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2007 April

I worry for the future

April 24, 2007

This morning my daughter went upstairs to her room to get dressed.

She came down wearing a pair of thick woolen tights, a tank top, and tap shoes.

She pulled the tank top down past her butt and declared that it was a dress, which I guess it could be if you were Britney Spears. At least my daughter was wearing underwear.

I nicely suggested that she change into a more weather appropriate outfit. And, oh call me crazy, but some actual clothing on her lower half. It is supposed to be about 75 degrees today. And she refused.

So I told her that I thought her outfit was weird.

She looked over at me. Looked at my outfit up and down. And said, “Well, I think your outfit is weird. Maybe you should change.”

For a fleeting moment I considered it.

Then I was just thankful that she hasn’t discovered hair removal yet. I am sure she would have something to say about the eyebrow waxing that I gave myself. Or the fact that I am now wearing my bangs “casually” swept over my right eye.

Posted by Chris @ 9:52 am | 28 Comments  

Talented people

April 23, 2007

I am going to leave the comments on the post for Heather open through next week. Several people have emailed me that they were not able to donate yet, but were planning on it. Also people had emailed asking if they could donate something for the raffle. Absolutely. If you have something you would like to share, please email me.

I am completely in awe of all these talented crafty people.

Quite a few people are still busy working on their donations and don’t have a photograph to share yet, but when they do I will be posting them also.

Keryn does not have a blog. I know shocking isn’t it? That there are still people who exist that don’t detail their lives on the internet. Keryn is donating a matching mother/daughter bracelet set AND another bracelet. These bracelets are simply stunning.

matching mother-daughter bracelets

The beautiful Karen, of chookooloonks has donated one of her photographs, matted and framed. All you have to do is hammer a nail into your wall and hang it up. Don’t even tell me you don’t have somewhere to hang something this gorgeous.

framed photo

Katie, from Ramblings of a SAHM, is so incredibly talented that it kills me. She makes her daughters’ matching Easter dresses, knits all FIVE of her children matching sweaters, quilts, sews, scrapbooks and probably cooks the partridge in the pear tree. Katie has donated this red felted pocketbook, or purse, or handbag… whatever term you use in the part of the country you live in. I call it a pocketbook and I also drink soda.

red_handbag

Look at these blankets! Don’t they just look so soft and cuddly? Lisa, who does have a blog, Three Beans… and a sprout makes these baby blankets. The winner can choose either the pink or the blue one. So cute they almost make me want to have another baby. Oh how I am laughing. Seriously they do make me wish I had a friend having a baby.

Here is the description of the blankets she emailed me.

1. Cute, custom made ’snugli’ blanket made with a girly Paris theme print measures approximately 26″ x 33″. It is made with super soft flannel and backed with luxurious minky fabric in light pink. ‘Snugli’ Blanket has a beautiful scalloped edge that makes it unique and is top stitched for durability. It’s size makes it great for the stroller, car seat, nap time, or even for dragging around by a toddler. Fabric is pre-washed to reduce shrinkage. Machine wash cold and dry on low heat.

2. Cute, custom made ’snugli’ blanket made with an out-of-this-world alien print measures approximately 26.5″ x 29.5″. It is made with super soft flannel and backed with luxurious minky fabric in bright blue. It’s size makes it perfect for the stroller, car seat, nap time, or even for dragging around by a toddler. Fabric is pre-washed to reduce shrinkage and top stitched for durability. Machine wash cold and dry on low heat.

blankets

Alli, from Adventures in Imperfection, makes these adorable aprons. Seriously I think maybe if I had a cute apron I would enjoy cooking more. because I am all about the accessories. Not only is Alli donating a handmade apron, but she will let the winner decide what colors/fabrics to have it made in. Don’t want you to clash with your kitchen while you are cooking!

Apron

Apron

Cool mom picks is offering up a “taking care of mama” gift pack
including an oyikes diaper bag (www.oyikes.com), a pair of yogini style YogaSmart Pants (www.yoginistyle.com) and a basket of pampering goodies from Zen Momma
(www.zenmomma.com) worth $200. Have you been to their site? You should if you are looking for any sort of hip, affordable, and unique baby/ kid/ mom items.

Karen, from Troll baby and Swank Web Design, is donating a free web design for anyone using the wordpress platform or blogger. Wow!

Mir, from Woulda Coulda Shoulda is donating one of her products from her cafe press store. The lucky winner can pick whatever item they want. T-shirt, mug… refrigerator magent, perhaps?

Kathryn, from Daring Young Mom, has donated a shirt from her cafe press store also. I have her pink Daring Young Mom shirt, though I am neither daring or young I wear it ironically.

People with great big hearts.

My dear friend Stacy, Jurgen Nation, is a wonderful photographer. It is her shoe photo in my header image. She is donating one of her photos matted and framed. Again all you need is a hammer and a nail and you will have a wonderful piece of art. She offers four from which the person can chose one. Here are her descriptions of the photographs and why she chose them, which makes them even more poignant.

I chose this one because of the name and subject, “Wish.” It symbolizes hope and optimism, which are things I know all of us feel for Heather.

I chose this one to signify strength in the face of the unknown:

I chose this one because, though it’s stark and cold, we’re all behind Heather through it all:

and this one, because the sun can illuminate even the ugliest of things, making everything brighter and full of hope

Be sure to click on those links and see her work. Amazing.

My friend Jenniffer is donating homemade biscotti. She will make it to order, with whatever flavorings you enjoy. biscotti

She is the most amazing cook. Seriously, my husband wishes he was married to her whenever I show him photos of her food. I wish I were married to her, or at the very least her next door neighbor so I could conveniently drop by at dinnertime every night. You can see some of her food photos here They look like they belong in a magazine.

Carmen, from Mom to the Screaming Masses, is donating one of her fantabulous tie dye shirts. My daughter has a tie dye dress Carmen made and she gets complements on it all the time. Also, if you want to be inspired, check out Carmen’s new blog The Elff Diet
where she writes about her amazing 60lb weight loss.

Jenny from Three Kid Circus is donating a $25 giftcard to amazon. The possibilities are endless, truly since amazon seems to sell everything AND the kitchen sink.

And the Mommybloggers is donating a gift basket, The Ready for Summer Tootsies.
pedicure kit How much would your feet love to that!

Rachel, from Gaggle of Girls, is donating a necklace and earring set that she and her three girls made.
I was lucky enough to receive a set as a present from Rachel last week and my daughter got a personalized bracelet. She does not have one of those common names that lends itself to finding personalized items. I was so touched by her generosity. Not to mention that they are beautiful.

love jewelry


Peggy
is donating a gift basket of her handmade goatmilk soaps that she sells at her esty shop. They sounds fabulous. I am a sucker for nice soap. The winner can pick their choice of 4 different soaps and they will arrive in a gift basket. If I had these at my house I would forbid my boys from using them. They just don’t appreciate soap. Or cleanliness for that matter.

handmade goatmilk soap

The Sarcastic Journalist is donating a set of handmade notecards. I saw photos of her cards that she made for Christmas and I was in awe of her crafty talent.

Notecards

Jessica, from Kerflop, is donating one 12-14″ handmade softie designed for a boy or girl, winner can choose. Here are photos of some she has made in the past.

girly doll:
boyish or gender neutral:

How adorable are they?

Angela, from Fluid Pudding is donating a handmade felted vase. Have you seen this woman’s knitting? Beautiful. I just had the felted vase explained to me too, by the way, I was thinking how can wool hold water? Wouldn’t it leak and leave a big sloppy wet mark on my table? Wouldn’t the whole vase collapse like a limp sweater? But now I understand it is a gorgeous decorative cover for a glass vase. or GASP for some silk flowers. Just pretty please promise me that if you use silk flowers they will look like flowers that actually occur in nature.

How gorgeous is this vase?

Felted vase

Yvonne, from Joy Unexpected, is donating a candle set. Can a person have too many candles? I say NO, you can not. Especially if you live in a house with lots of smelly boy people.

Debbie has a special donation for people living in the UK. Anyone living in the UK can pick any item from her store. The little smock is so cute it kills me.

Kelly, from Girl on a Mission is donating a lovely bracelet from her online store, Celebrate! Designs. She describes it as jewelry which reflects your personal statement of faith. I describe it as pretty.

believe god bracelet

Tracy, who doesn’t have a blog, lives in Germany so if you win her donation expect to wait a bit longer to receive it, makes reversible little girl bonnets. When she showed me photos of them I squealed, fondly remembering my days when I was obsessed with Little House on the Prairie.

Bonnet

I don’t know many little girls who wouldn’t love to have an old fashioned bonnet.

Shazia is donating an intro to web development class, valued at $300. The description from the website says: “Learn xhtml and css with hands-on projects, including a blog, web store, forum and a personal portfolio. Online Format, Hands-on Lessons & Projects, 10 weeks.” Wow!!! How many of us are clueless and wish we weren’t. This would be such an amazing learning experience. I am tucking this one in the back of my brain for my son who wants to learn to do these things.

Have you ever seen those cute letterings people do on their walls? With cute sayings or quotes? Nanette is offerring custom vinyl wall lettering. The person may choose whatever saying they want (one of these, any we have or their own choice). The size can be up to 23×41.The sayings do not come with the background color, that’s just for design purposes. They need to choose the color for the lettering only.

The winner will have a choice of whatever font they would like, also.

ShowLetter

I think this one would be adorable on a plaque in a little girl’s room. If you are like me and could never put it on your wall because you have the need to repaint the walls every chance you get, a plaque would be the perfect solution.

wall words

This is an original piece of mixed media art donated by the artist, Erin.

Original Painting

“This is my latest finished collage. It’s an 8×10 on canvas board. I
was excited to see this one develop. The featured bird has been
hanging around in my ideas drawer since 2000. He started as part of
this huge poster sized oil bar piece that refused to come together as
I envisioned it. I clipped out the bird, saving him and since then he
has haunted me. I’ve reincarnated him and yet he was still there,
bothering me. I doubt I’ll ever drop him entirely as a theme- there is
something intriguing and almost sinister about him. In Baby Blue he
comes together with this sweet little vintage soul, who came to me
through a friend (FiggyFigg) courtesy of Ebay.”

Kristen, from Baby Brewing, is dontaing any t-shirt, with any saying for man, woman, or child. She is the one who made the Mom Loves Me Best t-shirts for me last summer.

Merry, from Patch of Puddles, runs a shop and is donating one of these little cuties

The winner can pick whatever one they would like and she will mail it anywhere in the world.
Julie, from And Katie Makes Three, is offering to make a set of 3 personalized cloth diaper burp cloths. You can see a sample modeled by Katie here:

The winner can specify 2 lines for each, one larger (usually used for the name) and one smaller line (usually used for a birthdate or nickname). They can also specify colors for the text and edging, as well as script versus block letters. They’re made from brand new cloth diapers.

Photo of them click here.

Kara is 16 yrs. old and she paints and would like to donate one of her prints for Heather’s cause.

Here is a link to Kara’s page.

What makes this donation even more special is that Kara sells prints of her paintings to raise money for a rare brain & spinal cord disorder that she was diagnosed with in 2001. Not only that, but the paintings are really beautiful.

Michele, from Blue Eyed Creations

which is a small embroidery business, is donating:

1) A children’s birthday (or whatever) shirt

2) A Birthday Bib

Jaimie, who doesn’t blog but reads blogs secretly from work, donated a fabulous bracelet that her mother made.
She sells jewelry on ebay, under the seller name of *alligatorsoup*. Jaimie emailed me days ago and after emailing her back and telling her how much I loves the bracelet, I completely forgot all about it. I told you, my brain is much like the spam filter losing things it should keep and hanging onto things it should let go.

bracelet

Angela, from Corn Patch Creations, is donating a Cozy Carseat Cover from her website She can make either a boy, girl or neutral cover for the winner. Those are really fabulous for keeping infants warm in the frigid temperatures. Those of you in warm climates have no idea.

Meg has a husband who dabbles in graphic design and has a shop at cafepress. He has made up some humorous designs about
having lots of kids. http://cafepress.com/bigbaddaddy

He would like to donate 2 t-shirts for the raffle. The winner can chose which one they would like.

Awesome! Thank you.

*****

I hope this is everyone. If you have emailed me and I have not responded it probably got sent to my spam folder. While I try to go through it daily, I often miss legitimate email.

Also, if you have emailed me and I have responded and you don’t see you name on the list, please contact me. My brain is a lot like the spam filter.

Posted by Chris @ 11:00 pm | Comments  

conversations in bed

Scene: In my bed in the early morning hours when I would have really liked to still be sound asleep. Rob and I are clinging to the very edges of the bed in the 6″ that is allotted to us. Miles, the two year old, and my daughter are sprawled comfortably in the middle of the bed.

Miles opens his eyes and sees his sister next to him. He is so happy to see her. Only half awake he begins to stroke her cheek.

Miles: HI! HI! Maw-nin! I Yah You! Maw-nin! You SLEEPIN? You SLEEPIN? Maw-nin! I Yah You.

On and on and on he goes. Never stopping. The entire time lovingly stroking her face. His eyes filled with such adoration.

4 yr old daughter, the object of his affections: Mini, I really wish you never came out of mommy’s tummy. You have been annoying me ever since you came out.

Oh the love.

Posted by Chris @ 8:43 am | 33 Comments  

More lovely people with more talent than I…

April 22, 2007

People with great big hearts.

My dear friend Stacy, Jurgen Nation, is a wonderful photographer. It is her shoe photo in my header image. She is donating one of her photos matted and framed. Again all you need is a hammer and a nail and you will have a wonderful piece of art. She offers four from which the person can chose one. Here are her descriptions of the photographs and why she chose them, which makes them even more poignant.

I chose this one because of the name and subject, “Wish.” It symbolizes hope and optimism, which are things I know all of us feel for Heather.

I chose this one to signify strength in the face of the unknown:

I chose this one because, though it’s stark and cold, we’re all behind Heather through it all:

and this one, because the sun can illuminate even the ugliest of things, making everything brighter and full of hope

Be sure to click on those links and see her work. Amazing.

My friend Jenniffer is donating homemade biscotti. She will make it to order, with whatever flavorings you enjoy. biscotti

She is the most amazing cook. Seriously, my husband wishes he was married to her whenever I show him photos of her food. I wish I were married to her, or at the very least her next door neighbor so I could conveniently drop by at dinnertime every night. You can see some of her food photos here They look like they belong in a magazine.

Carmen, from Mom to the Screaming Masses, is donating one of her fantabulous tie dye shirts. My daughter has a tie dye dress Carmen made and she gets complements on it all the time. Also, if you want to be inspired, check out Carmen’s new blog The Elff Diet
where she writes about her amazing 60lb weight loss.

Jenny from Three Kid Circus is donating a $25 giftcard to amazon. The possibilities are endless, truly since amazon seems to sell everything AND the kitchen sink.

And the Mommybloggers is donating a gift basket, The Ready for Summer Tootsies.
pedicure kit How much would your feet love to that!

Rachel, from Gaggle of Girls, is donating a necklace and earring set that she and her three girls made.
I was lucky enough to receive a set as a present from Rachel last week and my daughter got a personalized bracelet. She does not have one of those common names that lends itself to finding personalized items. I was so touched by her generosity. Not to mention that they are beautiful.

love jewelry


Peggy
is donating a gift basket of her handmade goatmilk soaps that she sells at her esty shop. They sounds fabulous. I am a sucker for nice soap. The winner can pick their choice of 4 different soaps and they will arrive in a gift basket. If I had these at my house I would forbid my boys from using them. They just don’t appreciate soap. Or cleanliness for that matter.

handmade goatmilk soap

The Sarcastic Journalist is donating a set of handmade notecards. I saw photos of her cards that she made for Christmas and I was in awe of her crafty talent.

Jessica, from Kerflop, is donating something to be determined once she returns home from her weekend away. And from being harassed by me. Emails I sent like: Didja get my email? or, Are you ignoring me? I will not be ignored. or, Don’t make me go get your bunny. I kid. Maybe. I had no idea people go away without their computers. fanning myself

Angela, from Fluid Pudding is donating a handmade felted vase. Have you seen this woman’s knitting? Beautiful. I just had the felted vase explained to me too, by the way, I was thinking how can wool hold water? Wouldn’t it leak and leave a big sloppy wet mark on my table? WOuldn’t the whole vase collapse like a limp sweater? But now I understand it is a gorgeous decorative cover for a glass vase. or GASP for some silk flowers. Just pretty please promise me that if you use silk flowers they will look like flowers that actually occur in nature.

Yvonne, from Joy Unexpected, is donating a candle set. Can a person have too many candles? I say NO, you can not. Especially if you live in a house with lots of smelly boy people.

Debbie has a special donation for people living in the UK. Anyone living in the UK can pick any item from her store. The little smock is so cute it kills me.

Kelly, from Girl on a Mission is donating a lovely bracelet from her online store, Celebrate! Designs. She describes it as jewelry which reflects your personal statement of faith. I describe it as pretty.

believe god bracelet

Tracy, who doesn’t have a blog, lives in Germany so if you win her donation expect to wait a bit longer to receive it, makes reversible little girl bonnets. When she showed me photos of them I squealed, fondly remembering my days when I was obsessed with Little House on the Prairie.

Bonnet

I don’t know many little girls who wouldn’t love to have an old fashioned bonnet.

Shazia is donating an intro to web development class, valued at $300. The description from the website says: “Learn xhtml and css with hands-on projects, including a blog, web store, forum and a personal portfolio. Online Format, Hands-on Lessons & Projects, 10 weeks.” Wow!!! How many of us are clueless and wish we weren’t. This would be such an amazing learning experience. I am tucking this one in the back of my brain for my son who wants to learn to do these things.

Posted by Chris @ 11:40 pm | 13 Comments  

Four years Old

April 21, 2007

My treasure turns four years old today.

The Cake

Not sure what upsets me more, the fact that she is growing up so fast or that she had to have a Barbie cake.

Posted by Chris @ 11:29 pm | 51 Comments  

Just a few of the donations before I go to bed…

I am going to leave the comments on the post for Heather open through next week. Several people have emailed me that they were not able to donate yet, but were planning on it. Also people had emailed asking if they could donate something for the raffle. Absolutely. If you have something you would like to share, please email me.

And now to quickly and hopefully tactfully get something off my chest, If you don’t want to participate in the raffle for whatever reason then just don’t leave a comment. As much as I am sure Heather appreciates that you would like the items sent to her I don’t think that a) she would really want ALL of it, (unless she really does want all of it in which case we can make that happen too I am sure) and b) It shouldn’t be viewed as a reward for donating, rather as a token of thanks from strangers untied for a common cause.

I like to think of the raffle as donations of love. People who have come together as a community to share kindness. I know if I were to win one of the items, which obviously I can not, but if I were to win every time I looked at that item it would remind me of the goodness of strangers. It would remind me that small things can add up to great colossal unimaginably large things. It would remind me that in this vast world we as individuals can make a difference. And most of all I would be reminded of Heather.

And so it is in that spirit I hope the raffle is perceived.

Moving on…

I am completely in awe of all these talented crafty people.

Quite a few people are still busy working on their donations and don’t have a photograph to share yet, but when they do I will be posting them also.

Keryn does not have a blog. I know shocking isn’t it? That there are still people who exist that don’t detail their lives on the internet. Keryn is donating a matching mother/daughter bracelet set AND another bracelet. These bracelets are simply stunning.

matching mother-daughter bracelets

The beautiful Karen, of chookooloonks has donated one of her photographs, matted and framed. All you have to do is hammer a nail into your wall and hang it up. Don’t even tell me you don’t have somewhere to hang something this gorgeous.

framed photo

Katie, from Ramblings of a SAHM, is so incredibly talented that it kills me. She makes her daughters’ matching Easter dresses, knits all FIVE of her children matching sweaters, quilts, sews, scrapbooks and probably cooks the partridge in the pear tree. Katie has donated this red felted pocketbook, or purse, or handbag… whatever term you use in the part of the country you live in. I call it a pocketbook and I also drink soda.

red_handbag

Look at these blankets! Don’t they just look so soft and cuddly? Lisa, who does have a blog, Three Beans… and a sprout makes these baby blankets. The winner can choose either the pink or the blue one. So cute they almost make me want to have another baby. Oh how I am laughing. Seriously they do make me wish I had a friend having a baby.

Here is the description of the blankets she emailed me.

1. Cute, custom made ’snugli’ blanket made with a girly Paris theme print measures approximately 26″ x 33″. It is made with super soft flannel and backed with luxurious minky fabric in light pink. ‘Snugli’ Blanket has a beautiful scalloped edge that makes it unique and is top stitched for durability. It’s size makes it great for the stroller, car seat, nap time, or even for dragging around by a toddler. Fabric is pre-washed to reduce shrinkage. Machine wash cold and dry on low heat.

2. Cute, custom made ’snugli’ blanket made with an out-of-this-world alien print measures approximately 26.5″ x 29.5″. It is made with super soft flannel and backed with luxurious minky fabric in bright blue. It’s size makes it perfect for the stroller, car seat, nap time, or even for dragging around by a toddler. Fabric is pre-washed to reduce shrinkage and top stitched for durability. Machine wash cold and dry on low heat.

blankets

Alli, from Adventures in Imperfection, makes these adorable aprons. Seriously I think maybe if I had a cute apron I would enjoy cooking more. because I am all about the accessories. Not only is Alli donating a handmade apron, but she will let the winner decide what colors/fabrics to have it made in. Don’t want you to clash with your kitchen while you are cooking!

Apron

Apron

Cool mom picks is offering up a “taking care of mama” gift pack
including an oyikes diaper bag (www.oyikes.com), a pair of yogini style YogaSmart Pants (www.yoginistyle.com) and a basket of pampering goodies from Zen Momma
(www.zenmomma.com) worth $200. Have you been to their site? You should if you are looking for any sort of hip, affordable, and unique baby/ kid/ mom items.

Karen, from Troll baby and Swank Web Design, is donating a free web design for anyone using the wordpress platform or blogger. Wow!

Mir, from Woulda Coulda Shoulda is donating one of her products from her cafe press store. The lucky winner can pick whatever item they want. T-shirt, mug… refrigerator magent, perhaps?

Kathryn, from Daring Young Mom, has donated a shirt from her cafe press store also. I have her pink Daring Young Mom shirt, though I am neither daring or young I wear it ironically.

And there are more. But it is late and I must sleep. Because do you know what season it is?

No not spring, silly. Baseball, the other season.

Posted by Chris @ 1:34 am | 23 Comments  

More fun than a ball or a pogo stick

April 20, 2007

I bought this for my son. Picture a ball stuck through a hard plastic disc. You have to stand on the disc, balance, grip your feet around the ball and jump… all at the same time.

It is really really difficult. Much more difficult that I thought it would be. Though now that I am describing it I am wondering why I thought it would be easy.

This thing is so hard to do

I am here to warn you that should you be foolhardy enough to try this “Pogo Hopper” yourself, don’t do it in your front yard and with your children watching.

Because you will fall and land sprawled out on your face. If you happen to get a few jumps in before the fall you will also pee your pants.

Not that I know this from personal experience.

******

I am leaving the post up for Heather and the comments open for the week. The drawing for all the fabulous, and I do mean fabulous, things people have donated will be at the end of next week. This way people will have time to donate if they haven’t been able to yet.

I am finalizing some of the donations and waiting for a few emails to be returned. Then I’ll have the post up chock full of links and wonderful giving people.

And I am going to go outside and try to enjoy the non-snowy, non-rainy weather. My Vitamin D stores are sorely depleted.

Posted by Chris @ 10:58 am | 19 Comments  

the promised post

April 19, 2007

People have donated some amazing things.

I wish I could tell you all about them, but I can’t because I can not access my email. I can see it sitting there in the inbox, taunting me, but I can’t read any of it.

I have harassed politely requested all the talented, wonderful people I know, and some I don’t know because I am pushy like that, to donate things. So far I have not had anyone turn me down.

After a week like this one, when it is so tempting to think that the world is filled with evil people just waiting to hurt you or your children, you realize that in fact the opposite is true. People are good. Especially in this little corner of the internet.

Some of you call it God working through people. Who am I to disagree.

But I believe in people.

Posted by Chris @ 10:55 pm | 15 Comments  

giving

I never ask people to donate money for causes. Usually it is because there are so many good and worthy things to donate your money to, who am I to decide that one is better or more important or more worthy of your attention.

But this time I am asking. For someone I don’t even know.

*****

When my sister in law was diagnosed with cancer ( a completely different kind of cancer, btw) and going through all of her treatments– chemo, radiation, and two bone marrow transplants– she said to me on the phone one day that she would never put herself through all of this except for her children. She was told that only 5% of people who make it through treatment survive past three years. And I had said that people play the lottery all the time with much worse odds.

Of course she would be in that 5%.

She died 16 months after her diagnosis.

Her funeral was the last time I went to church.

*****

Over 5000 of you come here everyday. I type out nonsense, stories about my kids, annoying people at the grocery store, even bad poetry. And I know what I am going to ask will turn some of you off. Perhaps you won’t come back because of it. But that is fine.

Heather has just been diagnosed with a brain tumor. She is a young mother to three children, one of whom has chronic health problems. And her doctor just told her that twenty years is a long time to live.

I look at my children and think 20 years is a long time? I think that this doctor couldn’t possibly have children of his own or he would know that 20 years is a drop in the bucket.

Heather and her husband are getting second and third opinions. They are not rich people.

And I have been reading her blog the past few days and she is so confident in her faith. Her belief in a God who has plans for her. I am in awe of that sort of faith.

What do I believe?

I believe in the inherent goodness of people. I believe that people want to make a difference.

I want to believe in that God of Heather’s, I do.

And so I am asking you to click that link and donate some money.


What about $1. You can afford a dollar.

What about $5? Give up your Starbucks coffee for one day and think of Heather… pray if you do that, or send good thoughts her way.

What about $10? Give up lunch out one day and brown bag it.

Get your children involved.

Ask your kids to search around the house and car for loose change. You might think it won’t make a difference. But it will. Teach your children the spirit of giving. Show them how giving will make them feel good.

Just give something.

And if you donate come back and leave me a comment. You will be entered in a drawing for some neat prizes. But I will write about those in another post later on today.

Edited to add: If you already donated to Heather that is fine too. Leave a comment and you will be entered in the drawing. And for those of you who have said oh I don’t want a prize. Yes you do! The prizes are not transferable to cash. I am not spending my money buying prizes or anything. People are donating things.

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Posted by Chris @ 9:43 am | 362 Comments  

Me and my son

April 18, 2007

At the doctor's office a.k.a. our new favorite hang -out

Ear infection.

Although he is a trooper and we entertained ourselves by speculating on how they would remove his infected ear. It involved talk of blood, gushing brains, and oozing puss. Which are the favorite topics of discussion for a 6 yr old boy. Because taking antibiotics seems so boring.

At one point he was looking at himself in the mirror, when he stopped making faces for a minute.

“Mom? You know the scar I have on my forehead?” he asked tracing his finger over it.

“Yes? What about it?”

“Will it ever go away? Or will it be there forever?” he asked.

I felt a little sad. And I began mentally berating myself for not remembering to put sunscreen on it as often as I should have that first summer.

“No, it won’t go away. You’ll have it forever.” I answered.

He let out a heavy disappointed sigh. “I wish it were way bigger and went all the way down my face across my eye. ” His finger drew a long crooked line down over his cheekbone, “That would be a cool scar.”

“Well, maybe when they take your ear off we can ask about scarification. Perhaps they could remove your nose too? Just think how cool that would be.”

Posted by Chris @ 8:12 pm | 22 Comments