Artists for Life

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

checks, credit cards, and Paypal, oh my!

How do you support your favorite pro-life ministry? Do you send them checks? Do you have an automatic withdrawal schedule set up? you do what I just discovered (yes, I'm a little slow sometimes, I admit) and send them something directly out of your Paypal account?

Holy mackerel! It was so easy! No check to write, no postage, no getting a paper cut from licking a yucky envelope flap (ewwww). Just three clicks. Maybe four. And done. Hoo-wah!

Here is a sampling of our allies on the front lines that accept Paypal:

Susan B. Anthony List
Live Action
National Right to Life
The UnChoice
Personhood USA

If you're quick, you can still get in a year-end donation, too. Don't delay! Your laptop is standing by!

UPDATE: As I clicked "publish post" and was sent to the "Your post published successfully!" page, guess what the Google ad was? To donate to the "Pro-Choice Cause" of Planned Parenthood. Just thought you should know.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Witnessing through music...

Beautiful testimony to the truth. Inspired witness to the joy of motherhood. Thanks so much to HFL member Cecilia at Hairbows for Life for sharing this.

Unborn- Caitlin Jane from Glen Elliott on Vimeo.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Wearing the Truth

I recently came across this T-Shirt by typing "pro-life" into an Etsy search. The description reads:

Anyone can be a hero-because even the smallest among us can dramatically affect all of us.
Featuring Da Vinci's sketch of the child in utero, this shirt simply and boldly proclaims that human life is worth saving at all stages. 

Definitely going on my wish list. Find it at 
Eternal Revolution's websites Here  and Here .

Monday, December 14, 2009

Life Athletes

Chris Godfrey is a great man. Great in a worldly sense as a member of the Indiana Bar and as a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School. Great in an athletic sense as the starting right guard for the Super Bowl XXI champion New York Giants. And great in heart and character, giving his life and talents to build a Culture of Life among athletes, particularly the young.

Life Athletes was born in the heart of Chris Godfrey in South Bend, Indiana. I had the pleasure of getting to know his family at that time through our mutual interests in faith, family and defense of the unborn. During Advent of 1997, we were invited to a Christmas party at his home and I was expecting the arrival of my first born at any time. On that particular day, Chris summoned his guests to his family room and popped a VHS into the player. It was the inaugural Life Athletes video and I thought it was awesome.

Since then, Chris's efforts have clearly born fruit and blossomed in ways that have me jumping up and down. I couldn't find the original video I saw so many years ago but found his recent work which is simply incredible.
Here are two, 30 second spots. Wouldn't you love to see these on network television?

There is also a longer (5 minute) inspirational film that is well-worth watching. Entrancing. And if you watch closely at the end, you'll see Chris Godfrey, a true hero who is strong enough to dominate world class athletes and man enough to defend the most helpless and innocent among us.

The Life Athletes Commitment
I will try to do what is right, even when it is difficult.
I will give myself only to the special person whom I marry as my partner for life.
I will respect the lives of others, especially the unborn and the aged. 
I will not quit or make excuses when I fail. I will try again.

To find out more about Life Athletes and the resources it provides to help build a life-giving culture among our youth, visit .

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Free Silent No More Awareness Sign

In an effort to encourage more women and men to stand up and speak out about the terrible impact of abortion in their lives, the leaders of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign are giving away free signs .

These signs are big (2 feet by 2 feet), double-sided and made of sturdy corrugated vinyl; perfect for placing outside your home or taking them to rallies or mills.

Donations are very welcome but not required. Visit the Silent No More website to order your Free sign today.

Georgette Forney and Janet Morana (co-founders of Silent No More) each holding up one side of the sign.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Mother, Activist, Artist

An artist's life is a life of passion looking for expression. The creation of beautiful things cannot come from a soul that is bored and dull. All of our artists here at Handmade for Life are witnesses to this and Jess at New Vintage is a particularly striking example of this truth.

She is a 24-year old homeschooling mother of two little ones, including one with cerebral palsy . So she knows about life-giving love. She is a musician with a degree in piano pedagogy and teaches children the joy of musical expression. So she knows how to express passion with beauty. She is a jewelry artist who designs for pleasure, profit and as a way to communicate and educate about the value of Life. And 30% of the profits from her pro-life creations is donated to the Right to Life cause. So she knows how to use her gifts for a greater purpose.

I asked Jess to tell me more about the work that she does for Life and this is a little of what she shared:
My day is consumed with homemaking and training up my kids each moment; so conveniently, God has given me two gifts I can use to bless others even while at home. I have an degree in piano pedagogy and design jewelry! I have always liked to research the pro-life battle and thought there was a void that needed filling;  awareness needs to be raised to this problem that always seems to be pushed under the table. 

I love making something stylish and statement-making that people will ask about because I can give them a personal defense of the value of each life. I have a piano student with downs syndrome and she is part of the lucky 10% of children with Down's that gets to breath his or her first breath; and my son (having cp himself) is part of this vulnerable special needs group so often put out of their parent's misery to save them time, cost, and supposed hassle. The most shocking thing I've come to learn about the abortion industry are the blatant lies told and the misconceptions people have as a result about the physical and mental harms to both women, children, whole families, clinic workers, and even our economy. 
There is no good whatsoever that comes from "getting rid of the evidence" of a trying time in life, no matter the situation. It won't heal any hurt. Someday, I would like to do more, but for now I can offer these bracelets as a reminder (and conversation starter) to people everywhere that little ones are dying; the number of children who die every day from abortion-on-demand equals the total number of deaths from the Iraq war. Perhaps a few would be saved if I could use that conversation to deliver a few special facts that opened someone's mind to more logical and eternal thinking.
If that isn't enough to draw you to Jess's shop , then a peek at her jewelry will have you hooked. I have had the great pleasure of seeing and touching her work and I give you my word that her pieces are quality and absolutely gorgeous. Earlier this year, she donated this Vibrant Carnelian Pro-Life Charm Bracelet to my local pro-life fundraiser....even though she lives in another state. I am grateful to Jess for her gift of spontaneous generosity. She is an inspiration to me and a blessing to the pro-life movement.

(Jess's sister, Alexa Roy, is pictured above modeling the Water Lily Citrine and Jade Sterling Loop Necklace )


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