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Tall Kid Problems

It feels like I get 1,000 Children’s Place emails every day. Don’t get me wrong; I love it when they have kids’ jeans for $7 or less, shipped free to my door. It’s awesome.

And that’s exactly what happened in July.

Big sale, 4 kids, 7 pairs of jeans…They came to my door on July 24.

I ordered a size 12 and a size 14 for Grace, hoping that the 12 would last a while and the 14 would be backup for later. The size 12 pair fit her perfectly that day, and she put it in her drawer.

Fast forward to yesterday, exactly 4 weeks later. She comes down wearing jeans, and I ask her if they’re the new size 12’s. Nope, they’re a different pair of 14’s that I’d picked up at a garage sale. She ran upstairs to grab the 12’s and try them on…and yes, they are too short. Already. 4 weeks later.

This child will not stop growing! She’s over 5 feet tall now. We’ll find out next week at her next endocrinology checkup just how far over 5 feet she is now. I’m only 5’7″-ish…it won’t be long before she passes me. And she’s not even 10 yet!

Now my dilemma is what to do with the 12’s. They still have tags and have not been worn. I could exchange them for another 14. Or I could save them for Ava, who is currently hovering between a 7 and 8.

Can any of you relate to my tall child problems? [I know my mom-in-law can, because my 6’4″ hubby surely had growth spurts like this!] Any advice you would like to share?

Grace’s Lake Ann Camp Adventure

The last week in June, Grace had her first camp experience at Lake Ann Camp. I’ll let her tell you about it in her own words.

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My favorite place there was Acorn Acres, the barn. There were two horses, a bunny, three kittens, a rooster, a pony, a donkey, and 4 ostriches. We chased the ostriches. We had to get them in between two trees, and we got 3 in between the trees, but one we got in between them twice. The person who owned the barn was named Lydia.

My counselor’s name is Jenna.

There was me, Karisa, Eden, Kezie, Mayleah, Annie, and Addison. That’s all there was in our cabin.

We had a big chapel, which I liked, and PK (Pastor Kurt) was the lesson teacher. And Heartsong was the band.

We memorized 1 John 4:7-11.

The lessons were about how God made you to be a good friend.

Annie was Chefy’s daughter. Chefy was the cook.

There were fun games, like Find the Counselors and things like that.

We had a fun time there, especially singing.

We went snorkeling, canoeing, and did archery for skill time (three different days).

Something really cool is that if you have a blue band, which means you failed the swimming test (like I did), your counselor can take one person that has a blue band at a time past the rope (which you need to stay in if you have a blue band).

The worst thing that I didn’t like was Zach Attack. That is games for Juniors (that’s what group I’m in), while the counselors have a meeting.

Another thing that I really didn’t like was Little Sally Walker. You stand in a circle and one person is in the middle. And she will walk in a circle around the group. And you say, “Little Sally Walker walking down the street. She didn’t know what to do, so she stopped in front of me. She said, ‘Hey, girl, do your thing, do your thing, switch. Hey, girl, do your thing, do your thing, switch.'” You have to do a dance move if you’re Sally Walker in front of the person while you’re saying the rhyme. And the person that was in front of Sally Walker is now Sally Walker, but before she starts walking, she has to do that dance move back.

We did flagpole rising twice. We would rise a flag, right after we woke up and got dressed.

There was really yummy food, and we had a no-hands eating contest with spaghetti. That was very messy. And Annie was disgusted at even one crumb on her face.

The last day, we had cinnamon rolls, which was really yummy. So were the french toast sticks, which we had a few days before.

We did polar bear swimming right after we woke up, got swimsuits on, and got clothes over our swimsuits, which was very cold (but warmer than the air).

Skit night was really fun, and funny, especially the skit about Jenna’s picnic and the statue eating her food.

I also liked the skit about the invisible bench. That’s where there were about 10 people squatting next to each other, making it look like there was an invisible bench. Jenna was going to be the last one to sit down, and a person said, “Jenna, come sit down with us on the invisible bench.” And Jenna said, “What do you mean? I moved it over there yesterday.” And she pointed way over the other direction, and everyone fell over backwards with their legs sticking up.

Our cabin’s name was OstraPolka Frogs. (Ostriches, Polka Dots, and Frogs.)

We had this fun game that we did after we prayed, while we were waiting for the meals. And it was called WonderStick. To play, you picked a stick and stood in a circle with your group and then you passed the stick in a circle, saying, “WonderStick goes round and round, pass it quickly, you are bound. If you are the one to hold it last, the game for you has quickly passed.” You do that until the last two people are there, and then you hold each other’s hands, one person’s hands crossed, and the other person’s straight. And you zigzag till the end of the word, and the person’s arms that are straight is the person who won. I won twice.

We all had a fun time there, but it was really good to get back home.

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Grace was SO TIRED when she got home, but it sounds like it went really well. We’re so thankful that God worked it out for her to be able to go. Our dear friend Kathy was there almost the whole week, and was able to help manage her diabetes so that it wasn’t a hindrance to her camp experience. I’m SO THANKFUL for her!

Here are some pictures that Kathy took, so you can see a glimpse of Grace’s experience!

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Friends

I feel like I talk about our friends here a lot, probably because they’re a big part of our lives. We feel very blessed to have some godly friends in our lives and the lives of our kiddos.

As I was looking through pictures from last month, I noticed something that made me smile.

I have a friend named Jana. She was born 24 days before me, and I think we were even friends while our moms were pregnant. 🙂 We were in the same class from nursery school through 4th grade, and made it through high school as BFFs (though there were some rough times that looked like our friendship might not make it intact)!

When I get together with Jana, I don’t have to explain my family background, where I’m coming from, or my personality quirks. Because for all of my almost 31 years, she’s lived through it with me. That’s pretty precious if you ask me.

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There’s this sweet girl named Karisa. She was born 17 months before Grace. They have been friends since Grace’s birth, and to this day love to be together. Their latest adventure was going to Lake Ann Camp together for a week. They’re still young enough to think matching each other is cool, and they talk and giggle like crazy.

I anticipate their friendship being one of those friendships that Grace will be able to look back on when she’s 30 years old and realize just how precious it is.

I’m thanking God for giving Grace that gift, too.

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Type 1 and Type 2 are Different!

My father-in-law was just diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, formerly known as Juvenile Diabetes. I think you can see why they stopped calling it that. Dad Rumley is NOT OLD by any means, but early 50s isn’t exactly “juvenile” either, is it?

Most of you know that my awesome hubby {Luke} and our firstborn {Grace} are also both Type 1 diabetics. Luke was diagnosed at age 10, and Grace at age 4.

Gracie girl at the endocrinologists’ office, the day after diagnosis. February 2009.

Our dear friends also have a little guy who was diagnosed a little over a year ago, at the age of 1 (just a few days before his 2nd birthday).

Grace and Zachy, the diabetic duo

So, I write this post in honor of these, my dear loved ones who deal with diabetes every day…and every meal.

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Let’s get our facts straight.

You might not realize it, but there are many common misconceptions about diabetes, and I would love help clear them up.

First important point: There is a big difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

  • Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease (where the body attacks itself). Type 2 is probably a metabolic condition that may be rooted in an auto-immune reaction. (It’s being debated.)
  • In Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas no longer produces insulin (a hormone that deals with sugar in the blood). In Type 2 diabetes, the body still produces insulin, but doesn’t USE it correctly.
  • Type 1 diabetes is ALWAYS treated with insulin shots (or an insulin pump) – with insulin that mimics a “healthy” person’s body. Type 2 diabetes is treated with diet/exercise/pills…and occasionally insulin shots.

Most people are more familiar with Type 2 diabetes, so let me say this…

You canNOT get Type 1 diabetes from eating too much sugar.

You can also NOT get Type 1 diabetes from being overweight. Have you ever seen our family? Our two diabetics are the thinnest in the bunch.

Grace with her awesome Daddy on her 7th birthday

And that brings me to the next important point: while a Type 1 diabetic should eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, they cannot control their diabetes with their diet. They eat whatever they need/want to eat, and count how many carbohydrates are in the food. Then they administer insulin depending on how many carbohydrates are to be eaten.

I can’t tell you how many times someone has asked me, “Can Grace eat this?” And I so appreciate people’s sensitivity to our little girl…but I can tell you the answer every time: YES! She can eat anything (within reason, of course), as long as I can calculate how many carbs are in it and give her some insulin to cover it.

I wouldn’t call myself a diabetes education advocate in the strictest sense of the term…but I am a wife and mama who deals with finger pokes, insulin doses, carb counting, site changes, high blood sugars, and low blood sugars ALL THE TIME. I want you to be able to understand what’s really happening in our world.

Grace’s Birthday Celebration

Because Grace’s birthday fell on a Wednesday, and we had church activities that evening, her celebration was a little spread out.

We began by celebrating Aunt Alonna’s birthday (she was 19 on the 11th) on Tuesday evening, and Grace opened most of her presents at the same time.

With the necklace Alonna gave her:

…and a new book series from Grandpa and Grandma…

…and horses from Grandma and Papa.

I made fudge for their birthday treat. Yum.

The next morning, she awoke to balloons all over her bedroom floor and a sign on the wall that said, “Grace, you’re 8 today!”

Then we had her requested meal: homemade waffles, bacon, smokies, OJ, and egg nog. Yum again.

After breakfast, all the kiddos sat on the couch, and we made them close their eyes while Luke wheeled in her birthday present. I think she liked it.

We have one more celebration to go, on Sunday, with her dear friend Miss Lindsey, who shares Grace’s birthday.

Happy birthday, Gracie girl! We celebrate you every day in our hearts and prayers, regardless of balloons or streamers! We thank God for you!

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