Everyday Mom's Meals: "Science Only Goes So Far, And Then There's God"...

Monday, July 28, 2014

"Science Only Goes So Far, And Then There's God"...

I found the above quote online last week, and nothing could have been more appropriate for what was going on in our lives at the time.

As many of you already know, two weeks ago tomorrow, we had quite the scare. After four days of shortness of breath, my husband went to the ER, and was later diagnosed with multiple large pulmonary emboli in each lung. In layman's terms, his lungs had very large blood clots in them. Not exactly the news you are expecting on a Tuesday morning!

He was admitted to the hospital for 2 1/2 days for a battery of tests and observation. Many scary causes of PE have been ruled out, and for now they are thinking it might be something genetic, which we will get the results from those labs in another week or so. He was sent home on blood thinners, and since then we've been trying to get back to "normal."

I have been with this man for 17 years, and never has he scared me like this. The doctors told us they had no idea how he was able to walk into the clinic that morning. He was about 15 minutes away from full cardiac arrest; and 1/3 of all patients who present with what he had, don't last 24 hours. It was when I heard those statistics I knew without a doubt my husband is a walking miracle.

And while we are so incredibly grateful to all the doctors, nurses and hospital staff that helped to save his life, we also know there was a bigger hand in play. Even they had to admit, there was no explanation other than God's work as to why he was still with us.

So fast forward to the next Monday, and ironically enough it was his 40th birthday. That's right, we had oh so much more to celebrate this year, and I wanted to make sure it was extra special for him. It was the perfect time to make a new dessert using his favorite summer time berry, black raspberries. But after such a long week, I needed something quick and easy too! He loved every bite, and I was just thankful to have him here to cook for.

Each and every day is a gift. Be sure to tell those you love most, just how much they mean to you. And if you have a husband you love more than life, like me, hug him extra tight tonight for me!

Raspberry Crumble
2 c. red or black raspberries, fresh or frozen, if frozen, thawed
2 TBS sugar
1 tsp. cornstarch
1 1/2 tsp. water
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 c. old fashion oats
1/4 c. flour
1/4 c. brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 c. cold butter, diced

Grease a 2 quart casserole dish. Preheat oven to 375. Place berries in prepared dish. In a small bowl combine lemon juice, cornstarch, water, and sugar. Stir until smooth. Pour over berries. In a food processor, combine oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter. Pulse until crumble mixture appears. Sprinkle over berries. Bake for 25 minutes until bubbly. 

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