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Happy Easter! He’s Not Here!

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Happy Easter everyone!

I went to church this morning and heard a great message on the meaning of Easter.

But… I think my niece explained it just as well almost seven years ago.

I love finding these old videos, but it makes me a little sad because everyone is so big now!

Easter 2005
Do we look alike? Easter 2009
Easter 2009


Does the party include cake?

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Today is my D-anniversary – six years since diagnosis.

I wrote about it here.

(If anything, click the link to see the disturbing post DKA weight loss version of me – I had dropped down to 104 lbs at hospital admission)

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

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Delivered on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963:

I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor’s lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true.

So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California! But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”


Disclaimer: This was a portion of a post from two years ago, but certainly deserved to be reposted today.

Other people’s vacation photos

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You know when you go over to someone’s house after a vacation and they make you look through all their vacation photos. What is it about blogging that makes it somewhat acceptable?

How about we get through all of the vacation pictures in one post?! 😀

What you’re looking at includes:

  • Playing with my camera settings by taking pictures of my mom’s tree
  • Going to see The Glory of Christmas
  • Christmas at my brother’s in Vegas
  • Hanging out with George
  • Sitting through a blackout on New Year’s Eve (and yes playing with my camera settings – it was the only thing working in the house!)

A few things to keep your eye out for:

  • Matching Christmas pajamas on all the girls (inspired and purchased by yours truly!)
  • A tarantula-carrying chicken harassing Mary during the Nativity play
  • The cutest Charlie Brown ever
  • and finally me losing a footrace to a bunch of kids and a dog (wearing a winter coat and scarf while they are practicially in shorts!)

Please excuse the soundtrack. I like Celine enough, but probably would have chosen something different if I had access to my tunes!

2008 Moments in Review

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Since everyone else is doing it, I figured I better do my New Year’s Eve meme.

For a different view of the past year, check out the Moments of Wonderful Diabetes 365 page.

Anyway – Here it goes. The first sentence from the first post each month this year:

January: Happy New Year – here’s your antibiotic “Happy New Year – let’s celebrate with an ear infection!!”

(would you believe that my ear is starting to tingle again this year?!)

February: Please Pray for My Family “My family got some really bad news this week.”

March: Just another day “It was a great day, the sun was shining – okay maybe the sun is always shining here – but it was shining today too!”

I think this was the post where I started the clumsy category on my blog!

April: I can’t help it! “Okay, I admit it!”

This is the post where I admit I am a little too obsessed with celebrities.

May: Starting with the Leaking Waterbottle “I have so much to write but no time to write it.”

leeching BPA anyone?

June: O-hi-O “In Ohio for a conference.”

Two words for you – communal bathrooms!!!

July: There is a lesson in it somewhere “As I mentioned before, I moved this weekend.”

Anyone else ever had their blood drawn in the dark?!

August: The problem is we grow up “Here’s the problem – a child with diabetes at some point becomes an adult with diabetes.”

Don’t remember this post? Are you my mother?

September: The end of the long weekend “Whew!”

Does that count as a first sentence? Seriously though, you have to click on the link to this post to see one of my best pictures EVER!

October: Watch me vlog a site change “Long time, no vlog right?”

Gaps in my vlogging seems to be a theme. I am thinking of getting a Flip video camera with some Christmas money. Thoughts from the peanut gallery?

November: The angel, the devil, and the elephant “I love living in the United States”

Dressing up the cats is not just a Christmas event!

December: Yes we can have our cake “…and eat it too!”

In keeping with tradition, I am reposting a picture from exactly one year ago.
January 1, 2008 - diabetes365 - day 85

And a picture from two years ago.

12 Days of Christmas

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Usually I hate cheesy forwards, especially holiday related ones. However, I got this one this morning from a coworker and it was too good to pass up:

** Apparently (see comments) this may not actually be true, but in the spirit of the season, let’s believe in a little Christmas magic and pretend it is! 😀

There is one Christmas carol that has always baffled me.

What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?

I found out.
From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.

It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.

  • The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
  • Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
  • Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.
  • The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
  • The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
  • The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
  • Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit–Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
  • The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
  • Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit–Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
  • The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.
  • The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
  • The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.

So there is your history for today. Now you know how that strange song became a Christmas Carol.

Merry (Twelve Days of) Christmas!

12 Days of Christmas

Palm trees and Christmas trees

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A bunch of us went out to dinner for a friend’s birthday and I took a few pictures of the Chirstmas decorations around town.

These two are two of my favorites because I took them in the exact same spot, I just focused the camera a little differently (first on the Christmas tree, second on the palm tree)


Here are the rest:

P.S. As I mentioned, it was a birthday dinner. When the free cheesecake arrived, we all wondered who ToaBell was…


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