A Word of Thanks
I’ve tried to express my thoughts and feelings through words in this post for the past two days. I’ve written, I’ve deleted. I’ve written more, and deleted even more! It just hasn’t worked. No words can really explain the events that have transpired over the past two years.
I thought about telling you how this blog came to be… and how it has been such a blessing in my life… for more reasons than I could ever explain.
I thought about telling you how wonderful it has been to make new associations and cherished friendships because of this blog.
I really thought you should know that I never sought help from my friends. Nor were my blogging friends seeking out a “fund raiser project” for me and my family.
I thought about telling you that it was actually a reader, turned dear friend, that approached us with this idea. She found herself in a situation where she could make something positive happen – after hearing the details of how it came to be, I can’t deny she was guided.
I thought about telling you how hard it has been for me to accept help. It took much thought on my part, and convincing from my dear friends, to recognize that this was a blessing that would not only help me in a big way, it would give others an opportunity to serve, and in turn, be blessed.
I really wanted you to know about the internal battle I had. I know there are sooo many others in similar situations. “Who am I to think that I am worthy to be the benefactor of something so wonderful… just because I am the one with a blog.” It just didn’t seem fair, and it didn’t seem right. I’d much rather use the “advantage” I have with this blog to help someone else. Again, it was my dear friends who convinced me it was MY turn to be the receiver. Not only that, but I needed to acknowledge the Lord’s hand in my life.
I thought about letting you know how humbled my husband and I have been… not only by the gesture, but by the response. More than 300 tickets have been sold. But even more amazing is the fact that there have been OVER ONE HUNDRED TICKETS tickets purchased by readers who live out of the area who simply want to give. Their kind notes asked that we “donate” the tickets to local families who could enjoy them. Many tears have been shed as I’ve read your sweet comments, emails, and the notes on your paypal purchase. Not only that, but other bloggers are linking to the post, asking their readers to help out a fellow blogger. (There certainly are some wonderful bloggers out there!)
I also wanted you to know that I’ll be using this experience as a teaching tool. This is an opportunity for me to teach my children gratitude. They will be the ones addressing and stuffing and sticking the stamps to the envelopes (and if your envelope comes with a crooked stamp, that is just my 4 year old sending his love). They will be taught about the love and kindness shown by complete strangers.
So with a full heart, I humbly say to you, my dear friends…. Thank You. YOU have made a difference in my life. I’ve felt the comforting power of your prayers. I in turn pray that you will be blessed because of your kindness and thoughtfulness.
And I must give a big thanks to my dear friends who have shown love and concern for me over the past year. I am grateful for each and every one of you!
And what are we going to do with all these donated tickets???
All the donated tickets have been spoken for… we actually have more requests than we have donations for. If you’d like to donate some tickets, you can purchase them right here: https://fabulesslyfrugal.com/2010/09/12-price-admission-to-linder-farms-corn-maze.html
If you know of a family who would enjoy taking their own family to Linder Farms, but can’t afford it, please shoot me an email. Give me the # of tickets they will use, along with their name and address (children 3 and under are free and don’t need tickets, so be sure to factor that in when you send me the info!). This will be on a first come, first serve, basis. I trust that all the nominated families are ones who are in need of something fun and free! If you need to nominate yourself, please feel free to to that! As we get more donated tickets coming in, I’ll fill the requests. Just email me at: fabulesslydrugal at gmail dot com and put “Donated Linder Farms Ticket Request” in the subject.
I am honored to be associated with all of you.