Growing up I thought my mother made the best butter on toast in the entire world. Even now when I visit her, it warms me from the inside out. It’s not extravagant or fancy, and I’ve been able to butter my own toast for a long time now. But, for some reason, mine never tastes quite like hers. She always laughs and says it is because it’s “Made with Love.”
And I absolutely believe this to be true.
Love is a defining ingredient for life. At g, we do our best to put love into everything we create. From products that touch your babies to the relationships we have with our vendors, we believe in the power of love and intention. Fortunately, love isn’t defined by perfection. But that’s the point. If something is “Made with Love,” there is beauty and meaning to be found within the imperfection.
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!
There was a time before facebook. We scarcely remember it, but evidence is strong that it did exist. A time when “social media” meant getting together with friends over coffee, sharing the news with our mouths and not our smartphones. It was in this time that early gDiapers customers reached out to our tiny team and said “I love gDiapers. How can I help?” And so we printed brochures and had t-shirts made, we boxed them up and walked them to the post office, we shipped them out, and said with sincere gratitude and wonder “Thanks so much! Tell your friends!”