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Thanks to Jackie for this list. 🙂

End-of-year meme for 2006

1. What did you do in 2006 that you’d never done before? I bought and moved into a new house!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? My resolution for 2006 was to play more games with my children – and yes, I kept it. I will make a resolution for 2007, but haven’t decided what it will be yet.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? No.

4. Did anyone close to you die? No.

5. What countries did you visit? Stayed in America this year.

6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006? Sleep more. I tend to stay up later than I should.

7. What dates from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? December 18, 2006 – youngest daughter was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes on that date.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? I overcame my fear of giving injections to my child.

9. What was your biggest failure? I’m not as far along with getting totally out of debt (except for the mortgage) as I’d hoped.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Nothing major.

11. What was the best thing you bought? The house

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Youngest daughter’s courage & positive attitude.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Oklahoma House Representative Sally Kern (HD-84) – I did not feel depressed, but definitely appalled.

14. Where did most of your money go? Daily living, monthly household expenses, 401K, a few auto repairs – nothing major.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Moving into the new house.

16. What song will always remind you of 2006? How to Save a Life – The Fray

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? happier
b) thinner or fatter? the same
c) richer or poorer? richer

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Saved more money.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Worry.

20. How did you be spending Christmas? Spent Christmas with my children, my parents, two sisters & their families at my parents’ house.

21. Did you fall in love in 2006? No.

22. How many one-night stands? Zero.

23. What was your favorite TV program? Grey’s Anatomy

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? No. I don’t hate anyone.

25. What was the best book you read? Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

26. What was your greatest musical discovery? Didn’t have a great musical discovery this year.

27. What did you want and get? A new home.

28. What did you want and not get? The house packed up and moved by a moving company.

29. What was your favorite film of this year? Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? Spent the day with family, I am 37.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? To have paid off my car.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006? Business casual most of the time (work) – at home, whatever is comfortable.

33. What kept you sane? Prayer, talking with my mom & my two sisters, my friends.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Johnny Depp, not only for his looks, but also for what he believes in, how he chooses his roles, how he loves his family and protects them.

35. What political issue stirred you the most? anything authored or supported by narrow minded Oklahoma House Representative Sally Kern (HD-84).

36. Who did you miss? My grandparents.

37. Who was the best new person you met? Amy, the diabetes educator

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006. I can only control my own actions (I’ve learned this one before 2006, but it was reinforced this year).

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. Jackie said, “I’m officially eliminating this question now, because I can never quote song lyrics,” so I don’t have to answer this one!

Be who you are…

This is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes.

Be who you are…

This is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes.

Going to Holland

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability – to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel.

It’s like this . . .

When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip– to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make wonderful plans. The Colosseum, Michelangelo’s David. The gondolas in Venice. You may even learn some handy phrases in Italian. It’s all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, “Welcome to Holland!’

“Holland? You say. What do you mean, Holland? I signed up for Italy. All my life I’ve dreamed of going to Italy.”

But there’s been a change of flight plan. They’ve landed in Holland and there you must stay. The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy, place full of pestilence, famine, and disease. It’s just a different place.

So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

It’s just a different place. It’s slower-paced than Italy. Less flashy than Italy. But after you’ve been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills. Holland has tulips. Holland has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy, and they are bragging about what a wonderful time they had there.

And for the rest of your life you will say, “Yes, that’s where I was supposed to go. That’s what I had planned.”

And the pain of that will never, ever, ever go away, because the loss of that dream is a very significant loss.

But if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn’t get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things about Holland.

© Emily Perl Kingsley

She did it!

Today, youngest daughter gave herself an insulin injection for the first time. I’m really proud of her. The diabetes educator said for me to expect her to be ready to do her own injections in a couple of months, so for her to be ready after being home from the hospital for a week and diagnosed for only ten days – well, that’s wonderful in my book.

She’s done two injections now. She said she did one fast & one slowly, to see if it felt different. She reported that they felt the same – a little pressure but no pain.

She’s a brave young lady. Her strength and courageous attitude inspires me daily. I’m lucky to have her in my life.

Here’s the medical alert bracelet that she’s picked out. Cute, huh?

Merry Christmas

from our family to yours.
Wishing you a joyous Christmas and all the best in 2007.


It was not a stomach virus causing youngest daughter’s right side pain that led us to the emergency room (ER) on Monday afternoon, it was diabetic ketoacidosis . Her blood sugars were at 757 (should be between 80 and 150). One of the nurses told me that she would have died or had serious complications if I’d not taken her to the ER when I did.

She was transported (by ambulance, which she is still bragging about to brother & sister) to Children’s Hospital and was in ICU while her blood sugars were slowly brought down & her pH balance was brought back up. Blood tests confirmed that DD has Type 1 Diabetes (juvenile onset). Her pancreas no longer produces insulin, so it must be injected – at least 4 times each day – more if she eats more than three meals.

After 24 hours in ICU, she was (we were) in the hospital. We had loads of diabetic education – learning to monitor blood sugar, count carbs, the proper ratios of insulin to carbs, how to do injections & finger sticks properly, etc. After I showed the nursing staff & diabetes team that I could manage DD’s injections, we were discharged (last night around 8:30pm) and now we’re at home.

DD is a trooper. I’m so proud of her. I’m so thankful that we didn’t lose her.