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I am the daughter of a military man & a mother with a big heart. I am a writer, dreamer, believer, reader, coffee & music lover, and an ocean addict.


"To be nobody-but-myself in a world which its best, night and day to make me everybody else means, to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting."


Aviya Kailani Storm. Born @ 5:55pm on 9/16/14, weighing 5lbs 11oz, and 18.5 inches tall.  

Aviya (Hebrew) means “My Father is God”
Kailani (Hawaiian) means “sea and sky”

The pronunciation is Ah-vee-yah and her nickname would be Avi (Ah-vee)

It’s pretty and the meanings together are nice, as if to say My Father is God over the seas and the sky.

My induction began at 7am and after the pitocin was given I managed the pain of back contractions without an epidural until I was 4cm dilated. Once the epidural was provided it was smooth sailing…for twenty minutes and then the epidural seemed to stop working. My nurse was amazing & words cannot express how grateful I am to her for everything! She upped my epidural meds, switched me from one side to the next, and eventually we figured it out. Within an hour I went from 4cm to 7cm, they broke my water, and then another hour passed and suddenly I was 9.5cm dilated. Again, my nurse (and the student shadowing her) kicked into high gear, keeping check on Aviya’s heart rate, as well as making sure that I was pain free (or something close to it). The back contractions intensified, but the epidural helped immensely and soon it was time to push. I’m blessed that after an hour and fifty five minutes of pushing Aviya made her way safely into this world. 

Things were great…and then the sky fell out when it became apparent that she wasn’t breathing. Within the blink of an eye fifteen other doctors & nurses were rushing into the room to save our baby’s life while my husband and I broke down in a panic. Anita (my nurse), Amy (the student), and my doctor, Jody were beyond incredible in comforting and supporting the both of us while reassuring us that Aviya would be alright and breathe on her own soon. Nothing has ever sounded so glorious as the loud wails of our child as she took her first breath and began to realize that it wasn’t what she had grown accustomed to after nine months in the womb. Our beautiful girl was breathing on her own! She’s a miracle, she’s our perfect miracle!! 

She will stay in the NICU for 72hrs for monitoring & antibiotics. An infection was apparently the cause of her inability to breath upon delivery.

Aviya Kailani Storm. Born @ 5:55pm on 9/16/14, weighing 5lbs 11oz, and 18.5 inches tall.

Aviya (Hebrew) means “My Father is God”
Kailani (Hawaiian) means “sea and sky”

The pronunciation is Ah-vee-yah and her nickname would be Avi (Ah-vee)

It’s pretty and the meanings together are nice, as if to say My Father is God over the seas and the sky.

My induction began at 7am and after the pitocin was given I managed the pain of back contractions without an epidural until I was 4cm dilated. Once the epidural was provided it was smooth sailing…for twenty minutes and then the epidural seemed to stop working. My nurse was amazing & words cannot express how grateful I am to her for everything! She upped my epidural meds, switched me from one side to the next, and eventually we figured it out. Within an hour I went from 4cm to 7cm, they broke my water, and then another hour passed and suddenly I was 9.5cm dilated. Again, my nurse (and the student shadowing her) kicked into high gear, keeping check on Aviya’s heart rate, as well as making sure that I was pain free (or something close to it). The back contractions intensified, but the epidural helped immensely and soon it was time to push. I’m blessed that after an hour and fifty five minutes of pushing Aviya made her way safely into this world.

Things were great…and then the sky fell out when it became apparent that she wasn’t breathing. Within the blink of an eye fifteen other doctors & nurses were rushing into the room to save our baby’s life while my husband and I broke down in a panic. Anita (my nurse), Amy (the student), and my doctor, Jody were beyond incredible in comforting and supporting the both of us while reassuring us that Aviya would be alright and breathe on her own soon. Nothing has ever sounded so glorious as the loud wails of our child as she took her first breath and began to realize that it wasn’t what she had grown accustomed to after nine months in the womb. Our beautiful girl was breathing on her own! She’s a miracle, she’s our perfect miracle!!

She will stay in the NICU for 72hrs for monitoring & antibiotics. An infection was apparently the cause of her inability to breath upon delivery.


nataliecparker:

This weekend, I was toying around with Photoshop, sacrificed 20% of my eyesight to the gods Ghibli, and there was this GIF of my creation. And since in 55 short days, BEWARE THE WILD will arrive in the world, I figure this means it’s time for a GIFaway!
(I’m sorry).
(I’m not sorry). 
However, there’s a catch. I only have one remaining ARC, and I’m afraid to say it’s not in great shape as it’s been defaced by maggie-stiefvater and a silver sharpie.
In the interest of full disclosure, I’m including a picture so you can judge for yourself.

Want it? All you need to do is reblog this post or post the GIF above plus some version of….
"Southern Gothic gets a whole new twist in Natalie C. Parker’s debut novel. Beware the Wild is a riveting and atmospheric page-turner readers won’t want to miss! Pre-order your copy now!”
….sometime in the next 24 hours and you’re entered. US only, please. Only one re/blog counts and “likes” do not count. Use #Beware the Wild Contest.
BONUS, I have something else to throw into the pot. No, it’s not another GIF.
(I regret I have but one GIF to GIF!)
(……still not sorry).
To keep with this theme of beasts on wheels (which, oddly enough, refer to the doodles AND Maggie), I’m also including this doodled upon UK ARC of SINNER.   

I’ll post the winner on Tuesday, August 26th at 1pm CST. 
Good luck!
(GIF base photos via Flickr Creative Commons by Daniel Oines & David Talley)

nataliecparker:

This weekend, I was toying around with Photoshop, sacrificed 20% of my eyesight to the gods Ghibli, and there was this GIF of my creation. And since in 55 short days, BEWARE THE WILD will arrive in the world, I figure this means it’s time for a GIFaway!

(I’m sorry).

(I’m not sorry). 

However, there’s a catch. I only have one remaining ARC, and I’m afraid to say it’s not in great shape as it’s been defaced by maggie-stiefvater and a silver sharpie.

In the interest of full disclosure, I’m including a picture so you can judge for yourself.

Want it? All you need to do is reblog this post or post the GIF above plus some version of….

"Southern Gothic gets a whole new twist in Natalie C. Parker’s debut novel. Beware the Wild is a riveting and atmospheric page-turner readers won’t want to miss! Pre-order your copy now!”

….sometime in the next 24 hours and you’re entered. US only, please. Only one re/blog counts and “likes” do not count. Use #Beware the Wild Contest.

BONUS, I have something else to throw into the pot. No, it’s not another GIF.

(I regret I have but one GIF to GIF!)

(……still not sorry).

To keep with this theme of beasts on wheels (which, oddly enough, refer to the doodles AND Maggie), I’m also including this doodled upon UK ARC of SINNER.   

I’ll post the winner on Tuesday, August 26th at 1pm CST

Good luck!

(GIF base photos via Flickr Creative Commons by Daniel Oines & David Talley)


Reblogged from nataliecparker
They’re so fluffy and fragrant!! :)

They’re so fluffy and fragrant!! :)



Progression of a thunder storm from three stories up. I wish that my iPhone too better photos, so as to capture the intensity. It’s still beautiful no matter what though!

Progression of a thunder storm from three stories up. I wish that my iPhone too better photos, so as to capture the intensity. It’s still beautiful no matter what though!


caffeinatedqueer:

keab42:

cold-neverbotheredmeanyway:

ohitsjustkim:

stammsternenstaub:

kirkwa:

And This Is Why You Shouldn’t Get Sick In America

Many believe that the US healthcare system is the best in the world. Not so according to the World Health Organization’s ranking of the world’s health systems. The US doesn’t even rank in the top 25. It ranks 37th and is the most expensive in the world. I would argue that even if we had the best healthcare system in the world, what good is it, if no one can afford to access it.

Most companies are buying 60/40-policys for their employees these days, but even if you are lucky enough to have good insurance with 80/20-policy coverage, that 20 percent your responsible for can drive you right into bankruptcy as easily as the 60-40 policy given the cost of healthcare.

Insurance cost have been going up dramatically in the last two decades, long before the new Affordable Healthcare Act has taken affect, in some cases as much as 35% per year.

But have you noticed the latest trick the insurance companies have roll out?

Yes, Higher Deductible… most averaging $5,000 per year, per person, but I have seen some as high as $10,000 per year. For those of you that are wondering, this tactic is specifically designed too stop you from using your insurance. It reduces the insurance companies out of pocket liability by shift costs onto consumers, especially those dealing with chronic illness such as diabetes and arthritis. Consequently, because consumers can’t afford the deductible they will avoid necessary care to save money.

Although insurance companies are a problem, the real crook is the healthcare system it self. A corrupt and bloated system desperately in need of reform!

OKAY SO I KNEW THAT TECHNICALLY IN AMERICA THAT YOU PAY FOR HEALTHCARE BUT LIKE THE IDEA IS SO BIZARRE TO ME THAT I’D NEVER CONSIDERED THAT YOU’D GET… A BILL?????? FOR BEING…. ILL?????????? I LITERALLY DON’T

how can anaesthetic cost that much??

how is this legal??

WHAT? And I thought having to pay £7 ($11.55) for stronger prescription allergy meds instead of £4 ($6.60) for the less effective store-brand ones was ridiculous.

You have to pay for the ambulance!?

This is JUST the ambulance. With insurance.

Wow


Reblogged from booksandglobes (Originally from kirkwa)
Source: kirkwa
fishingboatproceeds:

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster in Dhaka, Bangladesh. More than 1,100 people were killed. As detailed in this story, some progress has been made in improving conditions for Bangladeshi factory workers, but there is still a long way to go, particularly as large American retailers like Target and Wal-Mart haven’t signed on to the international inspection agreement. (They say they’re doing their own inspections.)
The victims’ fund also remains critically underfunded as many brands that bought clothes from the factory—including JC Penney and Benetton—have failed to make contributions.

fishingboatproceeds:

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster in Dhaka, Bangladesh. More than 1,100 people were killed. As detailed in this story, some progress has been made in improving conditions for Bangladeshi factory workers, but there is still a long way to go, particularly as large American retailers like Target and Wal-Mart haven’t signed on to the international inspection agreement. (They say they’re doing their own inspections.)

The victims’ fund also remains critically underfunded as many brands that bought clothes from the factory—including JC Penney and Benetton—have failed to make contributions.


Reblogged from fishingboatproceeds
wtfevolution:

"Oh, what a cute little mouse!"
"It’s not a mouse! It’s a marsupial called an antechinus."
"Sorry, evolution, my mistake. Still cute, though."
"Isn’t he? And he’s excited, because he’s almost eleven months old, and that means he finally gets to start mating."
"Aw, that’s nice."
"He’s going to run around getting it on with as many females as he can for the next two or three weeks."
"That’s… nice."
"And he’ll have sex with each of them for up to 14 hours at a stretch."
"That’s… um…"
"And he’ll get so exhausted from all the frantic mating that his fur starts falling off, and he contracts gangrene."
"What? Jesus. Then does he take a break, at least?"
"Nah, not really. He basically keeps doing it until he gets so sick and stressed out that he dies. ‘Suicidal reproduction,’ I’m calling it.”
"Are you serious? He’s going to mate himself to death?”
"Yeah, but he doesn’t know it yet. Happy coming-of-age, antechinus!"
"You’re sick, you know that?"

wtfevolution:

"Oh, what a cute little mouse!"

"It’s not a mouse! It’s a marsupial called an antechinus."

"Sorry, evolution, my mistake. Still cute, though."

"Isn’t he? And he’s excited, because he’s almost eleven months old, and that means he finally gets to start mating."

"Aw, that’s nice."

"He’s going to run around getting it on with as many females as he can for the next two or three weeks."

"That’s… nice."

"And he’ll have sex with each of them for up to 14 hours at a stretch."

"That’s… um…"

"And he’ll get so exhausted from all the frantic mating that his fur starts falling off, and he contracts gangrene."

"What? Jesus. Then does he take a break, at least?"

"Nah, not really. He basically keeps doing it until he gets so sick and stressed out that he dies. ‘Suicidal reproduction,’ I’m calling it.”

"Are you serious? He’s going to mate himself to death?”

"Yeah, but he doesn’t know it yet. Happy coming-of-age, antechinus!"

"You’re sick, you know that?"


Reblogged from wtfevolution
fishingboatproceeds:

rezzanleite:

On April 15 1989 , 24,000 Liverpool fans travelled to a football match. 96 never returned home.

The Hillsborough disaster occurred 25 year ago today. For decades, fans were blamed for the deaths of their family members and friends, and they were accused of stealing wallets from corpses. It was all lies concocted by the authorities—including elected officials—and spread by tabloids.
In the picture you see above, two young supporters of rival clubs—Liverpool and Everton—stand together to honor the memory of the 96 and to thank those who’ve battled for decades to uncover the truth. 

fishingboatproceeds:

rezzanleite:

On April 15 1989 , 24,000 Liverpool fans travelled to a football match. 96 never returned home.

The Hillsborough disaster occurred 25 year ago today. For decades, fans were blamed for the deaths of their family members and friends, and they were accused of stealing wallets from corpses. It was all lies concocted by the authorities—including elected officials—and spread by tabloids.

In the picture you see above, two young supporters of rival clubs—Liverpool and Everton—stand together to honor the memory of the 96 and to thank those who’ve battled for decades to uncover the truth. 


Reblogged from fishingboatproceeds (Originally from rezzanleite)
Source: rezzanleite