Well, it has been awhile since I have posted to the blog. I have been busy as I am sure many of you have been too. Many things have happened since my last post. Some sad things and wonderful things too.
I know so many people that are struggling with financial issues, illness and grief this holiday season. My heart goes out to each and every one of them. I know we do not have the ability to fix it for them but we can offer them our ears, prayers and love.
I have seen quite a few incidents of people paying it forward. This always warms my heart. Paying it forward is such a simple act of kindness and one we can all participate in. It does not have to be something big, but it does have to come from your heart.
Speaking of hearts, there are many people out there with great big hearts. Some have the heart of a lion fighting cancer, some of a poet, with their hearts resting on a sleeve, others hearts are so big because they are filled with compassion for others.
I am blessed...my friends have big hearts, some even have gianormous hearts.
I celebrated my birthday with wonderful friends. First with the girls at Rosa & Roccos. Had a great time and many laughs with Brenda, Joey, Lois, Kathy, Marcela and Beth.
I got to celebrate again with my friends, The Cackling Hens where there are four birthdays in our group. Cheese Cake Factory and the comedy club. We had a blast, shared laughs and gifts.
I am thankful for all of those that sent birthday cards and wishes and helped me celebrate. Best of all these things make great memories. I am truly blessed.
Have you heard of Random Words of Encouragement? It is something everyone and anyone can participate in. We are celebrating this in my community January17, 2014. I hope people from every community participates. It is simple, you place five random words of encouragement around the town you live in. You can be creative and put your message on cookies, balloons or wherever your heart desires. Thank You Amber Stone-Cameron for inviting me. Very excited to see how it affects others. I will share the link on my facebook page.
I will also be sharing another link, I am trying to win a little boy, an electronic video magnifier. With the support of friends and a caring community, I know it can be done. https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/photo.php?fbid=559085070840465&set=a.341095785972729.80640.296358023779839&type=1&theater
Just like my comment to help win this for the little guy. I wish I could win one for everyone in need. I have to start somewhere and so this link is hopefully just the beginning.
I picked this little guy first for many reasons. He is in elementary school. He is so bright and energetic.
I do not know how you develop a love for reading when you cannot see the words. I want to give him the opportunity to love words and see all of the magic books can bring him so that he has a love for it all while he is still young. I hate to see him struggle in school.
I cannot tell you how devastated I was when I could no longer read print. Regular hand-held magnifiers could no longer do the trick. I love words and books. Like a thief in the night that was taken from me. Of course I was still grateful that I could see but not being able to read robbed my soul.
When the original Kindle came out, I was so excited. They were back ordered after Oprah brought it out on her show. I joined the waiting list and was in correspondence with Amazon. I wanted to know how big I could make the font before I purchased it. They inquired why I would ask. I told them that I wanted to make sure I could read it. They were very nice and when I got my Kindle they had upgraded me to the Kindle II which was not yet out because of the font capacity and there is a way for me to upgrade my fonts.
I cannot even describe the joy I felt at being able to read a book again.
It is frustrating to not be able to read your mail, the newspaper, magazines, menus, price and more without help. It steals a piece of your soul and your privacy too.
I have been fortunate with all of these things because before the technology allowed me to read these things, my friends, family and co-workers assisted me.
I loved today's sermon at church. I have a feeling it will definitely prompt me to think outside of the box this Christmas as I give out gifts...never mind that I have never seen the box. Some of the best things in life are unseen.
I want to hear what everyone's Christmas wishes are. Please leave me some comments or private message me.
Until next week