I knew my little boy, with his rambunctious ways, would send us to the ER at some point. We have not been to the emergency room for our children since my oldest spiked a fever at 4 months old. So, it had been a good 10 years. My husband said he knew it was going to be bad when he watched our youngest fall and hit his noggin on the hinge of a doorway. I missed the fall, but I saw the blood afterwards, and oh how there was so much blood. After a few hours in the ER, he was cleaned up and glued back together. (Thankful for glue and no stitches!) But the pain of watching him squirm and cry as the wound was being tended to was heart wrenching.
Then the very next day, it was my oldest's turn. Her pain was more fear as we sat with a doctor. She has a growth near her eye that needed to be examined. She was fine on the way there, but we walked in and the tears started flowing. As we walked the hallway to the exam room, I reminded her that her shirt she was wearing said "Fear Not". I held her hand. I repeated the Bible Verse. I comforted her in every way I knew how, but the fear was great and she was too scared.
I felt helpless in both situations.
But we have a God that promises to never leave us, that we have nothing to fear, and that says He is the Great Physician.
I cling to those truths.
I teach those to my children.
Yes I'm fearful. And no, I have zero control over what happens. But those truths hold strong.
My little man was wide open the very next day. The banged up head was not slowing him down. My daughter has more to deal with. A few more appointments. Possible surgery. We will keep praying. I will keep reminding her of God's truth. And we will lean on Him through the next steps.
"May you be strengthened with all power, for all endurance and patience with joy," Col 1:11
Just the word makes me happy. This is my go to recipe. There is no butter or oil in these, and they come out fluffy every time. I sometimes mix in 1/3 cup chocolate chips, or 1/3 cup of pumpkin with a sprinkle of cinnamon,or 1/2 cup blueberries, or a couple of Tablespoons of sprinkles, or even 1/3 cup of chocolate hazelnut spread. But sometimes just a good old pancake with syrup is all that's needed. I made the hazelnut spread recipe this week to help my little ones feel better!
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup fat free plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup fat free half-half
1/2 cup skim milk
3 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Combine dry ingredients and wet ingredients in separate bowls. Pour dry into wet and mix until combined. Mix in any flavorings in you might want. Heat griddle and spray with cooking spray. Pour out by 1/4 cup full. When batter starts to bubble, flip and cook another minute. Repeat until done. Makes 12-16 pancakes...depending on size.