Sunday, January 17, 2016


What a weekend!  Ethan built a pine wood derby car (just this week..), won three heats, and 7th place overall at his Pinewood Derby!  He qualified for regionals..and he is really excited about going.  He says he likes hanging out there with all the kids.  Mr. Social.

Mary Claire had another Lego Robotics practice on Saturday.  Her team qualified for state competition, and it's NEXT weekend!  They are just about ready.  She isn't running the robot this year, so she's much less stressed.  She's working on memorizing her lines for the skit they rewrote this month.

Now she is at a friend's house finishing up her National History Day project right now.  Her group is making a documentary.  I can't wait to see it!  It's due this week.  She's spending the night, and I just took her stuff to her.  It's snowing, yippee!

Clay went to Little Rock for Weekend Extravaganza!  It was a big trip, but not all the youth group were able to go.  He had a lot of fun, the kids were all good, but he's exhausted.  Lots of fun, games, praise, and great speakers!  I'm proud of him.  : )
in front of the Capitol Building

He has now changed his site BY HIMSELF (HUGE accomplishment for him!)Last Saturday morning, he came in and told me he'd changed it.  WITHOUT ME.  Wow.  I've been coaching him, talking him through the steps, reminding him of little things..but he did it alone.  I packed our little site-changing case, and I thought he'd run out of insulin before he made it home from Little Rock.  I knew he'd eat a ton being out of mom's jurisdiction..and he ran out just before he got home.  (blood sugar of 187 after a huge weekend of burgers, shakes, and 7 hours of car driving!) I changed it for him tonight, but I'm still so stinkin' proud that he's capable now!
in the Cathedral : )

I know lots of kids can change their sites at earlier ages (but he was only diagnosed at 12!)..and take care of themselves.  Maybe I still just want to keep an eye on things.  I don't know, maybe it's my fault it's taken so long.  But, he's there! : )
at Purple Cow!

Mary Claire has been learning to site-change too.  She hasn't done it sans me, but she's done it all with me coaching.  Both kids have the hardest time putting the needle in themselves.  There is f-e-a-r..even though they've been doing it for years.  Hard stuff.
At Dr. Maass' office the day before Thanksgiving break-their JDRF (School) Walk Day!  Clay *loves* having his picure made, especially with me. ; )

So.. I finally took my Christmas tree down.  And vacuumed up the little needles and glitter, haha!  Ok, I have two more to go, but eight down, two to go is an awesome ratio!  The kids' trees just get draped in trash bags, and put in the attic.  Wish they were all that easy. : /

I was headed to Washington Regional to be there with Veronica today for her MRI (along with a couple other girls!)..but the machine broke, and they cancelled her appointment.  It was frustrating.  But I got a lot of work done, and she's totally psyched.  She was nervous, prepared and was finally SO ready!!

I'm excited to have just one more day off, I hope you get it "off" too!  Happy MLK, Jr. Day!  Hugs and prayers that your day is blessed.

ps-Bax has a plan!  He's going to St. Jude's in Memphis, TN, on Wednesday.  Treatment will take six weeks.  He will actually get to come home every weekend, I'm soo thrilled for them!  St. Jude's is a HUGE blessing! : )


Friday, January 15, 2016


I was up late last night and soo busy yesterday.  I think I'm embarking on a new journey.  Eeeekkk!!  Exciting is the word.

I applied to graduate school to go back to finish my masters degree.  I thought (until about 6pm last night) that I was going to be able to go this spring..but alas...t'll be summer.  It's still a formal application.  I applied to the Graduate School, then I applied to the program.  Now I just mail in my writing sample, my autobiographical sketch, and have three sweet people fill out recommendations. ; )

They required the GRE until this year, and I'm debating just taking it anyway.  I'm kinda weird, and I *like* four-hour tests.  I like when they tell me how smart I am.  I kinda like the studying and practice.  I know..WEiRd!  I have until March 1st or something.  But it only takes two weeks for results, and I could study and take it by the end of January even.

And I forgot to mention that since my 18 hours are soo old (the youngest ones are 15 years old!)..they won't count.  I'll be starting all over.  And I'm not even freaked out.  I kinda knew it already.  I reapplied and was accepted in 2010, but then I started having babies, so I decided to wait it out.  I can't handle too much at once (believe it or NOT!), but I think it's getting easy enough that I can fit it in now.

I'm just doing it for myself.  Is that selfish?  I'm not positive if I'll use it right away.  Or go back again to go farther.  I just don't want to stagnate.  I want to grow more and learn more.  So..I'm doing it for fun for now.  I might change my mind along the way.

Anyway, that is what happened yesterday.  

And we had a FUN girls night out party the night before for my friend Molly's birthday!  I didn't know what to get a gorgeous 27 year old who has everything (her amazing new modern house will be ready next FRiDAY!!), so I got her hydrangeas..are they every inappropriate?  I *LOVE* them!!  You can't be uncheered by flowers.  Girls always like flowers, btw.  You know if you are a guy stalking passing through reading this..BUY THE FLOWERS! : )
Can you even remember turning 27?!  soo sweet!
We are headed out to eat to celebrate momma not cooking tonight.  Clay is going to Weekend Extravaganza in Little Rock this weekend, Ethan has the Pinewood Derby tomorrow, and Mary Claire has Lego this might be the calmest it'll be for a while. : )

Continued prayers for our favorites, and a new request: my friend Lea's husband, Ron, passed away last night.  Please pray for her family. <3 font="">

Hug your family and friends a little tighter, today is all we're promised.  Sending YOU hugs!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Awards, A1C's, and Faith

Kids are growing, all back in school for the spring..and I think it's time to take all the Christmas decorations down! : )

We had a wonderful Christmas with family, fun new toys to play with (a go-pro and instamatic camera!), and enough food to put weight on us..ok just me, ha!  My great aunt Frankie came to stay with my mom, and we got to play CARDS!  sooo fun, it's our favorite!  We have this game we play called High-Nine.  I haven't ever met another soul in the world who has heard of this game besides family.  Have you heard of it?  It's a fun game four person game similar to hearts, but you bid with the partner across from you without knowing their cards, then call the suite, and play to catch the nines.  We love it, we're kinda competitive, and it lets us stay out late/eat/escape reality. (bedtime duties, kid teeth-brushing, baby baths, loading the dishwasher, etc.) (is that bad?)

The kids' a1c numbers were a little higher than we'd hoped last time we visited our endocrinologist.  He wanted their basals dropped..and Mary Claire has been having some lows.  We f-i-n-a-l-l-y got her a little bluetooth stick (Minimed Connect) that sends her constant glucose monitor numbers to her phone, and now I can watch them on my computer.  *It only works IF she had her Enlite sensor on, AND IF she has the Connect on her AND charged, and IF she has her phone on and near her. works about 45% of the time. :o/

Mary Claire is working on her silver award in girl scouts (second to last BiG award!), and her plan is to supply new and gently used games and books to homeless shelters, children's shelters, and battered women's shelters.  If you have any you'd like to contribute or want to donate, let us know!  It's a huge undertaking, and the plan is to make it sustainable (it can continue and grow) even after she moves on.  Include us in your prayers on this one!  I'm helping lead this tiny bit of the group..and I'm learning as I go.  It's a 50-hour required commitment per girl.  There are seven girls, and two projects so far.  Max of four girls per project. : )

Carter's school friend, Baxden, has been diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma (brain stem tumor), he's had surgery, and is awaiting treatment.  PLEASE keep this precious family in your prayers.  It is a daily struggle to keep family going plus he's in physical therapy since he lost some feeling/movement in his left side.  His mom, Hilary, is also Carter's teacher, and she's wonderful.  We've missed her so much.  I will say I've seen prayer growth in my sweet three year old, and it thrills this momma's heart.  He asks to pray for Bax, and is soo thoughtful in his words.  Even if I'm praying, he's saying "Yes", "for Bax", "for Hilary", for their family", "please heal him", and it's precious.  

I have other sweet friends in need of prayer.  I don't know if it's a season, or my age.  My friend, Monica, is having severe pain, and she had a CT scan today and is awaiting results.  My friend, Veronica, is having an MRI on Sunday at 4pm.  The eye doctor can't get her to see using the regular lens in the office, and she's concerned about a possible tumor or problem.
I have this framed in my house, and I love it.  A great reminder.

God knows our needs.  I am thanking Him for the healing that's coming and the health being restored.  Prayers that you are healthy! :o)