Feb 262015
 
Haley, our youngest daughter, took this picture from our beach house last month. To see it, go to www.vrbo.com/358030

Haley, our youngest daughter, took this picture from our beach house last month. To see it, go to www.vrbo.com/358030First of all, I am alive and well.

On October 1st I woke up – t I r e d – and worn out. That was my normal.

When the kids got up an hour later I spoke out loud for the first time. Only, it didn’t sound like words, it was garbled and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t talk correctly. My lips felt sort of numb and a little swollen. I thought I had a virus or, since we had just gotten home from a family vacation out of the country, I suspected something connected to our time spent enjoying God’s creation, maybe something weird like a tick.

I Googled “swollen lips” among many other things but nothing came suggesting it might be a stroke.  That possibility never even entered my mind until Kristin suggested it.

By that afternoon I was pretty much back to normal so I just chalked it up to something weird but when Randy insisted I go to the doctor, I did without any resistance. I was wondering . . . I talked to the doctor about 60 seconds and it was off to the hospital.

Now, after more doctors and specialists than I ever hoped to meet, we know I had two strokes and one was on October 1st.

I’ve recovered so well that I amaze all the doctors. It seems my strokes were triggered, at least in part, by severe Sleep Apnea. That’s kind of ironic because it is not even something I really even believed was true, or at the very least, I thought it was way over-diagnosed. But one night on the sleeping machine changed my opinion instantly.

This is my husband, Randy. Haley took this picture on a family vacation to Banff National Park in Canada.

This is my husband, Randy. Haley took this picture on a family vacation to Banff National Park in Canada.

But there were still 2 elephants in the room that I could not ignore. None of the dozen or so doctors that I saw even mentioned either one. And it wasn’t until I went to the naturopath that these were ever discussed in a doctor’s office. They were my diet and my weight.

I actually changed my diet the day after we found out that had been a stroke. I began eating healthier foods made by God: fruits, vegetables, and protein. I am much healthier and losing weight. Thank you, Jesus.

Really, I am doing better than I could have ever expected and God gets all the glory.

Unfortunately I am hard-headed and slow to “get” His more subtle messages. So, He bonked me hard so I would sit up and listen.

I had a stroke and I finally took notice. I radically changed the way I eat and started walking to work out every day.

I am healthier now than I was the day I had the stroke.

Of course, this isn’t over. I really need to lose more weight and I’m still homeschooling 3 so life is full and I hope the Lord keeps me here to finish the race with my family.

And, in the meantime, as I have time and inspiration, I’ll be here. Ready and willing to walk alongside you as you live God’s priorities, love your abundant life, and laugh along the way.

 

Memorizing Thankfulness

Memorizing Thankfulness

I have a multitude of things to be thankful for . . . and I am. Yet, for this month I want to really keep our focus on not just feeling thankful inside. I want us to make a habit of letting others see how thankful we are for what God has done. Hmmmmm .

The Proof is in the......

The Proof is in the……

. . . pudding,” my Great Grandma, “Maa,” as I lovingly called her, used to say. She was pointing out that the result is what proves you were right or wrong about something. Years later I heard myself often saying to moms that saying you love God more than anything else, or that your family

How to Say “I Love You” Without Saying a Word

How to Say “I Love You” Without Saying a Word

“I love you,” my husband, Randy, said. “Hey,” I said to catch his attention, “do you really?” “Um hmm,” he murmured with most of his attention still on The Wall Street Journal. “I’m getting worried if I can’t compete and win over the newspaper,” I told him as I positioned my face right on top