22 April, 2009

March of Dimes 3-mile walk

The upcoming Hattiesburg’s
March of Dimes walk
will be in honor of my friends
Lauree & Jerry’s daughter
Mallory Maycee

Mallory Maycee was born in November of 2007, thirteen weeks too soon.

Lauree’s pregnancy was a gift. After 15 years of marriage and being told she wouldn't have children AND being knee-deep in an adoption process, she found out they were pregnant. At 35 years young, Lauree’s age was deemed to be old when considering birthing children, and therefore labeling her pregnancy as high-risk.

She developed a condition known as HELLP Syndrome (a placenta disorder) that nearly claimed her life and unfortunately STILL causes her problems. As a matter of fact, she is technically in heart failure even today...a year and a half later.

Mallory Maycee Mooney (pictured above) was born on November 8th, 2007 due to an emergency c-section. She weighed 1 lb. 4 ozs. Mallory Maycee was a beautiful baby and looked so perfect...except she was tiny! Hearing all the risks and challenges she faced, Lauree and Jerry remained optimistic and happy, which should have been a good thing. However, when she was 3 weeks old (having spent her entire life in an incubator on feeding and breathing tubes), her lack of an immune system resulted in her inability to fight an infection. She lost her battle, Lauree and Jerry lost their daughter, and Lauree lost her will to live. All that has changed. As she continues to recover, she has have made it her mission to help others... PLEASE HELP US to raise awareness and money for the March of Dimes.

Our team has joined thousands of compassionate teams across the country that support March for Babies. Won't you please help us in this worthy cause?

The Coast Division Chapter of March of Dimes will hold a 3-mile walk on May 9, 2009 in Mallory’s memory. Meet us at:
The Bottling Company
126 Mobile Street
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Walk Distance: 3 miles
Registration Time: 9:45AM
Start Time: 10:15 AM

Team Mallory Maycee needs your help!!! Nothing will bring Jerry and Lauree ’s angel back, but it is my hope and prayer that donations collected in Mallory's name and honor will save the life of some other precious baby and salvage the hope of another family. If you would like to make your donation online, please click on the badge on the left.

If you can, I hope to see you downtown Hattiesburg on May 9th. Let’s walk together for Mallory Maycee.

18 April, 2009

¡Cuerpo a tierra!

In one of the language forums I frequent someone asked for a translation for ¡Cuerpo a tierra! This is an expression used in the military or when there is a dangerous situation. Loosely translated it means body on the ground a.k.a. on the ground face down taking cover.

Since I was not sure of the translation, I explained the context and the situations where one would use this expression to my English-native-speaker fiancé. "Is "duck" used in this context?" And what do I get as a confirmation? He starts singing: duck and cover, duck and cover, you know Bert the turtle. Of course I am looking at him confused. I have no idea who Bert is, nor that it is a turtle. A few seconds later I am watching this video:

It seems that this video was shown at schools to teach children about the possibilities of an imminent attack on the U. S. back in the fifties and sixties, during the peak of the cold war. One learns something everyday...
¡Cuerpo a tierra! = Duck and cover.