Friday, October 15, 2010


I'm supporting

women and children.
In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year just walking for water. Women and children usually bear the burden of water collection, walking miles to the nearest source, which is unprotected and likely to make them sick.

Time spent walking and resulting diseases keep them from school, work and taking care of their families.

Along their long walk, they're subjected to a greater risk of harassment and sexual assault. Hauling cans of water for long distances takes a toll on the spine and many women experience back pain early in life.

With safe water nearby, women are free to pursue new opportunities and improve their families’ lives. Kids can earn their education and build the future of their communities.
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I would like to encourage everyone to open their eyes, and especially their hearts and do something. It doesn't have to be BIG. But it could be. I think you might be amazed at how your friends and family will come out to support you. I know I was blown away. Give up your birthday, have a lemonade stand or a bake sale. Or just donate to someone else's birthday campaign at random.

YOU can make a difference.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Water = Life = Love

Tomorrow. Let's talk H2O.

Blog Action Day 2010: Water from Blog Action Day on Vimeo.


The silence of my phone not ringing 817 is deafening.
Way more so than the silence before we received the call with our referral.

There is a long list, a super long list, of stuff that we need to get through before bringing home baby boy. But somehow it remains long without anything checked off.

We are trying to be patient.
Trying and failing.

Come on 817... Ring! Today!

edited to add: this post got me off my bum and there are now three things checked off my list. Nothing like a little pity party to motivate! ;)