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The forgotten mom

I love the mothers day connect outreach programs and the concept that they want to bring about. As moms we need strong support groups and networks to assist in the often daunting task of parenting. 

I remember being a single teen mom of 17 with an alcoholic mother , scared out of my mind that I would somehow parent my precious baby girl wrong. My misguided often trial by error (and self education via every book in the library ) parenting fails still managed to raise a well balanced strong willed young lady (and a few more after her 😄).

But, for others it isn’t always the case. …

Some mother’s never have that support. Others battle PND, depression and other hardships alone and unguided.

In 2015 , I had the privilege to help a still starting group of volunteers headed by Kerry Hoffman, called Souper Troopers. They spent a weekend a month making and distributing soup to the homeless.  I’d watch as the wonen approached with a sadness deep within me… these were someone’s mothers,  how had they ended up on the streets? 

The story’s vary, most speak of hardship,  loneliness and lack of choices or support. Others didn’t know better or tried to escape an evil worse than being defenceless and grasping daily for basic needs. 

Those with children, often in acts of love, sent them to be cared for , sparing them the agony of not knowing where their next meal would come from. Others had their children  removed from them and had given up hope, not caring where they landed, trudging through one struggling day after another. A few chose  to keep their babies with them.

This year , for mother’s day I pledged 300 biscuits, a small gesture to brighten mother’s day for those forgotten moms, to the Souper Troopers mother’s  day lunch.

I enlisted the help of my two favourite bakers, kiki and monkey and set them the task to complete.

They woke early Saturday morning and with pjs still on set to work neatly cutting the biscuits into shoes, hearts and flowers. Monkey added chocolate to his biscuit mix because after all moms love chocolate. Several hours later they had completed their task.

Sunday afternoon, papa bear and I loaded the 3 youngest bears into the car and we drove down to the service dining rooms a shelter for  the homeless in town. As we approached several homeless men lay on the ground  and others blocked the path to the door. I saw the look of horror on monkeys face,  this was certainly out of his comfort zone and his look to me said ‘is this safe?’

I stepped out with our offering in hand, and greeted an elderly gentleman. His broad smile dispelling any fear in monkey, as he looked at the large box and directed us to where we needed to be to leave our contribution towards their mother’s day celebration. 

I can only hope that with our small gesture one mom rembered how special she was and that someone cared.  I also hope that I have reminded my children that sometimes the gifts of our time and love that we give others are of the most important gifts. 

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Tutu flowers

This mother’s  day im in a really girly mood and so wanted to share the feminine side by adding Tutus to my vase of flowers. I just gathered some tulle and glued it to a glass case before tying a pink ribbon on, 

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Keep a thumbprint

I made this from bear as i wanted to remember just how small his little fingers were.

I attached it to a strand of plastic but you could use ribbon or leather and I added the bead and shells, 

A quickly scribbled note and I was done.

This is also a lovely gift fipor grannys 

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handy momster

This handy momster majes a wonderful cover fir a smart mother’s  day Carel

Cut 2 letter M from yellow card.

Print a hand between them and glue to form the word mom.

Add a face and your momster is complete, 

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Cape Gate Magnificent Moms breakfast

Tbear gifted me and her future mother in law a wonderful breakfast yesterday at the Cape Gate Magnificent Moms breakfast.  We seldom all get time to spend together and it was a wonderfully pampering morning full of spoils and giggles. 

We arrived to find women from all walks of life seated at the stylish tables adorned with fresh flowers and goodie bags. Each mom excited for a few moments alone without someone needing her and eager for the pampering to begin.

Torrador arranged breakfast cards for us to mark our preference and I chose their healthy muesli, after all one of us is still trying to loose the baby weight.

I wasn’t dissapointed…. yummoberrylicious! ! !

A quick peek in the goodie bag and we discovered it laden with beauty samples, treats and vouchers . Who doesn’t love a goodie bag ?😆

The event MC was Dieter Voigt, who had us in fits of giggles and his singer wife , Martelize entertained us with her beautiful voice.

Also on hand were cekebrity stylists, Andrea and Marilise to give us a run down on the latest winter trends, sorbet to spoil us with our nails and Revelon to do our make up,

Our breakfast was followed by a huge slice of the most moist cake from Limnos bakers accompanied by my favourite Lindt chocolate. ….so much for eating healthy 😉

 I thoroughly enjoyed my morning, the spoils  , the pampering,  the food and mostly the good company of my eldest child and her mother in law.