Saturday, 1 February 2014

Psalm 139 NIV

 Psalm 139 NIV

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
 if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, [a] God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.

If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name.
Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2015 twosnydergirls 

Friday, 31 January 2014

January is Thyroid Awareness Month - Barb's Story

Thyroid awareness month

In July, 2005, as I was putting lotion on my face and neck I noticed a lump on my throat, roughly where my Adam's apple is, that I hadn't noticed before. I was quite sure it wasn't something that belonged. I made an appointment with my doctor.

My family doctor subsequently made an appointment with a nose ear & throat specialist. I went to see this doctor and underwent a few uncomfortable procedures. I had three nodules on my thyroid, but whether they were benign or malignant the doctor couldn't tell. I was sent to the Nuclear Medicine department of the hospital for a special x-ray, which was inconclusive as well. I was told that the next step was surgery.

Initially booked for several months down the road, a cancellation suddenly moved the date forward. I was glad to get the procedure and the suspense over with!

Along the way I'd done a lot of internet research on the thyroid and the implications of nodules. What a wonderful tool the internet can be. As my mother has a goitre and my youngest sister has hypothyroidism, I read about all aspect of thyroid disease. The pre-surgery appointment at the hospital was helpful for understanding what to expect of the surgery itself.

I was very grateful to have my dear friend Marjorie accompany me to the hospital that day, to wait with me prior to going to the operating room, as well as being there when I came out of recovery. It was a long day for her! I was unconscious for longer than expected, not because of the surgery, but because the operating room had to be re-sterilized, adding extra time to the procedure.

My recovery was uneventful -- three days in the hospital, then home for two weeks. Thankfully, only half my thyroid was removed and none of the parathyroid glands. My voice was unaffected by the operation. The nodules proved to be benign. And as the remaining half of my thyroid was working I have not had to take medication. The only sign of this ordeal is the small scar across my neck. Thanks be to God.

 Thank you Barb for sharing your experience with Thyroid disease. 

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2014 twosnydergirls 

Thursday, 30 January 2014

January is Soup Month Cabbage Soup

Mother’s Cabbage Soup

This will be the last January 2014 Soup   installment.  There will be more soup recipes - soup is one of my favourite foods.

Growing up this was a family favourite and Mom made it at least once a month and the quantity meant that we enjoyed it for more than one meal.  

Chopping vegetables is what times time in making this soup so make sure that you either prepare ahead of time or leave enough time before you want to serve the meal.

I often take liberties in making this soup using vegetables that were left in the crisper and need to be used up.  You can make the soup with Kale and cabbage with good results as well.

½ to a whole head of cabbage
4 onions
2 green or red peppers
1 bunch scallions
5 to 7 celery stalks
4 - 6 carrots
2 cups green beans
1 can tomatoes Juice
28 can of diced tomatoes
1 package dry of onion soup mix
1 lb. of ground beef or chicken - we do not add the meat preferring the vegetarian version

  1. Chop all of the vegetables to a consistency that is easy to eat in a soup.
  2. In a large pot place vegetables and add enough water to cover vegetables, salt to taste and simmer vegetables until tender.  Leave the lid off as the water needs to reduce. 
  3. Add the tomatoe juice, canned diced tomatoes, onion soup mix and cooked ground beef if you are adding this. 
  4. Cook for another 10 to 15 minutes.  Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.
This makes a very large pot of soup.  It can be cut in half and tastes just as good.

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Sunset at the beach reflected

Four images of how the sunset is reflected in the waves Grandma Snyder ©twosnydergirls