Monday, January 10, 2011

Happy 2nd Diaversary! And a giveaway!!!

Happy 2nd Diaversary Grace! 

I can't believe it's been two years and I also can, cause it seems like more than 2 years, some days it seems like a lifetime we have been doing this D dance. I do remember the times before diabetes, the 6 years free -  of carb counting and shots and doctors and endless boluses. I remember, so if you ever start to forget those years, Mama's got them right here honey. I will tell you all about them, anytime that you want to remember what you, and we, were like before diabetes.

You are an amazing child my sweet dear Grace. You make me laugh every single day. You make me proud to call you mine. You are resilient, funnyindependent, smart as a whip, brave, courageous beyond all understanding and brutally honest. As our friend Kelly says "Tell us how you REALLY feel Grace" while we all chuckle. You want honest - ask Grace. She has no little man inside her head,  editing what she says. For that, I appreciate and love you. I always know where I stand with regards to how you feel, what you think and what you need and want.

Diabetes, if I can borrow Kerri's perfect expression 'Diabetes doesn't define me, but it helps explain me.' It fits Grace to a 't.' It has helped you grow in ways I couldn't even begin to articulate. I see how you rejoice in the every day, how you bounce back from hard times, how every morning you wake up and tell me that "Today's gonna be a good day Mama!" and you truly believe it. I think diabetes played a part in it, I really do. There's a reason they gave you the 'Little Miss Sunshine' award at diabetes camp. You are. You shine.

So, happy 2nd diaversary my sweet Grace. It's been quite a journey so far, huh babe?! I am sorry that you spent your 2nd diaversary sick with a stomach bug. We shall celebrate later - with something grand and sweet!

Here's to many more years, of growing, of laughing, of loving and celebrating who you are.

It's a giveaway in honor of Grace's Diaversary!

There are 2 prize packages, of some of Grace and I's favorite things in the D;

#1  Bayer's Contour USB Meter and Delica lancing device with Delica lancets

You know why she likes the Contour USB meter - cause Nick Jonas promotes it! Did you hear me - NICK JONAS! and you must SCREAM his name each and every time you mention his name, cause he's, you know, NICK JONAS! So, here is his meter. You can win it!

If you have not tried the Delica lancing device - first, enter this giveaway and you might win it and second, go and get one - right now! Seriously, it hurts less. She swears by it now. Tiniest lancets ever. It kind of 'bounces' while it pricks the skin and doesn't 'shunk' the way other lancing devices do. There, wasn't that a clear explanation? Honestly, it is a wonderful lancing device and Grace's fingers have less holes in them just after one month using it. It's that good. And they didn't even pay me to say it. They should, but they didn't. Enter the giveaway and win the lancing device and a 100 pack of lancets.

#2  A Type 1 University class!

You got it! Our CDE, Gary Scheiner, is the force behind Type 1 University. He is the owner of Integrated Diabetes Services and is an excellent CDE and every time we go see him, he teaches Grace and I something new. He is knowledgeable, smart, incredibly data-driven and most of all, helps me problem-solve. And he is Type 1 himself, he knows of what he speaks.

Type 1 University is an online place where people can learn, through online courses, about how to better manage their Type 1 and insulin use.

There are courses on:
* Advanced carb counting
* Mastering pump therapy
* CGM - Getting the most from it
* Strike the Spike: After-Meal Glucose Control
* Hypoglycemia Prevention and Management
* Fine-tuning basal insulin

The winner can choose the online class they would like to take, and I will pay for it! Easy peasy!

Here's what I think about entering:
1. Leave a comment and tell me which prize package, number 1 or number 2, you would like to win.
2. Announce it on your blog and tell people to come on over and enter. That gets you one entry.
3. Sorry, I don't Tweet. So if you do Tweet it, great, but I won't know about it. Tweet tweet tweet, but it's not gonna earn you another entry. Am I being a hard-ass? Oh well, deal with it.
4. Likewise with Facebook. I know everyone and their mother (ok, maybe not their mothers too) is on it, but frankly, it's ok if you don't Facebook it. There, second decision made. If you Facebook it, that's great, but not gonna earn you another entry.
5. Long winded rules, don't you hate 'em?

TWO ways to enter - 
1. Leave a comment here. I don't even moderate them, so say anything you want! Tell me which - #1 or #2 - you would like to win. 
2. Announce it on your blog if you have one, tell me you blogged it below in the comments section, and tell people to come on over and enter.

We'll have entries until Thursday night, January 13th. Midnight my time, EST, in PA.
I'll be up, counting down the minutes.
No, I won't, but wouldn't that be funny?
I'll announce the winners on Friday, January 14th right here on this blog.

Ok, proceed.
Good luck!


Unknown said...

First off...Happy 2nd Grace and Penny. I admire Grace's attitude and yours. You are ROCKs in the DOC and you inspire me daily to have a great attitude and to do better by Joe, as his pancreas. Thank You.

Secondly, I would like to enter for #2. I come back and comment if I blog on it?

Thanks for this uber awesome contest and the DELICA ROCKS!!!!

Penny said...

Hey there Reyna, thanks for entering and the good wishes! Sure, come back and comment after you blog about it. Can you tell I am a giveaway newbie? Just flyin by the seat of my pantsnon this one!
The Delica does rock - honest people, it hurts less!

Unknown said...

Thanks Penny. I am a newbie far as doing them. I only did the PJ Giveaway. I'm afraid I let my readers down in this department. I need to step it up like all you generous Mamas in the DOC.

Heidi =) said...

Happy diaversary! I would love to be entered for #2. Thanks!

TheCrazyHouse said...

I would like to win #1! Happy Diaversary to Grace. We've only been at this for about 4 months, and it already feels like a lifetime-Lisa

Nicole said...

Happy Diaversary to Grace, Cara's 2 year is coming up in Feb. It just feels so much longer for us!

I would also like to enter giveaway #1 please!! and thank you

Joanne said...

Happy Dia-versary! Enter me for package #2... I could use a little schooling!

P.S. I don't tweet or FB either. and I think that should earn me an extra entry!!! ;^)

Jen said... honored to know you and Grace. Look at that face will ya? She is so adorable. And YOU are a fabulous mama pancreas my friend!
This is an awesome giveaway..please enter me for #2.

Jen said...

And I blogged it!

Misty said...

Happy 2nd Diaversary to you and Grace! Ours is one month from today exactly! Your giveaway is really great! So hard to choose between the two...both are really nice prizes! Ally's fingers have been hurting though, so please enter us for #1. Thanks so much!

Alexis Nicole said...

Haaappy Diaversary to an amazing girl and awesome mama pancreas! Love to you both and many hugs!

Hope Ms G starts to feel better!

We have items in package 1 and no pc for 2 so Ill gladly sit this one out so someone else can win. :) awesome giveaway!

Meri said...

Sign me up for number one friend! Happy anniversary to your sweetheart!

Meri said...

Added your link to my blog post! Still number one!

Denise said...

Hmmmm....sign me up for #2 (but I'd like #1 too)

Happy Dversary and hope she feels better soon!!

Rachael said...

This is super awesome! Sign me up! Please for #1!

Thanks! :)

Pam said...

Hi Penny! I would love to win what's behind door number 2! Off to blog about it!

Jules said...

Penny, Penny, Penny! A Delica... Cue oooh and aaahs. We had our hospial appointment last Thursday and asked about a Delica. No one had heard of it. We have to hunt it down and forward the information now.
Put me down for number one then I can spread the word over the pond.
I am about to blog about it now.
Thanks so much for this and many happy returns to Grace. In the UK putting two fingers up like that says "F**K OFF". Grace is telling the D to go forth and multiply. The photo made me laugh. It's perfect for an anniversary. Love to you all.

FeltFinland said...

Thank for the heads up Muffinmoon - sign me up for #1 please. The photo made me laugh too - British sense of humour me thinks!! Amanda

k2 said...

HAPPY DIAVERSARY, Grace of my heart!!
Girly, you bring a smile to my face and song to my hear, YOU ROCK! As does that wonderful mama of yours!
Penny, I have both prizes, sp you can use my entry as a wild card. If it comes up, give it to the next person!
Love you guys!!!
Kelly K

Anonymous said...

Happy Diaversary!
We would love to win the first one! Thanks for the awesome contest!

Anonymous said...

Sorry can you delete the last post or add my name Kelly Harp!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Happy Diaversary Grace! My daughter Sky will be 2 years on 2/20/11. I would love for her to try the Delica :)

Thanks, April at

Shannon@ The New Normal Life said...

HI!! THANKS for doing this!! Id love to earn a class!!

Nicole said...

I have now blogged about it, I added a link from your blog to my T1U giveaway :) So FUN!!

Lorraine of "This is Caleb..." said...

Very sweet. Happy diaversary!

LaLa said...

SaWeet!!!! How do I decide? #1 or #2 - - - hmmmm??? This is so tough!!

Ugh - - - OK - - - #2, please!

Grace looks gorgeous in that picture!
Happy Diaversary!

I'm so glad we walk this path together!!

Diane said...

Thank you for your site - very helpful to a "new" mom. Please enter us for #1 - this is the part that still upsets my son most. - Diane

LaLa said...

Hey Sweetness - I just blogged it.


Carrie said...

Great way to celebrate! Thanks for the give away and thanks for posting about a fantastic "D-life."
(ps...sign me up for give-away #2)

Jill said...


We'd love to be entered into #1 prize. We haven't tried the Delica yet. I've looked for it at all the pharmacies here and haven't been able to find it yet.

Hallie Addington said...

Happy 2 Years Grace and Penny! We'll be celebrating ours in April. Hard to believe, huh?

We would LOVE prize #1... NICK JONAS!!!!! Yes, we love him too!

Unknown said...


THANKS .... #1 :)

Bridget said...

Happy 2nd !! Please sign me up for #1.