Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Honor your Mother

Nearly four years ago, a beautiful Ugandan woman gave birth to a baby girl.  What should have been a moment of joy, quickly turned into a moment of sorrow for this family as this brave, strong mother  lost her life.  I know this woman was beautiful, strong, and brave because I see a bit of her every day in my daughter.  I get the honor of parenting this woman's beloved child. 

When moments like Mother's Day roll around I will always think of Mercy's mother.  There are so many things I wish I could tell her.  There are so many questions that I long to have answered.  I wish she could share the joy of Mercy's laugh, her fiery temper and her silly antics.  I want her to know that her baby girl is thriving.  I want her to know her baby girl is loved. 
Our Sweet Mercy at Easter
 
Not only do I think of Mercy and her first mother, but I also think of the thousands of other women every day that do not get the opportunity to parent their children.  I think of the thousands of children orphaned every year because their mothers die senseless deaths.  I want to honor these women and children.

I think of the many amazing mothers I encounter every day.  Working moms, stay-at-home moms, room moms, and homeschool moms.  There are moms facing illness, moms parenting alone, and moms overcoming abuse. There are adoptive moms, biological moms, and step-moms. There are women dreaming of motherhood, those just starting out, and those nearing the end.   There are so many special women for us to honor.

This year for Mother's Day I am asking you to honor the women in your life.  Honor your mother, the mother to your children, or any mom you see that is doing an amazing job.  But let's make our gifts count.  Let's use this as a great opportunity to help women on the other side of the world.   I can't think of a better way to honor these women then by telling them you decided to give hope to a mama in her name.

There are several ways you can give this Mother's Day. 

JEWELRY!
You can check out some of the new beautiful jewelry we have for sale.  Check out the "SHOP" tab above or click the link.  I just love some of these new pieces and I know the women in your life will too.  All jewelry is handmade by women in Uganda, which means we're helping to provide jobs for them.  All money will go directly toward the purchase and distribution of mama kits.  All jewelry will come wrapped and will include a card explaining our cause.  All jewelry orders need to be emailed to info@mercyformamas.com
 
DONATE!
Secondly, you can make a donation in honor of someone.  We'll send you (snail mail or email) a special card explaining your gift and how many mama kits you purchased in her honor.  Just simply click on the donate link on the right side of this page.  The link will take you to The Hope Venture website (our partner non-profit).  Just go down to "Africa Projects" and then you'll see the "mama kits" option and enter how many kits you'd like to purchase.  In the comments section, leave a note that you'd like a Mother's Day card and if you'd like it via email or snail mail. If you don't want to pay online or if you have any questions, send us an email at info@mercyformamas.com.
 
T-SHIRTS!

Finally, we have new Mercy for Mamas t-shirts!  I am really excited about the new color and they'll have our website info on the back.  We're taking pre-orders now through April 26th.(Shirts have now been ordered, but we do have extras in adult sizes, so check with me to see what sizes we have!)  These are not guaranteed by Mother's Day, but we'll do our best.  Shirts will be $17 (+$3 shipping).  All shirts are a unisex fit and available in Adult Small- Adult XXXL (+$2 for XXL and XXXL).  We will also have KIDS' SHIRTS!  These are available in XS (2-4), S (6-8), M (10-12), and L (14-16) and will also be $17.  Email shirt order to info@mercyformamas.com

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