Blessings Found

As I said I would, I am spending a lot more time looking for blessing in my life.  Blessings that maybe before I was overlooking.  So tonight, I thought I would jot a few down.

Blessing 1  A Great Report on Lucy
Lucy is doing fabulous.  She has worked so hard this summer at OT and PT and Swim Therapy and is growing stronger every day.  She has had some form of therapy Monday-Friday of every week unless we have been out of town.  She has also had tutoring 3 days a week as well.  We have an amazing support group around us right now and everyone seems to be working with renewed fervor to get her back on her feet.  Lucy still walks with a very pronounced gait and struggles with her balance.  We are confident that the walking can improve and we continue to pray that God would heal her balance issues.  One huge prayer request that we continue to have for Lucy is her lack of confidence.  We see it in her willingness to try new things, play freely with her friends and even with her reading.  Her tutor, Ms. Cissy, has been hired by our school as the first grade teacher and we are ecstatic.  I think this could be a great year for working on this whole confidence issue.

Photo credit Phil Ramsey

Blessing #2  The Package Has Been Sent
It's been almost a year to the day, but our application for 501(c)3 status is finally being sent to the IRS.  I am so excited and I pray that this year of hard work will pay off quickly.  I would love to have our official non- profit status before our October 22, 2013 event.

Blessing #3 Bikes
Jack learned to ride a toddler bike tonight and Lucy has become interested in her bike again.  Actually Jack didn't have to "learn" per se.  He just hopped right on and rode.  Thanks to our next door neighbor Bo, Jack has a great little bike to ride now.  He and Lucy made at least 10 trips back and forth today.  It was so great being so normal tonight as a family.

Blessing #4 Recipes
Alright, so this might not seem like a big deal to you, but for those of us who have to adhere very strictly to a gluten free diet, finding these two recipes has been so exciting.  A friend of mine brought over this breakfast casserole after my grandfather passed away and we all loved it.  Erik's family is in town right now, so I will be making a double batch of this in the morning.  YUM!  And the cobbler...oh!  There are no words.

Gluten Free Bisquick Impossibly Easy Breakfast Bake via Betty Crocker 
package (16 oz) bulk pork sausage
medium red bell pepper, chopped
medium onion, chopped
cups frozen hash brown potatoes
cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
cup Bisquick® Gluten Free mix
cups milk
teaspoon pepper

  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In 10-inch skillet, cook sausage, bell pepper and onion over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sausage is no longer pink; drain. Mix sausage mixture, potatoes and 1 1/2 cups of the cheese in baking dish.
  2. In medium bowl, stir Bisquick mix, milk, pepper and eggs until blended. Pour over sausage mixture in baking dish.
  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake about 3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Gluten Free Peach Cobbler
            2 tbsp butter
           1 c. gluten free Bisquick
          1/2 c. sugar
          1/2 c. milk
           3 cups fresh peaches
  1. Preheat oven to 375.  
  2. Melt butter in an 8x8 baking dish.  Mix Bisquick, sugar and milk.  Pour over the melted butter.  Spoon the peaches over the batter.  
  3. Bake for 30 minutes.

This cobbler honestly tastes like peaches baked in a pillow of Angel Food cake.  Oh my goodness is was amazing.  Everyone in my house devoured it.  

So, so celebrate all these blessings this week, Jack and I decided to repaint the half bath downstairs!  What in the world was I thinking?

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  1. What a beautiful picture of Lucy x

  2. I literally was thinking that I would write "What a beautiful picture of Lucy" and I looked at Rebecca's post....so I will reiterate: WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE OF LUCY! She looks so healthy and happy! God is good!

  3. fantastic report and picture of Lucy!!

  4. I know sometimes it's hard to find our blessings if we're not in a good place at the moment, but they're always there. So glad you are counting yours. Lucy, you look absolutely beautiful and healthy. When you try something new, remember that we all had to learn, usually by doing whatever it is over and over. Even adults have to do this.

  5. Wonderful blessings!!!
    I bet riding the bike will really help Lucy's balance.
    Lifting up these prayer requests. :)

    Great work Jack!!

  6. Kate! Check out this gluten free blog written by an adorable 20 yr old young woman who is one of seven children! Her recipes are AMAZING! So so happy for all the positive updates! http://www.yammiesglutenfreedom.com/

  7. Beautiful Lucy, and how the heck did Jack get so grown!

  8. kristenfriedlandJuly 28, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    I'm so glad that your family is doing so well! And what a wonderful picture of Lucy! She is beautiful!

  9. Kate,
    While I view your blog at least weekly, I don't comment often. But, I was so struck by today's picutre of Lucy that, I felt the need to post. What a fantasticly beautiful picture! Lucy simply looks happy......truly, truly happy. Thank you for sharing your lives with so many of us.

  10. These are some amazing blessings. They really do abound once we start looking for them. And I am still so over-joyed by your summer of normality. I know you really needed this summer. And I LOVE that picture of Lucy by Phil Ramsey. She's so beautiful.

  11. Kate, These pictures of Lucy brought tears to my cheeks, she looks Amazing, Beautiful, Filled out, radiant and I could keep going, you made my day by sending such great photos today, GO LUCY GO, I know you will and can. Thanks Kate for sharing your family with us all so we can see what remarkable progress she has made.

  12. Lucy's picture is beautiful! She just shines in that picture. Your blessings are amazing. They will continue. Bless you all

  13. Lucy is so beautiful. So good to see her rosie cheeks. Will be praying for confidence for her.

  14. I love the picture of Lucy. She looks beautilfully radiant :)
    I am so happy all of you are enjoying an awesome summer.

  15. LOVE, LOVE LOVE the pic of Lucy!!!!! Phil does a GREAT JOB!!!!!! LOVE YOU ALL & STILL PRAYING!!!

  16. MISSPELLED MY OWN NAME!! Kathy Keiter

  17. What an incredible photo of Lucy!!! She is glowing and looks so very happy! I love the flower headband and her smiling eyes.....as well as her smile! She is the picture of a true miracle! Wow! What a blessing! Thank you for sharing. Lucy continues to be in my prayers as I know she continues to work hard to meet every challenge! (OT/PT, etc...) Praying for all of you.