Monday, April 21, 2014

A Mother's Anthem

When it comes to caring for a child with a chronic illness there are so many things you could say. So many ways you could describe what your day to day is like, or what they have to deal with. But it is difficult to put all those very words together to form just the right words, the right phrases, and the right message. Two years ago I came across a poem on Facebook that was so powerful, and honest. It conveyed the right words, the right phrases and the right message. I wish I knew who the original author was so that I could thank them. I wanted to share it all with you because it is the raw, honest and powerful truth.

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Diabetic Champion: Clifford's New Blog!

Clifford has been looking for an outlet to call his own, to help others who may deal with Diabetes of all types. Tonight we have started him his own blog, with a name that is definitely fitting, and one he chose all by himself. 

The Diabetic Champion

He posted up his very post tonight, and we couldn't be prouder! For those interested, please direct yourself over to his blog at:

And read through, I know he'd love to receive some comments! 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Man Behind My Awesomeness

~*Your first love isn't always the first person you kiss, or the first person you date. Your first love is the person you will always compare everyone to. The person that you will never truly get over, even when you've convinced yourself you've moved on*~

As much as I would like to take credit for all the awesomeness I have, I simply cannot. What you have to understand is that all this awesomeness you see before you today has been a work in progress, from many many years ago. There was a boy 17 years ago now (Wow, that long ago) who captured my heart. In case you are sitting there trying to do the math, I was 14 years old! 

There were many years while we were apart that I wondered what he was doing, and if he was happy. There were also many nights that he would be back there with me in my dreams, then I would wake up to my reality. I had quite a few years that were not the best. My spirit, my hopes, my dreams, every part of me was beat down and felt like there was nothing better for me out there. It wasn't until 2010 that I realized what it meant to be truly happy, to actually be loved. When he came back into my life, it seemed like all those years apart never really happened. 

You remember how fun and exciting it was to have a sleep over at your best friends house when you were younger? Well I am lucky enough to do that every night, plus some bonuses ;). I am convinced that somehow he was personally created just for me. 

I am lucky enough to have my first and my last love all in one person. I am a better person because of him, and a better mother. When you find someone that you are meant to be with, they will bring out the greatness within you, and that is what I have found. I am very thankful day in and day out that we got the opportunity to have our 'second chance'. I may seem too optimistic for some people, and too corny when I say 'Dreams do come true' but I know it for a fact because mine came true when he came back.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Onward to the Next Objective.....

*~When an objective is done, don't look back, look forward to your next objective!~*

Objective: Type 1 Diagnosis

Four years ago we received what could have been a final blow, the TKO, but instead it was an eye opener. We received a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes in our oldest son Clifford. Clifford was 6 at the time and we had no idea what a diagnosis of Type 1 meant to him, to our family, or to the world. 

But this post isn't going to reminisce about the past, about the hurt, the fear, the sleepless nights, no this post is about looking forward to the next objective.

Objective: Another Healthy Year

Yes, we may have stumbled during these past few years, but we never once fell down! We've developed from the negatives, and persevered during the storm. With a disease like Type 1 diabetes, the unpredictability  makes it impossible to live more than day to day. So the next objective of our life; another healthy year; we will live day to day. During this upcoming year, we will be teaching a now 10 year old more about accepting his disease, caring for his health, and learning to overcome the obstacle of letting his disease get in his way and hold him back.

He could very well use his disease as an excuse.

~*Excuses are the nails used to build the house of failure.*~

But instead he will learn to be "STRONGER" than his excuses and only stumble, but never fall. He will learn to live a healthy, full, successful life, diabetes or not!

*~Champions are made from something they have deep inside them; -- a desire, a dream , a vision*~

And Clifford is a champion that just so happens to have Diabetes!