Okay, so now I wanted to share with you about this weekend's Homewalk. Every November for the past 7
|Team In His Shoes|
Last year I asked my niece Madi to walk in the Homewalk with Neddy and I. She did it, and we had a great time. But more importantly, she saw all the other kids that were out there, just like her. She saw what a difference a bank of like-minded people can make. And she also got the chance to get educated about the homelessness problem in Los Angeles. There are families out there, mom's pushing strollers, homeless people that are walking and sharing their stories, young and old. We're all out there walking to end homelessness. There are organzations and schools that bring groups in to walk. So anyways...the registration for minors is free. So it's easy to sign up to walk. You don't have to fundraise, although that's what is hoped that you'll do. But last year we registered, adults paid their fees, kids were free, we got our tshirts, and we walked in solidarity.
So this year, when it was time to register, I asked Madi if she'd like to walk again. She told me she was looking forward to it. Again, we signed up except this year I told madi she needed to fundraise. "What? Who am I going to ask?" Now think about that. Valid point, right? At 14 you don't have friends that have money and/or jobs. So the idea of fundraising was a scary one. Still, I set a goal for her. $50. That was doable. And then nothing happened.
A couple weeks ago, I bugged her. "Madi, you need to fundraise. I see that your website is not even up yet." "I will." And another week went by, still nothing. Okay, now we're just 5 days from the walk, and it was time to start getting serious. I called, FB messaged and finally, the Monday prior to the walk, the webpage was personalized and she was ready to go. And to make a long story short, she raised the $50 and actually surpassed it. Who did she ask? Family, parents of her friends, but she made it happen.
|My adorable niece (and God-daughter), Madi|
So that's the jist of it. Back when I was a kid, the norm was protest. We would picket, and walk, and align ourselves with issues and causes. But I don't see it like that today. So that's why by registering for these type of walks, or getting our children involved in volunterring, we teach them important lessons about giving and seflessness. It's important that we teach by example too. When our children grow up seeing us do these things, they will learn by example. But they also need to learn by dialogue and goal setting as well. They need to be pushed. And they need to know that all these things come with a price. Yes, signing up as a minor is free, but there is the cost of the tshirt, the advertising, etc. If we can all do our part to help, more of the money raised will help the cause. After walking the 5K HomeWalk and having raised $80, my niece felt accomplished and proud of herself. And you know what? I am very proud of her too.
I just want to say though that it's up to us to guide our children in these area. To push them toward the things that matter, because the outside influences are too great. If you believe in a cause, then you should support it. And the same goes for our church and our ministry. If you believe in the message and the good works that are coming out of it, then show your support! Enough said?
And now, here's this week's list of the little things that make my life more beautiful:
Little Things I'm Thankful For:
1. Think about the smell of Palmolive soap and onions when your grandma first opens the door of her house and you walk in. Think about smelling the roses blooming in the garden, or your favorite perfume. My first item to be thankful for is my sense of smell. Imagine going through life with a cold in your nose and not being able to smell the delicious smell of a newborn, the spicy smell of a carnation, or the incense in church. We're blessed with this sense of smell that makes our lives so full.
2. Scented candles. Yep. They're so good. Especially arount the holidays when they come out with their winter fragrances - especially the pine, cranberry, apple spice. I love lighting candles and having my house smell great during the holidays.
3. A garden. I'm thankful that I have a small patch of garden that I can grow - or at least attempt to grow - vegetables, flowers and plants. Gardens reassure us in the hope for tomorrow and new surprises. I'm grateful for my garden.
4. Social Media. I'm thankful for being connected, and for the wonderful frends I've met through Facebook, Twitter, and my blog. There are good and bad aspects of it, but in general, I like being able to keep in touch with friends and family. Think about it. If it weren't for social media, I probably would never have met you!
5. Flowers. Whether they are sent to me at work, or it's the wild geranium that's growing in my front yard, I am thankful for the beauty and fragrance of flowers. The colors, shapes and sizes...varieties are unlimited, and like I always say, God is the best artist!
6. Fridays! I'm always thankful for Fridays. It's been said that the first five days after the weekend are the hardest. And I always find that my work week gets better and better the closer we get to Friday. It's really my favorite day of the week, even though half of it is spent on being at work. Saturday is always filled with all the chores. Sunday there's church, and then by the time you have lunch and clean up, it's time to finish up projects and start planning for Monday again. But Fridays when work is finished....that's the day that's filled with fun and hope for a great weekend.
and finally 7. YOU! Not that you're a little thing, you know...but I am thank you for each of you . Thank you for reading, listening, commenting and praying for me.
Finally, I want to take this time to wish all of you a very happy and blesssed Thanksgiving. I hope our little exercise in the little things has helped you appreciate all that you have, large and small, and help you to understand how truly blessed we all are. God bless your families this Thanksgivig and always.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!