four years

diabetes, family, life
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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.

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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.

hiatus

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!

making his birthday special

interests, life, ministry

three of my four kids have celebrated in the past few months. on that day, we try to make it special.

streamers.

balloons.

a fun dinner.

gifts.

we want them to know that we love them, that they are worth celebrating, that they are special to us.

our Compassion child is celebrating his birthday in a few weeks. and we hope to make his day special as well.

we’ll write him a birthday message.

we’ll send a little extra so he can receive a special gift.

and we’ll let him know that he is special to us.

and special to God.

you can make a difference in the life of a child. If you’re not already, visit the Compassion site and sponsor a child today. You won’t regret it.

Seth Godin: Assorted tips

life, ministry

I read Seth Godin’s blog religiously. He’s a great thinker and always has something good to share. If you’ve not read any of his books, you need to!

The following was his post this morning.

Assorted tips, hope they help

  1. No stranger or unknown company will ever contact you by mail or by phone with an actual method for making money easily or in your spare time. And if the person or company contacting you asserts that they are someone you know, double check before taking action.
  2. Don’t have back surgery. See a physiatrist first, then exhaust all other options before wondering if you should have back surgery.
  3. Borrow money to buy things that go up in value, but never to get something that decays over time.
  4. Placebos are underrated by almost everyone.
  5. It’s almost never necessary to use a semicolon.
  6. Seek out habits that help you overcome fear or inertia. Destroy those that do the opposite.
  7. Cognitive behavorial therapy is generally considered both the quickest and most effective form of addressing many common psychological problems.
  8. Backup your hard drive.
  9. Get a magnetic key hider, put a copy of your house key in it and hide it really well, unlabeled, two blocks from your house.
  10. rice cooker will save you time and money and improve your diet, particularly if you come to like brown rice.
  11. Consider not eating wheat for an entire week. The results might surprise you.
  12. Taking your dog for a walk is usually better than whatever alternative use of your time you were considering.

Told you they were assorted.

repost: Matthew’s Begats

ministry, music

This past Sunday as RCC began its new Christmas series, I was reminded of this fun video we put together a few years back…

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more about “Matthew’s Begats on Vimeo“, posted with vodpod

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?