Kia Morgan Smith is a “Woman Who Shines”

BY: - 28 Sep '12 | Home

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Lamar and I first met Kia Morgan Smith over a year ago. We were given a year’s supply of diapers and wipes by Pampers and we wanted to bless someone else with that gift, since all of our kids were potty trained. We heard about Kia and the Atlanta Diaper Relief from Facebook. We did not know her, but we thought she was providing an awesome service to the community.

Little did we know that meeting Kia would be such a blessing to us! Kia’s passion for helping families in the community is so strong that it’s infectious. It’s actually inspiring us to do more! Because when you encounter Kia’s passion for giving back and when you learn about her own challenges to take care of her family of 7, you will wonder:  “Well am I doing enough? I have no excuses.”

Kia started the diaper bank after her own child was left in diapers all day long and suffered from a terrible rash.  That situation made her think about all of the other mothers that have no choice but to let their kids stay in diapers for extended periods of time because they can’t afford to buy more.  So she started Altanta Diaper Relief,    which is the first diaper bank in the Atlanta area that is solely dedicated to diaper distribution only.  It is Kia’s goal to  ensure that all Atlanta families living in poverty have an adequate supply of diapers for their young kids. And this year, the Atlanta Diaper Relief has already given away 50 THOUSAND DIAPERS!  And their goal is to give away 80 thousand diapers by the end of the year!.  Do you know how many families she’s helping??? This is awesome.

Kia has 5 kids of her own!  And even though she and her husband have their hands full raising their kids and providing for them, she is working tirelessy to provide a service to the community.

So when I heard that Yahoo’s Shine was celebrating women who are touching lives in our communities by allowing us to nominate them for a chance to win a $10,000 cash prize, then I jumped at the chance to nominate Kia Morgan Smith.  Check out, Kia and the other Women Who Shine nominees and vote for your favorites

PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK AND  VOTE FOR KIA

Check out this video from when we surprised Kia with a year’s supply of diapers.

BMWK:  Please tell us about a women who shines in your life.

 

Disclosure:  I was compensated for this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. To read more posts on this topic, click here.
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Ronnie Tyler is the co-creator of BlackandMarriedWithKids.com and co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing. The proud mom of 4 has been selected by Parenting Magazine as a Must-Read Mom and is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers.

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Life AFTER the Wedding: What Happens Once the Bouquet’s Been Thrown and the Guests Go Home?

BY: - 28 Sep '12 | Home

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by Lorraine Sanabria Robertson,

The wedding cake was served and eaten, the champagne popped and sipped, the dance floor “Wobbled” and cleared, and the guests have all gone home. Now it’s just the two of you,  you and your husband, alone together. Gulp!

What do you do now? So many brides, myself included, spend so much of their time planning their special day that they forget one very important thing, there’s life after the wedding! After the presents have all been opened and you’ve been home a little while since your honeymoon, you may begin to realize that things are not quite the way that you expected them to be. If I had a dollar for every time a new bride told me that, I wouldn’t need to win the Lotto, I could fund it! You are not alone if you feel this way! In fact, you are completely normal and in the same company as millions of other new brides.

It’s so easy to let your expectations get the best of you. Your wedding day is sacred, a day that you’ve probably looked forward to your entire life. That kind of excitement and anticipation brings big expectations, but not ones that are very realistic. I expected to return from my Mexican honeymoon and float in marital bliss for at least the first year with nothing to do but love my husband and have really great sex. Yeah, right. It sounded good. Then reality set in and I found out that there is more to marriage than love and sex, even really great sex! I didn’t expect many of the relationship changes that happened, like adjusting to living together and dealing with our new extended families, and I definitely didn’t expect to still be busy with so many post wedding details.

I also didn’t expect to have wedding withdrawal. I was thrilled that my wedding day seemed flawless. It turned out one hundred times better than I imagined. Then I spent a week relaxing at a luxurious five-star hotel on the beach in Mexico with my new husband rubbing suntan oil all over my bronzed body. Yup, married life was looking and feeling pretty good at that point, until I got home and “… wham! “… wedding withdrawal came crashing out of nowhere like a big blue tidal wave and wiped out my picture-perfect fantasy.

What is wedding withdrawal? It’s when you miss the fun, excitement, anticipation, craziness and stress of planning your wedding. You’ve lived and breathed your wedding for probably most of your life “” or at least the past six months. It’s only natural to miss this. Wedding withdrawal can happen to the compulsive organizer or the carefree planner. Whether you had a five-course meal with 300 guests or an intimate dinner with immediate family and friends, planning your wedding can be as taxing as having a second full-time job. Your wedding consumes so much of your mind and your time, then all of the sudden in one day you’re done. It’s over. Your wedding day has come and gone. No more appointments with the caterer. No more flowers to choose or pretty silk ribbons to tie around tiny bottles of bubbles. No more fantasizing about what your wedding day will be like, and the hardest part of wedding withdrawal: nothing for you to do.

– Excerpt from the book, “Help! I’m a Newlywed … What Do I Do Now? Wife-Saving Advice Every New Bride Must Know to Survive the First Year of Marriage,” by Lorraine Sanabria Robertson.

Learn how to deal with life after the wedding, wedding withdrawal, and more than 225 Do’s & Don’ts to start your marriage off on the right track in “Help! I’m a Newlywed.” Whether you’re stressing about your new-in-laws, your new sex life, or your new husband leaving his clothes all over the bedroom floor this book will help you graduate from girlfriend to wife without having a panic attack.

Lorraine blogs at  RunWifeyRun.com  and AskWifey.com; and you can follow her on Twitter at @AskWifey. Her life-changing wedding was featured on TLC’s “A Wedding Story.”

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