Friday, November 17, 2006

By Faith

Four weeks ago Katy was not eating again and had just gotten her new line for liquid nutrition. At that time I went grocery shopping with Paul and got as far as the fresh fruit and vegetables and my tears caught me by surprise. One of Katy’s all time favorite things is fresh cranberry salad. You can only find cranberries fresh once a year, and there they were in the fruit and vegetable aisle. There were stacks of bagged bright red cranberries and Katy was unable to eat. I put my face into Paul’s shirt and cried a big wet spot right on his shoulder. The good man stood there and let me have my cry.

Four weeks later, Katy has been enjoying food for the past few days. The pain in her abdomen that has plagued her for the past four months is almost gone. From Hebrews 11 we know that “by faith” Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice. “By faith” Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau. “By faith” Jacob…. Well, today, “by faith” I bought two bags of fresh cranberries. And Lord willing, we will be home and having Thanksgiving dinner with more “thanksgiving” than ever.

I’ll end today’s post with a “praise” report. Prayer is an amazing tool the Lord has given to us. And you prayed! The answers didn’t come quickly, and we all learned patience. Katy is still on some medication, but today she looks great. This is the first time we have brought her home from a hospital stay that she has been able to climb the stairs herself. Last Friday night she had 8,000 platelets left, and yesterday had 272,000. I just finished giving her the last bag of IV antibiotics and next Wednesday morning she is scheduled to have the line removed in the surgeon’s office. She just told me that she’s hungry and looking forward to dinner! That’s high praise to the Most High God.

Fresh cranberry salad:
1 bag of Ocean Spray fresh cranberries minced in a food processor
1/4 cup orange juice
1 Tbsp orange rind (zest)
1 cup sugar (substitute fructose or splenda to taste)
Mix togther and place in a serving dish. Chill overnight.

Comments:

  1. Trisha Ferris Says:

    Dawn,
    Your post with the recipe at the end reminds me of the Mitford books. Could you be the next Jan Karon? Keep writing, friend. You’ve got a gift.

    Katy,
    Welcome home. Happy eating!

    Trisha

  2. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Katy, Dawn, I just left on note on P & D’s regular email, but thought I might be more likely to catch you here. I am just praising the Lord in amazement over the saline thing. That is SO contradictory, only the Lord could have shown it to you. BE SURE YOU GIVE THIS INTO TO THE RESEARCH CENTER ON “Herman’s Pudding Lake” Syndrome. It may help them greatly with someone else’s case and send them to a whole new line of research.

    Katy, I’ve never like cranberries much, but I have a whole bag of fresh ones given to me by a lady who grows them on a farm out here - a hostess gift as she was at my house for lunch. I’m going to try your favorite relish recipe, as that’s the one way I have sometimes enjoyed a little with some Thanksgiving Turkey.

    I remember so vividly when Tony and I were at your house for Thanksgiving - probably in ‘89. You were still getting used to your new home, Katy, and your first snow fell while we were there. I hope I get to celebrate it with you again sometime!

    We will just be going out to a restaurant for dinner this Thanksgiving. None of the children will be home, as usual, and my foot is doing marvelously better than the last surgery, but I still won’t be up to being on my feet to prepare a Thanksgiving Dinner! WE have so much to be thankful for, not least what God has been doing for you dear folks! Love so much, Aunt Lil

  3. Kelly Stanfield Says:

    Hi Katie and the rest of the crew,

    This is definitely a report of praise I found when checking the blog this evening. This is great!! Keep up the faith, everyone!

  4. Aunt Doris Says:

    This will be a great Thanksgiving for all of you, I’m sure! Dawn, in my cranberry recipe, I put in a whole orange, as well as an apple and chopped nuts. Because there is so much juice, I add a packet of unflavored gelatin - soften it in some of the juice, then heat it in the microwave to completely desolve it, then stir it into the fruit mixture. Actually, I make a double recipe (2 bags of cranberries, two oranges, and 2 apples), and one packet of gelatin just sets it up enough to not be sloppy.

    This year I will be using black walnuts. I never made it with them before.

  5. Adam Thompson Says:

    Ah, yes, I love cranberry salad, too. THough we put yogurt in ours…quite good. :-D

  6. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Okay, you all are making me hungry! I’m going to have to go find my recipe for cranberry orange bread - yummy! Patricia’s from KC????

    Praise indeed for all the progress. It might be necessary to stay on meds for a while (but who knows) - but this is great news indeed!!!! I was really excited when Katy told me she ate part of a bagel. I went a year when there’s no way I could have eaten a begal. It’s great progress indeed!!!!

  7. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Katy,
    It really warms my heart to hear about how well you are doing. I pray you can enjoy as much of that cranberry salad as you want!!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  8. Bob, Amy, Emily, Meredith and Abby Says:

    Campbell family,

    As I drifted off to sleep last night, I thought of what a blessing this blog will be to you in the coming days, weeks, months and years. You have created a “journal” here of all that has transpired over the last few months. There have been many days that have seemed to run one right into the other, I am sure. But here you can see and remember later. You will know exactly what happened on what day, you will remember the medical lessons that you have learned, but, most importantly, you will remember God’s faithfulness at every twist and turn. You will see how He immediately answered prayers sometimes and how He said wait at other times. You will see and remember how in those times when you had no more strength, He gave you His strength so that you could persevere.

    Your “journaling” has been not only an inspiration to me, but a lesson learned. I often think that if I journal, it would need to be deep and poetic. But you have taught me that although sometimes there are deep and poetic thoughts, sometimes there is simply a sincere calling out to God in our times of need. I will try to remember this lesson and pick up my pen and get my paper and just record God’s faithfulness to me day after day. Then on those days when I feel frail and alone, I can take those papers out and be reminded. Praise God!

    So much impact in so many lives, Miss Katy! I thank you for your testimony that you have shared with us. We continue to pray for you. We are so excited that you are once again enjoying food! Many of us take that for granted, but I know that my thoughts have been changed there as well. He not only gives us each mouthful of food, but He allows us to eat it and enjoy it as He pleases. We know that Thanksgiving this year will indeed be a celebration for you and your family! May God continue to bless you richly as you continue to trust in Him alone.

    Love to you all,
    Amy (for the Collins clan)

  9. Barbara Walker Says:

    Dear Katy and Family,

    This is just the most amazing story of answered prayer I have ever witnessed. The goodness of our God is awesome. We are so thankful that all is better with Katy and that you can finally relax in your own home.

    We all have so much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving and precious Katy is right up there at the top of our list. The Walkers ask for a downpouring of His blessings and grace upon your family.

    From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

    Yours in Christ,

    Barbara, Virgil and Ashley (home again!!)

  10. Irene Shumate Says:

    Dear Katy,
    Praise the Lord for your appetite! Cranberry salad sounds wonderful. Please tell your mother thanks for the receipe. Praying daily for you.
    Irene

  11. Sarah Says:

    “Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow…”

    What a joyous Thanksgiving this year’s celebration will be! :-) God has heard and truly answered our prayers. How wonderful that salad sounds!! Katy, you be sure and enjoy enough for all of us, ok? So glad to hear great reports that you are continuing to improve every day!!! Continuing to pray for you all!

    Much love to all of you,
    Sarah

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