A Prayer From My Heart

Psalm 13:

How long, O LORD ? Will You forget me forever ? How long will You hide Your face from me?

How long shall I take counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart all the day ? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; Enlighten my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,

And my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” And my adversaries will rejoice when I am shaken.

But I have trusted in Your lovingkindness; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.

I will sing to the LORD, Because He has dealt bountifully with me

Dear Father – Help me to hold tight to You and Your promises even when I cannot see. Even in the most trying times, I have so much to be thankful for and You have blessed me more than words can express. Help my  heart to hold fast and my life to sing your praises! Amen

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Two Weeks Until Christmas!

I cannot believe that Christmas is less than 2 weeks away! Does make anyone else both excited and nervous? I absolutely love this time of year but I feel like I’ve got so much to do!  We did manage to score a nice family picture on vacation!

 I apologize for the lack of chatter around these parts lately! The entire family is battling the hated crud and it has really taken its toll! I am beyond exhausted and would love to sleep for about three days! Abby’s pediatrician says that there is a cold virus spreading like wildfire in our area and its lasting for several weeks and the only thing to do  ride is to ride it out and let it run its course! That would be fine and dandy if you weren’t already battling illness, working full-time, and chasing a wildly hyper 3-year-old! She had the crud first but seemed to get over it much quicker than the rest of us so it has been a challenge! John and I are completely dragging as she is running in circles around us!

We have managed to get the house decorated after having to shop for a new tree! We broke tradition and did not have Christmas Vacation on when we pulled out the tree to decorate and only 1/4 of the lights worked! Thank goodness we made this discovery on Cyber Monday and I was able to score a deal on a replacement tree!

I am also proud that almost all of the shopping has been completed as well minus stockings! It just all sits unwrapped in the guest room patiently waiting to be beautified and placed under the tree. I have purchased all the wrapping supplies, however, so I get some points for that right?

The other big thing on my to-do list is baking! I love baking for the holidays and am really looking forward to getting started! I have a certain little girl in my house that has made a list of all the different kinds of cookies she wants us to make! My family has always made a big deal out of baking together since I was a child so I am looking forward to keeping the tradition alive with Abby! Some of the items on our baking list included gluten-free sugar cookies, M & M cookies, fudge, and peanut butter balls! YUM!

I am really hoping things can get back to some kind of normal soon so we all have the energy to enjoy the holiday festivities and I can have more time to write! I miss you guys terribly!

How prepared are you for the holidays? Is your to-do list as long as mine?


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Health Activist Award Nomination

Every year WeGo Health hosts Health Activist Awards as a chance to honor those who are committed to online health communities and making a difference by raising awareness about health and wellness and the nominations for 2012 are open! There are a wide variety of categories including Best In Show (Blog, Community, Facebook, Vlog), Health Activist Hero Award, Silver Stethoscope Award, or Ms/Mr Congeniality Award!

I would like to nominate Felicia Fibro: Life with Fibromyalgia, Empowered! for the Best in Show Award! I have had the honor of getting know know this amazing warrior through blogging and Twitter and I cannot think of anyone more deserving!

Over at, you will find a wealth of knowledge, support, and, like her blog title suggests, empowerment. Life with fibromyalgia is a challenge but it doesn’t mean that we cannot continue to enjoy a fulfilling and meaningful life! I love that her posts include her personal journey with fibro, great tips and advice for daily life, and up-to-date medical news and research. She is very involved in the health community and has created a community to share that knowledge with others.

These are a couple links to give you a peek:

I think I could spend hours digging through the archives! Be sure to check her out!


If you know someone who you thinks deserves to be honored for his or her work in the online health community, be sure to stop by WeGo Health and nominate! The process is super easy and will take only a minute or two of your time!


What is one of your favorite blogs for staying encouraged for life with chronic illness?