There is an amazing organization in Philly that deserves more light. Mommy's Light. The organization is wonderful in which they lend support to those who've lost their mothers.
I know. Serious stuff.
But it's reality.
I have lost loved ones in the past. Including a close friend. A mother to 2 beautiful little girls. They lost their mother when they were so young. The thought that those two girls will never know the woman that I knew. They'll never know their mother and how wonderful she was.
I can't even imagine. I still have my mother. So does my husband. So God has blessed me in that way.
But when I look at my son...I can't even imagine leaving him behind. No mother to dance with him on his wedding day. No mom to root him on from the sideslines at his baseball games.
It puts a lump in my throat even thinking about it.
Mother's Day is right around the corner. And I challenge you to love your mother. Whether she's on this earth, apart of your life or not.
After all, that's what Mother's Day is all about isn't it?
If you know someone who has lost there mother, be sure to check out the Mother's Light Memorial Garden event details below.
And if you're a mom.. Happy early Mother's Day to you!
EMBASSY SUITES VALLEY FORGE & MOMMY’S LIGHT LIVES ON FUND®
TO HOST 2ND ANNUAL PLANTING OF MEMORIAL GARDEN
CHESTERBROOK, PA - - Love and memories grow alongside flowers at the Embassy Suites Valley Forge, 888 Chesterbrook Blvd., Chesterbrook.
On May 21, 2011 from 1-3pm the hotel will host its second annual planting at its memorial garden with children and their families, as well as volunteers from across the region from Mommy’s Light Lives On Fund®. Those that attend will have the opportunity to enjoy the flowers and herbs that were planted last year in loving memory of mothers who have died. Participants will be planting new additions to the garden, which is situated in front of the hotel and garners attention from guests and visitors alike.
Mommy’s Light’s mission is to bring joy and comfort to children and teens whose mothers are terminally ill or have died by helping them keep alive traditions and simple pleasures they shared with their mothers. The garden was created to celebrate the memory of deceased parents and to give these children and their families a place to celebrate life.
“The garden has been a spectacular addition to our property,” said Embassy Suites General Manager Paul Farnell. “Over the past year many of the families have returned to check on the plants or just enjoy the peace it provides. Our guests have commented on how fragrant it is and the serenity it provides. Another great aspect has been that our chef has been able to cut and use fresh herbs directly from it.”
The Embassy Suites Valley Forge has been partnering with Mommy’s Light for more than two years supporting activities, fundraisers and events for the organization. “They are an outstanding group of volunteers who do remarkable work and we are honored to be a part of this organization and the way they impact families,” Farnell added.
“The Embassy Suites Family Bereavement Memorial Garden has been a wonderful resource and living memorial for the grieving children, teens and their families, as well as for the greater community,” said Laura Munts, President of the Mommy’s Light Board of Directors. “It has provided a place to honor the past, celebrate the present and plant for the future. There are so many wonderful aspects to this project, including raising awareness about the nature and needs of bereaved children and teens and the resources available to support them. It not only nourishes the hearts of these families, but the guests at the Embassy Suites who dine on meals that are prepared with herbs from the garden.”
In addition to the planting event, attendees will have a chance to sample those fresh-picked herbs in recipes from Mommy’s Light in the Kitchen, an original cookbook with more than 200 recipes that was created by West Chester resident Jeannine Ginsburg, who included her husband and sons’ favorites “so they will always have them for their own.” Celebrating family food traditions and honoring the special bond between children and their mothers, the book is available for a $12 donation to Mommy’s Light.
Mommy’s Light Lives On Fund® (www.mommyslight.org) provides free tradition fulfillment services to eligible young people and develops and distributes bereavement education materials for children, teens and the adults who are likely to interact with them. There are more than 626,000 maternally bereaved children in the United States, including 20,000 in the Delaware Valley.
The garden, located at the entrance to the hotel, was designed by Interior Plant Design and is being funded entirely by the Embassy Suites. It includes such plantings as zinnias, marigolds, snapdragons, cosmos and phlox, and the hotel’s chef Peter Grello uses many of its herbs including sage, oregano, thyme, rosemary, chamomile, lavender, basil and tarragon in recipes throughout the season.
The hotel maintains the garden and looks to make this an annual event. “We hope our guests enjoy strolling through, taking in the sights and smells, and of course tasting the dishes our chef develops using our homegrown herbs. We also encourage the children to return to the garden and enjoy it,” Farnell added.
The hotel was originally built in 1985 and opened as an Embassy Suites. During the hotel’s 24–year history, it has operated as several different hotel brands, finally culminating into the building’s original intent, and Embassy Suites.
Each of the 229 spacious two-room suites offers a separate living area with sofa bed and work table, 32 inch flat screen television, a private bedroom and bath, two phones, wet bar, refrigerator, coffeemaker, and microwave oven. The hotel also offers a complimentary two-hour Manager’s Reception every evening, complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast each morning, complimentary internet, and complimentary local transportation. With over 5,000 square feet of meeting/banquet space, the hotel offers its groups custom menu planning.
For more information about the Embassy Suites Valley Forge, call 610-647.6700.