Thursday, November 30, 2006

Hello - Hello - Hello !!!!!

My good friend Abbagirl asked me where the heck I have been and what have I been doing...or something like that. Soooooooo.......

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving, we did not have Turkey...the kids all said that they did not want turkey this year, they wanted Beer Can Chicken on the grill. I must admit I had never heard of it but when they explained it, I was in....then I don't have to cook the meat....grilling...that is David's job (and I love it). As soon as we were done eating and cleaning up the mess, we headed to David's parents house. It is about a 3 hour ride so the kids (Stephen and Amanda, David's kids) asked that I drive...they know it will take about 3 and a half hours if their dad drives.
We had a bit of bad news on the day before Thanksgiving, David's grandpa had passed away. Now, I say a bit of bad news because he was 90 years old, his wife of 68 years had passed about 5 years ago and he has been miserable ever since. He has told us over and over again that he did now want to live, he wants to be with Jesus and his wife. He loves us all but he just does not want to be here. This alone kind of made it a celebration of his life. His Pastor had wonderful things to say about him and some of the adult grandkids got up to talk about their memories. It was like a family reunion with a few sad parts in it. The sadness was our own selfish things though, because he was dancing in Heaven with his wife.

I have been busy busy busy at work. There is a young girl here who is a single parent of a two year old boy. She is the sweetest thing and I remember Christmas coming and not being able to buy for my kids because I was living paycheck to paycheck. She is paying $ 120.00 a week in day care alone (she has asked for her from Social Services and they have her on a waiting list, she might get help around this time next year.) So, I approached one of my co-workers and talked to him about maybe doing a "Secret Santa" for her. Then I talked to another co-worker, low and behold....everyone wants in. I have been collecting money and so far I have $ 200.00 and I am not even halfway through the company. Everyone wants to help. We are going to get her a Wal-Mart card, that way she can get groceries, toys and clothes. We will have one stipulations though, we want her to get something for herself also. I am so excited about this. I dream about this kind of thing. I wish I had more money and could help other single parents (not just mothers but fathers too) with making Christmas special for their kids. I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!!


Anonymous said...

Karin, that is so sweet of you! I'm sure that your help will be compensated one way or another!

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry about David's grandpa, it's not easy to lose someone and having it happen over the holiday's can make it harder. It sounds like you were all able to come to terms with it pretty well, though. I hope when I die that everyone will picture me and remember good times and not be too sad.

Now, that secret santa thing is just the sweetest thing, I know you aren't doing it for recognition or praise, but you are doing a really good thing and I hope that you are double blessed for it.

Have you heard back from your doctor about the mole?

mackenzie1975 said...

What a wonderful wonderful idea and it is so refreshing to hear about these things going on. One of my favorite things to do at x-mas is to purchase a bag of toys to take to drop off at the women's shelter. I hope the kids take some small pleasure from it. Doesn't that stuff just fill your heart???

I am so happy that David's grandpa is reunited with his beloved wife. I know you guys will all see him again, and that he is still with you even now!!

Anonymous said...

I used to be a single Mum, and you just made me cry. What a truly wonderful, beautiful thing to do. If the world were full of more people like you....

You're right. Grieving is selfish sometimes, isn't it? But it's not are obviously going to miss him. But he's where he's wanted to be all of this time, and that has to make you smile. Hugs to you. You're a wonderful lady. x