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7 entries this month
 

05:40 Oct 29 2011
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Went to see Puss in Boots 3D with Caitlin tonight. It's fun hanging out with her. There's such an ease between us. She's wonderful ccompany and we laugh so much. If I weren't her mom, I'd want to know her and hang out with her anyway. In fact, if I didn't still have all the mom worries, she would be damn near my best friend.


The movie is great. We both agree that even the cartoon cat incarnation of Antonio Banderas is hot. We would both totally do some serious lovin on Poos... Een Boots.


Came home and ate the gumbo my son made. Best I have ever tasted. I have some pretty damn cool kids!


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Requiem
Requiem
16:33 Oct 29 2011

Their mom had something to do with their coolness, I'm sure. ;-)





 

20:32 Oct 28 2011
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So sleepy. Falling asleep at my desk. Stabb is in the office, though, and that's always so nice. He left work early so that he and another volunteer can do a home visit.


The volunteer is a senior and has mainly retired from what used to be very active volunteering. But when he heard Stabb was doing the home visit, he spiffed up and came on in. We call them the Dream Team.


It's a lucky client to have them visit...two gentlemen who genuinely care. They look so sweet together as they go off like modern knights.


The world is crying out for men to be men...leaders who are not too busy to lend a hand. Fathers who are present and not self-absorbed. Friends who are bold enough to counsel when choices are poor and to encourage when the going gets tough.


There is a role for everyone...male and female, but, oh...you strong, bold men of heart! You are so rare, beautiful, and capable of changing the world. You make my chest ache.


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Vampirewitch39
Vampirewitch39
20:45 Oct 28 2011

:) Brings a tear to your eye, your words.





 

21:24 Oct 19 2011
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I made an entry on October 14 and a number of you responded with promises of prayer and good thoughts for the young man. I think the story deserves a follow-up.


He's come in several times to check in with us and talk about his progress. We've continued to make sure he has food and a place to stay.


Today he came in and he looks great! No shaking, and he was excited to tell me that he thinks he has a job at a local restaurant. they just need him to have black pants and a pair of no-slip shoes. We got that covered! He's willing to ride his bike to work and we're willing to help him until he gets a paycheck and can start putting some deposits down.


My goal is to try to walk this man into an apartment of his own. Tonight he's going to dinner with the volunteer who went on that initial ride to get him an i.d. and a tent. He's looking forward to that and I know he can't wait to share his excitement. (I have a feeling that the volunteer went to that restaurant and vouched for the man with a friend he has who works there.)


This is how fun my job can be. I LOVE helping people who actually want to be helped! It's been a joy watching him respond to the most basic of help as though it were a mountain that had been moved for him. That is gratitude at work and it is the mightiest of emotions...right beside selfless love.


"Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they won't unravel."


Thank you for your prayers and your good thoughts for him. I know that not everyone believes in prayer, but I do with all my heart.


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BLOODLIFE
BLOODLIFE
21:47 Oct 19 2011

A happy beginning. Praying that your goal is achieved giving this guy his self respect back.





Requiem
Requiem
23:04 Oct 19 2011

Oh, this makes me happy. ♥





PAGAN
PAGAN
09:35 Oct 21 2011

:D



Good news.





 

23:48 Oct 17 2011
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Warning: The cuteness in this entry could be hazardous to your health. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!


Hi! I'm Chilla.

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This is Caitlin's bed. She is on vacation. I am going to eat her room, one nibble at a time.

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Holy poop, I LOVE my dustbath!

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I like grabbing a treat with my teeth and finding JUST the right spot to enjoy it.

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Hands are...HANDY!

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Morrigon
Morrigon
00:23 Oct 18 2011

D'awwwwww





Requiem
Requiem
02:14 Oct 18 2011

Que cute!





Isis101
Isis101
04:27 Oct 18 2011

OMG!

What an adorable lil' critter! Too cute! Thank you for sharing this lil' furry baby!





BLOODLIFE
BLOODLIFE
09:32 Oct 18 2011

Gotta luv a fluffy tail!





birra
birra
01:06 Oct 20 2011

You've got the start of a nice coat there...





 

17:11 Oct 17 2011
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I didn't intend to take this picture. I never use my camera as a phone so it never occurs to me to use my phone as a camera. I had accidentally tapped the camera icon and as I held it up and panned around, I got this little candid shot. If I had framed it intentionally, it would have been lower, but I kind of like the oddness of the image.


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I love that it caught Stabb engrossed in something while resting on the couch, but he's not the focus. He is one of many warm components in this place I have called home for so many years. It seems almost a serene and prayerful moment captured by accident, perhaps reminding me again of a soul's capacity for gratitude.


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Niflheim
Niflheim
17:24 Oct 17 2011

I find this picture both peaceful and warming.

:)

I especially love how in the background, the sunlight from outside is playfully peaking through your window's drapes.





Joli
Joli
17:27 Oct 17 2011

I just noticed the doorknob. When we finish putting away our groceries, we hang the empty bags on the knob so that I can remember to take them to the Center the next day for the food bank. Now I can't stop seeing them.





Morrigon
Morrigon
17:39 Oct 17 2011

I thought it was the ghost of St. Frodio.





Joli
Joli
17:42 Oct 17 2011

...sneaking up on Stabb unawares!





Bones
Bones
19:07 Oct 17 2011

It looks like a beautiful home.





 

If Not Now

23:37 Oct 14 2011
Times Read: 617


For you, VW...and for me...and anyone with heart and yearning



Lyrics


If not now, then when?

If not today,

Then, why make your promises?

A love declared for days to come,

Is as good as none.


You can wait 'til morning comes.

You can wait for the new day.

You can wait and lose this heart.

You can wait and soon be sorry.


If not now, then when?

If not today,

Then, why make your promises?

A love declared for days to come,

Is as good as none.


Now love's the only thing that's free.

We must take it where it's found.

Pretty soon it may be costly.


'Cause if not now, then when?

If not today,

Then, why make your promises?

A love declared for days to come,

Is as good as none.


If not now, what then?

We all must live our lives.

Always feeling.

Always thinking.

The moment has arrived.


If not now, then when?


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Vampirewitch39
Vampirewitch39
00:25 Oct 15 2011

*lays hand on her heart* Tracy Chapman- just what I needed to hear. Thank you for understanding, as you always do.





Joli
Joli
00:45 Oct 15 2011

Love you, girl.





Requiem
Requiem
01:00 Oct 15 2011








Amanda
Amanda
05:26 Oct 18 2011

I paid over 20 years for love, whining about the love I did not have, making promises to myself. Seeking the love from another, and found the greatest love inside me. Surprise!





 

20:12 Oct 14 2011
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He was sleeping in the open. Not in a car or under a bridge...not even in a sleeping bag. Just on the grass beside a bike trail. He's young. He has screwed up. His voice chokes up when he talks to you and his hands shake.


He said, "A lady came by and brought me a blanket. That was very comforting."


His breath smells of alcohol. It's hard to ask the next question. It always is. We talk about addictions and the need to be honest so that real help can come. I explain that I can smell the alcohol. I brace myself because touching that shame can trigger all kinds of emotional responses, especially angry denial and threats.


He admits he drank. He assures me it is not a problem. I worry that it probably is.


I tag a male volunteer and we drive our fella to the DMV where we get him an I.D. card so he can apply for work. We get him food. We buy him a tent. We give him a sleeping bag and a flashlight. We cover nights at a state park so he can sleep and have a shower. We give him fresh clothing. We drive him to his campsite.


I encouraged him to come in today. That was Wednesday. I know we only covered Wed and Thurs so he'd come in and talk to us again and we can see how he's doing. No word by noon from him.


In comes my volunteer with the gentleman in tow. He went to check on him and he'd been on a bicycle on his way in to see us. He took him to lunch and brought him here. He's got bunches of applications out for a job and he looked rested and better. I smelled no alcohol. We're getting him a cheap phone with a few minutes so he can leave a number for an employer to call.


We cover his site fees until Monday when he'll come see me again. I watch as they drive off.


We offer thanks that we have a volunteer who cared enough to go seek him out and sit with him over lunch, listening and talking with him.


We pray.


We hope


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Niflheim
Niflheim
20:55 Oct 14 2011

You and your volunteers are Angels.



There is no doubt about it. I am thankful for what you shared with VR today because it only proves to show that there are still kind hearted and caring people left in this world willing to extend a helping hand to those in need and do not know where to turn to.



He was lucky to have found you. Or rather, lucky to have been found by you and your volunteers.



I will keep him in both my thoughts and prayers. ♥





sahahria
sahahria
21:48 Oct 14 2011

And every so often, someone finds the path a little more illuminated.





BLOODLIFE
BLOODLIFE
22:59 Oct 14 2011

If only there was a newspaper that was filled with articles like that.





Requiem
Requiem
01:01 Oct 15 2011

I am very definitely going to be keeping that young man forward in my thoughts.





Isis101
Isis101
04:33 Oct 18 2011

Wow...reading this brings up some memories. Some we could help - some we could not.

Great to see that humanity isn't completely gone, and that the guy you are helping appears to want to help himself.

Pray. Hope. Good things to do.





Amanda
Amanda
05:30 Oct 18 2011

This hits me hard.

Bless you for being there. I wish I could be there.

Hope and Prayers for you.








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