One year ago on July 29, I posted my very first photo to my Raising Mothers Instagram page, thus starting this journey to more. More exploration, more thought, more community, more love. Over time you have helped me build this space brick by brick with the strongest foundation. You’ve shown up and read and commented and made room for one another. Over 80 essays and interviews and literary works later, and this is just the start.
To each and every one of our readers: thank you. Thank you for showing up. Thank you for helping us flourish. Thank you for opening your hearts and minds. Thank you for sharing our words all over the internet. It’s your willingness to be present and read every piece our writers offer up that creates these ties to our shared sisterhood and bonds us together, despite the ugliness of this world and what it might try to offer us.
To all of our contributors: you. You are the other part of this equation. Without you, this site wouldn’t exist the way it does. I have deep admiration for your honesty and your trust in me. I thank you for joining this community and helping it grow. It’s your willingness to show up month after month, story after story, that makes Raising Mothers this sacred and unique space.
I cannot fully express what you all mean to me. I’m both humbled and high from the love. July 29 is when the first post went out on Instagram. August 9 is when the first essay went live on this site. We are halfway through our first anniversary week.
Each year from now on will be holding a “pay what you can” pledge drive. Help keep this place abundant and full of new amazing opportunities for us to connect better. This year I am asking if you have ever connected to the work offered here, found your own untold stories echoed be it in word or photo, that you give to this mission. Continue to make Raising Mothers the place where you hear your own voice.
With deep love and gratitude,
Sherisa de Groot
Raising Mothers is a free online literary magazine for femmes and NBPOC parents of color. We center the work of the marginalized in our effort to normalize our stories and existence on the web, and in life.