Saturday, June 29, 2019

June Updates + Donate Your Birthday (Angry Tias and Abuelas of RGV)

Greetings faithful blog readers,

June has been a busy and fast month over here. We've been enjoying the beautiful summer sunsets, Saturday morning farmer's markets, and air conditioning!

There's plenty of fun to be had, even when it's hot. We've been playing at the library (they have a Clifford exhibit until Sept. 7th), with Willa's water table, and at the playground when we get a cool (80s) day. 

We also enjoyed a weekend visit from Lelie and Pops to celebrate my Dad's birthday and Father's Day (and Brendan and I got a date night out of the deal too!) 

We've had a productive month and are definitely relaxing some too. 

The other reason I wanted to check in today is to talk about my pick for Donate Your Birthday--Angry Tias and Abuelas of Rio Grande Valley. I cannot even express the sadness I feel about the situation at the border, and especially that negligent treatment is happening in my own state. The inhumane conditions for people seeking asylum and innocent children is unconscionable. I looked for a local organization and remembered Nayelly, a woman that attended the McNeese MFA program, helped start Angry Tias and Abuelas of the Rio Grande Valley, an organization of women working directly with migrants to provide food, transportation, hygiene supplies, water, blankets, and resources. The amazing thing about this organization is that it is 100% volunteer based so there are zero operational costs. Normally, the idea of Donate Your Birthday is to give your age in dollars, but since the need is so great right now and this is a humanitarian crisis that is literally close to home, I gave $100. Honestly, I cannot even do justice writing about the work this group does, so please take a listen to this podcast episode (#39) if you have time (these women have made REAL change--they have families and jobs and still manage to make a difference, and it's so inspiring) and donate here if you are able. I love the concept of Donate Your Birthday, and this is my 9th year participating! I also gift donations to other people for their birthdays, and it's an awesome way to celebrate another year. 

I'll check in soon with updates from today and our anniversary celebrations later this week. Happy weekend everyone! 

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