US father Brandon Carpenter has been praised after he went shopping for his struggling ex who was struggling financially. He shared his story on Facebook:
"My child's mother said our daughter isn't feeling well and needs some Tylenol... so I bring her infant Tylenol and notice her fridge is completely empty other then some water... but she has a full pantry of my daughters food formula snacks and water... mind you she works a full time job and then has my daughter... she pays rent and all her bills plus she is paying off a car... so today I went shopping to make sure she had food for the next few weeks... just because we aren't together doesn't mean I can't provide for her if she needs it. If my child's mother is good then I know she is taking care of our daughter the best she can and that makes me happy. Some of ya'll think I'm only going to provide for my child, not the mother, but that's thinking like a child... it's time to grow up and take responsibility in all aspects of life!" <3 #sun7
"A few weeks ago I gave birth to a baby boy. This is me holding him.
He was perfect- a screaming newborn mess, lifted off my stomach and put gently into his Mother’s loving arms.
Those arms were not mine. She’s next to me in this picture.
I’m a surrogate, and he was the second baby I placed in another mother's arms.
Being a woman is so much more than having children. But for many women, being a mother is the most important and satisfying role that they will ever get to play.
Mothers are often expected to do it all and make it look easy. But it's not easy.
I've learned it’s not always simple to become a mother. 1 in 5 couples have some issues with their fertility.
I fell pregnant with my children easily. It never occurred to me that it might not be so easy for everyone. While working as a nurse, one day I came across a woman in tears. She was devastated after yet another round of failed IVF. All I wanted to do was fix it for her.
I first donated my eggs to a woman who had been trying to conceive for 13 years.
18 children have now been born using my donated eggs.
Last week I sat through a university lecture on feminism. Perfect timing. A bra burning crash course on the incredible things we women can achieve when we come together.
While supporting women through infertility, I am constantly amazed at the strength, resilience and determination of these women. Most of all, their endless capacity to love and care for their sisterhood.
I now understand how similar we all are.
Just everyday women, who love other women. I see the fear, the sadness and yet the hope and excitement etched on their faces as we make plans- often after a long journey of multiple miscarriages and repeated IVF attempts. Their dreams of cuddling their child seemingly closer. Knowledge that joining a mother's group or doing the school run could soon be a part of their story.
They are fierce and bold and determined to keep trying, even when they are scared and feel let down- over and over. For many, their perseverance paid off. Now they're Mums who get a rainbow macaroni necklace on Mother’s Day just like I do. But it wasn't easy.
In all these women, donors, recipients, those who never conceived... I found the meaning of strength. Resilience. And love.
Maybe you can't change the world. But you can give the world to someone, and change their life."
“My child's mother said our daughter isn't feeling well and needs some Tylenol (pain reliever)... so I bring her infant Tylenol and notice her fridge is completely empty, other than some water… But she has a full pantry of my daughter’s food formula, snacks and water…. So today I went shopping to make sure she had food for the next few weeks. Just because we aren't together doesn't mean I can't provide for her if she needs it.” #9Today
"This guy at Wyoming Coles who just went through the register with his two kids paid for this lady's groceries when her card kept declining. She wanted to pay him back eventually but he just said "Don't worry, have a good day""
What a legend! So nice seeing good stories like this. ❤️