Tuesday, November 14, 2017

World Diabetes Day

Today is world diabetes day. A day to raise awareness, and hopefully improve understanding about diabetes. This isn't a path I would have chosen for myself, but, God is far wiser than I and I trust that He has an amazing plan for my life, diabetes included. This journey has made me stronger, mentally, physically, and emotionally than I ever could have imagined. 

I am beyond blessed to have an amazing family to walk this road with. I couldn't do it without any of you. I most certainly could not walk this road without Andrew by my side. He is my strength and support, the one who keeps me on the right path and stops me from eating that doughnut when my blood sugar is high, the one who forces me to wake up in the middle of the night to correct a low blood sugar, the one who goes for a walk with me to help bring my blood sugar down, the one who helps me change my sensor and my pump site. He is the shoulder I cry on when it is just too much, and the one who understands more than almost anyone else. I am blessed to have such an amazing husband to walk this road with.

Diabetes, whether it is type 1, type 2, or gestational, affects so many people. Chances are good that you know someone (other than me!) that has it. For their sake, understand it, ask questions. It means a lot, trust me.

Monday, October 9, 2017


October 9, 2005. My diaversery. 

12 years of finger pokes.

3 insulin pumps.

1 continuous glucose monitor.

Uncountable amounts of juice boxes drank, fruit snacks eaten, visits to the doctor, shots given, nights spent awake, nerves hit as I replace my pump or monitor, and frustration.

12 years ago I had no idea that a person could be so thankful for juice boxes and fruit snacks or good, deep pockets on my clothes. I had no idea the amount of frustration and pain that this diagnosis would bring. I also had no idea how many amazing people I would meet with the same disease. People that would inspire me, and encourage me to keep going press on. It isn't what I thought my life would look like, and I would not have picked it, but it has helped to shape me into who I am today, and, above all, I know that God loves me and has amazing plans for my life. Who am I to second guess him? 

So, here's to another diabetic year. Another year that I have been blessed to be alive without any complications. Another year with my wonderful family by my side supporting me. Thank you all. I couldn't do it without you!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Beach Party!

Every year the youth group goes to Tunnel Park in Holland. I have been working in the past, but was able to go this year. We had an amazing day. It was quite warm and busy, but we had fun nonetheless. 

We hung out and played some volleyball and 9-square while we waited for the burgers and hot dogs to cook.

After lunch it was off to the water where we played greased pig. It's a game involving a watermelon, crisco, and 2 hula hoops.

Greasing the "pig".

The 2 teams.

Let the game begin!

We played a couple other games before we headed for home. It was tiring, but a lot of fun.

It's Fall!

It's my favorite time of the year. I love autumn more than any other season. The beautiful color of the leaves, the cooler temperatures, pumpkin everything! With fall here, it is time for me to change out my decor; just a little. 

I put out my normal fall things...

...and a few new additions.

So happy to have my fall things out!

Brother - in - law

Andrew has a older brother, Jason, who lives in Texas with his wife and 2, grown, kids. When we got married they were unable to come up as he just started a new job. So, I had never met him or his family. His birthday was in August and his daughter wanted to do something special for him. She (tried to) surprise him with a trip up to Michigan to see his family.

He hasn't been up here in around 20 years. It has probably been that long since he saw his parents as well. We were able to set up our spare room with a bed so he could stay with us. It was a crazy couple days spent at my in-laws place; lots of people in a small space! My sister-in-law has 8 kids and Jason had only met 1 of them. It was quite the introduction for him!

I didn't get many pictures. In fact, I only got 1. We all had a great time catching up and getting to know each other. Hopefully it won't be another 20 years before we see Jason again!


Alright, I know what your thinking. It's about time she gets back at it; and you would be right. Summer got a little crazy and busy and I let my poor blog slide to the side. However, I am hanging out in a hotel in St. Louis for the weekend (Andrew is attending a work paid conference, so I get to tag along!), so that gives me time to catch up on the many blog posts that are waiting in the wings. 

Earlier this summer we took Alaina with us to our church vbs program. Ruby was very disappointed and wanted to go along, so we wanted to do something special with her as well. She was very excited to come over for a sleepover.

We went on a walk to the playground and she was very happy that we had sunglasses that were her size! Doesn't she look cool?

We tried out all the toys.

Sometimes we needed some help from Uncle Andrew.

It was so much more fun to talk to Uncle Andrew through this toy.

Someone really does love her Uncle Andrew!

After church we found some indoor toys to play with. I got this small set on magnetic toys for shipping only. She was excited that we had some.

She thought she was cool stuff wearing my shoes!

We had a blast with her around. Looking forward to the next time we can have the girls over. Life is never dull with them around!

Friday, August 11, 2017

White sewing machine

There is an online auction website that is based in my area that I regularly keep an eye on. They have an auction every Tuesday; you just never know what goodies you will find.

This week, I was very lucky. I found (and won for $5) a sewing machine cabinet. After a little dusting and cleaning it looks like a great side table, don't you think? 

It is a little bit taller than I would have liked, but the fact that it still has a sewing machine in it makes it so worth it!

This is a White rotary sewing machine. There is a plug, but we have not tried it to see if it works. There was some thread on a bobbin in it yet, so it might, although it's in rough looking shape. White made sewing machines from 1858 until it merged with Husqvarna Viking (a Swedish company) sometime in the 1950-1960's. While I know that it isn't terribly old, I have no idea when it was manufactured.

I just think it's cool and love the old look and the history it brings to our little place.