Mar 31 2010

lay me down.

A few months ago I stumbled upon the blogs of Shey + Angie. Blogs that I soon became utterly obsessed with reading. These two lovely ladies blogged their emotional roller-coaster of pregnancies they each had. Each post was filled with; love, fear, pain, sorrow, faith, grief, hope, surrender, agony,  grace, confusion, despair, + eventually, loss. These two wonderful ladies began their journey’s with the joy + excitement of the life that was growing inside of them, unfortunately both of these ladies had the same dire ending, that left them leaving the hospital with an empty car-seat + coming home to a house with an empty crib. The faith, hope and love that these amazing women (and their families) faced throughout their pregnancies rivals that, that moves mountains. Both Shey + Angie went in for their midterm check ups, and left with dire news, their babies were unlikely to survive full term, yet alone outside of the protective shell of the uterus.

~:: Audrey Caroline ::~ | ~:: Whitney Jill ::~

“Imagine a photo shoot where each moment is a last moment, where there will be no second takes, where what you’re doing means everything.” -NILMDTS

Lately, Sawyer has been talking about how he would love to become a photographer for the non-profit organization “Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep“. This organization works with families who’s babies have fatal diagnosis’; families who’s first moments with their infant are tragically also their last. The death of an infant happens more than anybody cares to talk about, but for so many people its real. The goal of this organization is to gather a pool of professional photographers who donate their time + talents to capture a moment families will never be able to recreate.

Mar 30 2010

there + back again.

It seems like it has been forever since I last posted, but, amazingly, its only been a week. Time sure seems to fly a lot faster when your having fun! Or sitting in bed sick (but that’s a whole other story there!). Bleh. As this year was Sawyer’s last (woo hoo!) University Spring Break, we decided take a road trip to Nevada to celebrate.

After what seemed like ages… we arrived in dearest Clark County, Nevada + our real journey had just began.

We had lots of fun for the few days that we were out there. We spent lots of time in the wonderfully warm spring sun. We experienced all sorts of new, fun, exciting + things for each person, including Kobe beef (sooo yummy!)… ice lounges… harassed by LVPD for photographs… rock climbing in Red Rocks. Here are some photo’s from the trip!

Mar 22 2010

40 years in the making. (why I support health care reform).

Last night. History was made. America took one huge step towards a greater tomorrow. A greater tomorrow for ALL citizens. A great step that hasn’t been made since the passing of medicaid in 1965.

To view how this reform could effect you. Click here. To see the year by year breakdown from Reuters, click here. To view the PFD document of the bill. Click here.

As soon as health care passes, the American people will see immediate benefits. The legislation will:

  • Prohibit pre-existing condition exclusions for children in all new plans;
  • Provide immediate access to insurance for uninsured Americans who are uninsured because of a pre-existing condition through a temporary high-risk pool;
  • Prohibit dropping people from coverage when they get sick in all individual plans;
  • Lower seniors’ prescription drug prices by beginning to close the donut hole;
  • Offer tax credits to small businesses to purchase coverage;
  • Eliminate lifetime limits and restrictive annual limits on benefits in all plans;
  • Require plans to cover an enrollee’s dependent children until age 26;
  • Require new plans to cover preventive services and immunizations without cost-sharing;
  • Ensure consumers have access to an effective internal and external appeals process to appeal new insurance plan decisions;
  • Require premium rebates to enrollees from insurers with high administrative expenditures and require public disclosure of the percent of premiums applied to overhead costs.

By enacting these provisions right away, and others over time, we will be able to lower costs for everyone and give all Americans and small businesses more control over their health care choices. (Crossposted from the House Democrat’s blog)

View President Barack Obama’s response to the historic victory in the struggle for health care reform as the House of Representatives passed a sweeping bill overhauling the American medical system.

See the debates + minute by minute breakdown from here.

As Bono Vox once stated: “Where you live, should not determine if you live or die.” My belief extends that to, not only where you live; what your families income level, or what illnesses you are succumbed to; – should not determine if you are eligible for affordable heath + life sustaining care.

I personally know 100’s of people, clients, patients + friends; whom if this reform did not pass, could be stripped of their insurance with a slight tank in the economy + deemed “uninsurable” because of their pre-existing conditions. Its never seemed ethical to me that businesses could do this to people who need the most help, they end up being the ones who don’t get it because they can’t afford the costs. It’s not ok, its time to change.

Mar 21 2010

alarm vs. me.

Let me start with this. I crave sleep. Probably more than is normal or even healthy for the average twentysomething.

Anyone that has known me for more than say, a week, could easily know/observe that I have a sever love-hate; or maybe even just hate-hate relationship with my alarm clock. Every morning it is the re-occurring battle between me + it’s blasted beep.beepity.beeping. The worst part is, somehow I am able to turn off (note, not sleep through) my alarms (yes, multiple) each morning, without it registering in my mind that it went off. So much so that I have to keep changing the sounds of my alarm clock every few weeks so my body doesn’t become too accustomed to it. I have even placed my iHome completely across my room, and somehow I am still pathetic enough to crawl back into my bed each morning after it beckons me out of my warm seclusion + hibernation. Some say the nuclear holocaust could occur, and after a quick scan of my area (from the vantage point of my pillow, of course), I could just as easily drift back to sleep as though it was a normal day.

See, my body seriously wishes that it was capable of being able to run for 20hours, then sleep for 10hours + then to it all over again -or maybe it was the other way around…  too bad the world doesn’t happen to live on a schedule like that.  So, I thrive for my Mondays + Fridays, in which-for most weeks, I am not scheduled to work until two pm. These days are what I like to refer to as “no alarm days”, days that I allow myself to just snooze all morning without those dreaded beeps. Don’t even get me started on my desire/need for midday naps… However, many nay-sayers state that these days just create my spin down of sleep deprivation further down the rabbit whole.

But well, I disagree. It’s just the alarm vs. me.

Mar 17 2010

off the list.

Today was a was a highly productive + positive day. Yay. I really really needed today.

I got to spend the morning with sweet little C, and because the weather was absolutely a-mazing; I popped her into the baby bjorn + we went for a 3.5 mile walk. Even though it was only 51* outside, little C was a bundle of warmth and she sure had me sweatin’ by the halfway point! Hoping tomorrow is just as nice + we can do it again tomorrow!

In continuation of celebrating the amazing outdoors, Sawyer + I had lunch at Liberty Park; yummy greek. We spent the early afternoon wandering around the park watching little kids feed the ducks + geese; puppies playing; bands practicing; homeless people sleeping.

Sawyer + I then went up to check out a possible wedding location; The Point at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. We had the pleasure of being able to meet the site’s event coordinator + have some questions answered, however as soon as we returned home – more questions came to mind! I really like the location + as a major plus the money goes back to a great cause – cancer research! It’s definitely still on the list of places we really like. We are planning on bringing our mothers up there soon to go on a tour + meet with the planner.

“Hike” to the University of Utah “U”

Today we took the opportunity of having the afternoon free + decided that we were going to finally hike to the “U”. Well, needless to say, it was alot less of a hike than I had expected. As in it was a paved road that leads up to about 20 meters away from the actual “U”, and then its just a partially eroded 70% grade climb for 20 meters to the top… but hey! Its completed + we did it!