It’s an amazing feeling to see your little family growing before your very eyes. From your little ones when they first open their eyes, say their first words, take their first steps, and then suddenly you’re waving to them at the school gate. It’s an amazing feeling to know that your child is safe, to know that they are learning, to know that they are happy and growing and becoming confident little things.
It hits you like a brick sometimes when you turn the TV on and you’re presented with more devestation from around the world – pictures of children dying of thirst, drowning at sea, abandoned, abused, employed to fight the enemy. And you wonder why you were chosen to be one of the lucky ones. The children that you see on TV are children just like mine and come from homes and families just like mine.
For the last 2 years, we have spent a lot of time fundraising for various charities but this autumn I was inspired by a friend who is going the extra mile.
My friend, Laura, has once again decided to make a difference and has joined a volunteer group who will be heading out to give help and hope to a refugee camp in Petra. There are 1200 survivors of the Yazidi Genocide at the camp, about to enter into a freezing winter. The volunteers hope to raise enough money to be able to buy as many vital supplies as possible to help them get through this.
From where I am, with my three kids running around me, it sometimes feels like I can’t do much to help out, except to guide my own children and teach them kindness so that in the future they will be good people. But then it came to me! I could dedicate AngelBean to charity. I could turn AngelBean into a fundraiser.
And so there it began. I talked my ideas through with my husband and we decided that nothing could give us more pleasure than to raise money to benefit other children through the sale of our shoes.
We set up ‘Name Your Price’ in the hope that customers will appreciate the chance to help other children around the world whilst shopping for their own children. We hope that people will be generous of course, but ultimately people should give what they can afford and what they would like to pay for the shoes.
It is our aim to donate to different charities through the year, taking only a tiny amount from the sale for ourselves to cover shipping.
It’s not a lot but every bit counts….
It’s been a while since updating our blog posts and perhaps the last few months are the reason why.
We had a busy winter with several fairs in the lead-up to the Big day. Some were more of an event than others and we certainly learnt which fairs to go back to this year and which ones to avoid. But it is all part of the learning process.
Dylan was a huge help – his gorgeous smile drew in the crowds!
As well as being busy with Angel Bean, we found out last October that we are indeed expecting another Angel of a Bean! Yes, our little girl is due at the beginning of June, and if the pregnancy is anything to go by, she may well be more of a handful than Dyl himself.
This pregnancy has knocked me for six! What a joy my previous pregnancy was with no real symptoms showing until the day I went into labour! But this is something else altogether with nausea for the first 10 weeks followed by huge discomfort ever since.
Therefore, yes I have slowed things down a bit, much to my displeasure. I find it extremely hard to put my feet up and not be doing things the whole time and I do find myself slyly cleaning when no one is looking but I must admit that even just putting my feet up for a few hours in the afternoon makes me feel a lot better.
I think it’s going to be a long 15 weeks!
We’ve had potties dotted around the place for the last few months now. We were kind of keen to get Dyl potty-trained but never really got round to it so having the potties lying around was our attempt at ‘getting him used to them’ in a non-commital way really.
He was very happy to muck about in them, stand in them, put them on his head, put things in them, and every now and then he would even sit on them – sometimes with his nappy off even! So, yes, I guess he was used to them!
Anyway, today I was changing his nappy mid-afternoon when he ran off. I shouted for him to come back but when he didn’t return, I went to follow him. There he was in the bathroom, sitting on his potty doing a wee and a poo!
I was delighted and a bit shocked!
He got two animal stickers which he was delighted with.
So, I am guessing that I should realise that my 20 month old boy is now ready to be potty-trained and that I have to start putting the effort in. So, to the shops we go for big-boy pants! Watch this space!!!
Well, after nearly a year in the making, we are nearly, very nearly ready to launch the site!
Just a little bit more tweeking to do and then we will go live, albeit quite quietly at first to test the water.
It’s been a funny old year when we think back to last August when we first started thinking about designing our own little shoes and putting some rough little illustrations together and developing little characters.
And now to see them come to life, and not only that, but to have hundreds and thousands of the little guys sitting upstairs in the office waiting to get hold of some tiny toes – well it’s all just a bit surreal really.
So, we got our delivery last week which was hugely exciting. The whole family got involved investigating the contents of the huge cartons. Dylan enjoyed delving deep into the boxes to pick out a chosen pair with exclamations of ‘woah’ and ‘wow’, whilst Alvin the bunny mucked in breaking down the cardboard boxes for us; Al stood back and took photos of the momentous and happy event and I got stuck in trying to create some kind of system to organise this sudden addition to our household! It’s all fun!
We are so excited about the forthcoming weeks and seeing our year’s worth of planning and drawing and building and financing all come to a head and seeing if anyone actually likes what we’ve done.
I guess we will see soon!