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Life, Marshmallows, and Valentine's Day

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Valentine's Day is right around the corner.

Maybe you're like me... and still frantically trying to come up with the perfect gift.  Maybe you're like my husband, who rocks at this stuff and is already done and smugly smiling about it.  Maybe you've just given up on gifts.  Or Valentine's Day in general.

Whoever you are... Whether you have a "Valentine" or not... This is for you.

I have two Valentines.  My wonderful hubby, of course.  But also my extra sweet little girl.  Sweets loves all things red and pink and hearts.  She was made for Valentine's Day!  She wears her Valentine outfits year round.  She looks forward to all the little cards she will get.  And she changes her mind countless times about what she wants to give out!

With an nickname like "Sweets", how could she NOT love Valentine's Day?

But, you know that there's more to that name than her love for sweet things and hearts and pink.

It's because she actually IS sweeter than most.  Her sweetness is in her blood.

We were working on her Valentine's today and she was putting marshmallows into baggies for her "Do you want to build a Snowman?" Frozen themed cards.

(I found the topper on ETSY.  Go here to get your own!)

And she wanted a marshmallow!  Hello, SUGAR!!

So she had one.  And we bloused.  And life was good.

But I had to think... We are so lucky.  Yeah, it stinks that she can't just have a marshmallow while she's putting together her cards.  BUT... she's alive.  She's thriving.  She's happy.  She's healthy.

Did you know that lack of insulin is the most common cause of death for children with diabetes in many countries around the world?  In fact, the life expectancy for a child who has just developed diabetes could be less than a year.

That makes me ill.

So this Valentine's Day, let's do something about that.

This year, join with me and the rest of the DOC (Diabetes Online Community) in the "Spare a Rose, Save a Child" campaign.

The "Spare a Rose, Save a Child" campaign is simple.  You buy ONE less rose this Valentine's Day and donate that money to help save the life of a child living with diabetes.  Your Sweetie will still get some flowers and you will help save a life.

What's more rewarding than that?

One rose = One month of life
A dozen roses = One year of life

It's easy... just go to the link at the top of this blog to donate.

Your donations will go to the Life for a Child campaign.  This is an International Diabetes Federation program that provides life saving diabetes supplies, medication, and education that children in developing countries needs to stay alive.

This Valentine's Day, I'm not getting flowers.  My flowers are helping to provide care for a child with diabetes for an entire year.  That's worth so much more than a dozen roses.

Won't you join me?

Just one flower....

Because no sweet child should die due to lack of insulin.


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