A Season of Joy

Hi, friends, how are you today?

This time last year, we did not know if our oldest son was going to make it. He had a mysterious illness that made him very sick. He stopped talking and swallowing and even quit breathing three different times. He spent the better part of 10 months in hospitals and ICUs. In addition to that, our adopted children were recovering from surgery. Our daughter had life saving heart surgery (we did not know she had a serious heart defect when we adopted her) and our newly adopted son had surgery to correct a birth defect. That was a lot for one family to deal with and I coped by eating. Well, crying and eating.

Lots of crying.

Lots of eating.

Lots and lots of eating.

I quickly put on an extra 23 pounds, which caused my health to go downhill.

High blood pressure, high cholesterol, heartburn and reflux, insomnia and pre-diabetes all plagued me. Not to mention the trauma of watching our children suffer. Is there anything harder on a mother’s heart than to watch her babies go through unthinkable pain while she stands helplessly by?

But on January 30th, I made the best change of my life. I joined Crossfit. That first night I could not hang from the pull up bar or do a single box jump. (The idea of jumping on a box terrified me, to be truthful!) But my coaches worked with me and little by little, I began to get strong.

In addition to exercise, Crossfit gave me a meal plan that taught me healthier ways to eat. I cut out soda and salted caramel mochas and all the unhealthy foods I loved.

I started sleeping peacefully, even though my son would not get better for many months. My heartburn and reflux went away completely and my cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure all fell in the normal range.

I have now dropped 30 pounds and have never felt better. My kids are all fully recovered, too. Our son made a miraculous recovery that doctors thought was impossible. Our daughter, who could have died, is now healthy and cleared for all activity, including vigorous exercise, and our son’s birth defect is corrected and will never be a problem again.

The before photo above was taken at the Stampin’ Up! Onstage event in Utah while I was on the Stampin’ Up! Design Team and the after photo was taken last month, after seven months of hard work and eating healthy. I have never felt better!

But you know what the best part is? All the people who loved me just the way I was. My hubby, my family and friends, my fellow design team members. Thank you one and all for loving me no matter what I look like and thank you Crossfit for making me healthy and strong!

Our days of sorrow have finally gone, replaced with days of joy. Last year is starting to feel like a distant memory as we enjoy our son’s recovery and the good health of our little kids, as well as my own. To say we are thankful is an understatement.

So many of you were part of our journey to now- thank you for every bit of support. It truly means the world.






21 thoughts on “A Season of Joy

  1. Michelle! YOU LOOK LIKE A BEAUTIFUL MODEL! You are SO AMAZING, MAMA! I am so excited for you as I read this. You worked thru it all and now look at you! What a beautiful picture! I am sooo happy to read you are all doing well. I bet you felt like you might never see the end of the tunnel but you hung in there and I’m so happy for you. You AND YOUR FAMILY TOO!🌹❤️

  2. Michelle, you look absolutely beautiful! Congrats on your weight loss and healthy eating lifestyle change and especially for the improved health of your children. What a season of joy for your family. Awesome!

  3. Michelle, I’m thrilled to hear all your wonderful positive news💜👍🏻. You look AMAZING! I had to do a double take. Stress is an awful thing and can wreck your mind and body; glad you found your was out!!! Again CONGRATULATIONS ON ALL YOUR WONDERFUL NEWS 🙏🏻🌴🌺💗

    Gayle Lazarus (Reinhard)

  4. Michelle, it seems to me that God was definitely surrounding your family with love and ,healing this tumultuous year. Bless you girl and congratulations on your success on all fronts! You Rock, Girl!

  5. You look great and I’m happy for you and your family. You had it rough for awhile but time does heal all. You had a lot of prayers said for your family, because people do care about others. So congratulations on all the good news.

  6. You look absolutely radiant! What a resolve you have had facing the stress and difficulties of so many months. A bounty of blessings to you and your family❣️

  7. I am truly so happy for all the good things happening in your life. Having a healthy family is truly a blessing. You look great! Prayers have been answered and i wish you continued good health for you and your family.j

  8. If anyone doubts the power of prayer, they should meet you. Congratulations on taking that first step and sticking with it. You look marevelous. I’m so happy that your family is well. Your faith and courage helped make it possible. Hugs and love to you.

  9. So glad all has calmed down in your world. That was one stressful year. Having your children healthy is a true blessing. Your transformation is amazing! May life continue to shower healthy blessings on your family Michelle.

  10. Hello Beautiful Women

    You are amazing Michelle, you look fabulous. I am so glad all your family are okay Now, take care.

    Cheers Wendy

    Sent from my iPad


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