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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mother’s Day, Finding Freedom through Friendship, My Story and MORE!


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If you receive our newsletter you already know that this Mother’s Day we are donating all of our profits from our Hand Painted Pansy Box to Finding Freedom Through Friendship, Inc. This blog is where I will begin to share more details about FFF, my own personal connection to Guatemala and my life as a single mom.

I have chosen to partner with Finding Freedom through Friendship, Inc. because I have a personal connection to the people of Guatemala and an empathy for the struggles of being a single mom. I’ve chosen to begin to share that story publicly because it shapes who I am and how I do business.  Most of all I’ve chosen to share it because I believe it can be used to illuminate the struggles of single Guatemalan mothers and their children.  The picture of this suffering isn’t comfortable.  It isn’t pleasant, and there is no easy “fix”.  But one gift, one woman, one family at a time, we can help each other. 

Stella Leona customers are some of the kindest, most generous people alive.  I know because I’ve met you… that’s the beauty of small business.  The needs of my family have been provided because you all have surrounded me with your love and generosity during recent years when I became a single mom to five children after the sudden death of my husband.  My children are healthy and educated and have nutritious food on the table in abundant supply.  I live and work with people I love and  love the work that I do.

(Jordan, Cale (Lauren’s Fiance), Lauren, Me, Carly, Ashlyn and Aaron)

I first learned to love the people of Guatemala through two little ambassadors—my sons.  They were born in Guatemala to women without the resources to care for them.  No one should have to make the kinds of choices their birthmothers had to make.  I hope that you will consider helping prevent someone else from being in that very difficult position. 

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Customer Connection: Meet John, All the Way from Russia!


Meet John! He is one of our very loyal customers who values his Stella Leona Mug! How do you measure the value of a Stella Leona mug? Well, when Jon returned to his missionary assignment in Russia this fall, teaching and working at an international school for kids of Wycliff missionaries, he had a 50lb baggage limit. He left many things behind, but made sure that his Stella Leona mug took up part of that limit! What an honor! Thanks, John! We look forward to seeing you when you return to the states!


This is a picture of John in Russia in front of The Church of the Savior of Spilt Blood. It is one of the main sights of St. Petersburg, Russia. It is also variously called the Church of Spilt Blood and the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, its official name. 

You can get your very own Stella Leona Mug here or stop in the shop and pick them up on Friday or Saturday. They make perfect last minute additions to your Easter Baskets!