Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I am Thankful

As we move into this week, the preparations have started, the bird is defrosting and the house cleaning is speeding up. We are hosting Thanksgiving at our house this year, which is a first for a major holiday with Wayne's side of the family. Good news is, my SILs are fantastic and are always ready to help if need be (which I'm going to need when it comes gravy-making time). The girls have been helping - 5 year olds are really good and breaking the bread up for stuffing and Little G has mad cranberry pouring skills into the food processor.
Food aside, I've been trying to take stock in the positive of late - sometimes I feel like I spend my time trying to make things better, look at the sunny side of things and just take what comes our way without being appreciative. But I am blessed, beyond my wildest dreams. I have a husband who is kind and generous and loves me despite my many, many faults. He is my biggest supporter and gives me more credit than I deserve. He still makes my heart flutter when he smiles at me from across a crowded room and he is my partner in crime on the parenting front. He has provided me with intimate knowledge of what being diabetic FEELS like, and that has been a secret weapon in our challenging times with the girls blood sugars. He's just a good egg and I feel so lucky to be his wife. Not to mention he makes the most gorgeous children, with a little help,hehehe. I have 2 fantastic daughters that make me happy just to be alive. I live for their kisses and their silliness and their sloppy kisses and to hear them call me Mommy. My girls are my own little blessings and I'm so happy they are mine. I am blessed with my family - both my immediate family and Wayne's family - my in-laws are great and have always treated me like I was one of them, especially my MIL, I talk to her more that my hubby does. They are helpful, funny and genuinely good people that I'm lucky to be related to. My mom is nothing short of fantastic, she's the queen bee of our family and probably the best all around person that I know. She's smart, money-savvy, loving, generous and the best grandparent anyone could ever hope for their child to have. She is coming for Christmas and I can barely stand the wait. My brother and SIL are challenging me a bit these days, I'm having some issues with their values and integrity, which is all I'm going to say - but I do love them and they have made me an Auntie to the most amazing niece and nephew.
The past year has flown by, we moved from CA to TX, dealt with nightmare movers, Little G was diagnosed with Type 1, found an amazing preschool for Ms.J, I started volunteering at JDRF, then started working at JDRF, met the most beautiful baby boy, saw a great couple get married, had both girls start at the same fantastic school with amazing teachers and the director who is an angel and now we are sharing our home with our family for Thanksgiving 2009. We are lucky and grateful and spoiled in the richest way possible - love and family.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

World Diabetes Day

Yesterday was World Diabetes Day. We talked about it with the girls in the morning, made wishes for what we hope happens until the next World Diabetes Day, then went on about our day. While the girls were playing, I was going through their testers and checking their numbers - my mind started to wander. What would our days be like if we didn't spend what seems like all of our time worrying about blood sugars, ketones and how many carbs were in that little morsel of food that one of the girls just ate? I think about Type 1, insulin, shots, testing and if any of my 3 are high/low or right on target ALL day, EVERY day. I wondered if I would have found my other dream job, in corporate America, would I still be recruiting and helping other people find jobs, instead of working like JDRF does to make the lives of families with Type 1 better? Today I am grateful for the researchers that have the same goal I do - to find the cure, so that I don't have an entire cabinet of medical supplies in my kitchen, that my children and my husband don't have to take 4-6 shots per day, per person, that I don't have to explain to my daughters that even though they just walked 3.1 miles and earned money for JDRF that they still have take shots and check blood sugars. I want to be able to be the voice of hope to parents of newly diagnosed babies with Type 1, to know that they won't have to do this forever and that there is hope in sight - which there truly is, but I wish I could be more certain when I say that the cure is coming SOON. I don't want another Mommy & Daddy to have to look at their child and wonder how they can give him/her shots 4-6 times a day.
To all the Mommys & Daddys who have Type 1 themselves and/or have kiddos with Type 1 too, I wish you health, love and acceptance always. Know that you are the face of this disease and that there is support when and where you need it - always a kind word and others who have walked a similar mile in different shoes.