April 28, 2012

Follow Your Heart {Heart of Haiti}

<a href="http://www1.macys.com/campaign/social?campaign_id=134&channel_id=1&bundle_entryPath=/haiti_landing"><IMG SRC="
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a> This Mother's Day, I'm working with Clever Girls in support of Macy's Heart of Haiti to shine a light on the "trade, not aid" program, which provides sustainable income to Haitian artisans struggling to rebuild their lives and support their families after the 2010 earthquake. 

Today I want to share with you two amazing ladies in my life that have inspired me to follow my heart and grow as a Mother. They have been my examples in so many ways, and now as a mother myself I can't help but think they were some of the best examples.
My Mother, sometimes I feel speechless when it comes to my Mom. There aren't enough words or time to honestly describe just how much she means to me, and I'm often in awe of her selflessness and her giving spirit. She loves unconditionally even when I overflowed the dishwasher as a kid, or ruined her oak dining table with nail polish remover, and pressed her buttons as a teenager. She never gave up on me, always encouraged me. Taught me how to love people even when they don't love back, she taught me patience and how to give to others. She taught me the meaning and importance of remembering names, birthdays and how to pick out the perfect greeting card to give to someone. Thank you for coming to every dance recital, showing up every Friday night to watch me cheer, helping me get ready for every high school dance and pageant. Thank you for the endless shopping trips, and Subway & Sonic runs after church. You're one of the most amazing women, I know and for all that and more I say I love you Mom!

The other amazing woman in my life is my Grandma. There isn't a day that doesn't go by that I don't think about how you've shaped my life. You taught me how to cook, how to bake and how to sew. Thank you for the many amazing camping trips, taking me to the "lotion" and always giving me a place where my creativity could bloom. You taught me how to nurture and grow my relationship with Christ. You taught me the value of prayer, patience and perseverance. You believed in my dreams even when I didn't think they were possible. You are woman of prayer and wisdom. Something I hope to one day be too, your strength and generosity for people is amazing to me. Your selflessness and caring for others is something I admire most. The way you are a prayer warrior makes me in awe!

I know that I'll be able to me the same amazing Mother to little Ava just as my Grandma was to my Mother, and my Mother was to me. I've had amazing teachers. I love you both so very much, thank you for being in my life and loving me always.

~Andrea What is Macy’s Heart of Haiti? Heart of Haiti is a “Trade, Not Aid” initiative launched by artist and social entrepreneur, Willa Shalit, The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and Macy’s. Already, Heart of Haiti has led to employment of 750 artists in Haiti, providing financial benefits for an estimated 8,500 people in the country.


Each item is a one-of-a-kind design and handmade by a Haitian master artisan from raw materials such as recycled oil drums, wrought iron, papier-mâché and stone. The collection features more than 40 home decor items including quilts, metalwork, ceramics, jewelry and paintings and is made almost entirely from recycled and sustainable items such as old cement bags, cardboard, oil drums and local gommier wood.

Heart of Haiti products are available online at Macy’s.com.

Thank you to Macy's Heart of Haiti for sponsoring my participation in this “Share Your Heart" promotion. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.


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