Partly because of our infertility issues (Read about that here and share it with your friends! We’re raising funds to do an IVF procedure), Becky and I were introduced to a a new product we had never heard of before. If you read our story over on prayingforalittlesnow.com, you’ll find that Becky had a lot of internal scar tissue. When a family member saw that information, he introduced us to Protandim.
Protandim is technically a patented dietary supplement that combats oxidative stress through Nrf2 activation. Without getting into deep scientific and technical details (you can find information in the links below), Protandim causes your body to work like it’s supposed to in fighting bad stuff.
Becky has been taking it for a little over 3 weeks and has noticed an increased energy level, better focus and better sleep. Without doing another surgery, we can’t go in and see if it is repairing her scar tissue, but we did speak with a nurse whose daughter had similar scar tissue that disappeared after the use of Protandim.
I have achy knees, seasonal allergies, and high cholesterol, all of which I’v seen reports of Protandim helping with. I’ve got my first bottle on order and will be starting my daily dose in less than 2 weeks. I’ll certainly update on my progress!
I invite you to take a look at abcliveit.com for an investigative report that ABC did, and for more of those technical details I spared you from in my writing. If this is something you’d like to learn more about or would like to try it, please visit my website at mylifevantage.com/jsnow.
Well, it’s been nearly a year since I’ve written anything on here. Becky and I are going to try to start using this blog for more stuff.
So what’s new? Probably the biggest thing is that we’ve started a new website, Praying For a Little Snow. Most of our readers know that we have been trying to have children for nearly as long as we’ve been married. In the most recent years, we’ve been seeing a fertility doctor. In short, the decision has been made to pursue IVF. Please go check out the site to get the full story! It’s an expensive endeavor. We’ve applied for a grant which we’ll find out if we will receive in October. It doesn’t cover the full cost, so any donations you would be willing to make would be most appreciated! We are selling puzzle pieces for $5 each, keeping up with who purchased which piece and are framing the completed puzzles as a testimony to God’s goodness and the help that our family, friends and readers have given!
Wow, that’s pretty big! Everything else that’s been going on pales in comparison. We’ve remained active in the church, leading the youth, and stayed otherwise covered up with the normal day-to-day stuff we have to do to keep things in order here at the house.
A little over a week ago, a long-time, good family friend was killed. The funeral was held last Friday in a small town about an hour away from Lynchburg, VA. Becky and I left at 5:15am on Friday and made the trip there along with my parents and one of my sisters. Becky and I were in our car, and the rest were in Mom & Dad’s.
Shortly after we left, we began to hear a noise at the right front wheel. It was all too familiar. Another wheel bearing was failing. In hindsight, I should have turned around and headed back home, but we already had a few hours invested in the trip by the time it became obvious there was a real problem. So we finished the trip to Virginia so we could attend the funeral and visit with the family.
Once we arrived, we still had some time before we needed to be at the funeral home, so I began to make some calls. I couldn’t find a garage that could get me in that day, and I was having trouble locating a new bearing for them to install in the first place.
Once at the funeral home, one of the family members said he should be able to help me out. He knew guys that worked at parts stores and had connections with garages. The only bad news was that nothing could be done on Friday. His mother graciously allowed Becky and I to stay at her house overnight until I could get to Lynchburg to have everything taken care of.
He connected me with his good friend at Auto Zone who got me the part at a great price. When I went to pick it up, he made several phone calls to garages he knew and trusted. He succeeded in getting me into a garage that could do the repair right away, which allowed Becky and I to make it home at around 8pm on Saturday.
So after two full days and one night, about 15 hours on the road and one car repair, we were home and resting peacefully. We were happy to be able to go to Virginia and attend the funeral and support the family, but I’m not sure there has been another time we were so happy to be home!
A couple of weekends ago, my uncle was cleaning up some dying trees. There was some oak, hickory and maple, and he asked if I would want some of it for firewood. I got way more than I bargained for. There was also a big oak that fell on the corner of my dad’s garage, so I got as much of that as my saw could reach.
By the time it was all in my yard, I was feeling a little overwhelmed. My pastor had offered to let me use his wood splitter. Up until I saw the amount of wood I actually had, I was determined to do it all by hand. That’s the ‘old’ way, after all. So when the last log was dropped on my yard, I made the decision to accept that favor.
Becky and I also had Ryder and Braden (My two oldest nephews) staying with us this week, so I had a good bit of help getting the wood split and stacked after I cut it up into manageable sizes.
I’ve barely made a dent in the wood I have to work on, but I’ve got a pretty good stack going already. Here are a few photos of what I’m talking about…
Last Wednesday night after church, Becky and I were able to get away for the rest of the week. Kristan & Scott had invited us to share a rented cabin with them, and it was an easy decision to say yes and get ourselves up to the mountains on Wears Valley Road. The cabin was nice and roomy, even with all 9 of us there.
On Thursday we made a trip into Pigeon Forge for a good part of the day and spent some time at The Track, then came back and relaxed for the rest of the day. I didn’t feel all that great that day, but honestly did enjoy myself.
On Friday I was feeling back up to 100% and was able to enjoy myself even more. The worst part of that day is that I began to feel quite a bit of soreness in my out of shape legs from climbing the stairs in the cabin.We stayed around the cabin for pretty much the whole day. We mostly relaxed, played pool or watched TV for most of the day.
Today I had to get back home. Originally the plan was for me to go to work – we had maintenance scheduled. But last evening, our water went out in the cabin. We called and got a maintenance guy up there, and he said he couldn’t have it working before late morning today, after we’d all be gone. So rather than go in to work, I came home and worked from here.
Aside from running out of water, it was a very nice getaway and Becky and I are already talking about when just the two of us might be able to do it again…
One of Becky’s gifts she received for Christmas was a wooden chest. She’s always wanted a cedar chest, so she was pretty excited to get this one from her dad. He wanted to see a picture of it when we got it put together (our little ugly Prius couldn’t haul it if it was already assembled), so I decided to set up the video camera and record a time-lapse of the assembly. It turned out pretty cool I thought..hope you enjoy.
It seems like just a couple days ago it was 2011 (*ba-dum-tshh*). Ok, but seriously. I wasn’t trying to be a Scrooge or anything, but it never felt like Christmas ever really made it here. Yeah, we got together with family and exchanged gifts and all that stuff, but it never felt like Christmas. I suppose since it never felt like Christmas, the new year just feels like even less of a reality. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older and time seems to move faster. (I just remembered..I did turn 30 this year…I mean last year.)
Enough with the corny jokes… In a lot of ways, I am glad to see 2011 become history. There were a lot of hard times in 2011, and I’m not just talking in generalities. Several of our church members have had a really, really rough year. I know that new year’s day is just like any other day in the grand scheme of things, but we humans like to think of it as a fresh start. A time to reflect on the past for a bit, then to make it into a new start.
I do pray, for all of you, as Moses did:
The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:
The Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.