Every year @eyes4zimbabwe ships multiple shipping containers filled with critical aid to Zimbabwe. I found out about the containers they were sending last fall at the last minute and donated all the dolls and bears I had on hand, which was only 119. I was grateful for the opportunity but wish I could have sent more.
Then after attending a presentation the founders gave here in Utah I found out they were sending two additional containers and would love to take more dolls and bears.
And so on February 8th, I was able to deliver 284 dolls and bears to be added to the containers.
It was wonderful to hear the founders of @eyes4zimbabwe speak of their work and just how the containers bless and save lives. During their presentation and while I spoke to the founders after, they spoke of the importance of toys and stuffed animals for the children in Zimbabwe. They said: “When you give a child a toy, they might forget they’re hungry.” “When you give a child a soft toy to cuddle they might not be so lonely at night because they don’t have parents and they’re alone.
There are so many orphans in Zimbabwe and they are so lonely. Soft toys give them something to cuddle at night.” #
I was in tears as they spoke of just what our dolls and bears will mean to the children who are starving and alone. I know some might think we are just giving a toy, a simple doll or a bear, but we are giving so much more than just a toy. We really are giving children COMFORT, JOY and HOPE.
The 284 dolls and bears currently in transit on their way to Zimbabwe were made by the Lakeview 7th Ward Relief Society / Lori Liljenquist, Mountain Shadows Ward Relief Society, Harvest Hills 5th Ward Young Women, Marvis Firmage and friends, Pacific Drive Ward Relief Society and youth/Jana Lloyd, Ruth Ipson, Joshua Chou and neighbors/friends, Julie Thompson and family, Valerie Douglas and friends, Country Crossing 2nd Ward Mia Maids, Amy McWethy, Julia Reynolds and her soccer club team, Wendy and Vivian Merrill, Spencer Wariner and friends / Jeny Wariner, @ginaharris83, Sandra Jones, Helen Gurr, Lisa Josephson, Susan W, and lastly the Lakeview 6th Ward.
Your efforts mean more than you know❤️
Meet John Cattle - he runs a weekly skate club on the Isle of Wight, teaching over 200 people of all ages to skateboard. But, according to his pupils, he does much more than that. As one of his students puts it: “He teaches you to be brave, tackle your fears, trust people and have fun.” John gives extra free sessions for those who need extra help, including children with anger issues who find it hard to learn with others. “He has infinite patience and helps build confidence in all who meet him.” John, you're an absolute inspiration. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
S H E F E E D S H I M
with her being
He SEES her
He loves her
She loves him
He loves her beyond what she sees
He gives her his all
His only blanket to keep her warm
His seat so she has extra space to lay and rest while he stands
He brings her water before she says she’s thirsty and has her medicine ready
He holds her hands as they shake uncontrollably
But he also makes them shake
Because As she’s awake he makes her laugh so hard her hands wave wildly
And encourages her to feed him even if it’s a bit messy because she enjoys it
No hesitation or doubt in their acts of love
For his purpose is clear thru his actions
To love her.
She becomes tired again
He gives her his seat, his blanket, his pillow.
He tucks her in and kisses her twice.
Once on the lips.
Second on the forehead.
He stands tall behind her
At her with so much pride and love
He sees her more than anyone else
Even when he doesn’t have to
He wants to see her as much as possible
L O V E ———————————————————————————
I watched the couple beside me amazed and inspired by their acts of love.
I could tell they were looking for something and asked if they needed help. They pointed to her mitten. We searched. The flight attendant came and asked if we needed help. She became the translator. She relayed messages for us first about the gloves. And then I told her to tell them I thought they were cute because all of the acts of kindness. Ying and Tom, thru kindness of Amanda(the flight attendant), shared with me their love story of how they met and why her hands shake. They don’t have cell phones or social media but we’re gracious enough to allow me to share their story and snap some candids during the rest of the flight. This was my favourite (check out our live story for more pics!) 🖤
Love comes in many forms. It’s always there. Even when we think it’s not. In order to feel it, sometimes we just gotta take the time to see it ✌🏽
What are your favourite flowers?
If anyone wanted to buy me flowers these would be mine just a cheeky hint 😉😘 💐
Acts of Love is the AUHS’ Foundation quarterly event where they provide groceries to the surrounding community members that are low-income and in need of some assistance. It allows them to directly reach out to the community. During the event, staff, students and faculty members will distribute bag of groceries for families in need. What AUHS does as a University is only as important as what we do to honor God and to honor families who love with challenges every day. At AUHS we feel truly blessed to be able to use our time, resources and knowledge to address both the spiritual, practical and physical needs of our community. #auhs#actsoflove
We are in India this week hearing stories from communities involved in the TCT program. We were so inspired to see this widow reaching out to other women in her community. Looking forward to sharing more of their story on the RW blog.
Love. ❤️ these 2 were sleeping and music started playing that woke them up. The orange tiger awoke startled, and the white tiger offered comfort. Then they hugged and laid back down to continue napping - all snuggle up. It was the sweetest thing. #tigers#actsoflove#lasvegas#comfort#truelove
#ActsofLove is ALMOST here...and we could still use YOUR help to love on and minister to the hundreds of visitors picking up boxes of food at our campuses Saturday. Follow the link in our profile to register! 👆
Sharing another three donations tonight:)
Pic 1 and 2:
Corbin Jensen held a Service Day for Refugees a few months ago called “Because I Have Been Given Much” for his Eagle Scout Project. There were multiple service projects individuals and families, including young children could participate in, including making bears for Dolls Of Hope. I was so happy to see they had been able to make 62 bears.
Because I was at the event I was able to see the little ones who helped stuff and work on the bears which makes these bears extra special... because children making toys for other children really does makes the toys that much more special.
I found another 24 of the most darling bears and 2 hats on my porch a few weeks ago.
I recognized them so I looked up who had made these bears before and it was Linda Davis and the Young Women (and their mother’s) from Battlecreek 3rd Ward.
With these additional 24 bears they have now made a total of 103 bears since last summer.
These 107 bears were made by Brenda Lee. I almost died when I took them out of the bags to take a picture and realized Brenda had stitched a heart on every single one of them. All 107. I was amazed she had made 107 all on her own but when I saw the hearts stitched on them all it almost brought me to tears. Hearts are the universal symbol of love and I was so touched she wanted to make sure the children who received her bears knew she loved them... even though it would have taken her considerable more time to stitch hearts on all 107 bears and even though I know doing so resulted in sore fingers... she wanted to do it as a labor of love for the children.
When Brenda gave me the bears she told me she wanted to make more after her fingers recovered and at the time I didn’t think much of it until I saw the hearts and understood the sacrifice she had made to stitch those 107 bears. Just so touching.
I also loved the different eyes she added to the bears. My twins called them “sleeping” eyes.
I am so grateful for all those who helped make all of these dolls and bears. To Corbin and those who helped make 62 bears, Linda and those who helped make 103 bears... cont’d in comments
Ayurveda teaches us that when we align our body, lifestyle practices and mind with the rhythms of nature our self acceptance and esteem rises.
When we practice deep self care, our body and subconscious mind begins to receive a deep forgotten ancient wisdom of love, when we ignore this need we send a message that our subconscious that we are not worthy of it.
Some of the ways I practice self care and self love everyday are though the practices of prayer, mantra/Kirtan, journaling, movement, Abhyanga(self message), eating well, being in nature and creating.
These are my non-negotiables- these practices have changed my life.
What do you do for yourself everyday? .