Reflections of 2015

Can you believe that in a couple of days time it will be December already? How has your year been? Are you excited and ready for 2016. I love this time of year, I love to reflect, to sort and clean my home for Christmas and to have a good break after a hard year's work. As it gets colder it seems to get more magical.  Before the autumn leaves disappeared we had a family photo shoot and we had so much fun!

Daniel and Amy love to climb trees so we have several photos of them up in a tree or just hanging around like in the one below. They are such monkeys!

Can you see the little bump on Lorah below?  She is PREGNANT so I am going to be a grandma in January! It is so exciting and I can't wait to meet my first granddaughter.

Here is an amazing photo of Samuel, Lorah and the bump taken today.  Ooh I am so excited I could pop!

2016 has also given us two litters of kitten from our precious cats, Muffin and Poppy.

It could be so easy to reflect on the struggles and difficulties we have faced this year but equally we have the choice to focus on all the good times which is what we will do. The struggles have been many and I am always honest with you here on my blog and share them freely along with what God is teaching me.  But what a joy today to be able to post some of the amazing times that we have had this year.

How about you, what has brought you joy this year?  I would love to hear from you and see your photos too.



An interview with Daniel about diabetes.

Today we are taking a look at a child's perspective of diabetes in an interview with my 9 year old son, Daniel, who has had diabetes for nearly 3 years.

When did you first know that something was wrong?
It was at my sister Amy's party. I was eating loads of sweets which was making me drink loads of water. I had six full cups of water and was still thirsty so became a bit suspicious at that time. My parents were probably suspicious as well.

What happened next?
We didn't think much about it but my parents thought it best to go to doctor and see why I was drinking so much water.  So we went to the doctor and they didn't give me a diagnosis or anything but sent me to the hospital.  At the hospital they gave me loads of blood test which were really painful. The used these really mean rectangle finger prickers and they discovered that my blood sugars were very high. They gave me the diagnosis and I found out I had diabetes.  

So what happened after you were diagnosed with diabetes?
I had to stay in hospital a little longer until we got the hang of things and they explained it. So I was in bed most of the day and I made a friend who was also diagnosed with diabetes. It was actually my teacher's daughters son I later found out. I used to go over to his bed and we used to play Lego Starwars. The hospital was really annoying because I had to have blood tests every few hours. I remember having nice big meals and I had to eat all of the desert too as it was counted in my meter. YUM!

How did your life change when you came home from hospital?
Well firstly I had to do loads of blood tests and I had to have injections which I slowly got used to. At school I had to do the same thing. I had to eat biscuits before play times and running around. From then until now I have been trying to get my blood sugars at the right level. It has been really hard working with diabetes. 

What do you hate most about it?
The blood tests and injections because they are really annoying and painful most of the time. Sometimes even now. 

What would you say to another child who has just been diagnosed with diabetes?
I would say that you will get used to it. Even though the dextrose might seem nice, don't eat them when you are not supposed to. Be very accurate with your carb counting so you don't have to go through lots of trouble. 

What would you say to a parent whose child has just been diagnosed with diabetes?
Make sure you are good with the carb counting and you should probably download the blood sugars to figure out patterns so you can keep it level. 

Do you believe that God can heal you?
Yes definitely. 

Why do you think He allowed you to have diabetes?
Maybe He will use it for something good to help other people and to show stuff to the world.  The spread the word when He heals me that God is real and God can heal.

Why do you think He hasn't healed you yet?
I believe it's all part of His plan. He has something special install for the future.

Do you believe God makes people sick?
No! I believe he makes good out of sickness but doesn't make people sick.

What are your plans for the time between now and when you are healed?
Getting my blood sugars stable and praying to be healed. Asking God what He is going to do for me.

Do you feel sad about being sick?
Yes but if God is going to make something good about it then I am fine to stay with it a bit more. 

What would you advise to help people?
Keep your blood sugars stable because this has happened to me, if your blood sugars go too high too often, you get very bad stomach pains and it stings a lot. 

If you are a child or parent with a child suffering with diabetes please feel free to ask Daniel or I questions below or read other posts about our journey.



Giving thanks in all circumstances

This past Sunday we celebrated our 140th anniversary at Charlton Kings Baptist Church. Wow what an amazing history we have and what amazing people have gone before us and worked hard so we can enjoy the church that we have today. It's incredibly and so easy to take for granted what we have today without realising that many have paid the price so that we can have all that we do.

The message by Revd Dr Nigel Scotland was on thankfulness and it was a powerful reminder of a very important foundational principle of our faith and that is plain and simply to give thanks in all circumstances. What really stood out for me what that he said that we don't have to and can't always give thanks for all circumstances but we can always give thanks in every circumstance. What a powerful thing to remember.

Nigel went on to remind us that to give thanks is to be in God's will and not to is to be outside of His will.  How many times do we beg God to tell us His will and spend hours seeking Him for His will but really it is quite simple.

"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
 - 1 Thessalonians 5:18

How simple is that? To give thanks in everything is God's will. The word thanks here is from the Greek eucharisteō which directly translated means to be grateful. It's no big mystery, there is nothing nicer than someone who is grateful and God loves it too.

So, how about we connect as often as possible on our Facebook page and share what we are grateful about? I would love you to join me at the end of every day before we settle down for the night, to share what we are grateful for that day and fall asleep meditating on how grateful we are. Come over and connect with us at www.facebook.com/KingsDaughtersUK or twitter.com/_kingsdaughters  using #dailygratitude at #kingsdaughters and leave a comment below about what you are most grateful for right now.



Daniel and Diabetes

Daniel and Amy

I have four amazing children, two of whom still live at home and two who have grown up and moved out.  It was nearly three years ago when our eldest, Lorah-Kelly got married to her high school sweetheart, Samuel. It was also around this time that we noticed that something was wrong with our son, Daniel who was 7 years old. He seemed fit and well and nothing seemed out of the ordinary except that he was drinking unusual amounts of water. It got so bad that he had to get up during the night several times to have a drink and of course go to the toilet. So after about a week of this I decided it best to go see a doctor even though it seemed like a silly symptom to go to the doctor for.

Everything from the doctors appointment is a bit of a surreal haze and even two years and nine months on, I can remember the shock as if it were yesterday. The doctor did a urine test and afterwards looked gravely concerned and called the hospital.  Daniel was sent over as soon as possible and we were told to be prepared for him to stay overnight. He didn't say what was wrong. Upon arriving at the hospital Daniel was seen immediately and had blood tests. I don't recall exactly what happened or the order of events, all I remember is that his blood sugar was 33  (normal is between 4 - 7). They said they were surprised that he looked as well as he did and was not in a coma. He was that ill!

Daniel was admitted to hospital and we spend the next week at his bedside learning about type 1 diabetes, watching him crying as he had his finger pricked and blood taken often during the day and night. It was heart wrenching. Eric and I were in shock. After a week of excellent education by the NHS diabetic team, we were expected to start caring for him. They assured us that he would not be allowed home until they felt confident that we were able to manage his blood tests and insulin injections. We had to learn how to count carbohydrates, check his blood sugar levels and give him 4 to 6 injections a day. The severity of the situation was heavily impressed upon us and we were reminded that if his blood sugars went too high or too low he could die. It seemed every 5 minutes we were reminded that it was a life threatening life long disease that could not be cured ever.

Eric and I were exhausted from being in hospital, little sleep coupled with a lot of worry and uncertainty. We reached a point where we just wanted our family back home all together so we could get some sense of normality back into our life. Although it was clear life would never be the same again we craved some sort of routine. Each day we were asked if we were ready to give Daniel his injections. In the past Eric has passed out when he saw me have an injection during labour with Amy, I could not see him ever coping with this. I thought I would be fine but when they put the insulin pen in my hand I burst out crying. There was no way I could ever inject my son, or so I thought.

Much to my surprise Eric took the pen and gave Daniel his injection. I asked Eric how he managed to do it as I simply couldn't and he said that he knew that if he didn't, Daniel would not be able to come home. The nurses kept reassuring me that things would get better and giving the injections would become easier. Although I believed them and knew it was true I couldn't see how. Eric became highly competent in caring for Daniel and so he was allowed home. I struggled. I couldn't do the injections. I couldn't prick his finger to test his blood. I was a mess. Shock, confusion and tiredness took over.

I will continue our story and our journey in future posts.  The past few years have been incredibly difficult and today I make the decision to share our story, what we have learned and how we are coping. Daniel will even write his version of the story too and hopefully I can get Eric to also. I know there are others out there struggling with the same thing and I hope that somehow sharing our story will be helpful and comforting for them. For those of you who do not have this particular struggle, you may find it useful for when you meet someone with diabetes or someone with a diabetic child. I had no idea how ignorant I was about diabetes until we were hit with it.  I would also like to look at faith, healing and medicine so there is a lot more to come.

Please chat to me if you have diabetes, are supporting someone with diabetes or just have questions in general about illness and/or healing. Let's stick together as this is a terrible illness but we believe in a God who heals.