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Learning to Live with it.

Since finding out about my long list of allergies, life has gotten a little more difficult in the food area. I've noticed I can pretty much have ANYTHING unhealthy, but healthy options are A LOT harder to find. Here is my list again to jog your memory:
  • Oats
  • Rye
  • Lentils
  • Lima Beans
  • Beets
  • Radishes
  • Avocados (I. Die.)
  • Spinach (So very heartbroken)
  • Oranges (bye bye juice)
  • Olives (Olive oil is OK, olive tapenade is not.)
Did you know there is 'Oat Fiber' is in most white breads? Yeah, buying bread has become interesting. Before I would buy completely whole wheat bread or like my husband puts it, extra healthy. Well those are caput now. I think I am going to resort to making my own bread, since buying bread has become so much harder now. When I go home to visit in November I will be getting bread lessons from a family friend. Yippee! Needless to say, I have had some 'accidental' ingestion of foods. We went to a wedding and I accidentally had avocados, that wasn't pretty. I have eaten oats in a quesadilla I had last week, worst reaction I've had yet! My eyes got really red and I had the worst sharp pains in my stomach soon after.

A lot of prayer and patience is helping me so far. This is a lifestyle change and a learning process. It's not easy, but it's ok, because it's worth it. I am determined to living a healthy life and balanced life. With a little more effort though. Food allergies are HARD. There is no doubt in my mind, hubby is learning to deal with it to. Looking at more ingredient lists, making sure to let me know if that product is OK for me. Patience is what gets us through, I've thrown my hands up a few times already and wanted to quit, but that's not why I got tested in the first place.

If this means making my own food more, I will learn how. I WILL master baking bread. I will. I will. I will. Now I'm off to figure out how to make apple crisp minus the oats. It WILL be done!

Words of encouragement are much appreciated,



He must increase, but I must decrease.
(John 3:30)
 This has been going through my head literally all day today, since I woke up at 3 A.M. for work. Yes you read that correctly, 3 A.M.. I've been wondering what this statement means to me all day. At work I have tried to have a good attitude about work and customers. Having this statement in my mind all day has got me think about my previous post. Not knowing what is going to happen to Josh and I and our location situation is still unnerving, but giving it to God and telling Him my worries today has been heartwarming.
Knowing God is going to take control of my life and where I am headed is like a big hug around my life right now. I know it sounds cheesy but it's the way I feel right now. I feel better about the unknown and living in Las Vegas. Although I will always miss the familiarity of 'home' it is nice knowing where my husband is, that's where my home is. Even if I will come across another situation where it is unknown, I know I will always have a home in Jesus. His home is the ultimate home. I can't wait to be there one day. 
Life goes by so fast, sometimes if we just let go of our thoughts, ideas, worries and fears, let Jesus take the reigns of everything, the road becomes much more clear and smooth. There will always be potholes along the way, but as long as we stop to address them and patch them up it will be much easier. Remember not to look behind, because you might miss whats directly in front of you. Living a life full of regrets is not living at all, it's just doing the norm. Nobody is sincerely happy with the 'norm', I promise, we all like a little excitement, joy and happiness in our lives. 
So sorry for the randomness of this post, but sometimes you must get everything off your chest in order for the sun to shine again. Life is so good and I am planning on living it to the fullest. 
I will decrease for you Lord so you can increase in my life. I am your child and I will hold your hand along the road.

Spring turns into summer and the blooms get bigger. Summer turns into fall and critters go into a deep sleep. Fall turns to Winter and our beautiful blooms have been lain to rest. Winter ends and rebirth begins. The cycle is never ending. We must lay to rest the part of our lives not beneficial or healthy to Christs kingdom and our lives, but pray for a rebirth in the same spot and remember to blossom to our fullest potential at the right time. 


Our Love Affair

I worked at four in the A.M. today, as I do most days. After getting off early and a three-ahem-hour nap. Josh and I decided to head up the mountain for a drive. Needless to say I might be back very soon for more days like this. It was a chilly 45 degrees and going from 90+ degrees in the valley, it was a huge change! But a much needed one. I am convinced my husband and I have an equally long love affair with nature as the other. We LOVE being outside.
It was breathtaking and a much needed change from the norm of the desert we are used to. God is so amazing and wonderful in all His creation.
"Before the mountains were born
   or you brought forth the whole world,
   from everlasting to everlasting you are God." 
Psalm 90:2

Lately Josh and I have been struggling with why we are in Las Vegas. We keep thinking,
"The Northwest is home, Colorado is home, anywhere but here and 'Why, Lord?'"
It's hard to understand God's purpose for our life and what is in God's plans for our future. We have lived together in Las Vegas for over two years now and needless to say we have already had our fair share of ups and downs. From the months long heartache of trying to buy a house, Josh's deployment, the ache of our childhood homes and not being able to visit places anytime we want.

"Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly."
Proverbs 14:29

I tell myself on a daily/hourly/minute-ly basis, Remember the ways of the Lord, for His ways are better than what I could ever do. It is so hard to try and remember this AND follow it. God's ways are best, I need to keep reminding myself that. I try to be content in all He has blessed us with, but some days are harder than others.
But then, there are days like this. When being in my husbands arms in the mountains makes all my worries and fears go away. It's almost as if my husband and Jesus are both holding me close, reminding me, I am ME and nobody else. I can only do what ME can handle, Jesus does the rest.
This man makes me happy. Very VERY happy.
Have I ever mentioned we are never ending children together? Well we are. This picture is proof.
At the end of the day I smile at all my worries, because they are completely out of my control. I put my faith in Christ and HIS strength, because I am weak and he is strong. I am me, that is all.

Jesus is my strength. I thank Him everyday for Josh, our apartment, our health, our safety and most importantly our relationship with each other. There are so many bad things in this world and the more I am thankful for, the more I remember how immensely blessed I really am.