Who am I? Well, that could be answered many ways, depending on who is asking me and in what context.
I think first and foremost, I shall proudly state that I am a daughter of the Most High King who saved me and redeemed me through the blood of his precious Son, Jesus.
I grew up in Maine, went to college in South Carolina and married my sweetheart, and we still live here with our 3 precious children (13, 9, and 4). So, I’m a daughter, a sister (with 7 siblings), a wife, and a mother.
I volunteer as a small group leader in my 13 year old daughter’s group with my church’s youth group (that would be 6th and 7th grade girls. Am I a bit crazy? I suppose I have to be, especially since I spent 8 1/2 years of my life as a classroom teacher to middle school students (teaching pretty much every subject at some point or another to students between 4th and 9th grades). That definitely involves being a little bit of crazy, but I think that’s what makes a good middle school teacher!
After 8 1/2 years of classroom teaching, God called me to stay home with my own children. My oldest was in the middle of 4th grade, my middle was in the middle of kindergarten, and my baby was 5 months old. It wasn’t an expected calling, to say the least, and it wasn’t an easy year, but we made it through. And continued the next year and the next and the next. We’ve completed 4 full years of homeschooling now, and we are about 7 weeks away from finishing another school year for the summer!
Another t-shirt I wear to identify myself is that of Type 1 diabetic. I’ll tell my story in another post, but I was diagnosed when I was 21, so it’s only been 14 years. (Yeah, you can do the math to figure out how old I am!)
Also, not only am I mom to 3, but my middle child, my only son, was also diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 2 years ago when he was 7. So, Type 1 diabetes has been a great big part of my life in recent years! Lots of blood glucose test strips lying around the house where my not-so-tidy son drops them when he’s done with them. 2 am blood sugar checks. Adjusting for highs and force feeding some fast-acting carbs when his sugar is low. Yes, I take care of all of these things with little more than the blink of an eye!
(I suppose I could add zookeeper to the list of the hats I wear, too, if you’d like to include our 3 cats, 3 dogs, 2 bearded dragons, guinea pig, and green snake… Plus crickets and cockroaches as feeders… But that might be going overboard, to include all that, no?)
Another thing, and I think I’ll wrap up this post with this, is that I am a Trim, Healthy Mama. (Also will be another separate post!) Related to my diabetes, I wasn’t taking care of myself as well as I should, and I wasn’t comfortable with the 30+ extra pounds I was wearing after bearing 3 children. I was introduced to the Trim Healthy Mama book by some dear friends of mine in our Wednesday night Bible study, and I will be brief and say that Trim Healthy Mama has not only helped me to lose 30 pounds (and a few sizes!), but it has really done wonders for my diabetes! My A1C was pretty consistently in the 8.something range (most recent before starting THM was 8.2), and it is down in the 6.4-6.5 range today! I think it could still be better, but I have not yet been blessed with an insulin pump. Simply changing my eating habits alone has been enough to bring me much better control.
All in all, I will say that I am blessed!