Friday, January 10, 2014

Mission: Unbeatable Mom THANK YOU and Update

We said this on Facebook a few days ago, but if you know the two of us, you know we're rarely speechless. (Just ask our husbands!) Right now, we are speechless with gratitude, optimism, and excitement - because of you! 

We started Mission: Unbeatable Mom as an answer to the question, “What can we do for another mom who is going through a really tough time?” 

We know we can’t heal her sick child, give her husband a job if he’s lost his (unless he wants to be our manny - then we’ll talk), pay her huge bills, or clean her house because she’s just too busy to do it. 

But what we can do is give her a day. Just one day where she can relax, have fun, and do pretty much whatever she wants. Maybe it’s a massage or wine tasting. Maybe it’s taking a long drive up the coast. Maybe it’s laying out by the pool. All. Day. Heck, maybe it’s riding a bucking bronco. 

Some people may think this is frivolous. Why send a mom to get her toenails done when her kid is stuck in the hospital? Why send her to get a massage when she can’t even pay the mortgage? 

Initially, our answer was, “Because we just want to make her happy, to give her one day of relaxation.” 

But after seeing the tremendous response to our first case, Karley Van Zante Pope (read about her here), our Mission has become even bigger. 

So here are a few more reasons why we’re doing this: 

1. To give people a way to help a friend or acquaintance they’ve seen struggling. We can’t tell you how many times during the past week we’ve heard people say, “I wanted to help her, but I didn’t know what to do.” 

2. To bring people together for a common cause. There is nothing more soothing to the spirit than to see people rallying around someone who could use some extra love. And speaking of that … 

3. To bring awareness to the fact that SO many people could use some extra love, that a little kindness goes a long way. What can YOU do to help someone who is having a tough day, week, month or year? It doesn’t have to be complicated or involved. But don’t be afraid to reach out. And even if she says she’s okay, she doesn’t need help, or she doesn’t know what you can do, make dinner for her and her family, bring her a coffee at work, buy her one of your favorite books to read. Just something to let her know you’re thinking of her. 

The Mommy Blog Chronicles is a place for moms to come together and support each other. And thanks to YOU, it’s quickly becoming just that. We hope you’ll continue to be a part of this wonderful Mission, and we hope you’ll help us build a network of support for all moms who read the blog. 

So, from the bottom of our hearts, which are swelling with gratitude and amazement, Thank You! Thank you for reading, thank you for sharing, and thank you for donating. And thank you, in advance, for nominating more moms.

Let's keep it up - this has been an outrageously wonderful start to a project we hope will bring joy to people who really need it! 

Hilary and Rachelle

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