I experienced some true sadness in 2008, the very sudden and unexpected death of my oldest brother due to diabetes in June, and then in August, my uncle passed away from diabetes. Being a diabetic, this was also a bit scary. I dealt with several health problems throughout the year, all of them caused from my diabetes. My sister who is also a diabetic, was diagnosed with kidney failure this year. I lost my hair, shortybear really went bare. Toward the end of the year, things became really financially difficult for us, when lovebugs work really slowed down. But, I am not complaining about any of these trials, in my trials I am made stronger. Losing my brother, lead me to find a better doctor. She truly is trying her best to help me, thank You Lord. Losing my hair, has taught me that I am so much more than hair. I am a child of God, a daughter of the King, that makes me a princess. Going through financial difficulties has actually been a blessing. Lovebug and I have been so blessed by the kindness of friends, including someone who wished to remain anonymous. I have been able to get my medicines, pay our bills, get groceries, and gas for our car. I am so beyond grateful for the precious blessings of God. We were not able to buy Christmas gifts this year, but that did not matter. Lovebug and I had the best Christmas ever. We were together and very happy. We snuggled up and watched Christmas shows, then we turned some music on, and danced around our living room. I thank You Lord from the bottom of my heart for the sweet blessings you have poured on us this year. May 2009 be even better, I love You Lord.