Monday, August 31, 2015

Love you, Heidi.

All I can properly say is I'm gonna miss that girl.  She was such a loving soul.  A kind heart with warm words.  Day and night.  I could catch her at times at two in the morning taking meds, trying not to throw up..or in the regular day like everyone else.  Always with lots of love, ready to share.  Never complaining in her suffering. 

She had a light inside that just glowed.  She was Jewish, I'm not.  But we shared our faith with one another, and I got to ask questions.  She was so patient.  When I lit candles for her in different cities, she was thankful.  She always believed with me.  I'm torn over flying miles away from my family, on my birthday, to make it to see her one last time.  Both my grandparents on my mother's side were buried on my birthday also, years apart.

I'm just sad.  Need to find a way to say thanks to God.  A way to offer Eucharisteo before the gift.  I'm thankful to have known her.  I'm thankful for all who met and knew her.  I'm thankful for all the sweet people who got to hear her words of wisdom and compassion, and I'm thankful I wasn't the only one.  That I get to mourn her in blessed company.  (Is that a bad thing?)

Goodbye, sweet Heidi Bonn.  I'm praying you are in Heaven right now.  Can't wait to see you again, friend.

Please pray for her family: for comfort, for healing, for understanding, and that they continue to love.  Just the way she'd want it.  Hugs.

So you have pain now; but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.  John 16:22

and for her:
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Isaiah 41:10

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Back to School, BBQ, and Baseball..and a 600.

Pictures from vacation, notebooks for the kids' nurse and school, all on the back burner..  It's been a-c-t-u-a-l, make lunches, count carbs, sign papers, study for tests, back-to-school around here!

We were off to a rocky start the first two days of school..Mary Claire forget her meter, Ethan forgot his lunch box, and we had a few lows.  I guess they are a little more active at nine in the morning than they usually are at home, ha!

We think we've got it all sorted out.  Last week, we were rocking some amazing blood sugars at school!  The big kids are now at the same school, same lunch, so the nurse can send me their blood sugars together in one text message, SO HANDY! : )

But..then the weekend hit.  They've been exhausted, and hanging with friends..and eating.  Today was a big day with a Girl Scout kickoff BBQ and then we went to an Arkansas Naturals (minor league, farm team for the KC Royals) baseball game.  And thus began the highs.  Hot dogs, soda, chips, dippin' dots, funnel cakes, etc.  She was SIX HUNDRED before bed!! doesn't even begin to describe the frustration.  Clay was 232, and after her crazy high, that seemed almost magically wonderful.  Diabetes doesn't have any rules nor does it play fair.  Food of any sort throws it into orbit.  And I stayed on her all day to bolus for everything she was putting into her mouth.  It's just not an easy day when we aren't home or having packaged/carb counted food.  Whew. 

At least it was a great day with sweet friends all over northwest Arkansas. : )  I'm falling asleep, so I'd better go.  Another day awaits tomorrow!  Prayers for your kids, their friends, and calm days.  Hugs!  

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Quaint Chestnut Hill, PA..Love!

So..we got home, and I flopped down with exhaustion and laundry!  Oops.  
There was so much more to our trip..I think I got behind, haha..story of my life! : )

Here's some more of our trip..  We drove back to Philadelphia to see Ches' Aunt Rita, his Aunt Karen, and Karen's son, Joseff and visit some more!   We also had a late lunch at Fiesta (a tradition) downtown in Chestnut Hill (Germantown Ave.), just two blocks from her house.  We love the area!!
Carter was sooo amused with the little mail flap!  He was looking in from the outside AND looking out from the inside!

Aren't these the CUTEST?!  Little pushers, bulldozers, and shovels for your youngest eaters!

The new toy store (Oxford Circus Toys) downtown was one of my favorite stores.  We also went into farmhouse/antique stores, gift shops, and had ice cream!

We bought the little red train in the foreground..he loved it! : )

I loved the little hand-sewn flags up high..they are not for sale.

This is the mural we saw them working on a couple years ago, each student got a portion of wall..doesn't it look wonderful?!

He was SO red from playing hard at the park downtown!  We were sitting outside a very breakable shop (Ches and big kids are looking inside), and he's opening his new train!

Cutest little ice cream shop and chalkboard!

They picked the chocolate-y, caramel-y, nutty, mocha ribbon-filled ones, and one big birthday cake scoop topped with gummy bears.  Yum.

Waiting for our scoops!  She got the first one, she's learned to speak up. : )  She also has her new glass case (in the bag), purchased at a flea market for her American Girls.

Aren't they the most adorable curtains?!

A game at dinner that we bought at the toy store.  It comes with instructions on the back (what it looks like from above, and sides)  and wood building strips and then you get to flip over to find out what it is!  This is a bus stop..pretty easy.

They progressively get harder.  This is the piano. : )  Especially tough when a bunch of kids are shaking the table!!
Sweet day that didn't require pumps off...Therefore, good numbers! : )  Always makes for a happy momma day.

Hope you are fitting in a few games with your kiddos this summer!  Coloring?  Markers?  Cutting paper dolls?  Postcards to family?  Play-doh?  Or just cards!  hugs, y'all!!

Up next?  Cedar Point and BiG RoLLeR CoaSTeRS!