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Thankful Thursdays #108: Grandpa’s Pineapple

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A couple weeks ago I told you about Becky and how Grandpa had stuffed her full of food that we had to pull out before taking the car home.  Mostly canned food, but there were a few fresh items that we took back with us.  The lemons, the blueberries, and the fresh pineapple.  There was so much going on at the time that upon returning home, the pineapple sat in a sack on the floor, forgotten, for two weeks.

Grandpa ran everywhere until his last two years, and it got him in the local paper in 2009!

We picked up Becky on March 2nd, Grandpa’s funeral was March 9th and a week later, on March 16, I ovulated.  Yeah, when you’re a woman who really wants kids and has spent years and years waiting for one, you keep track of stuff like that, and more.  :)  So there I was, another month, another day of ovulation, another two weeks of restless hopefulness awaiting me, even despite my stressful month and grief, and I had this supremely ripe pineapple from my Grandpa that I’d almost forgotten about.  But ovulation triggered my memory and I dug it out of its sack and sliced into it.

Mom, Grandpa, and Grandma in 1996. This hat has a blog of its own coming soon. :)

It is fairly well known among the baby-desperate (as are many tricks and aids for conceiving) that pineapple can help a fetus implant in the uterus, as it softens the lining.  Have you ever eaten so much fresh pineapple that your tongue bleeds?  Dennis loves pineapple so much that he has developed his own rule for when to stop eating it–when you start to see blood on the pineapple you’re biting into (lol).  That’s an enzyme in the pineapple called bromelain, which essentially softens up tissues, which also happens to help prepare the uterus for a baby if there was one created that month.

Grandpa holding me as a baby, 1980.

(As a side note, pineapple juice works great in a marinade because it tenderizes the meat! This one is my favoritest favorite marinade for steak to date.)

Grandma and Grandpa in love, circa 1950.

The highest concentration of bromelain is in the pineapple core and you’re supposed to eat a slice a day, including the core, for the first five days after ovulation.  It had been a long time since I tried this trick and forgot about the five day rule and continued eating it for seven days.  On day eight, while we were at our evening church service, I experienced mild uterine cramping, similar to what I usually feel at that time of my cycle as my body begins to prepare to shed the lining because there is no baby.  As I sat in church with that feeling, it was strange, but while I did feel a little disappointed, I felt more hopeful than anything else.  Well I guess it isn’t strange, I always had such incredible hope that surpassed any realistic expectations I should have had after thirteen years.  But I had this cautiously happy feeling in my heart, wondering if maybe, just maybe, there was a baby settling in and that’s what I was feeling.

Baby Grandpa, 1930

Turned out, that’s exactly what I was feeling!  Isn’t it beautiful how this child sprang to life so soon after Grandpa’s death, and with his help?  If I hadn’t gotten this pineapple from him in this sad and strange way, there might not be a baby now.  It tempers the sadness for me and turns it into something radiant.  It makes the baby feel so connected to him, and it just really touches my heart to know that Grandpa helped us conceive this child, like he was working directly with God to help our little cupcake come into being.  Even though our baby won’t know him, I have this picture of him framed, which I blew up and had printed from his newspaper article, and I will have lots of stories, including the pineapple story, for our child. I think Cupcake Miller is going to love their Great-Grandpa Millner and repeat these stories to our future grand children. Or at least, I hope so. :)

The circle of life.  Pain.  Grief.  Beauty.  Incredible joy.

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About Veronica

I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

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  1. Loved this post and the pictures of Grandpa through the years.
    Lillian

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  2. Wow! that’s about all I can say, “WOW!” That is an amazing story. I didn’t know that about a pineapple and the womb. Sometimes when things that powerful happen, I really feel very strongly the presence of God. I have no doubt that God was at work in those moments.

    And I am so very happy for you. Glad to see a post too because I think about you often and continue to pray for you. Sounds like so far so good.

    Congrats again to you! God is good!

    Gina

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  3. Very touching, Veronica.

    Narayan

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  4. thebetterbaker11

    THAT…my Dear…is ONE.INCREDIBLE.STORY! I am SO impressed that you have that all figured out. You are a genius and I am SO thrilled how your grandpa can already be connected to your little Cupcake. God sure works wonders…many miracles going on and you are especially blessed. So Sweet!…just like that ‘supremely’ ripe pineapple. (My children and I have those especially sensitive taste buds to pineapple. This week my daughter showed me a canker sore in her mouth that she’d gotten just after eating ONE piece of pineapple!) I can’t imagine eating it til there’s blood. What a guy! =) Hope you are feeling well these days. XO

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  5. Bobbie Johnson

    Your story gave me goose bumps and made me cry! I did not know this about pineapples”! I will definitely share your story!
    By the way, I am an avid genealogist so if you ever need a hand putting a family tree together to go with your grandpas’s legacy, just give me a hollar!

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  6. how beautiful. so excited for you!

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  7. Oh V, this brought tears to my eyes – tears of joy!!

    “The circle of life. Pain. Grief. Beauty. Incredible joy.” – AMEN!

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  8. You already know I love this story, it is amazing! Nice to see the pictures, I always enjoy them :)

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  9. Wow! This is so special! I can only hope that I have a similar story in my future. We just lost a member of our little family and hope that there is a new life in our near future! I have seen and heard of these things happening. My nephew was born/adopted into our family a week after my brother in law unexpectedly passed away. A family grieving became a family that was still hurt but also rejoicing over new life. It’s capital ‘M’ Magic.

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  10. That circa 50’s pic is so romantic and classic. Love the feel and emotion of this post. Lovely, V!!

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  11. This is such a special story! =)
    I am so happy for you!!

    I just love the photos with your family! They are so sweet.

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  12. Oh my gosh, Veronica…I’ve got CHILLS running all over me! I’m SO happy and excited for you! Congratulations, and may every day hold a blessing for you!

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  13. This absolutely had me writhing with goosebumps and brought a tear to my eye – your grandpa is so special to you in the past and present :)
    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story!

    Cheers
    CCU

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  14. That is such an amazing story, God works in interesting ways.

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  15. So sweet Veronica, your Grandpa would be so pleased Im sure!

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  16. That is so awesome, I never knew that about pineapple! I love the picture of your grandparents from 1950, such a great photo.

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  17. Continued congratulations! Beautiful post. Things always work out.

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  18. Out of grief comes something beautiful. I’m sure your grandfather had some part in this!

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  20. This post is all sorts of amazing. I learned something about pineapple that I’m surely going to try if I find that we are having fertility issues. I smiled real big because of your grandpa’s radiant smile. I cried and smiled inside because your post reminds me of the circle of life… the pain, the deaths, but also the beauty and births…LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL! As is your precious baby :)

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