I’m part of the Mommy Blogger Collective. Each month we’re given a one word prompt to riff with. This month’s prompt is *bloom.*

To understand why this is wrong, you don’t have to be a feminist. You just have to be human.

In the early hours of April 15, 2014 in Chibok, Nigeria at Government Girls Secondary School, 276 girls were forcefully taken by militants. Some escaped; the majority did not. They’re still missing, likely being sold into slavery or forced into marriage, the repercussions brought down on them by extremists for simply getting an education.

#bringbackourgirls is all over the media, with famous faces backing the hashtag, looking serious, disappointed, disgusted. Rightly so. The images that get to me the most are not those of celebrities, but those of the mothers of these young girls – women with tears streaming down their faces, washing over worried crinkles and grimaces as they beg someone, anyone, to bring their babies back safely.

The educator in me is furious, and the mother in me horrified.

Sunday was Mother’s Day.

girls laughing

girls laughing

girls dreaming

girl sleeping

maternity photo shoot

I look at my daughters and (soon to be three!) nieces, and think of the the apps at their fingertips, the books at their disposal, the endless information on any topic available to them, and I pray they won’t ever have to fight to keep the basic human right to learn. They, like all girls and boys around the globe, deserve to learn, dream, to shine — to bloom.


“Bloom” is the May writing prompt of The Mommy Blogger Collective. In addition to a monthly writing prompt, the collective hosts a monthly blogger featurette. This month we are featuring Misty of Momista Beginnings. A few words from Misty — I’m Misty, the southern California blogger behind Momista Beginnings. I began this blog while pregnant with Mia over two years ago to create a space for mamas out there to connect with their inner “momista.” According to me, a momista is a devout follower and lover of motherhood who takes her role to the next level. She uses her strengths to create the best childhood for her kids through activities, traditions, adventures, exploration and experiences. My blog aims to inspire all of this. Other bits of me make up my blog as well, like my passion for photography, art, crafts, my love for baking and cooking and family updates. I’m an ex art teacher of over 10 years and my art projects for kids make appearances from time to time, too. You can also find me on Bloglovin’, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and at my photography website and its Facebook page!

/// The Mommy Blogger Collective /// Christina, Courteney, Dena, Erica, Erin, Gillian, Katie, Misty, Nicole, and RenΓ©e. ///


  1. I can’t imagine what these mothers are going through. How absolutely horrifying. πŸ™ πŸ™ These photos are so lovely and meaningful with this post.

    • Erin says:

      Thanks, Gillian! Thinking about it is terrifying. I cannot imagine. πŸ™

  2. It’s absolutely heartbreaking and frightening. . .

    Your girls are beautiful! I hope that you had an amazing Mother’s Day!! πŸ™‚

    • Erin says:

      Thank you, Nicole! We had a blast, which just made this post all the more important to write.

      I hope you had a beautiful day too!

  3. This is a beautiful, honest… and heartbreaking post. I’ve been following this story from a distance and it literally makes me tremble. It’s beyond imagination. Thank you for giving voice to something so important and for reminding me that we must be so grateful for the freedoms that we have. My heart goes out to those girls and their families. <3

    • Erin says:

      Thank you, Dena. It’s a scary, un-real situation from where we stand. I’m grateful to live in a place where we are fortunate enough to enjoy the freedom taken from these girls. The sacrifices of many men and women are to thank. I think about these mothers often. πŸ™

  4. I am so glad you discussed this and did so incredibly clearly and thoughtfully. Thank you!

  5. Erin says:

    Thanks, Christina! I truly hope that this situation has a happy ending. Each day makes that seem bleaker. πŸ™

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