Saturday, September 19, 2009

Walk Day Rocked!

The walk today was a blast! We had 13 people walking with us and it was so fun. 3 of our team members this year are T1's - Nikki, Zoe and Mikayla - they are all at the same school now and have become close friends. They even call themselves "D 3" which I think is adorable. I decided to do a video for my walk day blog - and I wanted to thank everyone who donated to our team, walked with us and prayed for us. We are so very blessed.

video

Friday, September 18, 2009

A Very Special Walk Update


Okay people tomorrow is walk day! We are so pumped. I wanted to take this opportunity to let one of Nikki's best friends say a few words. She took it upon herself to organize a Max Life Bracelet sale at her school and worked so very hard to raise money on behalf of Nikki and all those affected by diabetes. Soooooo, Here is Brooke's blog:

Hello! My name is Brooke Willis and my very best friend (Nikki) has diabetes. I can never know what she goes through every day, but I do know that it hurts her so it hurts me. I pray every day and every night that someone will find a cure. I love walking with Nikki and selling pop at her pop stand to raise money to help JDRF find a cure, but this year I wanted to do more. I decided to sell bracelets at my school to raise money. I am a 5th grader at Piner Elementary. My principal thought it would be a great idea. So every morning for a week and a half I sold bracelets before school. They interviewed me on our school news and I told the whole school how I wanted to help find a cure for Nikki. I am very proud of how the students at my school supported me by buying bracelets. Every student who bought a bracelet got to hang a shoe on the wall. The wall looked really cool with all the shoes on it! Tomorrow at the JDRF walk I will get to turn in the $170 dollars I raised! I would do anything to help Nikki, she is a very special friend! Also, I know that there are children all over the world that have diabetes. I hope that this money really helps find a cure for Juvenile Diabetes, because it is a very mean disease!


Thursday, September 17, 2009

2009 Walk Day in 3 Days!


We are getting pretty excited about walk day this coming Saturday. We've had some great momets fundraising this year. Nikki and her friends (who you have all heard me talk about on a regular basis) Samantha, Brooke, Emily and even Samantha's little brother Gus all came out last weekend for one last day of fundraising.

They were just too cute for words. But more than that, I was secretly watching them on and off and at one point I just thought I would bust with pride. Here are these 5 Tweens, spending a beautiful Saturday afternoon working their little behinds off and it was not for a trophy, a blue ribbon or to win a place in the 'in crowd' - it was to help other people - period. That was definitely a "My cup runneth over" moment.

I can't wait to see what our final fundraising figures will be - you can bet I'll be blogging the total immediately! Thanks to all of you who have donated so generously and to those of you who have lifted us up in prayer.

God is Good, all the time

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

More Doggie Drama







By now, most of you know that we are a family that loves our dogs like they are part of our family (because they are). The last weekend in August we adopted our new baby girl – Hope. A teenie, tiny little munchkin who is like a little typhoon running around the house. Hope, who is Amber’s puppy, is part Jack Russell and believes that she is as big (or bigger) than our Border Collie and Beagle.

On Thursday night, September 3, she decided to prove this by following Angel & Hollee up the basement stairs (which she couldn’t do about an hour before this) and resumed her play fighting with them at the TOP of the stairs – not a good idea. Before I even knew she had gone up, I heard this HORRIBLE scream. I turned around and she was sort of sitting/leaning/laying against the wall at the BOTTOM of the stairs.

Another trip to the doggie emergency room and another terrible night of worry for Miss Amber (well, all of us). They didn’t do much at the e.r. besides give her a pain shot, take x-rays and wrap her leg. Her right front leg was broken at the elbow (growth plate) and she was in excruciating pain. I literally held her against me and sat up in a chair all night long because any type of movement caused her to just scream and scream and scream. In the morning we took her to our vet and he sent her on to a specialist. She wound up having to have a permanent pin placed in her elbow through a surgical procedure. She is stitched up pretty good but was already walking around quite well the day after surgery. Today, 1-1/2 weeks after the incident, I can’t convince her that she’s not supposed to run, play, bite, chew and generally terrorize her furry sisters. She gets her stitches out on Friday but won’t be released for full play for another 3 weeks – ugh.

She’s quite the sweet little thing and is such a joy to watch. The accident didn’t slow her down for much more than 24 hours – a tough little nut. Angel is annoyed is the attention she gets because she thought she was the only princess on earth, but they are getting along wonderfully. Hollee thinks she is Hope’s mommy, so sweet to watch the level of patience Hollee has with the ‘baby’. The vet proclaimed her part Jack Russell, part Shark - a very accurate description.

Anyway, that’s the latest update on the doggie drama at the Turner house – let’s hope that’s all for a very long time.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Walk Day is September 19



We are in total “walk mode”. Nikki and her best friends spent the weekend raising money by selling Sprite, Coke, Diet Pepsi, etc and the orange Max Life bracelets. They have raised quite a bit and will be at it again next weekend! In addition to that, the wonderful Principal at Brooke’s (bff) school has given permission for Brooke to sell the Max Life bracelets during the school day! It’s so great to see they young women these ladies are becoming – they all make me so proud.

We still have almost 2 weeks until walk day, so if you are able to donate anything (there is no amount too small) we would be extremely thankful! 100% of all the money we raise goes directly to research dedicated to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. You can get to our walk page to make a donation by clicking here: http://walk.jdrf.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=extranet.personalpage&confirmid=87310416

Thank you to all those who have already donated and to all those who are praying!