Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The house is not the same

I have not posted. I have not wanted to post. My son has not wanted me to post. 
September of 2011 our lives were changed. My son is sick and will be sick for the rest of his life. Type 1 diabetes is awful. Yes, families and people can learn to manage but it can never be controlled. Weather, growth, sleep, stress and hormones all have different affect upon his blood sugars. We can not fix or control any of those things. I did not blog for so long because chick #2 did not want people to know that he had diabetes. But, diabetes is who he is. It is who we are. Counting carbs, changing ratios, ketone testing, these things affect the whole family. Right now that involves his parents and siblings. But eventually, it will affect his wife and children. My son will never be able to look at food in the same way. Eating will not give him pleasure, it will always cause stres and a question of what ifs. Leaving the house is huge. Going on vacation is such a task that it is hard to put it in words. For a mother, to see her 15 year old son so frustrated with this disease, is heart breaking. The constenst testing and counting will never end and to see that stress upon my son's face  horrible. I ask him if I could do the work and figure carbs and prepaid his shots. But his answer is "no,  I will have to do this for my whole life". Yes, that is very hard to hear. After 3 long years it is still very hard to hear. 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Saturday Hen House

    Our home is peaceful on Saturday morning, especially if we do not have to go anywhere. The chicks are allowed to watch tv and my husband, The Rooster, cooks a yummy breakfast. I usually hide out in the kitchen with him enjoying coffee and visiting.
     We have had a busy fall because chick #2 played flagged football. It was an interesting experience. Every Saturday there was a game to go to and practice were held twice during the week. His last practice was in the cold, but he had taken plenty of clothing to keep him warm.
     I hope everyone enjoys there Saturdays. This is one that we have been looking forward to, being able to stay home together as a family.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Election 2012

    I know that I have not written a entry for sometime. Life becomes  very busy for a mother for five chicks. There are certain times that I must crawl out from under my rock and stand on a soap box. The time is now for people, especial woman, to wake up and stop drinking the kool-aid. We must educate ourselves and stand firm in the truth. Our right, given to us by God the Father, is being taken away. For 39 years life has been taken away from God's creation. There have been at least 54,000,000 murders commented, lawfully, in these United States of America. Count those zeros again, six zeros, that means millions! Tiny wee babes within their mother's wombs are being denied life. Abortion has been an abomination in this world.
    In the book of Genises, God created life. He breathed in the dust and Adam was given life. Then from Adam, came his helpmate, Eve. She was part of man and, with him, brought new life to the earth. God's command to them is "And God blessed them. And God said to them, Be Fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth." Genesis 1:28.
    There are many sources that a christian can use to help them decide which candidate should earn their vote. I have listed three such resources below. The first is a talk radio that broadcasts in central Nebraska. I know both of the pastors that are contributing on the broadcast. The second listed resource is put out by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and the third site looks at life and women's issues.

Loving Your Neighbor as Citizen Parts 1-4

    It is very important that we exercise our right to vote in our country. Please, go and vote on November 6th.  The founding fathers wanted the people to rule themselves. That can only happen if we educate ourselves and know the issues. We must use the truth of the word of God to govern our decisions. His truth will always stand true and right. His word will not waver or flip flop.
    The truth of our forgiveness of sins will always be where are hope lies. God loves his creation and he bestowed his grace upon us. We did not deserve it. We are all corrupted by sin. But God showed mercy upon us and sent His begotten son, Jesus Christ, to pay for our sin. Jesus's blood, shed upon the cross, is the payment for our sin. Our hope must lie in that forgivness and not in the things of this world.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

A cool bowl

This is a cool little bowl. We inherited it from some of our friends who have older children. My little chick #5 is now three, so she had learned how to carry a bowl with out tipping it. She can walk through the house with a cup of water without spilling. Please do not think that I have a daughter that never spills, she does. But this skill is pretty much on her I can do list.

What if I only gave her bowl like the one pictured above? This bowl is designed not spill, a no mess bowl. Great for mom, maybe even mom focused, because is the child learning anything? Do they learn to carefully balance the Cheerios so they do not have to pick them up? Would other things then be delayed by a child using nothing but a spill proof bowl and cup.

These are the things that make me go ummm while I wait for the coffee to brew.

Monday, January 02, 2012

A New Year

We now find our self at the beginning of a new year. A new year means many things, we can improve our self, eat better, organize things, cook better.......The list can go on and on and on. Maybe we will make plans to do things, lists! Who does not like a good list? I know nothing feels better than checking something off of a list.

How about planning to die? Do we ever put that on list? Do we ever think of our death to sin through our baptism? Daily we drown ourselves in our baptism through Jesus Christ our savior. We must die in order for Christ to dwell within us and do the good that our sinful nature is not capable of doing.

"We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the father, we too may live a new life. Romans 6:4"

Our baptism is the most comfort giving part of our christian lives. My children can deal with their fears so much better when they remember the promise of their everlasting life. They make the sign of the cross and remember that they are completely cared for by their Heavenly Father. How does their Father in heaven do that? By giving them loving parents, a safe home, clothing and food. Most importantly though, is because He did not abandon them in their sinful nature. He sent them the perfect savior, the spotless Lamb, Jesus Christ. He made the payment for all our sins. Not with gold or silver, but with his holy precious blood. That he poured out upon us, to forgive us of our sins.

Fears can be set aside because God is our Heavenly Father. We are able to trust in Him through our baptism. Christ, living in us, is able to have the trust in God that we lack. He is able to calm our troubled heart and bring us back into the safety net of Christ.

You are free to live each day in your baptism and have your sinful natuer die. Through Jesus Christ we are able to live in Gospel.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from the Lutheran hen house. This year flew by as most seem to do when there are five chicks in a house. Everyone is growing and learning and living each day in the forgiveness so freely given to our by our Savior, Jesus Christ.
I feel as though we have been greatly blessed this year. When most people think of blessings, they think of earthly things. In a baptised child of God, we think of our forgiveness as a blessing. Everyday our sins are before our eyes and we may feel like we will never be able to accomplish the tasks before us. Our Father in heaven knows our every plea and sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to be the perfect lamb for us. Jesus was blameless, we are not. Jesus was kind, we are not. Jesus was taking care of his neighbor, we are not. Jesus was spotless, we are not.
Through our baptism we were crucified with Christ and raised from the dead. We are now the spotless lamb because Jesus Christ dwells within us, through our washing at our baptism. "He Saved us though the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying." Titus 3:5-8
Here are the five chicks after the Christmas Eve service at our church tonight. As you can see Chick number 4 wears glasses now. He also broke his arm last spring. He loves math and plays games with numbers all of the time.
Chick number 5 is now THREE. She is cute, cute, cute and likes to snitch butter, look at babies, play with her sibling and ask for chocolate milk.
Chick number 2 has learned to count many, many carbs. His type 1 diabetes diagnoses came in September and our lives have been forever changed. It is just our new normal.
Chick number 3 has the best imagination in the world. She loves to play and sing and talk and change clothes and decorate and use glitter and anything else that is fun.
Chick number 1 reads and reads and reads. She also helps me a lot! She is what you would call, my right hand gal. She has begun to babysit and like the extra pocket money that she can make.
Chick numbers 3 and 5 had matching dresses this year. Thank you Nana and Papa for the cute outfits.
Enjoying their goody bags after the Christmas Eve Service.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Dutch Baby adventuers

My friend, who is a much better cook than I am, taught me how to cook a dutch baby. Some of you may now be asking, "what in the world is a dutch baby?". It is a fluffy type of pancake, a play on a popover, because it is baked all together. I use this recipe for my dutch baby and have tried it three times.

When I first made one the children were very concerned that we were going to eat a baby. Kids are funny that way, especially mine. They try to whip me into a frenzy every chance they get. Chick #5 was the most confused by the title of Dutch Baby. The first attempt at cooking a dutch baby involved sauteing apples. After the apples were tender, the batter was poured on them and it was baked. It also involved melting butter on top of it and drizzling some lemon juice upon it during the final minutes of baking.

Dutch Baby number three was full of bacon and sausage. It was a huge hit and completely disappeared. My sister and her son were here so the dutch baby knowledge was passed on to her.
The bacon/sausage version has been the most popular one I have made so far.

This morning I tried a coconut dutch baby. I added flaked coconut to the batter before I baked it and I loved it. The kids were half and half in love with it. It was not a hit so I am not sure that it would be worth it to try this version again. Coconut does have a funny texture and a few of my kids do not like the way that it feels in their mouths. I would like to know how it tastes when made with coconut milk. If I ever try that one I will let you know.

Here is the coconut Dutch after I served it. I tried to make homemade whipping cream but you can tell I failed. I added the powdered sugar right away and I bet that did something to the chemistry of the fat and fluffing and the whipping. I will have to search out a episode of Good Eats to figure out why my cream flopped. There is a good thing about cream and sugar, it always tastes good even if it is not fluffy.

Here is the coconut dutch baby hot out of the oven. Yummy!