Monday, January 27, 2014

Meet Cameron

A year ago, Cameron was an eight year old little boy.   Looking at him, he didn't stand out in a crowd.   A good student that enjoyed spending time in the woods with grandpa, riding bikes with his friends and that lived for soccer.   Just an average ordinary eight year old.   April 2013 though, that all changed.   Cameron got sick.   At first, it was just a stomach bug, but instead of getting better, the days passed and Cameron grew sicker, until one night that full of life little boy was lying in a hospital bed, fighting for his life.   The diagnosis was quickly made, Cameron had Type 1 diabetes.   His blood sugar was at 1039...blood sugar ranges in the 90s is where it should have been.   Throughout the night, the numbers miraculously went down.  That morning brought new challenges to this little boy so full of life.   He began to learn about insulin, blood sugar, and was forced to become a math whiz, whether he wanted to or not.   He learned a new vocabulary of lantus shots and carb counts.   The doctors said he would be in the hospital for a week, but Cameron was not to be kept down that long.   He recovered enough and was sent home within a couple days.   He returned to the soccer field having not had to miss a single game.   But the normal life he had previously known was no longer his. Meals couldn't be skipped or delayed.   Snacks had to be timed, no longer consuming anything just because he was hungry.   He couldn't attend the after school program that he had gone to for years.   Birthday parties, or even just a night at a friends house involved a parent tagging along or extensive education of the friends parents that would care for him.    To make things even more complicated, in June Cameron was also diagnosed with Celiac disease, a disease where his body does not tolerate gluten.   So the breads, cakes, cookies and pasta that kids love became on a forbidden foods list.   There are alternatives, but it isn't easy.   And through it all, Cameron has continued to love soccer, do well in school (probably could do better than most high schoolers at math in their heads!) and just try to be as average of a kid as he can.   And he never complains, even when he can't have seconds, as everyone around him pigs out.   As he goes from feeling great to incredibly low blood sugar in a matter of minutes.   We all think it, but never hear Cameron say it, but it isn't fair.   
This May, the juvenile Diabetes Research foundation of the ozarks is holding a fundraising walk for a cure, to raise money to find a cure, not just management, for this cruel disease.   Will you support kids like Cameron by making a donation?  Because it's not just an inconvenience when you have diabetes, it's a roller coaster ride with the illness in charge.   It still takes lives of children.   
To make a donation, please go to and search for team Cameron in missouri.   Cameron thanks you!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

A million ideas, a million plans

I decided a few weeks back that it was time to put my sewing addiction into good use.   I decided to open an etsy shop, Lori's playtime pieces.   Since opening it, it has more or less sat dormant as I tried to decide what to make yet and dream of getting my house clean, a weekend with nothing to do, and a day to sew.   Patterns are drawn up, ideas as vivid as real pictures in my head.   Fabric strewn about, awaiting that first cut to be transformed into more than just fabric.   Tonight, I clean.   This weekend, I sew.   Projects include doll clothes, Barbie swimsuits (as per request of a special little lady that received a Barbie cruise ship on Christmas), dress up dresses, I could go on and on.   There will be no shortage of projects.   
I have also spent the week researching various homeschool curriculums.  The decision has been made, we will homeschool!   Exciting, a bit scary, and so much more.   I do worry about the social aspects, but have vowed to get her involved in a few activities so that she has friends...and she is already showing that friendships are made during church activities.   If finances permit, we will also be signing her up for gymnastics this fall...she wants so badly to tumble across the floor....although if she takes after her mother, the term tumbling may not be the graceful maneuvers of a talented gymnast, but the feet flailing, crashing to the ground at unpredictable intervals, tumbles of a person filed with the grace of God, but no other type of grace.    Maybe, just maybe though, she will be a successful gymnast.
So, shall I do American girl, baby alive, build a bear, Barbie, or cabbage patch clothes first?   If only work didn't interfere!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New year, new life to the blog

2014.... The year I am really going to do it, the year I return to blogging.   I started this blog 6 years ago, when blogs were new, unheard of almost, and I wanted to document some very important changes in my life.    Six years later, that important change is 5 years old, and has definitely changed my life.    I gave up a good paying 40 hour per week job to start operating a daycare.   I have dusted off my sewing machine and have begun making dresses, backpacks to carry dolls, doll clothes, teddy bears and almost anything else I can think of.   I have discovered the sacred moments of time to myself.   This is short, somewhat of a test, to see if t it will work on this device or if I am going to have to blog elsewhere.   Maybe without two snoring children on my arms.   :-)   the photo is a recent project for my daughter and her doll.