Merry Christmas!!! Sharing My …

I just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas, filled with fun, joy, laughter and good company.

I recognize many of us celebrate this time of year in different ways and in different holidays. I completely and whole heartedly respect however you celebrate and worship during this time of year. My family and I celebrate Christmas. Christmas is such a wonderful time of year. It is a time to remember our dear Savior’s birth and the beautiful life he led here on this earth.

I thought, since it is Christmas Eve today, now might be an appropriate time to share with you the experience my family went through earlier this year as we experienced one of the hardest trials of our young lives. I have teetered back and forth whether it would ever be an appropriate thing to share with you on this blog, just because I don’t like to mix that much personal life into my blog life. Many of you emailed and reached out to me when I first announced my husband was diagnosed with this syndrome and several of you have emailed long since after the fact to get an update on how he is doing, and I cannot express to you enough how much you sweet people mean to our family. I find it appropriate to share our experience with you today because it has everything to do with our loving Savior and the mighty miracles that are still performed upon this earth today.

In mid March, our family went through one of the most difficult trials of our young lives.  Derek was diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome, or GBS as I will refer to it from henceforth.  For those of you, who like me 9 months ago, never heard of GBS, it is a rare syndrome that causes your immune system to attack your nervous system making it difficult to move and function independently and in some cases causing complete paralysis. It starts in the feet and works its way up and eventually works its way back down.  In more severe cases, the numbness and tingling can spread through the entire body effecting the individual’s breathing and heart rate. My husband was one of those cases. I would like to share with you a few of the miracles we experienced and some of the eternal truths the Lord taught our family during the hardest month and a half of our life.
 
Derek’s form of GBS was very fast progressing. The weekend before he was admitted, he had collapsed on three separate occasions and finally had reached a point where he could not walk without assistance. He was admitted to our local hospital after he had lost feeling in both his feet, had a constant tingling burn up his calves and had lost all reflexes in his legs.  Treatment was started to slow the symptoms down as there is no cure for GBS.  The doctors kept reassuring us that Derek would be fine and very few patients ever have severe complications.   However, early the next morning, the doctors informed me that during the night, upon an effort to stand up, Derek’s heart had crashed and his breathing had gone haywire. The doctor’s said things had become serious enough that Derek should be life-flighted over to a hospital more suited to handle the more severe cases. As the situation had now taken such a serious turn, my shoulders began to feel heavier and heavier by the minute.  Was Derek going to be okay? What were the next few months going to look like?  How were we going to pay for all of this?  Who was going to watch my children? How long would Derek be out of work? What about my sweet baby boy Jace?…He was still nursing but I was not going to leave Derek’s side.  How long were we going to be away from home?
 
Derek, reading my face of fear, asked the nurse if we could have 10 minutes alone.  After she left he said, “I want to say a prayer for you.” In one of the darkest hours of my sweet husband’s life, while he lay weak and sick, barely able to move, Derek was worried about me, his wife.  Because Derek was too weak to sit up, I went and knelt down on the cold hospital floor while Derek limply hung his hands over the side of his hospital bed and prayed for me.  He asked that I be blessed with strength, faith, and courage to get through this trial.  This blessing was a great source of comfort to me over the next few weeks and as I went home and to pack for an indefinite amount of time.
 
Soon after Derek was admitted to the Neuro Intensive Care Unit at the new hospital, the doctors once again began the treatment that helps slow the GBS down. Unfortunately, things were not getting any better at the new hospital.  Derek continued to lose feeling in his legs and now began to have severe pain in his abdomen.  The doctors suggested the pain was because he was constipated and his bowels were shutting down due to the GBS; but before long, his kidneys began shutting down, too, and Derek became white as a ghost. Derek was soon labeled, “The Mystery Man,” as these were not typical symptoms of GBS.
 
It was very hard on all of us to see Derek in so much pain.  One of the neurologists that came and spoke to me said that he expected Derek would be put on a breathing machine within 24 hours because of how fast things were progressing.  He also thought a best-case scenario for Derek going back to work would be at least six months.  He said he was confident Derek had dipped into the 5% of serious GBS cases. I looked at my mom who was visiting at the time with tears in my eyes.  After the doctor left, I started to cry in my mom’s arms.  As she held me she told me “Right now you just have to get through today, and then we will take tomorrow when it comes. You need to be asking your Heavenly Father for your daily bread, what you need to get you through each day, not worrying about the bread you will need tomorrow.”  This became one of my many mottos of this whole experience. “Grant me my daily bread.”   I think it is easy to get caught up in the big picture and become overwhelmed, but sometimes, we need to take life day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute.  This was something I had to learn in a very real way as my husband’s body was failing him fast.  Sometimes, I caught myself praying every 5 minutes.  “Lord, please give me the strength I need to make it 5 more minutes.”  It was though these prayers I developed a very real and powerful relationship with my Heavenly Father and also came to know my Savior and the true power of His atoning sacrifice.
 
Saturday was the hardest day on Derek physically.  Just when we thought he could not get any paler, he did.  When they tested his blood, they said it was very, very thin.  They really didn’t have an explanation for this so they said it must be from the medication. (Mystery Man strikes again…) They ordered a blood transfusion and gave him one liter of blood.  His kidneys continued to fail, and his pain had not subsided. Since Friday morning, he had be MOANING in severe abdominal pain.  It is so hard to be the one on the other side of this trial.  To sit there knowing the only thing I could do was hold his hand, and even then, he had lost so much strength he couldn’t even hold it back.  At one point he yelled in pain louder than I could take.  I pulled up his robe to see if I could see anything for myself. Derek is 6’2″ and 150 lbs, needless to say, he is a VERY skinny person.  Well, when I looked down at his abdomen, it looked as if he was 6 months pregnant.  This is saying something. For some reason the medical staff did not seem very alarmed at this.  I guess when you are not use to looking at someone as thin as Derek; the protruding stomach was not as obvious to them.  But I kept insisting this was not my husband’s stomach and tried desperately to get someone to do something.
 
He wretched and threw up all day.  Finally, one doctor began to take the situation seriously and ordered a CT-scan of his abdomen, (just to ‘make sure’ nothing else was not going on).  Again this was not a typical symptom of GBS, so they continued calling Derek, “The mystery man” as nothing about Derek’s case was presenting normally.   
 
The next hurdle for Derek was getting the barium sulfate down without throwing it up. Derek, desperate for the doctors to find a solution to his pain, prayed in faith before he attempted to drink the barium.  He prayed the Lord would help him keep it down and his stomach would be able to tolerate the barium so he could have the CT-scan in hopes that someone could figure out how to help him.  Miraculously, he was able to drink the barium and get the CT-scan. For someone who had been vomiting every few minutes, it was easy to recognize this as one of many miracles.
 
The afternoon wore on and I found myself alone with Derek waiting for the results of the scan.  Several hours had now passed and it began to feel like an eternity as I sat next to my husbands bedside waiting to hear word. After listening to Derek moan for an extended period of time, I could take it no longer; I went and confronted the nurse about the scan.  After being persistent with her she finally agreed to look at them. Moments later she entered our room and told us the doctor would be in to speak with us shortly.  By the tone of her voice and the look on her face I knew they had found something wrong. She later told me in tears, that I was truly inspired to urge her to get those scans as the care Derek needed couldn’t have waited any longer.  Again, another miracle.
 
Within a few short minutes, the neurologist came in and said, “The scan shows a slight tear in Derek’s spleen, and it seems to be leaking a little blood into his abdomen.  We are going to do emergency surgery and take the spleen out.”  The Neurologist gave me a look that let me know it was much worse than what he was explaining. 
 
It was at this very point, I felt as though someone were bearing me up and supporting me with strength beyond my own. No sooner than the neurologist left, the surgeon rushed in with his team and bluntly stated, “Derek, your spleen has ripped in two, and it is pooling blood in your abdomen.  We have to get it out right away, it cannot wait any longer.”  The surgeon pulled me outside and told me that with the current state Derek’s GBS was in, where his breathing and heart rate were already in a negative state, that things could get dicey in the OR and that Derek would most likely come out on a breathing machine.
 
It was at that point I was completely overcome with a feeling of incredible peace. I KNEW everything was going to be okay and that despite all the chaos around me, Heavenly Father blessed me with peace.  I turned to Derek who was only coherent enough to catch that he was going in for emergency surgery.  Seeing the panic in his eyes I immediately turned to comfort him saying, “Everything is going to be alright.  This surgery will take away your pain.  You probably will come back on a breathing machine, but it will help you feel better.  I love you.  Really, I know everything is going to be fine.  I will see you soon.”
 
All I can say is, that was not the Nikki I know. My mom describes the phone call I gave her right after Derek was wheeled away for surgery that I had a tone as calm as someone ordering “take-out,” as opposed to someone who just learned she may or may not ever see her husband again.  I felt extremely calm and completely in control of myself.  I know that I was being blessed by the faith and prayers of family and friends.
 
The surgeon came back an hour later and told me everything went well; but that Derek was on a ventilator, and his recovery would be set back even more because of this.  He also said that he had taken six and a half liters of blood out of his abdomen.  He said that Derek probably only had, at the most, seven liters of blood in his entire body.  In other words, he didn’t have long before he would have bled to death.  The doctors said that to have a spleen rupture in half the way Derek’s had without any direct and blunt trauma is extremely rare and very confusing. He said there had only been one other documented case of a GBS patient whose spleen had ruptured, and they really didn’t understand why.  They continued by saying, “Derek really is our mystery man.”
 
One thing the surgeon mentioned to me was that in all the years he had worked in the O.R., he had NEVER seen someone get into an O.R. room as fast as Derek had!  From the time they read the CT- scan to the time Derek was put under, was ten minutes.  Even the surgeon said it was nothing short of a miracle.  Apparently, there was actually a guy being prepped for surgery in the room Derek needed.  When they discovered Derek’s spleen had ruptured, they wheeled the man out of the room and rushed Derek into the room.  The Lord’s hand was so obvious in this; no one could ever doubt Derek still had unfinished work here on earth.
 
 
The next day brought new challenges and miracles.  It was Sunday and Derek still had not slept—three days and counting. It was decided that Derek had reached a point that they felt comfortable that he could breathe on his own.  While the events of the day were most unpleasant, Derek getting off the ventilator this fast was nothing short of yet another miracle.
 
The Nuero Intensive Care Unit is not an easy place to sleep. Between being poked ever hour to two hours, stats checked multiple times every hour, constant beeping from all the many machines you are hooked up to and staring out the same glass window wall for days on end can be difficult and frustrating to say the least for a patient. Getting off the ventilator was no small ordeal!  Unfortunately, no one prepped Derek, and the trauma of the situation triggered some erratic behavior. Lack of sleep and trauma are a very bad combination!  It caused something inside my husband to snap. To Derek it seemed as though he were actually living in his nightmares. When things were the scariest for Derek, he asked his brother to pray with him.  And even though Derek’s new symptoms did not improve right away, I am sure this prayer helped the speed in which the frightening situation eventually dissipated.  The psychosis raged havoc on Derek’s mind throughout most of the day. He insisted he did not want to see anyone, especially me, because he knew he was not himself and did not want to frighten me.  He told me to go home until he was better.  I was devastated and drove back to my parent’s house.
 
This was by far the darkest day of all for both Derek and me! My husband had physically not been himself for a few weeks at this point, but now he was mentally not himself. This seemed to be more than I could bear. The doctors still did not have many answers about anything.  They continued to call Derek, “The mystery man.”  Today, this was one phrase I was SICK and TIRED of hearing!!!  I wanted answers and I wanted to hear everything was going to be better and soon!!!  But nobody would tell me that.  I was ready to scream at the next doctor who dared call Derek ‘The Mystery Man’ one more time!
 
When I finally arrived at my parent’s house, I was an emotional mess.  I think the stress and worry of the last few weeks finally caught up with me, and I had the cry of my life!  I went upstairs and my mom followed close behind.  Nothing could console me.  No words, no hugs, nothing.  All I wanted was to have my husband wrap his arms around me and hold me.  I wanted to have him next to me, and I wanted him healthy again.  I wanted to feel the support of his arms, because my arms were beginning to feel weak from having to bear all the stress and burdens of this trial. I wanted to hear him say one of his witty lines and make me smile. And right then, no one could give me these things.
 
My mom asked if we could kneel together in prayer.  As we were about to pray, she was inspired and turned to me and said, “Even though Derek may be a mystery to the doctors; he was not a mystery to the Lord.  There are no mysteries to God.  The Lord knew exactly what was wrong with Derek, and He had made sure Derek received the proper treatment when he needed it the most.  The Lord had saved Derek’s life and had prompted key people to do what needed to be done when it was most critical.”  Even the nurse with whom I got stern about the CT- scan came back later in tears to me and thanked me for pushing her to look at the CT-scan again.  She said she knew I was inspired to tell her to check it exactly when she did.   My mom reassured me the Lord was still in control and would continue to micro manage the important details.
 
This calmed me down right away.  In fact, the tears subsided and I began to feel the peace again.  I just needed to be reminded that Derek was not a mystery to the Lord.   After our prayer together, we had a great conversation about faith and prayer, and about ‘our will versus the Lord’s’.  We talked about how appropriate it is to plead for miracles, but that all petitions should conclude with “Thy will be done.”
 
Our objective is usually to enjoy a life of comfort and ease.  After all, nobody enjoys trials, right?  The Lord’s objective, however, is Moses 1:39 “This is my work and my glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” That is it.   It is not complicated.  For Him, that is the culmination of the entire plan of salvation; eternal life, His life.  Because He loves us so much, He is willing do whatever is necessary to make us into who we are meant to be.
 
This is why life is often so hard.  It is meant to be.  A loving Heavenly Father does not allow us to stay in our comfort zone too long as there is no growth for us there.  He knows that in order for us to become like Him, we need to stretch and grow and have experiences that will polish us and refine us.  Sometimes He even has to apply intense heat and put us in the furnace so that we will learn to trust Him and turn to Him, -no matter what the circumstances.  This is how He grows our faith, and this is how we come to know Him (on our knees), and most importantly; this is how we become like him; one experience at a time. 
 
I will tell you, I had probably the most real and meaningful prayer after that by myself.  I pleaded to my Heavenly Father for a miracle, to bring my husband back to me in every form.  To use my faith and prayers along with our friends, family and our entire ward’s fasting, faith and prayers to perform a miracle to restore Derek back to his original healthy form.  But this time when I prayed it was different.  My heart had been softened and humbled and I was truly willing to accept whatever the outcome maybe.  Even if Derek wasn’t made whole again like I wanted him so desperately to be, I would be okay with it.  I ended the prayer with thy will be done.  When I arose from the prayer I felt peace once again.  Not because I knew my husband would be made whole, but because whatever the outcome was, was how Heavenly Father intended it to be and that His hand was involved.  And I was 100% okay with that.
 
About 2 hours later, I received a call from my sweet husband, and it was really him.  He told me he knew he wasn’t himself earlier but that he was back.  He told me he loved me and everything was going to be okay.  It was that phone call on Derek began to turn around and for the better.  I don’t believe it was coincidence that on the same day so many were fasting and praying on his behalf that mighty miracles happened.  I don’t believe it was coincidence that on the same day all these fasting and prayers went up on his behalf, Derek hit the bump and started his turning point in the direction of recovery. It is the reason why my husband was discharged 2 weeks later with nothing but a couple of tingling feet. Every doctor we have spoken with has said they don’t understand how Derek’s GBS healed itself so quickly, how he could walk as soon after as he did.  The rehab doctors didn’t even know what to do with him because he was already in such great shape considering what he was going through.
 
I am a witness that mighty miracles still happen today, it is not just something we read about in the scriptures or something that happened “Once Upon a Time..”. Heavenly Father doesn’t give us anything we cannot handle.  Jesus is the Christ, and not only did he die for our sins, but He died for the inequalities, the pain, and the suffering. Regardless if the doctors want to call Derek a mystery or not, I know that there are no mysteries to God. He has a hand in everything and through this experience I have learned to both rely on and trust Him.  I know that it is through trials we become closer to be who we are destined to become.  Trials are there to polish and refine us- and if we rely upon Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and asking for our daily bread, we will come out the other end better people for it. I have learned Heavenly Father can only do so much until we open the door to Him.  He wants to help us, He is just anxiously waiting for us to soften our hearts and let Him in. Even in the darkest hours of our life, our loving Lord is still the Light. We can always find him if we seek him out. Miracles do happen, it is the reason my husband stands, walks and lives today. 
 
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas. I am so grateful for our Savior and for his atoning sacrifice. His life was and IS beautiful. Everything the Savior has ever and will ever do is for ALL OF US. May we all find a way to serve one another this holiday season and remember and think about our dear Savior, his birth and his life.
 
I should be back posting sometime this week, but am going to take a couple days off to enjoy the company of my sweet family and friends. I love you all and am so grateful for you support, kindness, sweet emails and comments. Each and every one of them mean the world to me. However you celebrate and whatever you believe, from my home to yours, Merry Christmas!
 

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  1. Brenda

    Thank you for being brave enough to share your story, God is Good!
    Praying that you continue to share the Blessings!
    Have a Merry Christmas!

  2. debb

    Your story brings tears to my eyes. I am so grateful your family is well. Your faith amazes and inspires me. Merry Christmas.

  3. I set reading this sobbing! Thanks for sharing your story! This is a true testament of the Lords work! And also a great reminder of what it’s all really about. I needed this reminder! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

  4. kim

    your faith is amazing and your words are inspiring!! not only do i love your blog but i love that you love the lord and are proud of it!!!! God Bless you and your family!! Merry Christmas!! GOD is GREAT

    • Kerry

      Kim, you put into words exactly what I was thinking. Thank you Nikki for your amazing blog. Your faith is such an inspiration and the Lord has blessed us through you. God’s blessings in 2013 to you and your family.

  5. Steffy

    Thank you for sharing this. I’m so sorry your family had to go through this experience. I am grateful you chose to share it today because I really needed to read it.

  6. Praise God! He does still perform miracles — that’s the amazing part of having a God who is alive and King! Thank you for sharing your story with us, and allowing us to see the hand of God at work in the here and now. I pray this Christmas will be special in a way that none have before as you celebrate the birth of our Savior. Merry Christmas!

  7. Nikki, God has inspired your words. I am so very thankful that you shared this miracle with us. I am sitting here in tears of thankfulness. I am struggling with a health issue of my own, and I have not sought the Lord very much in the situation. That is now going to change. God Bless you and your Family at this most wondrous time of year.

  8. What a beautiful story. You have great faith and are an example to me. Thanks so much for sharing your story and your faith promoting experience.

  9. Nikki-what a powerful story.You have such an amazing support system in both your husband and your mom. Wow! I am so glad that you were able to trust God, let go and let HIM do his work. What an amazing story…thank you for being brave enough to share it with others. I hope this is an extra special Christmas for you and your husband!

  10. Reading your story made me cry. My husband was in a bad car accident back in September, just 10 days after we closed on our house and about 2 weeks before he was to start a new job. He spent 6 days in the hospital, where we dealt with doctors who weren’t around much and weren’t communicating with each other, his pain which was very difficult to control, and just a huge hole in our lives made up of everything unknown about his situation. We didn’t know how long he would be in the hospital, what kind of long term damage he had (if any), etc. It all seems to pale in comparison to what you and your husband went through, but in a way…I have been there and I have felt all the things you describe–how somehow you were calm in the face of every obstacle, how you were able to persuade the nurses to be more persistant and advocate on behalf of your husband, how somehow you just KNEW everything would end up being OK. And isn’t it the best feeling in the world to be able to hug your husband after all that? I know that the only thing I wanted that whole time was to just be held by my husband and that was about the only thing I couldn’t have.
    Thank you for sharing and I am so thankful that your husband is whole again! Merry Christmas and blessings to you both!

  11. What a chilling, yet inspiring story. Thank you for sharing it with us and sharing your faith so freely and honestly. Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy, healthy new year!

  12. This brought me to tears. I can’t imagine going through that. It is amazing through prayer the strength we can receive. Thank goodness for a loving God who works miracles in this day. So glad you have your hubby and family home with you this Christmas. Enjoy them! Love you! XO

  13. Wow I am just crying all over my keyboard for everything that your family has been through this past year, Nikki. I am so very sorry to hear this. Sorry doesn’t even begin to touch upon it, really. I mean…it’s just….so out of the scope and realm of my mind to even get around it all and I think what would I do in a similar situation.

    You are a rock. You are so strong, brave, and I wish I could give you a huge hug. I wish your family nothing but peace, joy, comfort, and health! in 2013!

    xoxo

  14. Your faith is so inspiring. Honestly your story reminded me of reading about strong women in the scriptures and the great amount of faith and strength they were given by the Lord. I really admire you and hope to be able to connect with my Heavenly Father more often in order to strengthen that relationship. I couldn’t imagine going through what you and your husband went through (and are still going through because of his illness). Many prayers for your family. <3

  15. Wow Nikki, that is quite the story. You are such an amazing, strong woman and I think your families story has inspired a lot of people. Merry Christmas.

  16. J

    Nikki, I am so glad you shared all the details. I am confident that there were a great many more praying for you and your dear husband. Indeed we serve a mighty and awesome God. I too have watched miracles and have experienced them myself. It is humbling and inspiring to have walked through fire so that we might comfort and help others.

    Peace and blessings to you and yours.

  17. Kathy

    Thank you so much for sharing story. God is an awesome God! Thank you for being bold in your faith and sharing how God has worked this miracle in Derek’s and your life. Your words show the true power of prayer and how an intimate relationship with God can bring us through what seem the most impossible of times. God bless your family this Christmas and in the year to come.

  18. Lani W

    Thank you for sharing your story. I went through a similar situation with my husband about 6 weeks ago. He fell off a roof and broke his neck and we have been the recipients of many miracles and blessings. I know how incredibly difficult it is to be the one who has to watch your husband suffer. I know that I was given a lot of strength from the Lord and I couldn’t have made it through that time without his help. One of the great blessings that he gave to us, I didn’t even realize at the time. My husband has since told me that everytime he looked in my eyes I always looked so positive and that gave him a lot of strength. I didn’t always feel positive so I’m glad that the Lord blessed me with that positive light in my eyes to help give my husband strength. I hope you and your husband and family continue to heal and do well. I know how difficult this has all been for you, but I also know what a wonderful experience it has been for you and your family becuase I know how wonderful it has been for us. Thank you for sharing your story.

  19. Brooke

    What an amazing and inspiring story! I am so glad that I stumbled across this tonight with tomorrow being Christmas. We drove around tonight looking at lights and then later ended up looking at the nativity at the temple. What better reminder that he truly loves us and hears our prayers. We have been really trying to emphasize the saviors birth and life to our 2 young kids. Reading your story really brings the peace and love of our savior. Thanks so much for sharing! Merry Christmas to your family!

  20. Eva

    Merry Xmas to you too! Astonishing story, really, I hope that your hubby is completely healthy now..
    Best wishes for all of you!
    Eva.

  21. Nikki, your story and Derek’s miraculous healing are an amazing testimony to the power of prayer and faith that only a life filled with Christ’s love can bring. May God continue to bless you and your sweet family as you travel down the road less traveled. Allow your hearts to continue to be filled with a peace that surpasses all understanding.

    Merry CHRISTmas, my sweet friend!

  22. Brian Donovan

    Thank you for sharing your “trial of fire” with all of us. A truly poignant story of how even when we don’t understand what’s going on, God’s hand is in it all and we grow by it. Hope you have a most blessed Christmas and a much better New Year.

  23. Molly

    Beautiful story! The Lord is so good and AMAZING! I have learned a lot through Him as well this year, and my faith has become stronger. Bless you and your family this Christmas!!

  24. oh nikki thank you for sharing your families story…isn’t it wonderul that in our world today God Still performs Miracles!!! How in our time of need we draw closer to him…and through our trials our love for Him and relationship with Him deepens….continued blessings for you and your family…and JOY this Christmas season!!!

  25. Marcia

    Merry Christmas and God bless you and your family in 2013! Thank you for reminding me that God does not give us more than we can handle, and life isn’t always easy for HIS reason.

    • Lynnie Brooks

      Thank you for sharing your testimony. It was difficult read through the tears. I was deeply moved not only by your faith, but your husbands ability to pray for you to have strength in the midst of his pain. God is amazing and is able to exceedingly and abundantly more that we ever imagined. The mystery man is now a Miracle man. I admire your faith keep standing and sharing. Now I know why I’m attracted to your website, not just recipes. Be blessed and thanks again for sharing.

  26. I cannot tell you how this touched me. I cried. Several times. I am so happy that your husband has mostly recovered. While i pray to never be tested in such a way i hope that some day i will feel the intimacy you and your family and friends do with our Savior. I am praying for you and your family. Merry Christmas.

  27. Vicki

    Nikki, I just had to take the time to thank you for sharing your heartrending story about your husband’s illness. Not only was I crying as I was reading it but I appreciate your openness about your Savior and God. I am truly touched as I’m sure many others are, too. God bless you and your family for a wonderful, happy, and most importantly healthy 2013!

  28. Sarah

    Amazing story! It it a powerful reminder of the POWER of God! Prayers and fasting are the key to miracles! So glad that God sent you one just when you needed it!

  29. Karen

    What a beautiful tribute to the powers of God! How appropriate to share it on Christmas, too. Thank you and continued blessings to your family….

  30. heather2300

    As hard as this was to share, I am so grateful you did. Hearing God’s miracles is truly uplifting and amazing and by sharing this you are carrying God’s light into this world and making His glory made known. THank you for showing God’s love and power to so many.

  31. Nicole

    Thank you for sharing this very personal story. Tears came into my eyes when I was reading your post. I read your blog every day and it’s the first time I leave a comment, I feel I know you better now and really appreciate your sincerity. Praise the Lord!

    • Nikki Honey…That was so beautifully written and said….I will be honest I do not read much when i search blogs but your words drew me in and keep me motivated to read more and the depth of your story was amazing and your husbands recovery was amazing as well….we do not give god enough credit for his life trails only question …why?…..I am so glad I kept reading and So glad you shared your story with us…..the power of prayer is a awesome thing sweetie and when you share with your blogging friends it can only add to that prayer for you…I am glad your hubby is doing better and so glad you guys kept the faith as that is what the lord wanted from you and he was there for you the whole time honey….have a great rest of your holiday season….p.s..you should consider writing a book..wether it be about food or your life experiences…xoxo Love ~sabri~

  32. PHYLLIS

    God is good and I pray that he will continue to bless you all. Continue to rely on your faith; Our Lord will be there for you.

  33. Jenny

    i must say i have been following your blog and using your recipes for quite some time now. This was very inspiring and i thank you for sharing and letting us in on your personal life. This brought me to tears :) Miracles really do happen and i am pleased to know you have gotten to experience one!

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,
    Jenny

  34. I am so inspired by your faith and your words. Thank you so much for sharing this part of you.
    I love your blog and have had such a fun time preparing the recipes you post. Through your food you have affectd a lot of my families meals.

    But through your words about your husbands illness and God’s restoring miracle you have affected my heart! Thank you.

  35. Lexi

    I just found your blog and I love it. With that said, I am so sorry to hear of your husband’s declining health. Very few things has made me shed tears this holiday season, but this heartbreaking story did. I could not imagine going through this heartache and pain, especially during the holiday season. I will be saying a quick prayer for your, your husband and his health before I go to bed. God sure does test you and your faith in many heartbreaking ways, that’s for sure.

  36. Gail

    I’ve been following your blog for some time and always get such wonderful inspiration from your delicious recipes. But sharing this intimate story of what you and your family went through is something that will remain with me and many others forever, as a constant reminder that with all the love and support of God and prayers, miracles do happen. I’m sure that this Christmas had special meaning for you and as the new year approaches, I wish you much good health, happiness and continued faith in the joyous wonders of this blessed earth!

  37. Wow, Nikki. This brought tears to my eyes! I can’t even imagine the fear, panic, and emotion you and your family must have gone through when this was happening. And I think of you SO highly that you managed to keep a positive spin on things, even in the darkest of hours, for not only yourself and Derek, but your kids, who probably didn’t understand the weight of the situation. You’re so inspiring–your love for your family, your faith, your hard-work.. everything! I am so grateful things worked out for your family, and hope you guys had a happy holiday! See ya in 2013!

  38. Nikki. My dear sweet friend Nikki. I’m a little late responding to this but I just want you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers – “Sorry” does not even do this powerful, heartbreaking story justice. But life is truly a miracle and the strength you showed during this tremulous time is heroic. I wish nothing but happiness and joy for your family from here on out. I am so glad you shared this and cannot imagine how hard it was to type. God works in mysterious ways. Thank you so much for sharing this and sending you and your family MUCH love.

  39. Viviana Flores

    This was beautiful to read! God is amazing! Thank you for sharing, all the way from Costa Rica, God Bless you and your family! Happy New Year!

  40. Lisa D

    What an encouraging amazing story of God’s grace, provision and answered prayer! I went through a difficult health issue years ago, and when I finally came to the place (like you) of saying & meaning it with all my heart– “I will trust you even if I never recover my health, whatever you may have for me Lord, I will trust you”– it was then that I began to recover and get better. I still take medication, I still at times have issues & symptoms, but for the most part, I am able to lead a very normal, healthy life, something my doctors told me I would never be able to do. God is still in the miracle business! I have just discovered your blog and I love your recipes. I have a blog but I just don’t have the time to post often and keep up with it! I admire those who do! God Bless you– I know he will!

  41. debbie

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I am very moved & inspired by reading your story. If everyone had your belief & faith in God, the world would be such a better place! Hope all is well with Derek & your family & I pray you have a fantastic New Year! God bless!

  42. Joann

    My dear friend saw your post and told me I had to read it. Your story is very close to mine. We feel my husband has ben so blessed but it sounds like your husband has been even more. People have marveled at his recovery. So I bet the Dr.s were dumb founded by your husband, because it doesn’t wok like that. The body has to regrow the myelin, and that is a very slow process. Here is a link to a facebook page that was set up for my husband to keep friends and family updated. http://www.facebook.com/groups/130423488242/?fref=ts Thanks for sharing your story is it always nice to hear about others putting their trust in our Heavenly Father.

  43. Carrie

    I was looking for an enchilada recipe and just happened to stumble across your blog today and found your testimony truly inspiring. Thank you for having the courage to share something so personal. I believe that finding your story today was no mistake. I have recently found myself going through some difficult times and you have reminded me that by putting our faith in the Lord is what gets us through these trials and we come out stronger for it! Thanks so much. My prayers are with you and your family.

  44. Angela L.

    Oh wow……. my first initial reaction after reading this is “Praise God”! Thank you for sharing such a personal but very beautiful story with your readers. Tears streamed down my face as I read your post and my heart is full. The Faith that both you and your husband exhibited is nothing short of inspirational……. it leaves me knowing how thankful that I should be because while we all have challenges, mine is nowhere near what you and your family have went through… yet through it all, you didn’t cry out in anger or give up, instead you held on tight to hope, belief and love….. may I learn to be as strong and brave as you are! God Bless You…

  45. Nikki ~ I just discovered your wonderful blog by following a pin I found on Pinterest! :-) I am so blessed by the testimony you have through your husband’s illness. Praise God for miracles – thank you so much for sharing yours! And, though I have only perused a couple of posts, I can tell I’ll be around A LOT – I’m not a very good cook, and your recipes look both delicious and easy to follow. Thanks for posting them!

    Many blessings to you and your family,
    Kathleen

  46. INCREDIBLE! That phrase, “Derek is not a mystery to the Lord” brought me to tears. He really does know us and love us. Thank you for sharing your miracles; your tender mercies. In this world, we need to hear these kinds of stories more often.

  47. Stefani

    Thank you so much for sharing this incredible story. I admire your strength and courage though it all… Another testimony of the Lord’s tender mercies.

  48. Sakara

    Reading this almost brought tears to my eyes. God is truly amazing!!! Keep your faith and continue to pray without ceasing! I’m so happy I found my way to your website– such a blessing. God Bless you and your family:)

  49. Marion

    Nikki- I was busy homeschooling my children today and thought I’d browse the Internet for some new recipes. I came across your blog and loved the pictures and the way the recipes made my mouth water. Then I got to this post. So beautifully written; so eloquent and full of grace and understanding. Thank you for sharing so that those of us who may not even know you can be encouraged in our faith and in the power of God to perform on our behalf. Loved it. Thank you so much!

  50. Sarah

    I just found your blog today. After reading some recipes I thought your blog was cool. After reading this story I think your blog is inspirational and amazing. I am so glad to see you post about the lord has worked in your life and I know it must have been a tough time for you, but the Lord is definitely our help and peace in time of need. Thanks for sharing this story and recipes on your blog :)
    p.s. I bookmarked your page

  51. This was wonderful! I stumbled upon your website looking for a tasty recipe and came
    across this post. I am so glad you posted this publicly and openly displayed your feelings
    about the Lord. So few people (with active blogs) do this and it takes one of great courage
    to do this. I admire you for that and thank you.

  52. Lisanne

    What a beautiful story, thank you for sharing this…I really love that you asked for “daily bread”. It makes so much sense, to take things in manageable chunks. Your story is inspiring, not only because of your miracles, but because of your spirit! You are lucky to have such a wonderful, wise mother….

    • hailey

      Cried at the beginning – for the scary change in your life,
      Cried in the middle – for the Glory of your testimony,
      Cried in the end – for the joy of the happy ending and the Joy of His Will

      Really, thanks for sharing.

      <3 Hailey

  53. SueAnne

    Thank you for your beautiful story! I’m sure it wasn’t easy sharing such personal feelings. I am thankful for the your testimony & the reminder of the precious truths. My day was made better by you sharing. I pray that you and your sweet family are blessed with many more MIRACLES. I know that miracles happen every day in our lives….it’s our responsibility to be able to see them. Thank you!

  54. Yvette

    Hi there, I just came across your facebook page (Chef in training) and was looking through the many recipes that you posted. I’m presently looking into pursuing a career in pastry and any page I find I tend to like and follow; but I saw the story about your husband and I wanted you to know how touch and inspired I am about it

    God is so awesome, I am so happy that all is well with your family and especially your husband. I am presently going through a difficult time and looking for a change and what you said really touched me. By reading your words, it has truly touched me and inspired me to continue and pursue ALL that God has in store for me life. I won’t give up.

    God bless you and your family and thank you for posting. Even though I’m a few months late.

  55. Peg

    Nikki, I’m so sorry for what you and your family and most especially your husband went through. Six year ago this month, my then-19-year-old son was hospitalized with GBS. He was also very sick–almost completely paralyzed, had a trach inserted and was on a ventilator to help him breathe, had a feeding tube because he ended up losing so much weight. He slept very little and was in a great deal of pain. Luckily, he was in a university hospital (he was in college), so we didn’t have to worry about his being in a small hospital where they may not have known how to treat him. I’m sure that doctors and staff were anticipating a long, long road ahead, since he was so sick. After being hospitalized for 5-1/2 weeks, he was transferred to a closer hospital for rehab. It was amazing how fast he progressed there–he went there in an ambulance and walked out 3 weeks later (after a lot of hard work). The only physical reminders he has now are his trach scar and, like your husband, tingling or “weird feeling” feet. I imagine you had many of the same feelings and fears as I did, but for you it was as a wife and for me as a mother. GBS a horrible illness, and some people never recover enough to be able to walk, but blessedly, your husband and my son did. My best to you.

  56. Tammy Northrup

    Nikki Ty for sharing your story. I couldn’t stop the tears as I read. Not only are you an amazing young couple but you’re an inspiration. Your faith has given me so much to think about.

  57. I just wanted to reach out and tell you that this is the first time I’ve met someone who faced the same challenge as our family did when GB afflicted my husband beginning 3 years ago. I hope you will email me as it is a long recovery and there just isn’t very much information about it out there. I’ve thought of starting a website about GB that is for people to support and encourage each other. It’s a really hard thing to go through and recover from. It’s funny, I’ve been attracted to your recipes for a long time but just happened to run across this blog. So much of what you say is so familiar to me. I never knew of the existence of GB until it happened. It took forever to diagnose. My best to you and your family.
    Deanna

    • Stacy

      My husband was diagnosed with CIDP 2 years ago this week. I would love to talk to you about this. Please email me.

  58. Brandie

    Your Christmas story touched me so deeply. The trials I am having with my husband are very different but extremely hard as well. I feel very hopeless tonight and pray for a miracle and to have a marriage and love like yours strengthened in Christ and the gospel. Your words are inspired on so many levels. Thank you for your sweet testimony.

  59. Lindsay

    This moved be to tears, Nikki.
    Not only is your faith remarkable, but you helped me realize an even greater beauty in the Lord.
    I don’t want to sound selfish but you’ve actually helped me realize what’s the most important in this life and to be thankful for every minute we are givin.
    I know our Fathers Prayer but never really understood much of it until now.
    Thank you

  60. I’m sitting at my husbands hospital bedside reading this blog post. He has Cystic Fibrosis, a chronic lung disease. We also have young children so I can relate to those feelings you expressed when your husband was initially diagnosed. I know that we too are surrounded by the prayers of our friends and family, but it is hard sometimes to trust God’s will for our family when I know the outcomes of this disease are not the best. I appreciated reading how He carried you through, and I know He will do the same for me too. Praise God for the healing your husband received! Thanks for sharing your story.

  61. Stacy

    My husband was diagnosed 2 years ago this week with CIDP. The “cousin” to GBS. I can relate to your feelings. I thank the Lord that your husband was quickly on the road to recovery. My husband’s condition is chronic and we struggle everyday with his physical and mental challenges as well as the strain it has put on our marriage and each of us individually. We all have a story and yours is inspiring. Your faith is inspiring. Thank you.

  62. Amy Hayes

    I went looking for a recipe and ended reading your husbands story. It is so nice to read that there truly are people who love God and still believe in his miracles. I have a similar story and know the tests we face as Christians and I can say that he is faithful and wonderful. Thanks for sharing your story it was beautiful.

  63. Liz

    What an amazing story. It was so encouraging to read about how you sought comfort in the Lord. My husband also had GBS, but this was in high school before I met him. I will continue to pray for you and your family, especially your husband, as I have heard the long recuperation story from when my husband was finally discharged from the hospital and then moved onto PT and all the other things that he had to relearn. God Bless.

  64. Ktay

    i came across your blog thru pinterest and so glad i did. i am going thru some trials right now that dont even compare to what you went thru. im so thankful i did come across this and red this because it shows me i need to soften my heart and accept what is happening and be okay with it. because even in the darkness the Lord is still our light .. thank you so much for sharing!!

  65. Courtney

    Hi Nikki,
    I just joined your blog a few days and this morning read your Miracle Story. What an amazing testimony of faith, love, trust and heartache. I can’t even imagine how scared and unsure you were as a wife and young mother but your faithfulness to our Glorious Savior was honored tenfold. Our God Is Indeed An Awesome God! Thank You Lord for blessing this sweet family!

  66. Debbie Brunhoff

    That was a beautiful and heart wrenching story you told of what your husband and you had to endure. Praise God He answered your prayers and healed your husbands body. Our God is a mighty God! I bet you had a wonderful Christmas.

  67. Wendi

    Hi Nikki,

    I don’t know exactly how I came to be reading this story of the trials (and tribulation!) you and your husband went through, on this beautiful, sunny, Sunday morning but I wanted to say Thank You. I know you were conflicted over sharing your experience but I’ll bet you touched many, many lives through this. I was sitting here in my kitchen worrying about the bills I can’t pay, and all the regular burdens we go through every day and your life event certainly put things into perspective for me. And the strengthening of your faith throughout that period of time were inspirational, to say the least. So Thank You … today you were a blessing to me! I hope everything is well for your and your husband and your beautiful children. God Bless.

    Wendi

  68. Dedee Dart

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful story of faith, prayer and miracles. It was hard to read through the tears. God does know us individual. May He bless your family.

  69. Tammy

    I know that it has been several months since this experience happened to you little family. However, it is always nice to listen to someone bare such a strong witness to Christ and His atonement. I am sorry that you had to go through those trials, but you are right when you say that we are not mysteries to our Father in Heaven. What a wonderful example of faith shown by both yourself and your sweet husband when he chose to pray for you in his time of need. You are truly blessed and as I read that I could feel your spirit so strongly. The Lord knew you could handle it!!! Thank you for sharing such a personal story.

  70. Hi Nikki!
    I literally just stumbled across your website via Pinterest…and further stumbled onto your husband’s story.

    WILD. My brother had Guillain Barre Syndrome. And he was in the 5th percentile of serious cases. In the ICU for months and a complete paraplegic.. What a ride this syndrome has taken you on – my family is all too familiar.

    The beautiful part is that that was over ten years ago, and he is the healthiest, happiest and most accomplished 30 yr old I now know. God works tremendous miracles. So glad your man had you to go through all that with.

    Blessings!

  71. Lisa S

    Nikki,
    Thank you for sharing your heart for our Savior. I have had medical problems for 9 years and there are times that I could not get through my day without God’s strength. Your post was a great reminder of how we need to pray “God’s will not ours”. He always knows what the best paths are for us even when we could never imagine why he chooses some of them. I have been fortunate enough to have some of these answers revealed to me so I can lean on “He is so good to us”!! I stand on these verses in Isiah 41:10; 13.

  72. Cheryl Egan

    You are a very wise young woman. You have figured out what most never even come close to knowing……
    God will continue to bless you and your family because of your faith.

  73. Melissa Young

    I just found your site by chance looking around on the computer and am so glad I did. First I have to say my heart goes out to you and your husband. Ya’ll are truly blessed. Everyone says God has a plan for what he does and even though ideally it isn’t the plan you want…..it can always turn out to be such a miracle and blessing.

  74. Lisa

    Today I stumbled on your blog for a recipe. Then I stumbled further yet to this post. Thank you for speaking so openly about your life and this experience. Even more, thank you for speaking so boldly about what Jesus has done for you and your husband. What a trial to walk through, yet what glory our God gets for His healing and for His will to be done. Thank you for sharing this personal story with me (and the world), whom you do not even know. May your light continue to shine brightly.

  75. Sandy

    I just found this website. That was one of the hardest tests I’ve read of a family going through. I have been going through severe trials in my life as well. It is through these that our faith is deepened. It is by His grace and love I can even type these words and not be angry with the outcomes of some things. Thank you for sharing your testimony. It is never wrong to share something so amazing on your blog and give people a taste (no pun intended) of what your family is about. It makes everything feel more personal!

  76. Tiffany

    I just found this strolling through blogland looking for recipes and felt compelled to read. It was so worth my time. Thank you for sharing your faith and this beautiful true story. It has strengthened my day.

  77. Maggie Greer

    Nikki!
    I just barely was looking at a ‘Pin” I had done MONTHS ago and saw your face on the side of this website! WOW! I had no idea! I just barely read this post….can I just say You. Are. AMAZING! Really, I look up to you so much whether you realize it or not! What a wild ride this was for you and your family!?!?!?!? I had NO idea! I am truly thankful that Derek is okay and that everything worked out in the way that it did. You are both such wonderful people and have touched so many. I know that Derek’s great faith is also a testament of YOUR great faith! May the Lord continue to bless you and give you peace and Derek comfort (both physically and spiritually:). Thanks for sharing, I’m sure this was not an easy post! I sure do love ya girly!

  78. Monica J

    I just came across your blog looking for recipes. What at miracle. God is an awesome God. This blessed my soul. I”m so thankful for a loving God who hears our prayers. You can”t make me double God. I know to much about Him. He’s a wonderful Savior. So happy for you and your family. I will keep your family in prayer. Thanks for the awesome recipes.

  79. rose

    GOD IS GREAT!!!! I so much loved your miracle story and truly believe your husband has received a miracle from our heavenly father. May he continue to bless you and your family every single day. Thank you for sharing your story and opening our hearts and eyes even more

    rosemoc

  80. This was just what I needed today….we recently lost our first baby to miscarriage and it is such a comfort to remember that the Lord is in control and has the perfect plan for us. Only He gives the peace that passes all understanding. Thank you for sharing!

  81. Wow, thank you for sharing this very personal story. I stopped and reflected on my life and how much I have to be grateful for. I took away so much. I will keep your family in my prayers. God is so amazing!!!!

  82. Christie

    Thank you so much for sharing this story! What an AMAZING testimony the Lord has given you & your family! This brought me to tears but was so encouraging to be reminded of God’s power, mercy & peace! I also appreciated your reminder that we won’t find comfort on this earth but are being refined for our eternal home! Thanks again & may you all continue to grow in the Lord!

  83. robin

    hi nikki….your story touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes…i have been a nurse for 36 years and see miracles all the time…but most recently i had a moment involving one of our family pets when i asked for gods help and immediately recieved it…my pet passed but his suffering ended as soon as i asked god to end his suffering…he had no chance of recovery …i am so happy for your family and wish u continued blessings and a better new year…things can only get so bad before they have to start getting better…and then we appreciate the little things that go right…thanks for sharing your life story…robin

  84. Wow! As horrible as that experience was, what a testimony you gained and shared! Thank you. I hope your story inspires people to turn to the Lord in their trials and have faith in miracles, because obviously they do still happen. I loved what your mom said (about ‘there are no mysteries to God’), so true and a great reminder. Thank you again!

  85. Bobbi

    I am so glad I clicked on your Bajio chicken salad recipe and read this post. It is such an inspiring and faith building post, thank you for sharing this miracle.

  86. What a beautiful testimony of God’s miraculous power! People see the pretty pictures and see our online lives but don’t realize we have real life issues and trials we face. We may not always share those things like you said in your post, but we do go through things like everyone else. Thank you for sharing your testimony and being so candid about your faith and trust in the Lord!!

  87. Maria

    Tears! Tears! Tears!! I think I have found the story of Saturday’s gathering!! OMG! you’re an amazing believer dear Nikki! bless you all. May the Lord save you and your family. <3

  88. Antica Kandic

    If we walk in righteousness He will carry us through. Dear Nikki, our Lord used your mother to comfort you in prayers and your husband too. He showed you what he can do. Every time I hear the story of God working miracle in our lives, and showing us that he is real and alive, I cry like a little child. His glory, grace & mercy is endless. You have done so wonderful job sharing this story, and please keep sharing every where you can because God used your family to show others how those who believe in him will have an eternal life. We need to share our testimonies and bring all people together in one God through Jesus Christ. May God bless you! Much love to your family & you!

  89. 18KatyaRockstar92

    Of all story i read about GBS survivor this story made me touch most , got tears and made me inspire.
    Your story is having a similarities with the story of my Family.. My Brother is also a GBS survivor.
    When he was a child he suffer like a numbness and get into a paralyse, He confined at the ICU and having a 7 doctors..
    The doctors are so frank to my mom, said “mam we can’t cured your son only one in a million who will be alive of this disease” my mother always crying.. that’s why my mother decide to get the machine that connects to my brother and he said to the doctors “just pull out all machines that connects to my son” the doctors said “mam if we will pull it out your son will be gone” mama reply “You said it is so impossible to you to cured my son then why should i continue to confine my son here?? IF HE IS A MYSTERY TO YOU, HE IS NOT A MYSTERY TO THE LORD (same line with you nikki and my mom) I will offer my son to the lord, if it is impossible for you to heal my son then, i will trust into miracle” and the seven doctors bow to my son and said “okay mam! we are only instrument by GOD”

    After confining in the ICU my brother is only at home.. My mother is always praying all the angels and saints.. she always knelled alone.. Our family friends, relatives are also praying to my brother.. then after 5 months of suffering, my mother is so shocked when he saw my brother stand and walk slowly saying “MAMA! MAMA” and my mother shouted “PRAISE THE LORD! THANKS GOD! THANKS GOD!”

    and now my brother is totally cured, he is healthy and having a normal living..

    If we have a faith, hope and trust nothing is impossible,. PRAYER IS THE BEST MEDICINE :)

  90. 18KatyaRockstar92

    Hello Nikki its me again.. I have a second story about GBS.. my cousin is currently suffering a GBS now, he got numbness, can’t stand and hard to move alone itself.. . It begun last December 17, 2014 up to present, He’s not confined in the ICU,. My mother advice to his father that “PRAY FOR HIM, PRAY FOR HIM” All of our cousins Christmas wish is only to make our cousin having a GBS will be okay.. nikki believe me my cousin now is on the process of healing and soon he will be cured.. I think GBS is not Totally progress to his body..
    you know what’s his medicine? Not a treatment nor a tablet but a PRAYERS”
    now he is fighting for GBS that it will not totally progress,, Now , he can move his upper body and soon his feet.. TO GOD BE THE GLORY :)

  91. Renee Farkas

    Thank you for sharing your inspiring story. It touched my heart and I cried. May God bless you and your growing family with peace, prosperity, and health.

  92. Adrian McClendon

    What an inspiring story. I know I am late but I just read this and have to say that your faith in God is amazing and inspiring! The dedication. Love and support you have shown for your husband truly touched me. Thank you for sharing. God bless you and hubby and may He continuously bestow healing and strength for your husband.

  93. Sharren Popenfoose

    Wow, what an encouragement! I stumbled across your story when I was searching for Panda Express rangoons! I will bookmark your blog and look for updates. I am getting ready to try out the rangoon recipe-can’t wait to taste it! The pictures of food on your blog look awesome!
    God bless you and thank you for sharing. We all have trials that we can use to comfort and empathize with others!

  94. Deanna

    Love your recipes, but mostly love your miracle story. Thank you for sharing and God bless your family. He has great things planned for you and yours. :)

  95. Kelp

    Hello Nikky!!! This brought tears in my eyes. I cannot stop crying. I am very happy that in the end everything is well. In hardest time of your life you did not loose faith in God, your faith inspires me and it also strengthen my faith as well. May God bless your wonderful little family!!!! Kelp.

  96. Hi Nikki! I just found this part of your blog, as I’m somewhat new to it. This post was nothing short of amazing! Your words were those of a wife who not only loved her husband but who loved the Lord even more. Your trust in Him was your strength; your love for Him was your courage; your faith was your blessing. Keeping all of you in my prayers as you continue on the chosen Path that He has given all of you. Can’t wait to hear the announcement of your new little one! God bless!

  97. I just read the Christmas testimony about Nikki’s husband. What a wonderful story and witness for our Lord and Savior! I must have needed to read it this morning; bless you Nikki, and thank you Lord.

  98. Wow I have read your blog and cannot believe what your husband has been through. I had GBS when I was 2 1/2 and am very thankful that I also made a full recovery and did not have the complications Derek did. You are both very fortunate you have such strong faith and believed everything would be as it should. Thank you for sharing your life experience. Bless you both xx

  99. Carina Nel

    Your testimony strengthened my faith today and just reminded me that God knows best for our future. We are trusting the Lord to intervene in our financial crisis before 13 June 2014 on which date our home for the past nine years would go on auction. I am now willing to say “Your will be done” as I know that He will work all things together for our good and for the honor of His name. I know He is with us in this furnace and will bring us through triumphantly. May God bless you and your family and continue to use your testimony to give hope to those who cry out to Him for help.

  100. Tammy P.

    What a powerful testimony of God’s faithfulness in the midst of tremendous storm. I am just now finding your site due to a recipe someone shared and just “happened” upon this story. I, too, can relate to just about everything you shared as I’ve been ill most of my life and homebound the last 5 yrs. with severe health problems that have the doctors puzzled. Then, with my own family and husband’s health issues now we often wonder what more can we take. But, I have to believe that the Lord is in control, and eventhough I don’t like the “stretching” He has allowed in my life, I know without these storms, I surely wouldn’t know my God like I do so deeply, now! (He’s my very breath!) I believe the purest form of worship, to our Creator, now, is when you’re so ill or so scared; yet, you still choose to adore and worship Him when nothing seemingly has changed. Anyone, can serve Him when all is going well, right? Thanks for your story!

  101. Kristina Peszel

    Thank you so much for sharing your amazing story, I am so grateful for your openess and willingness to share such a personal story. Your story moved me to tears and I am so happy that Derek got the intervention he so desperately needed.

  102. Sherwin Walley

    Wow Nikki that was truly an amazingly awesome testimony. And it was just what I needed as a token to continue to press forward and hold fast to his word because they without a doubt never will return. VOID GOD is truly amazing and how wonderful are his works. Thanks for sharing Your story, This was just his way of reminding me to hold on because greater is here. I pray the LORD continues to bless you and Your family TREMENDOUSLY. What a way for him to show up and show out. May the blessing of the LORD continue to hunt you down. I hope all continues to be well with you’ll. May GOD bless you and keep you’ll . Love a fellow sister in Christ (Sherwin Walley)

  103. Ashley Thomas

    Your story is amazing. I just cried and smiled because God is good and it is good to see people still speak of him. Love your blog!

  104. Matthew

    Hello Nikki, thank you for posting this about your husband. I was moved and reminded of my own ordeal 7yrs ago. It is a wonder since I’m not really sure how I came across you on Facebook…then, to casually look at your blog and find this story just seemed too coincidental. When I was 24, I had 2 strokes a week from each other. The first one felt like I sat wrong and gave me the sensation my leg fell asleep(among others). Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case and I felt it creep up to my face. Long story short, I was admitted to the hospital where 3 different doctors tried telling me I had MS:( Just as I was about to accept this, s man of the Lord came to visit me and wanted to talk about God. We had an interesting convoy that left him in awe. During this time, my mother’s church unbeknown to me was praying for me to recover. The next day, my spinal tap fluid came back negative for MS!!! This left all the doctors dumbfounded because they no longer had ideas to what really happened to me. Even the x-rays showed my brain was fine which with a stroke should’ve left a clue-but it didn’t. Now 7yrs later I haven’t had another stroke and my birthday now has more meaning than before. See, I was in bad shape when I was born and the Lord intervened. Then, when I turned 25 I was discharged from the hospital and the stroke nightmares were behind me. Again, the Lord intervened!:). I feel for you and your husband and I’m very happy for the both of you. Thank you again for sharing and I’m going to have to try that pineapple punch recipe! Much love and respect. ~Matthew

  105. Lynn Snipes

    Thank you for your testimony as to our God’s healing powers . We went through breast cancer last year and God carried us as well. I am healed and I give Him all the credit. I am new to your blog and love recipes as you do. May God continue to Bless your family as you give Him the glory & honor.

  106. Lucy

    I just read your inspiring story. Thank you for sharing. God is good all of the time, and all of the time God is good! May he continue to bless you and your beautiful family. Btw, love your recipes, too!

  107. Thank you for being transparent and sharing the story of your miracle!! May God bless you and keep you and continue to make His face shine upon you!
    I came across your site while looking for recipes for my chef-in-training daughter who loves to cook & bake ;-)

  108. Kathy

    Wow!! I was just browsing for recipes and came across your site and wanted to read the miracle of your husband. You encourage me. Love this story of our heavenly Father. He always gives us peace. ” Don’t be anxious about anything…”. And it ends with….PEACE. It’s about God’s peace. No one or anything can give it but Him through Jesus. Praise God for all he did. Glory be to God alone!!

  109. Jenny

    Thanks so much for sharing your husband’s miracle story. I truly believe miracles still happen today, and loved hearing your testimony of Jesus Christ. And I love your recipes!