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Gratitude and My Week


One of the things I struggle with when it comes to blogging is how much to share. This is a food site. I share recipes and kitchen tips. You don’t come here for real life. However, many of you have followed me for years and you always wonder where I go when I take too much time off from posting here.

So today you are getting real life. Not perfect Pinteresty food stuff. I am keeping it real today. I hope you don’t mind something a little different than your normal food post.

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my post yesterday.

My week has not gone as planned. So often that is the case. We plan and yet God changes our plans. This week I am thankful for hot apple juice with cinnamon, books, doctors, modern medicine, and kids that are old enough to take care of things when I can’t. I have lived my entire life with asthma. It will always be part of me and yet I have not always had a good attitude about it.

Not being able to breathe drains you because breathing is essential to everything we do. Besides the obvious physical struggle of not being able to breathe there is a mental struggle that only those with asthma can truly understand. At times I feel like it is a constant enemy lurking in the shadows that can appear anytime, by things that are totally out of my control. And yet every time I struggle with it I am reminded of how much in life we take for granted. The simple things we often just do expecting that they will always be there. For example the simple act of breathing. Which really is not so simple because in order to live you have to breathe.

In the times when I can breathe fine I take it for granted. I forget to stop and thank God simply for the breathe he allows me to take everyday. When I struggle to breathe though, I am quickly reminded what a gift breathing truly is. And that is when I realize that what I often feel is my enemy is actually bringing me to the place I need to be. It brings me to gratitude.

That is not my normal post, but I shared it because I know many people suffer from asthma and other health issues. I am guessing that you know how I feel.

Some days are tough. But the tough days remind us of how grateful we should be for the good days. We need the tough days because without the tough days we lose appreciation for the good ones.

Thankfully I am getting better. Not as fast as I wish, but I am improving and should be back to normal soon.

I won’t get my menu plans up this week, but if you need menu planning ideas I have several hundred menu plans and gluten free menu plans from the past years. Be sure to check them out for easy dinner ideas this week.

Hopefully things will be back to normal sometime next week.

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  1. Shirlene Weber says

    So glad you are getting better each day, giving thanks to God with you!

  2. I don’t mind your detour from kitchen posts. I enjoy reading about real life. However,I wish it wasn’t to say you are sick! 🙁 I understand how helpful it is to have teens who can help around the house. I was sick for 6 days in January and my kids were able to hold down the fort for me! Praying you feel better soon!

  3. I hope you feel much better soon. Hugs,

  4. Sorry you have been under the weather! Prayers for quick healing! I too enjoy the “real life” posts even though I’m sorry you deal with this.

  5. I am praying for your strength and health to improve. I feel that you have just written my story. I developed two large blood clots in both my lungs after surgery five months ago, and life hasn’t been the same since. Like you, I am just so grateful for the good days, and continue to hold on and thank God for the not-so-good ones.

  6. Hi Lynn,

    I wanted to tell you not to hold back on posting about your real life. I have been following you for about 6 years and you really taught me so much about how to feed my family, I feel like I know you. I am sorry to hear about your struggle with asthma, and will pray that you get better.

    • Thank you! Readers like you are why I decided to post it. I feel like I know so many of my readers and that you know me as well. Thanks for your kind words and I am so glad you have found my site helpful.

  7. sondra spencer says

    Praying your much better soon!

  8. My dad had emphysema, so while I don’t know exactly what it feels like to have a breathing problem, I do understand how difficult it can be. Take things easy and feel better soon!

  9. I never mind your Real Life posts. Many of us have followed you for so many years. It’s fun to see other parts of your life outside the kitchen. Never apologize for that, it’s a nice departure from the same type of posts sometimes.

    I am so sorry you have had a bad attack this week. I truly hope you are getting to feel somewhat more like yourself. I very recently was diagnosed with asthma and put on a regimen that has been a world of difference. I suffered with it my whole life and for whatever reason my Mom and none of my pediatrician or adult doctor’s thought to say “ya know, I think you might have asthma”. It boggles my mind. I wondered if that was what I was battling all these years (I am 43 now!!), and out of the blue one day realized that I could see a pulmonologist. I did, and she has been such a blessing to me. I am basically 100% better now, have not had a single episode where I have needed my rescue inhaler since I got used to my inhaler and meds back in Aug. I feel normal, which I didn’t think was ever a possibility. It’s amazing!

    Modern medicine is such a great thing and I am so lucky to be able to seek treatment when needed. Feel better soon!!

    • Ohhh, and I forgot. I use that same inhaler,! Really really good stuff, but man is it expensive if you don’t have a discount from the manufacturer.

    • I am so glad that you found the issue and got help. It is amazing how much not breathing well affects everyday life. Everything we do requires breathing and when you don’t breathe right it makes a huge difference. I have had asthma since I was a kid and I am so thankful for modern medicine. What we have now is so much better than when I was a kid. And yes inhalers and asthma meds are not cheap….but they are worth it. 🙂 Thanks for your kind words. I am glad that you enjoy my site and posts like this. Yesterday the dr added in another medicine and today I am finally feeling better. Not 100% but the best day I have had in a week. So I am thankful!

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