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Catching Up

I’ve been a little busy these past couple of months and unfortunately my blog has slid to the back burner. We’ve had both tragic and exciting things transpire lately, but I hope to be getting back to the blog to document everything along the way. There is so much I want to blog about, but for now, I’ll just let the pictures do the talking….

Daddy and Little Man on the Hiwassee River–

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Big Brother and his grandmother braved the rapids as well-

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And the little one thinks he is ready-
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4th of July fun-

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A New Year

“Hope
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”
― Alfred Tennyson

DSC_0539We welcomed 2014 with a New Year’s Day Hike and with a sigh of relief we said goodbye to a tumultuous year filled with pain, loss, grief and one unexpected blessing. We’re still trudging along and dealing with some of the hardships we’ve been dealt, but we’re ushering in the new year with hope and optimism as well. We chose to start the year off with a hike as a way to solidify our resolution that this year will center on our family connecting on a deeper level with nature.  We look forward to the bonding, healing and wisdom that we will gain from our time together outdoors. DSC_0546alt DSC_0549alt DSC_0557 DSC_0565 DSC_0572

Happy new year to you all!

 

Clean Water for your Valentine

As January draws to a close, I wanted to blog about one more social issue that you may consider in time for Valentine’s Day. I’ll be back in February with more regular blogging!

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My kitchen sink. The shower. The flushing of my toilet.

All of these places have one thing in common-the extraordinary ability to  easily provide safe water for drinking, cooking, cleansing my hands, bathing and  sanitation.  All of these things I use on a regular basis without a single thought as to how much we take clean water for granted.

But the sad reality is that so much of our world does not have easy access to clean water.

  • worldwide 800 million people do not have access to clean water and 2.5 billion have nowhere safe and clean to go to the toilet.
  • As a result, 2,000 children die every day from easily prevented diarrheal diseases with countless more unable to attend school.
  • Millions of women are unable to work because they spend so much time collecting water and caring for sick children.

That’s why I’m so happy to blog about WaterAid.

wateraidnp28_726-1“Founded in 1981, this charity transforms lives by helping the world’s poorest people gain access to safe water and sanitation. Together with local organizations, communities and individuals, WaterAid uses affordable and locally appropriate solutions to provide safe water, effective sanitation and hygiene education to people in developing countries.

WaterAid has programs in 27 countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific region and Central America, and offices in the US, the UK, Australia and Sweden.”

And just in time for Valentine’s Day, you can spread some love by donating the gift of clean, life-saving water in honor of your Valentine. Go here to learn more!

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globalteamI wrote this post as part of The Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that concentrates on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health.

Our Motto: Individually we are all powerful. Together we can change the world. We believe in the power of collective action to help others and believe in ourselves to make this world a better place for our children and the world’s children.

Human Trafficking: What You Might Not Know

Most of us have probably heard various facts and figures thrown out in the media about the large numbers of humans that are exploited, abused and sold as victims of human trafficking. In fact, you probably conjure up images of far away, developing nations where poverty is a way of life and trafficking is common.

So what if I told you that the U.S. is a major player in the human trafficking crisis? 

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There have been reports of human trafficking in all 50 U.S. states. In fact, The U.S. is considered one of the major destinations for trafficking victims.

Hits close to home, doesn’t it?

What’s even more disturbing are the statistics:

  • Around the world today, the estimated number of trafficking victims ranges from 20-30 million
  • roughly 26% of all trafficking victims are children

So how can we ignore nearly 5.5 million children, especially when some of them are here in the U.S.?  It seems like such a staggering statistic, but there are ways you can help.

UNICEF works to protect all children from violence, exploitation, and abuse—aiming to reduce factors that make children vulnerable to trafficking and creating protective environments that guard children against exploitation in the same way that good health and nutrition fortify them against disease.

The End Trafficking project is the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s initiative to raise awareness about child trafficking and mobilize communities to take meaningful action to help protect children. In partnership with concerned individuals and groups, the End Trafficking project aims to bring us all closer to a day when there are ZERO exploited children.

To learn more, please visit UNICEF’S End Trafficking website.  Ready to do more? Click here to view UNICEF’s ‘End Trafficking Toolkit‘ for real ways you can make a difference. The first step is educating yourself and then raising your voice.

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globalteamI wrote this post as part of The Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that concentrates on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health.

Our Motto: Individually we are all powerful. Together we can change the world. We believe in the power of collective action to help others and believe in ourselves to make this world a better place for our children and the world’s children.

One Blessed Nest

Our Christmas was truly blessed this year.

There were presents…

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Fun with family…

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And even one huge surprise…

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Looking forward to the new year! I have a feeling it’s going to be a magnificent one.

Happy New Year Everyone!  Wishing you lots of love and blessings in the coming year.

Maternity Worldwide and Last Minute Christmas Gifts

Still trying to think of a last minute gift for that person on your list who has everything?  Instead of hitting the crowded mall, why not save a life instead?  You can with a just a click of your mouse and it’s certainly not too late.

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Did you know that 800 mothers die each day while giving birth?  800.  Think about that number.  800 hopeful, nervous women who long to hold their precious gifts will not live to do so.

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Maternity Worldwide wants to change this staggering statistic.  And you can help them do it this year by simply purchasing a  ’Save a Life This Christmas’, their alternative Christmas gift of a Safe Birth Certificate for $24 and $81 for an emergency delivery for a mother in sub Saharan Africa

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The Statistics:

Having a baby should be a time of great joy and hope. But every year across the world 287,000 women die in pregnancy and childbirth. That’s one mother dying every 2 minutes, 800 each day. Another 7-10 million women and girls suffer severe or long lasting illnesses caused by complications in pregnancy and childbirth. These women do not need to suffer and die; most lives could be saved relatively easily and cheaply.

  • 162,000 deaths in childbirth occur in sub Saharan Africa, that’s 56% of the total.
  • Women and girls living in poor countries face a much greater risk of dying in pregnancy and childbirth then those living in wealthy countries. 99% of deaths take place in developing countries.
  • The maternal mortality ratio (that is the number of women dying per 100,000 live births) is 240 in developing countries compared with 16 in developed countries.
  • In Sub-Saharan Africa the maternal mortality ratio is 500 per 100,000 live births.
  • A woman’s lifetime risk of dying in pregnancy or childbirth is 1 in 150 in developing countries compared to 1 in 3800 in developed countries.
  • In Sub-Saharan Africa the lifetime risk of dying in childbirth risk rises to 1 in 39. This compares with a risk of just 1 in 4600 for mothers living in the UK.
  • Poorer women, particularly those living in rural areas with poor access to health services are far more likely to die in childbirth than those who are wealthier or who live in urban areas.

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But there is hope.  In fact, there’s a solution that you can be a part of today.

By ordering a Safe Birth Certificate you will enable a mother in a developing country to safely give birth to her baby.  Long after the bubble bath has been used and the Christmas hampers have been eaten you will have given a lasting gift which will save a mother’s life and enable her baby to grow up with their mum.

A Safe Birth Certificate can be personalised with your own message and either sent directly to the recipient or to you to give to them. Order one here today: http://www.maternityworldwide.org/news/save-a-life-this-christmas

(Maternity Worldwide’s website is British so the amounts are in pounds. When you give, it will automatically change to dollars upon checkout.)

So what are you waiting for? Give the best gift under the tree–a chance to save a life.

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globalteamI wrote this post as part of The Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that concentrates on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health.

Our Motto: Individually we are all powerful. Together we can change the world. We believe in the power of collective action to help others and believe in ourselves to make this world a better place for our children and the world’s children.