Friends

I thought of you today. 

As I met a friend for coffee. 

Coffee lunch and dinner dates, shopping, beach trips the mountains, girls night out, and craft days. 

Sweet fellowship, friendship, and laughter. 

Talk of life, struggles, testimonies, kids, and everything personal. 

Memories and laughter, we shared it all. 

Your memories, forever cherished. 

Friends and fellowship, I miss you all.

Placed in my life when God knew my need. 

Now so far away, in my heart you’ll forever be.

 

For

 

Melissa W, Melissa H, Megan, Molly, Monica, Joy, Alicia, Rebecca, Cynthia, and Teri

Easy Individual Strawberry Cheesecake

This sounds delicious!

LauraLovingLife

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Sugar cookies cooked until soft not hard.

Heavy whipping cream 1 pint

1 package cream cheesecake flavored jello mix

Freshstrawberries cut up.

Cook the cookies and put in the bottom of individual dishes

Put the whipping cream and jello packet together and whip until firm. You can hold the bowl upside down and nothing should fall out.

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Add to the dish and top with a strawberry.  DONE!!

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I hope you try this recipe and love it as much as we did.  If you want to contact me please feel free to at LauraLovingLife@hotmail.com

Bon Appétit

LauraLovingLife

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Cancer is a Lonely Disease

Cancer is a lonely disease. Even though I was surrounded with friends and family everywhere the feeling of being alone was very real. I’ve read other people describe having this same feeling when going through this illness. I felt scared and alone. This is something only another cancer patient can understand. It may be the fear of death and maybe it’s simply the feeling of being the only one at that moment of illness knowing the pain and not knowing one’s own fate.

I lost most of my memory while I was sick but the feeling of lonliness never eludes me. I live with chronic pain. This means from day to day I never know how I am going to feel.  I have eliminated most of my stress and my pain level has gone from a nine most days to a four most days. On the days I experience more pain (usually weather or stress related) the more isolate I feel. I have discovered a way to cope with these feelings.

Thank God I am a believer and follower of Jesus Christ because that is the one thing that keeps that feeling from overcoming me. Most days I am upbeat and thankful to be alive. I praise God for the gift of life. This is the first and most important way of coping with the solitary feelings that linger after cancer. I listen to praise music, meditate on God’s word, and give Him praise for being alive. There is something to be cherished in a life that is appreciated.

Painting is my second love next to God. A hobby is the best way to deal with those days of inadequacy. If you don’t have a hobby find something you enjoy doing. It is most important in keeping stress levels down.

Friends are another great way to keep these solitary feelings at bay. Surround yourself with a good support group and network of family and friends. It is proven people live longer who have more friends. Enjoy and laugh with your friends. Laughter lowers stress and boosts the immune system. I have found it helps lessen my pain level, feelings of being alone, and beat depression to hang out with a positive friend once a week. Laughter is a key element! Make sure your friend is upbeat and positive. Negativity will bring you down. There is nothing worse than leaving a friend and feeling worse than when you came to see her.

Even though cancer is a lonely disease there are a few ways to fight these desolate feelings. Turn it around and live. You deserve to live. Live and enjoy the life you have been given.

When one prayer isnt answered its because God has a greater plan.

I know God can take away cancer but sometimes He doesn’t. We have to understand there is a purpose for everything in our lives that happens. Good or bad, God is there. He carries us through the times we are too weak to walk this walk. I prayed for God to take away my cancer. You know those people who go to the dr. and are told they have cancer and return for another appointment and the cancer is gone. Yeah, I wanted that to be me! I prayed and asked God to please take it away. He is a God of miracles. He didn’t take mine away.

Was it because I lacked faith? Did I use up all my good prayers on other things that didn’t matter as much? Did God leave me? All these questions went through my head. No was the answer to all these. I had faith or I wouldn’t be seeking Him for help. God tells us to pray for everything. He didn’t leave me. I experienced Him throughout the illness and I still do. Some things happen because God has a greater purpose for us. I feel strongly I endured this so many will find salvation through Jesus Christ by my testimony. I have so many to share. When one prayer isnt answered it’s because God has a greater plan for us in the future. We don’t know what His plan is because we live in time. God is eternal.

When I started to recover I prayed and asked God to use me. I told Him I know the plans He has for me are great. I was still weak but strong-willed and wanted God to show me what I endured wasnt for vein. Within ten minutes of that prayer I received a phone call and my pastor wanted me to share my testimony in front of the church. This was a church of over 3,000 people. I couldn’t speak well because I had three-fourths of my tongue removed from cancer. I was so excited God answered my prayer so fast. That is a huge faith builder when God does this. All I had to do was make myself available and He used me.

My pastor contacted me the day after I gave my testimony. He said there was a man who visited our church that day. He didn’t go to church or believe in God. He wore leather, had long hair, had tattoos all over, and was a big tough guy. I’m not trying to stereotype because I know everybody needs jesus and there are plenty of people who go to church with tattoos. The man went to lunch with my pastor after church and told my pastor if I could go in front of the church and share my story fearlessly he wanted to know our God. He also told my pastor he was happy to see the love the church had for me.

Throughout the time I was sick God gave me so much. He was there when I needed Him the most. In this time He was sending people to me who needed to know Him. Because I had strong faith during this time I was and still am a living testimony of His love. I believe if one person came to know Christ through my illness it wasnt for vein. God used this time to grow my faith, bring others to know Him and make good changes in may people’s lives.

Cornhole Boards Made To Order!!

Cornhole Boards Made To Order!!

Now for sale on Etsy at JosersCustomCornhole

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Dr Seuss inspired afghan

Dr Seuss inspired afghan

Now for sale
on Etsy
at JillyBeansStudio

https://www.etsy.com/listing/123566018/red-white-and-blue-dr-seuss-inspired

Four Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge

IMG_3364Four Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge

I love love love simple recipes!

1/2 cup milk
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup Jif
1 tsp. vanilla

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In medium pan mix milk and sugar. Heat on medium heat until it boils. Boil until it reaches soft ball candy stage or just over two minutes. Stir the whole time. Take off burner and add peanut butter and vanilla. Stir and put in desired pan. The thicher the better. I suggest using a small glass baking dish.

 

Brats and Sauerkraut

Brats and Sauerkraut

My husband loves this anytime. It is perfect for football parties, a pot luck, or any gathering of family and friends.
1 can or bag of sauerkraut
1 kielbasa sausage
1 bottle or can of beer (optional and flavor your choice)

Slice the kielbasa sausage. Add the sausage, sauerkraut, and beer (optional) to your crock pot. Cook in the crock pot on high for four hours.
Note: I used one bottle of Shiner Prickly Pear. It adds a sweet flavor to the brats and sauerkraut. It was available per bottle in Hy Vee grocery store. That way you don’t have the purchase a whole 6 pack of beer if you don’t want to.