Sunday, November 8, 2015

The dreaded "C" word and prayers needed~

As many of you may recall, my sweet blog/IG friend Jennifer's (beaufortbelle) daughter, Brooke, was diagnosed last fall with Hodgkins Lymphoma.  Many of you prayed for Brooke as she underwent chemo for the better part of last year.

You may also recall how excited we were to have her visit us here in Atlanta this past July.  We had the opportunity to share our birthdays together, but more importantly Brooke's 6 months remission from Cancer.

It is with a heavy heart that I come to you asking once again to pray for sweet Brooke as cancer has reared its ugly head once again.  A recurrence of HL?  or something different? We will know more after tomorrow's biopsy.

The procedure tomorrow is challenging due to the location on the lymph node in question.  I ask that you would pray for her surgeons, that God would guide their hands.

You can read about the procedure in detail on Brooke's Caring Bridge Site, as well as leave words of encouragement and prayers for her personally.  I know she would appreciate each and every one of them!!

Despite knowing she would once again be facing cancer herself, Brooke was my biggest support and cheerleader both last year when I had my cancer "scare" and again this year as I awaited the results of my 1 year mammogram.  She is one amazing young lady, and our family is privileged to know and love her.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween and Answered Prayers~

I know most are in the midst of costumes, candy, and doorbells soon to be ringing non-stop...and trust me we will be too, but right now I am feeling...

My mammogram results came in the mail today (a good sign, they didn't call)...ALL CLEAR!!!

I want to thank each of you for your heartfelt prayers, comments and emails over the past week.  I know God heard each and every one of them.

May you each have a blessed and safe night!!

Much love!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

What's for dinner Wednesday, a heavy heart, and prayer requests~

How's that for a blog post title?

Before I get to the yummy recipe I intended to share with you all today, I need to ask a favor for a few prayer requests.  I know many of my blogging buddies are the BEST PRAYER WARRIORS EVER!!!

Yesterday was a VERY difficult day for our oldest daughter Elie.  As most of you know, she is a high school teacher and coach.  A young lady attending her school lost her life yesterday, the circumstances are unknown, and we will respect the privacy of her family.  God knows and that is all that matters.

While I was on the phone with Elie discussing the events of the day, her dad saw on the news that a student at the high school she taught at the previous two years had been hit by a car crossing the highway in front of the school. I relayed the news to her and she then made some phone calls.  It was in deed one of her former students.  Isaiah lost his life this morning.

Two young lives in less than 24 hours.  Brings this momma to tears.

This is a week where I am reminded of how precious life is, and to not take a minute for granted.

This leads to my final prayer request.  Many of you will remember my "cancer scare" from last fall.  My scans in May were clear, Praise God!!  My yearly routine mammogram is tomorrow morning at 9 AM.  I would ask that you pray for peace of mind, and for clear scans.

I know God is fully in control and will be with me not matter what!  Matthew 28:20.

Also a reminder to my lady friends, and to my male friends as well (you all have mommas, sisters, wives, etc)...GET THOSE GIRLS CHECKED!

Okay, now on a lighter note...another yummy Pinterest inspired crockpot dinner.

Crock Pot Ribs

Ribs (pork or beef) we used Pork
2 cups bbq sauce + extra to brush
1 cup ketchup
3 TBS apple cider vinegar (you can substitute white vinegar)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp Worcestershire
dash of hot sauce
salt and pepper to taste


Start by putting your ribs in a single layer on a baking sheet.  Salt and Pepper to taste. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes, then turn them over and bake another 15 minutes.  This process with render the extra juice from the meat so the ribs do not BOIL in the crock pot.  In a medium sized bowl, combine bbq sauce, ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire, and hot sauce. Mix well. Place browned ribs in the crock pot. Pour your sauce over the ribs, and cook on high 4-6 hours or low 8-10 hours. After the ribs are ready, brush them with remaining bbq sauce.  Broil in your oven until bbq sauce gets carmelized!  Fall off the bone tender!!

Okay, I can attest to the fall off the bone tender because we omitted the last step of broiling them as they were melt in your mouth falling off the bone tender coming out of the crockpot!!

Sooooo good.

We served it with tater tots, but baked beans, corn on the cob, coleslaw would all be great to accompany this dish.

Thanks friends and I hope you enjoy!!