four years

diabetes, family, life

yes, she even gets to enjoy chocolate cake!

Four years ago Aubrey was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

I would love to say that we’re better at this diabetes thing than we were four years ago. But everyday we question. “Why is her blood sugar high?” “Why did she drop so fast?” “Why is she waking up in the morning with such high numbers?”

Everyday it’s a struggle.

What is different today is how we handle it. We take each moment as it comes. We don’t let it stress us out. Her health and well-being are our number one priority. But we’re not going to beat ourselves up when she’s high or when we don’t know what’s going on with her numbers. It’s going to happen. Diabetes is unpredictable. That’s just how it is. It’s a 24/7 thing that we strive to do our best at controlling. But we also realize that we’re going to make mistakes, and Aubrey’s body is sometimes going to have a mind of its own. That’s just how it is.

And so we hope. We hope for a cure so that our daughter (and her older brother too!) will one day not have to deal with diabetes. We take each day as it comes. We educate ourselves. We empower Aubrey to learn to manage the disease as best she can at age ten. We encourage her to live life to the fullest. And we pray.

And each day, I give thanks to God that he has blessed us with four amazing, funny, sometimes challenging, but always inspiring kids. It just so happens that two of them also live with diabetes.


wildlife in our backyard


we’re loving our new home…and the kids are especially loving all the creatures they keep finding in the backyard.

Colin’s d anniversary

diabetes, family, life

Today is the one year anniversary of Colin’s type 1 diabetes diagnosis. It caught us by surprise. But it hasn’t slowed us down!

I’ve written more about it over at T1 times 2.

Thanks to all who have supported us over the past few years as we’ve stepped into the diabetes world. Your prayers, concern and love have been a huge encouragement to us.


diabetes, family, life

I’ve been on a non-scheduled blogging hiatus. Life simply got in the way. Lots of trips to the doctor’s office fighting colds and allergies. Prepping and selling a house only to pack it all up and unload it into a new house. And a dropped laptop that shattered the screen didn’t help.

But it’s been good.

For it’s in the middle of all of this that I had a realization. I resigned my pastoral position last fall to focus on building up Front Porch Creative. In order to have health benefits for our family, Lynda went to work full-time at a local hospital. That left me at home managing our kids and most other home-life things.

I became a stay-at-home dad.

I didn’t have that in mind when I made this switch. I guess I really hadn’t thought about it. But four kids, two with chronic illnesses that require constant attention even when they are at school and two that are twin 5 year olds, demand a lot of my time. Add to that a house that always needs cleaned and laundry for 6 that doesn’t fold itself and my day is full.

And with this comes a brand new appreciation for stay-at-home parents. Because I’m one of them!

But all is good. Our family is well. We’re settling into our new home and loving it. The kids are wrapping up another school year. Lynda enjoys her varied critical care nursing roles at the hospital. And FPC has been able to help a few ministries strengthen their branding along the way.

And now it’s time to return to some routine here on the blog — even as we begin summer. So stay tuned — it’s time to begin again!

in the Christmas spirit.


Ethan hasn’t hidden his joy of the Christmas season. Lights outside. Lights in his room. Listening to the Disney Christmas cd repeatedly.

Last night, he serenaded us with his rendition of Jingle Bells…kinda.

Merry Christmas!

Jingle Bells With Sticks from mbort on Vimeo.

friday on my mind…

design, family, life, music

these are a few of the things that are on my mind this friday…

  • I had to have a root canal on Thursday. not too bad but I’m not anxious to do that again anytime soon!
  • it was fun to see so many people check out A Few Things I Like this week. Just a fun site I started during November.
  • I’m excited that Front Porch Creative is working on some projects with Inner City Mission and Rochester Christian Church.
  • maybe it’s me, but the Subway commercials with the office workers with kids voices is just weird.
  • Ethan, one of our 4 year olds, is in love with the Christmas lights. He gets more excited with each home in our neighborhood that is decked out.
  • started our Advent countdown with the kids that includes a devotional time and then the Playmobil Advent Calendar.
  • Christmas music is in full-swing in my iTunes. Enjoying Amy Petty and She & Him. Still need to get Hillsong Christmas. What’s on your Christmas playlist?

the last day of November

diabetes, family, life

it’s the end of November.

and with it, we are two years in with Aubrey and her type 1 diabetes diagnosis. six months for her older brother, Colin.

I know more about T1 that I ever dreamed I would. two of my children have an illness I knew very little about. it’s definitely been a learning experience.

each day is a new adventure. we learn more. we make adjustments. and we help them live as close to a normal life as possible.

I can say that I am so proud of both of them. they are rock stars. they each handle this disease with incredible bravery.

they say we are closer each day to a cure. and with that I am hopeful. and prayerful. for my two kiddos…and the many others out there that live with T1 each and every moment of their days.

this is the last post for diabetes awareness month. to learn more about type 1 diabetes and how you can help find a cure, visit JDRF.

world diabetes day

diabetes, family

today is world diabetes day.

Over 300 million people worldwide have diabetes now. If nothing is done, this will rise to 500 million within a generation.

Something must be done.

A cure must be found.

Obviously this is something dear to our hearts as we have two children living with type 1 diabetes. Would you consider being a part of the cure.

Visit JDRF for more information on how you can help.

on my mind

diabetes, family, interests, life, music
  • It’s diabetes awareness month. Today and each Friday this month I’m wearing blue for diabetes. “Real men wear blue.” Doesn’t have the same ring to it…
  • Have you signed the Artificial Pancreas petition to help those living with diabetes yet?
  • I’m shedding some extra pounds via Weight Watchers. Am now down 8 pounds!
  • Started a couch to 5k training to help with the weight loss…and to get back in the routine of running. Enjoying it.
  • I may not stop at the 5K. May take it further. Anyone want to join me?
  • My Amazon wish list keeps growing with all the good music that’s come out recently. Christmas is coming, hint, hint!
  • Have you checked out GILT yet? Use my link to get access.
  • November is the month of not-full-school-weeks for my kids. It’s crazy how many days off they have in November.
  • Is it really November already? Let the Christmas music begin at the mall!
  • Launched a new site this week. A collection of things I like. Check it out and spread the word.
That’s what’s on my mind this Friday. What’s on yours?