I really hope I have not used that Title before, because, truly this is my most important post yet. I have been waiting awhile to post this. Ever since September of this year.
Right around the time when I was VERY new to blogging, I was able to attend a women’s conference called Time Out for Women. It took place in Sacramento on Friday September 10 and 11th, 2010. It was and incredible experience. I was able to go with my Mother and Sister in-laws and some other wonderful friends of theirs.
One of the speakers, Jill Manning, tackled a very difficult topic. One that we all want to pretend will just go away on its own.
Her presentation was titled, “The Uncensored Truth About Pornography” Why this topic? Jill says, “Because women are impacted by pornography in unique and profound ways, we play an indispensable role in the fight against it. Although the statistics are daunting, we know that pornography cannot win, in light of Who and what is on our side.”
She shared some disturbing statistics about the age at which children are first introduced to this topic, and sadly most images are seen within their own home. Thanks to technology, our children will see images of things that we never came across when we were kids. Moms and Dads, the internet IS NOT A SAFE PLACE. No filter is fool-proof and even sites geared towards children still need to be monitored. We would not let our toddler who has had one day of swimming instruction swim in the Pacific by themselves.
So, why would we let a child go on the internet unmonitored while they are still young and innocent?
Jill shared a remarkable story of elephants living in the wild. Elephants roam in packs. Did you know that when you see images of those packs, that all those elephants you see are females and their young?
Male elephants are solitary animals and only join a pack during mating season, and then they go back to their solitary roaming.
Now, who is considered the King of the Jungle? Well it is the lion. No animal would dare go up against the lion, because they are strong, and will over power any animal it targets as its prey.
There is one animal that the lion can not go up against. That animal? The elephant.
Here is why:
Do you notice anything here? When there is danger, the momma elephants form a circle. This circle in impenetrable. Inside their circle is where they keep those that are most precious to them, their young.
I have to tell you, to just look at those images, brings tears to my eyes.
At the end of Jill’s presentation she compared us to the elephants. She reminded us that we WOMEN had the power to form an impenetrable safety shield for our children. We are the matriarchs, it is our duty.
At the close of Jill’ presentation, I have to say, I was moved and I did feel empowered, thinking that if all the women took a stand against this, we could really make a difference.
We were all given a printed card that was a card to take home, go over with our families and children and take an oath to make good choices, while online, while watching TV, etc.
Most of you know, I have a lot of kids, 7 to be exact. I took one look at that 5 x 7 card and thought there is not enough room for all us to sign.
So, I made my own version and have used the exact same wording that was on the CLEAN & SAFE MEDIA PLEDGE, that was given to all 2,400 of us matriarchs there.
My design in based on the free tote bag that, again, all of us attendees were given.
I took one look at that bag and knew, that was a layout waiting to happen.
Being that I was so inspired to do something about this pledge, I have come up with some ideas.
I want to challenge any of you to take the PLEDGE with your families too.
I would love for you to create something beautiful to spotlight this in your homes. Hang it on your wall, in a frame next to all your home computers.
Talk about this with your families and take this wonderful pledge. Can you imagine if every one of my blog visitors took my challenge and then referred a friend her to take the challenge also?
I am so passionate about this that for EVERYONE that links up a project to this post, I will tally all of you up and create and send you a blank THANK YOU card based on the design I used for my CLEAN & SAFE MEDIA PLEDGE.
So, you will be rewarded by me for putting this pledge into your home.
I have many friends from all faiths, but I plead with you to look past the small differences that our religions may have.
When it comes to our children and our families, churches and religions and individual beliefs we stand UNITED.
So please join with me and share this with friends and family.
Print that pledge out and make something beautiful for your home with it!!
If anyone has any questions about the pledge, just let me know!
Thank you to GROOVY DEB at If It’s Groovy for posting this project today.
Hope you all like what I have done.
The PLEDGE is done on a transparency sheet.
The saying on the BLUE says:
“BE WHERE YOU ARE, WHILE YOU’RE THERE”
I thought that was perfect for this. To me, this from means, be constantly on guard and not to let our defenses down.
The phrase is WORD ART Created by Bethany Harty, the QUEEN of Word Art!
She has AMAZING things!!
I was able to find an awesome frame at Michael’s, for $3.00, WOW!!
All the blue birds, are done with a FISKARS punch I won from entering a FISKATEER contest.
On each bird, you will find, every one of our my family’s signatures, that we agree to take the MEDIA PLEDGE!
There are 9 birds…9 of us agree to “keep our home a happy and healthy place to be.” (Wording taken from the PLEDGE)
Now, to be eligible to receive the FREE handmade card from me, I ask a couple of things:
1) Go leave a comment at If It’s Groovy
2) Go and get a COPY of the Pledge here: http://deseretbook.com/files/family_mediapledge.pdf
3) Create something, anything. Even if you just print it and frame it, I will accept it.
4) Take a picture of your creation.
5) Blog about this with your creation
6) Linky up to the MR. LINKY below
7) Follow My Blog and If It’s Groovy
Now that might seem like a lot, but I AM GIVING YOU SOMETHING IN RETURN!
If I have to make 100 cards, it will be the best thing and the hardest work for something important and so worth it to me. I will also have a Permanent Gallery here on my blog for any and all submissions I receive. I truly hope it will be a HUGE Gallery. This is for the best cause, your family and your children.
Refer someone here and you both give me each others name, you get an additional prize.
The MR. LINKY is open until January 15th, 2011. Enough time to get through the holidays, refer friends and get your Pledge creation done.
I hope that all who stop by will link up with me and that we all can make a difference in this world, one family at a time.
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