• Informative

    God & Games

    Being married to a tech savvy geek has lots of perks. Lately we’ve been enjoying one of those perks by playing a variety of video games on a new gaming system. It’s been fun to see Munchkin trying to play some of the games and interacting with him on a different level than before. We’ve had to remind him that the game is just that and starting over isn’t the end. In fact sometimes the restart can help because you’re aware of the difficulties in the levels and can plan accordingly. In recent news a story came up that got me thinking about how often, in the midst of struggles,…

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    Turkey, stuffing and pie! Oh my!

    My first inclination was to add a delightful GIF of George Takei saying the phrase ‘oh my!’, but I’ll wait until the feeling passes.  Thanksgiving is just around the corner people. So if you’re one who’s been tasked or volunteered to handle the turkey cooking this year, and if you haven’t already, you should probably take it out of the freezer and let it thaw in your fridge. Rarely does frozen turkey turn out yummy, just saying. Plus no one wants to deal with food poisoning at any time.   Time passed, still want to share it. https://goo.gl/images/XKX4Hm This has been an interesting month for me. My son is in kinder this…

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    Bags, Baggage and Guilt

    When you fly are you the totally organized passenger who’s got a place for everything and everything in its place? Or are you the last minute packer who is frantically trying to make sure the basics are there crammed in every which way as you make a mad dash to the airport hoping and praying that your flight hasn’t started boarding yet? I tend to be a bit of an over-packer who might be ready for the zombie apocalypse at the drop of a hat, but needing to have supplies to replace anything in my diabetic arsenal takes up a lot of space, and money (but that’s another story) Recent…

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    Celebrate Family

    Tomorrow is one of the biggest nationwide celebrations for Americans, barring an improbable Super Bowl win by the Cleveland Browns. We celebrate the birth of our nation with fireworks, parades, and picnics all while immigrants families are struggling to find each other after being separated and detained in immigration centers after crossing into the “land of the free”. There is a lot of misinformation swirling out there on the web that muddies the conversations that are happening about this polarizing issue, but thankfully The Washington Post has complied an article to address the he said/she said going on and you can read it here. What I find most troubling is…

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    We are all Immigrants

    While we were visiting family in Ohio a few months ago, one of the fun activities my mother-in-law (MIL) was doing was tracing her family history. She was able to delve into generations of her family that she had known only smatterings about from passed down old stories and occasional pictures. Being intrigued with the mystery and history aspects of tracing family trees, I asked her to start tracing my family tree. We came across some interesting facts and features of several of my great grandparents, but that fun search took on new meaning in regards to recent political events happening. We live near the biggest major city in south…

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    Survivor, not victim.

    A few weeks ago, I attended a local dance schools spring recital. I enjoyed seeing the young girls get their moment on stage to show their families and friends all the hard work they’ve put into practices finally pay off. The whole show was bittersweet because there was a missing dancer among the tutus and tap shoes. Her absence wasn’t due to being ill or on vacation, it was due to a senseless act committed by someone she once loved. Emilee Hurst would have been on stage, at that recital, showcasing her solo dance routine and participating in a few group routines as well, but sadly, she was killed in…

  • Informative,  Life story,  Musings

    Medicated Motherhood

    Being a parent is stressful. Managing a chronic condition on a daily basis where nothing is certain, despite doing relatively the same thing at the same time every day, is stressful. Interacting with a toddler who is trying to learn how to exert their independence while not being able to clearly communicate is stressful. I won’t even delve into the extra pressures mothers feel from the¬†external pressures we see, hear, read about, scroll by on social media. That’s a whole blog post itself. After I had my daughter, she had to spend a week in the NICU due to a serious case of jaundice that almost led to her having…

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    Be Intentional

    Just a few weeks ago, our church and the local community were shocked to learn of a young woman’s tragic death. She was very involved in her school, the community and our church. We only knew her indirectly, but the shock of losing a woman on the cusp of adulthood hit everyone very hard. The memorial service was a mix of sadness at her passing, but also, joy and laughter about how she was and what she did on a consistent basis to encourage others. She spread joy wherever she went, but her death¬†also opened up a lot of dialogues about stalking, emotionally abusive relationships, and ultimately, where you go…

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    Halloween candy? Don’t mind if I do…

    Due to it being Halloween soon (next Thursday, wow) I thought I’d share and debunk some common myths that type 1 diabetics (T1Ds) face on a fairly regular basis. I’ll break them down in the following order. If you have questions or concerns about diabetes and you’d like a question answered, feel free to leave the question in the comments section and I’ll do my best to answer it. Disclaimer: all points of view are from my perspective and from talking with other fellow T1Ds, if you are offended: I’m sorry. If you’re confused about any part of this post, please ask for clarification, I’ll do my best to clear…