Double for your trouble (and on feeding Herman)

“Double for your trouble” is a phrase that Joyce Meyer often uses.  The theme often crops up in the Bible.  It is a phrase that I hold onto and focus on when I am down.  My own eyes have seen that God will work wonders and will give out a double blessing.  A dear lady I know gave birth to twin boys after receiving IVF treatment. They were born very prematurely.

Now I am not here to discuss the matter of IVF whether I think it is right or wrong. After all my beloved niece was conceived in this way and so where the two twins – all of which are both big blessings in their parents eyes.  Yes IVF can be seen as a miracle cure for those who are unable to have children but the process is an emotional roller coaster with more lows than highs.  Yes IVF could help in my situation but we would have to have PGD IVF a step after much discussion, prayer and thought my husband and I decided that it was a step too far as we would actually be playing God in His role of giving and of taking life.

I am here to mention one of my knitting projects.  They were born so prematurely that the odds of them pulling through was slim, but I and a few of my friends prayed and prayed and prayed; and they did pull through – they even made it home before their actual due date!  Although they were home they were not out of the woods so I waited till a couple of weeks ago when I heard very positive news about their progress before taking up the pins and knitting them a little something:


Double for your trouble

Another one of my friends is delivering them to her on my behalf.  I’m sure they will look adorable in them!

I’ve started knitting berets after I decided that I needed another one.  The pattern I chose knitted up so quickly and didn’t take up much yarn that I’m knitting up a few more (in order to use up the yarn – new year’s resolution) and I’m going to give them to another one of my friends who knits for the Big Issue.

Today I had to feed Herman my German friendship sourdough starter. Since today was Monday, Monday had to be a bad start – morning was busy and by the time lunchtime came my patience was a tad on the thin side – and I had to go out and buy Herman some flour. Now me being a Coeliac I was a bit apprehensive about buying flour.  You see I’ve never ever had to do that before.  If I want flour I just fill in my prescription stating if I want brown or white flour, take it to the chemist who takes it to the doctors who gives it back to the chemist who then orders it and I then go and pick up my order about a week later and hey presto! I have flour.  So off I go to the supermarket and discovered that there was only a bay and half of flour to go through.  So not that many then!  First bay of shelves were all Strong White Flour and Wholemeal Flour all by different brands – what is the difference (bar price) between the different brands?  Flour is flour surely?  Just brown or white?  No then there was Self raising flour.  Herman needs Plain flour – PLAIN!  So I looked and on the half bay I see organic plain flour.  Is there the supermarket own brand????  Yep – just on a shelf lower down.  PHEW!!! Flour brought and I could go back to work and have my lunch (Cauliflower soup a la James Martin).

So here is Herman with his tea:

Herman's dinner

And here he is after he has been fed, watered, stirred, talked to and loved:

Herman well fed!

I’m a bit worried that there are lumps in him.  I hope and pray he is still bubbling.  I did have a look and watch him and I’m sure I saw a bubble or two!  I’ll keep you posted – he doesn’t need feeding again till Saturday when I have to split him and give him away.  I keep on changing my mind on who to pass him onto.  I thought I knew but then I think of others and think would they like him?  I’ve decided to pray about the matter instead. Hopefully by Saturday I’ll have the answers!




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