Celebrating 7 Grace-Filled Years

We celebrated our sweet boy’s 7th birthday this past weekend!

While the years have, at times, been wrought with heart-wrenching days of anaphylactic reactions, asthma attacks, ER visits, and hospital stays; there have been many, many more days that have been filled with tears of joy and laughter.  These seven years have been wrought with grace and mercy, rather than pain and sadness.

I do not know the reason my son was chosen to live with life-threatening food allergies.  Perhaps it is simply to provide this website in order to serve others.  Perhaps it is to teach him (and us) reliance on God, rather than reliance on things and self.  Perhaps it is something even more…..even greater than what we can fathom here on Earth.  Whatever it is, I know my son was chosen for a reason.

I struggle with sadness and anxiety over my son’s food allergy affliction, just like any other parent grieves over struggles (even worse struggles) in their own children.  We are no different than the rest of you.  Yet, we try to look at our days, our years with him, different than perhaps some.  We try not to let allergies define us, but God’s free grace instead.

I could have made today’s post title “Celebrating 7 Allergy-Filled Years” or “We Made It to 7” or something of the like.  I chose to call it “Grace-Filled Years” because I know for a fact that our days have been filled with grace.  We have received unmerited favor from God.  Both in the big things, like anaphylactic survival, and the little things, like remembering to check an ingredient list.   I do not really know how many “close calls” from which we have been spared, but I’m certain there have been some.

Case in point: Last weekend we had some friends over for dinner.  One person brought lime tortilla chips and salsa.  Chips, salsa, and hummus are on my son’s top 3 list.  I started to put the chips on his plate, but stopped for a minute.  I thought to myself, “This is a kind of chip that he’s never had before even though he’s had the same brand.  I should check the ingredients just to be safe.”  Sure enough…the lime chips contained milk.  You may believe it to be coincidental or just good luck; I believe it to be grace.

So anyway, it is with tears of great joy and love and laughter that we celebrate 7 Grace-Filled years with our sweet baby boy!  I can only pray for 7 more and 7 more and 7 more years filled with God’s unmerited favor —  what Amazing Grace!

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19 Responses to Celebrating 7 Grace-Filled Years

  1. My mom has a life threatening allergy also. It’s pretty scary how many things can trigger it. I’m glad you can find grace in such a struggle. She’s pretty good about looking at it like this too, but I confess, I’m not as good at it.

    • Cook says:

      It’s very, very hard on a daily basis and in every circumstance to live with food allergies from a grace-filled perspective. But through the work of the Holy Spirit (and of course, God’s mercy in keeping my son safe), we try to stay in that mind-set. My husband is better than I when dealing with that.

  2. Happy Birthday!!…my daughter turned 7 on thurs, so we have a similar timeline! They grow up so fast…..

  3. Jenny says:

    Happy Birthday to your amazing boy! Wonderful perspective you are sharing with us, and a wonderful outlook you are giving your son. Thanks for sharing!

    • Cook says:

      I can’t say that I live it out very well everyday, but I do know how it should be. I just have to rely on the work of the Holy Spirit to make it come out that way. Thank you for your kind words.

  4. Happy Birthday to your son! I marvel at the set of trials the Lord designs for each of us in particular, as the means by which he will give opportunity to sanctify our parenting. You are a great mom!

    • Cook says:

      Amen! When I think about the trials of others, compared to my own, I am grateful that we have what we have. And in it all, He does a mighty work in us and through us, and shows that His grace is sufficient! (At least, I try to live that.)

      (BTW, I’ve been thinking of you. How did your day go yesterday?)

  5. Kristen says:

    Happy Birthday! So glad we know you!

  6. Ashley says:

    Great perspective on this! Happy birthday big man!! 🙂

    • Cook says:

      Thanks, Ash! He’ll be so excited to hear about all these birthday wishes. You know, they have to celebrate their birthday for an entire month. 🙂

  7. Happy 7th Birthday! Your son and family are blessed to have an amazing mother who feeds them such wholesome, nourishing meals!

  8. hobby baker says:

    Wow, bless your whole family! And Happy Birthday to your son! Every time I see a post like yours, I feel blessed that our trial with foods is limited to sensitivity reactions and none life threatening. But I totally understand about the label reading. Even different sized packages can have different ingredients I found. And the lists can change. I usually find out the hard way when I forget to check for a while. Keep up the good work, you are a saint!

    • Cook says:

      Ha! I am far from a saint…just ask my husband and kids! Thank you for your kind words though. It sure makes a girl feel good to have wonderful cheerleaders out there!

  9. Abby says:

    I’m sure it’s been a long, difficult road (more difficult than I can even fathom) and I’m encouraged and humbled by your perspective. Thank God that He does choose to work all things for good for His people. And happy, happy birthday to your little man!

  10. Allison Walton says:

    Happy birthday! Our family is so blessed to have you in it!!

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