1.19.2012

When it rains...

...it pours. At least, that's what they say. But I think for the most part I am in agreeance (I'm not sure if this is a word, but I just made it one) with that statement. I won't go into the details because, the reality is no one likes to listen to a whiner. At least I don't. So, why would I submit you into reading all about my woes.
This week has been a testament to me that there are good people out there and that people can change. I really appreciate the love and support I have received from my many friends this past week, and whether you know it or not, a lot of you have helped me stay on the positive side of things.
Also, I really want to emphasize that God loves. I think that sometimes we get so caught up in the politics or who's right and who's wrong that we forget the things that really matter. It is not our place to judge the decisions of other people. I try really hard to be a loving person. To really try to get to know everyone I meet. Which I believe is the way God wants us to be.
So what, if she's fat and your not. So what, if he's gay and you're straight. So what, if they drink and you don't. So what, if you attend church regularly and your neighbor doesn't. So what, if they have piercings and tattoos and you are clean shaven. So what, if you believe in God and they don't. So what, if they're democrat and you're republican. So what, if you're poor and they are rich. Seriously, so what? Tell me, tell me right now and I'll back off. Regardless of where we are in life, we don't have the right to judge or hate anyone based on their actions. We are commanded to love. And God loves everyone despite the little things. I know good people in all shapes, colors, forms, sizes, religions, sexual orientations, political parties, etc. And you know what, God knows them too and He loves them. I know I keep repeating that, but I know that it is truth. God is not capable of hate.
Come what may, God will always love everyone.

1.01.2012

Pushing past my worries

I am probably one of the worlds biggest people pleasers. If I can't please, I avoid. It's an extremely bad habit, one I am trying my darndest to break. I haven't been blogging because I worry about what people think about what goes up on my page. So, of course, I have been avoiding the blogging scene for some time now.
I have come to the realization though, that this blog is mine and I can use it to help me get through life in general. Since I have been gone for awhile, let me catch you up on our life in little ol' Logan.
The husband found out that he has diabetes. If you know the husband, you know he loves him some soda. Especially the sugary kind:) When it was diagnosed his blood sugar was above 300 and his A1C was 11. In reality I don't really know what that means, but it's bad. We have done our best to cut back on sugar and find him a diet drink that he likes. He really likes Pepsi Max (I think it tastes gross!). I am proud to say that his sugar is now on average 120, which for a diabetic is good, and his A1C is 5, also really good. Snaps for the husband :)
And for those of you who don't know, 2011 was a rough year for my health. Back in April I was hospitalized due to abdominal pain. At the time the doctors told me that it was just an ovarian cyst. Well, eight months, a handful of tests, biopsies, CT scans, HIDA scans, lots of pain and low energy, and countless vials of blood later, the doctors have found a diagnosis! Hallelujah! Celiac Sprue.
Normally I wouldn't be so excited. I actually was afraid that this would be the diagnosis. And after my endoscopy the doctor was 97% sure that it was what I would end up having. Thankfully the doctor said he wouldn't require me to go gluten free until after the biopsies returned and after Christmas was over. December 27, I got the call saying I needed to change my diet and rid myself of the gluten diet that I so thoroughly enjoy. I was surprisingly okay with the diagnosis and even the fact that I would need to change the types of food I eat. Gluten is not an easy thing to avoid, especially in this world we live in. The gluten protein is found in wheat, barley, and rye. When people hear that they normally think, "What can you eat then? Pretty much nothing." But in the past few days I have tried to focus on the delicious things I can eat instead of what I can't eat and the discovery has been eye opening. I am amazed at what is out there, and also with the how the restaurant world is starting to accommodate for people like me. The husband and I went to Wendy's for a late night snack, which had me a little worried, but the results were awesome. They kept my salad separate from the husband's burger. They used all fresh ingredients for my food to ensure no cross contaminations. I was very impressed, and I was able to enjoy a really good salad. Mostly I have just been eating food that is naturally gluten free, but last night for my New Year's Eve party I wanted pizza, which is one of my favorite foods in the whole world. The husband and I picked up some gluten free pizza crust mix to try and it was phenomenal!
It was literally the best pizza I have ever had. The husband loved it, the guests loved it, and I will definitely be getting more of this mix. The mix made two 12" pizzas so the slices were small, but it was surprisingly filling. After two pieces everyone was satisfied. It was easy and quick to make and it is high on my recommendation list.
If you do end up trying this mix, know that it is a sticky dough and that it's normal. My other suggestion would be to use less water then it actually calls for to reduce the stickiness of the dough, but I haven't tried that yet so when I do I will let you know how it turns out.
It's only been six days, but gluten free hasn't been so bad and I am already starting to feel better. This feeling in my bones is telling me that 2012 is going to be a good year.