It was an early morning on July 11, 2018, the day I became a mother. I remember when I first held my daughter in my arms, I cried immediately. I was overwhelmed with so much joy even though I had no idea what to do next when we took her home. I did, however, have and still have an amazing example of what motherhood looks like. I have my mom. For me, she was the first example of how a mother should be. Even though I am almost five years in the motherhood game, I still consider myself somewhat still a new mother. When my son got here in 2021 (a COVID baby), I felt more confident because it was my second time around, but I also had my mom. She has been there for me since day one, and without her influence, support, and guidance, I wouldn’t be who I am today.
Being a mom is not easy, and I am still trying to balance motherhood, being a wife, working full time, and having somewhat of a social life. I know there are a lot of moms who may share this same challenge. Raising kids can be a lot, but what I have learned is that at the end of the day, they don’t require much. They need of course the necessities like food, shelter, and water, but outside of that, they need to feel safe, be loved, and supported.
Mother’s Day is a very special day. It is where we show our love for the women who got us here, and who have played a major role in our lives. Outside of the cards, gifts, flowers, balloons, etc., we must stay focused on why Mother’s Day was created in the first place and never lose sight of that.
Did you know that Mother’s Day was founded by Anna Jarvis in 1908, and it was created to simply honor motherhood. Jarvis felt like American holidays were geared towards males and their accomplishments, but not much was being celebrated about women, moms specifically. Her mom died in 1905, and I believe that this was a way of honoring her mom as well. After pushing for Mother’s Day to be nationally recognized, Mother’s Day became a holiday in 1914 signed into effect by President Woodrow Wilson.
Years later, Jarvis would fight to have the holiday removed. For Jarvis, she just wanted one day where families can spend time with each other and simply honor their mom. She didn’t foresee how fast America would capitalize off it and make money. According to the National Retail Foundation, Mother’s Day exceeds $20 billion dollars. That’s a lot of money.
I always stress about days like Mother’s Day because I want to find my mom the perfect gift. We end up spending a lot of money because of societal pressure. Moms are worth the gift, but all moms need is to know that they are loved and supported. So, this Mother’s Day, and every day after, because every day should be Mother’s Day, just show your mom some love. A simple thank you and I love you goes a long way.
October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com
As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.
Calling all teenage student-athletes! If you have dreams of playing college soccer and wish to represent an HBCU, the HBCU ID Camp is your golden opportunity. From 8 am to 5 pm on November 11-12, Houston Sports Park will transform into a hub for aspiring male and female soccer players. Coaches from HBCUs across the nation will be present to evaluate, scout, and offer valuable feedback. Moreover, they might even spot the next soccer prodigy to join their collegiate soccer programs. This camp is not just about honing your soccer skills but also a chance to connect with the HBCU soccer community. You’ll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to excel on the field and in the classroom, which is crucial for a college athlete. The HBCU ID Camp is an excellent platform to network with coaches, learn from experienced athletes, and take the first steps toward your college soccer journey. To secure your spot at this incredible event, don’t forget to register [here](insert registration link). Space is limited to 120 participants, so make sure to reserve your place before it’s too late. It’s time to turn your dreams of playing college soccer into a reality.