Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I Feel the Magic!

I'm not quite sure there are words that would be enough for this blog post. Looking back I believe I e-met Jyl from GNO around October/November time frame. Jyl and Carissa were holding a Random Acts of Kindness giveaway where they were searching for entries showing any amounts of kindness, big or small. Of course like most GNO conversations it started on twitter. I announced that I was planning to donate a bunch of stuffed animals to the local children's hospital and wanted to do whatever I could to help give back to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. We had purchased items for Christmas gifts, where the proceeds went to Make-a-Wish. Jyl personally contacted me and wanted to know more about my ventures in giving-back. Since Gab was in the hospital the previous year {2007} during all the holidays we were very blessed by local churches and even the hospital with gifts for the children. Also before Gab's brain surgery the Make-a-Wish Foundation sent us to Disney World for Gab's one wish. During the toughest times in our life we were very thankful for all the kind people out there. Now that we are home and although we still continue to go through rough times we are strong believers in trying to help out in anyway possible. After getting to know me better Jyl asked if I would be willing to allow her to place a photo of Gab and myself in a short video she was creating to enter a contest. The theme was "Mom's Make a Difference" and of course I said YES. I am happy to share my experience with any mom if it will help. I knew that Jyl and Carissa were planning to enter the HP Magic Giveaway that Sugar had running on her blog with the video. I was excited to take part. I knew that the Mom It Forward team planned to do great things with it. I was feeling the magic just by participating.

Little did I know they had other plans....

video

Prior to Gab's disabilities becoming so severe I used to volunteer with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization and mentored pregnant teens. I am a young mother myself and feel a passion towards helping build strength in young mothers. I also love to speak with teens to try and prevent pregnancy at a young age. Once Gab's disabilities began to take up more of my time I had to place most of my volunteer work on hold. Being able to donate or help at one time events is my way of doing what I can with limited resources. I look forward to the day when I am able to make full swing at it again, like old times. Because I have faith that the day will come where Gab is more independent.

Publicly I want to thank Jyl, Carissa, Sugar and HP for making this happen. Sincerely from the deepest of my heart I feel truly blessed even more than I thought I could. More tears of happiness have been shed since Saturday than I can remember.

11 comments:

Jyl @ MommyGossip said...

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We love you, Dwan :). {{HUGS}}

showingoffmyassets said...

You totally deserve it. You have a giving spirit and kind heart. Good things will happen to you.

Yeah Dwan!

SugarJones said...

Okay... I had no idea we were being filmed! Not my best angle... ACK!

Oh well... very cool to relive the evening. Congratulations again. I look forward to hearing and seeing you do great things.

((HUGS))

:)

Organic Sugar Scrubs said...

Didn't realize the video camera was on. Glad you couldn't see me blinking 2- 40 trying not to cry. I am so happy that you received this giveaway! You are a very strong woman and a sweetheart on top of that. I feel very blessed that we spent time together and you're now my friend.

Congrats!!!

Rachel Ferrucci
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Therese said...

This is so great! MomitForward Rocks. I am so happy for you Dwan! I personally want to thank you for being a big sister, that is something I have been wanting to sign up for. I always worry that I will commit and not have enough time, and I do not want to let down a child in that manner. I was in foster care & had the past that goes along with that, and that is why I want to become a big sister. The women that were supportive of me when I was younger made the difference between where I am now and where I could have been. I am sure you made that difference for those young women as well. You deserve this on a huge level and I am so excited for you! :-)

Renée aka Mekhismom said...

Great video! You completely deserve it and I am just as happy for you today as I was on Saturday night roomie!

Alli Worthington { @fussypants } said...

AWESOME!!!!!!!!

BrandyEllen said...

U so deserve this friend! I am so happy for you and so happy that I am your friend and got to hear all about it! I finally got my computer to work long enough to watch it! So wish I had been there to see it in real life but man I am so HAPPY for you girl!

HUGS,
Brandy

BrandyEllen said...

U so deserve this friend! I am so happy for you and so happy that I am your friend and got to hear all about it! I finally got my computer to work long enough to watch it! So wish I had been there to see it in real life but man I am so HAPPY for you girl!

HUGS,
Brandy

moosh in indy. said...

I'm so happy for you! Not enough words in the world. SO glad I could be there for this.

Connie said...

Dwan,

Congratulations you sweet thing! I'm so happy for you!

Enjoy!

Connie

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