Today was the perfect day to sip hot tea all day long with my mom and dad. The sound of the snow plow woke me this morning. I jumped out of bed to see what the racket was all about. Funny how I am used to the neighbor’s rooster waking me up in Port-au-Prince. I really thought someone was dragging their trashcan to the end of their driveway. Snow fell all morning around here which afforded a day of baking and cooking for my parents.
Just over a year ago, I really started seeking out information on nutrition and the role food plays in the health of myself and my family. I switched from white flour and pasta to whole wheat, white rice to brown rice, and from using vegetable oil to coconut oil or butter. As soon as I arrived in St. Louis (after a nice splurge of Mexican food 🙂 ) I started researching good healthy food that would be the very best for my mom and her fight against stage 4 ovarian cancer. I took my first trip to the Whole Foods Market and then a couple days later to Trader Joe’s. We stocked up the refrigerator full of kale, leeks, endive, bok choy, cauliflower, peppers and onions. We have Brazil nuts, coconut oil, whole wheat, plums, and talapia. I am still learning a lot about nutrition and its role in our lives. I have been having fun looking up recipes and cooking with my dad. I am proud of my mom and her willingness to eat what we are fixing for her. We made some cauliflower soup and multigrain bread. My dad even took seconds on the soup!
Healthy eating is a journey. It is never too late to begin. I still have so far to go. I am glad sipping hot tea is considered a healthy activity, especially in St. Louis in the winter!
Today is the two year anniversary of the disastrous earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The eyes of the whole world shifted to and lingered upon the tiny nation on the island of Hispaniola on January 12, 2010. Over the course of the past two years, many people have asked us to recount that day. Sometimes I can tell it without too much emotion, other times I remember too vividly the wild adrenaline pushing though my veins for hours afterwards. The fear, the instability, the ignorance that I had as I comforted my little Lotzes are all too real. We were completely unaware of the complete tragedy that had unfolded around us. With an attitude of humility, knowing that God’s hand was on each of us, we are forever thankful for the mercy that spared our family. May we continue to live in Haiti to work and serve where our lives were spared tragedy. May we forever be thankful for the huge blessings that God has supplied in our lives.
Today is a national holiday in Haiti so the people can grieve, fast and pray. Let us join in prayer for brothers and sisters in Haiti.
Sunday morning I was blessed to attend church with my parents. My mom was able to go for the first time since November, for the first time since her stage 4 Ovarian Cancer diagnosis. They are active members at Hope Christian Church in Waterloo, IL. I followed them in through the front door where they were immediately hugged and loved on by the greeter and a few people in the foyer. We went for second service with time to spare a visit to their Sunday School Class beforehand. I stood back by the door and watched my mom and dad get many more hugs, conversations of treatments and concern, and much more love. It kept bringing tears to my eyes, so I tried to busy myself by looking at the bulletin board and talking to a few people here and there. Finally, we began to step out from the class and head to the service when the teacher called my mom back and gathered everyone around her for prayer. After church, there was even more visiting and caring conversations taking place between my mom and dad and fellow Christians who love the Lord, and who love my parents. There was even a pot of soup and a loaf of sourdough bread waiting in the kitchen for us to enjoy for lunch.
Later my mom said that she has never been prayed for like her Sunday school class prayed for her. I love how God has placed my parents in a church that is actively seeking to be the church. My mom is so blessed by so many loving, wonderful people. I know that God has her right in the palm of His hand. I am thankful that my parents are being so well cared for as I am going to have to return to Port-au-Prince all too soon.
Less than a week before Christmas, my momma received a diagnosis of Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer and just three days before Christmas started her chemotherapy. It has been a hard month and a half for her and my dad with many days of uncertainty. In times like this, it is hard to live so far away from home and so far away from my family.
God worked out the details for Eric’s mom to come for a visit in January this year. Because she is going to be here, I feel like I can leave my family here in Haiti to visit my mom and dad in St. Louis. I leave on Friday the 6th and get a whole week and a half to spend with my parents. I am anxious to be there to serve them anyway I can. I know that my kiddos will be in good hands while I am away. I am trying to leave the freezer stocked with a bunch of food for my mother-in-law. There is just something about these kids of mine…always wanting food!
In addition to seeing my mom and dad, I am looking forward to reading some books, catching up my blog, and spending time in God’s word. These things somehow seemed to get pushed aside in the midst of cooking, piles of dirty dishes and dirty laundry, and educating my Little Lotzes.
Please pray for my mom and my dad. I am so grateful for the opportunity to visit them right now! Please pray for Eric’s mom, too, as she has to take care of six kids! We will worry about school after I return (much to the delight of the kids).
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