When I signed up for the Kohl gift card, I thought, cool! I'll give it to my Mom she has a Kohls. Sure I could probably use it online or something, but my Mom enjoys shopping and she'd get a kick out of it - so in went my name. Then the card actually arrived! By this time we had been told that my father has cancer (which his treatments are going really really well, and I got to see him and he is so great it's amazing! - LOVE my dad!). I kept with my resolve to give my Mom the gift card. I talked with a crafty friend about it. She thought giving my Mom the card as a cancer-spouse survival kit sounded great. So I asked her if she would make a card to give my Mom with the gift card. Oh wow, did this really start something....
You see my friend has some very special children. Ok, all children are special, I'm quite fond of my three, but hers are the kind that sacrifice some of the wonders and carefree days of childhood to spend countless hours in specialists' offices sacrificing their blood, sanity, and intact bodies so that doctors can hope to help them achieve a full life. At least two of her boys have a severe case of mitochondrial disorder. The youngest (just under a year then) desperately needed to get to a specialist in Atlanta, and while my friend made the appointment, trusting in God to provide the money and the means to travel, she really didn't know how that was going to happen. And then with our conversation about a card for my Mom, thanks to Frugal Girls, and some prayer, she began Cards for Brighton - and I'm very happy to say they made their first appointment with the specialist in Atlanta and hope to raise enough to go again soon.
I'm horrible about mail, so it was the unfortunate loss of a friend that brought my mother to my house. Last Friday I gave her the Kohl's gift card, that Frugal Girls gave to me, that inspired so many to give to Brighton. After much convincing from myself and my sister (who was amazed at the gift as well), my mother has been convinced to spend the card on herself - not her grandkids, and is going to buy a KitchenAid mixer that she has wanted the last several years, but never been able to rationalize buying. I'm so happy for her! I can't wait to see it when we visit for Christmas!
Never before have I seen a simple piece of plastic touch so many lives, and impact so very many. I am very sorry that it has taken me so long to write this letter of thanks (because I am, with most heartfelt thanks, grateful for all that has happened thanks to this amazing giveaway, that was only possible because of the amazing ladies at Frugal Girls). Thank you so much from all of us! Attached below are the pictures of my children with the card, and my mother finally receiving it.
|The Versions ready to give Grandma a big surprise|
|A very surprised and happy Grandma|
Thanks for ignoring my construction mess. I'm calling an official halt on Monday, finished or not, but I'm really hoping to get some of that yellow paint on newly textured walls, we'll see, they aren't textured yet.