Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Freaking Day Early--Yay Me!

Parenting is hard. So. Very. Hard. I can't even fathom doing it as a teen, because I'm barely able to do it in my twenties. Oh thirties. I imagine the frame of reference for hardness is intensified a bazillion-fold if you are a teen mom or dad.
(Mom, Dad, judgy people...look away now): To be honest, it was by the grace of God I escaped my teen years childless. There was (at least one) "holy sweet sausage on a stick I think I might be pregnant" scare during my increasingly distant youth.
I'm relatively sure that if I had been a teen mother I would have had the support of family, and hopefully some friends. But if I didn't and was faced with a teen pregnancy and motherhood, I would have undoubtedly needed the support services provided by such organizations as The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers.
This month I have chosen another baby/child/parenting organization to highlight because, is my place right now. April was a crazy month for so many uncool reasons, and May is going to be just as hellishly hectic. So when this baby registry popped into my Facebook feed a day or so ago, I thought BLAMMO. Perfect. Making a difference from the comfort of an online baby registry. During the month of Mother's Day. Thank. You.
So please take a moment to read about them below (all information from their Facebook 'em, you'll love 'em!) If you feel so inclined to make a tangible difference in the life of a teen parent (and child) in northern Maine this month, kindly consider clicking the link to their baby registry and sending some much needed, and very basic, supplies their way. I know they'll love you for it. Hell, I love you for it! (While the organization currently reaches out to approximately 2,000 families and children throughout the state annually, these supplies will be used by the Teen Parent School Program)
Here is the link to the registry! Thank you so much for your help!
The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers:
Founded in 1899, The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers features a full Hague-accredited adoption program, outpatient counseling, Teen Parent School Program, Early Care and Education Center, plus Camp Scholarship and Christmas Programs
"The Maine Children's Home builds and strengthens families and their children, instilling hope for the future and a better quality of life."

We are able to achieve this mission thanks to our experienced and caring staff as well as the support of our many donors and volunteers. All exemplify our belief that giving of oneself to help others is the greatest gift a person can give.
Company Overview
At the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers, we believe every child deserves the right to reach his or her full potential. Since the inception of our agency in 1899, we have made a difference in the lives of many children and families throughout the State of Maine.

The Maine Children’s Home is a very special place. Couples eager to add to their families come to us for our extensive interna
tional and domestic adoption experience. Parents entrust our early care and education facility with the nurturing of their children. Teen parents count on us to provide positive mentoring and the practical life skills they need to become good parents. Youth, families, and individuals come to the Maine Children’s Home for compassionate counseling services in a nurturing environment. 
This picture really has nothing to do with this month's organization.
Other than the mounds of April snow in Maine.
But I have discovered that if I don't include a picture in each post, Blogger picks completely random ones from prior posts, which irritates me.
 Because control. I like control.

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