I know that the term mommy bloggers really covers a wide range of women (and some men) who fall under just about every socio-economic status, but for the most part, I think if you are reading this right now, you are probably more blessed than you realize.
I love the studies where people are asked to name their "class rank" in society and people unfailingly describe themselves as well below what they actually are. For instance, people who are upper or upper-middle income almost always describe themselves as middle income. Why? No one wants to seem...well...rich. Because being "rich" makes you "elite"...and being elite is not cool, because it separates you from the common troubles that most "middle class" people face.
But let's face it people. If you live in America. If you own a home. If you can eat dinner every night and shower every morning. You are most likely rich compared to most other women in the world.
If you've graduated from high school. If you've gone to at least two years of college (school loans considered) you're probably doing better...much better than if you hadn't.
If you haven't lost a job or landed on someone's hotel-laden property in this monopoly game that we call life in the last little while, you probably have extra cash...somewhere.
So, let's see if we can't find some lying around my pocketbook today, shall we?
At the risk of busting myself with my husband for being the gaping hole in our family's budget, I'm going to tell you a thing or two today about my spending habits.
Here are some things that I have bought recently:
A Halloween card that plays Monster Mash....to put in Guy's lunch today: $3.84
This dress that I ordered for myself because I thought it would be "slimming": $50.
Chapstick...one for each member of the family: $5
Masking Tape that Autumn "made a maze" with: $5
Plants to make my front porch look more inviting: $50
Halloween Costume...The Hippo & Ballet Teacher costumes were Free.
Guy's Darth Vadar Ensemble: $20
Front Porch Swing (used): $100
A Boyz II Men CD for me: $11.88
Birthday gift for Guy: $18
(Brick of Mormon Stories)
If I've done my math right, that adds up to $263.72 that I've spent recently on pretty unnecessary stuff. Now, I'm not really "rich" by the world's definition, but if you are asking me to be straight up, I'll be the brave one and say, yes, I consider myself rich. I am college educated. I have a husband who provides for our basic needs and then some. I CAN stay home if I so choose and play with my babies, and complain about doing dishes and go to my kids' Halloween parties at school, and better yet, the thing that makes me rich is that I KNOW WHERE ALL OF THESE BLESSINGS COME FROM.
Not every woman has the luxury of splurging for cards to put in her kid's lunch box. I realize that there are actually MANY women who would LOVE to stay home and blog...and craft with their kids, and match a few socks every once in a while. But the truth is there are many women out there who have to double-duty...work and be a Mom...Or even triple duty...work, go to school, and play Mommy & Daddy--day in and day out.
I am thankful for the material blessings that my family and I currently enjoy, but because I know where those blessings originate, I also know that they are mine to have proper stewardship over. Meaning: I must GIVE BACK. I must pass my blessings on. I must be frugal enough to have some love to spread around...to share what I have been given to give a hand up to women who want to give their families just what I am able to give mine.
And what is keeping them back first and foremost? An education.
A college education is so key in our society. Did you know that single moms with children have the highest poverty rates? Did you know that single moms who are poor, are poor because of their lower earning capacity, which is directly tied to their level of education? Did you know that single mom's medium income is only 25% of what married couples make? (See info here.)
My son's school recently sent home a form where you could fill out the clothing needs of your children (such as hats, gloves, coats, etc.) and the school will help fill those needs. It breaks my heart to think that some children lack these basic essentials.
But I can see that in order to lift an entire family out of the pain of poverty, we must make it possible for single mothers out there to get the higher education that they need to make this possible. Coats and gloves can only do so much.
That is why I am so happy to be teaming up with LDS Philanthropies and other mommy bloggers around the country to help raise money to provide scholarships to LDS Business College for single parents in need.
If you'd like to help by donating to this cause, just click on the widget at the top of this email or click on my sidebar...I'm heading over there to donate right now!
Who's with me?
PS - Oh, and you guys had BETTER go over there and donate, because after this post, I think my husband is either going to ground me from shopping or make me get a job! ;) I've made myself vulnerable...don't let it be in vain!!!