Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
As far as donations through Paypal, I feel that the amounts are personal to Amanda as any donations at the funeral would have been. Amanda shared with me a couple times the amounts, so I could pass the info on to John and Jen at Cake Wrecks, and I will tell you that it was awesome! Cake Wrecks posted her story at 9:30 am last Monday and by 4:15 when Amanda and I chatted, she had already received an amazing amount. That amount more than doubled within the next couple days! I have no idea what has been donated since, but all I hope and pray is that it is enough that she doesn't have to worry about money and can focus on herself and Ayllissa.
If you would like to hear from Amanda about all that the community has done, she will be interviewed by a Fox 2 News anchor (Detroit news) today at noon, so the interview will most likely air tonight. (I'm guessing the interview should also be online for those of you who do not live in the area. http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/)
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
And that was our Christmas, minus a couple hundred pictures! LOL! Fun, right? :-)
Monday, December 28, 2009
I hope to be back within the next couple days with updates and probably a ton of pictures from all of our Christmas get-togethers, so be prepared for a long post! ;-)
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I have had more offers to help Amanda that I wanted to share. Helen from Stone Fusion Etsy Shop has offered to donate every cent she makes from now until the end of January to The Buckland Family Trust Fund. Please stop by her shop and see her beautiful necklace creations made from stone, leather and recycled timbers found in the Goldfields of Western Australia.
I was also asked to do a guest post by Jennifer at J. Leigh Designz which posted today. (If you take time to read it, I apologize for all the code. Please do your best to read through it. For some reason it didn't go through well when I sent it to her.) Not only did Jennifer help by sharing Amanda's story, but she has also contacted numerous sponsors to see if there is anything that they can do as well. I cannot thank you enough Jennifer! You've been amazing!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Thank you so much John and Jen from Cake Wrecks! Your support of Amanda has been more than I could have ever asked for!
There have been several others who have blogged/tweeted to help Amanda as well as others who are trying to help in other ways. I don't know if I'll be able to keep up with thanking each and every one of you in a post, but please know that I am deeply grateful and I know that Amanda is as well. THANK YOU! :-)
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thank you also to those who have offered to send donations and to those who have spread the word by tweeting and by blogging. I cannot thank you enough for your support! There is now a Paypal account set up for those of you who would like to donate online. Just click on the button below and it should take you straight to the donation page! :-)
In my last post I mentioned a safety reminder that I want to stress again. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE check your smoke detectors and if you do not have any-please get some! Our local paper printed some statistics: From 2003 to 2006 40% of fire fatalities resulted from homes without smoke detectors. On top of that 23% more of fire fatalities were in homes that had smoke detectors that were not working. Smoke detectors do not cost much (I found a 3 pack at Amazon for under $17.00) and they save lives!
I would like to end this post with the following poem that Amanda requested be read at the funeral today:
If Tomorrow Never Comes
If I knew it would be the last time that I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.
If I knew it would be the last time that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss and call you back for one more.
If I knew it would be the last time I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word, so I could play them back day after day.
If I knew it would be the last time, I could spare an extra minute or two
to stop and say "I love you," instead of assuming, you would KNOW I do.
If I knew it would be the last time I would be there to share your day,
well, I'm sure you'll have so many more, so I can let just this one slip away.
For surely there's always tomorrow to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance to make everything right.
There will always be another day to say our "I love you's",
And certainly there's another chance to say our "Anything I can do's?"
But just in case I might be wrong and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you and I hope we never forget,
Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance you get to hold your loved one tight.
So if you're waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes, you'll surely regret the day,
That you didn't take that extra time for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.
So hold your loved ones close today, whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them and that you'll always hold them dear,
Take time to say "I'm sorry," "please forgive me," "thank you" or "it's okay".
And if tomorrow never comes, you'll have no regrets about today.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I've been having a hard time keeping my eyes dry for the last couple days. I know her story and this isn't the first time I've cried for her. When we were in high school, I remember going to the funeral home for visitation for her mother who passed away. I cried again for her at her wedding where they had a rose and picture of her mother set up front with the thought that her mother was smiling down on her wedding from heaven. At those times I couldn't imagine going through life and getting married without my mom by my side. Now I couldn't imagine the rest of my life without my husband by my side and watching my children grow.
This friend, Amanda, is only 27 and has suffered unimaginable loss. She could use a lot of prayers right now and, because she has lost everything, she is in great need of financial support as well. I don't have a very large reach on my little blog, so I was hoping that some of you could help me spread the word by blogging about this as well.
Her work place has set up the 'Buckland Family Trust Fund' at the Eastern Michigan Bank, but they are also accepting donations, for those who cannot make it to the bank, at the following address:
Ullenbruch's Flower Shop
C/O Amanda Buckland
1839 Lapeer Ave
Port Huron, MI 48060
Again, I know this time of year is super busy and times are tight, but if you can please help spread the word and/or send a donation-no matter how small, every little bit helps. Of course, if you don't have the means to help in either of those ways right now, prayers are greatly appreciated! :-)
Thank you to everyone who has expressed their condolences already and to those of you who have been praying for Amanda and her daughter. I will be sure to pass on your thoughts and prayers to Amanda when I see her at her family's funeral tomorrow. (Typing 'family funeral' is not easy! Phew!)
*I also want to send out a safety reminder to anyone who reads this. Make sure you have smoke detectors installed in your house and that you change the batteries twice a year. (The recommended times to change them is when you change yours clocks for daylight savings time.)
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I cannot imagine the pain she must be feeling today and how hard this is going to be for her to overcome. I'm asking for prayers for her and her 12 year step daughter who survived the fire. (There will also be a fund set up soon and if there is a way to donate online, I will give an update on this post for those who may be interested.) They will have a long road of healing and I'm sure they could use any support that they can get. Thank you so much in advance! :-)
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, after church, was the firefighter Christmas party. It's always a wonderful party with great food, music and Santa!
Blake couldn't wait to go get a present from Santa. He kept watching as Santa handed out presents thinking that they were all his! Good thing he was patient and didn't scream! When his name was called, he practically dragged Rich to the front to get his present! LOL! (Morgan wouldn't go anywhere near Santa, so no pictures of her with Santa :-( )
Blake got a phone.
Morgan got a doll.
Mom got a poinsettia!
Actually, I got three! Each year the wives of the firefighters get a 3 foot tall poinsettia! It's huge for our little house, so I always give it away to my mom or mother-in-law. So this year I saw that they had smaller ones (about a foot tall) and thought one of those would be SO much better and I could actually keep it. Rich asked about getting a small one instead of the big one and somehow I ended up with 2 small ones and 1 big one! So much for trying to get less-I ended up with more! LOL!
**By the way, Rich got something too. I'm pretty sure the food (prime rib) and the drinks (rum and cokes) were all Rich could have wanted from the party! LOL!
Friday, December 11, 2009
As you can tell, from what Morgan is doing, the chainsaw is a little on the loud side. :-) Doesn't Rich look like a lumberjack? :-D
I thought we'd decorate the tree Monday, but Rich had something going on after work, so then I thought we'd at least get it up and put the lights on. Every year we've struggled to get the lights to work and this year was worse than before, so we gave in and decided that I'd buy new LED lights when I was out with my mom the next day.
Turns out one $12 strand of LED lights wasn't going to be enough...
The kids decided the tree had been empty long enough and did a little decorating of their own with some toys.
Finally, with enough working lights, we got the tree decorated!
Now for the hard part...making sure the kids leave the ornaments and the presents alone until Christmas...LOL!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I put together another little slide show of some of my favorite entries in the parade. There are a few pics of the kiddos mixed in as well (of course! LOL!) Please excuse the picture quality-I think my camera can do better, but it needs a better photographer using it! ;-) See if you can find my typo too! I was too lazy to go back and fix it after I had already published it-LOL!
Music: "Sleigh Ride" from the 'A Cowboy Christmas' album by the Flying W Wranglers.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
If you have an advent calendar, what is it like? I think the tradition of doing an advent calendar is great and would love to hear about yours! :-)
Friday, December 4, 2009
Then I came across tooth fairy pillows for the first time on a blog about a year ago and thought they were the neatest thing! With a tooth fairy pillow there would be no concern of waking the little ones because the tooth wouldn't be under their head! Neat, right? (I seriously have no idea why I have thought about these things when the kids are so far off from losing teeth...LOL!) So, of course, I've tried winning one anytime I've come across them since, and I finally got lucky!
Take a peak at these cute little pillows!
I actually only won one of them, then I was offered free shipping on the other if I wanted to buy it! How cool is that?! They cost $15 plus S&H (usually) and there are a ton of designs to choose from. The pillows are only 6"x8", which makes them even cuter than they already are! I love them and can't wait for the kiddos to get them as gifts (when they are a little closer to losing their first tooth.)
If you would like one of your own, check out the site Tooth Fairy Pillows. The Certified Dental Assistant who offers these is super sweet and easy to work with and I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
*Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. I just liked the pillows that I won/purchased and wanted to share their cuteness with you! :-)
Thursday, December 3, 2009
The carousel just starting. Morgan is pretending to be scared and Blake is having a blast....
Now the carousel is really going! Morgan is no longer scared and is laughing and squealing and just having a blast! Blake is no longer thinking this is fun though. He grabbed on to my shirt, pulling it off, as he tried to get me to hold him (which I did eventually being tired of my bra showing! LOL!)
I don't think Blake will be begging to see the horsies again, but I imagine Morgan will be! She is already asking, as I'm typing and she is looking at the picture, to go again next weekend-LOL!
(Please excuse the lack of make-up. I get so used to not wearing it, being home all the time, that I forget that I really should smear some on when I leave the house-LOL!)