(Joel’s Grandma is in the middle in white, Sono is on the right of her. Joel, Elena and I are on the far left hand side)
Life is such a mix of sorrow and happiness, aging and new birth, vibrant health and illness. In our lives right now we are experiencing that in a personal way. I am 18 weeks pregnant. A little (already kicking strong) life is growing and developing inside of me. We have been rejoicing in this new life and praying for this new baby and my pregnancy as I have had complications before in the past. I have also been pretty much bed ridden the last several months from bad morning sickness. (And if you hadn’t put two and two together yet, that’s why my blogging lately has been so sporadic! I didn’t know how many “buttered toast” recipes I could post on a cooking blog!)
But in the midst of my pregnancy, we found out several weeks ago that my dear mother-in-law, Sono, has stage four colon cancer. This is my “friend” who I was researching juicers for. While we have been trying to nourish with good food and pray for our little baby, we have also been trying to heal and praying for my mother-in-law’s life. We want our little baby to get the chance to meet her grandma and grow up knowing her.
She decided against going the conventional route (which could give her little hope at this point of a 100% recovery) and went the alternative health route. But it’s an aggressive cancer and is definitely holding it’s own. Last week she had a down turn, but she has since then started a new treatment which seems to have shown good results already. We are thankful for every day we have with her and thankful that this new treatment is giving us extra days and hope that it will continue to heal her so that she can have many, many days on this earth enjoying her children and her grandchildren.
We appreciate your thoughts and prayers for both my pregnancy and for Sono.
Meanwhile, I have started feeling better enough to start cooking again, and you will definitely see more recipes here at the Nourishing Gourmet. Because of Sono’s recent downturn, we decided to wait until next week to announce the full story of my ecourse (which will be starting at the end of this month) to give us a few extra days to finish up our to-do-list for it. I am really excited about the ecourse and feel like it’s going to be a great resource for my readers and a lot of fun to teach as well.
I am thankful for the continued support of my blog from all of you, my readers, and for the many friendships that have grown through my blog. Thank you!