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Today is Arden's 9th Birthday



Nine years ago today my amazing wife Kelly gave birth to our second child, she was the most perfect little girl that I had ever seen. A few days later, we brought her home where she and her brother Cole promptly fell to sleep together on our sofa. I couldn't imagine then, as I was taking what would soon become on of my favorite photographs in the world, just how much her presence in our lives would touch our family.

Since that day my children have shown me parts of life, the world, and of myself, that I didn't see before they arrived. These things were always there, yet somehow invisible to me. I never knew how much joy my heart could hold, how much pain I could withstand, I didn't realize the depths of the human spirit or how vast my own potential was.

And I didn't know what that word 'love' truly meant or how it's power would touch my soul...


Happy Birthday Arden!

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Happy birthday Arden. Hope you have a beautiful day. You're a great dad, Scott.

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIvy

Happy birthday, Arden! Great post! :)

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrea

Happy birthday Arden!

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjenn

Happy birthday, Arden!

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterScott K. Johnson

So sweet and touching!!
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July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

Happy Bday Arden!!

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterk2

Happy birthday, Arden!

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKerri.

Precious children! Thanks for sharing your lives with the world!

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBettyAnn

Arden is a gift to you and your family. Arden's story is a gift to the world. That day, nine years ago, changed the lives of so many people -- so many that you probably never have and never will meet. When you put it in that perspective, it's truly amazing. I wish Arden a very happy birthday, not as an inspiration to so many, but as a 9-year-old girl who just wants to be a kid in her own world...

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterScott E

Happy Birthday, sweet girl!

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeri

Happy happy birthday, Arden!!

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Happy Birthday Arden! Scott, thank you for sharing your story. Reading your blog, along with others, helped me SO much when I was diagnosed almost 2 years ago. You also helped me understand the benefits of OmniPod and Dexcom, both of which I now use!

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNell

That IS a beautiful picture! Happy Birthday Arden!

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Arden just read your birthday wishes and said, "Thank you DOC... I don't know what to say, thank you."

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArden

Happy birthday, Arden!

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCassie

Happy Birthday Arden!

I agree what a beautiful heartfelt photograph!

July 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenter1Bolus@ATime/Click

That is one of the most precious pictures ever! Cherish it and I hope Arden had a nice birthday :)

July 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStacey D.

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