There's nothing I love more than spending a lazy afternoon at home. My brother always ends up gravitating toward his guitar or banjo (or drum kit or harmonica or fiddle or even tin whistle on occasion). Ian has been playing guitar since second or third grade, and he's really talented. I love hearing him play.
This year for his high school's Battle of the Bands, Ian and his friend Colin performed as Eastern Prairie, a bluegrass inspired duo. Check it out!
(Ho Hey by the Lumineers, Alone by Trampled by Turtles, and Little Lion Man by Mumford and Sons)
I know I've mentioned a few times before that I have Celiac Disease, but today, I was feeling inspired to write a post about it. While the number of gluten-free products on the market is on the rise, a lot of people still don't really know much about Celiac Disease.
Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder that destroys the villi of the small intestine and interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food.
There are no known cures for Celiac Disease, but the only treatment is a completely gluten-free diet. Approximately 1 in 133 people suffer from Celiac Disease. Eating gluten-free means avoiding ALL wheat, rye, and barley, as well as any products of these grains, such as malt flavoring, modified food starch, or (for people who are more sensitive, like me) anything processed in a factory with wheat.
6-10 years is the average time a person waits to be correctly diagnosed with Celiac Disease.
Gluten free foods are, on average, 242% more expensive then their non-GF counterparts.
***A positive attitude, 100% of the time, helps Celiacs create a gluten-free lifestyle for themselves and their affected family members.
I have been dealing with Celiac Disease and it's consequences for roughly two and a half years, and today marks my two year anniversary of going gluten-free. While I just have to trust that most of the figures above are true, I can absolutely vouch for the last one. Celiac Disease isn't fun. I don't like getting sick. I don't like paying $10 for a bag of pretzels. I don't like asking for a gluten-free menu and explaining what's wrong with me to every single waitress, and every now and again getting a blank stare in return like they've never heard of it before. A positive attitude makes it possible to keep trying. Keep baking even if that last batch of muffins was a complete disaster (Thanks Mom for trying them anyway!). Keep going out to eat and ordering another burger without the bun (And eating the solitary patty on a plate with a fork and knife. Classy.). Keep learning, keep educating, and keep supporting other people with allergies and autoimmune diseases, because as my dear (diabetic) friend Melissa loves to quote, "The only thing strong enough to kick my ass is me."
To celebrate, I want to share a list of 100 things I am thankful for--an idea I totally stole from Shea. No shame. So here we go!
2. My life
3. The freedom to be Catholic (yep--starting with the big guns.)
4. My family
5. ...especially these two kiddos.
6. My camp fam
7. My Newm fam
8. The K-Community
9. ...especially my prayer partner.
10. All of my Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins
11. My friends
12. Good books
16. News media
17. My bible studies
18. The Bible
20. Running Water
21. Rice Flour
25. Gluten-free eats
26. My education
28. Good role models
34. The jet stream
35. The sun/moon/stars
36. Disaster relief organizations
37. A roof over my head
39. The Saints
42. Post-it notes
43. My Job
48. Clean drinking water
49. Stop signs and Stoplights
50. My roommate
51. The seasons...even winter
52. Allerton Park
53. The postal service
56. Bobby Pins
57. The Internet
59. People who share their talents
62. Random acts of kindness
63. My bike
64. Thrift stores
65. The Old Navy clearance section
66. My health
69. Blue skies
70. Dresses and pants that are long enough
71. School supplies
73. The Pope
75. New places to go
77. Catholic schools
78. Swing dancing
80. My summer job
81. Christmas lights
83. Clean sheets
84. Toaster ovens
91. The inclined plane
92. The rosary
93. Fonts other than Comic Sans
94. Needles and thread
98. Weather stations and RADAR
99. My brother's recent conversion to bluegrass and acoustic guitar
100. Mama Mary
Feel free to follow suit and leave a link in the comments!
Last but not least,
I found this--a photo from the hundredth day of kindergarten. However, that is most definitely my bedroom door. I can only see two possibilities--either that came home with me from school, or my sweet momma recreated a banner for my door. Between counting her blessings and scouring old photo albums, this girl sure does feel blessed!
1/ a little bit of homework. 2/ a lotta bit of knitting. 3/ thanksgiving dinner part one... 4/...with matt... 5/...and clare. 6/ more homework, great expectations style. 7/ two of my new favorite boys!
Yesterday in my Atmos class, we were introduced to hint.fm/wind. This is a website that makes a composite map using surface wind data from around the country. It's interesting to see where the wind blows, and hurricanes (like Issac above) are really visible on this kind of map. Check it out!