February 1, 2011 |  Category:   family life

…means that we are that much closer to Spring, though it doesn’t look or feel like it around here. Mia planted this grass from seed last week and I swear it’s been growing an inch every single day. It’s nice to see some, ANY, Spring-like growth right now. I just hope the cat doesn’t eat it.

Thanks for the discussion on the health insurance post. For those living outside the US who are appalled at that $$ amount, it’s not like that for all people here if they have insurance through their jobs. Some people get very good insurance for little to no money per month. Some people like us, don’t. Some pay even more, and then there is every situation in between. The practice of health insurance being tied to your job is an outdated relic from World War 2. That model just doesn’t work anymore.

So after I went on that declaration of how I was quitting our health plan, I spent the whole entire day researching, preparing our paperwork and getting a bit of cold feet (do you ever get on the internet and research to the point that you start freaking out? Yeah. Also, I have an active doomsday imagination). We were so preoccupied with all of this that we forgot the girls had a dental appointment at 6:30. We were eating dinner when Mark suddenly remembered at 6:25!! We all left our dinner half eaten and ran the 4 blocks to the dentist (oh, and we don’t have any dental insurance, btw). I’m not going to lie, I’m nervous you guys, but I’m back on track today and praying that our application doesn’t get rejected (hmmm, didn’t really take that possibility into consideration). Leap of faith. Sometimes you have to.

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  • Laura February 1, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I bet MY active doomsday imagination could beat YOUR active doomsday imagination any day! :0)

    My husband is self employed, and I don’t get any insurance through my work, but I can’t even imagine what a basket case I would be if I had to worry about health coverage (Canadian, eh). The extra student insurance I buy for our girls costs us about $14 per month, though. Hmmmm…

  • ti February 2, 2011 at 8:27 am

    in the UK we have it so good appoitments are missed with no consideration – when I go to my GP a notice board might say “109 appoitments were missed last month. Please don’t miss yours” :\

  • tamera jane February 2, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I have insurance through my job, but I still pay $150 a month, plus another $150 year fee, plus $40 for the doctor when I go, plus $$ on prescriptions. Not so great. But not $31K bad – and when I DID need $30K of surgery, I only paid $700 of it.

    When I was self employed, I did not qualify for insurance – too many surgeries and issues – no one would cover me. THAT is a huge, huge issue here.