Love Them BIG | Passion Project
I am a Mother and an Artist
As a mother I believe with my whole heart that what we as adults allow children to both see, hear and do can impact them in either a positive or a negative way.
The struggles we face as parents look much different then those my parents faced and my grandparents and so on. Each generation deals with some new challenge put in front of them and their children.
I honestly don't know how I would have faired as a tween/teen with social media. My middle school years weren’t exactly the highlight of my life. They were hard, kids were mean, and it hasn't changed . . . they are still mean and it sucks.
I can remember many days and nights crying to my mother. I can only imagine how she must have felt. Her inner momma bear wanting to come out, that protective instinct is so real and raw . . . I’m not raising girls, I’m raising boys. It looks different, but the feelings are still very much the same.
I tell my boys to be kind. I tell them to be a light in the lives of others. I tell them to be strong. Stick up for what’s right. They are 10 and 8 . . . they are just boys, but one day they’ll be men.
Children are sponges and they are moldable. At this age what we tell them, what we show them is sooooooo incredibly important for how they will act as adults.
Which brings me to this . . . children are not adults. They don’t process life as adults do. Tweens are not adults. Teenagers are not adults . . . childhood is delicate and fragile, it has vulnerability and weakness.
My heart aches for those whom I can see struggling, for those whose lives are torn by trauma. But it’s not just those kids whom are vulnerable. At these tender ages, where children are seeking approval, struggling to fit in, it’s ALL of them. They all crave acceptance from those around them and they’ll take it wherever they can get it. In some cases that can lead them into very scary waters.
Also known as trafficking in persons (TIP), is a modern-day form of slavery. It is the trade of human beings through force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of exploitation for labor, sexual purposes, or organs. It is a crime under federal and international law, and it's very real in our country. . .
AND no child is exempt from it . . .
Friends, we are their role models, we are their mentors. Whether you are a mother like me, a father, an aunt or uncle, a grandparent, a friend or cousin, teacher, coach . . . whatever, if you know a child you have the ability to impact their life in a huge and positive way.
This is why as an artist I’m led to create art that I truly hope, speaks words of faith, kindness, love, strength and courage into our youth, and even ourselves. But it doesn't stop with my art . . . I'm on a mission to help create awareness, raise funds and inspire others to learn more and take action against Human Trafficking, so that together we can take these beautiful little sponges and
build them up
And LOVE them BIG.
HOW Can you help?
Educate . Awareness . Fund . Volunteer
The biggest thing we can do for ourselves and each other is education. There are so many myths and misconceptions about Human Trafficking. Take the time to learn more about what this really is, what it looks like in our country and who the victims are. As a mother I feel that it's extremely important to not only educate ourselves but our children as well. Statistically they are the most at risk. Giving them the knowledge and tools to be able to identify a potential situation can be the difference between living their own life, or a life controlled by someone else. The Prevention Project™ is an education program for preteen & teens, created by Richmond Justice Initiative. I encourage you to take a few minutes to watch the video below to see what this curriculum is doing to help educate and equip our kids.
To find out more about how you
can bring this to your school and or church
go to Prevention-project.org
One of the ways we can help nonprofits such as the Prevention Project™ is through monetary donations. I believe in giving back, so each time you purchase items from the "Love Them Big" series, I'll donate a portion of the profit to The Prevention Project™. Together we can make difference and stop Human Trafficking
GET INVOLVED LOCALLY
Learn more about what
is happening in our local
community and what you can
do to help.
BE A MENTOR | VOLUNTEER
Children in foster care are at an extremely high risk of becoming victims of Human Trafficking. Volunteer and become a mentor to a child in the foster care system.
THE PREVENTION PROJECT™
Learn more about how we can educate our children and prevent them from becoming potential victims.
EDUCATE | STATS & MYTHS
There are many myths about Human Trafficking, educate yourself, learn the truth and spread awareness.
Let Your Light Shine
“You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” ~ Matthew 5:14-16
"LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE"
Be that light in someone’s darkness.
One little firefly puts off a tiny light, but when you multiply that one to thousands of fireflies . . .
oh how they overcome the darkness!
Can you name one child you know that is emotionally struggling with something in their life right now?
I bet that child’s face just popped into your head . . . .
It could be yours
It could be a relative
It could a friend
It could be a neighbor
It could be a student
Can we together create a call to action for these children who are hurting.
Let’s create a movement!
I believe it to be very simple . . . just small steps to building that child up.
A simple smile, a kind hello, a hug, a fist bump, a quiet statement that they are valued, they have worth, they belong . . . they are loved.
I challenge you to do this and then don’t stop there . . . challenge someone you know to do the same and most importantly challenge your own children to do this for someone they know!
Simple words and actions can be so powerful. Let’s use them to create a movement of kindness and acceptance.
Let's be a light in the lives of others!
Together we can make a difference.
A gift from me to you!
IT STARTS WITH YOU!
I believe time together is one of the best ways we can connect with our children. And so I'm creating coloring pages with scripture activities (created from my art) to spark conversations that I pray inspires our youth to do good things in this world and to be a light for others!
Click the link here to download your free "Let Your Light Shine" Activity!