Friday, August 29, 2008

My Niece

My niece is 8 years old.  2 years ago, she was diagnosed with Juvinile Diabetes.

It's been a long hard road for their family these past 2 years.  They've had to learn how to count all the carbs that she consumes, adjust the insilin to help her body work properly. I've learned so much in the past 2 years as well.  My father has diabetes, his diabetes is different than my nieces'...this is something that seems the hardest for most people to understand.

They are working towards getting her put onto a pump, this is something that will help her out a lot.  I hope it happens for her soon...It would give her a little more freedom!  Side note:  My dad is working towards this goal as well!

Type I Diabetes (Juvenile Diabetes) - Type 1 Diabetes is a disorder in which the body does not produce insulin (a hormone that   aids in moving sugar from the blood to the cells).  This type of diabetes can be due to a   virus or autoimmune disorder in which the body does not recognize an organ as its own and attacks   it.  In this case the body attacks an organ known as the pancreas where insulin is   made.  This type of diabetes is usually diagnosed before age 40.

Type II Diabetes (Adult onset Diabetes) - Type 2 Diabetes occurs when insulin that the body produces is less efficient at moving sugar out of the bloodstream.  Some sugar is moved out of the blood, just not as effectively compared to a person with normal insulin efficiency.  High blood sugar is a result of this.  Type 2 Diabetes used to be thought of as the adult onset type of diabetes.  However, an alarming rate of children are now being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

This year, my whole family will be walking right along side her on October 4th to help raise money for a cure for diabetes.  Side Note:  If you are interested, in donating let me know, I'll get you the information you need.

I am so proud of her.  I was talking to my sister-in-law (her mom) and she told me how much money she has raised!  At $1000, she will be recognized...I can say she has past that amount!

Way to go "Kg1"!  You are doing GREAT!!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Flooded!

Today was a good day until this evening when we got 4 inches of rain in an hour!

Kevin was on his way out the door to take the dog out when the neighbor was standing on our porch (we live in a duplex).  She told him that their basement was flooded and we might want to check ours.

Yep, there was an inch of water on most of the floor in the basement!  We have spent most of the night with the shopvac cleaning up the floor.  I think we emptied the shopvac out 20+ times!  And the water was coming up through the drain in the basement...YUCK...YUCK...YUCK

I'm exhausted, but we still have a lot of stuff to clean up.  Did I mention that we kept all the empty boxes when we moved here so we could use them again to pack whenever we decided to move again?  Or that we had a ton of books and toys on the floor?

Yep...one HUGE mess!!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Worship Night

A couple weeks ago our church hosted a night of worship.  It was filled with Music, short video clips, and a short message from our Pastor.

I was hesitant to go since my husband was staying at home with the boys and I had been running all day...Singing on the Praise & Worship team in the morning, getting a couple last minute camping items after church, lunch, a baby shower, etc.  But I went.  And I was so glad I did!

It has been such a long time since I've felt the presence of God so powerfully like that in a service.  I sang, prayed, wept, and worshiped God.

I can't wait for the next one!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Camping

We leave tomorrow to go camping!  Tonight, softball and packing...tomorrow a long drive up to Michigan!

I'm sure we will have lots of fun, I'm looking forward to it, well to the trip, not the packing part.

I'll be back on Sunday!  Don't miss me too much!  :D

Friday, August 8, 2008

True Faith

I just spend part of my morning watching the interview that Larry King did with with the Chappman family.  I was encouraged by their faith and honesty.

We have a family in our own church whose 3 year old daughter was backed over by a city worker.  I've watched this family going through all the emotions and grief that one goes through.  It hasn't been an easy road for the members of our church, let alone the family themselves.  I catch myself at times just watching them during worship, to see their hearts poured out...every ounce they have...praising God.  It touches my heart, you know they are giving everything they have...tears streaming down their face.  It warms my heart.  That's true worship...with the whole heart!   It reminds me of a story in the bible...



Mark 12:41-44 (New International Version)



The Widow's Offering

41Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins,worth only a fraction of a penny.

43Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on."

It's such a true testament of faith.  To move forward knowing that God will sustain them throughout this process.  Leaning on the Lord for strength.

Think about it.  This is something we should be doing each and every day without a tragedy, yet do we?  I know that I don't.  I know I should, but it doesn't mean that I do.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Thankful Thursday

It's Thankful Thursday again!

  • I'm thankful for having such a great summer with my boys.
  • I'm thankful for a wonderful husband who supports me even when I'm running out the door every night to do something for church or go out with friends.
  • I'm thankful for family who will watch my boys at a moment's notice, just so my husband and I can go out for a long weekend.
  • I'm thankful for the friends we hung out with one night during our said weekend.
  • I'm thankful for not gaining weight from said weekend even though I ate more than normal!
  • I'm thankful for family I haven't seen in a long time who visited my folks when we were picking up my boys from said weekend.  It was great to see them again!
  • I'm thankful for the Revelation bible study notes my sister gave me.  She taught on this at her church a few years back and gave me her notes.  It has opened my eyes more.
  • I'm thankful for my sister's notebook...there was more notes in there than just the Revelation bible study that I get to read/type up for myself.
  • I'm thankful for my camera that I got for my birthday this past year.  I love taking photos!!
  • I'm thankful for my nephew who wants me to take his Senior Portraits instead of going somewhere to get them done.
  • I'm thankful for the program I have to work with said photos to make them look better!
  • I'm thankful for my in-laws, even if they do drive me nuts.  They are my family and I'm determined to see the best in them and focus on the good...pray for the bad!
  • I'm thankful for our upcoming camping trip...looking forward to it actually and excited to get to hang out with our friends again for a whole week.

To see more Thankful Thursday posts, visit Iris's blog Sting My Heart

Starbucks doesn't have FREE WiFi??

Oh no! I went to Starbucks tonight to meet with a friend. I went early, you know any way I can get out of the house without the children and spend some quiet time on my own, works for me!


I go to Starbucks, pull out my laptop and try to connect to the local WiFi’s around and none of them would connect, so I asked the lady behind the counter about it and she told me that, unfortunately, Starbucks requires a paid WiFi usage! It’s $3.99 for 2 hours, not bad, but I wanted FREE!


So, here I sit…debating, do I buy the prepaid card ($10) and use it or do I just write my blog entry on word and then copy it to my blog later tonight...


Doing my blog at home, I get distracted, the TV, the cat, the dog, the 4 boys, my husband…the dirt in my house that has been sitting there taking up residence in my carpet. If I do the blog here at Starbucks, I only have people I don’t know around (yes, I’m a people watcher, but I can type and watch at the same time here…something I can’t do at home…weird, I know!).


So I bet you are all dieing to find out what I did right? Well, I typed this up at Starbucks on Word and saved it because it was time for my friend to arrive and I won’t be doing much on the computer once she arrives! Too much to catch up on!