Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Luke 2: 9-14

9And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid.


10And the angel said to them, Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.


11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.


12And this shall be a sign to you; Ye shall find the babe, wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.


13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,


14"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Home for Christmas!

My Aunt Mary Hummel, who was 92, died peacefully yesterday afternoon...shortly after helping to sing an old hymn and hearing her granddaughter read the Christmas story to her. My dad's oldest sister was a very special person. She was a pastor's wife for 26 years and together, they also started an insurance business. Her life was about love and humility, always thinking of others. She sent a birthday card to everyone, yes, everyone in our church for years and years...until just this last year as her health declined. She was well known for her pie baking and homemade noodles. She taught me how to make the noodles, as well as homemade angelfood cakes. The top of her Christmas letter to all of her family and friends this year had this quote "In God's dear hands we are sure so safe, no suffering tears or pain, but in His time we'll surely find him waiting over there!" She told her children this would be her last Christmas letter and she closed with one of her favorite verses from Psalm 121:7..."The LORD will keep you from all harm-He will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forever more."


I thought these words from the Steven Curtis Chapman song " Coming Home for Christmas" were fitting for Aunt Mary.

I'm going home for Christmas, and I'm going home to stay
I'm going home for Christmas and nothing's gonna keep me away
I'll be with the ones I love to celebrate the Savior's birth
I'm going home, home for Christmas

As we sing Joy to the World I can't help thinking
Of the joy that's shining in her eyes right now
And though our hearts still acche, we know that as we celebrate
She's singing with the herald angels and heaven's glowing on her face

She's home for Christmas and nothing could've kept her away
She'll be face to face with Jesus, as we celebrate His birth
And this gift will be worth more to her than anything on earth
She's home, she's home for Christmas
She is home
She's home for Christmas

Farewell, Mary...you will be missed! Enjoy your first Christmas with Jesus!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Easy Caramels

Don't you just want to take a bite? I've made two, yes two batches of these...they are so good! As well as very easy. It does take awhile to wrap them, or I guess you could just let them in the pan and keep cutting out bites. Which I did for awhile, then sat down and cut and wrapped. With my first batch, I did dip a few squares in dark chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt. Here's the recipe, in case you need to whip up one last goodie these last few days before Christmas. I'm sure Paula Deen and Pioneer Woman would approve of this recipe's rich ingredients!

Caramels

1 C light Karo
2 and 1/4 C packed brown sugar
1-14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 C butter
dash salt
1 t. vanilla
buttered 9x9 pan

Melt the butter over med/low heat in a medium size saucepan. Add brown sugar, salt and Karo and mix well. Add the sweetened condensed milk and stir again until it's mixed in. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it comes to a boil. Keeping it at a fairly rolling boil, set your timer for 12 minutes, and keep stirring...don't let up the whole time. Talk to someone on the phone to pass the time or listen to Christmas music. No need for a candy thermometer. When the timer goes off, hang up the phone, add the vanilla and pour the delicious golden goodness into the buttered pan. Lick out the pan and spoon. Then let it cool for several hours. Cut in small squares or rectanges. Dip in melted chocolate or wrap in wax paper squares. I hadn't made caramels in several years, and these came out pretty much the perfect consistency both times.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sweet little Christmas treats




I made these yesterday, they are so easy! You put a rolo candy on each small pretzel, put it in a 350 degree oven for 2 minutes. Take them out, move them to a sheet of wax paper and push an m&m in it right away. Let them cool. Salty and sweet. Quick, easy, cute and really yummy!




Saturday, December 11, 2010

Dear Santa

Kayden asked for a piece of paper and said he wanted to write a letter to Santa. So he got a piece of paper and a marker. He sat at the table and wrote a letter t on the paper. Then he announced, "Here's my letter to Santa!" This kid cracks me up!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Lucky Me!

I won another giveaway, this time from Hoosier Homemade! This time I won a pair of Crocs!! I could pick out any Crocs I wanted off their website, except the new You line. I had to decide that evening and quickly selected these, called Surrey. They look brown in the picture I took, but they are actually black. I needed some black shoes for winter. I was a little worried about the size because Crocs tend to vary by shoe...but they came this week and they fit perfectly. They are made with a suede-ish looking material on them and are warm inside. I wore them today for the first time and love love them! I also got my Kitchen Aid blender that I won a few weeks ago. So much fun! I'm so amazed that I won two great things so close together. I'll probably never win anything again, but this was sure exciting!

T cells

On Tuesday I had double appointments again...CF appointment was first. My pft's have stayed fairly stable over the last several months at around 45-47% (FEV1) and they confirmed that I can stay off the yucky antibiotics that were making me nauseous. They did do another culture, so I'm hoping it's gonna still be negative for bugs. I usually do have aspergillus, that's a given. Then to the next visit at the immunologist. First of all, she so doesn't look like a doctor, sooo young and pretty and in a sweater and short skirt, nice legs... These doctors just all seem so YOUNG!! Anyways, she had done blood work on me two weeks ago to check IGg levels and other stuff that I didn't really pay much attention to at the time, I was just trying not to throw up! But this time I was rational and ready to listen. My IGg levels, which are the B cells and the defense in your immune system came back fairly normal, a little low in one area, but not terribly low. BUT then she showed me the T cell results, of which I had no clue what T cells are. I made her explain it about 4 times. They are like the second line of defense in the immune system and my numbers were really low in 3 areas. She said she wasn't expecting this at all, usually this is seen in an HIV patient, which I am not. So she is puzzled and is going to consult with more doctors. Once again, I'm a puzzle...story of my life!! She put me right on Bactrim DS indefinately. She mentioned some more treatments I might need to do, but for now, just the Bactrim. She sent me to the lab to do a bunch more bloodwork to check how the T cells are working together, or if they are or something like that. She also had a test run for APBA, which stands for Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis. I've been busy looking up all this stuff about T cells, etc. But I think I'll let this cute young doctor try to figure it all out...and hopefully she will! I go back in a few weeks. And so now I'm just going to concentrate on Christmas!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

I'm back...

Finally, a new post! I have been either sick, or tired, or gone...mostly sick! I had been on three antibiotics for about 6 weeks and I had such nausea a lot of the time. Two of them were to treat the two bugs I had and the other was added for a lung flare up. I tried zofran for the nausea, didn't help much. Then phenergan did help, but I had to go off of it for a few days before the new immunologist visit I had two weeks ago. That was a miserable day! I had a cf visit and then the immunologist visit, both in the same building. I had to do bloodwork, have x-rays and I kept throwing up in between things...really an awful day. I did go back on phenergan again after that and it helped, but the culture I did that day turned out to be negative for the bugs, so they decided to let me go off the meds early. Great news to me! So I've been off them for almost a week now and it's been SO nice to feel good again! I'm off and running again! Yeah well, maybe not running...at least back in action and it feels so good! I'll blog more tomorrow about my two doctor visits I had yesterday (CF and immunologist). And also I had a fun little adventure last weekend...