Monday, December 29, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
You would think that money raised is the only criteria for success but what happened, and I feel surprised everyone, the GS reached many more in the community than anticipated.
The GS took place at Coldwell Banker Bain garage which holds 20+ cars and was full, no packed, no overflowing with donations. The generosity was tremendous, the items included hand made crafts, electronics, air hockey table, new bicycle, and everything in between.
After spending a number of hours at the GS over the weekend there were many moments that come to mind but my most memorable is: "Backhoe" yes that's right Backhoe..
We were siting near the check out area and a man walked in and put his bags near the entrance, as if that is a common request of him, he proceeded directly to the clothing, truly excited. Asking how much for a pair of dress pants ($1.00) he was even more excited. There was a chair near him that was quickly piling up full of clothes. This man was a simple man but very sincere he stood in front of me talking about the fine purchases - very pleased. Our topic changed we started talking about how strong he was and how hard he could work, at that moment with a confident smile he said "they call me "Backhoe" because of how hard I work" it was a great comment. What makes this moment even better without any encouragement he started helping clean and move items in from the outside. Once done he put on his new sweat shirt grabbed his things and ventured down the street - he had 5-6 items all for less than $5.00 walking away happy and warm, what a success.
This is just one moment - you could tell that many others were shopping for necessities and going away with a smile.
We will be able to use the money for many unexpected expenses as well as the anticipated ones. It's this "Hope vs Reality thing my least favorite topic is my health but sometimes we can't avoid hard topics.
There are not enough words to express our gratitude for all the time, effort, donations and yes tears that went into making this GS a huge success - not just for us but for our community too...
Any other moments stand out??
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
What's funny about all of this is how we adapt... Something that at one time was an unacceptable option - is now viable... How we can look at things in a different light and make sense of them.
This picture of my stairway being altered was a total reality check for me. As strong as we think we are life challenges us in ways we don't understand. Today looking at the stairs, this has become my mountain, this has become my challenge... Getting to the top is just as challenging as hiking to the top of a mountain to ski down.
That's why a lift will be needed not because it's wanted but because you adapt to make things better. Never saw anything like this in my life but with the love and support from family and friends - we will make it!!!
Our dog Crystal let's us live here...
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
For me life is about moments not necessarily the event like a vacation, a function but the moments inside these actions that we capture and remember - you never know when or where.
For example: have a great mechanic who has done good, fair work for us on our vehicles - about 6 months ago we were getting the oil changed and it had been 6 months since the last time we saw each other. He looked at me limping and asked what's going on? well (my favorite topic) said nothing "I'm hurt" left the cars and went away. Wondering what to say when we pick up the car just kind of let it go thinking wouldn't say anything. Got to the shop he told me the amount handed me the invoice to sign, now this is hard, to hold down the paper I pick my left arm up and flop it down like a paper weight - he says nothing, very polite.
Feeling a bit frustrated looked at him and said "my body is shutting down on me" without hesitation, very sincere he shrugged his shoulders tilted his head ever so slightly and said "What are you going to do" at that point smiled and just said - absolutely...
After leaving driving back started to think about that "what are you going to do" pretty simple really you can fold, be angry, cry, make life miserable - that action would not be questioned!! Or embrace what we do have, be positive, make life better, laugh!!
You would think that with these two options it would be an easy decision - that's where it gets tough. It's actually easier with less consequences to say "forget it" - it takes courage to say I will be the best possible.
Guess with all of this there is only one thing to say "What are you going to do"???
Thursday, December 4, 2008
A Road Less Traveled
Life is a journey with many roads traveled...
Some roads are smooth - we glide upon...
Some roads have bumps - we struggle along...
Some roads have curves - we look at uncertainty...
Some roads are full - we look to be different...
Sometimes our road tells us - less is more...
A road we can find peace...
A road we can find strength...
A road we can find inspiration...
A road we can find love...
A Road Less Traveled
Wrote this after going to Mt. Baker - this is a road high in the hills out of Okanogan