Luke & Lyla Designs – donation!!

August 29th, 2013

Luke & Lyla Designs

We are so grateful to our friends at Luke & Lyla Designs for their generous donation of not one but TWO of these gorgeous cuffs!

They are both vintage 1970′s era pieces – the larger blue faux turquoise cuff is on recycled/upcycled leather and the smaller pale pink one is on hand cut leather. I have a Luke & Lyla Designs cuff and I LOVE IT! (I was not paid to say that! I really do love it!) Their quality is amazing and the extra touches are evident especially when you see them in person. Each cuff will come with a small canvas bag for storage.

noellie bellies cuffs

The turquoise cuff is $80 and the pale pink cuff is $60!!!!

The entire sale of these two cuffs will be donated to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)

via Team Noellie Bellies.  If you are interested in purchasing, please comment below and we will make arrangements.  Thank you!

Please visit Luke & Lyla Designs on either Facebook or their Etsy shop!!

Don’t forget this is the last few days to order a 2013 Noellie Bellies tshirt!  And if you want to join our team or donate to Team Noellie Bellies, click on the “Join or Donate” button above.

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2013 Noellie Bellies Tees!!

August 13th, 2013

The 2013 Team Noellie Bellies t-shirts are ready to order! We are so excited to get these printed! Please tell your friends about them and place all orders by August 30th. They cost $15 and all proceeds will be donated to JDRF!! You can place your order through this site or you can message us on FaceBook with your size.

Please help us find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Thank you for your continued support!

Also, we would LOVE for you to join Team Noellie Bellies and help us reach our goal to find a CURE for T1D! Sign up here:

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September 30th, 2012

Last Sunday was the 2012 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk to Cure Diabetes. The weather was perfect! And we were honored to have over 50 of our friends and family give up their Sunday afternoon’s to support Noelle and the millions like her living daily with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes. It was an amazing day! Thank you to each one of you for joining us on our journey to find better treatments and ultimately a CURE for this nasty disease. Our prayer is that in finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, it will also pave the way to cure other auto immune diseases…like Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, which both of our girls have. There is an auto immune epidemic this momma is ready for it to STOP!!

Noelle with some of her biggest fans sporting their Team Noellie Bellies signs

Our AMAZING Team Noellie Bellies!!! We Love you all!!

Noelle was given a balloon to let go at the kick-off of the walk. It was moving to know that all the balloons going up into sky represented a child with diabetes. I tried to think that every balloon going up into the sky was going to find a cure :)

Lift off!

Up, up and away!!!!

Dr. Jamie! This year we had to switch endocrinologist and we have been so happy with Noelle’s new Dr.!!

Noelle’s favorite fellow T1D’er :)

Thank you again to our family and friends and their friends that have given us donations for JDRF, prayers and support. We are grateful for each and every one of you!!

Infusion set change…every 3 days

September 9th, 2012

Noelle wears a pink Animas PING insulin pump. The pump pushes small amounts of insulin into her body 24 hours a day. We are able to program the tiny machine to give her the exact amounts she needs throughout the day. It is amazing technology and we are very thankful that she is able to own a pump. Iit cuts down on the number of shots she has to endure each day/week. The first year after she was diagnosed (age 6), she had to get a shot every night before bed and then a shot EVERY time she ate anything. Do you know how frustrating it is to have to get a shot just to have a snack??? Or if you want to eat seconds because we only figured out how many carbs her “first” dinner would be? So, when she started wearing her pump, it was so cool to be able to eat WHEN she was hungry and not have to wait to eat so she didn’t have to endure a shot. I will emphasize this is NOT A CURE but it is wonderful treatment that makes her life with diabetes a bit easier and we are extremely grateful for it . The down side to the pump is that she never gets a break from being attached to it unless she takes a shower. She is a trooper though and never complains…it’s just the way it is. I love this kid!

The pump has an “infusion set” that has a tiny cannula that is injected into her skin and held on with a round adhesive “sticker”. She has to have a new infusion set injected every three days, which is a bummer because it really stings when the big needle injects the cannula into her skin. All this info to say that Noelle changed her own infusion set tonight. She has done it before once or twice but I have always “walked her through it” and done a few of the steps for her. Tonight, I stood next to her (and took pictures-haha) but let her remember how to do all the her own. SHE DID IT!!! She was nervous about shooting it into her leg but she was able to over-come that and do it! Here are some pics of our super, brave girl…

I’ll Be an Angel by Your Side!

August 31st, 2012

We finally finished our new video late last night. We let Noelle watch it this morning for the first time and she loved it! And now we get to share it with you all. Please feel free to share with as many people as you can. The more who see it, the more awareness is out there. And the more opportunity we have to get this baby a cure!!!!! We love you all and can’t wait to hear what you think about the latest Noellie Bellies walk video :)

Team Noellie Bellies Shirts!

August 24th, 2012

Noellie Bellies 2012 JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Shirt

2012 JDRF Walk Shirt - Front

They’re HERE!!!!! The latest Team Noellie Bellies shirts are finally available!!! They are so cool! HUGE “Thank you” to Will Lipscomb for helping us design them! ALL net proceeds will be donated to JDRF!! Noelle loves seeing her tshirts on walk day and also throughout the year. It brings so much awareness about Type 1 Diabetes. Thank you to all who have purchased shirts in the past. We look forward to having a sea of red this year to represent the thousands of finger pricks Noelle has had to endure the past 4 years.

2012 JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Shirt Back

2012 JDRF Walk Shirt - Back

Please help us exceed our goal of selling 150 tshirts this year!! Each tshirt is $12 (2X and 3X add $2). We will be taking orders for 2 weeks. All orders need to be given to us by September 8th. We will only do one printing of our shirts…so if you want one…don’t wait to sign up!! Thank you!!

Walk time!!

August 15th, 2012

I am so excited!  Our local JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes is coming up soon :)  The Birmingham walk will be Sunday, September 23, 2012 @ Veteran’s Park in Hoover (in front of Spain Park H.S. off Valleydale Road) @ 2:00pm.  Registration and fun begins @ 1:00pm.  We would LOVE for you to join Team Noellie Bellies and walk with us.  If you would like to walk, please register with our team by going HERE and clicking on the “Join My Team” button at the top of the page.  If you would like to donate, you can go to the same link and click on “Donate to Noelle”.  We are a little behind in our tshirt designing/ordering and video making but the walk will go on :)  I hope to get all of this rolling this weekend!! And I will have more info coming soon!  Thank you all for your love and support for Noelle!  Praying this year that our dollars will fund THE CURE!!!

Keep checking our website and our FaceBook page for updates on tshirts and the new video to share.

Much Love,

Team Noellie Bellies :)


Thank you!!!

September 25th, 2011

We would like to thank our family and friends for a wonderful walk day for Noelle! God provided beautiful weather and it was such a fun morning celebrating the life that Noelle has. She endures so much every day but rarely complains about any of it. We love to have this special day to “throw her a party” along with her other friends that have Type 1 Diabetes. It was so emotional to see the sea of colorful family team tshirts walking around the track en mass. No one can tackle this disease alone. It is always humbling to see how many people are affected by T1D.

Thank you to those that bought tshirts, potholders, wristbands, donated directly to JDRF in honor of Noelle (or any other child or adult living with this disease), walked with us and more importantly, prayed with us and for us!!!! We are in awe of the support that God has gathered around our family. He is so Faithful and we want to give Him all glory and praise!

Our team was able to exceed our goal and pray that this money will provide what is needed to find a cure for our baby girl! We will continue to pray and not give up HOPE!

If you are still interested in donating in honor of Noelle, we can keep collecting funds to go toward the 2011 JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes…for 6 more weeks. Just click on the “Join/Donate” tab above.

We love you all!
Thank you!!!

Walk day is almost here!!

September 21st, 2011

This is a letter we just received from our local JDRF with all the info you need about the 2011 JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. We hope you will be able to join us!! Thank you for all you do to help us get closer to finding a cure for Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetes!

Walk Day is here and you need to know the details! We can’t wait to celebrate everyone’s hard work together!

Birmingham Walk to Cure Diabetes Walk Day Details:

Date: September 24, 2011

Walk Start Time: 9:00 AM

Location: Veteran’s Park in Hoover

Check-In Information

When you arrive, head to the Registration (opens at 8 a.m.) area located in the middle of Veteran’s Park to check in. ALL participants must come to registration to sign the City of Hoover waiver and pick up a meal ticket for lunch. If you have donations to turn in, please secure all funds in a JDRF Walker envelope. Each walker should have an envelope. While additional envelopes will be available at check-in, having the following information completed on the Walker Collection Envelope speeds up the check-in process:

Your name
Your Team Name and Team Captain’s name
Email and/or phone number
Amount in envelope

§ Please remember, each walker should turn in their own envelope. Walkers are asked NOT to combine funds into one envelope

If you have not registered online, your contact information is needed. Keep in mind, home address is preferred in order to expedite the delivery of JDRF post-Walk information and prizes.

Also, don’t forget:

Checks should be made out to JDRF. Please note that if you have pre-entered any checks/cash as gifts in advance of the walk it is highly recommended that you bring a separate sheet with the Donors Name, Check Number and Amount so that JDRF can confirm your entered gifts.
If you have a large amount of coins to turn in on Walk Day, we ask you convert to cash or check
If you raise $100, you will receive a JDRF Walk T-shirt

Walk Day Schedule

8:00 Registration Opens
8:30 Walk Ceremony Begins
8:45 Warm-up by Crunk Fitness
9:00 Walk Starts

Immediately following the Walk: Lunch provided by Moe’s Southwest Grill

Walk Route Map & Parking
The Birmingham Walk takes place at Veteran’s Park located in front of Spain Park High School off of Valleydale Road (4700 Jaguar Drive, Hoover, AL 35242). Parking is available on-site but it is limited and is first come, first serve. Additional parking will be available at Jeff State Community College and in front of Spain Park High School. All Walk Day activities and refreshments are complimentary! Parking is complimentary. There is no fee to participate in the walk, but JDRF challenges each walk to ask ten friends for $10. If you choose not to fundraise, we suggest a minimum $25 donation per person to help cover the cost of your attendance.


We’ll have music, kids’ activities, special guests and plenty of family fun including:

super slide
face painting and temporary tattoos
bead making
on-site jungle gym
Music by Music.tom
Bike display by the Birmingham HOG (Harley Owner’s Group)
Team T-shirt contest
Diabetes Outreach/Support Booths
JDRF Research info booth
Community Health Exhibits including diabetes pharmaceutical and device representatives.

Refreshments will be available from local vendors at the Walk. These will include: Coffee and Iced drinks by Starbucks, soda drinks such as Coke, Diet Coke, Diet Sprite and water by Coca-Cola. Jason’s Deli and Advanced Auto Parts have generously donated bottled water as well. Snacks by Lance Snacks and Bud’s Best Cookies. There are also water stations throughout the Walk route. Orange juice and glucose tabs are available upon request.

Lunch provided by Moe’s Southwest Grill following the walk.

Note: While we do our best to provide vendors with accurate attendance numbers, we highly suggest that you bring beverages, snacks and any other diabetic supplies needed for your child.

Family Team Reminder

Family Teams are invited to gather in JDRF’s Family Team Tent located in the middle of Veteran’s Park near the giant inflatable slide. Feel free to bring balloons, signage and/or any other decorations to help other members find your team!

The deadline for turning in Walk money to JDRF for award and pledge prize eligibility is six weeks post-Walk. Walker Collection Envelopes to send in with post-Walk funds will be available at the Check-In Area.

Corporate Teams

Corporate Teams are invited to gather together in JDRF’s Corporate Team Tent! Feel free to bring balloons, signage and/or any other decorations to help other members find your team!

Donor Receipts

Donors who have written a check to JDRF for $250+ will receive a letter of receipt from JDRF.

T-Shirts for the Team T-Shirt Design Contest can be turned in at Volunteer Check-In (or mailed to JDRF by November 1).

If you choose to receive a JDRF Prize catalog, you should expect to receive it approximately 10 weeks post walk. Catalogs are not automatically sent to eligible walkers. You must indicate your prize choice on your Walker Collection Envelope or in your Participant Center, and redeem your gift catalog. Ordering info will be sent with each gift catalog. Click here to browse the Prize Catalog options. The deadline for selecting your prize level is four weeks post-Walk.

Walk Awards will be handed out at the JDRF Walk Awards Banquet on Thursday, December 1 at McWane Science Center! Invitations to the Awards Banquet will be sent to: all team captains, all walkers raising $500 or more, volunteers and sponsors. Individuals or Teams raising $500-$999 will receive a Certificate of Achievement. Individuals raising over $1,000 will receive a JDRF Golden Sneaker Award. Teams raising over $1,000 will receive a Walk Award. Other fun awards and contests will also be presented!

Continue to fundraise after the Walk! Funds received until six weeks post-Walk Day will be credited to your final individual and team totals.

Remember, if someone can’t make it on Walk day encourage them to sign up as a Virtual Walker! They can walk anywhere, anytime, whatever works for them and still raise money for JDRF AND be eligible for walk prizes!

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday! P.S. Looks like it’s going to be a BEAUTIFUL day with highs in the low 80′s. If you have any further questions, please email us or call us at (205) 421-9966 .

2011 JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Video

August 19th, 2011

This will be our 3rd year to walk in the Birmingham JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. This year it will be at Veteran’s Park in Hoover (Valleydale Road) on September 24, 2011 at 9:00am. The walk is so much fun!! Starbucks will be there giving out free coffee and tea, Moe’s Southwest Grill is giving out free lunch, there will be bounce houses for the kiddos and of course Team Noellie Bellies will be there!!!! We would love for you to join us for a fun morning celebrating Noelle and the other kids and adults living with Type 1 Diabetes. Thank you to all of our friends that have joined us the past two years!! We love you all and want you to know that your support means the world to us :)

My sister’s family and my cousin’s family will be walking in the Tulsa JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes on October 15 if you want to join them for some Okie fun!! I am hoping that we will be able to go, too!!! They walked in Noelle and my cousin, Jennifer’s honor last year and we were tickled pink that they would do that for us!! Love you guys!

And now…here is our new walk video!! Special “thank you” to Laura Story….this song has ministered to our family in a Mighty way!

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