Guys. (Anyone who is still there.) I know I promised I'd write more. And I do have so much to say, but honestly, I don't know how people keep up with this. I know I don't have more on my plate than, let's say, my amazing sisters Shawni or Saren, and they blog. How do they do it? I can't figure it out. Maybe more time with all kids in school would be helpful.
So, while I get my act together and write something meaningful here, or even just document some family history, I'll petition anyone whose reading to help my rock star friend, Liz, raise some money for a family in need.
I always thought I'd be a mom like Liz. Before getting married I worked for an initiative called Family Matters whose mission was to facilitate and encourage families to volunteer together. I vowed I'd do tons of community service with my kids, always be doing things for others. You know the vision: me with toddlers in tow bringing flowers to the elderly, getting my kids to rake neighbors lawns, slopping out soup at the homeless shelter. But boy, life really has gotten in the way of that little vision. We've done little things here and there, but I want to make this a real part of my family life like Liz has. I'm just happy that she gets me involved a little. One day I'll have to write a whole post on all the amazing ways she's managed to get her kids to think about others, both in her own community and around the world. I really think that's one of the keys to self esteem. I want to raise kids who can see beyond themselves.
Anyway, you can read about her project by following this link:
Just donating even $10 would make a difference. And really it only takes about 30 seconds (I love the site she's using to collect donations!)
My kids are doing a last-day-of-school lemonade and cookie stand to get some money to donate. We'll see how that goes.
And while we're on that topic, does anyone have any great fundraising ideas? I've just been asked to be on the board of this really cool new start up non profit whose mission is to help inspire women to hold small fundraisers and donate the money to organizations that help women around the world. I'm working on gathering some fun/easy/simple/exciting fundraising ideas to help get people started. If there is something you've done by yourself, or with your kids or family or friends to successfully raise some dough, let me know about it. I'd love your input.
And last, here's a great little article I found when I tried to find out what's going on now with Family Matters. I love the idea of helping our kids get outside themselves. It makes me tear up to see how natural it is for children to feel compassion, and how good it feels to them, how they light up.