Merry Christmas from our Family to Yours as we Celebrate the Birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Source:  Finding Christ in Christmas /

Today is a day for family, friends, and for celebrating the birth of our Savior.  We are going to enjoy the peace from our Savior, savor moments of excitement with our children, and celebrate the significance of today.  We wish you and yours a Blessed and Merry Christmas.


Happy Thanksgiving from our Family to Yours!


We hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We pray blessings over you and your family and an abundance of joy in your heart.  We want to send a heartfelt thank you for each time you visit our blog, facebook, twitter, etc.  We appreciate each time you’ve shared the message of T2$ with family, friends, or even a stranger.  We are blessed to be a blessing.

As always, we don’t want to ever forget, that it’s not just about getting a deal, it’s about making a difference.


Saw the quote below and wanted to post.  Such a true and heartfelt message.  May we use our blessings to bless others!

Happy Father’s Day


We wanted to wish everyone a Happy Father’s Day.  My daddy is celebrating in heaven.  Although, I miss him so much I know nothing on earth can compare to his eternal home.  I am so thankful that we will see him again and spend eternity together.  Today, my kids and I celebrate my hubby.  He is an incredible husband, father, and friend.  I am blessed beyond measure, and so thankful.  Hold tight to the Father’s in your life you celebrate today, I hope that you can relax and lay the cares of this life aside.

On a not so serious note, my kids asked a couple of years ago how Father’s Day started. Don’t know about you, but I had no idea.  So, we looked up some Father’s Day Facts and included them below in case you were wondering yourself.

Facts about Father’s Day

  • The first local Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington.
  • Father’s Day was first celebrated on the third Sunday of June.
  • Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, of Spokane, Washington, started the tradition of Father’s Day in the honor of her dad, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran.
  • In 1916, US President Woodrow Wilson approved the idea of observing an annual Father’s Day.
  • In1924, US President Calvin Coolidge made Father’s Day a national event.
  • In 1966, US President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father’s Day.
  • Father’s Day is the fifth most popular card-sending holiday, with an estimated $100 million in card sales. Husbands, grandfathers, uncles, sons and sons-in-law are honored as well as father.
  • The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.
  • Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.
  • Neck ties, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, are the number one gift for Father’s Day.
  • In terms of popularity, Father’s Day gifts include hammers, wrenches and screwdrivers. Other presents for dad have a sporty theme: Golf clubs and fishing rods.
  • In Costa Rica, attempts were made to celebrate Father’s Day on March 19, which is the feast day of St. Joseph. However, the official Father’s Day date in Costa Rica is still third Sunday in June.
  • Rose is the official flower for Father’s Day. Wearing a red rose signifies a living father, while white one represents deceased father.
  • It has been claimed by Hallmark, the renowned greeting card maker that Father’s Day makes up the fifth-largest card-sending holiday in the world.
  • It is believed that the word “Dad” dates back to as early as the sixteenth century.
  • In Australia, the first Sunday of September is observed as Father’s Day, while Finnish people celebrate the festival on the second Sunday of November. In Thailand, 5th December is observed as Father’s Day every year.

Diabetes & Unspoken Committments



I’ve shared in previous posts, our journey with my daughter’s diagnosis with Type I Diabetes.  Although, I am very thankful that it is a treatable disease and she can live a long healthy life, we have definitely had to make adjustments.  Our days are filled with finger pricks, carb counting, and insulin dosing.  I am not a diabetes expert, doctor, or educator.  Instead, a wife to a Type I Diabetic for 16 years and mamma to a Type I Diabetic for 6 years.

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National Diabetes Awareness Month: My Story of My Daughter’s Diagnosis with Type I Diabetes.


A couple of months ago, I shared a video of my kids and I talking about Type 1 Diabetes.  You see in my family both my husband and daughter are Type I Diabetics.  The question I get asked most often is “How did you find out your daughter was diabetic”?  Were there signs that you noticed”?   In honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month, I thought it was the perfect time to share my story of my daughter’s diagnosis.



Morgan – 9 Years Old

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September 11, 2001: We Remember, May We Never Forget!



Most of us probably remember exactly where we were when we found out about the tradegies of 9/11.  We want to thank God that our country is free, and to pray for those who experienced so much loss that day.  May be never forget.



The Eleventh Of September

We mourn their loss this day this year
Those now with God, no danger near

So many loved ones left do stand
Comforting loss throughout our land

My heart goes out to those who do
No one can fathom what they view

I firmly pray for peace of mind
Dear God please help each one to find 

And to our soldiers now at war
God guide above, at sea, on shore

They are the best, I have no doubt
Our country’s pride, complete, devout

The finest force you’ll ever see
All freedom grown through liberty 

One final thought comes clear to me
For what must live in infamy

Absolutely – We’ll Remember
The Eleventh – Of September

©2002 Roger J. Robicheau
“It (The Eleventh of September) was read before the United States Senate by Senator John Kerry on September 4, 2002, and is now a permanent part of our country’s history.  Officially it was Congressional Record Article 27 of 53, page S8196.”  The Poetic Plumber




Week 3 Update: Couch-to-5K Family Style



A couple of weeks ago I posted that my family had started training for a 5K here. I’m happy to say that we have completed two full weeks of Couch-to-5K and have survived! In fact, I feel great. Not just physically, as I know that my body needs physical activity but mentally as well. To finally move from the realm of wanting and wishing or intending to actually DOING IT has been so freeing. This is so key, it’s not that I feel so much better because I’m able to run for 30 minutes straight. To be honest I just started week 3 of Couch-to-5K the longest running interval is 3 minutes.  I’m just so happy that as a family we are moving forward in the direction we WANT to go in. Realistically, since my kiddos are 8 and 6 yrs old we will most likely walk more than we run but that’s okay.  Again the goal was to just get moving and change our lifestyle.

Before I would have told you that I wanted to exercise. I would have even gone as far as to say that there was a runner inside of me who wanted to get out. However if you would have seen my life it didn’t match up. In fact, I was headed in the opposite direction. Day after day of zero activity was not moving my family towards our goal of wanting to be healthier. In my mind there was always tomorrow. Tomorrow things will be different. Tomorrow we’ll go for a walk after dinner, tomorrow I’ll actually cook dinner, tomorrow we are not eating fast food……….anyone relate?

So, what finally changed?  I guess I made up my mind.  I know it sounds so simple, yet it’s true.  I got tired of listening to my own promises that I knew were lame.  Even more, I knew that I had to make this commitment happen for my family.  My husband and daughter are both type I diabetics; exercise is key to keeping their blood sugars under control.  Also, I don’t want my kids to struggle with physical activity when they grow up.  If it’s a normal part of their life, then hopefully when they get older they will continue.  In my heart, I knew if I didn’t MAKE it a normal part of their life now then it wouldn’t just happen.  I often say, if it’s going to be it’s up to me.

I’m excited about our journey of being more active together as a family.  If you are struggling with your get up and go button like I was, I’ve include my top three tips to getting started below.

My top three tips to getting started:

  1. Choose an activity you enjoy. What kind of physical activity do you like?  If you hate running but love playing tennis then play tennis or go for a walk.  You don’t have to run a 5K to get healthy.
  2. Set some kind of goal.  For myself, the goal of a 5K pushes me to continue.  I don’t like to admit that I can’t do something especially when other people I know can do it.  I not only have a goal in mind of how far I’d like to be able to run I’ve got a deadline too.  Knowing that I’m signed up for a marathon on September 1st and September 30th motivates me to get out of the house and hit the pavement.  Other goals could be physical activity a certain number of days each week.  Figure out what works for you, set a goal and go for it.
  3. Be realistic and celebrate your accomplishments.  Like I had said before I’m far from being able to run a 5K…….but I ran 3 minutes straight today.  In fact, I felt so good I skipped one of my walk intervals and continued running.  I ran for 6 minutes straight and I didn’t throw up.

Remember, your greatest battle is in your head.  Quit thinking about it and talking about it and take the first step.  It won’t be easy, you might feel like you are going to pass out and get sick the first time you exercise if it’s been a long time.  It’s okay, rest when you need to and celebrate your progress.  It’s a process with guaranteed results.