What is Adrenal Fatigue?

What is Adrenal Fatigue?

After years of trying to figure out why I’m so tired I have hope.
Hypothyroidism makes you draggy and not interested in life. I do have that and have been treated, my blood levels are fine. The only answers I heard were you’re getting older, you’ll slow down. Not willing to accept that I worked out, took boot camp classes, Zumba and walked a million miles around the park. Nothing changed. Instead I gained more weight and became more fatigued than before.

Adrenal Fatigue Zaps Energy

Adrenal Fatigue Zaps Energy

I was at my chiropractor’s office when she suggested using a saliva test to test for adrenal fatigue. Despite having to spit in a small tube the test wasn’t difficult. I did miss that my boys weren’t around for that. I can only imagine the things they would have said along with the laughter.
It took a few weeks to get the results back and yes, I did have it. What a relief to find out there was something that could be done! I’m at week 3 taking supplements and have recently started an anti-inflammatory diet which helps with healing.

Signs of Adrenal Fatigue

These are some of the signs. If it sounds like you, find a doctor who will order the saliva test.

  1. Waking up is hard to do—really hard to do, it’s time to get up but you can’t because you’re so fatigued.
  2. You feel more awake after you eat a meal.
  3. There is not enough salt on anything you eat.
  4. You can’t handle stress anymore—I actually screamed (not loud) when a grocery store worker spoke to me from behind. I didn’t know he was there. Poor man. Scared him too!
  5. Fuzzy thoughts.
  6. Memory problems!
  7. And my favorite—you can’t seem to get anything done.

A book Recommendation

Adrenal Fatigue by James L. Wilson, ND., D.C., PH.D.

Meanwhile could you all keep me in your prayers as I work on The Honey Bride? It’s due in November and could use some more energy.


Where to find more Information

There is an online test you can take if you want to see if this might be a problem for you. You can do this at Take the Adrenal Fatigue Test


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The Festive Bride is almost here!

A quick update: Me and THE FESTIVE BRIDE

I’ve been in my cave writing like a mad woman. Picture uncombed blonde hair, yoga pants and a sweater…sorry no real photo will be posted. You’re imagination will look better than the reality.

I wanted to share my new cover with you. It can’t be ordered yet, but as soon as it can I’ll let you know.


It was so much fun to work on this story. So much fun that I get to write a sequel! Right now it’s titled The Honey Bride. 

I’m also going to be making some changes to the way this blog looks so be prepared for digital drywall dust and scattered tools as I figure out how I can make this blog relevant to you, my faithful readers.

Don’t forget tomorrow is International Go Back to Church Sunday. I’m blogging about that on FaithGirls today.

Go Back to Church Sunday

Go Back to Church Sunday

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Picking Values over Goals

Why Should you Pick Values over Goals?


I love making goals for about two days. Then I hate looking at them written in perfect penmanship, mocking me for what has been left undone and how far I must go to complete them.

The paper sits on my desk with unchecked boxes next to things like clean upstairs closet, clear out old spices, and read all my email. I don’t even know why I write them, they do nothing for my self-esteem whether I do them or not.

Values over Goals

A few weeks ago I read Jennifer VanderKlipp’s blog and my shoulders relaxed, breathing became easier and my goal setting has changed. Jennifer wrote about the difference between values and goals. I know Jennifer personally and the things that have occurred in her life would have flung me to the floor in tears, but not her. She’s my hero. She’s on her knees a lot talking to God, but she’s survived. Her story is pretty amazing, hop over and read it then come back. Oh please come back!

After reading her blog I realized I have a similar problem. My goal making has gone awry, it serves no purpose but to frustrate me. I need to be looking at what I value.

Yes, I still have to clean, grocery shop and clean the bathroom.  But those aren’t my goals. They’ve never been something I dream about and can’t wait to work on.

I’m making a new list.

What do I value? It’s beginning to look a little like this:

Values not Goals


Now I’m starting my days with, “What the most important thing I value today and what am I going to do to strengthen it?”

By choosing a value as my starting place I think I’ll be a happier person, the frustration of not getting to the important things in my life will fall away….or so I hope. 

Tell me in the comments if you think this would work for you? 


4th of July!

 How do you spend the 4th of July?

In America, the 4th of July is a family fun-filled event. Some cities, like mine plan a 4th of July extravaganza. This year the St. Louis River front is being redone so the celebration will be held at Forest Park in St. Louis. It’s a really big deal because the city turned 250 this year and I think it’s the first time the park will host the fair. Everyone here is a buzz about the traffic, shuttles, and buss routes. I’m hoping to go one of the nights to see the fireworks but the crowds will be huge and that might keep me away. 

I love the 4th of July with all the good food-yes I’m gluten free but there are some amazing hamburger buns out there, along with potato salad and watermelon…Now I’m hungry.



4th of July!


Then the fireworks, the sizzle, the bang and ooohs and awes that follow, what’s not to like?

It’s been a long time since America broke free from England. No one that I know of holds any anger toward that country, many of us have been there or would like to go. So why continue this celebration? 

Here are my reasons:

I get to gather with my family informally. There’s no fine china or crystal at this party.

We play Scrabble, shoot BB guns, and slap mosquitoes before we sit back and watch my sons light up the sky. Every year my mom and I wonder if the bull frog will call out or be scared. He almost always has something to say. 


It’s a chance to think about where I live and how thankful I am. It may sound arrogant, I don’t mean to be, but I think my country is the best. I can wear what I choose, speak freely about Jesus, and I can feel free to say what I think about politicians without fear. It’s my home, it’s what I know and I like being able to travel from coast to coast without a passport. Okay, I don’t have a passport and I seldom travel but when I do I like it to be easy.

I like that we stand shoulder to shoulder as a family to take a photo. It’s getting harder to do that now as my sons are grown and have brought wives and now a grandson into the photo. I want to be the family on the lawn that is so large it sprawls and the cameraman has to back far away to get us in the shot. 

Those fireworks in the sky give me pause to think about those who have fought to give me a safe place to live. I am thankful. This past year I dug around ancestory.com to find out where my family came from. I discovered I had family that fought in the Revolutionary War. I had to sit back in awe, it’s rather unsettling and yet satisfying to know my family has a connection to those who made this a free country.  

If you celebrate the 4th of July what makes it special for you?

Faith Happenings Your One-stop, Tailored, Faith Resource.

Faith Happenings has just had their official launch. I came on board a little later than the others. Not to worry soon the St. Louis Faith Happenings site will have tons of local information.

But what if you don’t live in the St. Louis/Metro East area? 

Faith Happenings has you covered from the east coast to the west. Our hope at Faith Happenings is that you will click onto your local site first for activities, service opportunities and a whole slew of other resources. Even better set it as your home page! Right now you can see who is playing in concert in St. Louis, read a devotional or watch a comedy video. 

It’s never been done, a Christian website that holds so much information all in one place. One of the things you can do there is sign up for a daily devotion SOUL CARE that comes to your inbox daily. OR find another resource you want coming to you. Please go there, sign up for St. Louis or the city closest to you.

While I’m excited about being the Area Coordinator for St. Louis Faith Happenings, I’ll still be writing books.


Your One-stop, Tailored, Faith Resource

Faith Happenings


Amazing Grace Hate it or Love it?

There was a time when the song Amazing Grace played on every radio station and at least once an hour. It was sung by Judy Collins. 

It became a song that my brother and I hated. To us it was the equivalent of fingernails on a chalkboard. Plus my mom liked it which of course made it not cool.

The minute it came on we raced to change the station. We  joked that whoever died first, the remaining sibling would request  Amazing Grace be played. Sadly for me the chance came too soon when my brother died young. I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t pick that song for him. 

 Flash forward to now.

I’ve since come to love the song Amazing Grace especially this version by Chris Tomlin.


Last month, my friend Don died. He’d been battling ALS. A disease that chains you to your bed by robbing you of the ability to move your muscles, while leaving your brain alone. It does other things as well, none of them are pleasant. This great man, battled with the grace of a God-filled man. He never complained to those who came to visit. He had a cheerful disposition when we saw him and wanted to know about what was happening in our life.

I would walk or drive past his house and wonder how can he do this? Being trapped in a bed all day, unable to go outside and visit with neighbors or help with the garden?

At his funeral Amazing Grace was played and it made sense! Don knew his chains would soon be broken. He had the hope and promise of living in God’s house when his body failed. I know this from conversations we had while pulling weeds.

Since then I’ve heard Amazing Grace a few times, and I’ve come to embrace it for its meaning. Someday all believers will have their chains holding them to this earth broken and we will be free.

Now when I think of Don I see him waving at me while mowing his grass, or washing his car or bringing me my mail on snowy days. I miss his him and yet I’m so happy for him because I know Don believed in Jesus and he is a free man right now.


Amazing Grace

I also need to apologize to my mother. The song is cool.

Have you ever had a song you couldn’t stand become one you loved?




Spicy Spinach Mac and Cheese Gluten Free

Spicy Spinach Mac and Cheese Gluten Free –oh yes you can!


I’m making this version of Spicy Spinach Mac and Cheese gluten free because I’m the only GF person at dinner. It’s so good though I’m getting mine before it is all gone. Unless I decide to double the recipe…I think that might be a wise thing to do. 

I have been able to find gluten free Panko at my local grocery store, but I’m sure Ian’s bread crumbs would work just as well. 

**Warning this stuff is addictive. Seriously, if you make this and don’t have a lot of people get your serving and FREEZE the rest. If you eat it all you’ll be working out for months.


spicy mac and cheese gluten free

Spicy Spinach Mac and Cheese Gluten Free

Yield: 4-6 servings

Spicy Spinach Mac and Cheese Gluten Free


  • 1/2 pound dried elbow noodles ( I used Barilla)
  • 1/2 fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated asiago cheese
  • 1 cup grated pepper jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup thawed, drained frozen spinach
  • 1/2 can drained artichoke hearts
  • 2 teaspoons minced shallots
  • 2 cups white sauce
  • 1/2 cup gluten free Panko or Ian's bread crumbs


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  2. Make white sauce:
  3. 2 cups whole milk
  4. 1/2 cup butter
  5. 1/2 cup gluten free flour (I use Better Batter)
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. Heat the milk until it bubbles about 4 min.
  8. Melt the butter in a pan, ad the flour and whisk until mixture turns light brown. Remove from heat.
  9. Add milk one cup at a time, then set it back on medium high heat KEEP WHISKING for 2-3 minutes.Dip a metal spoon into the sauce if it sticks it's done. Add the salt.
  10. Set it aside
  11. *If you don't know how to make white sauce here's a link
  12. http://allrecipes.com/video/3321/white-sauce/detail.aspx
  13. Pre heat the oven to 400 degrees. Add cheeses, spinach, shallots, artichokes and sauce to a large pan on medium heat. Stir until it melts.
  14. Add the drained pasta and stir. Pour into a 12 inch baking pan and top with the gluten free Panko or bread crumbs. Bake until bubbly about 15 minutes.


*If you don't know how to make white sauce here's a link http://allrecipes.com/video/3321/white-sauce/detail.aspx


mac and cheeseDoesn’t it look delightful?

If you don’t eat gluten free you can still make Spicy Spinach Mac and Cheese.

The inspiration for this dish came from The Mac + Cheese Cookbook by Allison Arevalo and Erin Wade. I’d recommend picking this book up for the clear directions–best ever for making white sauce and the variety of mac and cheese recipes.


 *affliate link

The Mac + Cheese Cookbook: 50 Simple Recipes from Homeroom, America’s Favorite Mac and Cheese Restaurant

Better Batter Flour Gluten Free — 5 lbs

Grow Where You’re Planted

Word Nerd=word is PLANT

Are you like me–reluctant to change?

Does God plant you somewhere and expect you to grow?


I live in a military community and admire those families. They wake up planning their days and weeks only to find out by evening they are moving. Packers, moving trucks, saying good-bye to friends can’t be easy for them. And yet, they do it with grace. But what I find the most amazing thing is that the military families in our church plant themselves.

They walk in the door arms out ready to serve in the church. VBS, (vacation Bible school), Sunday School, take the youth to a concert? No problem.

They take “the grow where you are planted” seriously. Get right in there and get their roots anchored, then one day they are gone.

That’s hard on us who have made good friends. We miss them, but the seeds they plant when they are here continue to grow. Our church has an amazing children’s ministry, our youth group is strong and when we step outside we can see the playground that one young “almost a man” did for his Eagle Scout project before his family moved.

I’d like to be more like them. I’m not moving so have time to act.

OR do I?

Complacency sets in for those of us who have lived in one place for a long time. There’s always tomorrow or next year for us.

It’s dangerous to look at life that way. It’s time for a change. A quick trip in an airplane that disappears, a semi-truck hits an electric pole and takes out several cars, a helicopter crashes next to the Space Needle and someone’s life changes in an instant.


Image credit: alexey1985 / 123RF Stock Photo

The transplanting begins. So why wait until a life change pushes you over your comfort line? It’s time for God’s people to grow where they are planted.

I’m guilty of not even sprouting a bud. Time for me to step out and embrace the outside world, VBS will be coming up in June. I hear the craft time calling me to come help.

How can you plant roots or spread seeds at your church home or in your community? 


Word Nerd blog hop at Patterings.

How to Frame a Shot

Word Nerd: FRAME


Now that I have my new iPhone I’m attempting to frame my shots. You’d think by now that would come natural with as many photos I’ve taken. It doesn’t.

Do you remember your first camera? I do, a Kodak Instamatic. I would save my allowance to buy film, then send it off to be developed, positive I had the best photos ever. When the photos came back most of them weren’t want I expected. The subject I wanted weren’t in the frame. 

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It would have been nice to have my aunt –on the left in the photo too!

After taking a photography class I discovered that the camera doesn’t focus on what we think is important. It just takes an image of where the camera lens is pointed. 

With the use of photoshop elements I’ve been able to correct many of my images that weren’t framed the way I wanted. That takes a lot of time because I would take multiple photos hoping to get the right one.

It seems it would be easier to start with the idea of a frame around the image I wanted to capture.

I’ve seen people making frames with their hands so I thought I’d try it. 


This one made my husband laugh because my frame was rather unusual. Seems this isn’t the way it’s done.

frame2 This time I didn’t have my fingers close enough for a tight frame.


Got it this time, but I didn’t like what I saw in my frame. I turned around and took the other end of the suspension bridge.


What do you think? Did I frame this image right? 

Next time you have your camera ready take time to frame the shot. You’ll find things you don’t want in between your hands, there may be a person, a trashcan or a power line. If you do it right you won’t have to spend time in a photo editing program removing unwanted items or cropping to get the image you want.

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The camera doesn’t focus on what we think is important. Tweet This!
Save time frame your photos before you take them. Tweet This!

Word Nerd blog hop at Patterings.

Twitter Fiction Festival starts today!


Twitter Fiction Festival is a five-day, 24/7 virtual storytelling celebration that was first created in winter 2012. It was created by Twitter as a way to embrace the story-telling capabilities of the platform.

Twitter tells the stories of our everyday lives, so why confine the platform to just that? Twitter Fiction Festival allows users to experiment with Twitter and celebrate fiction at the same time. The festival will run from March 12, 2014 through March 16, 2014.

There is also a giveaway. Tweeters who posts with the #TwitterFiction and #chrisfic hashtags OR retweets an author that has used these hashtags during the week of the festival,  will all be eligible to win books!

I will be participating so follow me on twitter and retweet for your chance to win!


You know you’re a Christian Fiction reader if you can’t pass up a Mary Connealy book! #Chrific (click to tweet! )

You know you’re a Christian Fiction reader if you can’t read Ted Dekker at night. #Twitterfiction (click to tweet!)