Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Red Envelope Day

I'm dropping several red envelopes in the mail today. Will you join me?

Red Envelope Day is an effort asking everyone who opposes abortion and wants to let President Obama know about it, to send red envelope on March 31, 2009 addressed to:

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington , D.C. 20500

On the back you should write:

"This envelope represents one child who died because of an abortion.
It is empty because the life that was taken is now unable to be a part of our world."

P.S. Be sure to include your return address on the envelope. Some post offices are routing all red envelopes without return addresses directly to their "dead letter" departments and not delivering them because they are technically not properly address without a return address.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

PJ Giveaway

I've been currious to try bamboo clothing for a while now. Having grown up in Japan next to a grove of 60-foot tall bamboo trees, I just can't quite imagine how these could make comfortable clothing, but I've heard over and over that they do. So I've entered this Bamboo P.J.s give-away and thought you might enjoy doing entering too.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Prayers Needed for 5-year-old twins

I'm still sick, my kids are still out of town (and I'm getting terribly homesick for them!), but God woke me up at 4am to pray. May I ask you to join me in praying for the cousins of a friend of mine here in Reno. Addi and Cassi have a rare, fatal disorder called Niemann Pick Type C (NPC) disease. It is a lipid storage disease frequently referred to as the "Childhood Alzheimer’s."

According to their medical blog, both girls will be undergoing surgery this morning to implant ports. These ports will allow infusions of an expirimental new treatment for the girls and their first glimmer of real hope that they might win this battle! Please join me in prayer.

Here is a quote from their website that explains a little more about the battle they are up against:
"Every moment of everyday, harmful amounts of fatty substances and cholesterol called "lipids" are rapidly building up in our spleens, livers, lungs, bone marrow, and brains. Our cholesterol is getting stuck inside millions of our cells — not our bloodstreams — and causing a massive traffic jam which is ultimately killing us. Doctors do not fully understand why this is happening to us but they have some clues. They believe a cascade of events is happening inside our bodies - first sphinosphine malfunctions which depletes critical calcium stores from our cells. When calcium is depleted from the cell it creates a bottleneck of lipids in the cells which kills them. To the outside world, we exhibit progressive neurological symptoms which are ultimately fatal in childhood."

Friday, March 13, 2009


The title sums it up. Hit Tuesday moning. By Thursday afternoon my dear in-laws came and picked up the kids. My parents are out of town for 2 weeks but Mom fixed me up with meals Wednesday night before she left (even though she had a badly broken and infected toe herself)!

My primary care doctor thinks it's viral and I'm on anti-motion sickness meds with the offer of valium if I get to the point of being so nausious I can't keep anything donw (with the idea that the valium would basically "put me in a coma" according to the doctor so I could just sleep it all off). I'm doing a pretty good job at sleeping it off without drastic measures, sleeping about 16-18 out of every 24 right now. Symptoms expected to last anywhere from 1-2 week to as long as 1-2 months.

I miss my babies already, but thankful they are having fun on the farm with grandparents while I'm out of commission. While I "know" better in my heart, these are the time satan likes to play head games with me and tell me that this is what happens when a chronically ill woman pursures motherhood in spite of infertility. As my mom was quick to point out, you don't have to have a chronic illness nor an infertility history to have vertigo and that every mom gets sick sometimes. I just feel my "sometimeses" are coming around a lot lately and I wish these times didn't have to impact my ability to be the Mommy I want to be.

Not going to try to edit, so I hope this post is readable. My world is spinning and I'm crawling back into bed.