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Thanks, Krys! Yes, I’m so thankful for this online community because it does feel lonely sometimes when you are trying to do the right thing, and teach your children to do the right thing and you wonder if there is *anyone* who gets it because it seems all around you the messages are contrary to what you believe in. Then I come here and see so many positive messages affirming the values I’m trying to inculcate in my children and it definitely keeps me going! I know God is on my side, and it’s also nice to see some cheerful faces along the way sometimes, too, even if we are a little battle weary at times! –M.

Thanks for all the support, Pam, (and your granddaughters, too!). Wow! We were just talking to his endo yesterday. He’s been in the field for 40 years and he was talking about all the advances he’s seen in all that time. Just amazing how far the technology has come and how much more is on the horizon and set to change even over the next few years, Lord willing. My guy was diagnosed at 2-1/2, so yes, it’s tough when they are little, but in some ways, they grow up only knowing life with Type 1. Thanks for your efforts and for sharing your story. –M.

It’s true, David. I have a lot of anger, but also a lot of pity, and a lot of prayers that the behavior and heart changes and that parents realize what they turn a blind eye to now (or are just unaware of because they aren’t as involved) isn’t so cute later on and becomes a real problem. As someone said on Facebook, this is how we see some of what we’ve seen in our elections on a macro level begin. You get desensitized to it, or you think something is so good for people (or yourself) that the “how” isn’t as important as the “just that it IS!” we’re starting to see that sort of dictatorial, tyrannical behavior crop up and it ain’t purty. When it’s “your” guy, fine (so you think), but what about when it’s the “other” guy…how then do you cry foul? You’ve opened up the slippery slope. Thanks for chiming in, David! –M.

Then I know you know, Diana. I feel like we should have a secret handshake or something. T1D moms totally understand this 🙂 Thanks for the kind words. Hope all is well with your son, as well. We had our endo visit yesterday and so many exciting technological advances are on the horizon, it’s truly a time of hope and expectation! –M.

Awww, thank you, Lynn! I didn’t see this until today. Thank you for your willingness, and for your very sweet words. On a day like today when I am licking my wounds, they are a much needed balm.

Yes, my heart knows we did what was right, but I feel like the world has dealt “the good guys” yet another blow. But, I know good always overcomes bad choices and triumphs. Always. I have to believe that or I couldn’t model this for my kids. And you know what? Today, the kids are pretty happy. I think they are more concerned for me because I was naive enough to think in the end those folks were going to turn around and do the right thing, and it really hurt when that didn’t happen. I’m very trusting and really believe in “Right” and “Good” and have to remember it doesn’t always happen here. But then I come across people like you, and remember that things have a way of balancing out. If this “bad” had not happened, all of the good people I’ve met over the last 24 hours may not have come across my path. And that was definitely a “good” thing! Thanks again! –M.

Thank you, Vicki. I appreciate your kind words. I can only model what I know to be right from God’s word and pray that my children grow up to be good citizens who make the world a better place by their choices and actions. In that way, I feel very strongly that motherhood has been my ministry. “Just” a mom? No, we *can* change the world! –M.

Oh, and He has, Sally, He has! On my son’s blog, he has posted a few of his sermons from the Preacher’s Boot camp he participated in this past summer. The head on this kid’s shoulders! I know I’m his biased Mama, but even if I weren’t….I tell you, *I* am very blessed to have him as a son. I learn a lot from him every day. Thank you for reaching out, Sally! –M.

Thank you, Terry, and thank you for your service as an English teacher. English was always my favorite subject and the teachers who made the greatest impact on me were my English teachers. I’m sorry the teacher in this scenario did not, from all outward appearances, step in and do more to guide this student. It’s sad too, because the student’s misguided posts implicate the teacher’s blog voting, as well. I appreciate your kind words, Terry. –M.

Thank you, Susan. It runs in my husband’s family as well. I will keep your husband and sons in prayer, as I understand the struggle, and know that you understand mine. Thank you for reaching out with your kind words! I *feel* blessed by God, I pray you feel the same each day as we live in this mortal body, but are renewed inwardly day-by-day! –M.

I don’t either, Veronica. I have prayed for this child and her family, however, that the “win at all costs” mentality that so many in our world seem to value so much will be replaced with that better value you quoted, “the truth that sets us free.” When I turned my life over to God, I truly wanted to “be transformed by the renewing of [my] mind.” (Romans 12:1-2) It’s against the grain sometimes, but it feels better, I can sleep at night and I can face the lady I see in the mirror every morning! Thank you for your kind words! –M.

Thanks, Lana, we feel the same. My integrity, like my vote, is not for sale. I couldn’t live with myself if I had stooped to dishonest means and we had the “winner” banner today by those means. Give me my integrity any day. It has the longer lasting reward — here and in Heaven! –M.

Thank you, Joyce. Your words mean a great deal, especially on a day like today when I am feeling very keenly the “good guys finish last” sentiment! In my heart of hearts I know he won both the blog contest, even though they refused to acknowledge it, AND the victory in God’s sight in that he stood fast against the schemes of the devil. –M.