Life in My Shoes

Life in My Shoes

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

95 years ago today

A stunning thing happened on this day in history.
Most people aren't even aware of it.
It was the silent miracle that literally raised the dead.
It's incredible to me that this discovery, which had such dramatic effects on the lives of so many, can still be within the memories of those alive today.  It really wasn't such a long time ago.
Many advancements in treatment have been made since this life-saving discovery, and for that I am so thankful.

According to this website the above picture was taken in 1922.
On this date 95 years ago, January 11, 1922, insulin was injected for the first time ever into a 14-year old Type 1 Diabetic child in Canada.  One of my favorite stories about what happened after that date is this story taken from Wikipedia:

Children dying from diabetic ketoacidosis were kept in large wards, often with 50 or more patients in a ward, mostly comatose. Grieving family members were often in attendance, awaiting the (until then, inevitable) death.
In one of medicine's more dramatic moments, Banting, Best, and Collip went from bed to bed, injecting an entire ward with the new purified extract. Before they had reached the last dying child, the first few were awakening from their coma, to the joyous exclamations of their families.[45]
Can you just imagine?  Knowing that a diagnosis of diabetes was a death sentence for your child.  A very slow, horrible death.....and there was nothing anybody could do?? And at that time, they did not know enough about diabetes to have the distinctions of Type 1 and Type 2.

A couple years ago, I was fiddling around with some of my family genealogy.  I was pretty much blown away to discover that my great-grandfather had passed away in January 1922 of diabetes. Nobody in my family had ever mentioned that before.  I found his death certificate online!
I knew at that point that scientists first treated someone with insulin in January of 1922, but I was thinking it was later in the month.  So when my friend mentioned on facebook (January 11th a couple years ago) that insulin was first administered this week 94 years ago, I ran and pulled out my notebooks.
Could not BELIEVE what I found.....

My great-grandfather died of diabetes 95 years ago YESTERDAY....January 10, 1922.
One day before insulin was first injected into a dying patient.
He was not quite 30 years old.
My grandfather had been married not quite 3 years earlier.
He left behind a nearly 23 year old wife with 2 children.
The youngest of which was almost 5 months old.
She would eventually become my grandmother.

This is my Great-Grandfather and Great-Grandmother on what we assume is their wedding day.
June 2, 1919

How grateful I am that his great-great granddaughter was sovereignly chosen by God to be born in the 21st century and given Type 1 Diabetes where the treatments and technology for this horrible disease have advanced so far that patients can live fairly normal and healthy and long lives!!

I can't WAIT to see what God is up to in our Ashlyn's life, and why He chose this for her/us!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Textiles and Clothing Construction Class: Project #2 Blouse/Top With Sleeves

Last semester, my students in our homeschool program completed
two sewing projects from a pattern in our 
Textiles and Clothing Construction class.
The first project we completed was pajama pants
and you can click here to see my post on that.

For our second project, we constructed a top or blouse with sleeves.
What fun it was to shop with these girls and watch
their personalities blossom as they chose the styles
and fabrics that appealed to them!!


This project was particularly challenging to the girls 
as we learned to measure their body type 
against the measurements on a pattern envelope.
Off-the-rack clothing and measurements on a pattern are inevitably
never the same. 
I let the girls chose whatever pattern suited them,
and a couple of them had tons of little steps that just seemed
to take lots of time.
The girls had never executed some of the skills presented to complete
their garment, so it took us several weeks to get through
all the instructions.

In the end, I was so very pleased with how each girl's
garment turned out.
They learned how to choose appropriate fabrics for the garment style they chose,
  measuring their body types and choosing a pattern size to construct,
how to set in sleeves, top-stitching, hemming,
pressing and seam finishing.

What a delight it has been for me as the guide to watch these
young ladies learn perseverance when the struggles were real,
how to envision a finished product when it looks like a hot mess,
and how to express their individual styles in their clothing choices!!
But most of all as they graciously are learning to live out our theme verse:

"She seeketh wool and flax,
and worketh willingly with her hands."
Proverbs 31:13

Friday, January 6, 2017

What a find!! Completing a Christmas China Collection

So, I have a confession to make.
I do have this thing for pretty china.
A well-set table speaks to a different age,
a slowing down,
an appreciation for order and graciousness.

A few days after Christmas, I began thinking about condensing
down the decorations we've collected over the last two decades
and what could be thrown away versus what I should
keep to pass along to my children for their future homes.
My mind wandered to the small stack of Christmas tableware that I have had
sitting in our attic for many years,
but have rarely been able to use.

During the Christmas season of 1995, I was anticipating my impending
wedding in the spring and looking forward to my first
Christmas as a wife.
I had been gifted some money by my grandmother,
so I purchased a 4-piece place setting for 4 people of this
Christmas china.
I used it the first few years we were married,
but as we added more children it didn't seem practical
and I knew I would be heartbroken if any of the pieces were broken.
So it sat stored away for many years.

This year, on a whim, armed with some Christmas gift money,
I perused Craigslist to see if, by chance, anyone local was parting with
their Christmas China in this pattern.
Low and behold!!!
Not far from us, a family was selling a complete 5-piece place setting for 8!!
Complete with serving pieces, soup bowls, and beverage service!
For only $20!!
I could NOT believe it!!

I contacted the owner and it was still available.
Then, we were able to make arrangements to meet them halfway
between our home and theirs while they were
on an already scheduled trip to this side of town anyway!!!!!

What a blessing to me!!
I was then able to purchase storage covers for every single piece I own 
to protect it and keep it nice for future years!!

This experience reminded me of a beautiful scripture that describes
our Heavenly Father:

"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will your Father in the heavens give good things
to those who ask Him!"
Matthew 7:11

I can't wait to share this "good gift" with my family and friends
in the coming years!!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Ringing in the New Year 2017

Happy New Year!!

I have to be honest.
I did not come up with this idea on my own.
I relied heavily on Pinterest.
In fact, you can find the links for this inspiration here! 

We had such a great time with our whole family gathered together,
cooperating and encouraging each other, 
laughing and just having fun!
"Minute-to-Win-It" games are perfect for our family
because they move fast,
are challenging to complete for all ages,
and if someone gets bored we're moving on to 
another game in one minute!!!

After a fun dinner together around the table with a final
family worship time for 2016,
the games began around 8:00 pm!

 Kisses Countdown

 New Years Stack Attack

Drop Around the Clock

Tick Tock....Tic Tacs

 The Final Countdown

Just Dance

The evening wound down with a movie and the countdown to midnight.
With a good printer and some very simple supplies, this fun evening
was a cinch to pull together.
Everyone commented how much fun it was
and I know the memories we created were worth the effort
put into this family night!!!
My children are growing up and just on the cusp of leaving our nest
so I cherish these few moments we all have together!!!

Friday, December 30, 2016

He Gave Everything 2016

Last December, I had lunch with our church's Music Minister to discuss
the dramas our church was going to present during the upcoming year.
We discussed the major holidays and we laid out some
general plans for Christmas 2016.
I handed him a script I had directed many years ago in a former church 
which had been warmly received
that I felt still had a very relevant message for today!!
He was very receptive to it, and in September we began casting and rehearsals.

Garrett had been begging me to not make him 
be a part of the junior choir anymore,
and I needed a young boy for our story, 
so he was happy for a way out of singing!!
Aryn got to sing in the children's choir during the performance,
and Ashlyn also worked all through the fall season on her part too!!
It was a collaborative labor of love for our family, 
and what a blessing it was to present!!!

He Gave Everything 2016


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Family Service Project: Christmas 2016

One of the things I like to do over our Christmas break is to 
participate in a project as a family that gives and helps those
in our community who are less fortunate than most.
There really is no better way to teach your children to think
outside the little bubble of themselves
and to see that they really have so very much to be grateful for.
Children learn compassion when they see what it is.
When they are taught how to find those in need.
To look for those they can show their appreciation to as well.

I don't know why we've never gotten involved with this
community project before, but it's one we'll definitely do again!!

My children so enjoyed getting to wrap presents for children
who most likely would receive nothing for Christmas.
We wrapped all the gifts for a family who have NINE children with
another baby on the way!
Then, once that was done, we moved on to another family with FIVE children!

Later in the week, we were able to participate in delivering all these gifts, 
along with staple and pantry items, to many of these families!

For more ideas on service projects you can get involved
in as a family, click here.