A mix of photography, recipes, personal thoughts, faith, and lots of family stuff, but not necessarily in that order.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Let it snow



Winter is finally making it's way to southern Minnesota, 
and I'm a happy girl!

My view from the living room window yesterday morning.
I couldn't sleep, it was before 6am, so I sat in my chair with a smile on my face, 
practicing being still and appreciating the beauty of winter



I could only sit so long...
I decided to get up and go out into the fresh fallen snow
It was beautiful morning, only a few souls and their dogs
The glow of streetlights made
 it even more beautiful

I love winter walks!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

This boy...my hero

NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH
My little hero, so brave, and strong!

This post is a little long but I hope that you will read it and maybe learn a little about
 a disease that affects sooooo many, especially little ones, 
 TYPE 1 DIABETES
A disease that most know little about!
I know I didn't, Until.....

5 months ago my daughters family was turned upside down! 
While Brianna and the kids were on vacation at our cabin,
 little Carson just 4 years old became quite sick and was diagnosed with Type1 diabetes.
 I'm a nurse and so is my daughter, so when Carson had been exhibiting subtle symptoms, 
we talked to each other about the "what if"... it's diabetes.
 but then you quickly deny the possibility and say, Nooo, it can't be that! 

The symptoms....what are they you ask?
Carson's symptoms had started a week or so before the vacation,
 Brianna noticed that he was drinking and peeing A LOT.
He had lost a few pounds but easy to contribute that to an active boy.
He was hungry all the time.
He was moody & irritable, (so unlike Carson)!
The night before his diagnosis, he complained of a headache...
 4 year olds usually don't say, "My head hurts mamma"
The day of diagnosis.... increased lethargy, headache, then vomiting.... UGH!

The thing that made Rick and I most proud was the way Chris and Brianna so bravely handled this new diagnosis, it's such a scary thing, so much to learn and I mean LEARN FAST. They also had another child to care for, her needs were important as well, she was scared and worried, they kept her in the loop, and she's learning right along with the rest of us.

 Brianna and Chris are in the thick of it every single day, they live it every hour, 24 hours a day. 
There is no vacation from diabetes. They are amazing and are doing a great managing Carson's diabetes, learning as they go about a disease that has no boundaries!

Blood sugars are affected by so much! Illness, activity, temperature to name a few.
Your day (24 hours) centers around, carb counting, finger poking and insulin giving... 
I never knew how all encompassing it was.
Luckily Carson has a mommy & daddy who have kept life normal and fun!

Rick and I have read some books and are trying to learn as much as we can, we want to be educated and active in Carson's life!  For now we have learned how to check his blood sugar, we are learning about carb counting, what he can have for snacks and meals. Next step will be actually giving him insulin injections. Sigh,... do you know how many times I have given injections in my 35 years of nursing.... I can do it blindfolded, but you guys, this is different, this is my sweet grandchild!
It's only been 5 months, we want to get to this point so we can have the kids sleep over night at our house again... I miss that! As hard as it is, we want to be ALL-IN
We are getting there!   

We are thankful for Carson, our  hero!
 He is a brave, active, goofy, happy, thriving little boy. 
The facts will tell you that there is NO CURE, but I will not stop hoping for one!
 I also believe in a God of miracles, you never know... 
Praying for a miracle!








Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A belated Thanksgiving post...

Rick and I hosted Thanksgiving this year. 
We had some of the Hemmer-side for the meal along with my Mom & Dad. 
Later the rest of the Hemmer's joined us for pie!
4 generations gathered, 
The older adult table

Buffet style for 16 people
Our son Brice helping his G-ma with the fixings

Our newest grandbaby just 4 weeks old, met his great-grandparents for the first time.
Rick's mom seems content with this little one In her arms


My Mom & dad getting to know little Lewin.

 The cousins played

 Our oldest Brianna, hanging out with her Auntie Susan (Rick's sister)

Audrey and great-grandma Mary

 I found Grandpa playing games with Carson in the "grandkids room"

My mom has made all her great-grandchildren cross-stitch blankets. 
Something for them to always cherish!
Our DIL Jenny, seems to love it!

Our Son Brice and family stayed with us an extra day after Thanksgiving, 
we loved having that special time with them to love on the little ones 
and snuggle with sweet Lewin. 
 Scarlett and I have a little tradition of making pancakes together in the morning,
 I measure...she pours it in the bowl
 and stirs!

I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving,
there is always something to be thankful for...
wouldn't you agree 



Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Grandpa he is....just comes natural for him.

So no, it's not Father's Day, or his birthday, it's no special day today but...
this guy is pretty special all the time, and I just want to honor him today. 
She's the one that made him a grandpa first (Audrey)
My heart still skips a beat when I see Rick with our grandkids.
He's was (and still is) the best and perfect dad for our kids but now.... 
he's the perfect and most wonderful grandpa to our grandkids.
So this random post is to honor the "grandpa" that he is...just because.

These two... 
it's hard to go out in public with these two, they are like 2 peas in a pod,
full of goofiness and plenty of shenanigans!
They truly adore each other.

2 summer's ago with Scarlett. 
She already knew at a young age that Grandpa is the goofy one!
I remember telling Scarlett, "Go get grandpa", and she did. 

Oh "BOY", I can hardly wait to see the bond these two will share,
another grandbaby to love!
Our sweet Lewin just a few days old.

I believe all the empty space in his heart is reserved for his grandkids.

 I love that she still wants to sit in his lap

 Serving along side his grands, such a good example, and fun too!

 One of most favorite photo's of all, unscripted, spontaneous, authentic love!

 He will always encourage them and be there for them.

 Spending time....just Scarlett and Grandpa.
 By the look on Scarletts face, something tells me that grandpa is reading the book in a goofy way, making things up as he goes, after all why would you read the book "normal"

 He loves them all equally, all the while recognizing that they are individuals, 
having different likes and needs.

The kind of Grandpa that gets down and plays....because he wants to, and because he knows it matters in the eyes of his grandbabies.
Our grand babies are luck to have you Rick, but I know what you're thinking.... 
"I'm lucky to have them".  I'm pretty sure the feeling is mutual.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

My mom...my sis...and I

Mom's birthday was yesterday ...
 My sister Jodi and I both had today off so we decided to meet 
at a half-way spot to have lunch and celebrate our mom's birthday.
I didn't have my selfie stick so this is the best picture I could come up with.

Northfield MN was a perfect half-way spot and a lovely little town to explore.
We hit-up an antique store, a couple of gadgety stores, had lunch at a place called Rueb 'N' Stein's, then found a bakery for a little sweet something. 
It was fun to celebrate mom and have her all to ourselves!

Anytime I'm on a road trip in the country there almost always is a 
little country church and a cemetery that calls to me.
 This one snuck up on me as I drove right past it. 
That's ok, I don't mind pulling over, making a u-turn and returning to checking it out.
My heart starts to race as I walk up to the door, hoping I can explore the inside of the church
 The exterior door was open, but sadly the interior door was locked.
I loved everything about this door, the knob, the hanging chain, the weathered wood, with a somewhat new coat of paint on it.

 Around the back was a water pump, of course I had to try it out!
It was fully functional.

Overlooking the graveyard was an eagle carved out of an old fallen tree.
Such a detailed work of art. 
The eagle sits upon a wooden cross, an extension of the tree stump.
Check out the eagles face...so sad
Do you think the artist meant for the eagle to look sad?
I just find it interesting, your thoughts... 
  

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Still blooming'

November 13th, and I still have these beauties blooming, 
with more buds with potential .
What a beautiful Fall it has been, 
for those that don't like winter... what a gift for you.

Does anyone else still have flowers blooming???