If you are interested in helping, here are a few ways to do so: 1) Support Juvenile Diabetes research by making a contribution. Donations can be written off on your taxes, too. Darby’s Dudes’ goal is $2000. 2) Walk with us! It’s going to be a great morning of food, fun, activities for the kids and THE WALK across the Big Dam Bridge. We’d love for you to ask your friends & family to support you (thereby supporting Darby’s Dudes). As an added incentive any walker raising $100+ will receive a JDRF Walk T-shirt.
How can I help? It's this easy...just follow the link: http://walk.jdrf.org
Why? Every year, more than 30,000 new cases of type 1 diabetes--the most severe form of the disease--are diagnosed in the United States alone, a large and growing percentage of them children. Day-to-day living is a challenge for people with type 1 diabetes--and multiple insulin injections are only the beginning. But what's even harder is facing the reality of the devastating complications that can stem from their condition.
Diabetes has affected our family in a big way. Nathan was diagnosed at 8 years old with Juvenile Diabetes. Imagine your child giving himself 4 shots a day, as well as pricking his finger to do blood sugar tests 5-10 times per day. Everything had to be thought through ahead of time ... Are Nathan's activities going to call for more insulin today? ... What is he going to eat at the school party? ... Does he have his insulin with him? (A full school bus of highschoolers on a college trip had stop their trip to get in touch with Nathan's doctor and find a pharmacy to get more insulin. Once again, he forgot all his insulin paraphernalia!) ... Must train his friends, friends' moms, teachers and coaches about Juvenile Diabetes and what to look for ... on and on. Nathan's uncle died from Juvenile Diabetes in his early 40's. His grandmother and an uncle have adult onset diabetes. Another uncle died way too young this summer from diabetes. Diabetes is relentless and we need to find a cure!
Alex started her first ballet & tumbling class on Wednesday. She has taken gymnastics before, but this is an introduction to dance. I am so excited for her (far more than she is). I love the studio and I think she will learn a lot this year. The best part for Alex is dressing up! She dresses up every single day, so it's especially fun to wear her ballerina outfit in public. Here are two pics from her first day:
I can't wait for her recital. Ahh, thank you God for blessing us with a daughter!
Proud Texan but loving Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
I am the mom of two amazing kids: Alex (7) and Carson (4). I have been married for 11 years to my best friend who keeps me laughing and sane most days. Friends and family mean everything to me. I love to travel, read, exercise, spend time with my girls, love date nights and adore motherhood. I am so blessed! We just moved to Little Rock, Arkansas in June and we are loving our new life and home. Come visit us!