Monday, March 05, 2012

some things.

well. i'm nearly certain that the sweetest people in all the world read this blog.

how could i ever even know that, you ask? because i've been so encouraged, more than usual, by you.
last week when i shared a bit about how our life is changing, it really comforted me to get such loving, uplifting and thoughtful comments and emails from y'all. so, thank you for that.

as a small token of my appreciation and love, and because it made me feel tremendously better last week, may i offer you this. the bark that changed everything. and friends, it will change you.


hop on over to shannan's for the recipe.
this stuff is crazy. it calls to you from the freezer and forces itself into your mouth.
i may have gotten a tummy ache from over indulgence. i'm not proud of that
i had every good intention of making some over christmas. but it just never made it from brain to hand.
y'all do better than that, make some today! and all your troubles will slip away.
or at least trade them for a little tummy ache and sticky teeth.

one thing that bark can't do is help with a vitamin deficiency. which i have. my b12 levels are on the lowest point of normal. right at 200. the great part of learning this news is that i learned this news.
because i was beginning to think i was crazy.
majorly forgetful(not like me at all!!), irritable, weak, exhausted and more...
all things that i thought maybe were just related to our current environment.
i had a nagging feeling though, that i needed bloodwork.
my suspicions were my thyroid levels were off, but they're same as always.
lo, and behold, my b12 is wonky to the max.
apparently, my underactive/non functioning thyroid can hinder vitamin absorption? 
so, supplements first, and if it doesn't work quickly enough, they'll give me shots. yay.

oh! and let me tell you about my bloodwork. first, phlebotomist is just plain fun to say.
not as fun to visit one, but sometimes you get lucky.
well, as providence had it, when i went in for my blood draw, i found a gem.
i'm so dippy, from the b12 business, right? i forgot her name already!
i began telling the super cheerful lady my spiel...
"just letting you know, i am a huge baby.
and i probably should be laying down for this,
and you need to talk to me while you draw, ok?
oh, and if you lose the vein, like usually happens,
then just kill me instead of probing around. thanks."
(it's the blasted tourniquet, y'all. more than the needle poke and the blood.
that creepy tightness on my arm sends me to crazy city!)
anyway, i added that i'd prayed before i arrived that this would be a breeze for me and her.
and do you know what she said? "praying is good! god's in control of everything, even this.
let's pray now...lord, one stick and get what i need and help her relax...
uh. was not expecting her to say a little prayer with me. praise jesus!!!
i melted straight away with gratitude.
the blood draw was one of my easiest, and i was thrilled.
i took a swig of orange juice, and told her she was a champion. and that i am pretty sure i love her.
then i went happily home. and may have finished off elijah's jelly bellys that were in my purse.

one more thing:
if you're a reader of my devotional blog(or would like to be),
please take a peek at this post so you can keep up!

ok, i'm off to load up on b12 something fierce.
any tips for me on that, by the way?
what are you up to?

this is the day the lord has made,
we will rejoice and be glad in it!
psalm 118:24nlt



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52 comments:

  1. I'd love to meet you in person! I imagine you with lots and lots of energy and smiles and encouragement to share. Love that the phlebotomist prayed for you. Now you remind me I need some blood work done...

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    1. ha! well, i've been known to smile, but energy is rather scarce these days. but i'll share my pretzel bark with you! ;)

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  2. Praise God for an easy experience. He always goes before us and knows are needs. : ) Love you girl!

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    1. he does! praise jesus.
      love YOU, katie.

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  3. You sound like my Bubba when he gets his blood drawn--poor things--so happy and thankful that it was pleasant--and that you know what's going on!!

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    1. yes, janene! nice to know that there's a reason for my discomfort. and i'm not TOTALLY nuts;)

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  4. hey sweetie! thank you for your sweet prayers. i'm praying for you, too! you know that right?! don't forget it. : ) again, thanks for opening up your big heart to us. and YES to crackbark. it's dangerous but mostly worth it. so glad God sent you an angel right there to draw your blood. He is so kind to us!!!

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    1. carissa, prayers will continue xo
      god is so good!

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  5. I'm a low B12 girl too! I've been taking regular old vitamins for it but on Friday I bought the dropper stuff at the walmarts. I add it to my smoothies too for good measure.

    XOXO

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    1. nikki! smoothies is a great idea. amen:)

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  6. Congrats on your easy draw, that is such a relief!! I am such a tough stick and I faint almost every time, boo! Glad you had such a sweet gem on your side. And I've pinned that bark!! Looks yummy!!! Thanks for the recipe!

    Found you from Carissa! :)

    XO

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    1. yes, erin. god takes of even blood draws:)
      love it! and hello to you:)
      hope you enjoy the bark!

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  7. Oh no. I need the bark now. Crap.

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    1. yes, ma'am, katy friend. getcha some. xo

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  8. It's very inconvenient that we ran out of chocolate chips the other day...hmm...probably convenient for my waistline though :)

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    1. lauren, i don't want to hear it. restock your chocolate, and get busy.
      it's calorie free straight from the freezer anyway:)

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  9. I am such a baby when it comes to blood draws too! I am always praying like crazy right up until the moment it is done! It is a true blessing when you are linked up with a good phlebotomist. When they are sweet and gentle and reassuring it makes all the difference!

    Those pretzels look soooo good - and fun to make. I have a little kitchen helper (he is 6) who is always up to try making something new. These look like a perfect thing for us to tackle!

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    1. jessica, amen, sweet and gentle people drawing always helps!!
      and sure thing! your little would be a champ at making this pretzel treat. go for it!

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  10. That looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing!!

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  11. first thing, why would you point me to that bark? What kind of friend are you?
    Second, I wish I could have held your hand for the blood work. I pass out every time. When I was pregnant with charlotte I took 2 of my other kids to get blood work done. Passed out, yah. The nurses had to watch my kids til I was back and my blood pressure came back up, then my Dad had to come pick me up. Not embarrassing at all. Glad you had such a lovely nurse.
    xoxo

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    1. jami. nothing but love for you! now, go make some bark!
      and when i move to california, you can hold my hand every time i go for a draw:)

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  12. Well, you KNOW I loved this story :)
    love you!
    Wendy

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    1. WENDY. yes. i think of you every single time.
      and nobody, has ever/will ever, match the comfort you gave me:)
      but you would be proud of me now, i'm almost a big girl:)

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  13. Okay, that stuff sounds amazingly yummy! & dangerous... ;)

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    1. oh, jacky. dangerous, maybe. but we all need to live a little sometimes, you know? :)

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  14. Oh man, that bark looks amazing! Thinking of you this week. : )

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    1. stephanie, thanks so much! grateful for oyu!
      and the bark is fantastic:)

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  15. Oh you are so welcome Hannah, I am so grateful you got some good encouragement and support, the bloggy world is pretty beautiful that way.

    And OH MY with this recipe, my sister makes something similar and you are right, they change everything!!! thank you!

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    1. you're super precious, gina. thank you!
      cheers to bark that heals all woes:)

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  16. glad you got it all figured out! sorry about the blood work though, eew.
    i made that bark over Christmas and it was ridiculously delicious. and i definitely got the same tummy ache.
    SO GOOD. :)

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    1. thank you, sweet carina! love you!
      and it was the best tummy ache i've ever had:)

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  17. Ironic - we just had our nutrients exam in class. Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) was most definitely on the exam. The recommend foods we had to memorize were liver (because everyone loves liver, ya know?), meat, poultry, dairy foods, & eggs. Unfortunately, the chocolate pretzel bark is not on the list. But, if I were your nurse, I'd let you eat it anyway. (-:

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    1. anna! thanks for the tips!
      maybe the lack of liver in my diet is the true culprit:)
      hope all is well with you!! xo

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  18. That yummy bark just jumped off the screen, and I felt the love. seriously. cuz, chocolate salted caramel pretzel bark just might be my love language. :) YOU, my dear, are an encouragement to others. Thank you for spreading the fragrance of Christ.

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    1. ruth, humbled by your kindness. praise jesus.
      and yes, the bark is indeed a beautiful treat. love language is right! xo

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  19. I'm so used to getting poked with needles I just don't even care anymore!!

    My mom is using a B12 spray that she ordered from Dr. Mercola's website. It enters the blood stream fast that way I guess. She said it has really helped with energy and sleep as well.

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    1. linda, bless you! needle pokes are such a drag. thanks for the spray info. definitely checking that out. love ya!

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  20. i just read your post about your son, and re-read the post about bath-time last week. i am so blessed by reading God's faithfulness and his hand at work in the lives of his people. thank you for sharing so graciously and joyfully about such difficult, painful things.

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    1. seda. thank you so much! god is mighty faithful! so thankful.
      so grateful you're here! xo

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  21. Hey!
    I just wanted to tell you thank you for the comments and stopping by my blog! You have no idea how much I appreciate it! It made my day! Thank you!

    I love your blog as well! So encouraging!!
    :):)

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  22. I wasn't around Grace-laced last week, so I missed it - but I can agree that these quirky kids are SPECIAL! Every 6 months or so we head to the paediatrician to hear him say...hmm...I'm not convinced it's Autism, I'll see him again in 6 months. But I know a few kids 'on the spectrum' and I reckon they do 'sweetheart' like no others. It's a road I can't imagine travelling without the lovingkindness and patience-and-strength-giving of God.

    Can relate to the needles too, my last pregnancy I suspect the hospital misplaced their pincushion and just used me instead.

    You Americans are hilarious with your treats! I think I could sum up your recipes as 'take one cup of everything that's bad for you, mix it together, and then die of happiness'. Crazy!

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    1. nelle. amen, praise jesus for his patience and strength.
      and you slay me. because you are correct. laugh.out.loud.
      and die of happiness. it is crazy. :)

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  23. Making that....as soon as I get off my diet :)
    What an awesome nurse! God so cares about those little big things. Praying for your health!
    xoxo

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    1. amen, kaylee! praise jesus for awesome nurses!
      and i think i need to be on your diet:)
      xo

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  24. Mmmmm that looks Nommy!! Ugh needles....I always got a student doing my blood draws EVERY time my last pregnancy. uncomfortable. It's amazing how God can use cyber friends to encourage and bring joy. God bless you and your family on your journey as you learn to challenge your son in new ways.

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    1. thank you, thank you! grateful for your encouragement! xo

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  25. that stupid pretzel bark ruins me.
    jessica makes it all the time when i come over, and i tell her i hate her for it.
    but really, i love her for it.
    but then hate her for it too.
    it's so confusing.

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    1. SO confusing, cuppa. mercy.
      love you xo

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  26. I hope the B12 supplement works for you, and I can not believe this about the lady that drew your blood, God is AHmazing, having her be the one that draws your blood, and she starts praying right then and there!

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    1. amen, gina! god is always rockin' my socks. xo

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