A Mother’s Heart – Heart of Haiti

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.
A Mother's Heart - Heart of Haiti Necklace

On this Mother’s Day, as I ready myself to become a mother for the third time, I am reminded of how fortunate I am to have a wonderful mother of my own, to model my own parenting on.

I look at my beautiful daughters, who have grown from precocious toddlers to interesting young ladies in such a short time. I am sure that I make (and have made) innumerable mistakes in raising them, but somehow they are just amazing people, who I know will continue to grow into fantastic and independent adult women.

My busy bee, Addah, has the most positive attitude and outlook on things. Very little gets this girl down, and nothing stands in her way when she puts her mind to something. She never stops going, whether it’s drawing a series of pictures for her latest story idea, or stitching together bits of felt into mythical creatures, knitting an entire scarf all by herself or playing baseball with her best friend Riley.

My sweet little bear, Lakin, who insists on learning everything she can about everything that crosses her mind. I found her reading “The Birth Book” by Dr. Sears the other evening. She had already covered the sections on vaginal birth and cesarean birth, and had moved on to educating herself about vaginal birth after cesarean and on the signs of early labor. She kisses my belly every night at bedtime. When I had to stop to breathe through a particularly strong Braxton-Hicks contraction a few nights ago, she asked me how far apart they were and explained to me that they would need to get “much closer, like 2 to 5 minutes apart”, before I would need to be concerned.

And then of course, there’s our newest little bug, who we haven’t gotten to meet yet, but whom I am already deeply in love with. I wonder who she will look like — will she be just like one of her big sisters, or completely different from both of them? What color will her hair be? I can’t wait to smell her baby soft skin and kiss her little toes, and I can’t wait for my daughters to meet their baby sister.

I tried to explain to my girls the other night that love is not a finite thing, that there is an infinite amount of room in a mother’s heart for her children. I will not love either of my girls any less when there is a new baby to share the attention… in fact, if anything, I believe a mother’s heart just swells even larger when there’s a new life to adore.

A Mother's Heart - Heart of Haiti

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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I'm Heather, a married mama of two teen girls, a stillborn baby girl (7/1/12), and a sweet and wild preschool girl (4/2/14). I've been blogging at The Destiny Manifest since 2001. I like to write about appreciating all of the beautiful little things that surround us, particularly in the face of grief, infant loss and mental health issues. Every day is an adventure!

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