I can prove to you that there is no such thing as “just a mom.”

I have photos.

Because “just a mom” absolutely and 100% does not join arms with other moms to raise $43,050 for orphans and vulnerable kids in South Africa!

If your day has felt ordinary so far. If you’ve wondered why you even bother to put Legos away anymore? If you’re knee deep in sharpening number two pencils and packing glue sticks for Back to School season and are already dreading the new year of making school lunches. If you’re behind on the laundry and tired of being tired. I have the BEST reminder that beneath those yoga pants lives a super hero – tattered cape and all.

Read on and then pass this on because there is no. such. thing. as. “just” a mom!

Laundry for Africa Update

Remember the “Laundry for Africa” day – when we all did virtual laundry together – and donated the cost of a box of soap or a couple loads  of laundry? To build a water point and laundry facility for our sisters and their kids in South Africa?

Remember how we raised that $5,000 in less than 8 hours?

Remember what doing laundry in Maubane, South Africa used to look like?


Water supply point


And now because hundreds of “just moms” did virtual laundry together while making donations to a laundry center for the moms in Maubane, this is what progress looks:

In December…


In January…

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In April…


And in May!!



That’s staggering.

Because you prayed and donated during 8 hours one day while you were sorting and washing and folding, hundreds of moms in Maubane, South Africa will be able to wash and sort and fold in clean, consistent water too!


And then remember how we kicked off the Fall in Love with the World Next Door campaign on Valentine’s Day this year? 

And how you all raised $10,000 on the FIRST DAY?

And how in six months we’ve raised $38,050?

That includes:


Want to see your vegetable garden’s progress?

Veggie Garden Update

This is what “just moms” can do when they change the world with their words, their carrots and lettuce and kids, and their donations to a community of “just moms” in South Africa.

You’ve provided moms a world away with a source of food as well as sustainable income!

Remember what all that vacant land looked like before you all dug in your hands and hearts and blog posts…


This is what it looks like now!

In March…


In April…

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And in May!!!

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You all are AMAZING!!

You are brave and generous and complete world-changers right there from in front of your sink of dirty dishes and cruddy crocs piled at the back door. 

I love you.

I mean it. This is me reaching through the computer and giving you a full on BEAR HUG of gratitude from my people in South Africa.

Brave moms raise brave kids.

And change the world in the process.

Baie Dankie – Thank you very much (in Afrikaans).

Your biggest fan,


PS: Let’s keep doing it, eh? Proving to ourselves that there’s no such thing as “just a mom.” Stay tuned for details on Thursday!