Everybody, meet Gladys. Her weathered hands have raised nine children, the youngest of which is three years old. Though she’s been a mother for nearly 30 years, Gladys told me she’s learned more about raising healthy children in the past three years than she had in the 27 prior. Why? Because of the Maternal HealthContinue reading “Introducing Gladys”
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Our world is incredible. In a time where all four corners of this world are as accessible as they have ever been, the glory of the earth is inescapable. There are deserts, oceans, jungles, and mountains. There are temperatures that average as low as -50°C and hover as high as +50°C. There are hundreds ofContinue reading “Cultural shift”
Day One – Success!
There’s no point to waiting, right? Considering I only have three weeks to collect as many as stories I can, I was barely off the tarmac when I began my mission here (That’s not so true. I had the longest sleep of my life to make up for the 20 hours of flights first). ButContinue reading “Day One – Success!”
Babies, blankets and blessings
I am blown away. Just over one week ago, I sent out a request for donations of baby blankets to take to the women and children that I’ll be speaking with while I’m in Malawi. The result was an overwhelming display of generosity – what I asked for and then some. The result was overflowingContinue reading “Babies, blankets and blessings”
Through Hope and Grace
The following story is one that I wrote nearly four years ago. It paints a picture of the life of Malawian orphan – highlighting their struggle and emphasizing their hope. It’s stories like this, among so many others, that are the inspiration for Mama. It’s stories like this that are the fire behind my passion. IContinue reading “Through Hope and Grace”
Are you ready for Mama?
Mama. The first word that most children learn. I was surprised to discover that the word is nearly the same in every language. A quick Google search will bring up lists of translations: ‘Mom’, ‘Mama’, ‘Meme’, ‘Maman’ or ‘Mami’. With slight variations, the word for Mother can be repeated across the globe and be understood by almost anyone.Continue reading “Are you ready for Mama?”
Order Little Lexi’s Spots Today!
Little Lexi Ladybug loves her little spots! But what will Little Lexi do when others share their thoughts? Meet Little Lexi – a spotty little ladybug with a real sense of style. When her friends begin to offer their own fashion advice, Little Lexi Ladybug has to make a big decision. Little Lexi’s Spots isContinue reading “Order Little Lexi’s Spots Today!”
Where the story starts
I have so many stories to share. Every day, my mind swirls with new words, new poems, new thoughts. The inspiration is the people. The happy ones, the hurting ones, the ones who are everything in between. Those whose stories I can only imagine, and those whose stories I can barely fathom. They are theContinue reading “Where the story starts”