Thursday, September 24, 2015

a recap of our day.

September 24, 2012.  I was terrified of this first.  The first year after Daddy died- I wasn't sure how the day would go, but I knew that it would be hard.  And it was.  We invited some of our friends over for dinner- I made my favorite foods that Daddy used to make, and we collected donations for Meadowlark Meals (a still relatively new program at E's school.)  My heart stumbled over that first year and kept on going.

September 24, 2013.  This year was- without a doubt- the hardest Do Good Day.  This was not only my Daddy's birthday... but it was what was supposed to be our baby's birthday.  Sadly, we never got to hold that baby... so that day was grief upon grief.  We decided not to hide in our pain (like I, honestly, wanted to) and threw a big ol' party.  All day long we enjoyed the company friends, surprise visitors, donations galore... and slowly the day turned joyful.

September 24, 2014.  This year felt so much easier.  Because I didn't dread Daddy's birthday.  It wasn't just his birthday... it was actually Do Good Day.  So many people sent me so many stories- it seemed like it was catching on.  I loved hearing how people blessed those around them throughout the day.

But then this year.


This year I'm not sure where to begin.

I woke up this morning and texts started pouring in with your stories.  Facebook started blowing up early on with people reminding each other to Do Good.  People challenged each other.  People bragged on each other.  And this year it went BIG.  Here are some of my highlights:

- Classrooms across the state were inspired by students and teachers who shared with them the concept of Do Good.

- Homeless individuals had breakfast provided for them.

- Coworkers were celebrated for their friendship.

- Lost dogs were helped home.

- Children were not endangered by parents who were already past their limits. (Purely in jest, DSS...)

- Donations to charities were made.

- Meals were paid for.

- School employees were told how much they were valued.

Y'all.  It truly feels like a MOVEMENT.  Because of you.

Those of you who have been here from the beginning know that I started the concept of "Do Good" as a tribute for Daddy... as well as a way to make sure that his idea of Doing Good wouldn't die with him.  And it's FAR surpassed what I envisioned.

Please know how grateful I am that you are a part of this effort.  And know how grateful I am that some of you were able to honor our friend John.  Tonight alone we raised almost $1400.  We're waiting on a few more donations before we send a check to Arizona... please know if you'd like to contribute, I'll gladly send your money with ours.

It truly takes a village... I am so very thankful you are mine.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Do Good Day, 2015

Suuuuuuper quick recap:
-My Daddy always told me to "Do Good."  It was his "thing."  Now it's mine.
-He died in 2012.
-September 24 is his birthday, so we've made that "Do Good Day" in his memory.
-Previous Blog Posts about Do Good Day are here, here, and here.


There is so much pain.

Just. so. much.

This year, Do Good Day falls right in the middle of the
pain.  In the middle of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  Days before a Walk to End Alzheimer's that I will be doing in honor of my sweet Momma.  And now, days after one of my very favorite people has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

I don't even know where to begin.

My hope for this September 24 is that you will Do Good.  I don't care how you do it, I just want you to do it.

But if you are looking for how and where to give money- I'd love for you to donate to any of the above causes.  St. Baldrick's.  Alzheimer's.  Or even to my buddy's medical bills.  (More details about this soon.)

As always, I am CONSTANTLY collecting gift cards.  I have a file of "Do Good" cards that are donated throughout the year as needs arise.  I'd love to add any that you'd like to share.

For now, I just wanted to put it on your radar.  It's coming.  I can't wait to see what we do, together.