#LoveForLondyn: Letters for Andrea Samuels

One-year-old Londyn Samuels was killed in New Orleans on Thursday night, August 29. Shot while being held in her babysitter’s arms, the beautiful baby girl was reportedly just learning to walk steadily. According to New Orleans Times-Picayune reporter Michelle Hunter, Londyn enjoyed dancing and was the younger sister of three-year-old Paris Samuels. The girls’ mother, […]

Faith and the Single Mom Journey.

Today’s Community Blogger, Chandra White-Cummings (not pictured), talks faith and overcoming single mom stigma.

I have been a single parent since 1993; just writing that sentence gives me pause. I’m not sure of all the reasons why, but I know that a significant part of my reflection comes from the fact that I have also been a Christian since 1978. Those two facts juxtaposed create a deep well of emotions, questions, struggles, and perceptions not for me alone, but also for some who have watched my journey up close, and others in the public at large who have very strong feelings about single motherhood, especially when color is part of the story.

Being on the path of single motherhood always involves a story, doesn’t it? Although we are all on the same path, each journey is different, and each journey has signposts and mile markers along the way that tell an individual story.

For the Christian single mom, somewhere along the way one of those mile markers is a cross which represents her conversion from an unbeliever to a believer, a spiritual relocation from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. I represent one of those troublesome, much-scrutinized cases—my Christianity mile marker comes many miles before my marker for single motherhood. People can usually find it within themselves to excuse a woman whose mistake came before she found God, or more accurately God found her. More ready forgiveness is also typically available for those who happened into single motherhood through no wrongdoing of their own. But for those who were already part of the household of faith, and whose pregnancy resulted from intentional non-marital sex…what in the world?! How did this happen?! What went wrong?! Those are often legitimate questions. But they don’t make life any easier for a single mom of faith.

Continue reading “Faith and the Single Mom Journey.”

Our First Annual School Supply Drive Ends with Family #25.

Our first annual Online School Supply Drive closes its email solicitation process today, when we’ve selected our last five families. Because we’re new to this kind of endeavor, we’re still refining our process and our limits, as a community. Because of a loving, generous, and enthusiastic effort from sponsors and supporters, word of our drive […]

Buy a School Supply for Single-Parent Families, Pt. 3!

Beyond Baby Mamas’ 2013 Online School Supply Drive continues! We’ve already funded 11 families — and more are gradually contacting us via email with their school- or teacher-given supply lists. This is our latest group of families. Please check back frequently, as we will be updating our blog to reflect progress and to notify donors/sponsors […]

Help More Single-Parent Families with School Supplies!

The 2013 Beyond Baby Mamas Online School Supply Drive is well underway! You all have been amazing so far; your willingness and eagerness to donate to single-parent families in need has exceeded our requests! If you’re new to this initiative, here’s how it works, single-parent families with school-aged children email Beyond Baby Mamas their teacher-given […]