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
It often takes me a bit longer than others to process things and really get to the heart of my own understanding. I often also let things “age” in my own mind – which I hope/think leads to something akin to wine or whiskey – betterment with aging.
Such is the case now, as I return from 10 days with the Urban Bush Women at their Summer Leadership Institute in New Orleans (well – here is another symbol of that long processing – SLI was July 19-29, and I started this post 2 weeks ago). At the point of starting this post, things really started to synthesize for me around a few particular thoughts. And writing this and synthesizing that have also brought forth some really old thoughts.
Great first night here in NOLA for the 2012 UBW SLI. Awesome people, great vibe.
Our cohort (of ~30 people) will be working with what appears to be a pretty awesome community partner.
- Walk or bike to work every day.
- No email, text, web, or social media while walking to work.
- Minimum 1 hour of non-computer time every day at work.
- Maximum of 2 hours computer time outside of work every day – including weekends.
- Return to physical medium for all GTD work – bring back the calendar!
- Weekly Digital Sabbath / Shabbat – 24 hours of unpluggedness.
If you live near NOLA – come check out what should be an awesome day on Saturday, July 28 – all day long. The entire UBW SLI will be performing throughout the city. Check the schedule below.
Wealth: Reclaiming and Reframing, A Festival of Art Place and Ideas
Saturday, July 28th from 9:30 to 6:30
Performance 1 & Prayer Breakfast
Christian Unity Baptist Church, 1700 Conti Street
Performance 2 & Community Sing
Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard
Performance 3 & “Moving Stories”
Tekrema Center for Arts and Culture, 5640 Burgundy Street
(Lower Ninth Ward)
Admission to the festival is free!
UBW’s SLI is supported by Surdna Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Tulane University’s Gulf South Center, Junebug Productions, Ashe Cultural Arts Center, Tekrema Arts Center, Christian Unity and Golden Feather.