Thursday, March 26, 2015

Health Update

I went to my neurologist this morning he changed the dosage to my medications again as our goal has been to get me off Keppra. 


For the next 7 days I will be on half a pill of Keppra and then I get to completely stop taking it.  I am so excited, although I am not sure how long it will actually take for it to get completely out of my system but atleast the process can start.


He has changed my Lamotrigine to 200 ML twice a day and that is the level he is hoping to keep me at for the rest of my life, as long as my seizures go away completely.


This past month I had around 5 to 7 seizures.  I've had some in the middle of the night so it's really hard for me to tell if I dreamed them or if they really were seizures.


I know many of you have been lifting me up in prayer and I greatly appreciate that.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Giveaway Time!

There is a Lilla Rose flexi clip giveaway over at Chilson Family blog.... check it out, and leave a comment on her blog post.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Cookie Time!

After church yesterday the widow's group got together to bake cookies for an upcoming Spanish conference at the church.  We had a blast making a mess in the kitchen :-)





We made 6 batches and Denette was always happy to test both the cookie dough and the finished product.


Friday, March 13, 2015

Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Cookie Dough Frosting


Ingredients

cupcakes

  • 1 box Devil's Food Cake Mix
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup sour cream (or substitute greek yogurt)
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
frosting
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • milk
  • 1/3 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and put cupcake liners in muffin tins.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk cake mix, cocoa powder and baking powder.  In a second larger bowl, combine vegetable oil, eggs, buttermilk, sour cream (or greek yogurt), and vanilla and mix well.  Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and whisk until mostly smooth (a few little lumps are okay).  Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.  Allow to cool completely.
  3. While cupcakes are cooling prepare the frosting.  In a medium bowl cream butter, cream cheese and brown sugar for 2-3 minutes until very fluffy.  Add flour and salt and mix well.  Add vanilla and powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each.  Use milk 1 tablespoon at a time if need to thin to desired consistency.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Spread frosting on cooled cupcakes.
Enjoy!



Note: this is a Pinterest recipe.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Loaves & Fish


Yesterday morning I had the privilege of participating in a ministry called Loaves & Fish.  Every Tuesday morning believers from different churches gather in North Las Vegas to reach out to the homeless and hungry by sharing the gospel through an evangelistic message and by providing a hot meal…feeding both their souls and their bodies.

God worked out transportation for me and I praise the Lord for the opportunity to serve.  Lord willing I hope to continue this ministry on Tuesday mornings.  Please pray with me as I continue to seek His will for my life.

It always amazes me how you go to bless someone, but you walk away being more blessed yourself.


Saturday, March 7, 2015

March 7th

A year ago today I gave Kathy the scare of her life.  On our way home from work, I had a grand mal seizure.  A new season in my life started with this health trial.

Praise the Lord I haven't had another grand mal since that day.

I am still learning what I can do to reduce the stress in my life.  I'm learning how much I can do in a day without totally exhausting myself and causing me to be more prone to mini seizures which I still experience occasionally.

Two neurologists, an MRI, 2 EEGs, 5 medications and multiple dosage changes later and I am thankful to report I went from having 7 to 10 mini seizures a day to having 1 to 4 a month.

Kathy and Paul have been so patient with me and the mood changing side effects from my medication. I know living with me has not been easy and I am so thankful for family that loves me and is willing to put up with me.

Praying about going on another missions trip this next year.  Not sure I'm totally ready but I am praying for God's guidance.

To God be the Glory!