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. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Love my Church Family!

I have the most amazing church family. 

During the summer, when our normal school year programs are not running, we have prayer meetings during that time. Last night we had some missionaries from Kosovo that were going to be sharing their ministry with us.

When Andrew and I got to church and got out of the car, we noticed that one of our tires was flat; on the rim flat. That's just what you want to deal with at church, right?

It's hard to see, but, trust me, this is one seriously flat tire!

We decided to deal with it after the meeting. Andrew grabbed a couple of the other deacons (being a deacon himself he knows who to grab) and we headed out. One of the guys that helped happens to be a bit of a mechanic and was extremely helpful. 

He found this in our tire...

It took some trial and error to get the hole plugged. He ended up running home (he lives right near by) and getting some proper tools.

Finally, we had it all plugged and ready to go. Until Andrew heard the distinct sound of air escaping. After a thorough examination that didn't yield any results they resorted to spraying the tire down with soapy water and watching for bubbles. 

Sure enough, they found a split in the interior sidewall. How that happened, we don't really know, but it resulted in a dead tire. We ended up putting the donut on, filling her up with air, and heading home. Andrew went and got a new tire this morning and she is as good as new.

I am so thankful that we have so many amazing guys at church that don't hesitate to drop what they are doing to help you out. We have an amazing church family!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

New Hobby

I have tried something new, and I love it. Stamped jewelry. I am far from having perfected the art yet, but I have made a few things.

A bracelet for my cousin when she graduated high school...

a necklace for a friend when she had her first baby...

and a little something for me!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Springfield, the Tomb

I honestly can't say which was better; getting to see Lincoln's house or his tomb. They are both amazing locations with tons of history, and they are both places I have dreamed of visiting for many years. 

I wasn't able to get a picture of the outside of his tomb. There were 2 factors at play; one that was out of my control (the sun was shining too brightly) and the other involving a certain someone being way more into catching every detail of the tomb and the experience than paying attention to what setting my camera was on. Oops!

So, here is one I borrowed from Google. Isn't it grand? Andrew and I both rubbed his nose on the statue in the foreground. Apparently people think it is lucky to rub his nose and you can see that many, many people have done just that. I don't think it's lucky, but I couldn't pass up the chance to rub it myself!

This door is on the back of the tomb. I loved the detail on the bars.

When you walk around inside you come across a number of little statues like these four in nooks at the corners. They represent different parts of his life. You can see that he was younger in two of these as he doesn't have a beard. 

Finally, you turn a corner, and there it is; his tombstone. His coffin is in a steel cage 10 feet deep and is encased in the concrete of the floor to prevent any further attempts to steal his body. 

Also buried here are his wife, Mary Todd, and 3 of his four sons. (His eldest, Robert, is buried at Arlington per his wife's wishes.)

Even with all the people there, it truly was a peaceful place. Someday I would like to go back, maybe in the spring or fall, and take the time to wander around and see the other graves. We didn't take the time to do that and I wish we had. But, lunch was calling and the temperature was rising. Something for another time.

 I have visited a number of cemeteries (I enjoy the history and peace they provide.) but this one ranks right up at the top. It is a beautiful and peaceful location and the honor of being able to see Abraham Lincoln's tomb is something I will never forget. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Springfield, stop 1, part 2

The little neighborhood they have set up is really beautiful. I loved all the old houses. They made us both think of our first apartment in the city. We realized that most of the houses in both neighborhoods were built in about the same time period, 1820-1830's. That would explain it! This is only a small sample of the houses there. There are so many more beautiful ones! 

They said that this is kind of what Lincoln's house would have looked like when he first bought it.

There was such beautiful architecture and woodwork!

I had to pull a mom and make these people stop so I could take their picture. They were headed to the of plot of land by the Lincoln house to show some kids toys of the era. Considering that it got up around 90 degrees that day, I have to imagine that they got quite warm!

It was a fun stop. I was so honored to be able to walk through his house. 

We also walked a few blocks and wandered through the Lincoln museum. I didn't manage to take any pictures there, but I highly recommend it. It was a great stop!