Requesting Continued Prayers For Gage

Thanks for all the Loving Support and Prayers for Gage…


Update for Saturday February 21, 2015!

Hey Everybody!!! This is a Gage update…

He was admitted to the Hospital on Thursday and kept overnight for his next Chemo Infusion. We were hoping and praying for a quick and easy process, and we got it (Thank you God)! He is struggling a bit with swelling in his legs and cute little face the last couple of days and so we had hoped to find out whether we need to worry about that, but didn’t get an answer. Regardless, Thank you for the prayers that this process would be easier than in the past and that he continues to improve every day.

The IV went in on the first try!!!!! Yay!!

He’s had roughly 9 of them and this is the only one to go right in!! We’re off to a great start! Because his Blood Count is so low, his veins don’t lie to take the needle like normal. This causes a problem when drawing blood and putting the IV’s in.

When his Blood Results came back, his Creatine (kidney function) is getting better!! It was at 2.7 last week and 2.4 today (It should be at .5 so we still have a way to go)!!! His blood count went up a little too! 9.5 Versus 9.3 last week. A smidge closer to the 14 it is supposed to be at!!! This is all good news!

We don’t think the swelling is abnormal for what’s going on.

They are more worried about the occasional high blood pressure that’s happening with it all. So they are adding high blood pressure medicine (as needed) to his array of meds. He will continue to get the shots to increase his blood count every couple of weeks (Krista gets to give him shots at home). He had to get one before he went home from the Hospital on Friday. They seem to be working a little! Since his levels are slowly creeping up.

According to Krista under the circumstances Gage is doing really well! I think he’s bored and sick of hospital food and we are all REALLY tired. Ultimately though he’s good!

Gage, Krista, Travis and Jazmin have felt much love through the support and Prayers from everyone. This has been a scary, hard and painful journey with Gage. His recovery from the Kidney Damage has come slower than we thought and would like, but it IS slowly coming!

God Is Amazing

I said a Prayer For You

Even though the progress has been relatively slow but steady, we know God is there holding their hands.

The Lord holds us in his firm and loving grip. They have an army of friends who are standing with them, an army who is traveling with them on this journey (yup, that’s you).

For that they are truly grateful. Thank you!!

Send Gage your love and support in the Comments below and PLEASE keep Praying…

Find past Medical information and updates on Gage below:

Prayers Needed For Crazy Medical Problem

Update on Gage’s Vasculitis

Gage is Out of Surgery and Feeling Good

Gage’s Kidney levels are getting worse

Gage Update For Friday Morning

Gage’s Medical Update- He still needs our Prayers and support

Gage’s Medical Update For Sunday

Gage’s Kidney problems

Beer Battered Pickles

These are the best Deep Fried Pickles Ever.
You have to try them, you will love them. Recipe PDF Included.

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Beer Battered Pickles Beer Battered Pickles

By: Courtney Luper


16 dill pickle spears, drained
Beer Batter>>
1 egg
1 (12-oz.) bottle beer
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Pinch cracked black pepper
1/2 tsp dried dill
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Place pickles in a strainer drain for 10 minutes.
Dredging Flour>>>
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp dried dill
1/2 tsp seasoning salt
Mix and coat drained pickles.
In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, beer, baking powder, salt, pepper, and dill. Add the flour and whisk until smooth.
In a large sauce pan, pour oil to a depth of 1 1/2 inches and heat over medium-high heat.
Dip flour dredged pickle spears into batter and fry in batches, until golden. Drain paper towels and serve with Dill Ranch dipping sauce.
Dill Ranch>>>
1/2 cup Ranch
1 tsp dried Dill
1/4 tsp garlic salt
Mix and…

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Meaning behind the name Hellbilly Mama- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Hellbilly Mama is a fun Blog to check out. Stop by and enjoy yourself…

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Hell Michigan Hell, Michigan

This is an easy one!

I have officially gone to hell! Hell, Michigan that is! We have lived in Hell, Michigan for almost 10 years now. I am a true hillbilly when it comes to my way of thinking and doing things. You’ve heard the saying “Hillbilly Engineering” well it started out around here with Eric telling me I was a hillbilly all the time. One day I decided that since I am in hell that I wasn’t a hillbilly I was a Hellbilly. Like I told you in my last post About Hellbilly Mama, I am always fixing and rigging things. Sometimes it works and sometime not so much. I’ve been on both ends of that too, physically and mentally (I will blog about my epic hammock fail another day).

I hate to say I am one of those people that have to find out the…

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My Most Proud Moments- 30 Day Blog Challenge

The Guilt is killing me!!

Isn’t it weird that I have this much anxiety and guilt over skipping my Blog Challenge Post yesterday? We are just getting home from being Up North for a long weekend and I didn’t have the energy or inspiration to write yesterday. I spent the whole day feeling like crap over it. Stupid, I know!

Guilt and Worry

I’m going to quit feeling guilty right now…

Today I am just getting back into the swing of things so I am going to pick a different day off the list AGAIN. This might be becoming another bad habit. Ugh, just what I need! After reading through the list a thousand times I finally decided to write about my most proud moments.

The most obvious is when my 3 kids were born.

Not the actual process itself. I’m not one of those Super Moms that can have kids naturally. I walked in saying, “I want an epidural as soon as possible”. I didn’t have anything to prove. I wanted to enjoy the experience as much as possible. Not suffer through the pain like some people choose to do. The epidural doesn’t cross over to the baby and doesn’t alter your mind like the drugs they offered do. It just numbs you from the waist down so you don’t feel like you’re going to die anymore. Labor with my girls was long and grueling, with my third child Gabe it went easy peasy; aside from the fact that I was confined to the bed because the umbilical cord was in the wrong spot.

Enough about the labor let’s get on to the good part, the actual individuals I brought into this world.

Being a Mom

This is what I chose to do…

My oldest daughter Joslynn has accomplished many things.

A few are that she got her GED and she is a phenomenal singer. She gave me a perfect, spit fire grandson (my sidekick) and has another little boy on the way. He will grace us with his presence in July. She is engaged to a wonderful guy and they are a happy little family. I couldn’t ask for more for her.

My middle Daughter Paige is also a wonderful daughter.

She is a typical teenage girl with her mood swings and attitude. It wouldn’t be Paige if she didn’t have something to say about everything. She loves to read and I can always find her curled up somewhere with book. She is also awesome about cleaning and straightening up things around the house. Especially after Brayden the terrorizer comes over. That child keeps his Aunt Paige on her toes as far as cleaning up his messes. He actually sings, “Messy, messes, messy, messes” as he’s emptying all of his toys onto the ground ha-ha.

My youngest son Gabe is the entertainer of the house.

He is a very active 12 Year old boy. He plays football, rides dirt bikes (when he had one), and he is tough but sensitive. He is always looking for ways to make other people feel better. You could spend your day laughing at his comedic ways. He doesn’t even try to be funny most of the time. With his ADHD I think he is just as surprised at what comes out of his mouth as everybody else ha-ha. Seriously, I have always called him the poster child for the poster child of ADHD. Being ADHD myself I am allowed to say that. Brayden comes over to play with his Uncle Gabe. Gabe is really good at keeping Brayden busy. They destroy the house together. We bought Brayden a little Razor electric Motorcycle for Christmas (it’s too big for him). Uncle Gabe rides Brayden all over the house on the dirt bike (yes in the house) it’s really cold outside right now. Gabe struggles through school because of his ADHD but somehow remains to be positive about life (for the most part). I am always amazed at what he has accomplished so far in life. If it has to do with anything hands on he can do it and do it well.

ADHD ability


Another one of my most proud moments is when I personally Graduated High School.

I chose to lead a very rocky, hectic and tough childhood. Notice I said ‘chose’ it was no one’s fault but my own. I have great Christian parents, they did everything they could do to help me be a better person but I had to learn everything my own way and the hard way. I was a naughty teenager, if there was a choice I would pick the wrong one. Eventually I ended up unexpectedly pregnant with Joslynn. That is what finally got me to pull out of the bad rut I was in and get myself together. Joslynn was 2 and a half when I graduated High School, she was in the audience at my graduation yelling, “yeah mommy”. It was such a great feeling to know I accomplished so much in such a short amount of time. I owe it all to her (my angel baby) for helping me get my life together and started.

I have listed a couple of other proud mom moments below.

Joslynn was accepted and attending Eastern Michigan University. That is a great feat for someone who dropped out of school and had a baby, only to go back and get her GED and get a scholarship for her great scores.

Paige has been reading at a 12th Grade level since 6th Grade. That is totally awesome to have a daughter that advanced in reading.

Gabe started racing Dirt Bikes at 3 years old. I’m not blowing smoke; we really had him at the race track racing when he was 3 turning 4. He has won trophies bigger than himself. At 9 years old he could change the oil and rotate tires on a car by himself (I would supervise). His knowledge always amazes me.

This Video is of Gabe riding in our backyard in the snow at 4 years old… Watch it’s crazy…

These are just a few of my proudest moments; I could go on all day.

What is your most proud moment? Share in the comments below…

Read the other Post in my 30 Day Challenge here-

The Challenge- I’m Going To Do A 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 1- 30 Day Blog Challenge- Introduction About Hellbilly Mama

Day 2- 30 Day Blog Challenge- Meaning behind the name Hellbilly Mama

Day 3- 14 Things About Hellbilly Mama- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 4- Earliest Childhood Memory– 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 5- My Guilty Pleasures – 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 6- Personality Traits I am Proud Of- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 7- Hellbilly Mama’s Favorite Quote- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 8- Pet Peeves Of Hellbilly Mama- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 9- My First Celebrity Crush- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 10 Last Time I Cried- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Homemade Lotion Bars in Containers

This is by far my favorite lotion to use.

I will never go back to using any other kind of lotion again. My skin looks and feels 10 years younger. They are so easy to make too.


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Homemade Lotion Bar Container Homemade Lotion Bar Container

Yes yes yes. I love them. I decided to try making my Homemade Lotion Bars recipe into empty deodorant containers I bought on Amazon Homemade Products Cost Breakdown. They work awesome. Everyone LOVED the lotion bars , I can only imagine the excitement I will get from these fabulous containers.

It makes it so easy to put the lotion on your knuckles, knees, feet, legs basically everywhere. The lotion bars had a tendency to melt onto your hands while trying to rub it into the alligator skin on your body. Now that problem is eliminated I think I will be able to use way less at once. Can you tell I’m excited about this. You should be too, it’s pure genius.


1 part cocoa butter 

1 part coconut oil

1 part beeswax 

optional essential oils

Deodorant Containers 

Mix all ingredients except essential oil together in…

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My First Celebrity Crush- 30 Day Blog Challenge

This one had me stumped up until today!

Seriously, I couldn’t think of anybody earlier than my teenage years and then BAM it hit me while riding in the car today. Maybe it was the fact that I was trying to think of everything that didn’t involve how cold I was in this negative 30 below zero weather I am TRYING to enjoy here Up North. There it was, plain as day I remembered my first love. For those of you that are still considered young and not just young at heart I apologize because you will have no idea who this person is. He played a big part in my life when I was young. I truly thought I was going to grow up and marry him one day. Are you ready for the big unveiling of who stole my heart at such a young age??? It was Chachi (Scott Baio) from Happy Days. Yup, I LOVED him. I was so jealous of Joanie that I couldn’t stand her.

Scott Baio- Chachi

My first true love!

Chachi was ‘The Fonzie’s’ way cool, ever so hot nephew. NOT Joanie boyfriend, lol! I don’t even know if it was re-runs that I watched or live primetime television. It was very real to me at the time. If you ask me they didn’t write Chachi into the script enough, he didn’t get very much screen time. When he did, watch out my sister and I were glued to the TV like magnets.

When they came out with Joanie loves Chachi I remember being devastated. It wasn’t cool that there was a show dedicated to my boyfriend’s love for someone else. Yuck, I wouldn’t watch it! I know it would have given me more time to drool over my boyfriend but I had principles…

Love something

Guess it was not meant to be…

Sorry for the short post, it is hard to concentrate and get anything wrote down with 6 of us crammed into this little cabin Up North. Maybe if it wasn’t so cold we could go outside. But it’s really FREEZING out there. I have never experienced anything this cold in my life. Ugh! And no, we don’t have cable TV or internet up here. I have to turn my phone into a Hotspot to get internet to post this weekend… Your welcome!!

Who was your first Celebrity crush? Please comment below.

Read the other Post in my 30 Day Challenge here-

The Challenge- I’m Going To Do A 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 1- 30 Day Blog Challenge- Introduction About Hellbilly Mama

Day 2- 30 Day Blog Challenge- Meaning behind the name Hellbilly Mama

Day 3- 14 Things About Hellbilly Mama- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 4- Earliest Childhood Memory– 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 5- My Guilty Pleasures – 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 6- Personality Traits I am Proud Of- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 7- Hellbilly Mama’s Favorite Quote- 30 Day Blog Challenge

Day 8- Pet Peeves Of Hellbilly Mama- 30 Day Blog Challenge