Thursday, September 16, 2010

Encouraging Words

Yesterday something scary happened. My youngest has had a stuffy nose and a little bit of a cough. It all really started around Monday. Yesterday, she woke up, cheerfull as usual, ate and then started coughing, and coughing, and more coughing. She coughed so hard she could hardly get her breath. Off to the doctor we went. Our regular doctor is just around the corner and is so awesome. Anyway, a steriod, and one nebulizer machine later here we are. My suspicion, ragweed allergies. September is prime ragweed season and some other things that have happened are making me see the connection. She is too young, really to do anything about it, except keep indoors, journal her signs and symptoms, and wait and see. I say all that to say this, yesterday I was feeling really discouraged, one child with lots of allergies and now another, how am I to cope? Remembering the long road with my son and all the twists and turns and scares and now I'm going to have to navigate it again! Then I remembered I don't have to go it alone! I've never been in control of it all in the first place. While doing some research yesterday I came across this scripture on a website for allergies it's Mathew 4:23-And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. And it gave me great hope. I have seen God's mighty hand in my own life many, many times. He has provided many resources, doctors, support for us as a family in all manner of situations and I know that I can count on and trust He is in control here and that He has a good future and a hope for my little one and for me!(Jeremiah 29:11) If you are a parent of a child with allergies or you, yourself have allergies, take heart and be encouraged by these words, I am!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Substitutes for Peanut Butter

I was in the grocery store the other day, doing my bi-monthly shopping, and something on the end cap in the freezer aisle caught my attention. It was a line of food by a company named Full Circle. In the display they had something I had never seen before and that was sunflower butter! I was so excited. Almost, since the beginning of discovering my son's food allergies, peanut butter has been a staple in our home. Lately, I've been concerned about him consuming too much peanut butter and possibly causing another allergy and I was thinking about what I can use to switch things up? I knew about almond butter, but my son is not a big fan of it. So I picked some sunflower butter up and had the family try it out. It was good, I would definitely eat it, instead of peanut butter. My oldest daughter agrees, and even ate some for a snack.

Well, I did a little research on sunflower butter and it is the one butter that is close in taste to peanut butter. In case you didn't already know nut butters are a great source of protein and healthy fats, and almond's especially are a good source of calcium. Two things that children with dairy allergies need! So if you are allergic to peanut butter or just looking to switch things up, I highly recommend sunflower butter!