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.