Make A Joyful Noise

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. ~ Psalms 98:4

Tonight, our family had the honor and joy of watching my youngest daughter participate in our church Christmas program with her GAP (Girls Artistic Performance) group. This group of young ladies, in grades 4th-8th grade, praise The Lord with singing, hand bells, puppets, sign language, and more. 

This years’ program was entitled:
Here is Jada-Grace with her group (Photo from my cell phone, but I have also fuzzed out the other girls in the photo to protect their identity)
Here is a quick video I shot with my cell phone during final rehearsal this afternoon: 


Blessings from the South!


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5 Things My Teenage Daughter Can’t Live Without

5 Things My Teenage Daughter
Can’t Live Without….. or so she thinks!



 
1. Cell Phone – Her currently model cell phone is an iPhone 4S. Like most other teens her age, it is “her life” in the palm of her hand. HA! Who am I kidding…. its “my life” in the palm of my hand.

 

2. iHome – alarm clock for iPad, iPhone and iPod that lets you charge your iPad, Phone or iPod and lets you wake and sleep to any of these or to a custom playlist. A Time Sync button syncs the clock to your iPhone to set the time quickly all while charging the device. FM radio with 6 station memory presets.

 
 
3. Dell Inspiron R Laptop with Switchable Cover – used for school work & play.
 
 

4. EOS Lipbalm – because no girl should have chapped lips and I have to say I agree. I have an EOS nearly everywhere (bedroom, car, bathroom, work, purse) Her current favorite flavor: Sweet Mint  My current favorite: Lemon Drop
 

 
 
 
5. Elite 3 Rifle – Not many girls would say they couldn’t live without a rifle…. but MINE would. Not just any rifle though. It’s colorguard. No bullets, all spinning & tossing! She is the Rifle Captain, so she definitely couldn’t live withough her rifle. (At least in her mind!)
 

 





 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 

Memories to last a lifetime…..

So, I have really gotten away from blogging over the past year. Maybe it’s because I am so busy “doing life” that I don’t have time to write about it. Why is that though? Why am I so busy? What happen to the “simple life” I thought I wanted to live?…….
 
Oh, I still want it I think; there is just always something getting in the way of it. But, is it really “getting in the way” or are we busy making memories? 🙂 There is life to be lived and memories to be made so I will continue on. There have been many things happening in my life since I did a “real” blog post and I think its silly to go back and “catch up”, so I am just going to move forward. I will throw some things in along the way to catch things up though.
 
This past Friday night was the last game of our high school regular football season. We played our rival team (Hammond High Magnet) and beat the pants off of them. We expected to do it all along, but the fact that we are heading to the play-offs wasn’t what made the night so special. No, it was Senior Night; that’s what was special. Our “baby girl” Alyssa is a Senior and she, along with many of her friends, were honored on the field prior to the start of the game. Being the Colorguard Rifle Captain, it was also the last time she would perform for a regular season football game. Bittersweet night indeed. Earlier in the day there was a big pep-rally at the school; again, the last she will participate in. Here are a few pictures from the day.

Senior Colorguard Members
Evelyn, Alyssa & De’Ja

Performing her last HS pep rally

Senior Night Presentation
 
LAST HALF-TIME PERFORMANCE
(Regular Season Football – We Still Have Play-Offs) 
 
 
 



 

 

Type 1 Diabetes Defined

I am a pretty passionate person! When I am into something, I’m not just into it… I’m IN TO IT. One of the things I am most passionate about is an ACCURATE portrayal of Type 1 Diabetes (T1D).

Our oldest daughter, Alyssa, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the tender age of 7. Talk about a hard blow that was! There I was, 7 months pregnant with our fourth child, and WHAM!… my “baby girl” was diagnosed with the horrific disease.

I think we have “come to terms” with the diagnosis now. I mean, its been part of our lives for **gasp** almost 10 years. Its not any easier to deal with now, but we certainly are more knowledgeable and don’t panic as quickly these days. We still have moments of tears, screaming fits, and bitterness about the diagnosis. Yes, not just Alyssa but me too! The pain a mother feels for not being able to fix her child’s “issue” is one that can only be truly understood if you walk in the mother’s shoes.

Over the years, we have “heard it all” from friends, family and, yes, even strangers about T1D. Some are just un-informed, some are mis-informed, and some are just….. well, for lack of better words: heartless idiots!!!

Here are MY TOP 10  FACTS I would like to share with you about TYPE 1 DIABETES:

1. Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin. Insulin is a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. T1D occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. The body attacks itself!

2.  It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. Its causes are not yet entirely understood & scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Let me repeat, It has NOTHING to do with DIET or LIFESTYLE. A T1D can eat the same thing a non-T1D can eat – that doesn’t make it a healthy choice (for either) but there are technically no food restrictions!

3. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and as of right now, nothing you can do to get rid of it.

4. Insulin is REQUIRED, its not an alternative. No insulin taken = Death. Its THAT simple! Some people are insulin resistant on top of being insulin dependant! They don’t make the insulin needed, then when they take the insulin (via shot or pump), the body refuses to use it correctly. These people need a pill on top of the insulin…. but they still require the insulin.

5. Insulin is NOT a CURE! Refer to #3. Those with T1D need a pancreas that works properly.

6. Warning signs of T1D include:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Drowsiness or lethargy
  • Increased appetite
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Sudden vision changes
  • Sugar in the urine
  • Fruity odor on the breath
  • Heavy or labored breathing
  • Stupor or unconsciousness

7. Every year, more than 15,000 children are diagnosed with T1D. It affects both children and adults, but is commonly referred to as “juvenile diabetes”.

8. Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are TWO DIFFERENT THINGS! In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the body’s cells ignore the insulin. This is commonly referred to as “insulin resistant” diabetes. Type 1 = the body doesn’t make insulin at all, Type 2 = the body doesn’t use insulin correctly or has a reduced amount produced.

9. Some people, including my daughter, where a device called an insulin pump. This is an external device used to administer insulin into the body.

10. Having Type 1 diabetes does not stop you from leading a FULL & NORMAL LIFE! In the past 9 1/2 years since Alyssa has been diagnosed she has danced, been on the school cheerleading squad, gone to youth camps, has a boyfriend, maintains over a 3.0 GPA in high school, goes to football games, rides horses, runs track for high school, actively involved in FFA, coaches two little conference cheerleading squads, leads Vacation Bible School crafts, drives a car, goes to dances, eats pizza, ice cream and candy, stays up all night and sleeps all day….. just like EVERY OTHER “NORMAL” TEENAGER!

Please go to www.jdrf.org for more information about Type 1 Diabetes and to support research to find a CURE!

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I "CAN" Knit (Kinda)

I have long wanted to learn to knit. I can do a few basic things with crocheting (nothing to brag about, mind you), but the whole two needle thing with knitting has defeated me repeatedly. Of course, I am not the most patient person in the world so I am not a good learner of this beautiful craft.

Now….

It is MY understanding that needlework is supposed to be relaxing. Well I am here to tell you that me & two knitting needles was far from relaxing! Until I found the Knitting Board! While aimlessly wondering around our local Hobby Lobby I stumbled upon it. Hmmmm, could this be my way to knit?

Knitting boards are the neatest little contraption that really do make a novice like myself appear to be a pro. My first purchase was a 10″small gauge board. It wasn’t too small, but wasn’t so big that it was scary.

www.knittingboard.com

With my new board and yarn in hand, I made my purchase and headed home excited to try it out. It came with a video tutorial as well as written instructions. I popped the DVD into the player and sat back on the sofa eager to learn. Can we say EASY? Seriously folks…. this is one of the simplest things I have ever done in my life!

This is what it looks like when you are wrapping the yarn on the board
All you are basically doing is wrapping the yarn around the pegs twice, back and forth, then you take the yarn from underneath and loop it over. Again, the video and written instructions are very easy to follow.
This is showing a section of the unfinished project where I changed colors
I have no idea why, but I cant get this photo to post in landscape. Anyway, this is the finished scarf I made.
(I apologize for the horrible picture. It was taken with a cell phone & laying on lime green sheets in my daugther’s room)

My first attempt at knitting was a success! In less than 24 hours I had knitted a lovely hunter green and white (my daugther’s high school colors) scarf that was SIX FEET LONG! Yes you heard me…. less than 24 hours and 6 feet long! Whoot Whoot!
Really want to know how easy it is to use a knitting board?……. Our family now owns 1- 10″ board, 1- 38″ board (for sweaters & afghans), and 2- 6″ Tadpole boards. My 16 yr old daughter & 10 year old son are both working on knitting projects of their own!
I have also purchased round knitting hoops, but I haven’t tried those yet. I will let you know how I do with those once I finish the scarf I am currently working on.
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