Start Some Good with a Goose

First of all, God bless you for reading this sometimes silly and eccentric blog. Thank you for your visits and your kind comments and thoughts…

For the past year and a half, Mother Goose has been working on a mission with the Blue Star Family Platoon. It really all started as a response to a volunteer request for a non-existent organization. Well, you know Mother Goose…I just can’t leave things the way I find them. I have to always be starting some good somewhere in the world…

I began to attend family support meetings for parents of Marines, and seeing that they were hungry for connections to other families, I supplied them with Blue Star Banners. Each month I found myself at one of four different groups who meet in the Chicagoland area, collecting requests for the banners and then following up the next month and presenting the families with banners to hang in their windows.

One for Erik, one for Adam...

One for Erik, one for Adam…

Many of my readers have visited the Facebook page I created for Blue Star Families.

This old tradition is still a valuable one — it’s really one of the first levels of connections we military families can make with each other and with our neighbors. Each star on the banner symbolizes a family member who is serving in America’s Armed Forces during a time of war or hostility. Ever since WWI families have been hanging banners in their windows. Of course, the family of Mother Goose sports a two-star banner — one star for Adam and one star for Erik who are my twin sailor sons.

My husband has been very proud of my efforts in support of military families in our area, but the cost of banners over the past 18 months has begun to take its toll on my checkbook balance… I had given away nearly seventy banners, and Mr. Goose thought maybe it was time for a new business plan.

So that’s why I’m VERY happy and excited to announce the launch TODAY of my peer-funding project and here’s a wonderful link to my site:

If you click on that link, not only do you have the opportunity to support this good cause, but you’ll get to see a live video clip of me, Mother Goose, explaining my project and asking for your support! Wow! The real Mother Goose talking and telling a story! You won’t want to miss that show!

A huge thank you for your kind support of this fundraising campaign! If you can give, GREAT! If you can share it with others, GREAT! I’ll be sending out updates as the days go by so that you’ll know when we reach our tipping point and how the funds are being used.

We want to purchase more banners to give away.

We want to build a website for this good stuff.

We want to become a real non-profit 501(3)c so that we’ll be eligible for many grants and donations.

We want to expand our network and someday help to create a space for veteran and military families to gather.

Mother Goose is bringing smiles to the faces of proud military moms and dads all across the nation.

Semper Fi Addison Marine Families

All big dreams start small — but no donation is too small for Mother Goose and the Blue Star Family Platoon!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Beth Cerabona
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 22:54:37

    This is absolutely incredible. Such a great cause!!


    • Natalie
      Jul 03, 2013 @ 08:50:23

      Thanks so much, Beth! When I see the smiling faces of the moms and dads after I present them with a banner, I just KNOW this is the right project for me.


  2. jeff noel
    Jul 03, 2013 @ 17:22:47

    Rock on Mother Goose. Rock on!



  3. Gina left the mall
    Jul 10, 2013 @ 06:48:55

    What you’re doing is awesome! Is there a way to contribute without using paypal? I have an anti-paypal quirk. No reason. Just, don’t love it. I didn’t see another option on the site. If there’s an address to mail a check, please let me know. You can email me here if you’d like:


    • Natalie
      Jul 10, 2013 @ 10:30:23

      WOW Gina! THANK YOU SO MUCH! This is from my heart — you are my inspiration for doing whatever it takes to make life better for the troops and their families!
      And just this morning I added a new button to the site where folks can pay by credit card and avoid the whole paypal scene altogether. If that doesn’t work for you, please let me know and I’ll send you my snail mail address.
      Awesomeness in action — my dear, I thank you!


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