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!