The beautiful, compassionate, and amazing Ann Voskamp who writes at A Holy Experience and is the author of one of my favorite books One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are has given us a challenge.
From Ann's blog:
The 1000 Moms Project is about 1000 people standing up and thanking their mom publicly (what mom doesn’t want a gift like this for Mother’s Day?) – and we’ll match your honoring of mothers by funding a Maternity/Child Survival Program in Haiti for a whole year. (You can read all about it here)
Thank your mother publicly — & we’ll join you in honoring her by helping a Haitian mother in need!
It’s a way of passing on the loving legacy of your Mama — her sacrificial love going on and on and on.
Just share the most important gift your Mom gave you — on either Twitter (use the #1000gifts #moms hashtag) or in the Facebook Gratitude Community, or write a letter of thanks to your Mom on your own blog (link up with your thanks here).
And we’ll join you in honoring her by giving a much-needed gift to a Mom and baby in Haiti.
My mom Beckey has given me many things: her love of music, her love of crafting (which she got from her mom, my Nana, Bertha), her organizational perfectionism...but the most important thing my mom has given me is in sharing her faith. Her love for and relationship with Jesus have been an example for me that I now share with my own daughter. Love you Momma!
Mommas/Mammas/Moms and Daughters and Granddaughters
1 - My Momma Beckey, my Momma's mom (my Nana) Bertha, and my Momma's grandmother (my great Grannie) Jewell
2 - My sister Carrie, my daughter Damaris, me, and my Momma Beckey (at my college graduation)
3 - Me and my Momma Beckey (on my "birth"-day)
4 - My Momma's mom (my Nana) Bertha and my Momma Beckey (on my Momma's wedding day)
5 - Me and my Momma's mom (my Nana) Bertha
6 - Me and my Momma's mom (my Nana) Bertha
7 - Me and my daughter Damaris (and Winnie the Pooh X2) (at Damaris' 2nd Christmas - she was 14 months old)
I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to read and write about this beautiful book Mother Letters: Sharing the Mess and Glory. In its pages, mothers write letters to other mothers to encourage, support, and share the journey of motherhood. As I read each letter and looked at the amazing art, my heart was touched. I wish I had this book when Damaris was so very little and I was questioning whether I was mothering her right or not. Tears streamed down my face as I read and then on the next page, I was doubled over in laughter. Beautiful, beautiful words from the beautiful, beautiful hearts of mothers. If you haven't gotten that special woman in your life a Mother's Day gift yet (or even if you have), I highly recommend this amazing book!