Wednesday, December 31, 2008


It's been about one year since I started writing this blog to help manage my Type 1 diabetes. I never IMAGINED that by starting this blog I would be introduced to such an AMAZING group of people, The Diabetes Online Community. I have learned more about this disease I've battled for over 20 years in this one year, than all the other ones combined.

One year ago my husband saved my life by finding me unconscious on the floor next to our bed. He called the ambulance and one Glucagon shot later, all was well. But it was enough to scare the %&$* out of me and I realized I needed some support, an outlet of sorts to see if anyone understood what I was dealing with.

It all started with a little Irish angel named Bernard Farrell who found me first. He told me about the search engine he had created and I saw the Diabetes365 photo project linked on his blog. I thought, cool! What a neat idea and joined in! It was there on Flickr that I met lots of other cool diabetics like Kerri, Landileigh, and Sara. I also was linked to sites like Amy Tenderich's, Diabetes Mine and Manny's social network. The day I discovered there was a NINJA diabetic was a GOOD DAY with lots of laughs to follow. Scott K. Johnson is always the encouraging cheerleader. Then there's the awesome Chris Bishop who is my husband's favorite D-blogger because of his awesome comic book like layouts. Donnabetes who reminds me of my mother, always the optimist and her caring nature protrudes even through the internet!

There are sooooo many more of you, I could list you guys all day! But I wanted to take a moment and thank you for understanding the struggle and just being there in a way that other people can not. I am so thankful for the support I've found through this new circle of friends. May 2009 bring new friends to our little corner of the internet and lots of breakthroughs in research! I pray we all have a healthy, happy year full of blessings!!! Cheers!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Gabe's Pre School Program

This post is intended for out of town family, but some of you may enjoy it. =)

Last night Gabriel had his first Christmas Pre School program. It was VERY cute. The two's class did a live nativity to a narrative read by their teacher, the 3's and 4's sang some cute songs, and some of the school age children did a puppet show that was absolutely adorable.

Here's a clip from the first song, "Mary Had A Baby Boy and His Name Was Jesus..." Gabe is so funny.

Zoe and Mommy cheering for Gabe

What a ham!

Zoe and Daddy smile for the camera!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Menu Planning Monday

Monday- Peach Chicken, Rice - THIS IS SO GOOD OVER RICE!

Peach Chicken - serves 4-6

6 chicken breasts- halved
1 jar peach preserves
1 cup BBQ sauce
4 TB. soy sauce
1 onion diced

Sautee the above ingredients for 40 minutes on low

1 green pepper cut in thin strips
2 cans water chestnuts, drained

Add the green peppers and chestnuts for final 10 minutes.

Tuesday- Meatloaf, salad, corn cassarole

Wednesday- leftovers

Thursday- Tuscan Bean Soup, homemade bread

Friday- Pizza Biscuits

Saturday- hamburgers on the grill, veggies

Sunday- leftovers

Cheap Thrills For Us...

So, I don't think it's a secret that most everyone is pinching their pennies in America these days. We recently had family come to visit for Thanksgiving weekend and we had such an AWESOME time, without spending a ton of money! Enjoy my photo narrative.

Mattress Surfing 101

I swear this was hours of crazy fun, and a fantastic full body resistance workout. You try carrying an old twin mattress up stairs over and over again for a bunch of giddy little kids (umm and grown ups) wanting to take a ride down a flight of stairs into a bunch of bean bags.



(NOTE: I don't do football, but I had fun playing with Zoe and taking pictures!)




And then there was the Black Friday shopping, where CVS paid me 9.99 to take a new Rival crock pot out of their store.

Have a great week!!!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Gabe and Disney

I think I've told the whole world this by now, but just incase you haven't heard...

Gabriel is going to have his adenoids removed on Tuesday morning. This is a really routine procedure that millions of people get done every year, and the recovery is suppose to be really fast. But it's still surgery and it's my baby, so I get to be just a little nervous. We are really hoping that this procedure will help his chronic sinus and ear infections and also help quiet his SNORING!! This kid sounds like Darth Vader at night!  Please pray for him on Tuesday if you think of it!  

We had a great time at Disney this weekend! Gabe's favorite parts were eating the free cookies and hot cocoa all night, meeting his hero, Woody, from Toy Story, and getting a cool gun from the Pirates of the Carribean ride. Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure. =)