Needing Your Thoughts and Prayers

I thought I would just give you an update so you know why if my posting schedule gets off.  You may have noticed that I typically post a recipe every day.

I am posting this to let you know I will still be posting, I just don’t know how regular it will be.  My husband was life flighted to the University of Utah Hospital where he is being treated for Guillain Barre Syndrome.  His current condition is pretty serious and my mind and thoughts are with him.  The good news is that he will make a full recovery, the hard thing is that we don’t know when that will be or how much his condition will worsen before we make it over the hump.

I am definitely going to be posting because I find cooking and baking to be a huge stress reliever, and these days, I think I am going to be needing some stress relief.  My mom (the chef I aspire to be) is also going to be cooking a lot to help me out in keeping up my blog.

Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers, we could definitely use them right now.  Thank you so much!

I also wanted to say how much I appreciate the support I receive from you for my blog!  This blog has been such a blessing to me and my family and I truly appreciate your support!  It means more to me than you will ever know.

Thank so much!


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  1. laxsupermom

    Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear about your husband! You and your husband will be in my thoughts and prayers. I hope his recovery is swift. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Deb

    I love reading your blog although I rarely comment. Today I would like to express how sorry I am to hear about your husband. Please know you both are in my thoughts and prayers at this time.

  3. jrmom

    I am so sorry to hear about your husband. I will gladly add you both to my prayers. I hope he recovers sooner and easier than expected.

  4. Ron and Diana Pike

    A young father in our ward just went to the hospital this week with Gullain Barre. He is going home from the hospital today and beginning physical therapy. We are holding a special fast for him so I will add you dear husband to my fast and prayers. Diana from Closet Crafter

  5. Leah

    I have a friend who had that condition. Trust that it does get better! I will be praying for your family.

  6. Hana

    I'm so sorry to hear that Nikki, I Wish your husband a speedy recovery.

  7. Artsy VaVa

    I just said a prayer for your husband and you! I will continue to pray for healing for him and strength for you. Don't worry about your schedule being off. Everyone will understand!

  8. Anonymous

    Oh my....wishing him well soon and yes look after yourself as well.

  9. Grateful Gramma

    I'm very sorry to hear about your husband's illness but thankful to see that you both can look forward to a full recovery. Praying that the path back to health and strength will be smooth and short.

  10. Gleeful

    I'm very sorry to hear that but I hope your husband gets well very soon. Do your best to look after yourself as well. You'll be in my thoughts!

  11. Jackie

    Wishing you and your husband the very best. My thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy recovery.

  12. -Kasey

    Thoughts with you and your family!

  13. Sharon-The OKI StampQueen

    Nikki-My thoughts and prayers are with you and all you love. I have walked a somewhat similar path---and I want to offer some encouragement and hope as I am sure you are feeling overwhelmed at this point. Check out Stephen Minisitry. A Stephen Minister is just an person whose been through 60+ hrs of training to LISTEN, ENCOURAGE, SUPPORT...someone whose going through a difficult time. We're just people who have gone through rough times, survived, and want to offer hope and encouragement to others (you're not beat over the head with the Bible!) It's free-it's non-denominational, one on one (woman to woman, man to man), for as long as you need it. Just call your local churchs & ask if they are Stephen Ministry congregation or know of one in your area. Or contact SM directly-google them-they are located in St Louis. I am a trained Stephen Minister and Stephen Leader. My SM got me through my late husband's cancer journey. She was a "neutral" party-someone I could unload on and not feel as if I were taxing a family member or friend. It was invaluable to me. If you want more info, please e-mail me at In the meantime, prayers here for you and yours. Blessings, Sharon

  14. Rita

    I'll be praying for you and your DH.I'm very familiar with GB and how scary it can be.

  15. SalBug

    Keep on cooking! Develop a recipe in honor of your husband and share it with all of us so we can make it too. Just consider it another method of group prayer. I'll be praying for you both!

  16. Rona Gregory

    I am totally thinking of you all and sending positive thoughts. I have known two people to have this and I want you to know they both got through it and hubby will too, it is totally scary though for all of you. Stay positive, sending you hugs and good thoughts.

  17. Bethany

    Thinking of you and keeping all of you in my prayers!

  18. Shelia

    I will be praying for you, your husband and family.Have courage and hope and know that God is a mighty God.SheliaOpen our Eyes Lord that We may See God

  19. Heidi

    Your family will be in our prayers!

  20. Rhondi ~ Big Mama's Home Kitchen

    Don't worry about us Nikki...we will be here after you get through this with your husband and family. I love reading your blog, but family always comes first. My prayers are with you. Stay strong.

  21. Angela

    Saying a prayer for you and your family!

  22. joholder0608

    My heart goes out to you and your family. May you find the same type of comfort that the food you make creates for us all.

  23. joholder0608

    My heart goes out to you and your family. May you find the same type of comfort that the food you make creates for us all.

  24. Debby@Just Breathe

    Nikki, keeping you and your husband in my prayers. Praying for his complete recovery and for peace in your heart. ((HUGS))

  25. out of the frame

    so sorry to hear about your husband. will definitely be thinking and praying for you, for a quick recovery.

  26. JBuckister

    You are all in our prayers! Speedy recovery to your husband.

  27. Anonymous

    Knowing that disease can take a widely different course, I will tell you that my husband had it only it wasn't diagnosed immediately. As a result, his recovery took months but he now is back to "normal" whatever that is.

  28. 2DollarBill

    My sweet Mother-in-law found your blog on Pinterest for me, and I've been following faithfully since. I truly appreciate the passion & time you put in to this. I have been married for 5 years this April. And my husband has been seriously sick for 4 & 1/2 of those years. I understand, you aren't alone. Keep faith. My prayers are with you.

  29. Angie Huckleby

    Nikki,I am so sorry to hear about your husband. It's good to know he is going to recover even though it will be a process....he is very lucky to have you. I have always believed that family comes first and foremost. Although I don't know you personally, I have to know you somewhat by reading your blogs. You are a amazing woman which leads me to believe his is a great guy. it's obvious that you guys are crazy about each other. My prayers and with both of you and the rest of your family. Thanks for letting us know and please keep us posted.

  30. Lisa

    I am rather new to the blog and not a regular commenter but did want to send my loving note for a speedy recovery for your husband and courage and strength for you. Peace for your entire family! And I too know that cooking is a great stress reliever, and kind of therapy for me as well. Wishing your family great health, comfort and peace during this time! :)

  31. Lyndsay @ Thinspiration

    I am so sorry to hear about your husband. I wish him a speedy recovery & my thoughts go out to you and your entire family as you get through this trying time.

  32. Kristina

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I hope you can find strength in knowing that so many care.

  33. Andi's English Attic

    Oh my goodness, of course my thoughts and good wishes are with you. Hope all goes well and he's out and recovered as quick as can be. xx

  34. Catherine

    Hi Nikki, I'm fairly new to your blog but in a very short time I have become a delighted, faithful reader. My heart goes out to you and you and your husband will be in my thoughts and prayers. You have a very loyal following so when you are able keep us posted. Hang in there hon, it will get better!

  35. L.M.Tea

    Prayers to you and your husband. I had a neighbor that had the same thing, he indeed make a recovery from it. I hope for the best for your husband!

  36. Marcella

    I'm so sorry your going through this and I'm praying for you and your husband.

  37. Cindi

    I am so sorry! My thoughts and prayers will definitely be with you! My wonderful and amazing aunt has that as well, but she has fully recovered both times it has gotten serious, and she seems stronger after it happens, so just know that it will get better. You are awesome! And I love your site!

  38. sabri

    Sending out prayers for you and the rest of your family..xo ~sabri~

  39. JM

    I just began to follow your posts this week. You are blessed to have so much support from your on-line family. Know that your husband will be healthy again. Prayers are being raised for you and yours from here in Venezuela.

  40. VJ

    I am praying for you, your husband and your family.

  41. KSS

    Keeping you, your husband and your families in my prayers. God speed on this journey!

  42. Denise

    I have always enjoyed your site. Know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.Denise

  43. Dan

    Best wishes for you and your husband. You're in our prayers

  44. Anonymous

    Hope everything goes OK. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  45. Dave Willauer

    Definitely! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Keep us posted, please!

  46. Kendra

    My thoughts are with you and your family. I have a friend who's husband was diagnoised with it last year. He is recovering but it is a long haul for the entire family. Stay positive!

  47. Dave Willauer

    Definitely! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Please keep us posted!

  48. Amber

    Thoughts & prayers for your family! Keep your chin up!

  49. Chris

    He'll be fine and you'll get over this rough patch sooner than you think. And you can heal the family back to good health and happiness with your awesome comfort food.

  50. Carrie

    Our prayers go out to you and your family during this time.

  51. Naomi

    My husband had this I know what you are going through, please at anytime contact me. I will be praying!!

  52. Jan

    Omg! This brings tears to my eyes. I'm so glad that your hubby will recover from this thou. I'm sendinghugs and prayers to your family. Cooking and bakingalways helps me too.

  53. Anonymous

    My prayers are with you - hang tight - so glad to know that the prognosis is good despite the difficult road

  54. CookieCrazedMama

    Thoughts and prayers are with you and your husband! We will miss your amazing posts, but family is always first!

  55. Mis in Ks

    Nikki,So sorry to hear about your husband's illness. I pray for your family and your husband's recovery. You have many cyber friends' support!

  56. Anonymous

    Blessings to you & yours! Big HUGS!! A happy follower, Renea.

  57. suzyhomemaker

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope he has a speedy recovery.

  58. Jenn

    My thoughts are with you.

  59. Jocelyn

    I am so sorry to hear about your husband! Take care of him...we will be here when you get back!!! Praying for both of you during this time!!!!

  60. Ginger

    So sorry, Nikki! I will keep all of you in my prayers.

  61. Anonymous

    I just started following your blog, getting emails from it. I pray that God give you and your family the strength, patience and comfort during the time it takes for your husband to get better. He is always there for us, all we need to do is let Him know we are trusting and leaning on Him. If I can ask, please keep me and my family in your prayers also as we are going through a really tough time in our life/marriage/health.Carissa in Louisiana

  62. Anonymous

    May God send his angels to watch over you your husband and your family. I pray God will heal him from the top of his head to the bottom of his feet, may all that come in contact with him be sent by God. Be blessed and know you are a blessing to all who read your blog. I would like to add your husband to my prayers may I ask his name? Keep the faith, Marion

  63. Debbie @ Life is Sweets

    I'm so sorry to read about your husband's illness and the rough road ahead for you all. I will be sending my most positive thoughts and energy your way for a successful recovery. I am just coming to your site now to get your URL to give you a Versatile Blogger Award. You are an amazing inspiration to your followers and we are all wishing the best for you and your family!

  64. Lisa

    So sorry to hear about your husband. Definitely hoping and praying for the best.

  65. Indiana Inker

    I'm sorry to hear about your husband. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

  66. Annes S

    Sorry to hear your news, sending prayers and warm wishes to you and your family x

  67. Kim

    I will pray for you and your family.

  68. Cindy B.

    I'm so sorry to hear about your husband, my thoughts and prayer are with you and your family. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

  69. Crafty Zoo

    Through trials and tribulation, we can feel God most clearly. I pray your family healing, peace and strength. We'll be here when ya get back! God Bless.

  70. Pamela

    I am so sorry to hear about your husband. Please know that you and your husband are in my thoughts and prayers.

  71. Diane

    Sending many prayers for your family..Wishing your husband a speedy recovery!

  72. Deb

    Hi Nikki, So sorry to see this news but wanted to give you some hope in that I have a 2nd cousin who has overcome this illness. He was a young man in the prime of life and through faith & trust in the Lord, perseverance and patience he is well and happy these days. Keep on going and know that the Lord is watching over you, your husband and your sweet family. with love and blessings, Deb :)

  73. Carri

    Prayers for your husband, you and your family.... coming your way.. Hand in there and God Bless Carri

  74. Stephane

    So sorry to hear of this challenge in your life - I believe God doesn't give us anything that we can't handle and he is with us every step of the way. May you find comfort in that knowledge. You are in our prayers!

  75. Anonymous

    Nikki, So very sorry to hear of your husband. Praying for you and your family and your husband's recovery. I enjoy your blog so much! Stay strong. ((((hugs)))) to you all. Kris

  76. Anonymous

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your husband. I hope he is feeling better soon!

  77. Annette@InAllYouDo

    Nikki, I can't imagine what you're going through. But recently I went through a difficult time when I lost my Dad to cancer. This song really helped me to keep focused and allow God to speak to me during those long difficult days and nights. Know that He is right there with you and holding you every step of the way. I pray you find comfort in Him and the prayers being offered up on your behalf. We will add you and your husband to our prayers.Blessings,Annette

  78. Debbie

    Here is more information on The Versatile Blogger award, though I know this may not be a great time for you:

  79. June Ferguson

    Hi Nikki-I am so sorry to hear this news about your husband! Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with both of you and your family. I pray for a speedy recovery for your husband, and for strength and peace for you.Take care and please keep us updated on how things are going!Love,June in KS

  80. Carol

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your husband. My brother-in-law found out approximately ten years ago that he also has this condition. He is doing fine and I hope he recovers quickly.Carol

  81. Anonymous

    Sending positive thoughts and prayers to you, your husband, and family. Wishing for a speedy recovery for your husband. Sue in Ohio

  82. Rachel Smith

    I'm so sorry to hear this. I can't imagine how scary and devastating this must be for you both. I'm thinking of you and will be praying with all my might for a speedy recovery. Love and prayers-Rachel

  83. Kristy

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

  84. Lisa @ honibun@blogspot

    Hi Nikki, my mom was diagnosed with GBS several years ago and thanks to an awesome medical team and a daughter who would not take "no" or "we don't know" for an answer she has recovered remarkably well. She only still carries small remainders of the illness with her daily. Mom can't drink from a glass without a straw because the muscles on the one side of her face don't work so well. You cant notice it unless she is really tired because then the left side droops a little and she battles with her left leg. It gets like a pins and needles sensation in it which at times is a little painful.However, those are so minor when I think what this disease could have done...we received a lot of support and a lot of prayers were said and most of all we believed that she would be fine.So coming from that I can say that I know what you are going through, I know how scary the diagnoses and prognosis can be. I fully understand how surreal it is dealing with doctors and not understanding half of what they are saying. I also know that the power of prayer is the one constant that keeps you on your feet and gets you through the tough times.I am praying for you and your family as you face this difficult time. May God bring you peace and comfort and may He guide the hands of the doctors treating your husband.Keep us posted as and when you can. God Bless

  85. Ali

    You are in my thoughts. Similar to the above comment, I have witnessed several patients make a full recovery. I hope you have all the support you need.

  86. Christina Morley

    My husband and I are praying for your husband and for peace during the storm. I'm so glad your mother is there to help you with cooking - the lighter side of life! God bless.

  87. Hi

    Be encouraged I had the same disease some 30 odd years ago, it's a rough road but the Lord is VERY faithful. Praying God bless xxx

  88. mividaenundulce

    Oh Nikki, I sorry to hear this, what can I say? Your husband and you will be in our prays, wishing you to be as string as needed.Lot blessing for all of you.

  89. Stacy

    Hi there...I am a faithful Chef in Training blog reader and two years ago I was diagnosed with CIDP the chronic form of life has changed...but I am learning so much from this being that it is so important to make sure you are eating the best that you can...fruits and veggies in large-LARGE quantities help tremendously!!! I have also switched to doing my own baking and trying as much organics as possible!!! Another being that you need to surround yourself with as many positives as you is a gift and when you start living it as though...wonderful things do happen!! Stay positive and take of yourself as well as your husband. If I can help answer any questions, please do not hesitate. Like I said, life will change...but you WILL find the good in it!! Prayers for you and your family!!

  90. Anonymous

    I'm so sorry. Praying for wonderful care from Dr.'s and RN's and for a faster than expected recovery for him.

  91. Kim B.

    Praying for you & your husband Nikki!! May you feel God's strength & peace during this time!!

  92. Anonymous

    I had a friend who had GBS. Just to give you hope... she runs marathons and participates in triathlons now.