Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Mother Pucker Stuffing Party Wrap Up

Please note that Kate is wearing Jimmy Choos. Also note that Lydia is wearing clogs. This was not planned.
The only thing missing here is Guru Louise (cue the sound of stifled sobbing).
As you know, we wrapped up our Mother Pucker Mother's Day project by making 100 gift bags for every mom in every homeless and domestic violence shelter in our community. It was so awesome. Imagine a perfect, sunny late spring evening. There were about 50 women there to help and maybe twice as many kids running around the playground with an amazing Girl Scout troop watching them.

And we thought it would take 4 hours and that we would have to empty the meager Rants from Mommyland bank account to do it. We were done in an hour and a half. And we had enough stuff left over to make donations to the all 6 shelters. And each bag was HEAVY because it had so much stuff and so much LOVE in it.

Then after we cleaned everything up, and folded up all the chairs, and loaded up the gift bags, and made sure there were no empty Capri Suns packets left on the playground - we went to Kate's house and drank in her carport because we are classy, classy motherpuckers.

So, I have to admit something... I cried pretty much the entire time. I cried because there were people there who were forgoing their first ever Mother's Day gift in order to help others. I sobbed when I met someone who had been helped at Christmas (by one of you) and now wanted to pay it forward. I cried when people I have only seen on Facebook or in the comments section walked into the room and hugged me in real life.

I cried when people gave us amazing things. Like this:

These are 100 handmade Mother's Day cards. That my friend Ann made with her daughter because she wanted each mom to have something personal in each bag.

Our friend Rebekah, from Mom in a Million drove from Maryland about a million months pregnant with her adorable son. THANK YOU. People came and brought their precious, beautiful babies and let me hold them so I could smell their heads. So many people came through for us. Here's a really important one:

This is Meghan. She is made of awesome and extremely special and can do anything. I'm not even kidding. With adequate resources and enough coffee, she could straighten Afghanistan out in about 3 days. She is amazing and knows how to make things happen. Kate and I are so clueless. We know how to plan things and then not execute them properly. So we asked Meghan to be our executor and she said yes. THANK YOU, Meghan. We couldn't have done it without you.

I feel the need to say THANK YOU again and again. This experience has left Kate, Louise and I feeling profoundly grateful. We are very lucky in our personal lives. Thank you, husbands, for being awesome. We are doubly blessed to have each other and a group of friends who are kind and generous. It wasn't that long ago that I didn't have any friends, so trust me when I tell you that I am very grateful for this.

It even got written up in a local paper! The reporter was ADORABLE and I wanted to suck her into Mommyland immediately but I was scared she was think that was weird so I tried to act like a professional grown-up type person which probably accounts for why she spoke mostly to Kate.

We're grateful for all of you. We're part of a community that makes jokes about douche-nozzles and junk-punching and still makes time to help other moms. We got an email over the weekend and it had me crying all over again, because of the awesomeness of MommyLand. THANK YOU.

I wanted to let you know that you also inspired me to put together 'loot bags' for the moms at our local women and children's shelter. While I dropped the ball on getting this project started in time (procrastination strikes again!) and was not able to get together bags for the 68 mothers in the transitional apartments, I did manage to put together care packages for the 13 moms who are currently residing in the shelter. And I already have committed donations for *next* year, so that we can get *all* the moms covered.

It is such a simple thought and we are even people who actively volunteer in other areas of the community, and yet I would not have thought to do this -- nor definitely have been spurred to actually do it after having the thought -- without the fact that you guys banded together to get it done as well. You've started a great thing that will (at least here, on our end) be going forward and continuing for years to come.
xo, Lydia, Kate & Guru Louise

(c)Herding Turtles, Inc. 2009 - 2012


  1. I'm so glad you were able to help those Moms. They clearly need the support. But please, Moms of Mommyland, don't forget that there are Moms out there who seem to have it all but are just barely making it through the day with no emotional support from their significant others. When they actually get brave enough ask for a little recognition, maybe a little note from another Mom-nothing big...nothing that wouldn't have cost more than a stamp and a few minutes of time-that Mom really needed it.

    I actually sat by my mailbox like Charlie Brown at Valentine's Day...hoping. And like CB, I was crushingly disappointed.

    So all you Moms who needed a boost because of economic trouble, the father of your children not being on the same continent (thank you for being part of keeping my family safe), or not being here at ALL, or being in a scary abusive situation that requires you to flee your home with nothing more than your kids...I bow down to you. You are more Mom than I. You are strong, tough, doing what you have to do to make it through the day and I am GLAD that Mommyland was able to hook you up.

    Rock on Sisters...maybe next year I can stop feeling sorry for myself and I'll help stuff a few bags...Clearly, this is all so much bigger than lil ol' me.

    1. Love you, Anonymos Mommy. And we're so sorry you were disappointed.
      Huge, awkwardly long monkey hug from me,

    2. I am so sure it wasn't your fault. You ladies go above and beyond all the time. It's why I <3 you.

      And I don't know if the pointy thing and 3 will show up as a heart on this...Maybe...

    3. That stinks. I wanted to help, and sent an email, but never got a name or address. I'm sure it was an oversight....anyway, happy belated mother's day....being a mom is the hardest job in the world, and without a supportive or present partner, it's even harder. Hugs to you! Maybe next year, for both of us :). The ladies at RFML are awesome and are doing so much for ao many!

  2. I love this! Those handmade cards are amazing. How awesome that so many people came out to help and make a super special project ULTRA special!!!

  3. I wish I could have been a part of your event. I was so happy to make my donation to the CBK, thank you for mobilizing all of us hookers to help each other! Plus, seriously Kate, if you had posed any differently for that picture I would have been disappointed.

  4. I too was happy to donate to the cause and if I have enough notice next year, will deliver in person!

  5. I wish I made it! I am not far but had my sister visiting and we she didn't get to me until too late. Once again I have learned how silly it is to plan ahead. On a positive note - the Mom I nominated received her care package today (because she has been busy dealing with the details of her husband's death and didn't check her PO Box). But you all touched her and made her day when she really needed someone there. She loved her care package but most of all loved her note telling her that she was a great Mom. Now I am ugly crying because you guys are awesome!
    What's next? Military Moms who are dealing with Afghanistance? Can we send t-boxes in the mail?

  6. Just wanted to say that all I did was send one package to one mom, the best part for me was bringing my teenage daughter shopping with me so she could (hopefully) understand the emotions that made me want to share, and the beauty of passing alongm good "vibes" to a mom who needed them.

  7. Bummer... I live near there. Would have loved to help but am a bit behind in my RFML reading... Did not see the MP project until it was too late. Will try to stay more in the loop for upcoming projects.

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