Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Walk4US: September 23, 2006

I'm so excited about a new opportunity to help unborn children that I just learned about at church on Sunday. It's called Ride4Us (Ride For Ultrasound), and it is a day where people can choose to ride bicycles, run, or walk to raise money to put an ultrasound machine in a local crisis pregnancy center. This year's beneficiary is the Gig Harbor Care Net Pregnancy Center.

Jason and I no longer have our bikes, and I certainly cannot run fives miles straight(not to mention Sadie), so we're going to be "trekking 4 toddlers." I'm hoping we can raise a few hundred dollars in pledges to help this group reach their goal of $40,000. This is such a practical way to give help and show love for unborn babies and their mothers.

Here is a paragraph from Ride4US's site that explains the importance of getting ultrasounds into crisis pregnancy centers:

The life-giving and life-changing impact of ultrasounds are astonishing: in 2005, CPC of Pierce County performed 530 first-trimester ultrasounds for women considering their options. Upon seeing tiny, little fingers and toes, 507 women (96%) chose to bring a baby into the world surrounded by Care Net's loving network of support (counseling, medical care, maternity homes, daycare and adoption services). CPC's network provides care for as long as support is needed.

What's more, should we finish our walk in a timely manner, I'm hoping to run across the northern border (in our car, that is) and attend
a benefit concert for a crisis pregnancy center in British Columbia that night. So, September 23, 2006 will be a day for the babies.

Any prayers you could throw our way would be greatly appreciated. The walk won't be difficult physically to complete, but we need prayers to help us raise pledge money, considering we found out about this on such short notice. Thank you!


Flicka Spumoni said...

Way to make a differenc, Justine!

One baby at a time, we'll know our full impact in heaven. That's motivating, huh?

Flicka Spumoni said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!

My birthday is precisely one month later. I'm 36 soon. Yikes! I still think I'm in my mid twenties...

So, I hope you and your husband, friends and family celebrate wonderful you late into the night.

Justine said...

Thanks, Flicka!

How'd ya know about my birthday?

I finally feel ensconced in my thirties. Thirty was too close to twenty-nine, and thirty-one passed by without much notice on my part. But thirty-two has really sunk in. I guess, though I've had the trappings of adulthood for a while now (spouse, house, child), I'm only feeling it now. It's not bad, actually. I'm putting away my childish things.

An early happy birthday to you, October baby!

(How I spent my birthday: I stayed up 'til 2 AM watching the new "Pride and Prejudice" movie -- a review of which will be hitting Austensorium soon for all who may be interested.)

Flicka Spumoni said...

I went to your "about the author" page in The Singing Sparrow and saw your birth date there.

By the way, another great post over there. You continue to do really nice stuff.

Pride and Prejudice till 2 am? Sounds fantastic - but only if you got to sleep in the next day as part of the deal.

CrazyJo said...

Happy Belated Birthday! I had marked it on my calander a while back (with grand visions of actually sending a card or something), but my hubby stole the calander for his office, and I forgot about the b-day until I saw my reminder today when I was in the office searching for something in the piles o' crap on his desk. Argh! Anyways, it sounds like you had a fairly good one. Did you like the movie? I enjoyed it when I saw it earlier in the year.
Hope you all are doing well. I'm getting ready to head to Florida for a few days. Can't wait to see the family! :D