Saturday, May 27, 2017

Rachelle's College Graduation: 2017

Rachelle graduated from Hillsdale College! What a joyous occasion it was. LaRae was able to fly home for a week even though she was in the middle of her final MPhil term at Oxford. Numerous friends and family drove the 6 and 1/2 hours up to Michigan to share in our joy.

Emily, Rachelle's dear friend and roommate for 4 years. What a blessing she has been!
And she's getting married on our anniversary in August!
Rachelle will be in her wedding.
We can hardly wait!
So happy for Emily and Caleb!

And another dear Emily. LaRae and Rachelle both taught her violin during their years at Hillsdale.
Another lifetime friend, I'm certain! We all love her and wish we lived closer.

Such precious friends... most of them from home.

My folks were able to make the trip.
And Dad actually behaved pretty well. ;)

I can't believe I didn't get a good shot with Keith and Rachel, but I hope to add a few more pics as soon as I get photos from one of the young ladies who took some for me.

Hillsdale served our family well, and we are grateful. We learned to love and appreciate numerous faculty and administrators, and both girls made lifetime friends who share many of the same values and love for truth, beauty, and "the good."

Thank you, Hillsdale College, for all the good you have brought into our lives!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Rachelle's Violin Virtuoso Concert

I had an enjoyable time at Rachelle's Violin Virtuoso Concert last week. 
There were show pieces, fiddling pieces, Rags, and more. It was a fun concert to hear and see. 
Some of the Hillsdale College students' violin students took part on the 2nd half. That was a delight.

Rachelle and her Aunt Carma at the coffee shop

Julia, Rachelle, Me, and Aunt Carma
Three of Rachelle's long-devoted "aunts" went with me. 
Our girls have been immensely blessed to have had my friends invest in their lives since birth. 
I am so grateful for their influence and their love.

Dorinda, Julia, Rachelle, and Me

Chelle has just 7 weeks of college left! I can hardly believe it.

 Happy days!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A Gluten-Free Chocolate-Chip Cookie Worth Eating!

I have made a major diet change for the past 6 weeks. I've cut refined sugar, dairy, gluten, starch, tomatoes, all fruit except apples and berries, and legumes. I'm trying to get my liver and thyroid numbers where they should be. I'll find out this coming week if they're back to normal range so that I can avoid medication if it's possible. 

I wanted to share this cookie recipe which I found in a cookbook I ordered off Amazon. This gluten-free, dairy-free cookie is delectable! Like the author suggests, I purchased my almond flour, coconut flour, palm shortening, and coconut crystals from Amazon. The raw honey I found at Sam's for a more reasonable price than I found elsewhere. 

Even if my numbers don't improve enough to avoid medication, I feel better and have lost several pounds avoiding refined sugar, so I'll likely keep finding ways to use raw honey, maple syrup, coconut crystals, and berries as my sweeteners. 

If you need to avoid gluten and other potentially inflammatory foods, give this recipe a try! It's hard to stop at one cookie! 

(Oh, and by the way, thankfully, my doctor told me I could do a small amount of 70% or darker chocolate. So, I do use regular dark chocolate pieces which have a bit of sugar/dairy. That has been my enabler in making such a drastic diet change!)

Happy Sunday!