Friday, August 05, 2005

Good news...sort of...

We received approval for a half-tuition scholarship for the First Candle/SIDS Alliance/International Stillbirth Alliance, Together Making a World of Difference Conference in Washington, DC in September. Now we just have to figure out how to make the rest of it all work. Do we just say screw it and charge the whole thing on our credit card? Or do we do the responsible thing and not go because we can't really afford it? Responsible didn't end up the way it should have before...so I'm personally leaning toward being irresponsible. I think we would get a lot out of it. But is it worth adding to our already out-of-control debt?

6 comments:

vixanne wigg said...

Catherine,
Why do you want to go to the conference? Do you think it will be helpful for parents...the connections with other people? DC is about two hours away from us and so we could definitely go, but I wonder if it will be helpful or just painful.

Catherine said...

There are specific classes I'm interested in in the Bereavement Program and the Stillbirth Research Program. I'm a research freak, so it all sounds very interesting. Steve and I both strongly feel there are risks that pregnant women should be informed of...and we're making it our mission to see how we can make a change in pregnancy medical care.

Plus, yes, I think it would be helpful to meet other parents.

Heather said...

Well, I say go if you think it will be at all beneficial to you. You're right, screw responsibility. Right now, you need to do whatever you can to make it through this.

holley said...

I'd say that by going you would be responsible. It's just a different kind of responsible.

Anonymous said...

Your sister the accountant says...

Money is not about being "responsible" or "irresponsible." Money is about making choices (as is most of life). What things (requiring money) are most important to you? What things are nice to have, but not critical? Is it possible to cut out some irrelevant &@%# to afford what you really want? Usually, out-of-control debt is sign that you haven't been making any choices.

I would like to say this was my original idea, but most of it was borrowed from Suze Orman. She has a really great book by the way...

lauralu said...

i think if it's something important to you, you should go.

plus, you can do all the research and then come back and report on it to all of out here! :)