Jay’s Final Journey

My heart is heavy as I write this…

         Last night, just after 10 p.m. God called Jay home. His battle with cancer finally over, the victory is won! Jay did not lose this battle, in fact, he has received the ultimate reward. There are no words for the sorrow that I’m sure his family is feeling right now…but the thought of someday meeting him in Paradise is such a comfort.

Though hearts are heavy, this is a time of celebration. A time to celebrate a life that touched so many. A time to celebrate the impact that Jay has made on so many lives. I know he has changed mine….I only wish that I had met him, and could have sat and talked with him….

If you would like to know more about Jay and his journey, he wrote a book, “Jay’s Journey”. Follow the link to the website, or search for “Jay’s Journey” on amazon.com, you can order it in print or for the Kindle.

The proceeds of Jay’s book go into a scholarship in his name, and to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. 

Please continue to pray for the Roger’s family as they walk through the days, and weeks to come.

Thank you for your prayers, and for joining me as Jay’s Warriors….live Jay Strong!

Blessings,
Megan

Play for JAY!

I’m a Michigan girl through and through…and today is the Michigan/Michigan State game. Today I am cheering for my team, and for the Big 10, but I’m also cheering for another team.

Tonight, the Tennessee Volunteers are playing their game in Honor of Jay Rogers. My cousin Daniel, Jay’s older brother posted this to Facebook….

 Jay’s history goes back a few years. He played every year he was eligible in the West Carroll Flag Football and Jr Tackle League. He often won lineman awards. His 6th grade year he was even chosen for an all star team. When I played Jr. High he was water boy for our team when Coach Terry Booker and Coach Doug McCaslin coached. He played in Jr. High for Coach Josh Fronabarger who is now head coach

 in high school. He was then water boy for the high school team while Coach Chris Rich had the reigns. I played, Jay was waterboy, and dad was on the chain gang. Jay was diagnosed after his 8th grade year. He had 11 tackles and 3 sacks in his final game vs Huntington  My Senior year Jay was a freshman and had been diagnosed. The greatest honor was at the 8 team Jamboree game in Huntington Jay was an honorary captain and walked to the coin toss with me. Football for Jay was not just a game. Tonight, win or lose, we are proud to be a Tennessee Volunteer because of them making the world know that Jay is not alone in his final fight. Go Vols.

I will be cheering HARD tonight for the Vol’s…Play Strong, Jay Strong!

Go Blue, and Go Vols!!

Blessings,

Megan

p.s You can show your support to Jay and his family by going to the Jay’s Warriors Facebook Page. Click HERE!! LIKE his page to show your support, and PLEASE continue to pray!!

7 Quick Takes

I’m going to join up Jen at Conversion Diary….I’m finally getting a hang of this thing!

1.) For my first take, I want to ask you to pray.
Please pray for my cousin, Jay Rogers. At 13 he was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma…a juvenile bone cancer. He has been battling for seven years, and has recently become septic. He has always been a fighter, and even with such a grim diagnosis he continues to fight!

2.) On Wednesday I was supposed to fill out my application for nursing school finally! I met with an advisor who informed me that I could not apply, and had been given false information from another advisor! This was so not my plan! Now I have to wait another semester to apply, and I have to take classes I was told I didn’t need….so in the midst of this frustration, I became a blubberingess….this emotional side of me is something I normally don’t let people see.

3.) God showed me some perspective this week: yes, my problem sucked…but at least mine has a solution. I can control my situation. Meanwhile, I have a cousin dying…..I felt like such a spoiled brat that day. MY plan may have fallen through…but maybe that was the problem. I was living according to MY plan and not GOD’S.  Jay has been fighting his battle for seven long years, and here I was, crying because of a stinkin’ class. I know that God has a plan….and that it may not coincide with mine, but that’s okay! Thanks God for the perspective….I needed it.

4.) It seems trivial now after 1 & 3…but I finished reading the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. What an awesome book! The book is written entirely in letters. There are no chapters just two parts. You will fall in love with the people of Guernsey…you will feel as if you are living the story with them! A good author tells you a story…but a GREAT one makes you feel a part od the story, and that is what Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer have done with this book.

5.) Today is a girls day! Mom, Grandma, my aunt, and I are going shopping, out to lunch, and just spending the day together. We don’t get to-do it often ans when we do it is such a special time together!

6.) The Tigers are going to the World Series! This doesn’t really need much explaining….but here’s a picture!

7.) I know I mentioned this in my first take…but please join me in being one of “Jay’s Warriors!” Check out the Jay’s Warriors Facebook page…you can show your support to him and his family. Please pray for comfort and peace for all of them. God has used his story to touch so many lives, myself included. He has such an amazing testimony about the way that God can work in any situation.

If you would like to share support for Jay here in the comments feel free! I will make sure to link them to the Facebook page!

Blessings to you all,

Megan

Jay’s Warriors

Hey guys….if you think about, or you happen to stop by this site…please pray for my cousin, Jay Rogers.

Jay is 20 years old, and in 2005 he was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma. These last seven years Jay has been in and out of St. Jude’s and was taken in this week with oxygen saturation of less than 40. They found and infection in his lung, and he has since become septic.

Jay and I have never met but his story has had such an impact on my life…he has come home, he decided that he didn’t want to spend the rest of his life in a hospital.

You can show your support for Jay on the Jay’s Warriors Facebook Page

Please join me in becoming one of Jay’s Warriors!

Baked Apple Chips

It is a really cold, really rainy, really windy day here in Michigan….which to me means it’s a great day to stay inside curled up with a good book. Right now I’m reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I just started it, and haven’t gotten very far but it sounds like a great read.

Nothing goes better with a good book than a cup of hot tea. To go with my tea I made some baked apple chips.

To make the apple chips, preheat your oven to 200 degrees

Slice three apples (or however many you want) about 1/8 of an inch thick (you can slice them using a mandolin, or with a sharp knife, whatever you prefer. I used Honey Crisp apples, but you can use any type of apple.

Arrange your apples in a single layer, on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a Silpat…if you don’t have parchment or a silpat, spray your baking sheet with some non-stick cooking spray. When you have them arranged on the sheet, spray the apples with non-stick spray before you put them in the oven,

Bake your chips in the oven for two hours @ 200 degrees.

***NOTE: When the two hours are up, you will take your chips out of the oven, and ask yourself “Why aren’t they crispy…they’re supposed to be chips?!”
LET THEM SIT OUT! Leave them on the baking sheet, or put them on a plate….I guarantee that they WILL become crispy…you have to trust me on this***

Now, normally chips are served with some sort of dip right?? Salsa, Guacamole, Cheese, French Onion dip….you get where I’m going with this??

To go with the apple Chips, my mom whipped up a dip:

1 8oz. package of cream cheese
1 C. Peanut Butter
1 C. Brown Sugar
and a little bit of milk

Mix this all up, chill for a few hours and serve with your apple chips!

Beware: These are ADDICTING!! You will want to eat them all and not share…..please try to show more restraint than me! : )

Enjoy!

7 Quick Takes: Student Life

I’m (once again) Linking-In with Jen over at Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes….something that I have found myself  “taking notes” about during the week whenever something interesting happens……
So here it is…

7 Quick takes…..the Life of a Student:

1). I am a commuter student, I get to campus pretty early in the morning and find myself a nice quite place to study. Usually that nice quite place is in the biology building….where I spend most of my time anyway. I have no problem with other people using the same space, I understand the need for a quite place to study HOWEVER if the music coming from your headphones can be heard from down the hall, not only are you missing the point of headphones, but you are messing up the quiet study space that the rest of us enjoy…..don’t make me go all Rory Gilmore on you!!

I will find you….

and I will pay you…..
to kindly go somewhere else and listen to your loud music to your heart’s content. 
2).So, we had a Pre-Exam week- Exam week….it was awful, here are the results of over studying:
     Psychology exam: Passed
    Microbiology exam: Passed
    ASL exam: Passed….as long as all I ever have to do is introduce Fred, at tell you what language he speaks I’ll be fine….
Seriously though, I do know a lot more sign language than that, but that is what we were graded on this week!
3). On Wednesday nights, I get a nice break from all things studying, and head to church for Orchestra rehearsal. I SO enjoy my hour and a half or so of NOT studying…yes, I’m “working” (sort of) but it has nothing to do with psychology, science, or signing. It is the highlight of my week, especially when the song we’re playing features the French Horn section…there is nothing better. Follow the link to here one of the most beautifully orchestrated songs I have ever had the honor of playing….
The Majesty and Glory of Your Name (The video is not of our choir and orchestra…but these guys are good!!)
4). There is no better e-mail to get in your student account, than the one that says you have cancelled classes. My Classes on Thursday were cancelled….that meant no Microbiology Lab, or lecture for at least one day. It was a nice little mental vacation from bacteria, fungus, and yeast. You have no idea what kind of mental state those will leave you in when you leave a lab/lecture. I have this urge to just wash my hands over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and…….oh, I think you get the picture. 
5.) With no classes on Thursday, I went into work…..let me just tell you I LOVE my work! I am a part-time secretary in my church office. Basically my job title means that I do whatever I’m told, and work on whatever project finds it’s way to my desk. It can be anything from music, to folding bulletins for a Sunday morning. I LOVE what I do, and wouldn’t trade it for anything!
6.) I am searching for a good recipe for a potluck dinner. Our choir and orchestra has an annual trip to a farm for a hayride and bonfire….every year we are asked to bring a dish to pass, that could feed 5-8 people assuming that not everyone is going to eat your dish. So (naturally), I turned to Pinterest…..where I proceeded to browse aimlessly for over an hour…..without finding anything!

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, if you are willing to share a good fall, potluck appropriate recipes leave it in the comments!!

7. ) Studying commenced after my hour of indulging my addiction on Pinterest. I hit the books, and went back to learning about personality development in toddlers, the diseases that Staphylococcus bacteria cause, and how to sign “I grew up speaking english….and in middle school, learned spanish, but I forgot it all”. I was  decently productive in my studying, and then it was time, time to watch my Tigers take on the A’s in Oakland. I had high hopes going into Oakland, but this season was such a roller coaster anyway that my hopes were probably TOO high. The played great at home, lost the first two on the road, and then, in a spectacular showing by Justin Verlander ( yay!) the Tigers shut-out the A’s and are moving on into the League Champion Series! Go get ’em Tigers! 

Have a great weekend everyone!
Blessings, 
Megan 

Turn Hunger Into Hope

This weekend I participated in the Feed My Starving Children campaign. Feed My Starving Children is an organization that packs and sends MannaPack Rice packages to countries around the world. One package contains A mix of Chicken flavored vitamin/protein powder, dehydrated veggies, dried soy nuggets (kind of looks like granola), and rice.

Each packet can feed six people, that’s six meals in a bag and one meal only costs twenty two cents! 36 packets are packed in a box, for a total of 216 meals per box. I worked two shifts of packing, and in the course of two shifts I helped pack 50 boxes, for a total of 10,800 meals. These meals go to schools, and feed families who are desperately in need of a meal. FMSC distributes these meals to over 70 countries around the world; in the Middle East, Carribbean, Africa, Southeast Asia, and yes, even the United States.

We were told a story about Haitian Biscuits. A Haitian Biscuit is a mixture of beans and some kind of grain…but mostly dirt. These ingredients are mixed together with water and left out in the sun to dry. When babies get hungry, they cry…if a mother has no means to feed her child, she’ll feed them a bite of this Haitian Biscuit to trick the baby’s belly into feeling full, because of these meals, the children are eating real food. Meals specifically formulated for their bodies to sustain them, and give them the nutrients that they need.

The goal that our church set for packing was 100,000 bags, (which feeds 600,000!). We beat our goal by 9,000. In eight hours we were able to pack 109,000 MannaPack Rice Meals. We did enough meals that 298 kids will be able to eat for the WHOLE YEAR! It seems like such a small number, but we made a dent in world hunger in just eight hours……imagine what you could do in a weekend, or a whole week?! For twenty two cents a meal, eight hours, and 109,000 MannaPack Rice Meals, we are slowly turning hunger into hope, and making a dent in world hunger!

(Left to Right:) Me (Megan), My friends Amanda and Erin, and my Mom. 
This is just a portion of the fifteen person team that we worked with to pack, box, and ship meals. What a great time we had hanging out, and being with friends and family….all the while TURNING HUNGER INTO HOPE.
17 Jesus spoke to him a third time. He asked, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Peter felt bad because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He answered, “Lord, you know all things. You know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep”.
John 21:17 NIRV


God Bless, 
Megan 

7 Quick Takes

I’m Joining up with Jen over at Conversion Diary for my very first 7 Quick Takes post.

1. To highlight or not to highlight?? My hair stylist is a good friend of mine, and she’s trying to talk me into highlights…..hmmmm.

2. Do you want to learn about the microbes and bacteria in your food?? No? Yeah, neither did I, but I have no choice. Microbiology is lots of fun, but when you hear it said that ignorance is bliss……in some cases it’s true.

Yeast, stained with Iodine, 1000x Magnification
I did the culture swab, and stain myself. 
3. I’m taking this really fun class this semester….I’m in ASL 101. American Sign Language, it is so much fun, I’m learning more and more everyday, and am almost to the point of being conversational! It has been so much fun to learn a new language, and all bout Deaf culture and society. I’m looking forward to continuing studying this. 
4. I’m really enjoying the fall weather we are finally getting here in Michigan…the leaves are turning, the air is crisp, and I can finally pull out my boots and sweaters. 
5. I’m doing tutoring now…I’m going to be an Anatomy and Physiology tutor for my cousin. I’m excited to get started on that!
6. I’m participating in the Feed My Starving Children project. 
We are packing meals to send to starving children and families around the world. The meals are pre-packaged soups, that you just add to boiling water. Each meal can feed a family of five, and we are packing 100,000 meals…so in the course of 6 hours, we will be making meals for 600,000 people! 
7. My Tigers clinched the American League Central, and are going to the Post-Season for the second year in a row. They will be playing the Oakland A’s and the last time they met in the Playoffs, the Tiger’s ended up in the World Series! Bless You Boys!
Well, that was my first 7 Quick Takes….maybe next week I’ll have some better material! 
Blessings, 
Megan 

Apple Nachos

Last night I was really in the mood for some chocolate, but didn’t want to eat anything too super sweet, or any kind of candy…..I know, what’s wrong with me??

So, instead of digging through the candy left over from a trip I chaperoned with our middle school kids from church, I decided on something slightly healthier…Apple Nachos

Apple Nachos, YUM!
  • 3 small Gala Apples (or use your favorite variety) sliced THIN
  • Melted peanut butter drizzled on top
  • Topped with milk, and white chocolate chips
I made enough for three people, so we each had our own plate of “Nachos”
It is super simple, but REALLY tasty, and even kind of healthy! I hope you enjoy it as much as my family did!
Blessings, 
Megan 

Favorite Fall Recipe

My favorite fall recipe is my mom’s pumpkin chocolate chip bread…

We make this every year, and it is best when fresh from the oven, or warmed in the microwave. Served with a hot cup of Chai Tea, or coffee….yum! 
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 t. soda
  • 1/2 t. nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. cloves
  • 1 1/2 t. salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2/3 cup cold water
  • 2 cups pumpkin
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (optional, but recommended)
Bake at 350 degrees. If using a large loaf pan, bake for about an hour. And, if using mini loaf pans, bake for about 40 minutes. Poke a toothpick in the center of your loaf, when it comes out clean, it’s done.
This is one of the greatest fall recipes I know, and it makes great Thanksgiving neighbor gifts, or to share with family!
Enjoy!
Blessings, 
Megan