Originally published 9/2/2016
Welcome to my very first blog post on Wildflower Liberty League. Those who've known me for some time, know that blogging has been a part of my life, on and off, for about ten years. I started with an infertility blog, switched to fashion blogging, then to interior design, and finally to now. I took a bit of a blogging hiatus (ahem three years) when I became a mom, but I'm happy to be back at it this time around for my nonprofit, Wildflower Liberty League.
Now, for those who don't know me- Hi, I'm Maria Confer, stay-at-home mama to my incredible three year old son, Xavier, and wife to my amazing husband of 13 years, Cole. We also have a one year old, black lab mix, Willa, who keeps our lives extra crazy and snuggly. In 2013, we were blessed with our son through open, domestic, transracial adoption. Cole and I knew since the time we met (waaaaay back in 1999) that we wanted children and hoped to someday adopt. Little did we know the path we'd have to walk to make that dream a reality. Adoption is a life defining/altering experience to go through and I'm happy to say that we made it through changed (for the better) and mostly unscathed.
Which brings me to why I've created, Wildflower Liberty League. If you've read the "About" page blip, you know the gist. Since becoming a transracial adoptive mama, I've had my eyes opened to some pretty big things- the struggles and joys of motherhood, how to remove all sorts of stains from clothing, and most importantly, systemic racial inequality. I'm ashamed to admit that my white privilege kept me comfortably ignorant for a majority of my life. Enter my incredible son, Xavi and the opening of my eyes. As a transracial adoptive mama, I knew it was my job to learn and to educate myself as best as I could about what it means to be a person of color in our world. To do better and be better for my son. To bring diversity into his life and teach him about his amazing Afro-Latino Mexican heritage. It's a steep learning curve and one I'll be working on for the rest of my life, but that's my job as his mom and as a citizen of this world. To learn, grow, adapt, and change for the better.
One way I hope to do better is through Wildflower Liberty League. There is still a sad lack of diversity in dolls and toys. Walk through any major store and you'll see what I mean. Looking for dolls for Xavi, I struggled to find not only dolls of color but also the style of dolls that I like- classic, huggable, simplistic, quality, rag dolls for young children. I made my first dolls as Christmas presents for Xavi in 2014. Since then, the idea of creating more has been brewing in my head. This past winter, I finally decided to take the leap to start making dolls.
And finally to the good news...I'm happy to announce there will be a shop launch next week. The dolls will be made to order with only two of each available for purchase at a time. First dibs will be given to those who've subscribed to the newsletter. Since I'm a one woman show, I want to be able to make dolls and ship them in a realistic time frame. Once I've completed the dolls ordered, more will be listed in the shop.
Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns. Before you go, enjoy a slideshow from a recent photoshoot of my family by my insanely talented friend (and fellow transracial adoptive mama), Rebecca Caridad of Manzanita.