“Mommy is God’s gift”…”Mommy is more special than anyone I know.” These words from my youngest son today touched my heart in a way that I cannot explain. These words are what help keep me grounded and keep everything I do in perspective. I could soak in these words for 24 hours a day.
My youngest son and I have a running joke. “I love you more than you love me,” he says, to which I respond, “did you know that your mom will always love you more than you love her?” My son then responds, “that’s not possible, of course, I love you more than you love me.” We could go on like this for hours. I savor every word he speaks because I know that when he turns into a teenager like my other boys, that things will change. Although I know my older three boys love me, they are less vocal about it than my 9-year old.
I know most kids think their mom is the best mom ever and that there can’t possibly be anyone better than their mom, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t savor every word. I am so grateful to have four healthy and loving boys, and an adoring husband that has remained so committed to me.
I am also so thankful for the many gifts that God has given me and for the understanding and clarity of what I should be doing with these gifts. I am continuing to learn something new each and every day and hope that I can use whatever gifts I have been given to help those around me in however way I can, small or big. I would like to thank my family, all of my friends and followers for your support and encouragement during this journey.
Today, I am sharing a recipe for Berry Popsicles. Whether you use strawberry, blueberry, raspberry or blackberry, these are a healthy treat that I made for a friend a few weeks ago who is undergoing chemotherapy. I made Blueberry Mango Popsicles for her and she loved them, and more importantly, she was able to eat them. During chemotherapy treatment, many people experience mouth sores which makes it especially difficult to eat foods. On top of this, loss of appetite interferes with the ability to nourish the body and keep it healthy enough to continue on with chemotherapy treatments. With all the ups and downs that go on throughout chemotherapy, it is so important to keep well nourished and to be in tune with your body.
Two of my friends who are also sisters, Jessica and Stephanie of The HopeFULL Company, have a wonderful product that makes it easy to make these Berry Popsicles or any other healthy popsicle you can come up with for friends with cancer. These ladies came up with this product when they first started making healthy popsicles for a friend undergoing chemotherapy. They realized there was a need for food in a form that could easily be enjoyed by cancer patients and keep their bodies nourished.
My friend with cancer just celebrated her birthday this past week, and has several more months of chemotherapy to undergo. These Berry Popsicles were one of the foods she specifically requested that I make for her this week. Thank you Jessica and Stephanie for such an incredibly loving gift you have given all of us so that we can help make it easier for friends with cancer. Please check out the story behind The HopeFULL Company and their products. Their kits make a thoughtful gift or even better buy one for yourself so you can make some healthy popsicles for your friends undergoing chemotherapy.
- ½ cup apple juice
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- ½ cup fresh or frozen berries ( blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries)
- 1 cup fresh mango
- ¾ cup non-dairy yogurt (I used So Delicious Coconut Yogurt)
- ¾ cup infant brown rice or oatmeal cereal
- Place all ingredients in blender and puree until smoothe. Spoon into popsicle molds and insert popsicle sticks in center of each popsicle mold; freeze overnight.
- To remove popsicles from mold, place mold in a hot water bath for a few minutes and gently rock popsicle stick back and forth to remove popsicle from mold.
- To store, place in a freezer bag in a single later. Pops can be removed as needed.