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Good morning.  Sorry about the little disappearing act last night – we were out quite late on a hospital tour.  And in the coincidences of all coincidences, my friend Jen had checked into the same maternity ward merely hours before to give birth to her baby!  We stopped by and said hi (she wasn’t feeling her contractions yet).  Strange timing, though, right?  You’ll have to check out her blog to see how the night went!


We’re comparing different birthing locations (a few weeks ago we checked out an all-natural birthing center).  I’ll do my complete review of the hospital maternity ward in the 11 Weeks post later today.


The other exciting activity yesterday was Girls on the Run.  We organized our community service project concept but had loads of leftover time, so we played lots of games.


We also played a game where each girl gets paired up with a partner.  As they run laps, the coach hands them a piece of paper with a fun question on it (“If you were principal of your school, what cool rule would you make up?” “What is your favorite memory?” or “If you had $100 but had to give it away, who would you give it to?”).  The answers were REALLY sweet and funny.


So – all in all – it was a busy and late night, which meant I wasn’t feeling up to food prep this morning.  Hence, cereal and OJ.


It works.


Time to pull my life together.  Have a wonderful Wednesday!


So…. “If you had $100 but had to give it away, who would you give it to?”  I would give it to GOTR so an at-need girl can attend the program for free next season!



  • Lindsey November 23, 2011, 9:04 am

    Right now I would give it to the local women’s shelter for all the kids and women there have a Christmas present 🙂

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed November 23, 2011, 9:09 am

    After all the shelter posts breaking my heart, I think I’d donate it to one of those!

  • Laine November 23, 2011, 9:10 am

    I’d give it to my little sister. She’s a stay at home mom with 2 kids, and needs some new clothes. Her husband doesn’t make a lot of money and she is always taking care of everyone else first. (I actually went and bought her a bunch of new clothes yesterday so I can surprise her at Thanksgiving!)

  • Callie @ The Wannabe Athlete November 23, 2011, 9:13 am

    I would give it to Baby Adam’s family who is raising money for surgery for their newly adopted son from India. Baby Adam was born on September 18, 2011 in Alipur, India with a very rare disorder called Bartsocas-Papas Syndrome. Baby Adam was born with several very complex medical issues, but despite his external anomalies, he is a healthy, thriving baby. Baby Adam was adopted by Jessica and Raja, who worked as a doctor and a nurse in the small mission hospital where he was born. Jessica and Raja have brought baby Adam to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he will receive critical surgeries that will correct some of his life-threatening medical issues. Pretty inspiring stuff! http://www.babyadamsjourney.com/

  • Sarah T. (Team Trader Mom) November 23, 2011, 9:18 am

    I would use it to buy diapers and wipes for our Christmas family. Those are so expensive and I know would be much appreciated by a struggling single mom.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 23, 2011, 9:19 am

    Good question! Right now, I think I’d give it to a local charity that provides assistance (eg clothing or food) to people in need over the holidays.

  • Faith @ For the Health of It November 23, 2011, 9:22 am

    I would give it to a homeless man that I see every day on the corner near my office – he’s very polite and has a warm personality, and I always feel bad that I never have cash to help him out.

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb November 23, 2011, 9:25 am

    so fun that you saw jen!!!

    i would give it to my grandparents who have so little because they give to everyone else first.

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels November 23, 2011, 9:34 am

    I would give it to my local food bank

  • Joy @ The Joy Vey November 23, 2011, 9:43 am

    That’s such a hard question, and a timely one as I’m trying to figure out where to donate for the holiday season. On the top of my list is a local organization that makes sack suppers for school children on free/reduced lunches, whose families can’t always secure dinner.

  • Sarah @ w30 November 23, 2011, 9:45 am

    Fun question! I would give it to a local nonprofit – The Gatesway Foundation – that provides housing, job placement, and other care to adults with disabilities. Last week I had the opportunity to tour their facilities and it is amazing. You can “adopt” a person or a room – meaning you can buy furniture for one of the bedrooms or clothing or Christmas gifts for an individual – anything. So many of the residents have been abandoned by their family, and Gatesway has become their home, so it would be awesome to help make their home a little brighter! 🙂

  • SeekingAmy November 23, 2011, 9:46 am

    I would give it to an animal shelter 😉

  • Kim November 23, 2011, 10:00 am

    I would give it to our local animal shelter. Seeing all your posts with pets who need to be adopted makes me think of all the pets in our area who need homes.

  • Amanda November 23, 2011, 10:01 am

    I would give it to my local animal shelter to help cover the cost of an adoption for someone who may not otherwise be able to afford to take home an animal. There was recently a person who covered the adoption costs of nearly 400 adult cats and if I’m ever in a financial position to give like that, I would love to do the same.

  • Khushboo November 23, 2011, 10:17 am

    Cancer research–> every little bit helps and a cure needs to be developed!!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape November 23, 2011, 11:07 am

    Ahh, this is such a difficult question! I think I would give it to one of the shelters in the city. This is probably a time when they have more people coming in because of the weather and they could probably use extra help.

  • Lauren November 23, 2011, 11:13 am

    I would donate it to Camp Agape – a camping program for kids with parents in jail. It’s free for them, but they collect donations to give kids backpacks and school supplies too.

  • faith November 23, 2011, 11:27 am

    I made a $100 at a dance performance in September and gave it directly to families in New Jersey whose homes had been damaged by Irene. I’m sure it didn’t go too far but I loved that it went directly to those who needed it. Organizations are awesome and necessary but when it’s a small donation it’s nice to know that the majority of it isn’t going to admin costs.

  • Carrie November 23, 2011, 11:31 am

    Hey Caitlin! I’m a new reader of your blog and I LOVE it! Congrats on the little one on his/her way.

    Random question…it says your husband is a Doctor of Oriental Medcine..What does that mean? Sounds interesting!

    • Caitlin November 23, 2011, 12:51 pm

      Hi Carrie!

      It IS interesting! 🙂 Basically, he is an acupuncturist and herbalist. He was trained with an integrated approach to medicine and is thus very familiar with Western medicine and approaches. He specializes in autoimmune disorders but treats people for all sorts of stuff like fertility, headaches, and pain.

  • lauren November 23, 2011, 11:37 am

    There are so many worthy organizations, it would be hard to pick one.
    I think it would be neat to just walk up to someone and hand it over and tell them I hope they have a nice holiday.
    Larry Stewart, “Secret Santa”, did something like this up until he died (His ELFs do it now). I saw a story on it a few years ago.

  • Laura November 23, 2011, 11:39 am

    I would sponsor an animal at our humane society.

  • Tanya November 23, 2011, 12:06 pm

    When I have extra money to give, it goes to the cause closest to my heart: The Human Rights Campaign. It breaks my heart to see the number of gay kids whose lives are so impacted by the way they are treated. And selfishly, as the mother of a gay teen, I hope one day to be able to cry at his wedding.

    • Caitlin November 23, 2011, 12:45 pm

      I hope you can cry at his wedding, too 🙂

      • Mel November 23, 2011, 1:35 pm

        aww I love this. what a good mamma!

  • Mary @ Quarter Life Pick Me Up November 23, 2011, 12:12 pm

    Start a college fund for my 3 month old niece! I love being an aunt! My poor niece will be so spoiled, but will always know that Aunty Mary values a good education!

  • katie @ KatieDid November 23, 2011, 12:19 pm

    awesome picture at the end with the lively and dead flowers, very cool. I would give it to my mom to treat herself to a spa day!

  • Krista @ Can't Survive on Yarn Alone November 23, 2011, 12:51 pm

    If I had $100 but had to give it away, I’d get winter boots for local kids in my area. I don’t know exactly how many that would get but Chicago area winters can be brutal and seeing kids trudge through snow in gym shoes always makes my feet cold.

  • Amber K November 23, 2011, 1:52 pm

    I would give it to someone who would use it to make a change in the world. Not to cover fundraising costs or to print out mailing labels, but to actually change someone’s life for the better.

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 23, 2011, 3:17 pm

    I’d probably give it to our local animal shelter!

  • Heather @ Bake, Run, Live November 23, 2011, 5:04 pm

    There is a small cat shelter right down the road from me. Everyday I go past and see cats in the window (I already have 2, and at 13 years old, they would not like me getting another cat). I know $100 would be well spent on those shelter cats/kittens.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 23, 2011, 6:42 pm

    I would give it to a local food bank. It breaks my heart that so many families struggle just to put food on their table. 🙁

  • Jolene (Homespun Heritage) November 23, 2011, 6:45 pm

    We’re adopting right now so we’d give it to a couple adopting….such a long journey but worth it all in the end!

  • Christina @ Just Running November 24, 2011, 9:58 pm

    My little boy was born with a cleft, and so I would give the money to Smile Train, a wonderful organization which (1) sends doctors all over the world to teach other doctors how to perform the cleft surgeries and (2) provides free cleft surgeries. Kids born with clefts have trouble eating, are kept home from school, and never have normals lives. Some families even disown mother and child if a child is born with a cleft. The surgeries are simple enough, but so many people do not have access to them like we do in this country.

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