Your Name: Elizabeth Braatz
Children: 5-year-old twins and a 2-year-old
Work: Operations manager for GloBall Giving, adjunct communications professor at Concordia University and group fitness instructor at the Y of Metro Milwaukee and Jewish Community Center of Milwaukee
Favorite part of being a mom: Little voices saying "I love you momma!"
Least favorite part of being a mom: POTTY TRAINING
Famous for: Being a vegetarian who can make a killer tenderloin.
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We just got done with a fun-filled day at Discovery World in downtown Milwaukee! I had the privilege of taking my three-year-old daughter by herself to this wonderful amenity located in our wonderful city. Normally, I am with her and her sister and brother (both six) so this was a great treat for the both of us!
My son was recently diagnosed with ADHD at the age of six. We knew from a very early age that this little guy had a lot of energy, as he was always on the go and loved to jump, climb and run. He has a twin sister so we always that maybe because they were twins, they were egging each other on, hence his very rambunctious personality.
In my work with Globall Giving, I am so blessed to provide for those who cannot otherwise afford for themselves. I am also fortunate to partner with organizations that do good for the world as well. In fact, I am venturing to Guatemala tomorrow with one such group as an ambassador for Globall Giving. I am going on a mission trip to an orphanage, school and sports complex with an organization called Pivotal Directions.
I've taken a bit of a hiatus from blogging, as life has gotten a lot busier recently. I wrote an article for Metroparent Magazine for the October 2014 issue about nontraditional giving with your children, and learned about so many great organizations right in Milwaukee. Through writing and researching for this article, I got to know the ins and outs of an organization called Globall Giving, which collects new and gently used sporting equipment, apparel and footwear, and donates it to deserving children living in the US and abroad.
It's been a crazy few weeks for me. In the last two weeks, I signed a contract to work as the Manager of Operations for an organization called GloBall Giving. The organization is fantastic and do such good work. They collect and distribute used sporting equipment, apparel and shoes and them ship them to kids who otherwise would not be able "to play". They've distributed to the far ends of the world - Uganda, Kenya, Philippines - and right here in Milwaukee. It melds my passion for exercise and sports with philanthropy and the love of children.