2013 in review

Sorry I have been MIA on updating you guys with everything that is going on in my world. A lot of new things are happening, as well as a lot of bad, but we never give up praying. We have huge news coming in 2014, so just bare with us! I can’t wait to get back to updating you guys on our journey. Jade is still dealing with food allergies, and I am learning to adjust to the new way of living. I am even teaching myself how to cook (I know, don’t freak out). I have cooked Spinach Artichoke Dip, Banana Pudding (even if it was instant with real bananas Again, don’t judge me) hahahah!! 😉
I am also getting ready to pack again, but you will just have to wait to figure out why!
Since August 2013,  I have started a Food Allergy Support group for our area: West Georgia Food Allergy Support Group. Our first meeting is the 21st and I am so nervous! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us. When Jade was diagnosed I didn’t realize how many people was so unaware of food allergies, even for myself. I am now pushing with all the other food allergy awareness that epipen training should be like CPR training, and should be mandatory. Did you know that bus drivers in our area are not properly trained? However, as of 2014 they will be! My voice is being heard, and I am so excited about making a difference.

Anyway, I will leave you with this note:
“Never give up hope, always trust in Him, and everything else will fall into place. If people walk out of your life, then hold your head high and smile, because you can show them you can make a difference rather they are with you or not.” — From Me!

I wish you all the best in 2014 and I will be back, so hold your horses! And for the ones who have been checking on us, thank you!

God Bless You in everything you do!
Jenna

 

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50 Days of Hope

Daily inspiration for your journey through cancer by Lynn Eib. This book is very small, it can fit into your purse/pocket for an easy out-of-pocket read. You can read a little bit each day to get you through chemo and the life changing of chemicals roaming through your body. The book delivers in spiritual strength and insight. The real stories mentioned are positive light to inspire hope to you even with a cancer diagnoses.

Lynn Eib is a patient advocate and cancer survivor from colon cancer. 50 Days of Hope is writing by her own experiences and offers stories of people who have been and still discovered God through it all.

I am not a cancer patient, but my Mawmaw was. I seen with my own eyes what cancer can do, but I do not know the pain or treatment.

Eib wants other cancer patients journey to be meaningful, comfortable, and for them to trust in God’s will. She shows how to bring comfort to anyone dealing with cancer diagnosis, even if it is personally, family or a friend.

This is a book that I am giving to a former school mates mom, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer not long ago. May she find the book hopeful and receive comfort through her journey.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale Media Center. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Thankful Thursday

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Thankful Thursday…

This week has been a rough week, but again I’m thankful.

  • The time that I have with my daughter.
  • Friends, who are always willing to talk to me.
  • Clothes, not just any clothes, but Size 12 pants!
  • Mom, who out of nowhere will help me.
  • Jade is getting better from being sick.
  • Jade having connection to our animals. It shows she cherishes them, and they are her close friends.
  • Paying off our car this week!
  • Having a roof, food, and water
  • A mystery flower blooming under the porch ledge.

Being Thankful doesn’t have to be about “God”; being Thankful is about being thankful in what you got. There is people in this world who doesn’t have clean water, a nice place to sleep, or even a bed to rest their head. Look around you, what do you have to be thankful for?

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Memories

Have you ever had someone you loved die?

My grandmother died in 2004. I never thought I would picture this growing up. She was my rock, comfort, and like my 2nd mom.

I would get off the bus and walk to her house before walking to my own. She would make sure I had something to eat, a crossword book, or a recipe book. We would help each other out with the Crossword because I never would get the right words.

I miss those times I could just go to Mawmaw’s and talk to her. She would give me advice, take my hand and tell me everything was going to be alright.

She loved her flowers, garden, cooking, and spending time with others. I will never forget how she hugged or the way she would make pound cake and bring me the beater from the mixer. She would tell me she loved me everyday.

I remember one time I didn’t stop at her house, I ran all the home (Which her house was only like 50 yards from mine). I got to the front door and the phone was already ringing, wondering why in the world I did not stop for supper, and that she had a bowl I could lick clean. She always knew how to make my day so much better!

I miss her everyday, but sometimes I just sit somewhere and go back to the memories I have of her.

It is hard to believe that cancer took her away from us. If you never had anyone close to you die of cancer, it is so hard to watch your love one go through pain, hurt, torment, and no strength. There is not a day I don’t think about her. I know she would love my little girl as much as she loved everyone else.

If I could bring her back just for 1 day, I would.

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