I start building my ark tomorrow. It’s been raining since last Thursday – enough already!

Can’t wait to get out to New Hampshire…and celebrate Dan and J’s marriage…and see everyone…and see the leaves…and eat lobster rolls…and eat fish chowder…and hold babies…and celebrate a birthday…and hang out…and everything else…see you all soon!

Sports updates: Watch out Yankees – here come the Twins! Ha ha fudge packers – go Farvvre! Boiler football team can’t get much worse, right? 6 turnovers last week and handed the game to a crappy Northworstern team – argh! Glad I’ll be out of town when they lose to the MN goophers this weekend. But I do want to see that new stadium. Just found out with Colleen’s dance this year I’ll get to see a gopher basketball game – yep, the lady gophers, and they take on Minn-Duluthaf;lkjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj – ooops – sorry, I fell asleep with my head on the keyboard while writing about the gopher women’s preseason basketbaljkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk – oops, not again.

You’ve got to read to a child this Thursday (Oct 8th). It is Pearson’s annual Read for the Record event. Click that link and then register to read. The book this year is Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Stop what you’re doing right now and take 30 seconds to go register – and then read to a child – do it. Now.

Maybe we’re biased but here’s a link sent via work. Crazy how much an eduation pays off. As Mr. T said so eloquently, “Don’t be a fool! Stay in school!” And then, most importantly, go get your certification and tell them that Dave Thompson sent you!

Not sure if it’s related to my blazing speed in this race, but my knee is acting as if something is torn again…anybody know any good knee doctors 😉 Mom and I will be quite the pair walking down the aisle with both of us limping!

I’m going to miss our annual fire department open house this year since I’ll be in New Hampshire for the wedding…but it wouldn’t have been the same anyway…do you call this progress? Booooo. Per our chief – “With the new child seat and booster seat requirements it seems impractical to continue our practice of doing fire truck and police car rides at the upcoming Open House.” Boooooo. The No Fun Patrol prevailed once again.

Tell your friends – sign up with Pearson – do it now and call yourself a trendsetter.

Just like the Crohn’s walk is consistently the crappiest walk out there (sorry, but it’s true – and no pun was intended there)…Liz and Juvenile Diabetes once again get the award for the best donation requesting letter. Here it is – send her money!


Hi friends,
Once again, Tom and I are writing to ask you to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation with a donation to Emma’s Energy, Emma’s team in the 2009 Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes.

To be honest, we were on the fence about doing any fundraising activity for the walk this year. Money is tight all around, and we know that many of you have your own special causes to which you donate. We also have lost some of our zest for the walk, as the newness of Emma’s diagnosis has faded. Managing Type 1 has become a regular part of our lives, “just like brushing you teeth”, as the nurses promised it would. However, we only brush our teeth twice a day. Emma checks her sugar 8-10 times per day. She needs to give herself insulin through her insulin pump any time she eats anything with carbohydrates. She needs to monitor her exercise, sleep, moods, illnesses, as all effect blood sugar readings. In addition to regular pediatrician visits, she sees her endocrinologist 4 times per year. I say she, and she does manage some of this on her own. Tom and I still monitor all of it, and check her sugar when she is sleeping, educate all her teachers and any adult who she will spend time with. We log her blood sugar numbers, are in regular contact with her medical team, and try to sympathize with her inevitable frustration of living with chronic illness. Whew. It is exhausting.

Through all this though, we are filled with gratitude for the improvements that have been made to diabetes care and management throughout the years. Her insulin pump has been a huge blessing. She has so much more flexibility in her daily schedule, and we can control her blood sugars far better than we could with shots. We are researching a continuous glucose monitor, which shows a constant readout of her blood sugars, so we can spot dangerous trends to prevent illness and stave off long-term complications. Both the pump and the CGM are the result of research done by organizations like JDRF. In fact, JDRF funding and leadership is associated with most major scientific breakthroughs in type 1 diabetes research to date. And JDRF funds a major portion of all type 1 diabetes research worldwide, more than any other charity.

So this year, our intention for this fundraising letter is gratitude. We are grateful for JDRF, all their research and advances, and the people who have funded their work. We are grateful that Emma can expect to live a long, healthy life, thanks to this work. And we are grateful for you, our family and friends, who continue to support Emma, Tom, Charlie and I in this journey.

Please donate as generously as you are able. If this is not the year for you, won’t you consider walking with us on October 18? Emma is always so encouraged by all the people who come to support her. Regardless of what you can do, we remain grateful for your support.

Liz, Tom, Charlie and Emma Boucher
We are Emma’s Energy!!

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