Dec 22 2010

love.

photo by joemiller1 on flickr.com

I came across this photo today while exploring flickr. It really hit me when I saw it, it reminded me of how, even in the depths of our sin, Christ came to us and loved on us. He never threw us out onto the the streets, mocked or harassed us, nor took away our rights. Yet, here in the 21st century, we claim to be Christians, to be Christ-like. But we throw out, we judge, we assault, we rebuke, we take away their rights. All of this in the name of the Lord. What does he think off all of this? He distinctly tells us to love one another, and to come to them in love. He says to correct + rebuke with love, not hate. Their is a vast difference between rebuking a sinner, exposing corruption, correcting someone in love or disciplining ones children; and judging wrongfully. Over the centuries, our world has been distorted, and our view of it more-so.

1 Corinthians 6: 1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? 2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. 5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?”

I am sorry. I am  sorry that we as a people who claim to love Christ, and claim to love others, cast such judgement upon you. I am sorry that I have done the same. It is my prayer and petition that this year, and the years that follow, we learn to love,  like Christ loved. Like Christ Loves.

Thats my two cents.


Apr 8 2010

dirty feet.

Over the past few years a company has brought a new vision to shoe sales. And a new vision to giving. TOMS shoes has launched a campaign, that hopefully more companies will hop onto the wagon with – its called “one for one”. For every pair of shoes purchase a pair is donated to a child without any. To date TOMS has given over 600,000 pairs of shoes to children in need! Thanks to their amazing customers!

“TOMS Shoes was founded on a simple premise: With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One. Using the purchasing power of individuals to benefit the greater good is what we’re all about. The TOMS One for One business model transforms our customers into benefactors, which allows us to grow a truly sustainable business rather than depending on fundraising for support.”

Many children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or going to school, these children are at risk:

•A leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted diseases, which can penetrate the skin through bare feet. Wearing shoes can help prevent these diseases, and the long-term physical and cognitive harm they cause.

•Wearing shoes also prevents feet from getting cuts and sores. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected.

Today, 08April2010, the world joined together to advocate for global awareness on these devastating occurrences. Today, people all across the globe went without shoes to “walk a mile in their ‘shoes'” or well.. in this case, walk a mile in their feet. It was an incredible experience, a painful one at that, for even my indian feet that are so accustomed to not wearing shoes… Our prayers go out to all of the sweet soles (pun intended) that are prone to illnesses because of their lack of proper foot attire.


Apr 5 2010

walk. bike. run.

Illness. Disease. Cancer. Death. We’ve all faced it, in some way or another; we know someone affected by it, and in some cases – we are the victims of it. Unfortunately, the perpetrators of these crimes against life are not always known. Nor, can they be apprehended like that of a criminal. These perpetrators of the human mainframe attack, some times quickly, and other times they come and go painfully for years. These diseases kill hundreds each day, and many times, us medical personelle are entirely powerless to stop it.

But we can change that. By participating in these walks, not only are we raising awareness, we are working together to raise funds for the research community to investigate the causes, the strains, and one day – the cure for these heartbreaking diagnosis’.

Each day we walk, we talk to our cars to go to work. We walk to get our morning coffee. We walk to get out midmorning coffee. We walk to get our afternoon coffee. We walk to get our lunch, to grab the phone, to talk on the phone, to get a fax, to go to the restroom. We walk to get to our cars that will hopefully lead us back home in one piece safely in the arms of our loving families. We walk to get the remote for the tele. We walk to put our kids to bed. Heck… somedays we even walk to get our evening coffee…. Each day, the average human walks 2 miles per day – and most of the time its for mindless tasks. What if… we took those 2 miles and made them count?

What if, something as simple as taking a walk, going for a run, or even riding your bike could help track down these killers?

What if we took that hour you spend on the couch on Saturday morning snuggled with your children, watching Dora + taught them the value of helping another person. Many people think of volunteering, petitioning, lobbying, or mearly being involved in an interest group will devour your time. And yes, it can… but what if time is not something you have much of? But you want to make a difference, you want to help, you want to give hope, but you just don’t know where to get started. Here is were you can get started, give up 2-3 hours of a Saturday morning with the family and go walk, bike, or run for an organization that you support. This year I will be walking in the MS walk, the March of Dimes, the Race for the Cure + the Recovery Run… and you all should join me!

So, whatever you do, whether you bike, you run, you push a stroller, our you just like to walk in the fresh air, here are some great events that not only help the community, but help yourself {I can hear that bag of chips crunching as your reading this…}! I have a team signed up for each of these {in Utah, except for the bike race – but I know people who can get ya hooked up!}, If you would like to join my team shoot me an email at allegri{at}andkate{dot}org! (:

MS walk + MS bike race
March of Dimes
Susan Komen – Race for the Cure
Recovery Run


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 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 cnn.com 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.