Monday, May 27, 2013

Encouragement For Your Struggles

   These verses are encouraging when I apply it to everything we deal with with diabetes.  I hope it encourages you in your struggles! Soli Deo Gloria! 

"But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.  We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed..........So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."         - 2 Corinthians 4:7-9;16-18    

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Restoring an Old Chest: a DIY

    My in-laws bought us this gorgeous chest at a yard sale a few weeks ago. They bought it knowing it needed a lot of work and I was excited at the challenge. Today, we started working on it, and it was super easy!  I had planned on painting the top, refinishing the sides, and glueing the few pieces back together  that needed it.  I was a little stumped on how I was going to paint the top and make it look good without painting the rest of it since I absolutely love the color of the wood and didn't want to paint over any part that did not need it.

    While Josh nailed and glued the pieces that needed it, I decided to try coconut oil on the wood.  In the past, I have used coconut oil to fix heat spots on my table and it worked perfectly so I decided to try it on this as well. I started rubbing coconut oil on the top, and we were both amazed at the results!

    This is what the top looked like before the coconut oil:

    And after:

      After seeing how well it did on the top, I started rubbing coconut oil over the whole thing to even it out and give it a fresh look. After letting it sit for maybe 10 minutes, I used a bucket of water and washcloth and cleaned off the coconut oil residue.  

    The inside had this little shelf in it that also needed some redoing.

So I grabbed some fabric and fabric glue, and glued the fabric to the bottom. It turned out great, as well!  

     We both really love this chest now! I am glad I didn't have to paint the top so now we can see every scratch that adds so much character!  

P.S. I usually buy virgin coconut oil because it is better for you, but since this project took a lot of coconut oil, I simply used regular coconut oil. It's cheaper and it still did a great job! 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Dexcom G4 Info Sheet

    A while ago I made a bulletin board that hangs in our church nursery with information specific to caring for Boaz in the nursery.  Since we now have 'Dexter', it was time to update the board.  I made the following sheet to put on the board and I wanted to share it with you guys.  If you have a child with diabetes, or anything that requires special care, a board is a great idea.  I also have a binder with information in it that I can leave with whoever may be taking care of him.  Hope this is helpful if you are considering putting something like this together!


Boaz Took Some Steps!!!

    Boaz's physical therapist brought in this crazy contraption a few weeks ago
to see how Boaz would respond and he got right up there and started taking steps! He has never taken that many steps, and typically he takes high steps but he was on a roll today!!! We are so proud of him! Over the past few weeks, something in his little mind clicked and he has been standing on his own and now taking steps with his walker! It won't be long before he is walking!!!!