Monday, 25 January 2010
Sunday, 24 January 2010
Friday, 22 January 2010
First off the food waste... no picture to post since no waste!! Am I feeling smug? Heck no, since our shopping bill was astronomical. Gluten free foods and diabetic control = big money. Need to sort out my act and menu plan and shop accordingly, so am hoping that next week I'll have my finances more controlled.
Benedict has actually made it into school every afternoon this week and today he has attended all day. Dave took a packed lunch across at 12pm and carb counted his food and bolused in insulin. We seem to have had steadier control these past few days which now means that we might continue with pump therapy. At the moment we are taking each day at a time and have the back up pen injection system to hand should we need it. Bed times are still very much an issue but we are confident that, if Benedict is more active in the day at school then at some point he'll be more tired at bedtime! That's our hope as the rest of us sure are tired at bedtime! A lot of folk have been praying for us and for that we are extremely grateful.
Will sign off as I've tea to prep before Pip wakes and Benedict comes home.
Saturday, 16 January 2010
Been a really trying week and Benedict's blood glucose swings and intolerable behaviour shows no signs of slowing down. To make matters worse I trapped a nerve in my neck and was laid low with pain, dizziness and horrendous nausea :-( A combination of anti inflammatories and Dave's version of structural osteopathy seems to have done the trick, thank God! So here are some recent pics to hopefully cheer:
Thursday, 14 January 2010
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Sunday, 10 January 2010
I only have to think of the joy that surrounds Em and the other Sisters of The Home of the Mother as they follow God's direction in their vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. It's a joy that comes from deep within, it cannot be bottled and if it could it would be, its market value would be priceless. They answer their call to Him daily and it is His loving will that sustains them. Does this mean that such guidance is only available to those in religious life? Not a jot! Such guidance and direction is available to all and He meets us where we are on our journey. For some this might mean sitting in silence so that He can be heard in the gentle whisper on the breeze. For others, myself included we "listen" in the writings of others and through the written word we find our message for the day.
At the start of this New Year I have been prompted to review our spending habits not that they were excessive! and in doing so do my bit in stewardship of God's earth and for others less fortunate. As a result I've signed up to the Yahoo group The Compact and will not be buying anything new for these next 12 months (permitted exceptions aside). I will make an even greater effort to reduce, reuse and recycle and where possible become a teeny bit more self sufficient in the food department. As far as possible I will document an honest appraisal of my efforts including the times I will no doubt fall off the wagon!
I shall leave you with an excerpt from an article entitled " Say yes to your heart" by Lara Phegan found in the January edition of Woman Alive:
"Every day and in every area of our lives we have a choice to make - to live in fear or to let ourselves fly. Our gifts, our purpose and our heart are constantly calling to us. It's up to us whether we heed the call. There are things you were created to do. There are things you would love to do. There are things your heart is prompting you to do. Are you listening? Are you saying "yes"?
Saturday, 9 January 2010
Great as long as it does not mean ditching the straightening irons!! Mind you my hair would be a lot simpler if I wore a head covering like my daughter Em, she does not have to worry about bad hair days. On to a more thoughtful note here are some web sites to get you thinking:
In an earlier post I have made a commitment this year to make Christmas/Birthday presents or if unable to do so, buy from Goodwill/Charity Shops and Ebay. As far as possible I will by our clothes in the same way apart from underwear and shoes, so no doubt there will be further posting on this subject as the year rolls on.
Keep Warm, San x
Friday, 8 January 2010
If you are wanting to do that, then can I recommend a beautiful and gentle publication that uplifts the soul, mind and body? It is called:
Grace... To help us to live.
It can be purchased in many individual health food shops or on line at:
In the editor's own words:
" Grace is a quarterly magazine devoted to Nature's Way, to help us to live. Positive thinking; spiritual refreshment; healing by natural methods and to give expression to thoughts which the Publisher believes will contribute to social and spiritual development."
T. BARTRAM, FNIMH, FRSH, FHFI, FHA
Thursday, 7 January 2010
... forgive and forget!! Hmm, I could attempt to write a discourse on Peter's conversation with Our Lord but instead I've decided to ponder on a possible sub text hidden within today's message. The person we often find hard to forgive is ourselves!! If you are anything like me I could spend considerable time revisiting past mistakes and believe me there are many!! Yet God The Father has forgiven us through the death and resurrection of Jesus His Son. Every possible sin that could ever be made was nailed to that tree at Calvary, so with this in mind cut yourself some slack and be truly thankful for His loving kindness and mercy! I read somewhere (but can't remember where!):
FORGIVENESS IS ACCEPTING THAT YOU HAVE NO HOPE OF ANOTHER PAST.
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
This has been a difficult message for me and I've spent most of the day pondering its meaning. I have no problem seeing the light of The Lord in others and immediately several people spring to mind; they seem to exude God's love in all they do and are not afraid to "walk the walk and talk the talk". I have also heard of others who in responding to God's call have sold up and relied on providence as they undertake a Mission for God. Then there are those through real hardship and suffering have turned back to God and in doing so are most definitely His hands and feet. I'm thinking in particular of the men and women involved in The Cenaclo Communities throughout the world. These wonderful people have really been in the gutter either through drugs or other substance abuse, they truly know what it is like to be in need. I've often thought that it is only when the chips are down do we finally let Him in and it is then that miracles do occur.
So what does this message mean for me a wife and mother? Through circumstances I am often home based so there is no chance of me evangelising to the outside world with a sandwich board and soap box! Yet, I am still called to be that beacon of light in my daily living... to bring God's love into each and every situation I encounter. This means trying not to lose my cool when Benedict is jumping over the furniture as a result of multiple daily hypo's. I need to look at him through God's eyes and in doing so see a little boy with a chronic condition that affects every fibre of his being. Somewhere behind that mania is the Benedict I truly know, the helpful caring happy chap, who adores his baby sister and loves nothing more than drawing trains/tractors and building unusual ships with lego. When I do this I am more able to respond favourably to the situation and as a result any niggles are ironed over quickly.
"If I can speak in the tongues of men and even of angels, but have not love (that reasoning, intentional,spiritual devotion such as inspired by God's love for and in us), I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal" 1 Corinthians 13v1.
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
So today's action on the poster is counting one's blessings and even before my feet had really hit the floor this morning, I was being taught a lesson. Dave's Mum, Dad and Uncle Bernard were due to visit today, it was our version of Christmas Mark 2 since they were sick on the day itself. Not even the trill of the phone downstairs alerted me to anything untoward as I was roused from slumber, but once up and about it became apparent they would not be visiting. A combination of Dad being unwell and another snow fall scuppered our plans. Hmmm, so what do I do with the mountain of cooked vegetables awaiting me in the kitchen, enough to feed a small army? Sit and moan? Shout and yell? Nope, I need to remember today's exhortation so in the spirit of the instructions here is my take on the day...
1. We lurve our veg in this family, so plenty for lunch and joy of joys enough leftover for a meal tomorrow. I will only need to make a cheese sauce and voila a potato and veg bake. No real cooking involved so a kitchen free day, yay!!
2. No school for Benedict as our road is treacherous and the one way system into town has shut down. No problem we've been part home edding this past term so there is already work on hand. Benedict completed his alloted work sheets this morning and after lunch he built mini snowmen in the garden, watched the Muppet's Wizard of Oz and made a Nativity scene with modelling beeswax.
3. Pip has cut three teeth this week, one at the front and two at the side. She now has a total of 8 teeth! We now also have peace and better sleep at night, thank you God!
4. What a clever husband I have! Thanks to him I am no longer experiencing painful electric shocks at the slightest touch. It became so bad I was having to earth myself with metal keys before touching anything. I'm sure if I'd been hooked up to the National Grid I could've saved us money with the electricity generated!! Jokes aside it was becoming wearing. Apparently it is the combination of extremely cold weather and central heating that is the cause, so at Dave's suggestion I have been walking barefoot on our wooden floors since this afternoon and no further shocks!! My feet have acclimatised to the temperature change and they now no longer feel cold!
5. Thankful for a well heated home, a goodly supply of wood and a log fire raging in the lounge.
6. Benedict actually settled really well at bedtime this evening... thanks for your prayers Beatrice!
7. I have nearly finished Pip's wool slippers and should hopefully be able to felt them in the machine tomorrow!
Here are a selection of pics from today:
Monday, 4 January 2010
This is the first item in a long list of ways to bless your day, taken from a poster with the same name. It was left behind by our daughter Em when she heeded God's call and entered Religious Life. I counted the entries and there are twenty four, one for each remaining day in January... well sort of!
Finding joy earlier on in the day seemed reasonably easy but as the day drew to a close and Benedict's behaviour deteriorated, trying to remain joyful in all circumstances seemed nigh high impossible!
If we really think about it, each day truly is a gift... this new day that faces us has never been lived before and we are being given the opportunity to unwrap it and savour the contents. We can only do this however if we attempt to slow down, quit rushing and as far as possible BE truly present in the moment.
So next time you are chasing your tail, put the kettle on, brew a cup of your favourite beverage and sit and BE.
Sunday, 3 January 2010
Benedict promised he was going to be calm and quiet. Our only task was to purchase some much needed shoes for Pip; some decent sturdy shoes as she has been walking confidently for over two months. Calm? Quiet? No Way!! Upon entering the shop he pretended to be an over enthusiastic pup and I spent most of the time attempting to reign him in whilst encouraging Pip to make a move in her nice new shoes!! Once we were confident she could actually walk in them I beat a hasty retreat, leaving Dad to pick up the tab!! It was only as we were loading the car with shopping and kids I casually asked the cost of the shoes and promptly needed resuscitation upon hearing the answer!!
So what do you do with a very expensive pair of baby's first shoes in order to get value for money? Since taking her on a daily route march is totally out of the question, I shall display them on her dresser as a reminder of our interesting day. No doubt they will be a lively conversation piece as the years roll on!
Saturday, 2 January 2010
Hot on their visit was a fun filled afternoon with Jen, Mark, Catherine and Amy. Shortly after their arrival the Dads were packed off to Brewsters with the bigger kids. It's a win-win situation, the kids get to charge around and the Dads drink coffee and read the newspaper look after the kids, ahem! Peace and quiet for us mums at home? Not quite as Pip kept us on our toes, our current game is stop her from tearing the wallpaper. With all the up and down activity it beats the step machine at the gym hands down!!