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A couple of years before G was born, I fell in love with paint your own pottery places. There was one not far from where I lived and I found myself visiting them when life got too hectic for me (like at Christmastime when my anxiety tends to be through the roof). At first I felt weird being there by myself. If anyone else was there it was parents with their children or a group of friends getting together for something fun.

But then the world around me would melt away while I was dipping a brush into paint and gliding it across a ceramic cup or dish. For two or three hours I forgot about everything that was stressing me out, focused only on what I was creating in front of me. I always left feeling more relaxed and my head was a little clearer.

Without knowing it, I was actually doing a form of self-care.


When I started looking into a public fundraiser for this year’s Climb Out of the Darkness I had those painting sessions in mind. I wanted to give others a chance to take a little bit of time out for themselves and maybe let the craziness of the world melt away for a little bit while they created something beautiful.

So I’d like to invite you to join me in a little bit of self-care on Tuesday, May 3. Grab a beverage and join me for a Paint-it-Forward event at Wine & Design Fredericksburg. We’ll paint and take home our own Summershine Tree to hang on our walls or give to someone we love. (Personally, I am hoping to add the names of my kids along the branches to make it into a family tree.)


30% of the proceeds from the tickets sold will be donated to Postpartum Progress. Space is limited, so please make sure you reserve your seat ASAP. I hope to see you there! 

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About Emma

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Emma is married to her high school sweetheart and is a stay at home mom of two boys: G and L. A wanna-be professional writer and photographer, she can often be found following her boys around with a camera. When she isn’t chasing after her kids, Emma writes about her motherhood journey on her personal blog, Muddy Boots and Diamonds.

Pouches' Community Corner

Adoptive parents in Fredericksburg now have a new partner on their journey to a healthy family. In 2016, Children’s Home Society was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services to extend their Richmond area post-adoptive services to the Fredericksburg area.


Now CHS is looking to find adoptive families in the area who need support before they hit a crisis point. “It doesn’t matter which agency they adopted from, or when that happened,” said Buckheit. “We want to offer a lifetime of support to adoptive families in the Fredericksburg area, especially those who haven’t been aware of our services in the past.”