Sweet and Sour Lady

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The “All Clear”

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It’s a day for celebration in the Taylor Household.

Almost a year ago, Grant got sick. It started with a cold, then moved on to strep. He had stomach pains as well. This went on for several months. That overwhelming “Mommy sense” came over me, and I decided to request a round of labs to be drawn to see if there was an underlying cause creating a reason for him not to heal.

When the results came in, we discovered that Grant was hypoglycemic and very anemic. The cause for his stomach pains was still in question.

As we began a whole new learning curve trying to figure out how to maintain his blood sugar, we also began juggling tests, more tests, doctor appointments and more doctor appointments.

Finally, answers…

Grant has now been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease.  Another learning curve for us.

Although he has a new diagnosis (along with asthma, hypoglycemia, and Asperger’s) , he has been officially given the “all clear” and released from hematology at the Texas Tech Southwest Cancer Center. My heart goes out to all of the children I saw during our visits at the clinic. They have more strength than I do, that’s for sure.

Actually, so does Grant.  He’s an excellent patient. He’s an excellent young man.

Thank you, God, for Grant, and thank you, God, for the “all clear.”

Celebrating Firsts and Lasts

…a post from my previous Paper Plate Prayers blog… (10/19/13)

The last couple of months, we have celebrated many milestones in our family.  Some may seem small to many but they are huge to us.  Some may also seem unobtainable to others but I promise you they are very achievable.

Just yesterday, we had a “Graduation from Therapy Party for my son, Grant.  Grant is 10 years old. Eight years ago, he was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome.  We began therapy right away, confident, that with the right services and God’s guidance he would thrive.

I never felt led to pray for a “cure” for Grant.  Why pray for something that did not need to be “cured?”

I am certain God did not make a mistake when he made Grant.  God doesn’t make mistakes and Grant’s story was planned for him long before He was even born.  I honored to be included in the journey.  It is up to me, however, to help bring out all of Grant’s gifts that God instilled in him and nurture those gifts to fruition.

I challenge every parent whether a parent to a special needs child or not to focus on their child’s strengths not their weaknesses.  Focus on the gifts that God has given them.  Remind them that the gift is from God.  Build their faith daily. (and yours)  Treat each day as if it were the first day of your salvation.  Be thankful, be bold, be kind, be giving, be tender, be loving, be Christ-centered, be an example to your child and to others.

Build your Paper Plate Prayer collection, put it under your pillow, under your bed, in your drawer or on your wall. Then be prayerful!

My Paper Plate Prayer collection started when I was 10 years old.  At that time, I kept it a secret. I would hide them under my dresser and not tell anyone I was doing it.  I watched God answer those tough prayers and knew he was watching over me in a tough situation.

Each one of my children have already started their own collection.  It is a journal to keep and cherish. We decorate them, share them, hide them….they are our pride and joy.  It is amazing to go through them at the dinner table and watch the children’s expression when they realize which ones God has specifically answered.


I pray they become sacred, fun, tradition in your home as well.


~Paper Plate Prayer~

Dear Lord,

Thank you.  Thank you for answered prayers.  I humbly cherish them both big and small.


May God Be The Glory,



1 Thessalonians 1-3  To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:  Grace and peace to you.  We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers.  We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.





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