Thursday, June 4, 2015

Another kid becomes an adult

Photo credit: Target Photo Studio

This guy graduates from high school today. And to top it all off, he turns 18 in a few more. Didn't he just barely look like this?

My all-time favorite baby picture. It's just too cute.
Okay, maybe he still does look a lot like this. Minus the thumb sucking. He looks perpetually young!

In honor of both his graduation & his birthday, 18 things I love about Jared, otherwise known as Joj:

1. He is pretty cute.
2. He is smart!
3. He is really good at any and all art--pottery and painting especially.
4. Jared always wants to do what's right.
5. But sometimes he is a little mischievous. ;)
6. Type 1 diabetes will never own him.
7. He is going to be a great missionary starting in two months!
8. Jared is really a softie at heart.
9. His room is never messy because he likes to keep everything in its place.
10. When Jared decides he is going to do something, he does it.
11. He works very hard!
12. Jared isn't afraid to stand up for what he believes in.
13. He owns up to his mistakes. Ask him about our garage door.
14. He definitely has a sense of adventure!
15. I can always count on him to call me Bob.
16. His crazy sense of humor!
17. He takes responsibility for himself and always gets things done.
18. Jared knows that God is real and helps him through everything.

HAPPY GRADUATION & HAPPY BIRTHDAY JARED!! WE LOVE YOU!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Life With T1D: Because of Diabetes


{This guy is leaving in 2 months for an LDS mission in Ohio. I am not worried about what kind of missionary he'll be, because I know he'll put his whole heart and soul into it. The bigger challenge will be diabetes. So I thought I would re-post this one, just to remind ourselves of the good things we have learned. I know those things are going to help Jared help others.}

I haven't done a "Real Life With Diabetes" post in awhile, and unfortunately that's not because it magically disappeared. Wouldn't that be nice!

Though it would be nice if diabetes "died in a hole," there are some things I would miss about it. No, don't call the authorities....I haven't lost my mind....yet. There are lessons we've learned from it that have been good lessons to learn, and quite possibly, we might not have learned them otherwise.

Because of diabetes, Jared is healthier. I know that seems strange...isn't he in a perpetually "unhealthy" state? Sort of, but as far as everyday illnesses, he's healthier. He takes really good care of himself, works out regularly, and tries to eat pretty healthy, too. I'm pretty sure that if he didn't have diabetes, this wouldn't all be the case. We've been blessed that he is healthy most of the time!

Because of diabetes, Jared is kinder. He is more understanding of other kids who suffer from various ailments and conditions, especially things they have to manage every single day like he does.

Because of diabetes, Jared knows that God is real. He knows that Jesus loves him and helps him. He told me this himself one day when I asked what he's learned from having diabetes. If he learned nothing else, this would certainly be enough!

Because of diabetes, I'm a better mother. I don't know if I can put all the whys into words, but I just know that I am. I'm also healthier and more educated about nutrition.

Last, a good quote from Jared. The other day while he was changing his insulin pump to another site, his grandma was watching and she asked him about it. They got talking, and in the course of the conversation, Jared said this about having diabetes: "Some people just have diabetes." Meaning, it takes over their life. Grandma said, "But not you, huh Jared?" He just smiled and said, "Nope." Some pretty good wisdom right there. I love that kid!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

Motherhood at its best.


Mother's Day 2015.

Does it get any better than this? All my children around me? Nope, I think it doesn't. Gifts are nice and it's great to feel appreciated, but being with all my kids is the best thing ever! I am grateful for every minute I get to spend with these awesome people.

The End. :)



Thursday, February 19, 2015

Homemade Tomato Soup


One of my favorite childhood memories is of my Dad coming home from work & making homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner. He loved to cook (and still does!), even after a long day at the office, and this combination was one of us kids' favorites. As best I can remember, he used to combine a big can of tomato juice with an equal amount of half & half, then I'm sure he must have added a few spices, but I don't remember what. This recipe is a little different, but I still need half & half in my tomato soup all these years later.

Homemade Tomato Soup
serves 8

In a large pot, melt 2 T. butter with 1 T. olive oil over medium heat. 
Add 3 T. flour and whisk until smooth. Stir in 1/2 t. onion powder and 1/2 t. garlic salt. Whisk until fragrant.
Add, whisking to combine:
1 28-oz can peeled, crushed tomatoes
4 c. chicken broth
1 c. half & half
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. black pepper
1/4 t. ground thyme

Stir often and bring mixture to a simmer. Cover and simmer 10-15 minutes, stirring periodically. Serve with your choice of toppings such as parmesan cheese, additional pepper, chives, and/or croutons. Don't forget the grilled cheese for dipping! 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A picture-perfect day.


Hard to believe this is a day in mid-February. In Utah. Isn't it supposed to be snowy and cold?

Well, we can't do much but just enjoy it while it lasts, so that's what we did this President's Day. We made a trip to This Is The Place park. The sky was absolutely gorgeous and we almost had the park to ourselves. I can deal with days like that--hoodie weather, a pretty sky and no crowds. The best!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

I love to make beef stew. Especially when it's cold outside.

And I love to eat beef stew. Anytime.



Slow Cooker Beef Stew

3 T. olive oil
2 lb. beef stew meat
1/4 cup flour
1 envelope Beef Stew seasoning mix
1 t. thyme
1 t. salt
1/2 t. black pepper
2 T. dry minced onion
2 T. Worchestershire
4 cups of regular V-8 juice
2 cups water
2 t. beef bouillon crystals or 2 beef bouillon cubes
1 c. baby carrots
5 medium potatoes, skin on & cubed

Heat the oil in a large pot. Mix together flour, seasoning mix, thyme, salt & pepper and coat the beef cubes with it in a large bowl. Brown the meat in the hot oil. Place browned meat in a 5-6 qt. slow cooker and cover with onion, cubed potatoes and baby carrots. Pour water and beef bouillon into the hot pan the meat was browned in, and heat to boiling to deglaze the pan.  Add Worchestershire and V-8 juice to hot beef broth. Pour over meat and vegetables in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or High for 4-6 hours. Stir before serving. Serve with hot rolls or cornbread.