Oct
25
2014

Update on My Daughter

by Kimberlee Stokes Affiliate Link Disclosure B

Update on My Daughter - The Peaceful Mom

I have often thought that God allows me the privilege of experiencing hardships in life so that I can use those experiences to comfort and encourage others in similar circumstances. Like 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says:

“He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.” – The Message

For those of you who are caregivers, I now understand.

It seems like every minute there is something to be done when your loved one cannot care for themselves from the tiniest thing like adjusting a pillow to dressing, eating and personal care. I am the one who changes the dressings on my daughter’s injuries, helps with physical therapy and comforts her as she works through the emotions of all that she has been through since being hit by a minivan. (You can read more about the accident here.)

I am absolutely not complaining.

I have felt God with us every minute and I actually physically feel all of the prayers that are going up for us. It is a strange and inexplicable sensation but it feels like your prayers are holding God’s arms around us as we walk this journey.

 

Thankfully we were able to come home from the hospital on Thursday afternoon after an intense five day stay which included surgery, recovery from surgery, adjusting pain medication and lots of physical therapy to make sure we could do everything we need to do at home.

Being home is both a blessing and a challenge. A challenge because I became the around-the-clock nursing care dispensing medication and making sure that my daughter is comfortable. A blessing because our family is together in familiar surroundings. Thursday night my three oldest teens and I had an impromptu slumber party into the wee hours of the morning. It was so good for us to be able to spend time together processing everything, laughing and crying together.

 

For my daughter’s privacy I won’t post any photos of her but I wanted to show you a little bit of our new reality:

 

My Daughter's New Room

(the first photo I have ever posted of a toilet)

We are very grateful to our friend who was able to let us borrow a motorized recliner so my daughter can sleep comfortably and move without much effort.

She basically cannot bear any weight at all on her left side for the next 6 to 8 weeks so we are depending on her right leg and right arm to help her push up out of her recliner, then while I am holding her she has to scoot her good foot over to the new seat (toilet or wheelchair) without putting weight on her injured foot and sit down. Moving in this way is painful and tiring for her but we are so thankful that she can because it means that we can be at home rather than at the hospital.

My sweet 13 year old has been completely displaced as we have taken over her bedroom for my 17 year old. Her bedroom has double doors that open to the living room so we are able to move the wheelchair in and out of the space. Even though the changes are difficult for her she is being very accommodating and is eager to help in any way that she can.

 

We have weeks of physical and emotional healing, physical therapy and adjustments ahead of us but we are so grateful for my daughter’s life, God’s Presence with us, family and friends who love us. I am especially grateful to all of you who have left comments on the website and Facebook or emailed me with your sweet thoughts and prayers for us. Your encouragement has truly carried us as we move through these days. I don’t have much time to respond but please know that I am reading every one.

 

I would never have wished these circumstances for my daughter but God as always is working all things together for good and we know that we can live peaceful and joyful lives as we trust in Him.

 

 

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Oct
21
2014

Why I Will Be Missing For A Little While

by Kimberlee Stokes Affiliate Link Disclosure B

 

There are some experiences in life that put everything into perspective.

 

You know those moments when your entire life flashes before your eyes and you are at a loss? We experienced one of those this weekend when our neighbor knocked on our door to tell us that our 17 year old daughter had been struck by a minivan while riding her bicycle a few blocks from our house.

We rushed down the street to the scene of the accident grateful to find that she was at least alive but lying on the pavement immobile – every parent’s worst nightmare unfolding before our eyes. Thankfully we have incredible neighbors. One kind woman was holding her hand. Another had called 911, others stood around her talking soothingly.

I sat on the ground to hold her head and talk to her and then I saw it – the minivan which had hit her had a huge dent in the front and the windshield was shattered where her body had made impact.

Within a few minutes we were whisked away by ambulance to the emergency room and after a CT scan and X-rays we discovered the extent of the damage: a broken and protruding collar bone and a broken ankle along with abrasions and bruising.

 

After surgery to fix the collarbone and ankle she is now recovering and after a couple of months of healing she will be as good as new, with the addition of a few pieces of metal holding her together in certain spots.

We are so grateful. Seeing the damage to the bicycle and the minivan so many alternative outcomes run through my mind as I am caring for her: brain damage, spinal cord injury or even death. I am so aware of the fragility of life, the preciousness of each moment we have with our loved ones.

My posts will probably be a little sporadic for the next couple of weeks. I am sure that you understand.

[See my Update here.]

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Turn 1 Hour of Prep Into 20 Minute Dinners All Week!

October 17, 2014
1 Hour Prep = 20 Minute Meals All Week -- The Peaceful Mom -

  You might have noticed that I like keeping life simple and one of my favorite ways to simplify is by making meals as stress free as possible. Last week I showed you how I turned 29 pounds of meat into 2 weeks of meals in just 1 hour (read more here). Today I want to […]

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FREEBIES: MP3′s, Halloween Printables, BioFreeze Sample, Kids Stuff & More

October 17, 2014
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$125 Budget Weekly Menu {+ easy recipes!}

October 16, 2014

$125 Budget Weekly Menu –  Making a weekly meal plan keeps me sane and helps me to save money and stay on budget. I feed my family of six including four teens for around $125 a week. See what we’re eating this week.   *Items marked with an asterisk were purchased in previous weeks in the […]

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

October 16, 2014
Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins 1 - The Peaceful Mom

One of my very favorite parts of Fall is enjoying the taste of pumpkin in just about everything edible – with the exception of cheeseburgers. Now that I think about it, maybe I should give that a try. My daughter adapted this recipe to make some absolutely delicious Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. Enjoy […]

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Gluten Free Coupons & Deals 10/16

October 16, 2014
Gluten Free Coupons and Deals - The Peaceful Mom

New Gluten Free Coupons and Deals to help you save money while eating healthy!    Here are the newest coupons for Gluten Free products: Please click here to see our list of currently available One-Time Use Gluten Free Coupons including: $1/1 Ronzoni GF Pasta, $1/1 Rudi’s Gluten Free Product, $1/1 Pillsbury GF cookie dough and LOTS more! (Note: Some products are not specifically labeled […]

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Save Money: 3 Easy DIY Gift Ideas {that don’t look cheap}

October 14, 2014
Easy DIY Christmas Gifts on a Budget - from The Peaceful Mom

I mentioned last week that I am currently working on my Christmas Gift List (print one here!) for this year to make sure that I don’t go over budget. One of my favorite ways to save money is to make my own gifts rather than purchasing items from a store, but I like for the […]

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Free Kindle eBooks: Organize in 24 Hours, Paleo Breakfasts, Build the Site of Your Dreams & More

October 14, 2014
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  Free Kindle eBooks: Save money and learn new things!               Click here for links to all of the free Kindle books available today including: Organize Your Life in 24 Hours!: 50 Best Strategies to Organize Your Day, Simplify Your Life, and Maximize Your Productivity in the Way You Want Cleaning and […]

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Gluten Free Weekly Menu {+ easy gluten free recipes} 10/13

October 13, 2014
Gluten Free Weekly Menu - The Peaceful Mom

Gluten Free Weekly Menu. Gluten Free shouldn’t be difficult! Check out my daughter’s gluten free menu for this week including easy gluten free recipes. See our family’s $125 Budget Weekly Menu here. Click each purple link for the recipe or product we use!   BREAKFAST Ham and Cheese Omelette with bell pepper Oatmeal (Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Whole Grain […]

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How I Turned 1 Hour & 29 Pounds of Meat Into 2 Weeks of Meals

October 10, 2014
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Buying large quantities of sale priced meat can save you hundreds of dollars a year on your grocery bill but you have to be smart about how you prepare it or you could lose money because the meat spoils. Today I’m showing you what I did with one hour and 29 pounds of sale meat to end […]

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Southern Pulled Pork Soft Tacos {10 Minute Dinner}

October 10, 2014
Southern Pulled Pork Soft Taco Recipe - The Peaceful Mom

I’m not gonna’ lie to you – this is so ridiculously easy it doesn’t even qualify as a recipe. Spend 10 minutes preparing the pork shoulder for the slow cooker and then a few hours later serve dinner in less than 10 minutes. What?! Yep, that’s right — TEN minutes! I’ve seen Pork Taco recipes […]

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