Friday, July 25, 2008

Meet my biggest supporter

One of the most important things I've learned over my years with diabetes is this:
It helps so much to have people in your life to pick you up and cheer you on when things get tough. Things will get tough. Not always, but sometimes. And that's when you really need people you can count on to keep you going.
Hands down, my biggest supporter is my husband - whom I call Sweetpea on my knitting blog . . . . and in Real Life . . . . and now here. I figured it was about time he was properly introduced, since I'm sure I'll be referring to him often.

I met my Sweetpea in 1999 (see #2 here if you want the details). We went on our first date on June 26, 1999, and six months later he took a job 3 hours away. I understood why he needed to go, but I was insistent that I would not, could not, do the long distance thing. Until the decision was made that he would be moving. Then I decided to give it a try.

We saw each other only on weekends for three long years. Then he moved back, and soon after we got engaged. We were married on June 26, 2004 - five years to the day of our first date.

Pea is the best thing in my life. He encourages me to no end. When the stress of my old job was becoming too much for my blood sugar to handle, he didn't hesitate to crunch numbers and put together budgets so we could get me out of there. And as I continue to try to figure out what I want to be "when I grow up", he is nothing but patient and supportive. He finds me "treats" when I'm too low. He encourages us both to eat a very healthy diet. He gently nudges me to test at the first sign of crankiness (and quite often, there is a low I didn't feel. Although, many times I'm just cranky by nature!) He would do anything he can to keep me healthy - and that really helps on those days where it just feels not worth the trouble.

He's pretty cute too!!!

Hey, what's that he's pouring into the glass? I think we need a closer look, no?

They look yummy, don't they?? What you see there are the Frozen Strawberry Daiquiris Pea whipped up the other night from our 375 Sensational Splenda Recipes cookbook. No sugar (besides what occurs in the unsweetened frozen strawberries), only 7 grams of carbs per serving, and so yummy that I no longer have to miss Strawberry Daiquiris! And what did Pea think about them?

Yup, he liked 'em just as much as I did!!!


  1. Rock on Karen!

    So glad you have Pea in your life. Always good to have a supporter by your side.

    Those daiquiri's look SOOOO good too!

    Thanks for introducing Pea to us. ;-) I am guessing he does not mind....he shouldn't, kudos to him for supporting you and taking care of you, in essence simply loving You, as you are. ;-) We need more Pea's in this world.

  2. Tell Sweatpea that we're happy to meet him!

    And - can you share the recipe??

  3. Nice to meet you Pea!! What a great hubby! :)

    Yeah..that recipe sounds good!

  4. Hi, Karen. My wife's name is also Karen, but I am not called Pea. Anyway, thank you for your well-wishes on my snowflake cataracts; the left one has indeed started melting. All best to you both!


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