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publisher’s note I have to say Hurricane Irene really put a damper on my plans for this issue. Without further ado, here is the “NEW” Jersey Shore Family.. When asked, “What is your favorite season?” most people will respond with, “Summer!.” But for me, it’s Fall. I love everything about Fall, the cooler air, the stunning orange, gold, and bright red leaves as the season changes. Not to mention the seasonal events like hayrides, corn mazes, spook houses---the anticipation of the shared family experiences really excite me. A typical Fall with the Joseph Family includes picking out our own pumpkins at a place that also provides the whole package: a corn- maze, hay rides, as well as a u-pick pumpkin patch. This magazine provides you with all the information you need to find the local venues that will provide your family with the same Fall fun. After our family picks out our pumpkins, we decorate them in the latest craze, which this year is to use normal household items and glue them on the pumpkins as decoration. An unusual idea is to push screws of various sizes into the pumpkin. I’ve also seen holiday patterns used to paint on them witches, brooms, and spiders. Please email me with your own unique original ideas and send a picture so I can display it on the Jersey Shore Family website. After enjoying the many fall festivals around town, the Joseph family will close the season with the thrills and chills of Halloween and the heart-warming comforts of Thanksgiving. Speaking of food, let’s not forget that fresh apples are also another symbol of the fall season, so please enjoy the information on apple picking and apple dipping. Remember also that November is Diabetes & Adoption Awareness month. The subject of diabetes is so important to me because my sister was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 13. Being educated about the disease played a huge role in her well-being and success in dealing with the disease. Hopefully the information provided in this edition will help you as well. Adoption is a subject of personal interest to me as well, as a dear friend of mine recently adopted a baby. My hope is that you will enjoy her passionate story as much as I did. I am excited to get this issue out to you. I hope you take advantage of all the information I have put together in this magazine. From my family to yours, have a wonderful Fall season.

Pam Joseph

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To learn more about me, please go to “About Us” page on www.jerseyshorefamily.com

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Features:

Hay Rides and Haunted Houses............... 4

Fresh & Local. ....................................... 6

7 Diabetes in Children.............................. 10 Growing A Family, An Adoption Story....... 12 Let’s Dip Apples.....................................

Departments: Calendar

8 Sports Sign-Ups ............................................................. 14 Marketplace ............................................................................. 15 October and November Happenings.............

on the cover: Kayla & Ava Cooper Courtesy of Photography by Kim Angelo

Jersey Shore P.O. Box 60, Pleasantville, NJ 08232 Publisher, Pam Joseph pamela.jsf@gmail.com

609-829-8796 To place an event listing e-mail information to pamela.jsf@gmail.com

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Sahl’s Father Son Farm

It’s time to make some memories at the farm!

422 W. Pestalozzi St., Egg Harbor 965-9300 www.fathersonfarm.com

Sahl’s Father Son Farm’s Annual Farm Festival and Corn Maze is located in Galloway Township. Ticket booth hours are Monday-Friday 4-7pm, Saturday 10am7pm, and are closed Sunday and Wednesday through November 5th. This year’s featured Corn Maze is patterned after the N.J. Commemorative State Quarter with over eleven acres of dizzying twists and turns! Your MAIZE-Meandering options are three corn maze phases, each representing separate phases of difficulty. Go on a hunt to find and solve our Corn-nundrum Riddles, challenge both your wit and directional skill with our MAZE Passports, or take our *NEW* MAIZE-O-POLY challenge to become Farmer of the EAR! Map use optional.

Here on Sahl’s Father Son Farm we have hayrides, pumpkins, corn box play shed, pig races, hay jump, mini hay bale maze, *IMPROVED* rope maze, trench maze, sand pile, *NEW* pumpkin train ride, and of course our featured Corn Maze patterned after the NJ Commemorative State Quarter presented by FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF ABSECON.

Ticket Booth Hours: Monday-Friday 4-7pm Saturday 10am-7pm

Closed Sunday and Wednesday through November 5th Sahl’s Father Son Farm

(609) 965-9300 fathersonfarm@gmail.com www.fathersonfarm.com

422 W Pestalozzi Street, Galloway

Family owned & operated for over 150 years

The Corn Maze is open thru October 31 Saturdays & Sundays from 10am - 3:30pm Evening & weekdays reservations only (weather permitting)

• 3 ACRE CORN MAZE • • U-Pick Pumpkin Patch • Childrens’ Activities • Hayrides • Apple Cider • Corn Stalks • Mums 5800 White Horse Pike, Egg Harbor City

609-965-1285 Jersey Shore Family Discount $ 1.00 OFF Birthday parties

• • Class trips • Group outings • Bonfires

Reservations Required

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Butterhof’s Shady Brook Farm 5800 White Horse Pike, Egg Harbor 965-1285 www.shadybrookfarm.com

Nestled in the heart of the pinelands located in Mullica Township is Butterhof ’s Shady Brook Farm. They grow most of their own produce and operate a road-side farm market on the White Horse Pike (Route 30). Thousands of families pass through the twisting and turning paths of the 3-acre corn maze every fall and enjoy a scenic hayride around the 68-acre farm taking them to the pumpkin patch, where participants can each pick a pumpkin. While traveling the trails of the maze, children find exciting clues directing them through a fun theme-related scavenger hunt. The maze design and theme change yearly, making every year a new experience. This year the family has chosen to remember the September 11, 2001, attacks and to salute our military by offering a military family discount. At Butterhof ’s there are no hidden or unexpected charges like face painting or pony rides, just good old fashioned family fun! So pack a lunch, and enjoy a day at the farm! Open to the public Saturday and Sundays 11am-4pm. On weekdays the farm hosts class trips and other group outings. Call to make group reservations for birthday parties, trips, and bonfire nights.

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R & J Farm

723 W. Herschel St, Galloway 609-593-6180 www.randjfarm.com We dare you to take on the twists & turns of the one-mile corn maze at R & J Farm in Galloway Twp. Come at night, and get lost in the flashlight fun maze, or for the thrill seekers, the “Cornfield of Terror”. Don’t worry too much; the maze guards are on duty to ensure your safe return. Go on a tractor-pulled hay ride to pick your perfect pumpkin, which is included in the price of the ride. You can also purchase pumpkins, mums stalks, and gourds from the pumpkin stand open 6 days a week from 10am-5pm (closed on Wednesdays). Have some snacks and refreshments, take a pony ride, or even get your face painted. For your convenience, rest rooms and a picnic area is available. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in October enjoy a free movie under the stars. Don’t forget to reserve your birthday party or school tour today.

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Scary EVENTS Scullville Volunteer Fire Dept. “Terror in the Junk Yard” Haunted Hayride & Maze Every Fri. & Sat. 7-11pm & Sun. 7-10pm in October Flemings Junk Yard 353 Zion Rd, EHT Hayride $9, Maze $5, Combo $11 www.scullvillefire.org

Nesco Volunteer Fire Co. Haunted House & Hayride 3521 Nesco Rd., Hammonton October 7,8,14,15,21,22,28, & 29. 7 - 11pm Cost $10 adults & $5/child

www.nescovolunteerfirecompany.com

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CORN MAZE $6 HAYRIDE $4 COMBO TICKET $9 AFTER DARK CORN MAZE $6 CORNFIELD OF TERROR $10 COMBO TICKET $15 Group Rates Available • Great for Birthday Parties Fall Decorations • Snack Shack • Party Catering Hours: Friday 2-10pm Saturday & Sunday 10am-10pm 723 W. Herschel Street, Egg Harbor City (609) 593-6180 • RandJFarm.com

Halloween parades

Oct. 26th at 7 pm Kiwanis Oct. 29th at 1:30 pm Halloween Parade Ventnor Downtown Halloween Parade Hammonton Ski Beach, Dorset Ave. Oct. 25th at 7 pm Linwood Oct. 30th at 1 pm Halloween Parade Mullica Tnshp. All Wars Memorial Halloween Parade Park, Wabash Ave. Oct. 30th at 6:30 pm Mays Landing Oct. 27th at 7:15 pm Halloween Parade Ocean City Down Main St. Halloween Parade 6th St.- 11th St. ....and of the furry kind.... Oct. 22nd at 1pm Costume Pet Parade Smithville Village

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Fresh & Local by Shiryle Seyler

The autumn season is almost upon us with thoughts of chilly, October mornings and big, comfy sweaters; pumpkin pickin’ and carved jack-o-lanterns; MVP’s and Sunday Night Football; Thanksgiving Day, family, friends and warmmmm apple cider. No better place to start your autumn preparations than at Pleasant Valley Farms, for some fresh apple cider. Bill Boerner, a third generation farmer, has dedicated his life to keeping the family farm operating. Established in 1918, and purchased from land once owned by the legendary, Colonel John McKee, a local landowner and successful businessman, Bill’s grandfather, Arthur Boerner, and father, William Sr., cleared, planted, and tended the 100 acre farm. Growing up on the farm with seven siblings taught Bill the value of family, respect, and the basic tenets of hard work and honest living. Passionate about what he does, Bill tirelessly works the land to produce a variety of crops of spring and summer vegetables and a fall harvest of turnips, collard greens, kale, and cabbage. Fruits grown on the farm are blueberries, pears, and apples. It’s the apple cider that has the locals talking. With a modern-day apple press, waterpowered and efficient, Bill carefully blends the cider from a variety of apples grown on the farm: Macintosh, Red and Yellow Delicious, Wine-Sap, Rome, Granny-Smith, Bright-Burn, and Fuji. Denise Percoskie of Mays Landing enjoys the freshness and health benefits of the apple

Hometown Recipe

Serves six aming not boiling 6 cups of apple cider, ste divided evenly 2 cups of whipped cream, peridge Farms 6 cinnamon sticks or Pep Wafers Vanilla Pirouette Rolled Ground cinnamon , garnish top with cream (pour cider into mugs, sprinkle with cinnamon) , ers with sticks or waf

Other Local Farms that sell apple products: cider, “I like the cider because it’s fresh and flavorful. It has a good balance of sweetness, and it’s not pasteurized.” Indeed, handpicked and carefully pressed, the cider is all natural with no preservatives, no added sweeteners, and is not pasteurized. The absence of the pasteurizing process helps to retain natural occurring enzymes beneficial for food digestion and nutritional absorption. With only 81 calories, apples are a good source of dietary fiber, calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C. Almost half of the vitamin C is contained just under the skin, so gently wash and enjoy (source: Univ. of Illinois). Mr. Boerner sells his cider and produce at his roadside stand at 4566 Harding Hwy. (Rt. 40), Mays Landing, NJ, in front of his farm. Open 7 days a week from 11am to 5pm.  WIC and Senior FMNP checks accepted.

Butterhof’s Shady Brook Farms 5800 White Horse Pike, Egg Harbor, NJ (609) 965-1285 Also Available: fresh apple cider Glossy Fruit Farms Rt. 206, Hammonton, NJ (609) 561-9556 Also Available: cider

DeFeo’s Farm and Garden Market 6456 Weymouth Rd., Mays Landing, NJ (609) 625-4272 Also Available: apple cider donuts Donato Brothers 337 Weymouth Rd., Landisville, NJ (856) 697-0404 Also Available: 11 varieties of apples

Shiryle Seyler resides in Mays Landing, and is a mother of three, grown children. Every now and again, she gets a hankering for a Granny-Smith apple.

Apple

Nutrition

Calories 81 Calcium 10mg Phosphorus 10mg Iron .25 mg Carbohydrate 21 grams Dietary Fiber 4 grams Potassium 159mg Vitamin C 8mg Vitamin A 73 IU Folate 4mcg Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

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Visit JerseyShoreFamily.com in October to see a short clip of one of our local farms making apples cider with their own press

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A Fun Fall Treat that the kids can make

We would all like to be Betty Crocker and make our own caramel from scratch, but time is of the essence; so here is a quick way to make caramel or chocolate covering for the apples leaving more time for the fun part: dipping & decorating.

Bag of soft caramels and/or chocolate. Melt down according to the package. 5-10 apples from small to medium size. Any kind like small honey crisp, golden delicious, tart Granny Smith apples.

Toppings and Directions

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Ingredients

• 1 cup each of desired toppings such as Rice Krispies cereal, crushed Butter Fingers, Reese’s Pieces, Swedish Fish, popcorn, mini chocolate chips, chopped peanuts, walnuts or almond slivers, and mini marshmallows. • Yank the apple stem off of apple and stab a Popsicle stick into the apple core as the replacement. Meanwhile, melt down about 1 cup of caramel/chocolate. Dip and twirl the apple a bit and hold over the pot to let excess caramel/chocolate drip off. Then dip and roll apple in the topping(s) of your choice. Be creative with the toppings (after all, it’s your apple) by coating only half of the apple. Place apples on parchment-paper lined plate or tray and refrigerate for 1 hour.

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And a quick tip for clean up: add water to the pot of caramel/chocolate, boil it, and dump down the drain with running hot water. A special thanks to the Cooper Family – Look for more “Cookin’ with the Coopers” in upcoming issues of Jersey Shore Family.

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s g r H e n b i a o ppen Oct October 8th -9th, 10am to 6pm October 1st & 2nd

Fall Fest @ Morey’s Piers

Enjoy face painting, givaways, story telling, stroller events &more October 1st & 2nd

Oktoberfest @ Smithville

10am-5pm Crafts, vendors, train rides, carosel, and more family fun!

9am -5pm start the day at 5th - 14th St. on Asbury Ave. for 400 crafter, food vendors, music and more. In the evening, family night entertainment on the boardwalk with fireworks beginning at 9:30pm. October 8th

Irish Fest @ Smithville

11am-6pm Smithville Irish Festival www.smithvilleirishfestival.com

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Ghost Host

South Jersey Pumpkin Show 2011

“Two day Family Fall Festival”

6:30-9pm hosted by Twp of Hamilton Historical Society October 22nd & 23rd

Waterfront Food & Wine Fest @ Lake Lenape in Mays Landing

12-5pm • 10 SJ wineries for tasting presented by Mays Landing Merchant Accociation

At the Atlantic County 4-H Fairground, Rte. 50 Egg Harbor City • sjpumpkinshow.com Craftsmen,Home Show, Weigh Off, Hayrides October 29th, 1st tour 5pm Food, Live Bands, Contests, Shopping

(856) 765-0118

Absecon Lighthouse Haunted Tour

October 8th & 9th

Come visit the Absecon Lighthouse to hear the “true” ghost stories. Reservations are required; fee included.

Fall Fest @ Morey’s Piers

October 29th

Enjoy face painting, givaways, story telling, stroller events &more

Halloween event @ Atlantic City Aquarium

October 9th

October 31st

October 8th

Ocean City Block Party & Fireworks SpectaCular

October 21st

Morey’s Piers Souper Sunday Chili & Chowder Cook off... Vote for your favorite! October 14th & 15th

Sports & Fitness Expo

Held in conjunction with the AC Marathon • www.acmarathon.org/ October 16th

AC Marathon/Fun Run http://www.acmarathon.org/ October 22nd & 23rd

Ocean City Hayrides

on the Boardwalk -FREE12-4pm hosted by the Shirt Shack. 6th St. - 12th st. free pumpkins, face painting, trick or treat Say you saw it in Jersey Shore Family!

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Egg Harbor Townsh ip - Oct. 31st 6-8pm Egg Harbor City -Oct. 31st 6-8pm Hammonton - Oct. 31 st 6-8pm & Oct. 22nd 1-3pm Do wntown Merchants Linwood - Oct. 31st 6-8pm Mays Landing -Oct. 31st 6-8pm Margate - Oct. 31st 5-7pm Mullica - Oct. 31st 68pm Ocean City - Oct. 31 st 6-8pm & Oct. 29th 2-4pm Do wntown Merchants Ventnor - Oct. 31st 57 pm Shore Mall - Oct. 31 st 11am-4pm Hamilton Mall - Oct. 31st 5-7pm

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November Happenings November 24

November 5th

10am -6pm

Fall Craft & Gift Extravaganza

For a complete calendar of events vi sit

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Clarion Hotel Ctr., Egg Harbor Twp. Lots of Great Vendors, Music, Demonstrations, Local performers, Door Prizes & Give-a-ways.

& click on “Calendar”

November 5th

Candlelight Walk @ Cold Spring Village

Visit selected buildings where wine, cheese, and lite fare will be served. (advance tickets only) November 6th

“Fall Back”

Don’t forget to change those clocks!

November 25th

5:30-8pm until Jan. 2nd November 26th & 27th

Ocean City Breakfast with Santa 8:30-11:30am

Photos with Santa 12-3pm and every weekend in December November 11th

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Where kids can eat free or for cheap pretty much every night of the week..

1pm-8pm Get one free kids meal per paying adult.

All Day Get one free kids meal per paying adult. Rainforest Café 2201 Boardwalk, AC 5pm - close “Family Night”

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TUESDAYS $45 per issue Denny’s

335 Tilton Rd., Northfield with a 4 issue commitment 677-9400 THURSDAYS 242 E. White Horse Pike, ($180 Total) Al’s Pizza Galloway 404-9003 White Horse Pike, Galloway 4pm-10pm Get one free kids “Family Night” Get one free Purch meal per paying adult. kids meal per paying adult. (exp. 1 5pm-8pm Free face painting. FRIDAYS Pizza Hut IHOP 4618 BHP, 6825 Tilton Rd. EHT 641-2499 Mays Landing 484-8687 335 E. White Horse Pike, 4pm-10pm Get one free kids Galloway 748-0332 meal per paying adult. 5pm-8pm Up to three kids get (drinks not incl.) personal pan pizza and drink for FREE when the table orSATURDAYS ders a medium or large pizza. Denny’s Old Country Buffet 335 Tilton Rd., Northfield Mays Landing 383-8667 677-9400 3:30pm-8:30pm “School 242 E. White Horse Pike, GalUniform Night” ages 2-11 loway 404-9003 Mays Landing Diner 4pm-10pm Get one free kids Rt. 40, Mays Landing 625-5051 meal per paying adult. Get one free kids meal per 5pm-8pm Free face painting. paying adult. Offers are subject to change. We recommend that you call ahead and verify these offers are still valid.

Veterans Day

Honoring Military Veterans November 19th

Grand arrival of Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus

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At Storybook Land at 5pm Lighting of the park with thousands and thousands of lights!

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November 15th & 16th

Quiet Fest in Ocean City 9am-5pm

November 19th

Shore Mall Welcomes Santa November 20th

Free Horse & Carriage Rides @ Ocean City City Hall

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Diabetes in Children by Deanne P. Walther, RDT

Diabetes in children is now called Type 1, formerly known as juvenile diabetes or insulindependent, and is a condition where the body does not make insulin. Type 1 Diabetes is diagnosed in children and young adults. Type 2 Diabetes is usually diagnosed in older groups but recently has been growing in children due to inactivity and obesity being on the rise. This type of diabetes is controlled with oral agents. Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes: The symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes are often subtle, but they can become severe. They include: • Increased thirst • Increased hunger (especially after eating) • Dry mouth • Nausea and occasionally vomiting • Abdominal pain • Frequent urination • Unexplained weight loss (even • • • •

though you are eating and feel hungry)

Fatigue (weak, tired feeling) Blurred vision Heavy, labored breathing Frequent infections of the skin, urinary tract, or vagina

Signs of an emergency with Type 1 Diabetes include: • Shaking and confusion • Rapid breathing • Fruity smell to the breath • Abdominal pain • Loss of consciousness (rare)

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All people with Type 1 Diabetes must use insulin injections to control their blood sugar. The exact cause of Type 1 Diabetes is unknown. Scientists do know that in most people with Type 1 Diabetes, the body’s own immune system — which normally fights harmful bacteria and viruses — mistakenly destroys the insulin-producing (islet) cells in the pancreas. Genetics may play a role in this process, and exposure to certain viruses may trigger the disease. Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes is a lifelong commitment of blood sugar monitoring, insulin, healthy eating and regular exercise — even for kids. And as the child grows and changes, so will his or her diabetes treatment plan. Over the years, the child may need different doses or types of insulin, a new meal plan, or other treatment changes. Type 2 Diabetes* • Any of the type 1 symptoms • Frequent infections • Blurred vision • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal • Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet • Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections *Often people with Type 2 Diabetes have no symptoms In Type 2 Diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the

reading list If Your Child Is Overweight: A Guide for Parents, 3rd Edition by Susan Kosharek, MS, RD. American Dietetic Association, 2006.

Written in an easy-to-use format, readers will find simple how-to instructions to help guide children ages 4 to 12 to change the way they eat.

Better Food for Kids: Your Essential Guide to Nutrition for All Children from Age 2 to 10, 2nd Edition by Joanne Saab, RD and Daina Kalnins, MSc, RD. Robert Rose, Inc. 2010.

A collection of 200 recipes, plus chapters on vitamins and minerals, vegetarian diets, food allergies, childhood obesity, and avoiding food contamination.

helpful websites www.ChooseMyPlate.gov www.jdrf.org www.childrenwithdiabetes.com References:

www.mayoclinic.com/health/type-1-diabetes-in-children/DS00931 www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/type-1/ www.eatright.org/

body to be able to use glucose for energy. When one eats food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can lead to diabetes complications. tests Glycated Hemoglobin (A1C) test is a blood test that indicates an average blood sugar level for the past two to three months. It works by measuring the percentage of blood sugar attached to hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells. The higher the blood sugar levels, the more hemoglobin that has sugar attached. An A1C level of 6.5 percent or higher on two separate tests indicates diabetes.

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A child’s target A1C goal may vary depending on his or her age and various other factors. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) generally recommends slightly higher A1C levels for children and teens than for adults because children are less likely to notice the symptoms of low blood sugar levels. For children younger than age 6, the ADA recommends an A1C of less than 8.5 percent. In children between ages 6 and 12, the recommendation is for an A1C under 8 percent, and teenagers are advised to try to keep their A1C under 7.5 percent. Parents need to work closely with the child’s doctor and a registered dietitian to establish goals for insulin control and eating habits. Children with diabetes need to get regular, daily, physical activity.

Deanne P. Walther is a Registered Dietetic Technician & a mom of 7 year old boy/girl twins. She is in her final semester and will earn a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in the Nutrition Field and will be a Registered Dietitian. She works per-diem at Virtua Health Systems. She loves to spend time with my family and expanding their horizons through new experiences, which she believes is crucial for the healthy growth and development of young children.

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When: October 2, 2011, registration at 8:30 AM, Walk start at 10:00 AM. Where: Parvin State Park, Pittsgrove What: Lace up your sneakers and join us for the 2011 Walk to Cure Diabetes at Parvin State Park. This three mile walk takes you through the park grounds and along the beach. Afterwards, join us to celebrate with food, beverages, music, dancing, moon bounce for children, and much more. Over 1400 people are expected to be in attendance. When: October 23, 2011, registration at 8:00 AM, Walk start at 9:30 AM Where: The Waterfront at Campbell’s Field, Camden What: Come out to the 2011 Walk to Cure Diabetes at the Waterfront at Campbell’s Field! This three mile walk starts at the Riversharks stadium before taking you along the scenic Waterfront down to the Battleship New Jersey. When you arrive back at the stadium, join us for food, beverages, music, kids crafts, and much more! Over 5000 are expected to be in attendance. Both Walk sites have Walk t-shirts available for anyone who fundraises over $100! For more information or to register for either Walk, please visit our website at www.jdrf.org/southjersey. Day-of registration available (but not preferred).

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All families are unique as are the stories they can tell. This is our story. We are Kira and Rody, and our lives together began in 2005 when we started dating. My husband Rody is kind, generous-a true gentleman--and I knew from early on that he would be a great husband and father. In fact he already was a father to a teenage daughter. He confided in me very early in our relationship that biological children were no longer an option for him. The moment he shared that with me I knew I had one of two choices: walk away from the best man I ever met and just be friends, or continue the relationship taking things one day at a time and seeing where our lives would take us. We fell in love, got married in 2008, and in December of 2009 decided to pursue parenthood, which meant adoption. “It is like waiting for a baby elephant to be born” Anonymous. I heard that one day while watching the Adoption Story on TLC. The quote spoke to my soul so deeply I just knew I needed to be a mom. You see, I love elephants! In our travels, we always make it a point to look for one to add to the collection. After I watched that show I asked my husband, “How would you feel if we adopted a little boy about two or three-years-old?” I was thrilled that he was open to the possibility. We researched three different adoption agencies online and made three appointments. The first appointment was very discouraging. The two main points we took away from it were that it would cost us X amount of dollars and that the wait for an international adoption could be as long as five years. The next appointment was with “Adoptions from The Heart” in Cherry Hill. They specialize in open adoption. It was standing room only, so

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Meeting Joshua for the first time and becoming a new family. many hopeful parents learning about the process of adoption. We met some social workers, and a couple whom recently had been placed with a baby boy. They told us their story. It felt real, and we just knew this was the agency for us. We cancelled the third appointment. Most of 2010 was spent preparing paperwork and attending classes. We had a class about once a month. They were small intimate groups with two social workers and no more than four sets of waiting parents. We learned so much about adoption for example, the age of women pursuing an adoption plan as well as the various reasons behind choosing adoption. We learned more about open adoption and what adoptive parents’ expectations were regarding communication and visits with birth parents. We met a birth mother who told her story. She put so many of our minds and hearts at ease because open adoption can also be thought of by some as co-parenting. She made it clear it is not. What the “openness” allows for is a greater sense of self for an adopted

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child. It helps answer questions that children may have about their physical appearance, their likes and dislikes, and their talents and abilities. Openness also allows for knowing one’s medical history, not only on biological parents but, when applicable, also on siblings and extended families. Part of the adoption process is creating a profile key, where the prospective adoptive parents indicate how open they are to adopting babies of a different race or ethnicity, babies with exposure to drugs/alcohol, and babies with other medical or psychological issues. It’s similar to an online dating match process. The pregnant woman makes an adoption plan and certain profile options are presented to her based on her specific situation. When potential adoptive parents are a perfect match, the profile is presented to the pregnant woman without their knowledge. In situations where the match is close, the potential parents will need to decide if they will take on circumstances outside of their initial selections. When potential parents put their profile up for consideration, waiting for the

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The Adoption Answer Book by Brette, McWhorter Sember The Open Adoption Book by Bruce M. Rappaport, PH.D. Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge

Recommended websites www.afth.org/index.html www.adoptivefamiliescircle.com www.affordingadoption.com pregnant woman’ decision is the hardest part. One day in the middle of April, we got a phone call and were told that we had been chosen by a couple expecting a child on July 1. We were thrilled! The birth father was Hispanic like my husband, and the birth mother was Caucasian like me. They wanted to meet us. We were so excited and nervous. We had a good lunch meeting where their social worker and the pregnant woman’s parents joined. The meeting went great, so we immediately began planning and registering for baby items. At the end of May, we got bad news. The birth parents changed their minds. It was such a blow to have to tell family and friends that this was not going to happen. I imagine the feelings we had would be akin to someone experiencing a miscarriage. We learned that in the future we would not again share our good news with the world until we were sure. Now it was time to wait again. July 14, 2011, started like any other work day until 2 pm, when our lives changed forever with the words: “You need to come to Cherry Hill this afternoon. Congratulations, a baby boy was born two days ago, and you have been chosen as parents. He is being released from the hospital later today.” We left work, installed the car seat, and bought

diapers, wipes and formula. Then we drove to meet our son. We arrived at the agency before the social workers, so we made a quick trip to the nearest Babies R Us and bought a few essentials, then back to the office. We pulled into the parking lot just behind our social worker; I got out of the car and looked into the back of the car to see this little hand in the air seemingly waving at us, but I know he was probably just stretching. That first meeting was so special. It was the day we went from being just a married couple to being a complete family. We just love our little baby boy, Joshua, so much. His name means “God Saves,” and that is exactly what this baby did for us. Although we aren’t practicing religion, that meaning is perfect because God surely did save this baby boy for us. He is so precious, and brings so much happiness not only to Rody and me, but also to his sister, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. We always remember that his first love, and perhaps the most important love, came from his birth-mother. She loved him so much that she gave him up because she wanted him to have all of the opportunities he would not have had otherwise. It was her love that helped build our family: Kira, Rody and Joshua; mommy, daddy and baby, and our story is just beginning.

Kira and Rody are proud new parent’s of Joshua. Kira is a Hotel Front Desk Manager, and Rody is a Housekeeping Manager at one of Atlantic City’s Casinos. When we are not working, Rody is most likely to be building a piece of furniture in his workshop, while Kira enjoys reading or watching a good movie. We both like to travel, shop, and go to the beach.

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