Sarah Reinhard is a Catholic wife, mom, writer, editor, marketing professional, and coffee drinker. You’re just as likely to find her hiding out back with a book as you are to discover her playing in the yard with a few farm animals (or wait — are those her kids?) She is the author of many books, the most recent of which she co-edited with Lisa Hendey: The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion: A Book of Daily Reflections. She blogs at SnoringScholar.com and writes online regularly at CatholicMom.com and Integrated Catholic Life. Reinhard holds a master’s degree in marketing and communications and has worked for many years in corporate and nonprofit organizations. She lives in central Ohio with her husband and children.
Among the women who need real-life encouragement, women who need a hug without judgment, are young moms. I’m not just talking about moms with young kids (though they need it too), but moms who are young themselves.
Chaunie Brusie, who wrote Tiny Blue Lines: Reclaiming Your Life, Preparing For Your Baby, and Moving Forward in an Unplanned Pregnancy (Ave Maria Press), is one of the women out there who is doing this well.
Tiny Blue Lines is a book that had me laughing out loud and tearing up in ways I just didn’t foresee. I wasn’t a young mom (by the definitions of “still in college, early 20s”) and I didn’t have unplanned pregnancies, not really. Even so, this book spoke to my heart and not only impacted my worldview, but opened my eyes to a brave group of women who need my prayers and support.
Brusie has a large goal, one that speaks to my heart: she wants to get her book into the hands of more young women facing unplanned pregnancies. Specifically, she wants to do this by sending 1,000 copies of Tiny Blue Lines to everyone who attends the annual Heartbeat International Conference. That puts her book into the hands of 1,000 pregnancy center representatives.
Getting my book to the conference would be a dream come true–and I can’t do it alone. If I can raise enough money to purchase copies of my book (using an author discount, so don’t worry–no royalty sales here!), I would love to be able to spread the message that unplanned pregnancy is not a dead end, but an incredible new beginning. I hate to ask for money when there are so many worthy causes out there, but I have to believe that to someone, somewhere, the message that life does not end with an unplanned pregnancy is a message worth sharing.
As we approach the season where everyone’s giving, I can’t help but see this as an opportunity to put our money where our mouth is, to support an initiative that’s critical and encouraging to women who are braving the waters of unplanned pregnancy.
For more about Brusie’s campaign and to donate, visit it on FlowerFund.