Thursday, May 28, 2015

$10K Thursday!

The Race for the Place is only 10 days away and today is $10k Thursday. As you can see, if there are $10k made in donations today, an anonymous donor will match it with another $10k.

I have met $583 of my $1,230 of my goal. Not only would I love to meet my own goal, but I would love to help The Gathering Place, A Caring Community for Those Touched By Cancer meet theirs. Please consider making a small, tax-detectible donation to this very worthy cause I hold near and dear to my heart.

Visit my personal fundraising page at Just Keep Swimming..and Running for more information or to make a donation.

Thank you for your support!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Washed by blood

On the one month anniversary of Papa D’s home going, I was going to share a couple more thoughts about my tattoo, my dad, etc. but after reading what my son wrote on his Facebook page about what his tattoo means to him and why he chose what he did, with his permission, I have decided to share what he wrote instead. But before I do that (of course, because I can't post anything without adding my .02 cents LOL)…..

There are times when you are in the tumultuous "teenage years" with your kids when you wonder if, as a parent, you have failed because of some things that happen or you wonder how you went from being their "mommy and daddy" whom they adore to the "enemy" (ok, enemy is a harsh term but for anyone who has raised teenagers, sometimes that's what it feels like). Back then, I never thought in a million years that when people would tell me “don’t worry, they eventually become human/normal/come back around again” that it really would happen. Fortunately, over the last couple of years, I have been pleasantly surprised that there has been truth to that. While there still have been some bumps along the way, the bumps have gotten fewer and farther between. In the final days of my dad's life and especially in the days immediately following, I have seen a change like no other in my oldest and as a mom, I couldn't be any more proud. And I know Papa D is smiling down and proud, too. I can honestly say, "hey Paul, we done good, honey."

In saying this, I cannot, at the moment, think there could be a more fitting tribute to Papa D's one month home going to the kind of person my dad was and the profound effect his life, as well as his death, has had on some.

So without further adieu, here's Kel's post (love you, Home Slice):

New tattoo, really happy with the way it turned out!

Ok, so now the reason behind it. The words "Washed by Blood" are actually lyrics from a song by Brian Welch, the guitarist from Korn who came to know the Lord. The song talks about how once you make that decision to follow Christ, your sins are forgiven and you get a second chance at life. You don't have to be a slave to all the crap you struggled with before. What most people don't know, because I hid it so well was that I was living a life that was eventually going to kill me or put me in prison.

Despite all the "fun" I was having, I got to a point where I had never felt more empty inside and nothing ever made it better. Then, on April 14th, the day that Papa D went home to heaven, something changed. Papa D was a devout Christian, and even when life threw bad things his way his faith never faltered and for the first time that really spoke to me. I saw the kind of life he had lived and the family he had helped create with my grandma, and the one thing that really stuck out to me was their faith. Knowing that I wasn't going to be able to handle the loss of him on my own, I finally knew what had been missing this whole time.

The day Papa D died is the day I gave my life to Christ, and it has been the best decision I have ever made. So when my mom came to me and said we should go get tattoos on the 1 month of Papa D's passing, this is why I wanted this. Had it not been for him and his wonderful example he lived, I wouldn't have made that decision.

Matthew 11:28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest"

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Memorial tattoos for Papa D...a mother and son affair

Papa D at my wedding reception
"For I know the plans I have for you, plans for peace and not evil, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11)

This has always been a favorite verse of mine and the word hope, which has meant many things over the years has become more meaningful in recent ones
(see "More than a Piece of Jewelry). Today, the day before the one month anniversary of Papa D's home going, my oldest son and I went to North Coast Body Mod and got memorial tattoos for him. The pink may be for breast cancer and the white for lung cancer, but no matter what trials or tribulations come our way, it's a reminder to never lose hope. Without it, we have nothing and it's something we should never give up on.

Mom and son tattoo mission complete and I cannot think of a better reason than to do it in memory of Papa D and his home going a month ago tomorrow; a man who meant something more to the both of us than we could ever put into words... A living tribute of sorts. 

Love you, Papa D.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Commence happy dance!!!

A very, VERY big thank you to everyone who has supported me so far by making donations to The Gathering Place's Race for the Place. Because of your generosity, I have met my first goal with $508 in donations and have earned the vest that will be my wearable tribute to this race, what it means to me, and to people who help me "just keep swimming."

The race is just about a month away and there is still plenty of time to join my team and/or help me reach my second goal of $1,230. Visit my personal race page for more information.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

$92 and counting

Woohooo! I'm only $92 away from my first goal of $500 for this years Race for the Place 5K benefiting The Gathering Place, A Caring Community for Those Touched By Cancer. A special thank you to those who have helped me get so close in such a short amount of time.

There are very few "cancer related" organizations that I will support but The Gathering Place is one I support with my whole heart and support in good conscious. Unlike some other organizations that require you to raise a certain amount of money to participate in their event, The Gathering Place does not. The goals I have set are strictly a goals I would personally like to reach and The Gathering Place is grateful for any amount it receives. And unlike a certain breast cancer organization "giant" that has forgotten what charity is all about by using the money YOU donate to it by sicking its team of lawyers on any charity event/organization that chooses to use "For a/the Cure" in it's name, the money you donate to The Gathering Place goes directly to help support individuals and their family as they navigate their cancer journey.

Please join my team or consider making a small, tax-deductible donation to an organization that truly remembers that helping others in time of need is what charity is all about.

Visit my personal page Just Keep Swimming...and Running for more information.