Healing Can Be Exhausting

I’ve lost track what day this is in the lengthening process. We are still pushing hard to grow new bone cells. A millimeter a day. That’s the mission statement for anyone doing this distraction method of lengthening. A millimeter a day.

I reflect on the prior surgery and remember how intense this time is. I’m starting to feel the fatigue. His body is starting show signs of how taxing this is. Everything we do is to support the body’s function of duplicating cells. I’m not a nurse but I wear the hat.

All journeys of healing can be exhausting. The way we do life gets changed…at least a little. We tend to think more of what is at hand and less of the bigger picture. Hope and despair dance across our moment by moments.

More than ever I am grateful for the people that pop into our world to say hey. A text from out of the blue reminds me there is life out there! Friends from work check in and offer advice or a listening ear. Family cheer us on and offer prayers for the right nowstuff. Last night, my recently graduated daughter caught up with me just to give me a hug. Several actually. From her 4 inches taller than me stance she bent down and hugged me and hugged me, then kissed my cheek. “Mom, I just thought you needed that!” Ahhh.

I am reminded we never are alone. So millimeter by millimeter we grow our way to health. life Emerging.

Later gators,



Stacation + Weekend Menu

Kickin off summer!  Woot woot!

Finials have been taken. Grades are recorded. Graduations are over. Last day’s of school are completed around here. We are free for the summer! This weekend marks the beginning of summer for most people.  I’m so glad we don’t like to camp on Memorial Day Weekend. It’s staycation around here.

The weather is a little cool & overcast. Perfect for catching up on some overdue rest.  I downloaded Whole Living magazine on my iPad for the weekend. We are planning some good wholesome food.  I am hoping to feed that boy mega protein, calcium, and antioxidants, but no doubt we’ll have our fair share of sugar.  A trip to the local Owyhee Ice Cream shop and a good round of Phase 10 is on the agenda.

One thing I am learning about the abundant life is it takes abundant rest. Great ideas don’t come from hurried thoughts. Deep healing doesn’t take place in short breaths. Joy requires fuel and that is nothing short of constant rejuvenation.

Want to join me in trying a new recipe that might make your weekend life emerge, too?

Lemonade Chicken Kebabs

1 pound chicken breast cut in 1″ cubes

1 can frozen lemonade, thawed

3 T soy sauce

3 T olive oil

1 Ripe but firm Mango cut in 1 1/2″ chunks

Honeydew melon cut in 1 1/2″ chunks

Combine lemonade, soy sauce, and olive oil. Reserve 1/4 cup. Marinate chicken for 2 hrs in refrigerator. Place mango & melon in reserved sauce.

Preheat grill to medium high.  Thread drained chicken cubes onto skewers. On separate skewers thread fruit chunks, alternating fruits.  Grill meat for 10-12 minutes or until center is 165*F.  Add fruit kebabs to grill after turning turkey kebabs.


Grilled Potato Planks

11/2 lb unpeeled potatoes cut into 1/2″ thick slices

3 T Olive oil

2 teaspoons Fresh Rosemary, finely chopped

1 Garlic clove, minced

1/2 teaspoon Salt

1/4 teaspoon Pepper

Preheat grill to medium high. Combine oil & seasonings in a dish. Ad potato slices, turning until well coated.

Grill for 8 or so minutes. Turn and continue grilling 10 more minutes until cooked.


Lemonade Milk Shake

2 cups milk

1pint vanilla yogurt

Frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

1 pint lemon sorbet, softened

In a blend combine first 3 ingredients.  Process until smooth. Pour into tall glasses & top with a large scoop of sorbet.


Luke 12:34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Remember your treasure my friends,