I said, not wanting to scare the kids from trying it.

“YUCK!” said my honest 8-year-old son.  “This tastes DISGUSTING!”

“It does have sort of earthy taste… yes,” I said, remaining positive.

“Yeah….  I’m not sure,” my husband said, forcing down another gulp.

At this point, I decided I wouldn’t be drinking any more of this mixture.  I thought I might throw up.

I wanted to get this bad experience behind me quickly.  “Do we have any more oranges?” I asked the kids.

Thankfully we did have more oranges and carrots.  We moved onto to trying oranges and carrot juices, blended with ice and frozen mango.

Down the hatch! This was a lot tastier, to me.

“Mmmmmmmmmm! This is MUCH better,” everyone agreed.

If some of you are wondering, “What do we do with the pulp?” (like I did), they have lots of different ideas online.   I may have put them in some muffins I made shortly after the juice.

Shhhhhh – don’t tell!

Muffins with pulp in them – added nutrition and fiber!

What type of good, NEW choices are YOU making??

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”

Galatians 5:13

 

Secret Ingredients

Great new cook book I got. FUN treats that remind me – we’re NOT living without… there are PLENTY of options! BE creative!

What if I told you that by removing a secret ingredient for your life – you could drastically improve your life??

What if it were donuts?  Gasp!  Actually, it’s NOT donuts themselves… although… it could be.  That would be a shame.

Nope.  I haven’t gone off the deep end…  well, maybe I have.  But I’m very SERIOUS.

If I had a dollar for every person who tells me they, or someone they know/love, is dealing with:

RA (rheumatoid arthritis), cancer,  lupus, fibromyalgia, MS, lactose intolerance, thyroid issues, diabetes, ADHD, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, neuropathy issues, or a slew of unexplained symptoms including (but NOT limited to):

– bruising easily

– depression/anxiety

– fatigue

– growth delay

– hair loss

– itchy skin (dermatitis herpetiformis, although eczema and psoriasis are signs too)

– missed menstrual periods/odd cycles

– mouth ulcers

– muscles cramps and joint pain

– nose bleeds

– seizures

– numbness in hands or feet

– defects in tooth enamel/gum recession

– foul-smelling stools or gas

– irritable and fussy behavior

Donut break! I got these pans off of amazon.com – they work perfectly! (How much better are these for us anyway? MUCH better, but still a treat!)

MAYBE even things that have driven hosts of tests that have harvested NO answers (like ME!)… (read THIS!)

Gluten Ataxia is where things were going with my celiac disease.  I felt like I was having a stroke, or I was dying, and it was pretty scary.  Something was sucking the life out of me and my IBS was suddenly more than I could control – like I had thought when I was younger.  That was the major red flag to me, that SOMETHING was very wrong and things were changing quickly.  Within a months time my nails went brittle again, my hair was falling out in handfuls, my joints were hurting, I was swelling and my mouth was always dry – despite drinking TONS of water.  Let me say – I eat extremely healthy, exercise… and these things were NOT normal for me.  My CBC said I was healthy…  but I knew something wasn’t right.

If YOU or someone you know is struggling too – THIS should be a red flag for you also.  Not that it automatically means you have celiac disease… but rather, that GLUTEN, could be poisoning your body and making a long list of auto-immune diseases and health symptoms much worse.

For some people, they build up a resistance to it, in their body.  For other people, they build up antibodies against it and their body tries to fight it… while it destroys their intestines, kills their body’s ability to absorb vitamins and nutrients {from even the good foods} and it can cause their mind to stop working right… often times – silently.  While waxing and waning – people tell themselves they’re “better” when they’re only waiting on the NEXT episode to hit… telling themselves – “It’s not that bad, I just have some digestive issues… some memory issues… some anxiety issues… some swelling…some pain… vision issues”  The list could go on forever.

This secret ingredient – was not meant to be consumed… and because it is used SO much (so much meaning, you probably don’t have a clue how much, because I sure didn’t!) – the issues are showing up more and more.

Would you ingest poison, rub it all over your body, spray it around your head several times a day?  Would you put it on your lips?  Wash with it in the shower?  Ingest it in vitamins, and medications?

I hope not.

Yet a majority of people do.  Every day.

I was in that majority.

It’s not a wonder why this is causing SO many health issues…. and the fact that it can be tied to SO many neuropathy issues, rashes and digestive issues (after all, there are 300 symptoms) – SHOULD be a huge indicator that it really isn’t so healthy to consume.

EVER.

The frustrating thing, to me, is that after people are diagnosed – many times only 8% feel better after being on the diet… because there are so many cross contaminants and HIDDEN places gluten is hiding out.  (For me – my cross contaminates are coffee and roasted nuts, and obviously milk protein hidden in many foods)  But sometimes, cutting out SO many things can really leave a person feeling deprived, frustrated and then sometimes they make poor decisions because they’re worn out – without a concrete answer – if it’s gluten intolerance, or celiac disease – or tied to gluten at all.

The way I understand it is – you can have gluten intolerance, and not have any hereditary markers for celiac disease.  However, some people may have those markers, and test negative to celiac – even though ALL OTHER symptoms point that way.  It’s because they don’t have a fool-proof test… and this disease is broad.  SO, people continue to needlessly suffer.  The difference in CONCERN of “intolerance” vs. the autoimmune disease of celiac – is future health… intolerance won’t kill you, it will just make you SUPER uncomfortable.  Celiac disease can kill you and cause neuropathy issues with life-long effects.  I don’t know HOW many books I read though, that have stated – people will test negative for YEARS to celiac disease… only to end up being in the 27% who are diagnosed WHEN they have a cancer, or when they’re dying.

SAD.

 “Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.”

Proverbs 24:14

** Personally, I went and ordered a lab test kit from Enterolab so I could have the information I wanted about my DNA – and genetic markers.  I could have gone through my Dr – but after a month of waiting and the chaotic past 6 months, I just took it upon myself to order the $150 test.  Most people, who go off gluten, are like me, they’re pushing for those answers – but they’re so hard to get it in writing… even though your body says: YES!!! You finally “get” me!

I don’t really need it in writing for myself, I know the answer (as the children’s rashes clearing up, after removing gluten, did that)!  I was told not to have guilt about it all – but I do still have a little.  More prayer is needed!  Thankfulness still abounds.

Gluten Free Granola Bars

Mixing all of the dry ingredients!

GLUTEN FREE CHOCOLATE/PB GRANOLA BARS
1 cup corn syrup or honey
3/4 cup natural PB
1 c. gluten-free chocolate chips (I used enjoy life – gluten/soy/lactose free)
1/2 cup chopped (raw) almonds (honey roasted nuts can be a cross contaminate if you’re sensitive)
1/2 cup chopped (raw) cashews
2 cups gluten-free oats
2 cups gluten-free crispy rice cereal
1/3 cup flax-seed meal (I used golden)
Mix honey/syrup and PB in saucepan over low heat until smooth
remove saucepan from heat, stir in one cup of chocolate chips
Mix remaining chocolate chips, almonds, cashews, oatmeal, crispy rice cereal and flax-seed meal in bowl
Pour mixture over bowl and stir evenly to coat
Transfer mixture to 9×13 baking dish and press into even layer, allow to completely cool before cutting into bars.
**I doubled this – and then put it in a large flat pan.  It made 39 bars.

Tah-Dah! Very easy! Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter granola bars!

“If you know these things,  blessed are you if you do them.”

John 13:17

We Broke Up…

Here it is! The first, of hopefully many, sandwich bread loaves! The kids ate it up and said it was super soft and yummy! (But not too soft, spreadable things didn’t make it crumble!)

It was a sad day.

Well, not really… I was prepared for it, but he wasn’t.

It was my Schwann’s man.

I had planned to call him before he came over… but I never seemed to get that done.  The next thing you know, he’s in my neighborhood and at my door – ready to take my order.

“I am so sorry, we aren’t going to be buying your food anymore, we have celiac disease,” I said.

“WOW.  What IS that?” he questioned.

“Basically we can’t have wheat, or gluten, things connected to that,” I simplified the answer so he wouldn’t be more overwhelmed than he already appeared to be.

“Oh wow…. that’s like, in EVERYTHING!” he stated.

“Yeah….,” I said.

“So, that’s like a WHOLE lifestyle change then.” he processed more information out loud.  “That REALLY stinks.”

“There are worse things,” I said.

There was a long silence… as if he was in denial that it was over.  He even tried to see if I would bend the “rules”… not quite understanding the magnitude of the disease.

“Some of my diabetic customers still order ice cream though, even though they shouldn’t,” he said, as if to encourage me to be unfaithful to my diet.

“Yeah… it’s not really something you can knowingly cheat on, and feel well.  It destroys your body, and I can’t function,” I proclaimed.

“Wow… okay.  Well, I guess this is good-bye?” he said.

“Best wishes with your future and sales!” I said.

With a hand shake and a head shake, he was off.

I felt badly dumping him like that.  It never feels good to dump people, when they don’t see it coming – especially, and when they’re as nice as my Schwann’s man was.

But alas, it had to be done.

Back to my clean start….

** {I realize we could probably have some ice creams from them, but I ate a life-time supply while pregnant with my 5th child.  We’ll leave it at that.}

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and  death shall be no more,  neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Revelations 21:4

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