If you haven’t heard – we had a baby! Elena Cleo Ross Ludwig was born September 25, 2012 at 9:22 pm.
Alli & I are so proud and honored to welcome Elena!
We are blessed with abundance in our life in many ways. We are also blessed with privileges we’ve not earned. Elena will benefit from these privileges and our abundance. And she is already benefitting from the generosity of friends and family who have given us and her so much.
While we LOVE and are THANKFUL for all that has been given to us – we also recognize that not everyone in the world is as lucky, as blessed, or has access to the same resources we do.
So we would ask that if you are thinking about getting us/her a present – that you do us the honor of donating to a group working on issues concerning women and/or children instead.
While we have our thoughts as to what those organizations are – we’re sure you have a favorite organization close to you.
Some causes we hold dear:
- Batoumas Girls Fund – Our dear friend Sophie relays this story of heartbreak in such a way as to make us cry each time we read it. We know that birth is not easy – and that in many places it still is a life or death experience. We also know that Sophie will ensure that these wonderful girls get the full advantages of education.
- Update on this from Sophie – “When I sent that email, it was after days of nervousness, and I worried that my goal of $1500 was too high. In just one week, I raised over $5000. This will pay for all three girls’ schooling for the next 10 years. I have set up a savings account in their name and will continue to accept contributions – maybe one day, they will go to college. But for now, I just want to hug everybody. It means so so much to me to remember Batouma this way. The support is overwhelming.” – to see a picture of the girls in matching green dresses on their first day of school in fall 2012 click thru this link.
- Planned Parenthood – An organization that continues to do great work under serious pressure and politicized scrutiny.
- Somerville Homeless Coalition – local group working on an issue that disproportionately affects women and children.
With much love & such beautiful new light.
-E & A & e