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8 entries this month
 

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20:29 Dec 18 2008
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23:59 Dec 17 2008
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Upside down and sideways. Amen!

19:52 Dec 16 2008
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Do you ever have days where you think you've awakened in Bizarro World? That some other dimension has your real life just waiting for you? Today I used a power tool and installed a toilet seat, all while wearing a skirt, heels, and a Santa hat.


*Checks job description* Oh, there it is: "and any other necessary duties." For a moment there, I was worried!


By the way, for those asking about the warehouse saga...the article ran and a gentleman with cold storage has offered us free of charge all the freezer space we need! He knew a volunteer who has recently passed. That volunteer had been a mentor to him in his life and he knew that the Center was a charity he had loved. WOW, huh? I called the volunteer's widow and left a message telling her how Jim is still helping us!


I still need the regular warehouse space for canned goods, but I know that will happen!


Today, the Center is literally bursting at the seams. We have food and gifts piled to the ceiling. People are receiving with gratitude and donors keep flocking in with blessings. I am so overwhelmed. My chest knows the pain our building feels because it is suddenly a little too small to hold my heart. Here are a few images.




I wish I could show you the kids, but I can't because of privacy...so, imagine a beautiful little brown boy of about 3 with the most intense face who came in yesterday and saw a riding car. He hopped on and his mom was about to get him to get off. But, because there is often beauty and rightness in the world, it was a toy meant for him. He never got off. He rode that car right to his own car. He has a good mom who was thankful. She followed him out to the car loaded down with more gifts. The boy's little sister toddled alongside clutching a Pretty Pony to her chest.


There is a wonderful ministry that helps people just released from prison. We filled two vehicles FULL of food for their facility today. Keep your Norman Rockwell. Keep your job descriptions that make sense. Sorry normal life, I'm happy here in my wonderful, unpredictable Bizarro World!

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ThothLestat
ThothLestat
20:11 Dec 16 2008

awesome.

you rock, you know.





birra
birra
20:25 Dec 16 2008

Is there any question why we love you?



You give and add so much to this world, it is astounding at times.



I've said it before, this world needs more people like you.





BLOODLIFE
BLOODLIFE
20:28 Dec 16 2008

You make my heart go all tingly and warm...

btw, ''a skirt, heels, and a Santa hat'' ... no top? lol





Joli
Joli
20:46 Dec 16 2008

Yep, you got me, Bloodlife. I moonlight as a Topless Mrs. Claus plumber for the holidays! ;)





BLOODLIFE
BLOODLIFE
20:49 Dec 16 2008

Well that's one for the calendar .. please be October :-p





Angelus
Angelus
23:08 Dec 16 2008

.. do you want to help with the dishes, on Thursday mayhap??





Irony
Irony
07:09 Dec 17 2008

The generosity of people really has brought tears to my eyes tonight. Thank you for sharing this with us:)





Beastt17
Beastt17
19:25 Dec 17 2008

I've had one or two days when I didn't wake up in bizarro-world. Fortunately, for those days I can go to work and little in this world is more bizarre than that. I can't imagine what it would be like to go to work and actually help people. It must provide such a wonderful feeling at the end of the day.



You didn't say where you were wearing the Santa hat but the idea of being topless provides an interesting visual for one possibility.





Lordpeace
Lordpeace
22:38 Jan 08 2009

you are amazing some read my journal

and are glad

i read yours and am lifted up

keep going ever forward





 

Choose

22:38 Dec 12 2008
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Peace and new beginnings! I am SO happy. You know I am...and proud of you.



"The single clenched fist lifted and ready,

Or the open hand held out and waiting.

Choose:

For we meet by one or the other."

-Carl Sandburg


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Morrigon
Morrigon
22:44 Dec 12 2008

*smiles*





imagesinwords
imagesinwords
22:46 Dec 12 2008

Thank all deities!





Beastt17
Beastt17
00:08 Dec 13 2008

Let it be known that an out-stretched open hand is always preferable to a fist. No one ever mistakenly slips a dollar bill into a fist. :-P





Ockham
Ockham
00:25 Dec 13 2008

I choose the hand clenched tight upon the grip of a flamethrower; civility always loses in a fight with fire, and why choose a lesser armament?





Sinora
Sinora
16:17 Dec 13 2008

Open hand for me...just don't slap my face again, okay ? lol





 

06:51 Dec 12 2008
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I am thankful for a warm house and pipes that deliver hot water to me in seconds. It's really cold out there. I worry...


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Xzavier
Xzavier
07:12 Dec 12 2008

You do a great job hun :)





Beastt17
Beastt17
07:32 Dec 12 2008

Hot water? It's a bit over-rated. Nice, but not critical. The rest? Well, I don't deal well with the cold. Without a warm place to live, other things just seem massively cold.



You worry too much.





Sinora
Sinora
08:24 Dec 12 2008

I'm thankful too, but try not to worry, it does no good....you and your people do as much as you can.





BLOODLIFE
BLOODLIFE
09:39 Dec 12 2008

Hunni, you do more than worry. Not only do you 'care' your deeds are not unnoticed.

You may be thankful for the simple things like a roof and hot water but I would also say there are plenty who are simply thankful for 'just you'.





Joli
Joli
10:17 Dec 12 2008

Thank you. You make me feel encouraged, but this isn't about me. I'm warm and safe.





BLOODLIFE
BLOODLIFE
11:27 Dec 12 2008

That maybe so, but without you being at 100% how will you help?!!

But my heart does go out to all those throughout the world that are in need.





StoneCrow
StoneCrow
11:59 Dec 12 2008

You know what worry get you right? Yup, corns on your feet. :P





meeper
meeper
17:10 Dec 12 2008

So many people take the little things for granted. If we have a roof over our heads, blankets to keep us warm, food, and water- we are in a far better place than most of the global human population.





 

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06:30 Dec 10 2008
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01:08 Dec 08 2008
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Good for my heart


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BLOODLIFE
BLOODLIFE
01:18 Dec 08 2008

A great way to end my w/end, brilliant.





FallenPixie
FallenPixie
18:49 Dec 10 2008

Even more reason I come to visit so often...adorable ♥





 

My office is sometimes a miracle window.

23:26 Dec 03 2008
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A lady comes in today laden with Christmas presents for a family that she and a Scout Troop have "adopted." She then hands me an envelope that has $48 in cash so that we can buy gift cards for the family's dinner and sundry needs, explaining that the money came from a jar in one of the Scouts' homes. When the kids were disrespectful or broke a rule, they had to put into the jar a bit of their allowance. They all voted as a family to donate their discipline to the Center so it would go to a family in need.


I love stories like that. People can be so selfless when given a venue. What a creative way to help. But that's not where the story ends. The beautiful lady who came with her arms full today is a former client whom we have helped more than once. She positively radiated...so lovely and smiling. She has obviously made some really good choices in her life. And now, she's giving back! She didn't reference it and I didn't...but what a heart-melting reality between us.


Now you know why it's all worth it...why I love waking up in the morning to come to a place like this. On days like this, it really can't be called "work."


My gratitude to EVERYONE who has prayed for us, encouraged us, or helped in any way. Thank you all! A little giving really can change lives :)

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BLOODLIFE
BLOODLIFE
23:41 Dec 03 2008

A great heart warming story. I love reading things like that, they are incredibly uplifting.





Nightgame
Nightgame
00:14 Dec 04 2008

The Christmas spirit isn't dead it's just quieter. :)





LadyChordewa
LadyChordewa
02:28 Dec 04 2008

Wonderful story.



Sinora
Sinora
02:37 Dec 04 2008

Thanks for sharing.





PandorasBx
PandorasBx
02:44 Dec 04 2008

Warms the cockles of my heart......(anyone know what cockles are?) lol





ThothLestat
ThothLestat
15:47 Dec 04 2008

that really is awesome!





Oceanne
Oceanne
22:47 Dec 12 2008

Smiles~








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