Everyday life. · family · summer

Why this blog has been quiet.

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve typed up a “real” blog post! There are a couple of reasons why… For one, we live a pretty uneventful life. Our summer has been a combination of moving to a new house and balancing teacher trainings, teaching summer school, and teaching homebound while Luke continues to… Continue reading Why this blog has been quiet.

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.


Friday night pizza & Oreos: Chicago’s Downtown Eatery & peanut butter.

During the week, Joel asked if I’d ever heard about Chicago’s Downtown Eatery in Bristol. I hadn’t. But boy am I glad he found it!  They claim this pizza is deep dish, Chicago-style. It has a thicker crust, but I’m not sure I’d call it deep dish. The toppings seemed to be pretty typical. Delicious,… Continue reading Friday night pizza & Oreos: Chicago’s Downtown Eatery & peanut butter.

family · Fundraising · JDRF · Uncategorized

Culver’s Cares Night.

We had our final fundraiser for the 2016 walk this week at our local Culver’s. It was simple. I contacted the general manager. We set up a date. I arrived with friends and family volunteers. We worked delivering food to tables, greeting customers at the door, and wiping the tables and chairs clean for three hours.… Continue reading Culver’s Cares Night.


Friday night pizza & Oreos review: Mancino’s & candy corn

Let me preface this blog post by saying I have fond memories of going to Mancino’s with my grandma on Wednesday nights before church. We’d get grinders and breadsticks while Luke would get baked spaghetti. She’d sneak him a few bucks after he was finished with his spaghetti so he could go and get some… Continue reading Friday night pizza & Oreos review: Mancino’s & candy corn

Everyday life. · family


If you haven’t heard of PokemonGo by now, perhaps you have been out of the country these past few weeks. This is an ingenious game by Nintendo combining an all-time fave of many, Pokemon, with exercise, socializing, and even family time! It’s brilliant! When the weather isn’t too hot, the three of us are out… Continue reading PokemonGO.

Everyday life. · family · The beginning

Mourning into dancing.

I’ve already mentioned the fact that now, more than ever, I am loving Facebook’s memories every morning. Last week and on Luke’s diaversary, the things that popped up on my wall were a little scary… a little sad. Today, though? I looked through today’s photos and had joy. I feel like I’m a little weird, looking back… Continue reading Mourning into dancing.


Family Day!

Last Saturday my parents, my sister & her family and my little family gathered together with 355 others at our church to pack meals for Feed My Starving Children. We volunteered for the last of many shifts that started the Wednesday before. Our shift alone packed 134,136 meals that filled 621 boxes. That will feed 367 kids for… Continue reading Family Day!

Awareness & advocacy · family · JDRF · T1D 101

One big family.

The day Luke was diagnosed, and we were all settled in to our temporary living space, I quickly learned what an incredible, amazing, HUGE support system we have as a Type 1 family. As soon as we left the doctor’s office with the official diagnosis, I called four of the most important people in my… Continue reading One big family.

Everyday life. · Holidays

Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to pop in and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! We have had a whirlwind of a couple of days with celebrations at our own house and then at each of our parents’ houses. Luke received a new pancreas for Christmas this year. Unfortunately, it works just as well as the one… Continue reading Merry Christmas!