Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving and Grits

It actually seemed like our lives were normal this week.

Mostly normal.

La Petite Belle is bored to tears and we still have to be careful about who she is around and where she goes ... but we are as close to normal than we have been in a while. When you take a people-person away from people, they have a hard time with it. She has always been and continues to love people ... the more, the merrier. She's desperate for company and something to do pretty much every day. 

Homebound schooling starts Tuesday for La Petite Belle. I don't think she's too thrilled about that part of seeing people, but it's gotta be done. Good thing is she left the Houston school district with straight A's. Now, let's see how she faces Lafayette parish.

I can't tell you how many times I've answered the loaded question of "How's Katie?" since we've been home. The answer is pretty lengthy so "she's good" is my standard. And, she is "good" right now. She's glad to be home. She feels fine. It's only the internal things that are any issues for us right now, which we hope and pray will be remedied soon. We're continuing to believe for great results from all her labs and testing. 

People are pretty amazing. They seem to genuinely care and love my girl and my family. It's humbling and awesome. 

We spent the week unpacking (yes ... still unpacking), doing more cleaning, prepping for Thanksgiving, and just trying not to think about having to go back to Houston for our clinic visit Monday. It's gonna be a long visit and I have to do this one alone. Driving to and from Houston is not my favorite.

Thanksgiving Day was great! 
We had a quiet lunch and some of our closest friends came over. It was relaxing and seemed very stress-free.

I woke up that morning with my heart full of gratitude. And, went to bed with an overflowing heart of gratitude. I prayed a prayer of only thanksgiving that night. It's all I could do. My heart ached with gratitude for  where we are now, what God's bringing us through, and how He's guiding every step of the way. Has your heart ever ached with thanksgiving? It's overwhelming for sure. 

I thanked God for blessing me with these three amazing individuals in my life. I wouldn't trade them for the world and treasure them more than I can explain. I thanked God that over twenty years ago, He saved me, He called me to a greater purpose, and most of all, He loved me despite of myself. I thanked God that His plan is so much bigger than what I see and that He is ALWAYS going to do what's best for, not only me, but my family.

I conned the family into taking a picture. There was some complaining, but we made it happen.

And, y'all ... I made grits.

Not just any grits.

Zea's Corn Grits.
(For those of you who don't know Zea's, it's a fabulous restaurant here in Louisiana and corn grits is one of the many delicious dishes they are known for.)

I haven't been up to cooking a whole lot, except for what La Petite Belle has wanted, which tends to be macaroni and cheese and pizza. So ... I'm finally back at it and can start sharing recipes again. Y'all know I like to cook, as much as I like to eat!

I only share the yummiest recipes here, so trust me, this was DE.LISH!
You'll thank me later.
WARNING: This dish has lots of cream and butter. You know it's gonna be a good one!

Zea's Corn Grits

2 c. water
2 c. heavy cream
1 c. yellow grits
1/2 pound butter (yeah, I know)
1 T. salt
1 ear grilled corn (I used more.)

Bring liquids to a boil. Stir in grits. Add butter. Cook at simmer until thickened. At end, stir in corn.

That's it. Easy peasy.

Happy post-Thanksgiving! Hope that you got to spend some precious time with the ones you love!

If you would like to financially support Katie's (aka La Petite Belle) journey to healing, you can find more information here:  All funds go to cover medical bills and expenses.