The Beautiful Things That I Have Made

I have made some beautiful things in the 29 years that I have been fortunate enough to walk the planet. My mother still has some of the art I made her as a little girl, forever in her eyes beautiful. My first-born brought sunshine, light and hope to what was a very difficult period of my life. I look at her and still ask God, why me? Why did I get the honor of being this precious child’s mama? And then to bestow the honor upon me once again 8 years later with the birth of another sweet baby girl. And my wedding night, a special surprise during our first dance made my husband tear up and that was beautiful. And while my two girls are by far the most beautiful things I have ever made, not too far behind would be my ability to have made a difference.

Some of the most rewarding moments in my life are those in which I was able to make a difference in the life of another person. How I made a difference often varied whether it was offering time to volunteer, walk in support, memory, or in honor of a loved one, help a family reunite or a foster youth see their potential or simply provide a listening ear because sometimes that’s all we need.

One of my favorite memories made this year was when my friend and I took our daughters to a senior center to pass out flowers. Some of the residents shared with us that no one visited them. They had children, grandchildren and I imagine they gave a lot to this world and yet somewhere along the way they became forgotten. At least for some it felt that way.

I will always remember the way their faces lit up as our girls handed out flowers and afterward we talked about what we did and our girls shared how it made them feel. We are trying to raise children to not only desire to make a difference but to feel good when they do. As a mother it is important to me that the children I helped make grow up to make our world better.

The beautiful prints that I am sharing with you today are symbolic of all that I have made that is good in the world. The prints, a beautiful joint venture between Lacy of Living on Love and Jennifer of Hello Cheeseburger have the quote written on them “You never forget a beautiful thing that you have made.”

They are available for $30 with free US Shipping (they will ship in 3-5 business days after you place your order) and if you order by Friday May 3, your print will arrive before Mother’s Day. The best part — half of all proceeds will be donated to the Edna Adan University Hospital, a hospital committed to helping improve maternal health for the women they serve. According to their website: “The health of the people of Somaliland is among the worst in Africa, with one of the highest Maternal and Infant Mortality rates in the world. Every year, one baby in eight dies in infancy while nearly 4000 Somali women die in childbirth.”

The statistics are heartbreaking but with them comes an opportunity for change. With our help more mothers will have the opportunity to live to see the most beautiful thing they have made. With our help more children will have the opportunity to live and create masterpieces of their own for their mothers, ultimately one day becoming adults who will also make a difference in this world.

Order your print here. May your life continue to be filled with the beautiful things, which you have made.

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