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My sweet Joseph brings us our gratitude for today.  He is our tender hearted worshiper with a ton of energy and a lively spirit.

No longer the Thanksgiving Bunny Rabbit!

No longer the "Thanksgiving Bunny Rabbit!"

His feather reads “I am thankful for choir.”  I asked him why he was thankful for being in choir and he said it was because he got to sing and stand up for the Lord.  Ahhhh, the heart of a 7 year old!

Psalm 100

A psalm. For giving grateful praise.

1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Early Thanksgiving Treats

Thanksgiving is not a day, it should be a lifestyle.  To celebrate today, I surprised the boys with an early Thanksgiving treat, a simple pear and berry cobbler.  This is super easy and fast to throw together, and I was able to use up a couple of very over ripe pears.

Loris Berry & Pear Cobbler

Lori's Berry & Pear Cobbler

Here is the ‘Recipe’:

1.  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray the bottom of a tart pan (basically a shallow pie plate) with a non-stick cooking spray.

2.  Spread a layer of frozen berries in the bottom of the tart pan.  Top with 2 ripe pears cut into chunks.

3.  In a small bowl combine about 3 Tbls. butter, 2 Tbls. flour, large handful of brown sugar, 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1 tsp of cinnamon and just a dash of cloves and nutmeg.  Use a fork to combine until mixed and crumbly.

4.  Sprinkle topping over fruit and bake in oven about 20 minutes until bubbly and slightly golden.  Serve warm or cooled.  With ice cream or a little whipped cream is extra yummy!

Yummy and has some nutritional value too!

Yummy and has some nutritional value too!

Joseph enjoyed his early Thanksgiving treat with our new turkey friend at his side.

Joseph, the cobbler and our yet to be named turkey.

Joseph, the cobbler and our yet to be named turkey.

Be grateful for the Sweet Privilege of Praise!

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It is November, the perfect time to remember to be grateful.  Gratefulness is a highly coveted beauty secret didn’t you know?

“People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”  1 Samuel 16:7b

God sees the beauty in a grateful heart, and I say we do too with it reflected in sparkling eyes, a warm smile, and words that speak the beauty within.

2010 Gratitude Project 

Last year I made a couple entries about things I am personally grateful for.  This year I am sharing my family’s daily thoughts during the month of November about what we are all thankful for.

Our “Yarn” Turkey

We took clues from an article in the Jubilee Life Magazine and made a large yarn ball as our turkey.   I started with a baseball for the center and wrapped lots…. and lots ….. of yarn around it.  I would suggest starting with a bigger ball if you want a bigger bird and get LOTS of yarn.

Meet our Turkey.  No name yet!

Meet our Turkey. No name yet!

He … or she, is just a big ball of yarn, with tongue depressors for feet, a craft foam beak, pom-pom waddles and google eyes.  We cut feathers out of construction paper.

Turkey Ball?

Turkey Ball?

Our first two feathers are brought to us by Cooper and Jayden.  Cooper says he is thankful for Mommy…. awwwwwwww!  And Jayden says he is thankful “for this wonderful day.”

The Thanksgiving Bunny Rabbit???

Right now he/she looks more like the Thanksgiving Rabbit instead of a Thanksgiving Turkey!  LOL!

Have a great and thankful day!

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Sunday We Celebrated.

Lori & Dennis, married 12 years!

Sunday, March 28, 2010 marked the end of a trial that started 7 1/2 years ago.  My husband and I worshiped and cried in gratitude at church, celebrated with lunch and  ice cream with our three boys, and relaxed in the peace of it all with an evening hike with our dog.  When God brings you out of a trial that long, celebrations and tears can’t help but follow, and now I want to tell the world what he has done for us.

How it all Began.

In August of 2002 I became pregnant with our second son and my husband started showing signs that something was going wrong in his body.  In October they determined that his kidneys were failing and a kidney biopsy early in December confirmed that he had the same kidney disease that had caused his Mom to need a kidney transplant the summer he turned 18.

Dennis’ kidneys were functioning at 30% of normal.  We were informed that the ‘average’ kidney with his disease lasted a maximum of 10 years and that he would eventually need a transplant.

Our Life was Instantly Changed.

Lots of prayers, tests, doctors, and more tests, radical diet changes, a vast regimen of nutritional supplements, and massive amounts of medications immediately followed the diagnosis and became a part of my husband’s life… and mine.

The most difficult addition was 120mg of Prednisone every other day.  His disease is an autoimmune disease (his body attacks his own kidneys), so Prednisone was used to suppress his immune system.  If you are not familiar with how nasty this medication is, he had to take several other medications to counter act the side effects, including pills to prevent stomach ulcers and bone and soft tissue loss.

The Hardest Part

The Delisle Family, May 2004

The Delisle Family, May 2004

There were days my husband bordered on having a mental breakdown.  The Prednisone caused things like severe anxiety, depression, anger & impatience …  By the time our second son was born the high doses of Prednisone and the dramatic changes had put Dennis into a depression.  For 6 months he hardly touched me, and by the time they determined they needed to lower the dose before he lost all sanity, I entered a depression of my own.

Over the years we continued to pray, and they slowly lowered his dosage while continually monitoring his kidneys.  Time and time again Dennis’ doctor was dumbfounded by my husband’s progress.  As the dose decreased, his “PMS,” as we liked to call it, got easier and easier.  It took several years to repair the damages that the depressions had

caused each of us and our marriage.  But all the time through it all God was faithful to each of us as we healed.  During the times when my husband was unable to care for my needs, God was there.

Over Time…

The strain on our marriage passed, but the stress on Dennis’ body took its toll.  He has been in constant pain for 7 years, with many sleepless nights, battles with continuous stomach issues, arthritis, bone fractures, muscle loss and soft tissue damage have all been a result of the very same medicine that was saving his life.

The Delisle Family, December 2009

The Delisle Family, December 2009

But God!

He still gets all of the glory!  He has put Dennis’ doctor in uncharted territory.  Instead of working to manage a disease until eventual transplant, he is working with a disease that appears to be, well, stabilized and improving all the time.  A new medicine has replaced the Predinsone completely.  His kidneys are functioning at 55% of normal with all of his blood and protein counts in basically normal levels.

Palm Sunday

The day we remembered Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, was Dennis’ 1st day completely off of Prednisone.  That day Jesus willingly entered the city knowing that days later he would be killed to redeem us all from the curse of death.  Tears streamed down my cheeks that morning as I suddenly became keenly aware of just what God and the prayers of so many had done for us.  With out God, my husband’s health would not be where it is today.  With out God I would very possibly be a divorcee or even a widow as there were times that Dennis had to lean heavily on the Lord when he was tempted to take his own life.  With out God I would have been left feeling neglected, angry and bitter.

I cried because I could fully see how these 7 years I had rested against the chest of my God, with his arms wrapped around me.  He WAS always faithful, He WAS always with me, He IS the God that heals me.  I AM Forever grateful!

The full battle is not over, but we will forever have this time as a memorial marker for what God has brought us through.  AMEN!

Palm Sunday, 2010

Palm Sunday, 2010

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