Ava and Jeremiah started school on Monday. Ava is in 2nd Grade and Jeremiah is in 5th Grade.
Naomi and Elijah started school yesterday. Elijah is in 7th Grade and his first year at Carmel Valley Middle School. Naomi is in 8th grade this year.
I swear every time I blink these kids are getting older. I can’t believe we have two middle schoolers and our youngest is now in second grade!
We are grateful for these four blessings God has given us. We believe greatness is over their lives and God is going to use each of them in a huge way this year!
Last night, Elijah said he thinks he has completely memorized the prayer we pray over him each night. Susan told him that’s good and we pray he never forgets it!
It was a reminder that as parents our prayers are like prophecies being spoken over our children. It’s like I told a couple at church on Sunday during a baby dedication – we can’t be perfect parents but we can be praying parents.
The last few weeks we certainly have come to know that like never before. We have prayed so much and asked for God’s grace in such a life changing time for our family as Elijah was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. We are believing for God’s healing over his life and a cure for all Type 1 Diabetes!
In the mean time, we pray. We trust. We believe. We know God didn’t cause this, but He will use this!
Elijah has gone through so many emotions. Anger, sadness, tears, frustration, etc. You name it he has probably experienced it as we have too.
It’s reminded me just how little control we have in this life. Control is one of the greatest illusions in human history. We don’t have near as much control over what we think we do. What we do have complete control over is how we choose to respond in any given situation. Make no mistake, what is inside will eventually come out for better or worse.
Elijah had a great first day of school and adjusted well to his new routine. He has to go to the nurse’s office before lunch each day to check his blood sugar and administer his shot. He did both by himself on the first day of school.
He has come a long way in just a few short weeks since being diagnosed. He regularly checks his own blood sugar and can do his own shots when needed. Susan and I handle breakfast and dinner time routines. We try our best to make this adjustment he has had to make as easy as possible for him.
He has had some blood sugar lows the past couple of days. He has gone below 60 a few times which enters the “danger zone.” The other day he had a “low” and didn’t even realize it. Susan looked at him and he was white as a ghost. We pray he quickly gets to know his body in a way that he can spot when he is having a low or gets really high.
We submitted for a glucose monitor reader that he wears 24/7 called Dexcom. We pray it gets approved. It will really help for when he is playing sports or away from us for an extended period of time. It would help in this period where he is still trying to figure out his body and the doctors are leveling out his insulin intake.
Here are two verses we put on our refrigerator and we are clinging to this school year over each of our children.
“Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
“Take delight in the Lord,and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.” (Psalm 37:4-5)
Thank you for your prayers.
We are grateful!