Women in the DFW were delighted last month to have a circle of sisterhood thanks to the efforts of Daphne Anderson and the Always Mothers Luncheon (AML), which raised more than $1,000 for Braving Infertility Together (BIT) thanks to a sold out crowd. The luncheon came to fruition after years of pondering, after a successful small gathering hosted by Anderson five years ago.
“After hosting a much smaller version in 2013 for my immediate circle of mothers, my spiritual mom, Dianne, said that I should take this public,” she stated. “I agreed with her but never really moved on it. Several months later I mentioned it to a colleague and she thought it was a good idea but advised me to think about adding a beneficiary. Fast forward to March 2016 and God dropped it into my spirit and He came with answers. I was to produce the luncheon on a bigger scale, have a beneficiary to give back to, entertainment and a speaker and things began falling into place; #AML2017.”
This year’s theme was “self love,” which tied into the shared mission of providing love and care for one another. Both AML and BIT seek to walk with women and mothers during hard times to help them get through each day.
“By attending our events, the team and I want our attendees to walk away with a new resource (whether for themselves or someone else), with a new beginning of a friendship/business relationship and a renewed spirit of yourself,” Anderson explained. “Several of our past attendees have told us that the speakers and their topics have been exactly what they needed for the season of their life.”
This year’s luncheon was personally fulfilling for Anderson, with her aunt and daughter in attendance, along with her mother who give her introduction to the full audience with stories of her grandmother. Anderson added to the sentiment, sharing her own personal story of overcoming obstacles.
“Standing with other ladies and being okay to share my truth of our loss,” she lamented. “Years after having our daughter (1996) my husband and I had two miscarriages in 2000 and 2001, but were later blessed with our sons (2003 & 2007).”
Anderson and AML aren’t resting on their laurels now that this year’s luncheon is behind them. They’re already begun planning next year’s luncheon, which will be held Saturday, May 4 with the theme of “healing.”
Photos courtesy of ElanBlu Photography
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