The Mother Hearts Project – 2014

PLEASE NOTE: The Mother Hearts Project for 2015 will be launched in the last week of April.


The meaning of a Mother goes far deeper than I believe our greater society realizes. We seem to only recognize women as mothers if they have given birth to a live child, when really, we should be recognizing so many more women. Real mothers come in so many different beautiful forms. Some of them raise all of their children here on Earth. Some of them have experienced the death of their baby or child. Many mothers carry their children only in their hearts and so many women who should be recognized as mothers are unable to conceive a child at all. There are also women out there who for whatever reason have chosen to care for children that are not biologically theirs and these are just a few examples of the mothers in this world who are not always recognized by our greater society. With Mother’s Day around the corner I thought it would be a great opportunity for us to celebrate all of the women who hold deep love in their hearts for children. So lets bridge some gaps and shine a light on all the different amazing mothers in this world, the women with Mother Hearts.


Over the last couple of weeks I have been drawing Mother Hearts to reflect all of the different types of real mothers in our society. This project is about the giving and receiving of love and recognition for these real mothers. I have created some Mother Heart statements and a bunch of cards for you to use and give away as you please. The cards that I have created can be given to any woman who you believe has a real Mother Heart, regardless of whether or not she has children to look after here on Earth. The center of this project is love. So spread it as much as you can and together we can heal Mother’s Day for so may women. Our Mother Hearts are rich with love, yearning, strength, joy, grief and so much more. Let us come together and speak about these amazing mothers.

On Sunday May 4th, I am hosting International Bereaved Mother’s Day. On this day, I invite you all to feel and BE EMPOWERED as mothers by taking part in The Mother Hearts Project. This will be the main day for us to share this project, but of course, if you are super passionate, you can start sharing the project now!

Throughout the next month I will be featuring some beautiful mothers on my fb page and there will also be a Google Hangout towards the end of the project – which I am beyond excited about!!

The purpose of this project is to raise awareness for all the women in this world who do not feel recognized as mothers. It is a time of love and healing for them and it is also a time to awaken and educate society to all the beautiful different mothers of this world. You do not have to be from the bereaved parents community to take part in this project. I am welcoming everyone to take part. This project is about empowering mothers to speak up and share their mother hearts with the rest of the world. When you are brave and speak about your experience you help empower others like you to do the same. You open a space and give them a platform. You give them a voice while all at the same time letting them know that they are not alone. If you believe that all women with real Mother Hearts deserve more love and recognition, please spread the word.


This project is centered around love and recognition and one of the most affective ways for us to spread the love is through social media, Mamas! I would love to flood social media with Mother Hearts to bring awareness to this mission of helping to heal broken Mother Hearts. Below are some links to my Mother Hearts Albums on facebook. Find a Mother Heart picture that speaks to you then copy and re-post it or share it on your favourite social media website, blog, instagram, pinterest etc. Make sure you also share the link to the project so that others may easily find it. In the caption of your photograph, tell the world about your own Mother Heart – BE BRAVE! Start your caption with “My name is ………. and I have a Mother Heart.” Share about what your Mother Heart is filled with. It might be joy, bravery, sorrow, grief, love etc. Share why you feel it is important to empower other women who have Mother Hearts to speak up and raise awareness for this beautiful mission of healing and recognition. You can share as little or as much as you please. You have my permission to share, copy, print, give away and use any of the images in the albums below, I just ask that you do not change or edit any of them in any way. Send some Mother Hearts out to all of your mama friends and family. Take a moment to think about all the women in your life who may not feel recognized as mothers and send them some Mother Hearts too. Let them know that they are admired, appreciated and loved.


If you are on facebook and would like to join the online event and receive news and updates about the project, just click here. I will be adding more Mother Hearts Images to the albums over the coming weeks and I will also be sharing about the special Google Hangout that I will be hosting with Carrie from The STILL Project around the time of International Bereaved Mother’s Day


If you are a hashtag type of person, please use #motherheartsproject or #ihaveamotherheart


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A woman becomes a mother the very moment she opens her heart to the idea of loving and caring for a child and it is in that very moment that her Mother Heart begins to blossom. May this project bring love, strength, enlightenment, healing and recognition to you all.

With love,

CarlyMarie x


  1. says

    Thank you, Carly for this…I always wanted to be mother, to give birth. Then I became sick–so sick I nearly died (a story that would make this even longer!). Seven years later I’m much better but there was permanent damage–including within my brain. Because of the brain trauma, I learned that even getting pregnant could kill me. So at the age of 37, my dreams of giving birth to my own child were dashed. Shortly before I turned 40, I had a hysterectomy.
    But in between, I decided to throw my all into being an aunt. I was thrilled when my younger sister safely gave birth to a daughter. Then within a couple months of my niece being born, my our brother and his wife announced that they were expecting. We were thrilled to find out that they would be having a boy who would be only 9 months younger than my niece. Life was rosy. Until 2 nights before his due date when his heart stopped during the drive from their home to their doctor’s office 45 minutes away. There was nothing that could be done to safe him and my sweet sister-in-law labored to bring their son into the world with “the best coach ever…” (my brother) “…who gave me the birth experience I’d desired, except of course for the end…” My nephew was born still on the evening before his due date. He was beautiful. My cousin and his wife were there, thankfully, as the rest of us were all living 2 states away. My wife’s cousin wouldn’t allow NILMDTS to come in to do photography. As a professional photographer, and the person who had just the weekend before done their pregnancy photos, and as a friend and family member, she gently and lovingly took pictures of my nephew so we could all have a chance to meet him. My heart broke for my brother and SIL. I arranged the memorial service and my sister did all the flowers as we tried to find a way to comfort and grieve at the same time.
    In a strange way, it cut both to my heart and to my uterus. I could feel my sister-in-law’s feeling of emptiness. I had my hysterectomy about 6 months later.
    My niece is now a bit over 5. My nephew should be here, about to turn 5. My brother and SIL and our entire family were blessed 3 years ago when their second son was safely delivered about a week before his due date. He and his cousin are so close, they are almost like siblings. They are whirlwinds of joy. But we never forget the one who isn’t here with us.
    You did the most beautiful Name in the Sand for me a couple years ago to give to my SIL & brother as a gift that I gave them in between Mother’s and Father’s Day.My sister-in-law has never allowed any of us to display pictures of their 1st born. I cannot understand why, but he is her son. But both grandmas and all aunties have copies of his Name in the Sand, too, that we all have framed and displayed in our own ways. It is so very, very special to us. What you do is so very healing!
    Between your beautiful sand art, your International Bereaved Mothers’ Day, and now this Mothers Heart project….you touch on so many wounds hidden deep within so many women. I am so grateful for you and only sorry that this depth of compassion and healing of others came because of your own loss and grief. I hope what you do continues to bring healing and blessings within you and your family too–that you would be repaid a thousand times over for each act of love that you do.

  2. Sarah H says

    This is a fabulous project! Thank you for your beautiful kindness by doing this! I will be sharing many Mother Hearts of yours. Thank you again!

  3. julie peck says

    Thank you CarlyMarie , you are an amazing person and inspire myself and so many others inside the BLC and Outside of the Community. With every new project and post you never cease to amaze me! I can’t wait to get started with this project. Thank you so much for all you do. ♥♡♥♡

  4. Barb says

    I was 6 months pregnant with my 4th son and my ex husband got mad at me and he kicked me in the stomach sand my baby was miscarried and was dead. I cried so hard. Then a month later I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. I will never forget the baby I lost thanks to my ex husband

  5. rachael says

    hi thanks so much for the add i am a mother to 2 children but unfortunatly i only have 1 living here on earth and my other lil girl is up with the angels and my mam but i am over the moon to have a page like this as some mothers like me sit in silence and suffer but its nice to no i can nw tlk to differant ppl xx

  6. Stacey says

    This is wonderful. I am attending a memorial service on May 4th for the two twin sons I recently lost. I would love to be able to leave a mother heart with them, to symbolize that I will always be their mother and my heart is theirs. Are there any versions with just the heart illustrations (without the words)?

  7. kendi holloway says

    Thank-you for all that you do CarlyMarie, I know there are so many women hurting in their own way that may not be recognised. I have found some peace and hope through your work, I am grateful for my beautiful children, but only with other grieving mum’s do I feel I can still grieve for my son.

  8. Emma says

    Thankyou Carly. I believe that God put your project in my path. I am an Angel Mama to 9 beautiful babies. I never met them since they were all born straight to Heaven through miscarriage.

    I feel God’s comfort as I read your post on this page and I realise afresh that I am indeed a Mama already.

  9. Melisa Marks says

    Thank you for this project. My son died at the age of 19 from a heroin overdose. We need to speak the truth and not be embarrassed as so many in this generation are in pain and turn to drugs to self medicate. Your designers are beautiful and represent a mothers love perfectly.

  10. says

    Thank you for all you do. I lost my oldest child almost 9 years ago. He was only 11 months old. I miss my little man so much but I have to stay strong for my 2 younger children.

  11. Edna Gonzalez says

    My name is Edna & I have a mother heart. this is such a beautiful blog. Thank you so much Carly Marie. God Bless

  12. says

    My name is Anita and I have a Mother Heart. I may not hear anyone call me mum, or be able to hold a child and call them mine, but my heart us full of nurturing love.

  13. Phyllis Miller says

    I disclosed in the early morning hours of today on my FB page. I had multiple losses, the last being 20 years ago. Thanks for creating this project. There are so many who need this validation.

  14. says

    Thank You Carly…. I am a bereaved mother of 2 years this month. There is so much work to be done in the course of grieving. I am delighted to share your hearts with others. Blessings to and through you with this project <3

  15. Monica says

    Thank you Carly!! You are amazing!
    I lost my oldest daughter at the age of 9 due to a illness. Then miscarriage 2 yrs. later. Now I have 3 daughters but my youngest (now 18), has the same illness as my oldest had. I know God is in control, He will only give me what I can handle. The emptiness in a mothers heart can never be filled because there is a child’s love that will always remain there. All mom’s Stay Strong, you are not alone. God Bless!!

  16. annette peach says

    My name is Annette andi have a morther hart i lost my son8 years ago and it still feels like it was to day

  17. Margaret Oberdank says

    I lost a son in a tragic accident at the age of 9. I miss him everyday of my life and pray that he is safe in Haven and living the greatest life above. Amen.


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