I promise that I didn’t just drop off the earth after my last post. Actually, it was that we had another round of illness/hospitalization in our family (yes, AGAIN). This time it was Travis’ turn, and he didn’t come close to the family record when he spent five days in the local hospital (which I can say from experience has the best tasting/valued cafeteria food of any hospital in the area). He is still going through some outpatient tests, but the doctors are fairly certain he has celiac disease and possibly also Crohn’s. So we are facing a lot of dietary changes for him and possibly some new medications. Ugh. The good news is that it forces us to do what we’ve been saying we would for a while – cut back on eating out and cook more from scratch. The bad news is that any short-cuts we might have used are effectively removed because a lot of processed foods have ingredients that he can’t eat.

His hospitalization coincided with our 10th anniversary, so it’s a good thing I wasn’t exactly counting on it being a big deal. But in many ways, it was fitting for us because that has been our year, our marriage. He’s still not feeling really great, but the damage these diseases inflict on the intestines can take a long time to heal, even after adjusting the diet. Then to top it off, I got a stomach bug Friday evening and was sick for 24 hours. I haven’t been sick like that in years, not since I was a kid. Yuck. Now we’re both on the mend and trying to play catch-up on a lot of areas that got set aside. The Christmas decorations need to be done, and I need to start doing some major meal planning and actually plan ahead for grocery shopping, things I haven’t been really good at doing for most of our married life. I hate that it took an illness to do it, but I guess I’ve started to notice that often times it takes a 2×4 to the head to get our attention.

Tomorrow we say goodbye to my mom’s parents, who have been with our family this week to celebrate Thanksgiving. And we will be saying a big goodbye to Travis’ grandmother fairly soon, who has been doing poorly for a while but is now with hospice care (love the work they do!) and has only days to live. It’s a hard loss to face but not nearly as hard as our children. And I like knowing that she will be with them soon.

Thank you all for your continued prayers. I will write more soon now that I’m getting back into a routine!