Type 1 Diabetes in the Kids

With two Special needs children, both have type 1 Diabetes.  For me, this has been a big learning curve for me.  A great learning experience an how this all works.

Learning what it means to check blood sugars, what it means Monitor Blood Sugars.  When to administer Insulin and levels.  What the desired target range is for these two, awesome boys!  Learning what Ketones are and what to look for.  What to be on the look out for in the event their BG levels go up to high, or down too far.  How this affects their sleep, if it either too high or two low.  How that affects our sleep as parents as well.  

It is a ballet of BG level management in order to keep these little bodies growing.  I am amazed by the courage of these little guys.  Admitting, was nervous about drawing their blood or administering insulin for the first time, but am learning.

Another great video on Diabetes and to make life a little more interesting is adding being allergic to Gluten on top of having Type 1 Diabetes.

There will be more to come on my new journey.

Special Needs Young Man…

(Side note: I am no longer married to Jill, and Tyler is no longer my stepson, however, the the little guy does have a special place in my heart, and so does Jill. The funds have been raised for the training of the service dog and now, funds need to be raised to cover the cost of the trip to Ohio to pick up the Service Dog for Tyler.) Will add the new link that Jill is currently sharing to achieve this goal:


Through Marriage to my wife Jill, I also have two step sons.  Both are special Needs children.  Both have Type 1 Diabetes and the older of the two also has Non-verbal Autism.   For the oldest, with the Diabetes and the non-verbal Autism, we have a fund raiser in place, as we need to raise anywhere from $15,000 – $22,000 to cover the cost of the service dog.  Specifically trained to help take care of our oldest.

 Tyler Renfro 4 paws Service Dog Project.

Tyler became vaccine injured at 18 months and lost verbal communication skills. He was diagnosed with Autism at age 3 and developed Type 1 Diabetes at age 5. He also suffers from Myoclonic Seizures, Hemiplegic Migraines and ADHD.  Tyler is now 10 years old.

Despite his challenges, our sweet spirited and gentle boy takes on each day with joy and laughter. He loves being around people, playing outdoors, riding his scooter and bike, and is attracted to anything that moves. His favorite place is the beach with its unlimited sand and water, and of course the warmth of the sun.

Please join us in helping provide him with a multipurpose service dog trained to alert with diabetic highs and lows, bring calm and diffuse meltdowns with behavior disruption through kisses, deep pressure, touch and nuzzling, ability to track him when he runs, assist in his socialization, and provide him a sense of security and companionship.

Thank you for reading Tyler’s story and your involvement and contribution and making a difference in Tyler’s life and development!


Have you ever found yourself on this trail, we call life, uncertain of what will be in the next chapter of your life?  

Change is the only constant in this crazy place we call life.   And the sooner we grasp that idea, you can learn to go with the flow.   Is it an easy task?  By all  mean, no!  Can it be done!   Yes!  It can be done!  At the moment, many changes have occurred on my own journey, and yes, there is some very real uncertainty that is being faced.   May not know what tomorrow hold, but I know WHO holds my tomorrow.

Life can be an uncertain playing field at times.


Faith, It’s all about believing, you don’t know how it will happen, but you know it will!

I absolutely love this next quote:

I find myself in the flight school of life once again.   It is time to mount up and learn to Fly in a whole new area of  life.  It is time!  Do I know what that looks like?  Not at all.   Do I know it will happen?  Absolutely!  I am not afraid, and am pushing forward, and not backwards.

Please, Never Give Up!

Don’t Quit!   Don’t Back Down!   Get up, brush yourself off, and get back in this battle!  There are people who need YOU, who are depending on the fight that is placed inside of you!   

Feeling Nostalgic

Feeling Nostalgic

So, my wife, Jill, was going through some old boxes yesterday and came across this gem.

A Walkman!
A Cassette Player, AM/FM Player,

Who remembers having one of these?  This one is great because it has the extra Bass button.  WOW!  Technology has come a long way since these were created!

No longer do we need cassette player, or even CD’s, as we can now stream music, ANY music.

We have places like: Spotify


We have Amazon Music:

Amazon Music

There is even iHeart Radio:

iHeart Radio

But the walkman!?   Wow!   What an absolute blast from the past.  Who remembers having the stack of Cassette tapes, of music that we purchased.  Or listening to the radio, in hopes that your favorite song would come on and you might be able to record it onto a cassette tape.  Or listening to America’s Top 40 on Sunday’s and wait for your favorite Song(s) to come on and try and record, so you can take it with you on your walkman!  

Man, those were the good old days!

Yes, feeling nostalgic today.    

How about you?

Live With A Passion

Live with a Passion

One of the many things that have been great life lessons for me, on this journey we call life, is simply this, when you do something, anything in life, do it with Passion!  

What are you Passionate about?

Some of things that I am passionate about.


One of the first Planes I learned to fly in.  The Cessna 172
Many of the Seaplanes I flew in Ketchikan, Alaska.
Back in the 80’s.   
Temsco Airlines

Skywest Airlines.  The EMB-120.  Used to go to work in that bird everyday for many year. 

My Favorite Private Jet Aircraft.  The Fastest Corporate Jet in the World.  The Citation X.
She is a beautiful aircraft.

Discover what you are passionate about.  And just make it happen.   Another area of passion that I have in my life is that of cooking.


Cooking with FRESH ingrediants!  The best!

One of the fun things about cooking, is taking simple ingrediants and creating a meal that is so delicious.   And great thing about cookins is you have a chance to share the experience with your family.

Teaching your children about healthy foods and creating a chance on a life skill, and 
how to eat good foods!   Great experience.
Cooking is alot of fun!  
Try it!   Get in that kitchen, create a meal!  🙂

One of my Favorite Quotes on the Subject.

Now is the time to discover what you are passionate about.  Chase after it.  Make it happen.  It can be a great journey to experience.  

Tell me, what is your life passion?

This Weeks Top Stories about Lihue, Kauai

This Weeks Top Stories about Lihue, Kauai!

Now that is a catchy title indeed.

Lihue, Kauai.

Also know as the Garden Island.

Lihue, Kauai

There is so much to do on this little Island.

Has a small Mountain Range:

Kauai Mountains

Has Many Beautiful Beaches:

Kauai Beaches

Has a Major Airport:

Many Hotels and Resorts to choose from:

Hotels and Resorts

We stayed at the Aqua, Kauai Beach Resort.

Kauai Beach Resort 2018

A beautiful Property, with multiple swimming pools.


A great property, right on the ocean.  Had three restaurants on site as well.

Our Breakfast day one, at the resort.
We Also had a chance to go to a Pow Wow in Kapa’a. It was amazing. Jill was honored
with all the women at the event. It was so very touching.
The next day, we got married on the Beach at our Resort.
Had a Special Service, with a Local Minister, who brought in the local flavor
from his tribe, as well as Jill and I sharing our own vows. It was AWESOME!
Eugene, announcing to the area our Marriage, by blowing
the concha shell.

Several Lu’aus to choose from.  A recommended one would be, “The Smith Family Lu’au”!

smith-family-luau 2018

excerpt from the family site:

At the Luau
Waiting for the event to start
The event is beginning, with the announcement to the region of the blowing of the concha shell.
Unearthing the cooked, Kahlua Pig out of the ground.
Getting ready to put the cooked pig into the huge tray.

Aloha! Over 50 years ago, Grandpa started our family business in this sacred Wailua River Valley. We created our tropical paradise to celebrate the Hawaiian spirit of aloha that he loved and lived by. Today, four generations of my family continue to honor that tradition with the most famous of Hawaiian celebrations, the luau. Come share the traditions of our island home and become part of our ‘ohana.

Of course, the heart of any luau is the pa‘ina, the feast, and we’ll make sure you don’t go hungry. Kalua pig roasted in the earthen imu oven. Cousin Gary’s secret recipe for teriyaki beef. Ono mahimahi and tasty chicken adobo. Our family bowl of poi (which Grandma insists you try). We’ll even get some of you up on stage to try some hula moves as dinner winds down.

Food may be the heart of a luau, but music is the soul. Our Hawaiian ancestors preserved their history by passing down songs and chants called mele. At our luau, we celebrate these traditions, as well as the songs and dances from other cultures that live in our tropical paradise. The lyrical sway of the Hawaiian hula, the colorful precision of the Tahitian drum dances and the fiery emotion of the Samoan fire knife dance all speak deeply of the people who have come to call Hawaii home. We proudly share this rhythm of aloha with you.

This was truly a fun experience.  To see the passion in the people that put this event together was incredible and very heart felt.  I was moved by the whole thing, to learn of the culture of the beautiful people in the region.

The Olympic Cafe
The next day, we ate breakfast in Kapa’a at a open air restuarant on the second floor
know as the Olympic Cafe.
Breakfast is served at the Olympic Cafe.
Breakfast at the Olympic Cafe

Zip N Dip.

The final Zip line, King Kong, Jill and I.
Was such a Blast!

Picture is the final ride, known as King Kong!  We were able to have our picture taken, while holding hands, right after jumping off the ledge!

Another fun event that we participated in was zip lining.

We did the Zip N Dip!  A 9 line zip line tour!   Halfway through the adventure, we at lunch in this ravine and got to go swimming in the river, as our lunch was being put together.

Yes, we got to walk over this bridge, that was very high over the stream below, and there was quite a bit of space between each step, and it was a suspension bridge, so the whole rocked and rolled, as you walked over it.  Yes, it was a great adventure.

I would highly recommend this event.

This is the company we chose for this event.

Princeville Ranch

Jill an i on the final line – King Kong

Another great thing to do is head to the South West side of the island.

And go see Waimai Canyon.

On our Way Up the Canyon
On Our Way Up the Canyon
88544486 - waipoo falls in waimea canyon, kauai, hawaii.

Absolutely stunning views at this canyon.

The falls in the distance at the canyon.
Waimea Canyon Lookout
Waimea Canyon Lookout

This really is a must see!  It is amazing, beautiful, breathtaking.  Simply awesome!

There really is alot to do on this island.  These are just a few of the highlights we experienced while visiting this region.

Out and about, touring the island.

At the Lighthouse
What a beautiful day.
interesting cloud formation.
Love it…what a fun cloud, looks like an angel.
More site seeing. What, how beautiful. The waterfall is pretty as well. 🙂
Beach Front Hawaian Rainforest Spa Service

We got to do Honeymoon couples Spa Service and massage. I got to have the Lumi Lumi massage, and my wife did the Deep Tissue massage. 90 minutes. Wow! What an amazing experience. Listening to the waves, feeling the warm ocean breeze, so extremely relaxing. Then, afterwards, we sat in a hot sauna to wind down and relax some more.

Yes, the trip was alot of fun. We did may fun things and got to see some amazing sites. Would love to go back one day.