Well…..Hello There Stranger!

I haven’t written on here in almost a month! I was going to stop blogging, because I have several other things going on, but I discovered something……I like writing too much. I don’t even care who reads it. I write for me. So, let’s do a quick recap of what has been going on, shall we? First of all, I lost my job of 17 years. That has been just a tad overwhelming. But, in all honesty, I knew that it was coming. I mean, I’ve been gone way more than I was there since September 2014 and my string of stupid ass surgeries started. Then, there’s this little (ok, not really little) problem of having anxiety attacks whenever I am supposed to be driving. Where in the heck did those come from? I guess that’s what happens when you are sitting at a red light and somebody plows into the back of you. It was actually only a couple thousand dollars damage to my car. But a couple HUNDRED thousand dollars of damage to me. And, of course, the lady who hit me had only the minimum of insurance. I also learned a very important lesson with that accident…I only had the minimum amount of underinsured coverage and PIP. You can bet that I fixed that. Too late, but I fixed it. Anyway, long story short; after lots of surgeries, doctor appointments and way too much medication, I became a depressed, crying, self pitying fool as Mr. T would say. So, now, I have no job, chronic pain and no insurance. But guess what? I’m ok with that. Why? Because I have totally found a reason to go on! Well, my hubby, kids, gbabies and family are my main reason of course, but self pity isn’t very logical. So just go with me here. I have written before about BOXES of Love. That is my motivation to keep on keepin on! Only, because I am a dumba$$ who did not thoroughly research the name, I have to change it because it’s already trademarkedšŸ˜³. So, I’m changing it to the caring crate. I like that better anyway. I have sent out over 60 boxes so far!!! And I have 26 to send out this week. And the most amazing thing has happened…. I started sending the boxes out to help other people. But the boxes have blessed me in ways that I could have never imagined. I’ve “met” some of the most amazingly strong, wonderful, kind women through this ministry. I’m just blown away by the strength that these people have! And, it’s truly helped me to put things in perspective. So I hurt??? Big deal. A whole lot of people in this world hurt. Many have to deal with much more than just physical pain. So, this endeavor has taught me that I need to put my big girl panties on and deal with the pain. It’s part of my life. And I AM thankful for this life. Another thing that has truly humbled me? The generosity that people have shown. I am getting boxes in the mail! Boxes of goodies that people have bought so they can go in the caring crate boxes!! I have received checks from people I’ve never met to go toward the shipping of the boxes! I even received a box of books from a New York Times best selling author! She thought some of the women would enjoy having a new book to read. My sweet mom has paid for the shipping of about 20 boxes! My son has come by to pick up a huge bag of boxes to take to the post office when I physically was not able to do so. Yes, these little boxes have changed my life. My end goal is to make this a 501C3 non profit. I have to learn how to do that though. If any of you have any ideas……. We have decided in the meantime that I will just get a dba and keep going that way. I have enough product and have set aside enough money for shipping that I can take it through the end of the year. But I’m thinking that around the end of October, I would like to have a big kick off celebration of the caring crate. The amazingly gifted and talented Terry Bayless and his son Jake have volunteered to provide the music. Now, I just need to find a venue. Any ideas? And I’m thinking that we could do it after dinner, so we could just find a place with a cash bar. We could have items for silent auctions as well as raffle items. This would provide the seed money to get the non profit going and ensure that we would have enough money for product and shipping charges to continue sending about 25 boxes per month. My dream big goal is to send 100 boxes per week! But, I won’t get ahead of myself just yet. If you have any ideas, please contact me. My email is adairmarys@yahoo.com I would love to hear from you. Once again, I thank you so very much for your generosity with this (and so does my hubby!). I need to give a special shout out to Adrian. That sweet man not only takes care of me when I’m in pain, but he has been so incredibly supportive of this endeavor. He has not said one word about the money that I have spent! That’s a true servant’s heart right there y’all! If you are still reading this ridiculously long post…..thank you. And a special thanks to these people. You are MY encouragement: Pat Richardson, Jennie Yocham, Johnnie Reagan, Courtney Reagan, Maria Munoz, Melani Meyer, Christy Campbell, Heather Atkinson, Susan Easterling, Kari Richards, Cathy Maxwell, Sandi Shilhanek, Jessica Spawn, Amy Knox, Christina Davenport, Terry Bayless, Donna J. And HB! I am very grateful for each of you (and there are several of you that I have not met personally, but I love you anyway!!!)

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