called to serve

psssssssttttttt . . . . Hi!  How about we just ignore that little bloggie break and pretend it didn't happen, okay?!  It's not like I have been busy with starting Ellie on an insulin pump, beginning homeschool and spending weekends without my favorite boyfriend (he has been working crazy long hours/days lately).  Nope.  No excuses.

Let's move on.

1.  The Omnipod insulin pump system is f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s-i-t-y and I promise to devote a couple of posts highlighting our transition from MDI to podding.

2.  Schooling the kids at home is f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s-i-t-y and I promise to devote a couple of posts highlighting our roller coaster of a learning curve. (with pictures of the school room!)

So, what made me jump back on the computer to dust off the old blog?


Today our lesson plans called for service.  A field trip!  And two other very awschum homeschooling families joined us in volunteering for Meals from the Heartland

We signed up to serve a 2-hour shift of food packaging at HyVee Hall in Des Moines.  This is their annual fight against hunger, 4 day event.  Their goal is putting together and boxing up over 4 million meals to be shipped to countries in need.

Our team of 10 Hunger Fighters. (I am the photo taker and the other helper had run ahead ~ so excited!)

Some of the displays set up on our way into the convention hall.  They artistically recreated tent cities.

The top photo is what the food packaging area looked like BEFORE the volunteers came in, and the bottom photo is after hundreds of hunger fighters appeared for their shift.

Today I am so grateful to be called to serve . . . . and to have the opportunity to do it with my kids!


Nikki of Our Diabetic Warrior said...

What a wonderful service project! I definitely need to get involved in something myself.

I look forward to reading your upcoming posts!

gingerzing1967 said...

Very cool. I hope that there are many people looking into that ministry (Great cause!) and into other ways to serve or be a blessing.

Oh and lest you think I missed it - a shout out to Miss Ellie's headband.

Roselady said...

Homeschooling at its finest. And, I always do miss you when you're gone...

Heidi / D-Tales said...

Hello my awschum D mama friend!!! :)

I love that you're incorporating service into your lessons. THAT is f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s-i-t-y!!!! And such a wonderful project Meals from the Heartland is!

Can't wait to hear more about podding.

Football and Fried Rice said...

Ill serve beside you any day!!!

I love Ellie's pod! AND her bacon & egg headband!! It really is amazing to watch her with her pod!

Misty said...

Looks like a wonderful time..Looking forward to your upcoming post :)

Kelly said...

We just started our podding adventure here too! Can't wait to hear how it is going!

sky0138 said...

what a fantastic thing to be involved in! You are an awesome Momma!

FeltFinland said...

What a great field trip and a brilliant idea to help those less fortunate.

The DL said...

Glad to hear everything is going so well!! What a wonderful program to be involved with.

Mrs. Tuna said...

Is your kid wearing an egg on his head? How did the chicken cross the road?

Tracy1918 said...

You've been missed! I'm so happy that life is good. Yay!

Service project looked like loads of fun!

Glad you are liking the pod! We love it!

Amy said...

That's awesome- I've never heard of this group before. It looks like such a great project to take part in.

Wendy said...


We've participated in the same thing through Feed My Starving Children. Impacting experience, to say the least!!!

Can't wait for your updates :)

Mary said...

Love it! What a fabulous day with your kiddos! And can't wait to hear more about your experiences with the pod. Doesn't pumping just change your life? Oh, the freedom!! ("freedom" with your kids has become such a relative concept, hasn't it? LOL)

Football and Fried Rice said...

Weird that I was going to ask you if you knew "Mary" from above!!

Miss you!