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Eastward Bound

I’m starting this at exactly 11:11pm tonight so this will be short.

First…I miss you all so much so that my heart is literally still aching from the ripping apart as we left the church parking lot this afternoon. Surely you heard that awful sound, right?!?

Well anyways…we made our first stop at Kansas City for a quick hamburger, and then I couldn’t resist the Krispie Kremes. I mean you can’t ignore the red blinking light letting you know that there are hot fresh donuts screaming your name, can you?
Well, I couldn’t at least…:0)

And our second and final stop for the day is Columbia, MO. We are staying at the Drury Inn, and our room is poolside. The kids were so excited, but I made them take baths instead (I’m a mean Momma…lol), but that’s what happens when everything gets packed so fast. They’ll get their pool time in the morning. Plus Mike’s voice is almost completely gone, and I know he’s exhausted and on the edge of being sick. You can only go at that pace with big time stress and with little sleep for so long. In other words, it’s catching up with him. He keeps telling me his completely fine, but I know it’s b/c he doesn’t want me to worry about him.

Well, I’m going to close with just a few pictures. I’m having a hard time staying awake, especially now that it’s completely dark in here, and very quiet…except for the fan going….zzzz

Uuuuuhhh yeah…what? What happened…huh? Ok. I’ll put the pics up before I fall asleep ;0)

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So…Virginia Bound-Day 1 is complete.
I truly love you all!

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sharAview #1

I’ve been struggling with what to write. ¬†I want to share with you, but I’m often at a loss for words. Dealing with a chronic pain disease, there are many times that one day seems to blend into the next day…

So, I thought I’d do something a little different and share with you a view from my eyes…images that I’ve captured throughout my week.

You may also notice that my background and image at the top of the page has changed ūüôā

I found out quite awhile ago that orange is the color of RSD awareness, and I thought that these changes of my color design could bring some awareness about this crazy thing called RSD. ¬†It’s wonderfully cheerful for such a blah thing to deal with everyday. ¬†I adore Gerber Daisies…and the fact that they come in the color orange…beautiful!

So…here’s my first installment of “sharAview”

Discovered that my hair has turned curly…interesting

Maggie & Cowboy Woody Snuggling

We found a home to rent! WooHoo!

Some “perty” flowers from our yard

My new summer colors…RSD Awareness orange! ¬†This is my left foot, obviously…lol. ¬†Even though I was able to paint my toenails on my right foot, there’s no way I’d be touching it like this or wearing a sandal…that would be tooo painful!

My homemade Shara’s White Chocolate Chai Chiller…mmm

And one more pic of these amazing flowers. Lilacs are another one of my favorite flowers. ¬†I’m not a big fan of purple, but the smell of these beautiful flowers floods me with wonderful memories of an innocent childhood. And I just discovered that these were growing along my fence-line a few years ago. ¬†¬†¬†God is good…all the time. ¬†Amen?!

Keep Hoping!

Shara

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Knock, Knock

Hello?

Knock, Knock….

Is there still anyone out there?

As you can tell from the last post (from back in October), my life has been turned upside down.  It’s now been 6 months….6 long scary months since we last visited.

And not a lot has changed, except for one big thing.

We are moving.

To Virginia.

See that little red “A” marker on the map below.  Yep, that’s where we’re moving.

Man, that’s a long ways away for this Okie…whose never lived farther than 5 hours from her Momma.

But when your in the ministry…you go where God has called you.

And you get this really strange peace about it.

Oh, I’ve shed my fair share of tears.  And I’m not done.  We are moving away from blood family.  We are moving away from our Crossroads family.  It’s scary and exciting all at the same time.

There’s lots more to share, but my foot can only handle being away from it’s pillow and heating blanket for so long.

So I’ll be updating a little more frequently.  I can’t express how deeply sad I am that I can no longer bake and cook like I used to.  I can barely stand up long enough to fix ramen noodles.  But I think there’s more out there that I can share about, right?  Right!!  And I’ve still got all my other recipes from last year.  I may even just blog about the recipes I never got around to sharing, even though I can’t make them anymore.

Man, I’ve missed you guys!!

Shara

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Adjustments

Sooooo, this time last week, I was ready to throw in the towel, but I’m doing much better now. ¬†At least mentally and emotionally. ¬†I’ve still been struggling with feeling of guilt for not writing you everyday, but honestly, there’s not a lot to update….every single day. ¬†I deal with pain, 24 hours a day. ¬†I’m mostly just trying to get through the day with that, plus the normal stuff of taking care of my family as much as I’m physically able to do so.

My mom and Mike told me that I’ve been going through the stages of mourning….

And last week, I hit hard core, bottom of the barrel, end of the rope depression.

And now I’m moving on to acceptance.

Step 1: According to James 5:14: “Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.” And we did and they did. Mike and I met with some of the elders in between services on Sunday and it was powerful. ¬†It meant a lot to me that they not only laid hands and prayed for me but also Mike. ¬†He really has been my solid rock through all of this and he needed as much prayer as I did to get through this with me.

Step 2: I’m getting a new set of crutches, actually they’re called forearm crutches. ¬†And these should be a lot easier for me to use and get around. ¬†They should be arriving this afternoon, so we shall see ūüėÄ

Step 3: I’m applying for a Disability Parking ticket thingy. ¬†One of my big worries about going places, especially by myself, is that I won’t have a close parking spot. ¬†It’s difficult to get around on crutches already, but then also having to park a long distance from the front door just adds to the stress.

So this is my new life. ¬†I guess I’m officially a disabled citizen. ¬†Interesting….I never saw it coming. ¬†Never in a million years would I guess this to happen to me, especially at the age of 33. ¬†But I’m learning that God is in control. ¬†And I’m just taking it one day at a time.

My blessings from this week:

-Mike is getting some time away to “recharge”. ¬†All of this has been really taxing on him, on our whole family. ¬†I’m really glad he’s getting this time with his buddies.

-I’ve got an awesome church family. ¬†I’ve had three friends bring over meals while Mike’s been away. ¬†The elders prayed for me and Mike. ¬†I got some amazing gifts from different CCC sisters that lifted my spirits and are still bringing me great comfort.

-Cade and Reagan got to go to the fair with Mike last Thursday and had a BLAST riding tons of rides.  Their faces were priceless when they came home, talking over the top of each other, trying to tell me all about their awesome time.

-Season 6 of Grey’s Anatomy finally came out on Netflix, and I’ve been catching up ūüėÄ

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Things have changed

When I started this blog, my intention was to share my love of baking with all of you, and throw in some “treats” about my family. Oh, and share a little about my struggle with depression. Thus the name, “shar A treat”. (also a play off my name :D)

Little did I know that a few short months after starting this blog that my life was about to be turned upside down.

Little did I know that I would be diagnosed with a chronic pain condition and that everything I knew about my life was to be forever different.

I’ve struggled the last week or more about what to write….this disease is crippling. You know when God talked about hell being like wailing and gnashing of teeth….I’m pretty sure He was talking about RSD. After doing some more research on RSD, I found this pain scale:

Did you see what’s at the very top? ¬†RSD. ¬†Yep…it’s the highest on the pain scale. More than childbirth. More than cancer pain. More than a broken bone.

So, I haven’t written anything. I’ve been silent. I mean, I haven’t been baking or cooking because I can only stand for a few minutes at a time before my foot turns completely red and swollen. And if I’m not baking, then I’ve got nothing to share. ¬†Right?!

So, I’ve been doing a lot of praying. Asking God a lot of questions. Questions like…

Why me?
Why is this happening to my family?
Doesn’t Mike have enough to handle?
Would life for my family be better without me? Then they wouldn’t have to take care of me or worry about me.

And after a lot of these questions to God and lots of tears, I began to hear God’s still small voice.

You do have something to share.

Not what you had originally planned, but I’ve got something more.

It’s not about you.

It’s about Me.

So, I’m back. ¬†I’m sorry that it won’t be about cooking or baking. ¬†I know I’ll probably lose some of you because of changing my theme about baking, but that’s okay. ¬†From here on out, this blog will be about the struggle I have with RSD, the pain and frustration it causes our family, but the hope that there is Something bigger. ¬†That God is bigger. ¬†That He is my Hope.

Welcome to shar A hope

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New Therapies

I’ve been at all time lows this week, but I’m trying out a couple of new kinds of therapy. The first one is called a TENS device (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation). The second is my new doggie, Gracie. She loves to snuggle!

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Reagan’s First Day

The boys had their first days of school last week, but today was my ladybug’s special day. She’s a big 2nd Grader this year!!

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