Friday, December 2, 2011

Look Alikes


I found this picture of me (the one on the right) from when I was a little girl and I showed it to Tayler tonight. I asked her who she thought it was and she laughed and said, "ME"!! I told her that it wasn't her, and that it was me when I was little. Let's just say...she didn't believe me. I do have to say there is a striking resemblance!!
I love can never take to many!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

New Blog

I have decided to start another blog (in addition to this one). I have wanted to post many times about issues with the boys and their diabetes, but I haven't wanted to only talk about that. I hope to have information on there to educate people and to share our daily life! I know it will be very therapeutic for me as well. Sometimes I feel so helpless as a mom watching my boys deal with this challenge. I am hoping that by sharing our stories and my thoughts that I can help someone else out there as well. I hope you will stop by from time to time! Here is the link:

Friday, September 23, 2011

A Promise Kept!

Anyone who knows our family KNOWS how much we love the STEELERS!! You will also know that we live in Indianapolis...home to the COLTS (our 2nd favorite team)!! It jsut so happens that this Sunday night our two favorite teams will be playing each other here in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium!!
Guess who got two tickets....


A little background...Rich has been to some NFL games (a few of those being STEELERS games). Rich made me a promise after the last Steelers game that he went to that he would not go to another one without me ( I have never been to one).
Well folks...he is keeping his promise!! I FINALLY get to go to STEELERS game!!

To say that I am excited is an understatement!!

We have some wonderful friends that have season tickets. They offered these tickets to us...I know, you wish they were your friends too!! They really are that awesome!! I am so thankful to have such wonderful friends that love my family this much!!

This Sunday night at 8:20 pm I will be at my first NFL regular season game with my husband and my 2 favorite teams. Does it get better than this? ...only if I could meet Hines Ward!
(Don't be jealous, Rich!)

P.S. In case any of you are wondering...we will be cheering the STEELERS to the win!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Hello Again!!

Love this poster!

Yes, we are still alive! I have been horrible this past year about posting. So much has happened...many wonderful things! I will hopefully be able to get it all on here at some point. Keep checking back, I might just surprise you and post again! :)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Diabetes Siblings Day

I have been sitting here this morning looking up some information on the internet and I couldn't help but feel a little guilty. Diabetes takes up so much of my time throughout the day (& night)! I try very hard as a mom to make everything as normal and fair as humanly possible for all of my children. I try so hard not to treat Brenden and Christopher any differently than I do my girls, but let's face it...I do sometimes.

Have I been neglecting my other four girls?

Since Brenden has been diagnosed, I have spent a lot of time away from home. He has gymnastics every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings for 2 hours each night. I have to go with him to make sure he is checking his blood sugar, and to treat when he goes low (which has been happening a lot lately, despite the additional snacks given before and during).

Brittaney has been the 2nd mom here at home. She takes care of the kids while I am gone. She ensures homework and chores get done. She makes sure they eat (I leave here at 3:35 and don't get home until around 6:45). I couldn't do this without her...have I told you how amazing she is?

Kehli is my quiet, but totally silly child! She asked me a question the other day that made me stop in my tracks. She asked me if she could get diabetes by getting pricked from one of the boys needles or something. I haven't really ever thought about whether my kids really understood that this disease is NOT contagious. I thought they all understood but evidently not. I wonder how long she has had these questions swirling around in that lovely brain of hers? How much worry was caused because I didn't think to ask the right questions or inform her properly? So, we had a good long talk and I answered her questions. I think we are going to have a FHE about diabetes and set the record straight about some things and answer ANY questions the kiddos have.

Katelyn keep everyone laughing. She loves to watch the boys do their testing and shots. She has even tested her BS a few times recently. I think she secretly thinks it's kind of cool. I'm sure she would feel otherwise if she HAD to do it every day. She helps to keep perspective in a crazy time of our lives. Her laugh is so contagious and sometimes that is all you laugh really hard! Thanks for making everyone so happy!

Tayler doesn't know life without diabetes. This is just normal to her. She asked the other day if Brenden had taken his insulin yet. How many 3 year olds even know the word insulin? We have caught her on many occasions getting the boys lancets (finger-pokers) and trying to "take her blood sugar". She is patient while we wait in line to get our grocery bags full of prescriptions at the pharmacy. She has kissed the boys "owies" for them. Though I don't think she fully understands, she is so empathetic to her big brothers! It is so sweet.

How thankful I am to these little heros for being so patient with Rich and I as we try and figure this all out. I do KNOW that this affects their lives in a BIG way too. They may not have the disease but diabetes affects the entire family. The girls have been so patient as we have had to give extra time to their brothers. Here's a least the boys share a room so the girls aren't woken up during the middle of the night blood sugar checks.

So girls...know this~

Your Dad and I couldn't love you any more than we do! We stand in awe of the support and love that you give to your brothers and to us. I wish every diabetic child had sisters like you, and every diabetic parent had daughters like you. Please know that you are not invisible to us...quite the opposite. Your inner and outer beauty are absolutely radiant and shining forth so brightly!
I love you and am so proud to be your mom!!

~I am officially declaring today...~

Diabetes Siblings Day!!

(You ROCK!!)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

An Attitude of Gratitude


Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.

It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

~ Unknown

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Passing the time

What do you do at 10:08pm at your house?

We have low blood sugar "parties"!!

Christopher's blood sugar was 70 (and falling).
Brenden's blood sugar was 34.
They are supposed to be 80-120 (just so you know)
They were NOT feeling very good, so they both drank some juice. Then they both laid down on the couch together so I had to snap a quick (great mommy moment) picture.
Again...Brotherly LOVE!!