Saturday, June 22, 2013


I am so sorry that I haven't blogged much lately. We have had a crazy few months. Here is a sampling of  what's been happening in our household:

Our teenage son has been going through a very rebellious season. You name it & we have probably lived it with him the last few months. His poor choices have had an extremely negative impact on his education, our sanity & our bank account. He is doing much better now. We pray it continues. He turned 18 yesterday so we are hoping it's not "woo hoo I'm 18. I can do what I want" but instead "I'm 18. I better get my act together because I can pay consequences as an adult".

Our oldest son graduated from college in May and will begin working on his Master's Degree this Fall. He & his wife are on a mission trip in Venezuala. They will be there until the end of July. Then they will go to Colombia to visit her grandparents. They will not be back in Oklahoma until mid-August.

Kevin's bloodwork has been so good the last few months (since he's been taking Plexus) that his doctor said he could try doing dialysis just 5 days a week instead of 6. We have been doing that for a month now & he is feeling great. It's so nice to have an extra day. With that extra day off we have been able to go to church more & hang out with friends.

Memorial weekend we had a going away party for Cole & Tiffany on Saturday. They spent the night with us. They were speaking at a church in a small town outside Durant on Sunday morning. So we were going to go to church with them and have lunch with her parents. Cole & Tiffany left for Venezuala Tuesday after Memorial Day so that was our last opportunity to see them before they left. On our way to church Sunday morning we get a phone call from OU Medical that they have a possible kidney for Kevin and we need to get there as soon as we can. At this point we are past Madill almost to Lake Texoma. We drop Cole & Tiffany off in Durant, drive back to Lone Grove, pack our bags and head to OKC.

We found out that Kevin was second on the list for O type blood. There was a sweet lady from Enid that was first. She got a kidney and is doing well. The day was full of testing. They have to make sure the recipient is healthy enough to receive the kidney and do the cross matching to make sure they are compatible. Kevin had a chest cold the week before and they found a little congestion in his lung so we were sent home without a kidney. We did find out that an older gentleman that is not in as good health as Kevin got the other kidney and he is doing well. God knows better than we do. Bad news - because of the congestion he is now NON ACTIVE on the list. So even if the perfect kidney became available, he could not receive it. He had chest xrays yesterday and if they show his lungs are clear, he will be made active again. Good news - once he is active again, he will now be first on the list for type O blood. We learned so much that day about transplants, so it was a great learning experience. We learned that holiday weekends are the busiest time for transplants because there are more accidents.

Honestly, I've been a little too stressed to try new recipes or do much research. Hopefully things will calm down and I will be able to do more cooking and share with you soon. I really want to do a post on Omega 3 Fatty acids. If there is any topic you would like for me to research and blog about or any favorite recipes that you would like me to try to make cleaner and more nutritious, let me know.

Life is crazy! Heaven is looking sweeter all the time. Even when our lives our spinning out of control, God is always there and we always have something to be thankful for. Our sweet dogs, Hank & Lucy, have helped us through all this. Dogs love unconditionally. They sense when you are feeling down and they are so great at just loving you & sitting quietly with you. And Plexus has been a wonderful thing for us to focus on. We are so thankful that God sent Plexus to us to help with our health and our finances. And we have some of the most amazing friends and prayer warriors anyone could ask for.

We certainly appreciate your prayers. Have a blessed and safe summer.