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Letters to our children

A collection of thought-provoking letters written by mothers from all over the world to their children. In each letter, we hear about individual motherhood journeys - and no two stories are the same.


A collection of thought-provoking letters written by mothers from all over the world to their children, Grace Mothers features over 60 extraordinary women from different fields and is both an intimate insight into the joys and tribulations of motherhood and a celebration of mothers and their children everywhere. Honest, inspiring, occasionally surprising, often funny and frequently poignant, they capture the essence of what motherhood means for each writer.

In each letter, we hear about individual motherhood journeys - and no two stories are the same. What ties them together is their honesty and openness. Featuring gorgeously evocative photographs throughout, Grace Mothers is a reminder of just how important the role of a mother is. A reminder to cherish it. To celebrate it. And to value it. This is the coffee table book for mothers of all ages to treasure, enjoy and come back to time and again. A must-buy for Mother's Day and beyond.

Inside Grace Mothers

Brought to you by Georgie Abay, former Australian Vogue deputy editor and founder of The Grace Tales, renowned fashion and portrait photographer Julie Adams and leading journalist Claire Brayford, Grace Mothers features such luminaries as Australian actress Teresa Palmer, international model and philanthropist Noëlla Coursaris Musunka,

British journalist Pandora Skyes, Australian designer Collete Dinnigan, Australian speaker and survivor Sam Bloom, beauty legend Bobbi Brown, US journalist, author and advocate Gretchen Carlson, UK financier and campaigner Dame Helena Morrissey, Australian fashion designer Heidi Middleton and many more.



Extracts From The Book

“I am evangelical about the need for them to take good care of themselves.
I tell them to throw out those myths of the superwoman, the burnt-chop syndrome, perfectionism, the yummy mummy; to squeeze in some time every day for a few stretches, deep breathing... no matter what. Ten minutes will do. I urge them to remember that the most important journey is to the centre of oneself. Leave time for the lovely things
in life – music, the beauty of nature, art, poetry, friendship, laughter – for the bread and the roses. These are the things that build the store of resilience we need to face the future with confidence and courage.”

— Foreword by Dame Quentin-Bryce, former Australian Governor-General

“When I left the Democratic Republic of Congo as a young girl, I could never have dreamed that I would one day return with my own children. My entire world had been turned upside down. I was only five years old and my father, your grandfather, had recently passed away. My mother made the most difficult decision of her life - a choice no mother should ever be faced with - to send me away to Belgium in the hope of providing me with a better life”

— Noëlla Coursaris Musunka, model & philanthropist

“We found out you had Down syndrome when you were four months old... I did mourn the loss of the life I'd envisioned for you - a 'barefoot on the beach' kind of childhood. At first, when you were diagnosed, you had seven therapy sessions a week, visits to the doctor, seemingly endless blood tests... It all felt very opposite to the life that I had imagined for you”

— Amanda Booth, American model and actress

“I was raised with
love and kindness, and the belief that I could do anything and be anyone. When I found makeup at university, I thought this is what
I love and I want to make a career out of this. Why not? So my advice to you all is, don’t think too much – just do it. Don’t be afraid of failure. If you’re not happy in a job, then find a new one. Or better yet, be the entrepreneurs I know you are.”

— Bobbi Brown, makeup artist, cosmetics tycoon and entrepreneur

“Sometimes you will feel like you aren't enough. As a woman, I feel like I want to be everywhere and do my best everywhere, and it's not always possible. My lesson to you, little one, is that you should never be so hard on yourself. Being a woman is hard work! Focus on one thing at a time. You won't be able to do everything and that's ok. Take care of yourself”

— Anine Bing, fashion designer

“I hope you have the courage to be truly yourself; that we arm you with the tools, the confidence and the freedom to be who you want to be and not what, however subconsciously, we want you to be. We hope you will be kind and thoughtful - because these are the qualities that your parents champion above all else - and that you will be content. Because success, no matter how immense, is nothing without contentment”

— Pandora Skyes

Extracts From The Book


“I am evangelical about the need for them to take good care of themselves.
I tell them to throw out those myths of the superwoman, the burnt-chop syndrome, perfectionism, the yummy mummy; to squeeze in some time every day for a few stretches, deep breathing... no matter what. Ten minutes will do. I urge them to remember that the most important journey is to the centre of oneself. Leave time for the lovely things
in life – music, the beauty of nature, art, poetry, friendship, laughter – for the bread and the roses. These are the things that build the store of resilience we need to face the future with confidence and courage.”

— Foreword by the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce, Australia's first female Governor-General

“When I left the Democratic Republic of Congo as a young girl, I could never have dreamed that I would one day return with my own children. My entire world had been turned upside down. I was only five years old and my father, your grandfather, had recently passed away. My mother made the most difficult decision of her life - a choice no mother should ever be faced with - to send me away to Belgium in the hope of providing me with a better life”

— Noëlla Coursaris Musunka, model & philanthropist

“We found out you had Down syndrome when you were four months old... I did mourn the loss of the life I'd envisioned for you - a 'barefoot on the beach' kind of childhood. At first, when you were diagnosed, you had seven therapy sessions a week, visits to the doctor, seemingly endless blood tests... It all felt very opposite to the life that I had imagined for you”

— Amanda Booth, American model and actress

“I was raised with
love and kindness, and the belief that I could do anything and be anyone. When I found makeup at university, I thought this is what
I love and I want to make a career out of this. Why not? So my advice to you all is, don’t think too much – just do it. Don’t be afraid of failure. If you’re not happy in a job, then find a new one. Or better yet, be the entrepreneurs I know you are.”

— Bobbi Brown, makeup artist, cosmetics tycoon and entrepreneur

“Sometimes you will feel like you aren't enough. As a woman, I feel like I want to be everywhere and do my best everywhere, and it's not always possible. My lesson to you, little one, is that you should never be so hard on yourself. Being a woman is hard work! Focus on one thing at a time. You won't be able to do everything and that's ok. Take care of yourself”

— Anine Bing, fashion designer

“I hope you have the courage to be truly yourself; that we arm you with the tools, the confidence and the freedom to be who you want to be and not what, however subconsciously, we want you to be. We hope you will be kind and thoughtful - because these are the qualities that your parents champion above all else - and that you will be content. Because success, no matter how immense, is nothing without contentment”

— Pandora Skyes

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to your little one...

To celebrate the launch of our book, we're encouraging our community to write letters to their children - no matter how young or old they are.



  • Print our
    lovely letter

  • Write to
    your child

  • Take a
    clear photo

  • Share & Hashtag
    on instagram

  • Email us to
    publish


Download our beautifully designed letter, created by Grace Collective member and founder of Romeo and Jules Jennifer Grant. Print it out and get writing. Even better - take a photo of it and share it to Instagram tagging both @thegracetales and @romeoandjulesbespoke, using the hashtag #graceletterstoourchildren.

There's more: we'll be publishing our favourite letters right here. For the opportunity to have your letter published on The Grace Tales, send a clear photo of your letter to [email protected] - we'll be publishing our favourites in the lead up to Mothers' Day.



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