Happy Mother's Day to all the Mums & Mums to be!
We are so blessed to have such an amazing group of Mums in our community. From our Maker Mums to the Heal Team to our Global Tribe, we are very thankful to have them in our lives. We asked a few of our rock star Mums from our Tribe to think back on lessons their Mothers taught them and how they are staying connected as a family during COVID_19.
Beth Hadi is our frontline superstar mum. She is a dedicated volunteer, nurse, Board Member, and fan (especially of the Love Crossbody!). She helps direct the Ubuntu Life Foundation health program, leading medical teams to Kenya almost every year. Beth was planning to come to Kenya in June to volunteer on an Ubuntu Heal team, but as the global pandemic keeps us from travelling, she is leading the charge in organizing Ubuntu’s first ever telehealth medical clinic.
Emily Twitchell is a Kenyan born Austinite who has been supporting the Ubuntu Life Foundation through the Family to Family program, connecting directly with families in Kenya and the US in the spirit of community and philanthropy. She is a fierce advocate, a generous soul, and a loving mother and we are grateful to have her as a part of the Ubuntu family.
Leslie Gossett is the proud mother of McKinley, a close friend to our Ubuntu family in the US, and a longtime and loyal customer, supporter, and volunteer. She has helped to create memorable events with us for years and we are grateful for her trusted eye for design, her creativity, and the love she shares.
Amy Corbin is a powerhouse and an inspiration to us. By day (ok, probably quite a few nights too) she works as the lead talent buyer for C3 Presents, booking and overseeing more than 800 shows in Texas (fun fact: she was also the first woman ever to win Pollstar’s Talent Buyer of the Year). But at home she is Mom to two rockstars of her own - Gemma and Milla Attal.
They are dear friends of Ubuntu and helped create the Family to Family program which connects them and others in Austin to Ubuntu families in Kenya.
Karyn Scott has been plugged in with and supporting Ubuntu for many years - from Board assistance to sponsorship's to well timed advice, we are grateful for her and her family. In addition, she founded the nonprofit Kids in a New Groove, which allows under served youth to connect with musicians and take lessons for free. With her new organization, Care2Rock, she also connects teachers with youth in foster care for free lessons. We are inspired by her entrepreneurial spirit and her passion for community and proud to be a part of her life.
"My mother is my biggest role model. So many lessons that I try to pass along. She is what I think a 'super woman' is. She worked full time and made sure I had a packed lunch for school and dinner on the table, came to all my sports events and always there to listen. I think it is important for young women and men to see Mom’s working, providing for the family and giving love back to the family. She supported me when I was a child and continues to support me well into my adulthood. "
"She taught me that love is unconditional and not something that you earn. Knowing that you are loved helps you embrace and love the world around you."
"My mom always impressed to me the importance of participating in my community by either volunteering, philanthropy, or cultural events. "
"Kindness without reward or expectation is a precious life lesson that my mom taught me, and I hope my kids will pass this down to their children. "
"My mother always gave me books that encouraged growth, fearlessness, and uplifting quotes to feel confident as a young woman. I think those are the heirlooms I appreciate the most."
"My favorite heirloom is her old Chi Omega pin and pictures from the past. "
"For mothers day last year, my mom gave me a special watch that belonged to my grandmother. "
"We love the game heads up, solving puzzles, and drawing together."
"When they were little, it was 'hug or bug,' we would play in the pool. If they said hug, they got a big hug. If they said 'bug,' they got thrown into the deep end, and they loved it. As older kids, probably any guessing game with inappropriate cards that makes us laugh."
"We are loving all this time together and stillness. We love having a nice lunch during work and school breaks and dinner. FOOD is comforting for all of us. "
"We have discovered the family hike (as has all of America), but as a new tradition we have discovered Mod Podge! It is so much fun. And, I had no idea my younger daughter was a talented painter. We also have discovered how to take a breath. As the planet rests, we do too. Hopefully when this is over we will appreciate and notice simple things more. "
"We've gotten into a rhythm with home schooling. We take short breaks in between subjects and also make time to get outside and get plenty of sunshine and move around. A new tradition we've implemented is weekly karaoke. We purchased a karaoke machine at the start of lockdown and have had a blast using it."
"During this time of COVID-19 and sheltering in, my kids and I have been exploring virtually different countries that we plan to visit in the near future."
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
"Take care of your skin!"
"Integrity is key. Always tell the truth and the rest will take care of itself."
"Always live my life in love and gratitude."
"Treat everyone as you wish to be treated."