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 :
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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