Sunday, April 1, 2012

Great News About Avary...

Avary With A Big Smile - Friday...

I am so very happy to share with you the news that Baby Avary has made a marvelous recovery.  Thank you for the incredible outpouring of love and prayers for this little angel...  

These photo's were taken during our visit on Friday Morning...

She kept a tight grip on Soph's arm... - she wasn't going to let her go anywhere fast...

By Saturday lunch time, her doctors allowed her to be discharged from the hospital.. Sophie
went to visit her yesterday and by all accounts Avary is doing fabulous - and very glad to be home safe and sound with her tired and very relieved Mum and Dad...

Yay Avary!!!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Avery Up-Date...

Thank you to everyone who sent loving thoughts and prayers to Avery... She has turned the corner... and is on the mend.

Sophie went to visit her yesterday, and was shocked and thrilled to see a HUGE change in Avery since our visit the previous day.

Avery's eyes were bright and open, and she smiled when she saw "Soph" appear from behind the hospital curtain, wearing a mask and globs of Anti-Bacterial goo on her hands...

Sophie was allowed to snuggle up to Avery in the hospital bed and spend some lovely healing time together...

As you can see, Avery is still hooked up to lots of medical instruments, and she's not out of the woods yet, but she is on the mend... please, please continue to put her in your prayers...  

After the initial post about Avery and Sophie there was a huge outpouring from so many of you... from the bottom of my heart Dear Friends and Loved ones... Thank you, Thank you....

Below is an up-date from Avery's parents...

Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers for Avary.  Today her breathing has improved and she's continued to get some strength back.  They've been able to cut back on  her oxygen and she's responding very well to that.  She is more alert and so is also more aware of her aches & pains, and they are treating her with meds for that.  The other good news is her fever is just low grade now, no spikes (fingers crossed). 

The staff here thinks we are on a good path.  We're still in ICU, and can't leave until her oxygen support is further reduced, but we're hoping that can happen in the next 24 hours.  That said, the staff is so great in ICU we are in no hurry to leave given we're a ways from leaving the hospital--to get released Avary has to return to eating and drinking herself and regain her strength (she can't sit up by herself right now).

Thanks again to everyone for your love and support!

Eric & Jenn

With Love,

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Love, Gratitude and Prayers...

Many weeks have passed since I last wrote.  Looking back at my last post I remember feeling the elation of seeing the Grand Canyon again.  Some days later during our stay in Arizona I received a chilling phone call from my eldest daughter saying that on her drive back to college  in Eastern Washington, she had hit black ice on the road and had a car accident.  It wasn't till she sent me this photo that I realized how bad it had been..

It was a close call..., the car had flipped several times hurtling her belongings to the front of the car, miraculously, none of the missiles struck Sophie (including the tire jack.)  Using that same tire jack, she broke the window and was able to escape... although badly shook up and bruised a trip to the hospital confirmed that she was not badly injured.

We returned home the next day and realized through phone conversations with Sophie that the car crash had had a deeper impact on her than we realized, so much so that she decided to leave her college and come home for the rest of the school year.

I was so relieved to have her home, and grateful to have her in one piece.

Initially, it was easy, making sure she had nourishing food to eat, lots of rest and love... but I noticed that she wasn't quite her old self despite my ministering to her,,, and seemed a little lost and sad...  

A couple of weeks later she announced that she had been for an interview and offered the job as a nanny to a very adorable 18 month old baby girl...  

Over the past few months "Baby Avery" has become a regular feature at our home... Sophie and her charge drop in often - an event that never fails to brighten our day... I watch the two of them together... Sophie seems so much more like her old self... Avery clearly loves Sophie, curling up in her lap and reading books playing games... I sing old nursery rhymes to her (when I can remember them...)  

I feel like Avery has brought so much healing and love to my daughter...  Sophie no longer looks sad and lost...,  how one little girl can bring so much love, light and healing is a miracle to me.  

Now this little blossom need our LOVE & PRAYERS...

This past weekend Avery was admitted to hospital with Viral Pneumonia...  
Doctors have her on oxygen, and feeding tube..., she is very weak, they are trying to stabilize her, and keep her as comfortable as they can.   Her parents are with her round the clock, they watch for signs that her body is fighting the virus.  Even in her very poorly state, she has asked for "Soph" several times...


Please join with us and send this little angel who has become part of our family,  love and prayers for healing.

With love,


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Revisiting An Old Friend...

View from Mather Point, South Rim ~ Grand Canyon

A recent trip to Sedona brought the opportunity to detour and visit one of the most awe inspiring places in the natural world.  For me, visiting the Grand Canyon is like going to see Great Grandmother - I feel such a deep respect and reverence for this sacred place... stepping up to her edges I am overcome with a longing to be embraced by the magic that moves and has moved people for thousands of years.  

Every rock, boulder and tree feels imbued with love, wisdom & ancient history.

Raven, gatekeeper to this sacred world.  

I observed him, as he gazed out sagely at the pilgrims who have travelled from many corners of the world to come to his kingdom and visit Great Grandmother. 

Mostly words fail me when paying homage at this great place... so I leave you with an excerpt from the poem "Grand Canyon" by Henry Van Dyke - 

Till next time....


Spirit of Beauty, mother of delight,
Thou fairest offspring of Omnipotence
Inhabiting this lofty lone abode,
Speak to my heart again and set me free
From all these doubts that darken earth and heaven!
Who sent thee forth into the wilderness
To bless and comfort all who see thy face?
Who clad thee in this more than royal robe
Of rainbows? Who designed these jewelled thrones
For thee, and wrought these glittering palaces?
Who gave thee power upon the soul of man
To lift him up through wonder into joy?
God! let the radiant cliffs bear witness, God!
Let all the shining pillars signal, God!
He only, on the mystic loom of light.
Hath woven webs of loveliness to clothe
His most majestic works: and He alone
Hath delicately wrought the cactus-flower
To star the desert floor with rosy bloom.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


I came upon this poem the other day by one of my favorite poets - Sharon Olds, it touched me deeply as it synchronized with my eldest daughter arriving home from college, I am thankful for my beautiful daughters, and poets like Sharon Olds who manage to capture the real feelings of unconditional love we have for our children...

First Thanksgiving 
~ By Sharon Olds

When she comes back, from college, I will see
the skin of her upper arms, cool,
matte, glossy. She will hug me, my old
soupy chest against her breasts,
I will smell her hair! She will sleep in this apartment,
her sleep like an untamed, good object,
like a soul in a body. She came into my life the
second great arrival, after him, fresh
from the other world—which lay, from within him,
within me. Those nights, I fed her to sleep,
week after week, the moon rising,
and setting, and waxing—whirling, over the months,
in a slow blur, around our planet.
Now she doesn’t need love like that, she has
had it. She will walk in glowing, we will talk,
and then, when she’s fast asleep, I’ll exult
to have her in that room again,
behind that door! As a child, I caught
bees, by the wings, and held them, some seconds,
looked into their wild faces,
listened to them sing, then tossed them back
into the air—I remember the moment the
arc of my toss swerved, and they entered
the corrected curve of their departure.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Food For a Frosty Day...

This morning I awoke to a delicate layer of frost covering everything outside.
Inhaling the cold air and breathing out like a dragon
I began to plan food that would fit the frosty day....

The soup recipe below includes a traditional, rich aromatic spice mix from Ethiopia called
Berbere, which includes garlic, ginger,pepper, basil, rue and other herbs...
I was able to find it at our local supermarket..., if you have trouble finding it, I know that it 
is available online.  Trust me, its worth the effort.

Join me in a spicy, flavorful bowl of Carrot & Potato Soup ~ Ethiopian style with a dollop of zesty Lime and Cilantro Pesto 

Followed by one or two moist, fragrant, Hazelnut, Cardamom and Apple Muffins (gluten free of course:)

Here's the recipes ~ Enjoy!!!

Carrot & Potato Soup

3 fat cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
half a leek cleaned and chopped
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
4 large carrots, cleaned and chopped into cubes
2 large potatoes peeled and chopped
8 cups of vegetable broth
2/3 cup of coconut milk
half teaspoon of Berbere spice mix
2 bay leaves 
Kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper

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Saute the garlic and leeks on medium heat in a heavy bottomed pan till translucent.
Add the carrots and potatoes next, and stir until well combined.
Add the Berbere spice and make sure to stir well covering all the vegetables, after a couple of minutes add all the broth, season with salt, add bay leaves,  bring to the boil.  
When it reaches boiling point, stir one more time then turn the heat down low and gently simmer with the lid on the pan for approx 40 minutes.  Vegetables should be soft but not mush.
Add the coconut milk, stir well.
Check to see if more salt is needed.

Before serving, add fresh ground black pepper...

Serve with Cilantro Pesto ~ recipe follows.


Cilantro Pesto

1 bunch of fresh organic cilantro well washed 
Juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon of olive oil

Blend all ingredients to make a sauce consistency 
(I use a hand held blender and get great results.)

Drizzle a tablespoon over the steaming soup - delish!

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Hazelnut, Cardamom and Apple Muffins

3 eggs
3/4 cup of sugar (I use organic brown.)
generous splosh of vanilla essence
1/3 cup of coconut milk
1/2 cup of cubed cooked squash (I used acorn.)
1/3 cup grapeseed oil
1/3 cup of almond flour
1 1/3 cup of GF flour mix (I use Pamela's)
3 heaped dessert spoons of Chestnut flour (or favorite ground nut flour)
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
3/4 cup of coarsely chopped hazelnuts
1 large, peeled and chopped apple 
1 teaspoon of ground cardamom

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Blend squash and coconut milk together till it makes a creamy puree. (try not to eat this - its so yummy!)

beat eggs, vanilla, sugar, grapeseed oil  then
mix the squash mixture with the egg mixture. 
Add the chopped apple to this mix.

In a separate bowl mix the almond flour, GF flour, chestnut flour, and baking soda, and cardamom -  mix well.

Add the dry flour ingredients to the wet, egg mixture,
stir carefully and blend well.

Finally add the chopped hazelnuts, and mix well.

Fill prepared muffin pans (I prefer with papers,) with a generous
tablespoon in each paper.

Bake for approximately 18 - 20 minutes.

When ready, allow to cool for 20 minutes before chomping!


Thursday, November 3, 2011

El Dia de los Muertos


This year I really wanted to celebrate Day of the Dead...  
So I created this altar with love and intention and focus on loved ones who have passed.

I found the preparing, researching and creating things for the altar so satisfying, as if I'm still able to do something for the people that I love even though they are no longer living.

Marigolds, candles, skulls, pan de muertos (day of the dead bread,) help to create color and "alive-ness" of this special once a year shrine

In Mexican folklore and other Latin countries it is believed that on these special days - arriving October 31st and leaving November 2nd, spirits of our departed ancestors and friends return to us and join in to celebrate life and death with feasts and festivities... Special foods are prepared, "ofredas," created of the deceased  favorite foods and drinks which are then taken to the cemeteries, there the graves are decorated with flowers, candles are lit and whole families can be found gathered at the graves of their deceased relatives sharing stories and memories.   It is tradition for families to stay and picnic with the spirits of their ancestors, usually staying through till the morning.. till the spirits leave once again until  the following year.

I think its a beautiful, healing way to remember loved ones.