2 Year Anniversary – What Faith Can Do

Today marks an anniversary. 2 years ago I was recovering from a total hysterectomy.  My life would never be the same.  The irony of today is that I was asked to share my infertility and loss story (with my husband and 2 other couples) at our church this morning.  It was quite an emotional day.  It was almost like reliving certain aspects of the hysterectomy all over again.  And if it wasn’t hard enough sharing it once, we have two services so I got to share it twice!  It was hard but I was glad to share the opportunity to share my experience in hopes to bring awareness to the pain and loss associated with infertility and my untimely hysterectomy.  You can listen to the service online here (just click on launch sermon player and click Pain of Infertility).

Needless to say, it has been quite a journey these last two years.  A lot of happiness and a lot of tears.  But through it all, I believe I’ve become stronger.  Not on my own of course, but through my faith in God that He is in control and regardless of what happens He loves me and in the end that is all I need.  I came across this Kutless song today and it moved me to tears as I feel like it resonates so much with my story these last few years so I would like to share it with you.

KUTLESS – What Faith Can Do lyrics

Everybody falls sometimes
Gotta find the strength to rise
From the ashes and make a new beginning
Anyone can feel the ache
You think its more than you can take
But you are stronger, stronger than you know
Don’t you give up now
The sun will soon be shining
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard
Impossible is not a word
It’s just a reason for someone not to try
Everybody’s scared to death
When they decide to take that step
Out on the water
It’ll be alright
Life is so much more
Than what your eyes are seeing
You will find your way
If you keep believing

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

Overcome the odds
You don’t have a chance
(That’s what faith can do)
When the world says you can’t
It’ll tell you that you can!

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do
That’s what faith can do!
Even if you fall sometimes
You will have the strength to rise 

product review

The Celiac Review: Enjoy Life Not Nuts! Beach Bash Trail Mix

Words cannot describe how excited I was to find a nut-free trail mix!  I seriously wanted to jump up and down when I found Enjoy Life Not Nuts trail mix!  Not only is this trail mix nut-free, it is also certified gluten-free and made with no wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish or shellfish also made without casein, potato, sesame and sulfites and made in a completely nut and gluten free bakery.  

My local store had two varieties Beach Bash and Mountain Mambo.  Since we were headed to the beach, I picked up the Beach Bash.  O.M.G.  This stuff is AMAZING!  I could have seriously sat down and ate the entire bag in one sitting!  The Beach Bash mix contains sunflower kernels, pumpkin seeds, dried pineapple, apricots and cranberries while the Mountain Mambo contains sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds (pepitas), fruit and chocolate chips.  I actually added plain M&Ms to the Beach Bash for some added sweetness to blend with the salty…Yum!  

So I am definitely a fan of this product!  Mountain Mambo is next on my list to try then I will have to decide which variety to order a case of to keep on hand for when the munchies hit!  

just for fun

99 Things

I found this fun list over at Suz’s Treats and I just had to participate!  Which of these 99 things have you done?

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visted Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegatables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone Rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Effel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone Whale Watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Save a favorite childhood toy
70. Vistied the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Publish a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stanger at midnight on NYE
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Gotten a tatoo
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swan in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee