Friday, May 19, 2017

Mindfully Grateful for this"Di a"versary Day.

Today is Allie's Diaversary.  
It's been three years now since she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
It is unlikely that she is even aware of  what today is.  Matter of fact, I've recently discovered that she doesn't even remember much of the days leading up to her diagnosis.  
But for me, it is a day I will never forget. 

I reread the post I made to keep all of our concerned friends updated on how we ended up in the hospital on that Monday, 3 years ago.  You can tell when you read it that all of the new words being thrown at us, the Diabetic language, were new as I messed up several terms.  Ketoacidosis, while a correct term can be caused by different things, so technically Allie was in Diabetic Ketoacidosis which is a life threatening condition.  Also, I referred to Allie's HCN-1 level as being 11.8 -- that should say A1C.  It is the language of our daily lives now, but then we had no clue.  And while writing that post, I was still a little in denial and a whole lot in shock.
It's the question we get asked most often in regards to Allie's Type 1 Diabetes.  

"How did you know?"

The plain truth is that we didn't know.  And I do carry some Mom guilt with that sometimes, but honestly - the symptoms of T1D come on out of nowhere it seems and so fast that I do believe it is easy to miss.  

This anniversary -- May 19 -- isn't a day I celebrate.  I would give anything for there to be a cure for this disease so my daughter can be free of counting carbs, bolusing, shots, Humalog, having to stop to think before eating anything at all, carrying a box of supplies wherever we go, medical forms to be able to drive in Driver's Ed that cause so many issues to do 'normal' kid stuff, doctor's appointments and the million of other ways it impacts her that she doesn't let on to anyone.  

But on this day, I will take the time to be mindfully grateful.

*I will be thankful today that God has indeed taken care of Allie.  

*I will be thankful for her strength and courage.  How  she just did whatever they asked her to do at the hospital, giving herself her first shot the second day after diagnosis.

*I will be thankful for the Humalog that smells up my house and the test strips that litter my floor, because these are the things that keep my daughter alive.

*I will remind myself to be thankful for her determined and stubborn spirit.  It is this spirit that can make life hard and relationships strained, but it is also this spirit that made her willing to do what she needs to do - like give herself shots --and work to be healthy.  

*I'm thankful for all the research being done to search for a cure for this disease that one day, maybe she can be free of the counting and insulin shots.  

*Most of all, today -- I'm thankful for Allie.  
And each day that I get to have with her, even the hard ones.

Allie, I know that you don't even like to talk about your T1D most of the time.  And, at the same time, I'm painfully aware that we spend A LOT of our time talking about many carbs in this, count 35 carbs for supper tonight, what was your bloodsugar? What did you do about it?
Are we good on supplies? Do you have your stuff? ......and all of the other questions that fill our days.
I want you to know that even when I am fussing at you to work on keeping your numbers where they should be, that I am oh, so proud of who you are.  
You're the toughest girl I know and you are truly a gift in our family.
Most of all today, Allie, I am thankful for YOU.  All of who you are and  I can't wait to see where you are going in this life.  
I love you!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day Weekend 2017

What a great day and weekend it has been!  

Our friends, Kandi and Olivia came to visit this weekend.
On Friday night, we made burgers and homemade fries at home and played a great game of Monopoly. 

On Saturday morning, Allie, Maggie and I headed up to Haywood Street Church to serve with the youth from our church.  It was a great day of weeding and painting, and visiting with our friends.

Kandi, Olivia and Brady went to the skyzone to celebrate Olivia's 8th birthday.  
Everyone had a great day.

Last night,  Kandi and I picked up our friend Emily and went out for Girls Night!
We introduced Emily to the Melting Pot.  
Great fun and food was had by all.

Today, we got up and went to worship our creator.
After church, Olivia and Kandi had to head home.

That is when the Mother's Day Celebration started. lol.
Maggie had made me a scavenger hunt with 12 small gifts at 12 stops.  The clues mostly rhymed and the gifts were all handmade.  A painted heart, sugar scrub, votive holders and more.....
Allie wrote me a note that said her gift to me was to take pictures for me.  Can't wait to see what pics she got today.
Lillie colored me a beautiful picture and Brady made a heart at school and a hand tracing holding a heart.

After their sweet gifts, we decided that we would go explore the Blue Ridge Parkway.
We made a couple of different stops along the way.
At the first one, we walked to an overlook and had a little fun along the trail.

Our second stop was at Linville Falls. 
We hiked down to the top falls.

We stopped for supper on the way home.
It has really been a wonderful weekend.
I am headed to bed exhausted but with a happy and grateful heart for all that God has given me.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Alice In Wonderland

Bandy's High School did Alice In Wonderland as their production this year.  
I tried  unsuccessfully for a week to convince Allie to audition.  
However, she is taking Theater this semester, so when Ms. Sherrill asked her if she and her siblings wanted to be in the play as cards, she said yes. 
Lillie had too much happening this spring to be in the play and Brady said NO.
Maggie said yes, though -- so the two of them began practices a couple of months ago.

This past weekend, was show time!

We had several friends and church members in the play also.  
Scenes that  I captured during the play.

At one point Maggie was a shark.
This is my favorite shot. Her costume was so big that she looked like she had been eaten by the shark.


Painting the roses red!  

We had lots of family and friends who came to see the show.
These are Maggie's dance buddies. 

 Maggie and Chloe

Nana and Grandpap came on Friday night, but since I wasn't there so I didn't get a picture.

On Saturday, Granddaddy and Nana LeeAnne came.

As did Papa and NayNay. 

It was a great production and a great weekend for all.

Easter 2017

We woke up bright and early on Easter so the kids could check out their baskets before getting ready for the Sunrise Service.  

We typically go light on the candy goodies and heavier on necessities. 
Therefore, sandals/flipflops and hair brushes for all.  
As well as some other small things.  

Sunrise Service, breakfast, 8:30AM Worship Service and then Sunday School.  
Allie stayed for the 11 AM service to play her flute, but the rest of us came home.

Quick pictures after church before heading to Nana and Grandpap's for lunch. 

 Easter at Nana and Grandpap's house is always great fun.
We ate a wonderful lunch, played Easter Trivia, 
had our very own egg roll....

A relay race....

Egg Hunts and a Scavenger hunt.....

After all of the fun, we loaded up in the car and headed out of town.
We stopped for dinner with friends in Waynesville.....there isn't much open for supper on Easter, but it was wonderful to get to see our friends.
Then on to Murphy, where we spent the night before heading to Georgia for Spring Break.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday Taize Thoughts

On Good Friday, at our church, we have a Taize Service.  
This link share what a Taize service is and where it come sfrom. 

For me it is a very moving act of worship. 

Our sanctuary has been open all day for people to come as they wanted.

They can spend as long as they like listening to the Taize music, singing if they want, praying and meditating .

I believe it is a great reminder to us all to take some time.

Time to remember what Jesus did for us on this day.
Time to think about all that he did.

This evening, our whole family went together to worship and pray.

Throughout this day, and as I prayed tonight, I have been thinking about Jesus' disciples.
The bible says they were scared and hiding.
I've come over the last few weeks to identify a whole with these followers of Jesus.
Especially Peter.
The fear they were feeling on this Good Friday night must have been almost unbearable.
But today, I couldn't help but think about how defeated they must have felt.
The man they believed to be their Messiah seems to have now lost the battle.  
They had no clue that Sunday was coming.  

I can't imagine the defeat they were feeling.
The fear.  
The hopelessness.  
The way their minds must have been racing and doubting and wondering about all they had seen and heard over the last few years.  

Tonight, I continue to contemplate the followers of Jesus and what they were feeling.
What do you think the followers of Jesus were feeling tonight?  

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

New Old Chairs

If you see my posts on Facebook, you probably know that I have been looking for fabric to recover a couple of chairs for several months now.

I got a matching set of these chairs from Ken's grandmother's home after she passed away back in 2014.  I do not know for sure when she bought these chairs but I can tell you that the fabric you see here was actually a green hounds-tooth rather than the mustard color you see here.

I loved the shape of the chairs and knew that I would really like to recover them to use in our home.  
I slowly started looking at fabrics and prices of having chairs recovered.

It took a while to get over the sticker shock of how expensive fabric is as well as the cost of having furniture recovered and the chairs sat in our basement den area as is for a couple of years.

This December, I told Ken that all I wanted for Christmas was to get these chairs recovered.
He agreed and I started looking more intently for fabrics.

I ordered samples from several places and laid them all out on the chairs to see which ones I liked best.  

I ended up with a lot of samples.
I learned a big lesson from these chairs.
I had such a hard time picking a fabric that I know that building a house would be the death of me.

I had loads of fabric samples and but none of them were right.  Some were way too expensive, some I liked but couldn't figure out how it would fit.
Then I came across this fabric and I could instantly see the big picture.

We were finally able to get the fabric and take the chairs to be done.
I absolutely LOVE how they turned out. 

They now reside in my den.  I don't know if this will be their final space, but for now, I am loving just looking at them.
I love how they turned out!