Things That Matter This Election

Election day is just around the corner, and I'm not going to pretend like I'm not worried. This is the first time in my life where I've felt like there was a lot at stake, and that a lot of our future is dependent upon what happens next Tuesday. I still don't know who I'm voting for. My gut tells me it's likely not one of the two major parties, but outside of that? I'm not sure.

What I do know is that there are issues that are important to me, important to my family, and important to our health and well being. Over the next few days, I'm going to be reading, searching, and truthfully, praying over who I think will be the best candidate for our country. I know voting third party means that my candidate likely won't win, but even so, I want my vote to matter. I want my vote for someone to mean that I have a voice, and a passion that aligns with the issues that were important to that candidate. Hopefully that small voice, vote, and pledge will rest on someone's ears in Washington, and maybe we can see progress in our country because a handful of individuals were able to stand up and make a pledge for things that were important to them. I believe there is power in numbers, and I believe we can make a difference.

One issue that has been on the forefront of my mind recently hits at home. Jay has had problems with asthma since he was a toddler. When he was 18 months old he had a bad case of pneumonia, and his oxygen was two points away from dying by the time we'd gotten him to the doctor (you can read the whole story here). That night they gave us a nebulizer to take home, and we've had to use it for numerous asthma attacks since then. 

Not only does Jay have asthma, but his allergies are terrible too. Each time the seasons change in the spring and in fall, we go through a month long period of runny noses, coughing, nebulizer treatments, allergy medicine, etc... 

All that to be said, one political issue that we really care about is clean air, and what that looks like for our kids and their health. There are lots of areas in our country that have terrible problems with pollution, and inversion (like in Utah where my kids get sick each time we cross state lines)... Not only that, but climate change, and toxic chemicals are all things that are putting our children at risk, and we want political leaders that are going to make the changes necessary in Washington to keep our country, and our children healthy.

This fall Clean Air Action Moms is traveling the country with a documentary film crew capturing the stories of parents who are fighting daily to protect their children’s health from the effects of exposure to oil & gas productions, high-tide flood waters, and ground water contamination from coal ash waste sites. Below is a video of a local school teacher, and why clean air, and climate change are so important to her. This stuff is real, and it's happening now!
I'm not here to tell you who to vote for, especially when I can't answer that question for myself. What I beg is that you find the issues that matter to you, and that you vote the candidate that you think will do the best job at implementing those policies. Every vote counts. There aren't just two options. Be the power to make a difference by pledging on Clean Air Moms Action's site that you'll be getting our there to vote on Nov. 8.

This post is sponsored by Clean Air Action Moms, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. I really hesitate to talk about politics. But as a Christian, I believe that life starts from conception and that an eternal soul that will exist for all of eternity is created by God at that very moment (Mormonism differs here but essentially, it's an eternal soul).

    I can't vote for anybody who does adhere to this belief and has policies that allow for the unborn to be brutally and violently murdered and mutalated inside their mother's womb.

    We have to voting for the mean one's policies.. Not because he's the best leader for our country... Because they best leader isn't on the ballot.

    So hard.

    1. I agree, the best leader isn't on the ballot between republican and democrat, but I do believe there are decent third party options, or write in candidates that really can make a difference, that are genuine good people. I can't vote for trump because he makes fun of people with disabilities, and I can't vote for Hillary for the reasons you've stated and more. Such a hard election year.

    2. Abortion is legal in this country. Safe abortions. Women have been having abortions and performing them on themselves since ancient times. And women have been dying. Whether I believe in abortion is irrelevant. It is necessary to have *safe* abortions. No one is forced to have one. It is a legal choice. And your inflammatory rhetoric, MommySZ, shows that you have only listened to one source of information. Please do more research. No one has worked harder on behalf of children with and without disabilities than Hillary Clinton. Please do your research.

  2. My husband and my view is this: Trump doesn't have a filter. He says things that should never, ever be said aloud and it hurts... He's just dumb... But he doesn't call for the death of these people, he just immaturely makes fun of them... Hillary, on the other hand, has admitted that she is for the murder of humans with disabilities up until they are 2 years old... Not voting for Trump or Hillary gives Hillary one more vote because a vote for Trump isn't there to level out that Hillary vote. Hillary can devastate us more than Trump can... Ughhh, so hard!

  3. Even up here in Canada we are talking about your election and how it certainly has brought out an interesting amount of people who seem to have quite different values then what we are used to.

  4. We feel the same way about Trump and Hillary. Neither is a great candidate. Our pastor suggested looking at the party platforms for each party and voting based on which one aligns with your values more. Which party is going to push for issues the way that you agree with more? We voted for Trump because we felt like our values aligned more with the republican party's platform.

  5. Good for you for sharing your voice about an issue you are passionate about and bringing this awareness into my knowledge.