Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Camps Galore

It has been awhile since my last update (almost a month).  Before I give an update I would just like to say thank you to the countless people who have been praying for me - I am so grateful for you support and encouragement.  God has been working and I am so blessed!  Sometimes pictures speak volumes more than my words can..... so after my update I will give you a little glimpse of what my last month has looked like. 

My health has improved drastically over the past month.  Things that I wouldn't have been able to do a month ago - such as walk to the park, or carry loaded laundry baskets, I am now able to do without too much adrenaline being released in my body (think tight throat and chest, shortness of breath).  I am able to help lead worship again at church (though singing high is a bit of a struggle still).  I am able to make it through larger periods of time without having to sit down and take a break.  It is a wonderful improvement.

Twenty steps forward, three steps back.  With improvements, also comes the reality checks.  In feeling better I was doing more, being a little (I mean very little) less strict with my sugar intake, and resting less, which in turn caused some set backs.  The anxiety felt as though it was creeping back in... I described it to my Doctor as a Gray cloud (which is much better than the storm cloud that I was feeling before) but noticable enough that I began to get concerned that I was regressing.  I was also having more issues with my adrenals and histamines filling my throat and my chest... I feeling that I will not miss when it is finally gone.  My doctor increased my one supplement and told me no sugar.... like I said I thought I was being good but I cheated a little and boy did it make a noticable difference.  I didn't notice anything with my stomach so I thought I was good, but he told me that I can only do natural sugars and I have to always eat them with a protein or a fat.

I have been very strict this week on my diet which is still a modified AIP diet (Auto Immune Protocol) with a low histamine diet.  Basically veggies and meat with a little fruit and some gluten free and dairy products thrown into the mix every now and then. 

Now about my summer - I am so thankful for God's continuing to heal my body which has allowed me to speak and serve at several camps this summer.  I did have to back out of one camp which made my heart sad but so thankful my husband took me up to visit the Group Workcamp in Scranton PA and also thankful for my friend DKB for stepping in for me and letting me tag along on site visits.  I was even able to see many past campers and that brought my heart great joy!

DKB MCing at Scranton Workcamp

At the end of July I got to do a 12-13 year old camp at CRC.  We looked at Surprising Stories of Jesus.  It was a great week and Ella had a blast hanging out with the cabins. 

Learning about Lazarus

Enjoying my favorite holiday at camp

Sharing what God taught them at camp


Right after that we headed to Smicksburg PA to Little Mahoning Bible Camp where a group from our church served for the week.  This was a family mission trip and we had a great time.  I was grateful to have a kindred spirit in the kitchen there to help with my food - she even made me a wonderful GF/DF cake for my birthday! 


Birthday selfie (or an Us-y as I call them)


My yummy birthday cake

Teaching them how to tye-dye

Enjoying some quality time with Rebecca and Becca - painting the bathroom entrance


Our mission team 

After that we came home for a week to enjoy our town's festival called Dutch Days - I was able to help in a few stands throughout the week, but did have to back out of one due to the intense heat (heat and adrenal fatigue do not mix! Thanks Fred for covering for me) 

Helping make potpie 

And this week I am once again serving at CRC (Christian Retreat Center in East Waterford, PA).  This place is a place that I have grown to love and feels like home.  The cook Mindy has taken my special eating plan as a challenge and creates some amazing dishes to spoil me with.  This week is TIMS (Together in Mission Service) and the theme is Holy Ground.  Join me in praying that God's word would challenge these students and leaders. 

Prayers are appreciated as later this week I will get all my updated blood work results, as well as prepare to head out to my last camp of the summer - our church camp. 

Monday, June 17, 2019

Sunshine on a cloudy day

I just looked got back from an appointment and it is once again raining in Central PA - if you aren't from here it seems as though this is the norm.... cloudy, dreary, wet, sloppy... I am sure I could ask the local weather expert (Joel Sny the Weather guy) for some other fun descriptive words, but needless to say the weather reminds me of how I have been feeling over the last several months.... a dark cloud of pain, frustration, sadness, confusion had consumed me and I would be lying if I did say it consumed me.

BUT, (one of my favorite words in the bible, I call it a holy but because when it is used it mean that something good is coming) in the midst of the rainy season, there is sunshine, there is hope, and there are reminders of God's goodness.  This week for the first time in months I have felt a little better!  I have had some relieve from the anxiety portion and that my friends is something to celebrate.  I went the whole week without having a panic attack or crying.... (that is being very transparent) the doctor and I talked about this on Thursday and he asked how I was before this whole thing started as far as being emotional, I responded I have always been the tough girl kind, not a lot of tears, not a lot of emotion, more of a doer type/a thinker..... then he said just listening to me talk I sounded lighter and not as burdened - Very True!!  It is a like a cloud has been lifted.... I can't explain it, but I love that there has been some freedom in this area.

My sunshine package from the Zagames
There have been some great moments of sunshine this week for me.  First of all I finished up the school year which is a major accomplishment with all that I have been through the last few months.  I have had some great surprises in the mail.... first from the Zagame Family who sent me a box filled with yellow sunshine themed goodies!  Thank you so much for your kindness - it meant so much to me that you would do that for me.  Then I got a care package and a card from my friends at Group Mission Trips.... I felt so loved that they would take the time to do that for me, especially after having to cancel out on doing a camp for them this year because of my health - let's just say that was a very difficult decision.  Then Jackie Matter and her girls showed up several days and weeded my flower beds and my garden..... I was even able to get my beans planted before the rain (hopefully they don't get too much rain).  Christianna Maurer, Sandy Sieber, and Melissa Erdman have all dropped off  meals that are my crazy diet approved - they have been delicious and was a much appreciated surprises after a long days of inservice meetings. Another glimpse of sunshine was being able to actually play and sing for worship band this week for church.  It was still a bit taxing on my body with all my adrenal issues but it was so nice to be part of the band and lead singing on one of my new favorite songs - Is He Worthy by Andrew Peterson.



My care package from Group Mission Trips
So as far as an update is concerned, I did have an appointment this week and we reviewed my latest bloodwork and was able to ask my list of questions.  The conversation started with addressing the great improvements in the panic/anxiety area and as we were talking the doctor said to me, You know I really feel like God is going to use this part of your story to really help people,  and share how you got through this dark time in your life.... I responded that I feel like God already has started using it... and I am not even through it!  How cool is that my doctor said that!  Anyway, so my bloodwork just confirmed some things that we already knew... Mast Cell Activation causing Extreme Adrenal Fatigue and Extreme Gastritis which is causing my body to fill with Histamines (that is my basic diagnosis, though it is a little rough when your doctor uses the word extreme to describe all your symptoms).  Anyway, the bloodwork showed that my body has created an anti-body to B12 (that's not good by the way) so my body is attacking the one thing that I really need to get better.   He added one more supplement and suggested I get my B12 shot as soon as possible to try to keep as much B12 in my system as possible while trying to stop the antibody.  Not sure if any of that makes sense but basically my body is working against itself - so we have to calm all this down to help it function properly.   

So what does that mean as far as how I feel and what I can do.... well in a nutshell; I am still restricted greatly on what I can eat - no gluten, no dairy, no soy, no sugar, low histamine diet - for lack of a better word.... it sucks and at times it makes me want to cry - the most difficult part is the low histamine foods (no strawberries, spinach, vinegar (ps every dressing and condiment has vinegar) no lunch meat or processed meats, no cashews or walnuts, no fermented foods, etc).  I still taking about 30 supplements a day as well as two powder drinks to help my body recover, but I am able to now just take a half of a pill (actual medication) to help with my brain health - but it also helps me to sleep soundly, now I just have to take my anxiety meds as needed instead of daily which I had been doing for the last two months.  I am still tired a lot (but I have to remember my Epstein Barr was super high - aka Mono) and my adrenal system likes to go into fight or flight just by carrying a basket of laundry to the laundry room, but I have learned when I feel that racing feeling in my body, I must just sit down, let it calm down, and then try again.  Still no exercise but I can try to do short walks close to home unless I feel the racing then I need to rest.  My throat still feels tight and gets filled with histamines on and off throughout the day, but I am learning some tricks to help that and now that I understand what is happening I definitely panic less as I know my stomach and adrenals are not playing nicely with my body.

My doctor has mentioned the words months lately as a reference to when I should be feeling more normal.... I pray that it will happen more quickly than a few months, but as I wait and as I deal with the symptoms I will celebrate the improvements and celebrate God's faithfulness.  He has walked with me through this dark challenging season, He has provided great encouragement for me along the journey.  He has blessed me with an amazing group of friends who have called, written, texted or just stopped in to help me and visit me - I can't thank you enough!  It seems lately every time I turn on the radio the song by Josh Baldwin called Stand in Love is playing - the Lyrics say, my fear doesn't stand a chance when I stand in your love.  That is my prayer daily that I would stand in his love and be reminded that this is his battle and not mine to fight.  I will rest in that! 

When darkness tries to roll over my bones
When sorrow comes to steal the joy I own
When brokenness and pain is all I know
Oh, I won't be shaken, no, I won't be shaken
My fear doesn't stand a chance
When I stand in Your love
My fear doesn't stand a chance
When I stand in Your love
My fear doesn't stand a chance
When I stand in Your love!
Shame no longer has a place to hide
I am not a captive to the lies
I'm not afraid to leave my past behind
Oh, I won't be shaken, no, I won't be shaken!
'Cause my fear doesn't stand a chance
When I stand in Your love
My fear doesn't stand a chance
When I stand in Your love
My fear doesn't stand a chance
When I stand in Your love!
Oh, I'm standing
There's power that can break off every chain
There's power that can empty out a grave
There's resurrection power that can save
There's power in Your name, power in Your name
There's power that can break off every chain
There's power that can empty out a grave
There's resurrection power that can save
There's power in Your name, power in Your name!
My fear doesn't stand a chance
When I stand in Your love
My fear doesn't stand a chance
When I stand in Your love
My fear doesn't stand a chance
When I stand in Your love!
Oh when, when I'm standing in Your love
Oh, my fear doesn't stand a chance
When I stand in Your love
My fear doesn't stand a chance
When I stand in Your love
My fear doesn't stand a chance
When I stand in Your love!
Oh, oh-oh, I'm standing in Your love
I stand in Your love
Standing on the rock
Oh, I'm standing, standing in Your love





Monday, June 10, 2019

From the Mouth of A Child

This was when I could actually eat cheesecake!
As you can imagine the last four months have taken a toll on me as a wife but also has a mom.... it is so difficult to drum up energy to play and enjoy time with my very active 7 year old when I feel as though I have been hit by a car.

Last night we were in our jammies at 5:30 and snuggling on the couch (because that is what I had the energy for).  As I started to braid her hair, I commented that it had been a long time since I had braided her hair and she said, it's because you have been in the hospital so much.   I guess my three trips to the ER have made an impact on her, but she also may be thinking that every time I went to the doctor it was a trip to the hospital.

When Ella sees me struggling, she will often come up and give me a hug and pray for me on the spot, that does my heart good to know that my child is praying for me.  I think if I hadn't been crying already I would have started the first time she prayed for me.

Every morning before school Ella would help me get out my supplements for the day.... I wrote how many of each on the top of each bottle and she counts them out and she makes me my Relax Max Drink while Joel makes my smoothie.  The only down side to it is the a few of the lids are the same size and they may or may not have been switched last night - but I caught it after just one day of take an extra B vitamin or two.

We have had to do life a little different the last few months.  I have missed some of her games and activities which I hate to do, but she has handled it as well as possible.  We have eaten supper on the couch a lot, we have watched a lot of Tiny House shows, and played a lot of Rack-O - but for such a time as this.... this is what we do to get by.

On good days we go outside and I sit on the chair and she plays, and helps me in the garden.  Now I don't want to paint a picture that it is always daisies and roses, because it surely is not.... we struggle I struggle to be patient, I struggle to be energetic and Ella struggles to be understanding, and struggles to not complain about not being able to do something she wants to do.

All this to say - I am so thankful for my little family and all they have done for me.  God knew that I would need them and I have needed them and continue to need them to help me walk through this journey.  When I don't feel like I have much to be thankful for..... I am reminded I am blessed beyond measure with a family who loves me and I count that as a true blessing from God!


So thankful for these two blessings!!!

Friday, June 07, 2019

For Better or Worse

This morning as I struggled to get out of bed, I noticed the smell of something cooking in the kitchen along with the rumble of the Ninja (which is out smoothie machine).... as I stubbled to the kitchen after my shower I found my husband busy in the kitchen cooking chicken and making my daily smoothie will with my newly approved foods.  But the chicken had me stumped.... so I asked what is that for?  His reply.... I knew you would need something you could eat for lunch today so I thought I would make you some chicken!  You see we have some great leftovers in the fridge but leftovers from more than a day contain histamines and I can't have histamines.  So packing approved lunches has been a struggle, going out to eat has been a struggle, having energy to cook has been a struggle.... but my dear husband has recognized how challenging things are.... he recognizes the moments in the day that cause stress or cause me to feel flustered and he steps in..... as has Ella (but I will save that for another post)

My family has sacrificed a lot over the past months and they have picked up my slack.  They have done extra chores, cleaning, laundry, planting, watering.... but the best part of what they have done is they have rested with me.  They have snuggled on the couch after a long day when I have no energy left and we watch Tiny Houses and talk about whether or not we could live in one... Ella is sure that we could... and then I remind her that she would have to get rid of ALOT of her toys and dolls.... then she quickly changes her mind. 

I know on our wedding day, we didn't say the traditional vows, but on our wedding day - I know we promised each other to be partners in life, whatever life brings.  My husband has done that - in more ways that I can count.  I don't know how long this will continue, but one thing I can be sure of is that I have a man who will walk through it with me, and when I feel hopeless or I feel alone, I am reminded that God is near because he has used my husband daily to show me just that.

I know Joel's love language is not words of affirmation, but to me part of my daily reminders is to find things to be thankful for in the midst of feeling crappy - and today I am reminded how thankful I am for my Husband especially!!!!  Joel Wade Snyder - thank you for being the hands and feet of Christ in my life!  I love you to infinity and beyond..... plus one!


"A Cord of three strands it not easily broken" Ecc. 4:12

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

A look in the Mirror

Over the last few weeks I have heard many comments and compliments about how much weight I have lost (close to 40 pounds, and yes I know that is a lot)  My husband has told me how good I look on numerous occasions, people have said wow - you look great..... but to be honest, I look in the mirror and my eyes fill with tears... I see beyond what the scale says, I look and see the fear of the uncertainty, I see the fatigue that holds on like a vengeance, I see the void of laughter and joy that I so desperately long to experience.... I see someone who is struggling to me a teacher, a mom, and a wife... but also struggling to cling cling to the promise that I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  You see in the midst of this physical battle, and emotional and spiritual battle is ever present and plagues my heart daily.  I know much of it is caused directly by my condition, yet it is a struggle none the less.  Things that never caused me stress before, now send my adrenaline racing.  Conflict with my child causes me to go from calm to calamity in seconds, and my level of sensitivity to my husband's volume or tone has skyrocketed.  So that is what I see when I look into that mirror.  Today I forced myself to repeat that I was fearfully and wonderfully made.  I was reminded that mirror may reflect the fear, hurt, and fatigue; but it also reflects the image barrier of God, to which I will cling to and remind myself of daily.  Tomorrow my mirror with be covered with reminders of that (that is if I have enough energy tonight lol)


While writing these last two blog post has been therapeutic, as it helped me to put words to the journey that I have been on, it is also quite difficult.   I was planning to write this post last week after my doctor's appointment as I knew that many people were asking about my appointment and praying for answers and clarity to what was going on.  However, the last few days have been a struggle and as I think about what is wrong, and how long the process may be, I get overwhelmed, and just curl up in a ball and cry..... it's not that the diagnosis is that awful, it's more of the fact that I have been so tired for so long and felt so sick in many ways that I just want to get well....immediately - and I know that in this journey, there is not much that has been immediate.  It makes me wonder if I at some point have prayed or asked God to help me with my patience - lol! 

So the long and the short of it is this...... my 5 day steroid treatment basically completely shut down my immune system and in the process, two viruses that were dormant in my body took off and multiplied.  One was the Epstein Barr virus (also known as Mono) my number was to be below 1.0 and when checked the number was 4.7 along with another virus (not sure of what it is but it is also 4.5 instead of a 1.0.  With the viruses going rampant and my immune system being compromised it has caused my adrenal system to have an overreaction, my anxiety to run wild, and for a Mast Cell Activation to occur.  And along with this my body is releasing histamine, which now adds another set of restrictions to my diet, along with no gluten and no dairy.... yes I did cry when he said I couldn't have vinegar for a month - do you realize that everything good has vinegar in it - pickles, ketchup, mustard, salad dressing, marinades, but also I can't have strawberries, spinach, tomatoes, citrus.... Okay now I am just complaining - sorry I just have struggled with the whole food thing.

The good news is that my doctor is confident that I will get better, the issue is that it will take time.  I am now up to about 30 supplements daily as well as two medicines.  I am so thankful for my doctors on this journey.   They have listened to me, dealt patiently with my frustrations with all my bad medicine reactions and they have been so encouraging. 

Am I getting better?  I know that I am in some ways but in each step of the process there are hurdles, and the current hurdle is that I can't really do activity because it causes stress on my body... oh wait... I am supposed to do restorative yoga daily :)  That is a bit challenging but I am thankful for a little yoga buddy who gets down on the floor with me.  The other challenge is that currently I am having swallowing issues, which then leads to panic.  I think it is a combination of the Epstein Barr virus which is making my throat dry and the acid reflux which is causing my throat to feel full and causes swallowing issues.  So if you are willing to pray for that specificially - I would greatly appreciate it.

I had more blood work done on Monday and have a follow up appt. next week.  I know that God has got this.... it is his battle to fight and not mine.... the challenge is to not just know that to be true in my mind, but to trust that in my heart.  God is good, I know he is!  God is with me I know He is!  But my heart is weary and my body is tired. 






Thursday, May 23, 2019

An Unexpected Journey

It has been a long time since I have blogged, so tonight I thought I would do some sharing.  Many people know that I have experienced some health challenges over the last couple months, but many people are not sure exactly what is going on... and quite honestly I am not totally sure either. 

These past three months have been some of the most challenging for myself, as a mother, a wife, a teacher, and even as a follower of Christ.  I have wrestled with feelings of guilt, failure, hopelessness, pain, confusion, despair, and all out anxiety and panic.

I am not sure I have ever experienced such darkness as I have struggled to look for joy and hope in the midst of the challenges.  I have felt guilty as I struggle knowing that others have and are currently going through things that are much more difficult than my current struggles. 

As a counselor, I have encouraged and given tips to help people who are struggling with depression and anxiety - and I have used them all on myself!  DAILY! So days with success and other days with just moments of peace.  I have claimed scripture, and taped it up all over my office.  I have done more devotional reading on the topic than ever before... and I do believe that God used that to sustain me, to comfort me... in my storm.

My body is my storm..... it all started three months again with a headache, which then lead to an antibiotic, which I then had a bad reaction to, which then led me to the ER (trip 1) for fluids, steriod shots, and CT scans.... these headaches were the beginning of the anxiety as my mind took me to dark thoughts of serious illness and disease.  The headaches were strange, and my neck tension was overwhelming - stress I am guessing. 

By the end of that week I still struggled to eat normal and my body just felt exhausted, I lost about 10 pounds this week as I had no desire to eat and I felt worn out - I missed more school!  By Friday, I was back to a full day of school and that evening I was at the musical and had to leave early because my arms and feet were going numb... my MS I thought... and so did my neurologist, so back to the ER I went (trip 2).  While there they had to rule out a bunch of things but they started my first of 5 days of 1000 mg of steroids.  Thankfully I had one of my former students Brooke Lawton as my nurse - she was awesome and took great care of me and calmed my heart.  I ended coming back for four more treatments of steriods.  My time at the hospital was nice - they took great care of me and we had some great conversations with the nurses and I got to hang out with some therapy dogs while getting my treatments. 

I thought this would make me feel better... but instead it made me feel more anxious, more filled with panic, more tired, more sore... more of everything than better.  I decided on that last day of treatments there must be a better option for me with my MS so I began to research and found that many people had great success by drastically changing their diet.... well I thought I would give it a try - I wasn't excited about it, but the thought of any other medicine in my body was overwhelming.

My family doctor gave me something to take as needed - I tried to avoid taking it but finally gave in and it helped me to at least be able to function and make it through the day.... and as the days went by I basically started eating only fruits, veggies, and meat.  It is called the AIP diet, which stands for autoimmune protocol.  I definately lost more weight, but the thought of cooking and shopping made me anxious though I have been pretty consistent with following the rules.

Needless to say through a month of this I was still not getting better, my body was hurting, my stomach was still having reflux, and my anxiety was getting worse not better, so back to the doctor for new meds.... which longs story short caused another bad reaction for my body and I ended up back in the ER with Tachicardia - which later found out was a result of the medication. 

In the midst of all of this - I was missing school, missing events, missing church and just all around struggling.  I finally got an appointment with a specialist called a Functional Doctor.  They look at your whole health history, do extensive blood work, and help to naturally heal your body and they specialize in autoimmune diseases.  I met my Dr. at the beginning of the month - he was wonderful (as all my doctors have been through this process as they have patiently worked with me and listened to my anxieties and my fears and done their best to help me)  I had my blood work the following week and have my next appointment next week to find out what is really going on.... but the long and the short of it is this.... something is going on in my body and it has caused my adrenal system to have major issues.... my body seems to be stuck in fight or flight mode, so I am constantly on edge and feeling as though I am in danger, even when I don't have any thoughts of that, my body physically feels under stress with a heavy chest, tight throat, stomach ache, headache.

I have taken many days off of school to try to rest and avoid stress... I did half days last week, full days this week and honestly I was feeling like I was finally making progress and was getting caught up on things... I tried my best to rest and not do too much but honestly I think I must of overdone it without realizing it because today my body just felt like it was stressed.... there was no specific trigger, the day was going pretty well, we had many thing we had to move around and maybe that flared it, but I ended up having to leave school half way through the last period because my body went into full fight or flight and I had a horrible panic attack.... I was so upset as I felt as though I had made so much progress.... I felt broken, frustrated and back at least five streps in the healing process.

This journey has made me feel like I have failed!  I struggle to do my job well, and feel guilty for putting so much on my co-teacher.  I feel like I have failed as a mom in that I can't do anything but sit on the couch and often find my patience with my child to be less than compassionate.  Ella is scared and worried and I know that has taken a toll on her.  I struggle as a wife... my house is only clean in certain rooms because have been so blessed to have people just show up and care of us by cleaning and doing laundry and dishes, and weeding and gardening.  My husband has been so caring, he prays for me, he holds me when I can't stop crying, he does extra jobs at home, all while doing extra jobs at church.  He is tired and worn out but he never lets on and continues to love me with patience and care.

I know my feelings of failing are lies that Satan wants me to believe,  he wants me to feel hopeless and less than.  But God gives me hope in the truth of his word... I will never leave you nor forsake you.  Cast your cares upon me for I care for you.  My power is made perfect in your weakness.   I have struggled to keep my eyes on God, and many days my prayers are just cries out to God to please help me to feel better, to take away these thoughts that control and haunt my heart.  But one thing I know to be trust is that God has walked through this journey with me.  He has not left me and he has provided for me in so many ways.  I have had so many people be his Hands and feet for me.  And for those people I am thankful!  So so very thankful.... for the prayers warriors who message me daily to check in and encourage, for the laundry doers... thanks for folding my underware :), for those ladies of the church that have the gift of send cards - your words touched my heart, for those that baby sat me because I couldn't bear the thought of sitting alone with my thoughts, to those that showed up to move things, to clean things, to drop off food (that I could even eat on my crazy diet), those that helped with my garden,  those that kidnapped me to take me for a walk, to my teacher friends who have covered for me or dropped off lesson plans, for my students who told me that they missed me when I wasn't there - wow that made my day, to my building principal who has cared for me and put my health and my family first ..... and I am sure I am missing something.... but thank you!  Thank you for praying and please keep praying. 

I know that today is just a set-back I have still made progress and thought it may take me a few days to recover from this - I will not give up!  With God all things are possible!  His power is made perfect in my weaknesses.  Thanks so much for you prayers and please keep them coming  Pray that my adrenal functions would return to normal, pray that my body would stop aching and hurting, pray that my thoughts would stay focused on Jesus. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Day 20 - Elfina's Advent Adventure

Today is cookie baking day!  And Ella and Elfina got to help put it all together.... Ella did really well cracking the eggs all by herself and using the hand mixer for the first time (that made me a little nervous, as I pictured everything flying all over the kitchen).  We were also excited that Mim showed up unexpectedly and we could start sharing the cookies that we made.  




Day #20
Let’s put on an apron and make a mess
Making cookies together will be our success
We will make them for friends, neighbors and such
A few we will eat, but not very much
Enjoy the time in the kitchen with mom
Perfecting the recipe, it will be the bomb

Verse of the Day: Proverbs 31:31 


Love our Monster Cookies

Day 19 - Elfina's Advent Adventure

Today is a helpful Elf day.... today is all about helping out the people you love.... so why not start with Mom and Dad.... Ella's job today (with the "help" of Elfina) is to do three jobs around the house to be helpful.... she was also encouraged to help her Mim today but she slept in so she didn't get to find the Elf before going to Mim's house this morning.



Day #19
Today your job is to be a helper elf
Just like me, but really yourself
I need you to join me to do three jobs today
The jobs are your choice, but your mom and dad have a say
Also it would be nice if you help Mim as well
She loves you and your help would be swell

Verse of the Day: Matthew 19:19 

Though this day didn't go exactly as planned.... Ella was helpful and did so some things to help around the house... and she even helped our neighbor put salt on his driveway.  I also didn't get any pictures.