Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring Break Surprise

Our family just enjoyed our Spring Break at the coast with some family friends. The weather was typically rainy, but we didn't let it spoil our fun! We even saw a baby seal on the shore, left behind by the tide. We visited Fort Clatsop where the girls became Junior Rangers & Fort Columbia where they had a great time exploring.

Social Butterfly at Ft. Clatsop Interpretive Center

Our Crew at Fort Clatsop

History Buff being sworn in as a Junior Ranger

Joyful Monkey at Ft. Clatsop Interpretive Center
 Oh, and let's not forget the lovely information we received. Our wonderful doctor called my cell to give me the results of Social Butterfly's lab tests. She had been having some tummy issues and we went in and she had 7 vials of blood drawn. Her labs came back positive for Celiac Disease...Social Butterfly! We already have Joyful Monkey's endoscopy scheduled for the end of April because her numbers keep creeping up on the Celiac blood tests, but SB's number was 120! Ahhh! So, now we have another endoscopy to schedule. We may have the Celiac Sisters! I guess it won't really matter if they officially diagnose JM yet or not, because we'll be going gluten-free for SB anyway. At least we know why her tummy has been hurting. But, I can't say I'm happy to go GF. It changes so much! Thankfully, there are so many GF recipes out there, and it's such a fad right now, that it's pretty visibly marketed. Now I just need to find the time to figure out how I am going to be able to do this effectively with softball season starting this week. I think God is using this to make me a better food planner/preparer. =) I tend to not put a lot of thought in food preparation and don't like to spend time on it since we are so busy, but I guess it's an area I will need to work on.

Spring break just isn't long enough. =) Hope you enjoy yours!

*I'm sure History Buff is just wondering when her life will change...

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Heaven is just a bit sweeter...

An enthusiastic, hand-clapping song of "I'll fly away, oh glory..." really makes me reflect. 

I think of a lot of wonderful things when I think of Heaven...first and foremost, the privilege of standing (okay, lying flat on my face) before the LORD. Seeing His glory face to face will be incredibly AWEsome!

I also think of the wonderful people I will be united, or reunited, with. Aside from God, I am most looking forward to meeting my Grandma Jane. There are so many other family members and friends I look forward to praising the Lord with, too.

It doesn't seem that it could get any sweeter. Lately, however, I've taken great hope in the idea that JM's body will someday be working perfectly. Someday, she will be free of the 7-10 finger pokes a day and all of the set changes, and "pain" of T1D.

While I hope for a cure for her in this life, I have faith that the ultimate cure is awaiting her someday because her hope is in the Lord! After all, "faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1)." I can't be sure that my hope for a cure in this life will be found, but I am absolutely certain that my hope in the Lord will one day be seen with my own eyes. And it brings me such joy to know that Joyful Monkey's hope is in the Lord, as well. This faith will bring complete healing to both of us; not just our bodies, but our souls! Praise the Lord!

"So we'll wait till Kingdom come,
all the highs and lows are gone.
A little bit longer, and I'll be fine!"
-Nick Jonas (from his song A Little Bit Longer)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Thank You!

Last week, our family was thrilled to find that we had won the sugar bolus...our first! We received both prizes in the mail today. Needless to say, our household is very excited. Thanks for hosting a great giveaway Wendy (!

Joyful Monkey's new pump pouch from PumpWear, Inc.

AromaDough...gluten free!