Back in Black

It’s been well over a year since I blogged last. March, 2012, to be exact.  I had nothing to say. Well, I always have something to say, but I was feeling too raw to say most of it.

Let’s get reacquainted, shall we?

In late December, 2012, I was finally diagnosed with what has been making me so sick. After seeing multiple specialists, I don’t know how many units of blood drawn, trips to the ER, and more…at last, I knew.

Food allergies. SEVERE food allergies. They tested me for 96 different foods, and at this time I am allergic to over 42 of them. Yes…42. It’s weird. I’ve always had some weird auto-immune issues – and had an allergy to chlorine since high school, but this is weird. I can no longer eat yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, sesame, celery, carrots, tomatoes (anything in the nightshade family, actually), all melons, all squash, fish, shellfish, nitrites, nitrates, safflower, garlic (the entire lily family, too), ginger,all nuts except for almonds, pineapple, coconut, and more. That’s all I can remember off of the top of my head for starters. Youngest son, who has struggled with asthma since he was itty bitty, has recently been diagnosed with a few food allergies as well. We are hoping that by managing his allergies, we can reduce his daily meds for asthma. Y’all there are so many awful things we are ingesting without thought. It’s gross.

It’s a pain in the rumpus. On one hand, it’s great to not be so mysteriously sick, on the other hand…the food is so terribly boring. Since my diagnosis, I’ve been in the ER for anaphylaxis 3 times – the last time, they almost had to put a tracheal tube in. Not cool.

Now, for what else has been going on. The boys did their first year in public school and it was awesome. They loved it.  This year, we have a sophomore, a freshman, and a 7th grader. The two older guys are both playing football and love it. We feel so blessed to have the great schools here. Going from homeschooling to public school has been a great thing for our family – but certainly was not done without much prayer first.

I started working at our church. When we made the decision that the boys were going to go to school, I told Mr Darcy that my extroverted self was not going to be okay every single day…alone. Within a week of telling him that, I was being asked if I was interested in working at our church. I love my job, I had my one-year anniversary at the end of May. It’s a great place to work and I really enjoy it.

We moved. This has been the most recent thing. I’ll blog more about it later. We had a great big house in a great neighborhood that Mr Darcy found for us to rent in about 3 days when we we moved here. We even thought we were going to buy it. But we didn’t. And oh, how glad we are that we didn’t. So glad. We purposefully DOWNSIZED (and are still in the process) the first of August.  We are in our new place for a year as we continue to reduce our load and are hopeful that we’ll find a wonderful old farmhouse at the end of it.

That’s all for now.  I’m looking forward to blogging again. I like to be able to get my thoughts out and have been cooking more as I attempt to revamp recipes so I can eat them.

Thanks for reading…



8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lynn bynum
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 10:56:54

    Well, welcome back to blogger land! I also hope you find a farm house, I love the farms up there, easy to pick out one as they are so tidy and inspire dreaming( field of dreams ) corn and a white farm house, how cool is that!


    • Janna
      Aug 29, 2013 @ 19:42:45


      Thank you so much! It feels good to be back. Wait until I show you the matching farmhouse from my piesafe…I found it. I don’t think it’s a coincidence.



  2. Melanie Walker
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 12:25:44

    I’m thinking my mouth isn’t going to water quite as much reading your blog from now on. Very sad. I am glad you are feeling better, though.


  3. Jenn
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 13:34:05

    You are my hero. 🙂


  4. Phyllis Wilson
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 14:06:44

    Praying for you, Janna! You probably don’t remember us–Don & Phyllis Wilson–from Restoration. It was a long time ago. I remember that you sat behind your dear in-laws, and we sat on the same side, a few seats behind all of you. I really miss our “old” congregation, and hearing a message. There aren’t very many people that I know at CityLife.

    I sure hope you get better with your new diet, (and your son); you’ve certainly had your share of tribulations. Will you keep an Epi-pen at home?

    Your sister in Christ, Phyllis Wilson



    • Janna
      Aug 29, 2013 @ 19:40:31

      Hi, Phyllis! I sure do remember y’all! We have such wonderful memories of Restoration, don’t we?

      I do keep an epi-pen wherever I go. It’s part of my accessorizing now!


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