Cancer Journey

I am thankful for a cancer diagnosis.


I am thankful for a cancer diagnosis. Good morning! Hope your Thanksgiving was a great time to connect with family and friends and recount why you are thankful. I am thankful that on March 9th, 2010 I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymphoma. Does it sound strange that I am so thankful for receiving a stage 4 cancer diagnosis? It may, but it’s true. Right from the beginning God worked in my heart to see cancer as a blessing and not a curse. The months following that diagnosis were filled with fears, anxieties but HOPE always won out. His promised always proved true. Here are some of the biggest lessons I learned. 1. Perspective. With only God’s help I was able to see a cancer diagnosis as a way to grow in my faith, allow God to love on me and choose to not complain or say, “why me?” Instead…

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Healthy Moms

Healthy Mom

Healthy Moms Hey there Momma, I have been looking forward to talking to you. Are you a stay at home mom, working mom or a little of both? Do you find yourself being pulled in all different directions? Are you juggling a lot of roles, multi-tasking between work, homework, sports activities, scheduling appointments and cleaning the house but never feel like you are fully engaged or doing a good job at any of it because your mind is always floating around to the next thing you have to do?  You want to nurture your children, feed them healthy foods, tell them to make good choices, be active and involved in their communities. You want your kids to have peace and joy in their life. These are the things you are telling them. Let’s face it though, you are tired and stressed. You put yourself last. If you want to raise…

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Disappointments, Temptations and Obstacles, Oh My!

Depressed Woman Face In Arm

Disappointments, Temptations and Obstacles, Oh My! I mean really, have you ever just been doing “all the right things”, and it just doesn’t seem to be making a difference? Is it losing weight, exercising or mending a relationship? Here’s what happens, you get all excited, make lists, make plans, have a positive, “I got this thing” kind of attitude. It works well for a couple weeks, then..temptation, resistance.  If your goal is losing weight, you’re tempted with a cupcake at work. You think to yourself, “Well, I have eaten well for 2 weeks, this one cupcake isn’t going to kill me!”  Your goal is to walk every morning, then, one day you wake up and it is raining. Well you certainly don’t want to get out in the rain, and that darn treadmill is so boring, you hit snooze and go back to bed.  You are mending a relationship with…


Breath Of Life Ministries – Haiti

Haiti-Expectant Mother Class

Breath Of Life Ministries – Haiti I had an amazing experience there. I accompanied Ashley Stills from Breath of Life Ministries to Haiti. One of the things we did on our trip was teach nutrition, prenatal care and fetal development to some expectant Haitian moms.  The thing that stunned me about these moms were that they had almost no education on these topics. It literally brought me to tears when I realized most of the information I was giving them, they had never heard before. They were so hungry for the information we presented. It was such a blessing to see the moms so excited about hearing their baby’s heartbeat and learning about how their baby was growing inside of them. The infant mortality rate in the US is 5 deaths per 1000 births vs. Haiti is 51/1000. The maternal mortality rate in the US is 27 deaths per 100,000 births vs….


How do you have Healthy Relationships With Your Kids?

Tucking Kids In

How do you have Healthy Relationships With Your Kids? This article is not  like the other ones I’ve shared with you so far..i.e.”eat this, don’t eat that”!  I think that there are a lot of things that affect our health besides the food we eat. Our relationships being one of them. Unhealthy relationships can cause stress and worry. Working towards healthy relationships can offer more peace in our life, giving us a positive outlook and a feeling of purpose. Today I decided to focus on the relationship with our kids.  Here are a few things I do to keep the lines of communication open with my kids and continue to grow a healthy relationship with them. 1. Mother & Daughter or Son Journal.  I have a notebook for each child.  I will write a note to them or ask them questions and they will write back. This gives them time…


The Broken Beautiful

Bear Lake Camp

The Broken Beautiful I spent last week as the nurse at Bear Lake Camp.   I always look forward to this time because it is like a mini-retreat for me. I can relax from the stresses and pressures of daily life. It is a time I can focus on spending time with God in prayer and with less distractions to clearly hear His voice. Each year as I spend this focused time with God, there’s a theme from Him of what He wants to reveal to me.  This year blew me away. It’s like the same lesson kept hitting me over the head. The words that kept flooding my head was how God is a Redeemer, a Restorer. That He can take broken, painful times in our lives and turn them around into beautiful blessings.  I grew up and lived around Bear Lake for about 20 years. The picture you…

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Is Convenience Making You Fat?

Eat Less Crap Eat More Food

Is Convenience Making You Fat? Have you ever thought, Hey, if I’m overweight and I want to get rid of fat, I’ll just eat “low fat” and fix the problem?   Did you go out and buy lots of “low fat” foods? Scale way back on your calories? Buy those little pop in the microwave freezer meals that say “Healthy” all over them?  It seems like that would make sense right? If so, how did that work out for you? Unfortunately, it may have helped for a short period of time but I suspect it failed to produce lifelong lasting results for a healthy weight and healthy body. So what’s the problem?  Here in the US we have an Obesity Epidemic. Obesity is defined by 20% over your ideal weight when you look at a standard height/weight chart and a BMI of greater than 30%. In 1980 it was estimated that 35%…


Losing That Last 10 Pounds!

Weigh in

A friend said she was struggling with losing “the last 10 pounds”. Here is my reply to her..hope it may help anyone else who is struggling with the same problem. Ahhh the last 10’s always the hardest it seems..ok so I will throw some ideas out at you.. I realize you may or may not already be doing some of these but they are what I find most helpful for people. 1. NOOOOOO SODA! Especially NO DIET soda. 2. Avoid artificial sweetners (one reason no diet soda) but also look at things like crystal light etc. they disrupt hormones making it harder to lose weight. 3. Journal/Log EVERYTHING you put in your mouth.. either on paper or on an online site like or– and share it with someone..(accountability partner) (I use a Shaklee 180 app on my iPhone..every time I log I get entered into a prize drawing for free stuff!) 4. Get…


How Important Is Accountability?

Accountability Partner

How Important Is Accountability? I am currently reading, Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food, by Lysa Terkeurust. These are amazing stats from her book on the probability of achieving a goal.. 10% when you hear an idea, 40% when you decide you will do it, 50% when you plan how you will do it, 65% when you commit to someone else you will do it AND 95% when you have an accountability appointment with the person you’ve committed to! Lysa also states, “Establishing accountability means giving up secrecy and taking responsibility for our food choices. But accountability isn’t just about sacrificing; it’s also about gaining some things. For example, we gain a companion-someone who can share the journey with us, help us through missteps, and celebrate our progress.” What areas in your life do you need an accountability partner? It is NOT a sign of weakness but…


Do You Feel Like A Failure?

Do you feel like a failure? Well when a baby is leaving his Bob2016RevolutionFlex stroller learning to walk and falls we applaud them, get excited, pick them back up and encourage them to keep attempting to walk right??? So I say to you.. If you’ve made mistakes, failures or fallen along the way….I am clapping for you because it means you’re alive and you’re putting one foot in front of the other. Get up! Keep going! I believe in you!!