Good afternoon for those of us on the east coast of the US of A. This week I'm running my usual, What I'm Loving Wednesday. Linking up with the fabulous Jamie at This Kind of Love. So be sure to check her out and sign up. Can't you tell it's a lot of fun?
So here we go ...
I'm Loving ..
Einstein Bros Bagels. Made my hawngry belly feel oh so much better this morning!
I'm Loving ...
Music that takes me back in time, to a time that wasn't so serious. A time that was happier and freer or all things! Where were you in 1996?
TOMS! They're adorable shoes. I do not own a pair as of yet, but you can bet your monkey butt they're on my Xmas list!
They're waiting on hospice to pick up Mama MB and carry her home. I'm glad she will be back where she wants to be. For however long she has left. Here's to hoping she makes a turn for the better and things brighten back up.
I signed up for a wonderful new thing. It's called A very Airmail Christmas. I'm reaching out and asking you all join as well. It's as simple as emailing someone your mailing address. You will later receive an email with someone's address and you share a Christmas card this year. There is a story to it and I'm going to go ahead and share it here with you. In case you can't or choose not to make your way over to Making Memories.
This is going to be a very special post and probably one of the most important (and fun!) that will be blogged this year. Our only hope is that when you have finished reading this you will say 'yes' to taking part.
Would you like to take part in a Christmas card exchange with other bloggers and the twitterverse this year?
I think everyone loves Christmas in their own special way. We like to give out presents, cards, decorate our homes and listen to carols. However, there was one lady who I had the pleasure of caring for over the last month who won't get a chance to do any of that this Christmas. As cancer took her life away last week at the age of 41. I am sure many readers have heard stories like these, we're then affected but soon we get on with life. We all do it.
But when you get to know that person over a long period of time, build a rapport with their twins, ask her husband about his day, you inevitably become apart of their story. So I want to share the main reason why this Christmas card exchange came about, the story behind it and the wonderful patient who I will call 'Robin' that started this whole idea.
When I first met Robin the whole nursing team and I were overcome by how humble she was. She spent most of her days trying to get fit enough for chemotherapy, her husband doted on her and her twins would draw a picture for her everyday after school. However, Robin was growing weaker and it soon became clear that she would never get her chemo and would never reach her favourite time of year...Christmas. Over the last few weeks we had been having a few chats and conversations about a multitude of things. She was really prepared but also aware that making it to Christmas was not a possibility so she wrote letters and said her final goodbyes. However, a couple of days ago we got talking about Christmas and how people lose sense of it's 'true meaning'. I never got around to asking her if she was religious or what she believed in about Christmas. I just knew enough that Christmas was her favourite time of year. But it was one thing she said a couple of days before her passing that really struck me.
Robin said "if I had a Christmas wish now it would be really fun, Rebecca, if everyone in the world could just send anyone a Christmas card". I was really confused and when I mentioned that I do send out Christmas cards she corrected herself. She said "No what I mean is it would be fun to send a Christmas card to someone you have never met. We all send our friends and family cards but not to anyone else. It would be fun to spread good will to other people as well too."
Doesn't she have a point you think?
Robin passed away just how she wanted last week. It was extremely hard on everyone as we all thought the same. She left this world too soon, but the following day her twins and husband came to see us and thank us by giving us a Christmas card. We were all touched beyond belief and now I want to carry Robin's idea on to the rest of you.
If you're willing take part and extend your Christmas spirit onto other people then all you have to do is this.
1) Email your address (it can be your home, work or anywhere else address that you'd like a card posted to you at) to the designated email address: forrobin_christmas(at)hotmail.com. Please be rest assured your addresses will be held confidentially and not shared with anyone else apart from the person who will be sending you the card.
2) We will then email you the address of someone else that you can send a card to this year.
3) Once you have posted your card all you need to do is wait for the card that you will receive from another generous blogger.
The only rule is that if you're paired up with someone who lives abroad then you need to be willing to send the card to another country. We hope this will also be seen as a way of connecting with new people.
My blog pals Laura Anne and Holly are also joining me on the sleigh to help with this- thank you ladies!!! They will also be overseeing this whilst I am away in Australia from the 12th-30th November. We are the only 3 who have access to the email account that has been set up.
We really hope you take part in this Christmas card exchange. I told Robin's husband of the idea this week and his face just lit up, his words were "this would be Christmas music to her ears."
The more the merrier, so tell your blog friends and twitter (#airmailchristmas) about it! Let's wish everyone 'A Very Airmail' Christmas this year!!!
This adorable Monkey!
There ya have it folks, it's What I'm Loving Wednesday. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Have a fabulous hump day and don't forget .
Hang in there!