Monday, December 17, 2007

Just Posts: We're having a baby

It's been a year since the Social Justice Wedding that started the Just Posts, a year of much love, happiness and fulfillment. Yet like any couple we've taken some time recently to evaluate our relationship to make sure we are still giving it all we've got, making it the most it can be. We consulted our sister Just Post hosts Hel and Su, listened to friends and our Maid of Honor and it was there we realized what comes next for the Just Posts.

A Baby. Mad and I have decided to have a baby. But it's really a Just Post baby and it will belong to all of us. And we need your help.

Having a baby is often the next step in a relationship born of truth and love. Our wedding birthed a community, and now we are asking our community to birth a movement. A movement into action.

The Just Posts will continue and we'll continue to host all of the terrific writings for social justice in all shapes and sizes. But we are adding a baby and her name is Volunteerism. It's time to put all of our words into action. Collectively, separately. We are committing to writing and doing in whatever form that means for each of us.

And this is where all of you come in. A baby deserves a baby shower, and your gifts are your writings about what it will mean to give of your time, what extra steps you will take to give back to your community and to our world, and what commitments we can all hold each other accountable to and how we can cheer each other on as we go.

I'll go first. My baby gift to all of you is my pledge to volunteer 2 hours a month for a cause other than my work. By the time the Roundtable rolls around I'll have it sorted out and will give it to you proper. With bows. And earnest intent.

There were so many gifts at our wedding last year, and I realize we are asking you for more now, the precious gift of your time. But we can't have this baby without you. The baby needs her village, and our village is you. So share your gift with us before the 10th of January we'll add it to the registry at the Just Post Roundtable Anniversary Edition: The Baby Shower!

Let's put our time where our mouths are this year. Who's in? And who's going to plan the party games? And the food? And rub the belly? So much to do. So much to write. Join us.

In other news I tried my hand at a new printer recently - you can read the review here.

35 comments:

thailandchani said...

Wishing you the best of luck with this new idea. Hope it takes off well for you.


~Chani

wheelsonthebus said...

I am planning on posting on this, but I'll just leave a comment now. It is hard to volunteer because I feel like I am paying for childcare just to volunteer. This would be OK if it weren't for the commute time to volunteer sites. Yet, I feel yucky not giving my time. So, I am starting small. I am joining Amnesty International and, starting in the New Year, I will write a letter a week. It is not much, but I hope that it will push me to do more.

When I move home, I would really like to put my one skill to work -- writing speeches for candidates. But that's a story for another time. I must start now, not in four months when we move home

Emily R

QT said...

I am so fortunate to have not only the opportunity to volunteer with my co-workers during officially "sanctioned" volunteer efforts, but a very, very supportive manager and teammate that allow me to spend time volunteering.

I think this is a great new initiative and allows people to really get involved in their community.

Oh - I will bring a hot dish to pass -:)

Deezee said...

brilliant idea to expand from words on the page to legs in the world (or virtual legs, if the volunteering is such). Brava!

Jenn said...

I don't want to give you an empty box, decorated beautifully on the outside, good intentions on the inside.

So I'll promise to try to instill within the Queens the message of volunteering, have us write letters of hope to people that need it, and send them off.

Because it's a time and money thing...not enough of either to do the things I really want to, but I do have my words and stamps and hope to share.

Christine said...

I'm in! I'm in!!

I am going to work on doing some more volunteering with my kids, as right now I'm home with them. My big goal--finding new ways to work with the elderly.

i love you guys!

Running on empty

Mrs. Chicky said...

I'm all about birthing babies these days. But you guys make me feel like a slacker. I suppose that's a good thing though or else I won't get involved.

Beck said...

I love this plan. Here's what I'm doing, come January:
- volunteering with the school breakfast program several hours a week (we live in a low income area and childhood hunger is a big problem)
- volunteering with one of the local churches to sort clothing at their free clothes bank (oh boy!)
- and joining the library board. The local library is a BIG ISSUE.

Jennifer said...

I'm in. Definitely in. I don't know how I'm in yet ;) but my kids and my husband and I are in.

flutter said...

Oh I am SO in.

Sober Briquette said...

This I can do.

And Flutter and I are setting up a trust fund, too.

Julie Pippert said...

Happy Anniversary!

You can count on me.

And as I hinted to you and just now to Mad, I have something I need to discuss with you ladies. I'll be in touch.

Julie
Using My Words

Kyla said...

I think I'm in. I want to be in. And I'm 95% sure it will be at our KayTar's hospital, helping other kiddos and families in need of support. We've benefited from it, we should give, too.

mamatulip said...

I'm in. Not sure exactly how yet, but I'm tossing around a few ideas.

nengaku said...

Count me in! With the wonderful world of telecommuting I'm going to be doing some more volunteer work with Syracuse Peace Council this year - without having to leave the hermitage! I'll blog about that work at nengaku.blogspot.com

Wonderful idea.
Peace.

Ally said...

You two have the best ideas! Count me in for this. My baby shower gift is thus: volunteering once a month at a local legal clinic starting in January.

Mrs. Chicken said...

The Poo and I are going to attempt monthly volunteer work at our local foodbank. Nothing squeezes my heart more than the idea of a hungry child. I'm also going to auction off a designer handbag on eBay starting in January and donating all the money to our foodbank.

Jen, you continue to amaze me!

Amy Y said...

I am in!
I've been procrastinating for too long...

cce said...

I'm not sure my volunteering at the elementary school really counts since it's my kids who benefit. So let me do a little research about other options and I'll get back to you. But I'm in, truly, I'm in.

slouching mom said...

i'm in, too.

but don't know the specifics yet.

jen said...

No pressure to know what you are up for yet - just let us know when you know - if you post about it we'll include it. I'm still figuring out mine too.

You guys rock.

JCK said...

This is a great idea. I love how you keep raising the bar and challenging us. I'll be back with my shower gift...

painted maypole said...

I'm in. Not sure what it will be yet, but perhaps it will have something to do with the post i just put up in response your questions on a previous post in my blog.

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Kellan said...

I'm in -

I am currently committed to my childrens' schools - our local education. I have recently been approached to form a committee with another mother - wherein I will be intensely involved in my girls' highschool to make serious changes to their environment, their social structure, their academic needs, as well as much more, from a parent/student perspective. We are presently planning to send a delegation of students/parents to Adlai Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill. in late Spring. This high school has many innovative and highly successful ideas that our high school has already implemented (some ideas) and are looking to further investigate and possibly implement more of their great ideas. I have only been involved with the committee (as Chair) for 2 weeks, but it will kick off after the first of the year with 10 other parent volunteers, 10-12 students and 10 teacher/administrators. We are very excited about the potential. I would love to participate and help give birth to your new baby. Kellan

Victoria said...

Ooo...a new *baby*! How exciting! =)

I need to switch up my Volunteer endeavors - mine have become to easy, too comfortable and I'm not getting anything out of it. So your "new baby" is just perfect.

Count me in too!

Janet said...

I love the promise of new life.

I'm in. Will tell in what capacity come the new year.

PunditMom said...

You know I'm in. And I'm thinking it will have something to do with getting PunditGirl involved in learning more about how much others need and how much we already have.

Suz said...

I'm in, but I also need to figure out what I can do. My business travel keeps me from being able to set aside a given time a week, so I have to get creative.

ewe are here said...

I do throw in when I can, but any throwing in usually has to be kid-related, as they're generally with me...

Wonderful idea.

Aliki2006 said...

I'm in! I posted at Mad's but I'm definitely in.

crazymumma said...

I love this marriage.

I'll be back in the New Year with something I am sure.

carrie said...

Splendid!

Somehow, though, I don't think my Art Docent work at the kids' elementary school will be a good enough present . . .

TIV: the individual voice said...

Taking action is an important step to social change. I've been thinking a lot about this lately in relation to the War in Iraq. I feel it's really time for a social movement to end the war, and there are definitely stirrings out there. I've found some hopeful websites I've listed on my blog. Something has got to change. Enough is enough.

toddlerplanet said...

I'm totally in. I've been sitting here with the browser open for days now (really!) and don't know exactly what I'll do, but will do something. Great idea!

Seattle Mamacita said...

just reading this now and i love it. i'm in too.