A new norm · Proud mom moments · School · T1D 101

Being sick.

Luke came home early on Wednesday, skipping swim practice, because he didn’t feel well. He couldn’t really explain it… he was dizzy. He was nauseous. He had a fever. He felt like he was living inside of a bubble. He stayed home from youth group that night and school the next day. This was the… Continue reading Being sick.

A new norm · Awareness & advocacy · family · T1D 101 · The beginning · Tips & tricks

Three ways to help a family who was just diagnosed.

I have had several people contact me to tell me about a friend or relative that was just diagnosed. They almost always ask the best way they can help. I usually have three suggestions. Be available. When we were diagnosed, we had so many visitors come up to see us. We were forever asking the staff for more… Continue reading Three ways to help a family who was just diagnosed.

A new norm · Everyday life. · family · Tips & tricks

Poking Fun at Diabetes

During my giveaway, DeeDee Diabetic contacted me and offered a copy of her book as an additional prize. I was already grateful, but she also wanted to send one to Luke! How sweet is that?! Luke’s copy of Poking Fun at Diabetes arrived yesterday. Today we got to sit down and read it. Oh my word! We… Continue reading Poking Fun at Diabetes

A new norm · summer

Camp John Warvel, part 2.

This is the blog post that won’t have many photos. I didn’t want to embarrass Luke by making him pose with all the new people. Ha ha. I can only tell you about it. After asking a couple of people, we found the Chippewa cabin- the cabin closest to the lake. We walked up and… Continue reading Camp John Warvel, part 2.

A new norm · summer · Travelling

Camp John Warvel, part 1.

Summer is a time for camp. Luke has been to church camps off and on since he was in Kindergarten, but they lasted no more than three days long. However, this is his first year at Camp John Warvel. Camp John Warvel is a week-long (as in SEVEN DAYS!) camp put on by the American… Continue reading Camp John Warvel, part 1.

A new norm · Everyday life.


The weather has been absolutely gorgeous this week! Really makes me ready for summer things like ice cream, geocaching, and grilling. Tuesday we stopped at the store for some charcoal & steaks and veggies to grill. While we were getting the potatoes & peppers, we spotted the strawberries and grabbed us a carton. Luke has always loved… Continue reading Strawberries.

A new norm · Everyday life.

One step closer to summer.

Our local ice cream joint, The Chief, opened on Monday. And everyone collectively yells, “YAHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!” Except my kid. We don’t stand in that line on the first day. No way, José. It makes him a little perturbed. And when it’s nice outside, like it was this year, we don’t stand in line the 2nd day. Or… Continue reading One step closer to summer.

A new norm · Everyday life.

Joy comes in the morning…

My last post talked about the months leading up to Luke’s diagnosis. It’s crazy how everything can be completely fine and you have no idea that you’re about to be dropped in the middle of a vast desert, all alone. Funny thing is, you soon- VERY soon- realize that you are hardly alone. Friends and… Continue reading Joy comes in the morning…

A new norm · The beginning

Whoa, that hit me like a ton of bricks.

I normally work really hard on our annual family scrapbooks, using fancy Photoshop & all. Our 2015 book, though? It’s not so fancy. It was a whirlwind of a year, so I was 100% okay with last year’s book being very simple. Simple was a good thing after everything we’ve been through this year. I… Continue reading Whoa, that hit me like a ton of bricks.

A new norm · JDRF · swimming

Feeling normal again.

We had our first JDRF Northern Indiana meet-up over the weekend at Shepard Swim School. It was so nice for Joel and I to meet so many other Type 1 parents, all sharing similar, yet different stories of our kiddos. Some takeaways from me: Joel and I have always been grateful that Luke’s diagnosis didn’t come until he was… Continue reading Feeling normal again.