January 8th was quite the day. For fans of Elvis, it was his birthday. If the cheeseburgers hadn’t claimed him, he would have been 80. At gDiapers, we celebrated another very special birthday: the very first day on planet earth for Scarlet Irene. She is Jill’s, one of our fabulous investors, very first granddaughter. Jill has eight kids so we suspect there will be many more grandkids for her. But with the birth of Scarlet, Jill and Jimmy added Grandma and Grandpa to their long list of titles.
A new year cometh and with it a whole new era for gDiapers. In 2015 we not only celebrate 10 years in business, but we also see the opening of a third gHQ. After Portland (2004) and London (2011), Sydney is open for business, albeit in our temporary location until we move into our more permanent digs in March. But it’ll do :0)
We’re all familiar with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but did you know that the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is an even more special day, with a generous twist? It’s called Giving Tuesday, and it’s the perfect antidote to the hectic consumerism that can take over this time of year.
I love this holiday. I love how it bookends the Thanksgiving holiday period and lets us start with reflection and gratitude on Thursday and allows us to end with action and giving on Tuesday. It brings us back to what matters.
In honor of our Goal! and Gay Paree raffles to support Gales Creek Camp for kids with diabetes, members of our community have reached out with their stories of how chronic illness has affected their and their children’s lives. Here, longtime gMum Jaimey shares the story of her son Grayson’s diagnosis with type 1 diabetes at the age of 6.
If you had asked me one year ago what the next year might look like, it never would have included the words “type 1 diabetes.” Sure enough, as dumb luck would have it, a year ago from today I was sitting at my friend Michelle’s kitchen counter testing my 6-year-old son’s blood sugar with her 6-year-old son’s blood sugar monitor for “peace of mind.”
After waiting what seemed like an eternity for the number to pop up (which in reality, took like three seconds), Michelle looked at the 360 on the screen. “That’s not peace of mind, you need to go to urgent care right now.” My brain went both numb and into full blown chaos in that moment.
Today marks 10 years and 2 months since Kim & I and our then 2 year old son, and yet-to-be born son #2 (and a Ridgy called Mohican) landed in the US to launch gDiapers. Much of the 3,700 days between that day and today are captured in a blog I have maintained since we landed. Here was my first post:
As we prepare to relocate to Australia in December with a 12 year old, a 9 year old, a new dog via Tanzania (Vale Mohican – you were a loyal and well traveled hound and played a key part in the gStory) a multitude of new friends and a lifetime of memories I will be focusing my writing here, covering a broad range of themes from our fabulous gMums to running a company, being a B Corporation, Cradle to Cradle product design, mindfulness, the latest rugby results and the sharing & circular economy. Watch this space!