Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Where Do I Begin?

My head is still swimming with all of the Children with Diabetes ~ Friends for Life amazingness!

It's hard to even know where to begin when there are so many things to share.

At the moment, we are in Atlanta at my mother's, visiting with her, my sister, and her family.  Oh, my mother fessed up and told me she already has a flat screen TV, so we're trying to figure out what to do with the one we won. ;) We have been telling stories around the dinner table and reliving some of the highlights of FFL with them.  It's been wonderful thinking about all the amazing people we met and all of the amazing conversations we had.

I'm planning to put together another 'picture post' of all of the fabulous DOC-ers we soon as I can get the pictures from my mother's camera transferred to the computer (although I'm sure Ubergeek has already done this and I'm just using the wrong computer at the moment!)

I also can't wait to tell you about the amazing experience Bean had at the Omnipod booth with her biggest fan.

Until then, I think Meri summed it up very well...."It was more of a family reunion with people who don't know what it means to be artificial."

So true.  Being surrounded by all those green (for those with T1) and orange (for family of those with T1) bracelets.  Knowing you were surrounded by others who understood the life you are living.  Having an instant bond with complete strangers.  Giving hugs to friends you have never met IRL, but read them and thus feel like you know them already.  Truly becoming not just friends, but family, for life in just a few short days.

It makes me smile just sitting and thinking about it.  A smile that can warm you to the core and sustain you through the tough times.  A smile that you know 3000 others can smile, too, and that is just the most amazing feeling in the world.


  1. So happy for you that you had so much fun... And I'm only a little bit jealous. I'm hoping next year is our year to go!

  2. Meeting you and having breakfast with your family was one of my favourite parts :)

  3. I think the TV should stay in Florida where you found it! ;)

    I have the cutest pictures of Bug when she was "messing up" the booth. Her smile could brighten anyone's day!

  4. Random encounters at the elevator!!! It was an awesome week, and I'm so happy your family was able to attend! Next year, we need to discover the strawberry mint mojitas a couple days sooner :)

  5. You have one of the most kickass families I've ever met. It was so great to meet you all in person!! (And Bug can come "mess up" the booth anytime...) :)

  6. I have some great photos of your girls that I will send you!! Already counting down to next year!

  7. Sounds fun! I hope to go one year soon!

  8. Oh, now you had to go and make me cry!!! I want to go back there RIGHT NOW . . . . it went way to fast and I've been missing it so much ever since. *sigh*


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