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Save the Babies!!

5 Feb

So, I am not one for fundraising.  It’s hard work, money is tight and I don’t want to bother you.  Except I’m going to bother you.

Every single day I look at my son and I cannot believe how lucky I am.  Some days I can get stuck in “what if’s”–which seem to always boil down to “What if we weren’t so lucky??”.  That is what motivated me to join The March of Dimes for the March for Babies.  I am actually surprised at how strongly I feel about this cause.  I wish that every family could be as lucky as mine and if raising money for The March of Dimes can give other families a fighting chance, then I am all for it!!

So–expect me to be bothering you a lot about this.  You should donate because you know someone who was born prematurely and you wish you could have helped.  You should donate because you know someone who was born healthy and you are thankful.  You should donate because every family deserves to be healthy and happy!

Please, please consider helping me.  Every little bit will help!  For those really motivated people–consider joining my team, Carson’s Clan!

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One Year Old Birthday Parties…

6 Sep

Carson has A LOT of friends.  He is very popular.  (READ: We have a lot of friends with kids Carson’s age).  I used to dread kid birthday parties, but I have taken a total 180 on this, and now I thoroughly enjoy them.  That being said, I have taken a different approach to one-year-old gift giving.  As in, I do not do it.  I don’t really know what my friends think about this.  Here’s my thoughts on it–When I see a giant pile of gifts for a one-year-old, I don’t think I need to contribute to it.  What does a one-year-old TRULY NEED?  Not much, I can tell you that.  Also, a one-year-old is not going to know what I am bringing or not bringing to their party.  I am the first to admit that the one-year-old birthday party is primarily about the mother.  Not the father, or even the one-year-old.  It is about the mom.  I think it is a celebration that you made it through the crucial first year. 

Anyways, back to the gift-giving…What I have decided to do instead of traditional gift giving is give a donation to a charity that is a good fit for the one-year-old’s family.  I feel good about this decision.  At a recent birthday party I went to, I donated to Autism Speaks because I know that this is an important charity to this family.  The nice thing is that an e-card is delivered to the family saying a donation was made in the child’s name. 

As the kids get older, I will definitely give gifts.  But for now, I truly feel that rather than adding to a pile of gifts, donating to a charity is a better way to celebrate making it through one year with a happy, healthy child.  I’m curious to know what you think?

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