Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Special THANKS....

When I was putting together this collage it became pretty overwhelming for me to see how many people who extended their heart to my mom. All the names listed are people who donated items or their time to this fundraiser cause. My mom, my brother, and my family are forever grateful for this. My mom especially, she said “I can’t form enough words for the gratitude I feel, no one has ever done something like this for me”. WOW…TEAM DEB, YOU ROCK!!!

Keith and Crystal hosted the garage sale, which in turn really means we took over their garage for at least a month while we gathered items. Crystal is an awesome merchandiser with an amazing heart! All her hard work sure paid off. She gathered, sorted, tagged, tripped over stuff, and got mosquito bites while working in the garage. She did an amazing job!! Crystal called Stacy and I over for last minute sorting and organizing the final week before the big day We were non-stop. Thank you Stacy, for all the grease you collected from the garage railing by hanging clothes and getting them sorted. Your heart is appreciated and I do hope that grease came off your hands.

The big day came quick and early! Crystal, Stacy and I started our day around 6 a.m. pulling things out of the garage and down to the driveway, sidewalk, and lawn. WOW, there was sooo much stuff! “If you build it, they will come”, quoted from the movie Field of Dreams. I must have said that a million times in my head. I believed it. I knew it was going to be a successful day! Stacy work for a few hours and then Michele relieved her so Stacy could go to work. Michele, Thank you, I know you traveled for work that week and you still managed to come give your heart…and you weren’t late, you were the one who brought breakfast tacos! Love these girls…

I don’t want it to go unnoticed that they we had some big ticket items donated. My professor from college donated an antique piece of furniture, a buffet to be exact from 1935. Stacy, Crystal, and I met her husband and son at their storage unit to pick up. Her husband said she would never let it go, so this donation for her must be pretty special. That day, it was the very last piece we sold and to a very special family…

Around 2:30 p.m., ya know the time where you’ve been on your feet all day wheelin’ and dealin’, you’re tired of reorganizing the same stuff; you’re looking at your watch and wondering when the next wave of people will arrive? A couple came to us. You see we told my mom’s story over and over that day so people would understand our fundraising cause and why we would not come down just 50 cents on an item. This couple grabbed a hold of our story.

The gentleman began to tell us about his wife who passed of cancer. You could tell he was upset and genuinely cared about my mom, how she was doing, and asking question after question. He started to shop again and Crystal, Michele, and I gathered in the garage to break from the sun.

The couple came into the garage. The gentlemen asked if he could pray for my mom. How did he know? That moment, that exact time, I needed it. We needed it, my mom needed it. I felt as if I was standing outside my body praying and crying, yet calmness and joy came over me. Who sent him that day...that moment…that hour? God.

The couple left and we cried more and got our garage sale game face back on for the rest of the day. At about 3:30 the gentlemen came back with this daughter. Turns out she loves antique pieces. He had gone home to tell her about it, our story, and she had to see it. She loved it. This was our closing sale for the day, and took us over our $1000 goal. Thank you to these wonderers…and God Bless you too.


Also special thank you to Buffy and Morgan for bringing us warm doughnuts to start our day!

MOM UPDATE: She is doing much better. She is less tired, but still takes it easy. She can finally eat without it hurting so much. We will go this Friday to see her Oncologist for an update on her labs and the game plan for the following week of chemo. Continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers. I will update again after her doc appointment.