Friday, July 20, 2018

"Trust in the Lord and do good...

...Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. 
Delight yourself in the Lord; 
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it."

~Psalm 37:3-5

The Lord is so good, isn't He? After a scare yesterday...I am even more grateful to Him....but more about that later. First I want to share some photos from this past week or so! As I said in my last Madelyn turned 17 recently! My sister and her four littles came over to celebrate with us (and go swimming! The swimming photos are on my phone though.)...

Lunch time!

This newly-turned-one-year-old is just too sweet for words! He is *definitely* a mama's boy! I wish he was an "Aunt Titi's boy"! ;)

Audra....with her fun, cheesy grin!

Eloise...mid-sentence....teehee! Ack! I just realized I don't have a close up pic of Dinah-girl :( Bummer!

 Madelyn got to open some gifts...

My raised bed is doing well. I have peppers growing and lots (and lots) of purple beans! Lettuce and candy onions too! Down at the big garden our green beans and pumpkins are doing fantastic! Unfortuantely our corn didn't take off at all! So disappointing as I *love* sweet corn! I'm not sure what happened with it!?

 Some photos from around the house (we got a pressure washer from an auction ~ my BIL is an auctioneer ~ for $50!! I was so excited that no one bid against me! Chris pressure washed the front porch! It looks totally different!!)

Mickey being his cute self...

I really love hosta! I look forward to transplating some in the fall to different areas! Such a great plant. Hardy and pretty!

Our fixer-upper....

Chris didn't have to work at an auction last weekend so he used our new-to-us pressure washer to clean the soffet and fascia and siding...

I can't even tell you how thrilled I was! Our house is always a work in progress....and I'm ok with that. It doesn't have to look perfect (as I have blogged about before) but I do want it to look neat and tidy and taken care of! I washed the siding by hand as far up as I could....but then for the top...that pressure washer was just fantastic!

Jaxson was so helpful with it too! He pressure washed our wooden picnic table meticulously....and also our garage door! He and his dad did some scrubbing too! They were such great hard-workers and I was so, so thankful for all that they did! :)

So....I've been on here long enough....but I just want to share what happened to me yesterday really quick. It shows God's goodness and also I want to talk about it to bring awareness of how serious things can turn in just minutes!

Yesterday morning I was out mowing the lawn in workout capris (as I had planned to go to the gym in a bit). Xavier was weed eating. Out of nowhere the incredible pain of a bee sting hit the top of my foot/bottom of my leg area on my right leg. I lean down...crying out in pain and swish the bee away quickly. Xavier looked over as I'm kinda moaning about how much it hurt. "Go in and ice it!" he exclaimed. I agreed and ran in to do so.

Anytime I get a bee sting I swell up pretty bad in the area it happened (like, I stepped on a bee once and my foot swelled so bad I couldn't put a shoe on it!). So I was frustrated because I figured my foot would swell and make it so I couldn't go to the gym. While I'm icing it (and still moaning about the pain....I'm such a baby) my palms and bottoms of my feet get unbearably itchy. It was so itchy it was painful. I am crying out to Madelyn who tries to get me some ice water to try and numb the itchiness in my hands and I am itching and crying....and Madelyn is on the phone with my mom trying to figure out how to help me....when I notice my hands are swelling...and then my lips start to swell. I had hives all on my hands and down my arms and my shoulders. I cried out to Mad that she was driving me to the ER....NOW! She was too nervous to drive so we stopped and picked up my MIL to drive. I was shaking and basically hyper ventilatng. (My pulse was racing when they checked it at the ER). I was itching uncontrollably and so worried my throat could close up. We are only 2 or 3 miles from the hospital...but to me, we couldn't get there fast enough!

At the ER they hooked me up right away to an IV of benadryl and the heart monitors and blood pressure cuff etc. Chris came from work to be with me. It made me feel so much better just to have him next to me. I felt so tired. The benadryl helped my itching stop thankfully....but it took hrs before the swelling went down all the way (my fingers were huge! I couldn't wear my wedding rings!). They kept me there for a few hours to keep an eye on me and then sent us with a prescription for a steroid (which kept me up all night last night...UGH!) and epi pens. It was *so* scary. I praise God though that my throat didn't close and I didn't have trouble breathing....what a horrible, horrible thing for people to experience. Chris brought me home...I ate a late lunch then took a nap. When I woke, the swelling had gone down and I felt much better. The sting site itself is still sore and itchy...but that is to be expected. I have to take this steroid for 6 days. If it sits on my tongue for a millisecond then a horrible taste fills my mouth. I try to swallow it as fast as possible! It's icky!

With my niece, Eloise, having severe food allergies ~ I can understand more of the fear that surrounds it. Allergies are nothing to trifle with. There is nothing worse than going through something you can't control....I can't even describe it! Please...if you hear of people around you who have allergies to bees or food or whatever it may sensitive to it. It may seem like "no big deal" but when the symptoms start appearing and you don't know what is going to happen is like playing russian roulette with your life. The next bee sting I get could close my throat. The epi pen is a dose of adrenaline that doesn't last is just enough to get you to the hospital to be treated asap. The next food someone eats (that unknowingly has an allergen in it to them) could send them into an anaphylactic reaction!

If you read this far....thank you. I know I was just letting my thoughts just tumble out ...but going through what I did yesterday was super scary and I don't want anyone to have to go through it too!

If you have gone through an allergic reaction and want to share I would love to hear about it. It may open more eyes to the seriousness of it! :)

After missing my workout yesterday ~ I am ready to get back to the gym....although the lack of sleep from those steroid pills makes me feel *blech*. Push through it, push through it! ;)

It's a gloriously beautiful day here. I hope it is where you are too! God be praised!



  1. That definitely was a scary experience! My boys are beekeepers with my father in law so we have bee hives close enough by that they loooove our pool chlorine! So someone is getting stung biweekly! My daughter had an experience sort of like yours in that she got
    Stung on a tender part of her foot and it took her days to get over it! She literally hopped around for a few days, it made me wonder if maybe it stung on a vein or a nerve? I’m definitely going to watch her more closely after reading your post bc I think she could be a lot more sensitive than my other children! So glad you are ok!! And I just have to say that Madelyn gets more grown up with each picture I see!! I mean just a few pictures ago she looked like a younger teenager! Definitely she is looking like a woman! *sniff*. So proud of her! ((Hugs))

    1. Yes, keep an eye on her Monica! When I was in my teens I stepped on a bee and my foot swelled so large that I couldn't wear a shoe! I had to hobble around for a while! Each time it can get worse (or so I hear....and has been true for me). With how bad this recent reaction was, I am afraid of another one!!! Thank you for your sweet words about Madelyn as well. :)

  2. I'm allergic to many antibiotics so Benadryl is always on hand. I might be fine one time and the next time end up with hives and the feeling my skin is on fire.
    I'm glad you weren't alone and that you're feeling better. Also glad you got an Epi pen. It seems like something that should be in every home first aid kit. You just never know...

    1. Thanks Debby! You are so just never know! I think Epi pens should be in every home as well!

  3. Bless you and praise the Lord it turned out okay. I am allergic to nuts but didn't become fully until my 30's. Crazy.

    1. Thank you Chrissy! Yes, allergies are on the rise and so so crazy! I'm sorry you are allergic to nuts....that can't be fun!

  4. We experienced the same thing with one of our kids...very scary. He's 40 now and has never had to use the epi pen.
    ~take care~Helen

    1. Oh, I am so glad he has never had to use the epi pen!!! That is my hope as well! So, so scary!! :)

  5. Yikes - what a scare! Glad everything turned out okay. All the children are growing so fast - such beautiful families!


    1. Thanks so much Shelby! :) They are all growing super fast! :)

  6. Long time reader, first time commenter on here. I work in the school system where staff needs to know the allergies of any students. A nurse came and gave a lesson on how to use and epi pen and then she had one we could practice on. She said an epi-pen can go through jeans but not much else, like snowpants or something thicker. Also, I don't know if you have heard the saying "Blue to the sky, orange to the thigh". Which means flick the 'lid' up and apply the orange. Now that I have said this I hope your colours of epi-pens are these colours. Glad that you are fine now.

    1. Thanks so much for reading my blog...and commenting today! :)

      Yes, my sister taught me the saying "blue to the sky" in case I ever needed to use an epi for my niece Eloise who is allergic to peanuts and eggs. :) Thanks so much for sharing that info though!!! :)

    2. Just wanted to add that I love your blog. I've been reading it since "The Squeezle" was around one. I have twin girls that are Madelyn's age and two boys in their twenties. I live in Canada. (just thought I'd introduce myself)

  7. I always love visiting your blog! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Oh my! That sting experience sounds scary! Glad you're okay.


  9. Wow! I was stunned by the picture of your daughter. She has grown so much. There is like no baby fat left in her face. She has turned into a lovely adult. Happy birthday to her! So sorry about your experience! How scary. Prayers your way!

  10. Wow! I was stunned by the picture of your daughter. She has grown so much. There is like no baby fat left in her face. She has turned into a lovely adult. Happy birthday to her! So sorry about your experience! How scary. Prayers your way!

  11. Your house looks so good. I cannot believe how grown up your kids are. Madelyn is beautiful. I am so glad you recovered from your bee sting--I know that was scary! Love ya! Marie


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