Another bend in the road

I keep thinking in the back of my mind that I need to blog.


Jason keeps telling ( nagging 😉 ) me that I need to blog.


I know that I need to blog.


So whats the deal? I have plenty to share. Lots of new things have happened around here lately. So how can I be hitting a wall when it comes to putting all of those fascinating and wonderful thoughts and doings into words? I think it’s a combination of tired and overwhelmed completed with holy cow five kids take a lot of time and all of my energy!!! I’ve seriously started falling asleep on the couch before the kids almost every night! My Dad would be proud of my new ability to fall asleep in the middle of a movie! My mom would be proud of my inability to greet five am like I earlier vowed to do! At least I’m making my parents proud!


So to get this blog rolling again, I’m going to do an overview today, for my own benefit if nothing else, and then I will go from there.


Almost four weeks ago Liberty joined us. Beautiful baby that is wide awake when she is awake, sound asleep when she sleeps, and a veracious little piggy when she eats. All of the above make me happy!


That was followed by Memorial Day where we had family come to visit. I love when family comes, especially when it involves Jason’s brother bringing his wife along so I have female company! And especially, especially, when family also involves a mother, in this case my mama-in-law! It snowed the whole weekend, just to, I believe, spite me by covering up the green grass that was green already, I believe, just for this weekend of outdoor fun! Sooooo since nobody was prepared ,clothing wise, for this weather, the kids were stuck inside. Now cousins love each other until they are stuck in close quarters with each other over a long weekend with no escape. I will just word the experience as interesting!


Gracie was sick the whole weekend, with what we didn’t know. She literally slept all weekend and barely ate anything. At first we just thought she was getting a cold. However when she was still acting the same way by Tuesday, I took her to the doctor’s office. They took some blood and had us rush to Billings hospital ( 2 hours away ) to see a specialist there. Apparently Gracie has developed type 1 diabetes. Definitely not what we were expecting!


I had not been able to get Jason on the phone from the doctor’s office and of course I didn’t have the cell. He was up on the mountain fencing and it took his boss’ three hours to find him and tell him what was going on. I have thanked God for this in the past and I do now every day, Jason works for amazing people. Very understanding, caring people. They had him use one of their vehicles that all of the kids could fit in if need be, and told him to take as much time as we needed and not to worry about work. So while he was on his way in we sat in the ER in Billings. The kids did awesome, especially considering that we got there at 6 and sat in the tiny ER room till 9 when they were finally able to move us up to the Pediatric Ward. And not to mention that before that we had sat in the van for two hours and before that had sat in the doctor’s office for two hours. Gabe had done a couple of hand-stands in the chair for the doctor at one point, but looking back on it now I don’t blame him! Jason got there around 9 and then the nonstop education began.


We were in Billings for three days and I honestly didn’t know you could learn so much, in such a short amount of time. I knew practically nothing about diabetes until we got there and I know I still have a lot of learning to go, but we left there with a whole new vocabulary!


Gracie amazes us with her bounce back ability! She has taught me about bravery and has once again reminded me of what is really important in life. I’m so very proud of her!

Gracie Girl


So here we are at another bend in our road, and while I wish that Gracie had not been dealt this hand, I know that she will do great and continue to amaze us. If the road were straight, life wouldn’t be interesting and character would never be built. As it is now, Gracie has been given an opportunity to become amazingness itself, and I’m sure that’s exactly what God had in mind for her all along.


14 thoughts on “Another bend in the road

  1. As it goes it is time to pass on my Reader Appreciation Award and I pass it on to you. Thanks for keeping me entertained. I really like your blog.

    If you don’t want to accept it you don’t have to, but if you do click here to see what you need to do. There is a link to your page there.

  2. Well, then now. I can certainly understand why you haven’t blogged. But THIS…this wasn’t what I was expecting to read on your foray back into digital words.

    Go little Gracie!! I’m so very thankful that she was diagnosed with no further complications. Type I is pretty crazy stuff — such a blow to any parent, not to mention those who just had a brand new baby bless them weeks earlier. I know you’re recovering from all that. Take each day in stride. One day, you’ll look back at this time and say WOW. And then you’ll count each and every blessing, slowly, methodically…

    Glad you’re back here posting. My sincerest wishes for normalcy (whatever the heck that is) to eek its way back into the household. Perhaps writing will help with that! I look forward to what comes next. *hugs*

    • Thank you Shannon! We obviously weren’t expecting this either but like you said we are just glad to know what it is. Our version of normalacy has obviously changed but thats ok. And yes I do think that writing will help so hopefuuly I can be as consistent with this blog as I want to be! Thank you for the words of encouragment and the *hugs*! 🙂

  3. Oh gosh! Yes, you’ve had quite a lot going on! So sorry to hear about your little Gracie 😦 “If the road were straight, life wouldn’t be interesting and character would never be built.” I love this, such a great reminder. Thanks for reminding me that bends in the road, are just that . . .bends. The road hasn’t dead-ended, it has just changed direction a little. Sending good thoughts your way!

  4. God bless your little Gracie and your family – as you said it is only a bend in the road and remember God is with you as go around that bend. Praying for your little girl. My cousin was diagnosed over 55 yrs ago with Type 1 Diabetes, and today he is planning his retirement and has a beautiful 20 yr old daughter, by the way, he was our cool cousin – the only hippy in a military family!! 🙂 Hugs ~ Patty

    • Thank you for your wonderful words of encouragment and for your prayers! If there is anything thing that can make it all easier it is those two things! Your cousin sounds like fun, I like people who stand out in a crowd! 🙂 Thank you for reading!

  5. BEAUTIFUL blog friend! I love that every time a new card is dealt, you handle it with SUCH grace. I know you’re giving your little girl a LOT of credit (as you should!), but remember that amazing kids come from incredible parents and you and Jason have raised an astounding family. Her strength, beauty, grace, boldness and bravery come from you two, and as a family, you’re unconquerable. I love knowing you!

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