SPECIAL POST: What are YOU doing this week?

Want to feel good about yourself this week?  Want to feel like you’ve made a difference in the world?  Want to do this by helping others?

 

You can make a difference!!!

 

Donate blood.  This week.  Locally.

In memory of Captain Snuggles.

(Please.)

 

This week Amy Hillis of Ohio, USA and Kirsten Jessiman of Toronto, Canada are hosting an online blood drive for Captain Snuggles, Amy’s son who has recently passed away.

We think what they are doing is great.  And, we want to support them and their selfless cause, so we are passing on the information to our readers to join in, if you can!

Check out the Captain Snuggles Blood Drive Facebook Page for more details.  You can donate locally!  Also, check out Amy’s post, “It’s Almost Here!” on her personal blog for even more details.

— World Moms Blog

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Jennifer Burden

Jennifer Burden is the Founder and CEO of World Moms Network, an award winning website on global motherhood, culture, human rights and social good. World Moms Network writes from over 30 countries, has over 70 contributors and was listed by Forbes as one of the “Best 100 Websites for Women”, named a “must read” by The New York Times, and was recommended by The Times of India. She was also invited to Uganda to view UNICEF’s family health programs with Shot@Life and was previously named a “Global Influencer Fellow” and “Social Media Fellow” by the UN Foundation. Jennifer was invited to the White House twice, including as a nominated "Changemaker" for the State of the World Women Summit. She also participated in the One Campaign’s first AYA Summit on the topic of women and girl empowerment and organized and spoke on an international panel at the World Bank in Washington, DC on the importance of a universal education for all girls. Her writing has been featured by Baby Center, Huffington Post, ONE.org, the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life, and The Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists.” She is currently a candidate in Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in the Executive Masters of Public Affairs program, where she hopes to further her study of global policies affecting women and girls. Jennifer can be found on Twitter @JenniferBurden.

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Friday Question: What’s the funniest thing you’ve heard around the house recently?

Happy April Fools’ Day!  To recognize this day of foolishness, this week’s question comes from Kyla P’an, who asks…

“What is the funniest thing you’ve heard around the house lately?”

Here are some of the funny things our World Moms have heard…

Maggie Ellison of South Carolina, USA writes:
“Don’t pull up your sister’s eyelids while she is sleeping!” (more…)

World Moms Blog

World Moms Blog is an award winning website which writes from over 30 countries on the topics of motherhood, culture, human rights and social good. Over 70 international contributors share their stories from around the globe, bonded by the common thread of motherhood and wanting a better world for their children. World Moms Blog was listed by Forbes Woman as one of the "Best 100 Websites for Women 2012 & 2013" and also called a "must read" by the NY Times Motherlode in 2013. Our Senior Editor in India, Purnima Ramakrishnan, was awarded the BlogHer International Activist Award in 2013.

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Friday Question: How far do you live from where you were born?

This week we asked our writers…  

“How far do you live from where you were born?”

Here are some of our writers’ responses …

Maggie Ellison of South Carolina, USA writes:
“I was born in the southern part of the US, but was raised in the northern part, over 800 miles away. Now, I am back in the south and just 275 miles away from my birth place.” (more…)

World Moms Blog

World Moms Blog is an award winning website which writes from over 30 countries on the topics of motherhood, culture, human rights and social good. Over 70 international contributors share their stories from around the globe, bonded by the common thread of motherhood and wanting a better world for their children. World Moms Blog was listed by Forbes Woman as one of the "Best 100 Websites for Women 2012 & 2013" and also called a "must read" by the NY Times Motherlode in 2013. Our Senior Editor in India, Purnima Ramakrishnan, was awarded the BlogHer International Activist Award in 2013.

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Schedule Interruption: Our Condolences

In motherhood, life’s greatest tragedy is the loss of a child.  So, it is with great sadness and deepest sympathy that we announce the passing of the son of our writer, Amy Hillis, from Ohio, USA.  Today there will be no posts on the blog in memory of David, also known as Captain Snuggles.

You are in our thoughts today, little David.

“The light of a distant star continues to reach the Earth long after
the star itself is gone.”
~Author Unknown

We invite our readers to visit Amy’s blog today, Transplanted Thoughts, where you can read about the courageous, caring and tireless mother she is, and you can post your thoughts, prayers or words for her and her family directly.

We will resume posts tomorrow on the blog in Norway.

— World Moms Blog

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World Moms Blog

World Moms Blog is an award winning website which writes from over 30 countries on the topics of motherhood, culture, human rights and social good. Over 70 international contributors share their stories from around the globe, bonded by the common thread of motherhood and wanting a better world for their children. World Moms Blog was listed by Forbes Woman as one of the "Best 100 Websites for Women 2012 & 2013" and also called a "must read" by the NY Times Motherlode in 2013. Our Senior Editor in India, Purnima Ramakrishnan, was awarded the BlogHer International Activist Award in 2013.

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Friday Question: What Song Reminds You of Your Child?

This week Amy Hillis of Ohio, USA asks our World Moms Blog writers,

“What song reminds you of your child or children?”

Here’s what they had to say… (more…)

World Moms Blog

World Moms Blog is an award winning website which writes from over 30 countries on the topics of motherhood, culture, human rights and social good. Over 70 international contributors share their stories from around the globe, bonded by the common thread of motherhood and wanting a better world for their children. World Moms Blog was listed by Forbes Woman as one of the "Best 100 Websites for Women 2012 & 2013" and also called a "must read" by the NY Times Motherlode in 2013. Our Senior Editor in India, Purnima Ramakrishnan, was awarded the BlogHer International Activist Award in 2013.

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Adoption~Journey Past Life Part II

November was National Adoption Month.  I wrote an article exclusively for World Moms Blog about my own experience with being adopted.  It brought back so many memories that I had to keep writing! This is a continuation of that article. Please visit Adoption~Journey Past Life to start at the beginning.

“I am an old woman, named after my mother…….”

….. and my grandmother. And without my grandmother to act as a ‘buffer’ between my mother and I, my childhood would have been a lot worse. Of course, I don’t want you to think that my entire childhood was awful, there were good times. Times when my mother took her medication and times when my grandmother was watching over me.

Growing up, I knew my mother had a regular pharmacy in her vanity. Bottles and bottles and bottles of pills. I just never knew what they were until after my mother divorced my father, which was about 4 years ago. My father finally admitted to me that my mother had some mental health issues and had been addicted to pain meds. (more…)

Amy Hillis (USA)

Amy is a native Chicagoan that currently resides just outside of Cincinnati, OH. A city girl, through and through, she’s still adjusting to small town life. Amy has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art with a minor in French from Elmhurst College. She was working on her Master’s degree at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, when she became pregnant with her 3rd child. Although this angel boy was only here for a very short time – he left quite a legacy. Nathaniel was born with a rare genetic disorder called Citrullinemia. Amy and her husband, James, went on to have 4 more boys, 3 of whom were also born with Citrullinemia. In January 2011, her youngest son, David passed away from complications of a liver transplant performed to 'cure' the Citrullinemia. Now a stay-home mom of 5, she started blogging in October 2010, while David was still in the hospital. Two of her other sons have had successful liver transplants to cure their genetic disorders. Her 2 older children still live in Chicago. When not hanging out with her kids, she spends her ‘me’ time writing, sewing, reading & walking. Amy also spends a generous amount of time online. She can be found on Twitter @transplantedx3. On Facebook and on her Website <a href="http://mytearstainedlife.com"My Tear-Stained Life

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