Rhubarb Crunch, Gluten & Dairy Free

by Donna on 04/10/2015


For nearly two years this blog has had no voice, due in large part to an accident that I recently shared with you here. Your responses to that blog post were surprising, overwhelming, heart-warming, and encouraging to me. I feel your supportive and prayerful messages in my heart. I reread them often. I surely didn’t expect your reactions, but am so thankful that you shared what you experienced when you read my story. You see, when someone has a brain injury, we often look, “just fine”. It’s called the “silent disability” for a reason. Although I may look “just the same as always”, (except for the added wrinkles this journey has awarded me) every day reminds me differently. Feeling your presence and support makes it that much easier. As Glennon Doyle Melton (the author of the fabulous book, Carry On Warrior, The Power of Embracing Your Messy Beautiful Life) said on her blog, Momastery:

“I believe that life starts when we stop running from pain and instead surrender to it. We can’t remain on the lam from pain forever. The running and deflecting and numbing always cause more trouble than the pain would have. Healing begins when we stop running and turn ourselves in. We say: here I am, pain. I give up. Have your way with me. All that stuff really happened. I’ll let myself feel it now. Then I’ll tell the story and let other people feel it, too.”

And that’s what I’m doing – for me, and for you (if you’d like).

Chopped and Measured

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by Donna December 1, 2012
Gluten Free Meatballs

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by Donna November 13, 2012
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This summer we picked blueberries as a family at a picturesque orchard that was perched up on top of the rolling Ohio hills about half an hour from our home.  We had picked strawberries earlier in the season at this same orchard and loved its unpretentious charm. We loaded up our trunk with the purple […]

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I grew up in an era when it was typical that father’s arrived home from work by 5:15 and mother’s had dinner on the table by 5:30. At least that was my reality.  Ham loaf, Swiss steak, “s&%t on a shingle” on weeknights and fried chicken or pork loin roast for Sunday dinner.  Perhaps some […]

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