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The story of our precious little girl's 17 months of life with Trisomy 18 (July 4, 2010 - December 15, 2011) and of us, re-learning to live "after Lilly."
"I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made ...." Psalm 139:14

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ruffle scarves and Elderberry syrup

Tabby has been on a ruffle scarf making kick!  These have been pretty good sellers for her, though usually through word-of-mouth rather than her Etsy shop.  Contact me if you would like to purchase one - cost is only $10.00 per scarf plus postage:

Tabby also wanted me to share this recent drawing she did of Obi-Wan Kenobi (from the Star Wars prequels):

I think that picture is good, but I really like this picture she drew last week of Caleb, a little boy that had Trisomy 18.  She drew this as a gift for his family, who celebrated his 6th birthday, honoring him in heaven):

It may seem a little pointless to post about a wonderful immune boosting syrup at this time of the year.  Spring is FINALLY here and we're all supposed to be healthy now, right?  We made it through the winter with very little sickness, but all my kids had colds earlier this month, so I am going to go ahead and share this anyway.

For years, I have liked and used BerryWell, a product by Beeyoutiful.  It is a wonderful Elderberry syrup that fights against colds, flus, and all sorts of viral infections.  It's such a popular syrup that Beeyoutiful has trouble keeping it in stock in the winter.  This past winter, they came out with a BerryWell Kit so that you could make your own syrup.  This webpage includes the recipe.  I was so happy to see this as I already had most of the products needed.  I have made several batches so far and think it's been excellent at both keeping sickness at bay and bringing quicker healing.  Elderberry is even safe for children as young as one.

You can read an explanation of why Elderberries, raw honey, apple cider vinegar, Echinacea, and bee propolis are so great for battling illness on the Beeyoutiful site here

I enjoy making the Elderberry syrup.  The Elderberries cook up so pretty:

I store the finished syrup in bottles, for easier pouring:

If you want to make a super easy version of Elderberry syrup, using just Elderberries, apple cider vinegar, and honey, see this recipe from The Haven Enterprises


  1. Has Tabby had art lessons? (I certainly don't think she needs any.) I was just curious if this talent is all in-born???? I am amazed.

    I've always wanted to be an artist, but only have minimal talent. I so want lessons.

    1. No - Tabby has never had an art class and doesn't want any. :) One of my brothers and I took art lessons for many years and we both did well, if I say so myself. But ... Tabby can sure crank out a picture much faster than I ever could! Bubba saw your comment and said "Nikki is a much more talented artist than she gives herself credit for." And I'll add that you're a fantastic photographer!

  2. WOW your Tabby is so talented in so many ways! Perfect timing for the syrup recipe, we all have a cold:(

  3. Ick - the end of winter cold. Though I get the idea it doesn't get very cold out where you all live! The elderberry syrup is good for about a year, I think. Nice to just have it made and keep it in the refrigerator. Hope you all are better soon!