After my first 3 babies were born it took me between 6 and 9 months to really feel good again. You know, semi-rested and energized and organized...able to handle it all. My pregnancy with my last child was really tough and my delivery was terrible and he had acid reflux REALLY bad (for a whole year). I wasn't very surprised when 9 months passed and I didn't feel good yet. But after a year and then a year and a half passed and I still didn't feel good I started to worry. I went to the Dr. with all of my complaints and she started running tests. I will spare you the details, but just know that I was tested for every possible disease/illness known to man and all of them came back negative. I have been to multiple Dr.s too and all of them have come up with nothing. Well friends, after almost 2 years of searching, the Dr.s have finally decided what is "wrong" with me.
I hate that word. I hoped that once they figured out what was wrong we would be able to do something about it. This diagnosis wasn't what I wanted to hear. Part of the reason is because I have always sort of thought that Fibromyalgia was a fake disease. One for hypochondriacs or one that Dr.s made up because they were tired of not knowing what the heck was going on. Not only do I feel ill most of the time, I have eaten about 10 slices of humble pie over the last few weeks. I know that what I'm feeling isn't some fake illness that I've made up to get attention. And I know that all of my Dr.s have worked extremely hard to figure out what is wrong with me. We're trying a few different things as far as treatment goes, but the whole process is sort of hit or miss. I guess I just haven't wrapped my head around it yet.
As I was searching for an inspirational quote for today's post this one struck me with so much force it almost knocked me out of my chair. I am strong enough to deal with this and make my life good again. I am strong enough because what lies in me is from God and He gives us the very best.
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
My 4 year old is a little princess. She always wants to wear dresses or skirts. I don't think she has worn pants since last winter when I made her wear them to play outside. Seriously. I'm not even joking. She is also VERY tall...as in 90% for a 5 year old. Which means all of her skirts are so short I feel like I'm sending her out with her bootie showing.
Well, I decided to finally do something about it. It only took a few minutes and turned out super cute. Don't be surprised if you see little girls the world over with Mini Skirt Makeovers!
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I just got home from visiting my brother and it was such a great trip. He is making steady progress and I'm so grateful to God and the Dr.s and my amazing sister-in-law and nephew for that. I'm also amazed at what a strong person my brother is. I don't know if I could handle what he (and his wife and son) has gone through and is going through. Sometimes we have no choice but to do the hard things and they are doing it...every day. I'm impressed and inspired and humbled to have the blessing and priviledge of calling them family.
To the outside world, we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other's hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time. ~ Clara Ortega
This is one of my kid's favorite meals. It is super easy and so delicious!!
Muffin Tin Meal
12 slices of turkey bacon
Spray the muffin tin with non-stick spray.
Line the tins with 1 piece of turkey bacon
Crack an egg into each tin.
Bake at 375 for 15 - 20 minutes or until centers are set.
We eat these with muffins or pancakes and they are so good. If you just want to make a couple then you can fill the rest of the muffin tin with muffin batter or with water and they will still cook just fine.
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I get to go see my brother this weekend and I'm so excited! There are 7 kids in my family. I am #2 and he is #3. We share a birthday...exactly 2 years apart. We were buddies growing up. We are still buddies. I love him and I know he feels the same for me. I can't wait to see him and hug him and be with my buddy again.
This is a picture of us at teenagers...acting like we always did...like total goof balls.
This is a picture of us this past Christmas.
I will miss Mr. Wonderful and the munchkins like crazy. I have never been away from them for this long, but I can't wait to get there and hang out with my bro.
Oh, and in case anyone was wondering, I am only 10 posts away from my 200th post. I have BIG plans for it. Stay tuned...