I want to hug the crap out of you!

This is an emotional post for me to write. Very emotional. Sometimes when your heart is full it is hard to express it in a way that makes sense or that doesn’t come off as cheesy.

I wrote the majority of this post on December 2nd. I could not sleep. I got up in the middle of the night and wrote down all the thoughts and feeling that were swimming in my head. It was during the voting for the Gift Of Good contest. As I was writing it I realized I was writing as if the Dilleys had already won. There were 7 days of voting left. I don’t really know what that means. Maybe deep down I knew they were going to win the same way that I knew they were the right family for me to pick. Here is what I wrote that night . . . . .

I am so grateful for the chance to be a part of this. I have mentioned before that I am afraid of being rich. Afraid of success. I would be happy to be able to pay the bills, buy food, and have a little left over. But there are times when I think it would be fun to have buckets of money and go around secretly helping those who needed it. My family and I have been on the receiving end so many times that I often ache for a chance to do something in return.

So even though this was not my money to give I was so thrilled to be a part of it. I don’t believe you have to have buckets of money in order to help.  For me, my resources were my  time and this blog.  I have been blessed to have my blog grow quickly. And if I can use that to help others then I will.  I hope that all of you who voted, posted it on Facebook, tweeted, told a friend or helped in any other way will feel proud. I hope that you will feel like you were apart of this because you were!

I also want to challenge you to do more. Find someone you can serve and whatever your resources are, figure out a way to help. Whether that be financially, or with your time, or with your talents. I know you all have talents! I see it every week when you link up! And talents are not just crafts and food. Think about what you are good at and find a way to use it to help some one. Because I promise you if you put your heart into it it will feel amazing. And if you put your heart into it good will come from it.

I also want to thank the Dilley family, especially Tyrena. I didn’t expect to get so emotionally involved with this family but I did. I dare you to step foot into their home and NOT get involved. I don’t think they know how much of an impact they had on me and my family. They smile amidst adversity because they don’t see it as adversity. I think Tyrena is one of the strongest people I know. And if anyone deserves something good happening like this, it is their family. And I am just glad I was a small part of it.

Here are some photos of the day Tyrena and I found out they won courtesy of Kimberley Cook, Base Photographer, Hill AFB :

Right after we walked in to the Salt Lake Home Depot

Being presented the GIANT gift card

Tyrena talking to her husband who is serving in Greenland

I love this clip because it shows her face and emotion so well. I wish you all could have been there to experience the excitement. You could feel the happy energy radiating from everyone in the room!

I want to thank you. Each and every one of you who voted, tweeted, told a neighbor, prayed for them, or supported this in anyway.  I have said it before and I will say it again and again. I HAVE THE BEST READERS IN THE WORLD.  I have not met very many of you in real life but I honestly consider you all friends. And since I can’t actually hug the crap out of you, I made a couple of printables for you.  Print them out and frame them, make them into a card, or just pin them as a reminder. But it is my way of saying thanks. You guy are amazing :) I love ya.


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  1. Sommer says

    I shed a few tears on that one! What a wonderful gift! I have a friend who’s husband serves in Afghanistan as a contractor and I see first hand how hard it is one her raising two children on her own. What a deserving family and wonderful host for this amazing giveaway!

  2. Nanalie Knotts says

    Stacy, it will be so much fun to see the transformation take place at the Dilleys. I hope you are there for before, durring and after photo’s! I love the President Hinkley quote. Very appropriate!

  3. says

    Hi Lady! I saw that the Dilley Family won on the news before I read it online and I think my husband might have thought I had gone a little crazy the way I was cheering when I heard!! I am so proud of you for all you have done….and so happy for the Dilleys. This is PROOF POSITIVE of all the good there is here in Blogland. Keep it up, my dear!

  4. Jennifer says

    I’m so happy they won! Thanks for the challenge and encouragement to give more of ourselves. It is a great reminder to me. And I appreciate how open, personal and sincere you are on your blog. You are amazing!

  5. Dana says

    Hurray! I”m so glad they won. You did a fabulous job of getting the word out. Thank you for your efforts to help others.

  6. Carolynn says

    Isn’t that just the best Christmas present! Seeing someone so deserving get a huge blessing like that….my heart is filled with gratitude that people and companies are so willing to give….Merry Christmas to us that were able to vote. What better gift is there!

  7. says

    What an awesome gift. When an elderly woman at our church died, someone commented that she had “lived a life of service.” What a wonderful legacy and gift to give! I try to remember that when I am having a case of me!me!me!
    Thank you for your outreach and service!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  8. Amelia says

    Crying still!! I am sure that all of your readers feel the same way as I do… that we have a great friend in you. Shortly after we moved a few months ago, I was in the Sams club parking lot and recognized someone. That was a weird thing since I dont really know anyone where I live. It took me a minute to realize it was you, and I had to hold back reminding myself that we dont actually know each other :). Keep up the amazing work!!

  9. says

    That is SO amazing!! Congratulations to the Dilley family, and GREAT work Stacey!! I really admire that you used your blog as a platform to serve those in our community!! (I’m hugging the crap out of you right back!)

  10. says

    I’m so happy for them! It’s amazing how great of an impact small acts can have. I love your blog and it’s neat that so many individuals came to really feel for this family and could help make this happen. Thanks for telling us all about them and for your good heart!!