Hey Friend, it’s been a while, and if you’re still here with me, thank you for your patience. In this week’s Dimples Diary, I will update you on what’s been happening on my side of the screen, but first, let me say “Thank You.” Many of you have reached out to see how I’ve been doing, and I appreciate your concern.
I hate the excuse, “I’ve been so busy!” because it feels like a statement too many of us wear almost pridefully and as if we’re somehow exalted to a place of more importance because we have so much to do.
So, the last month has been a whirlwind, and I’m not exactly sure what the next couple of months hold, but I’m trying to adopt a slower and happier mindset heading into summer.
For now, here’s a little update on where I’ve been, and what I’ve been watching, eating, and dealing with while I’ve been away.
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It’s baseball season, and the Holloways are a baseball family! Our local and distant boys are all playing, dads are coaching, and Poppy sits on the Little League board and umpires here locally.
We are mourning not seeing our Winchester boys every game like we always have when they are here. But we have a trip planned at the end of the month to see all three of them play tournament games. Here’s hoping they make it beyond game one!
WHERE I’VE BEEN
Early in May, I traveled to my sister’s in Ohio, and we had a sister’s night out to the theatre to see Frozen, the Musical. I was out way past my bedtime!
The next day I continued to Tennessee to see my parents and spent Mother’s Day with my mom and visited with them the following week.
Then I traveled back to my sister’s in Ohio for the night so my sister and her husband could have a long-awaited date night. It was their first official night out since the baby was born…he’s 15 months old. 😉
15 months is my favorite age because they display their personality and develop non-verbal communication skills. He’s one big and super precious boy.
The next morning I was up early and headed to my son’s in Winchester, Indiana, for church and a quick lunch with my Littles (and their parents) before heading home.
I LOVE seeing my family, but I was ready to be HOME!
SPEAKING OF MY WINCHESTER LITTLES
Look who’s six months old already! Doesn’t he look like a doll baby? He’s such a happy boy.
WHAT I BROUGHT HOME
Okay, my nephew shared pink eye with me. He barely had symptoms, but I was down for two weeks! I thought conjunctivitis was over in a couple of days, but apparently, the viral kind is attached to the adenovirus, which can last weeks! So now you know too. 😉
My eyes were horrible for most of the two full weeks; I also felt generally bad and had an incredibly sore throat.
All the while, I was wiping crust out of my eyes and washing bed linens and towels daily; I was also getting ready for a garage sale, having a garage sale, keeping grandkids, and hosting my out-of-town son and his family. Exhausting!
And I had to miss a trip back to my sister’s to see my brother-in-law get baptized. But The Hubs went and represented well, even getting in the creek to help baptize him.
OH, AND DID I MENTION…
I’ve also been trying to wean off of medicine for acid reflux which is incredibly hard. When you try to go off of a proton pump inhibitor, you experience severe acid reflux worse than you ever had it to start with.
I thought I was through the worst of it using a DGL supplement (licorice), but once my sore throat finally disappeared, but the burning in my throat did not, I realized it was still the GERD. It’s a pain…literally!
I’d like to treat this with lifestyle changes, as PPIs are not actually intended for long-term use, and I’ve been on them for several years already. So, I’m making some lifestyle changes and will start a supplement protocol I read about online, including apple cider vinegar capsules, something called HCI, and digestive enzymes.
If you have any experience with this, do you have any advice?
WHAT I ATE
I have, of course, eaten many things in the last month, but one of my favorites has been a spinach and strawberry salad with topped blue cheese and these homemade cinnamon roasted pecans. It’s topped off with a healthy-ish poppy seed dressing based on this recipe.
Let me know in the comments if you’d like me to post the recipe with my own tweaks.
WHAT I BOUGHT
This was a shoe month for me. While I was in Tennessee, we went to the opening of a new Nordstrom Rack, and I found these platform sneakers at a great price!
And I purchased a replacement for my FAVORITE summer sandal. I wear these EVERY SINGLE DAY, three seasons out of four!
I saw these adorable shoes on a friend’s daughter a while ago and couldn’t get them out of my mind. They were the “perfect color” for me (see this post for the best color shoes for you), and she said they were very comfortable, so I bit the bullet. I LOVE THEM! They run large, and I’d go down a full size if you have an average width foot.
UPDATE ON MY MOM
As many of you may remember, my mom has metastatic cancer. Several months ago, she started a new treatment with good success but not without side effects. However, she’s recently been in a great deal of pain, and of course, coupled with the pain, her cancer numbers are once again on the marked rise; we believe the treatment has now stopped working.
There has been much runaround, and you know how it is; trying to get to the bottom of things in the medical industry is frustrating when testing appointments are in short supply, and when you do get the appointment, somebody hasn’t dotted all the “I’s” and crossed their “T’s.” So, the wait continues, and someone is in PAIN!
We thank you for keeping her in your prayers.
We believe that God is more than sufficient to meet our every need. Of course, that doesn’t mean we don’t have times we struggle with the emotions of it all or when fear threatens to overwhelm us and become a stronghold over us.
But we stand on what we know about God – He heals, comforts, and sustains us. He is bigger, greater, and stronger than the lies the enemy wants us to believe.
So no matter what you’re walking through, little or big, pressing or fleeting, personal, financial, physical, or spiritual – GOD KNOWS and will be with you!
The Lord is good, a sronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. Nahum 1:7 ESV
Have an amazing week!