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Jennifer E. Thomas
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Waterfalls
It's almost like there are these periods where our relationship is smooth and steady, and then there are times when it's like standing on the edge of this gorgeous, wonderful waterfall and just letting yourself drop, knowing that there's a safe pool of water ready to catch you at bottom. You take the plunge and you're in wayyyy over your head, but oh man, it's exhilarating, it's breathtaking, it's just incredible and you feel better than you ever have before and the water is cool and refreshing and exactly what you needed.

Sam is my waterfall.

- LJ entry from 8/2005





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This morning my friend Frankie from church (Frankie is a lady) dropped by before services.

She told me she'd been thinking about our family, as we have a lot in common, she and Walter had six kids as well, and tight wallets, etc. She wanted me to know she felt like God was putting it on her to see what she could do to make our lives a little easier, the way folks had helped her and Walter when their kids were still kids.

So she asked me if they could sponsor Angelfood for us. I thanked her and told her that we honestly do have more than enough food in the house, that we fill our freezer and pantry every time we're ahead on money, but that the thought was really sweet.

Then she started talking about how Evan has been (and will continue to be) tutoring her granddaughter Brianna in math, and that she wants to do something to repay him for his time and effort. She asked if she could take him shopping for some school clothes.

I just plain could not refuse her for two reasons: 1) Texan pride. These folks feel the need to give something back to the boy for what he's been doing, and if we say no, they'll stop sending Brianna over for tutoring (this is a Texas thing near as I can tell, pride doesn't let them take something for nothing), and that won't do her a LICK of good, she needs the help badly, as she is mildly developmentally disabled and math is her weakest point. And 2) I can USE the help on their clothes, these kids grow like WEEDS.

So Evan came home this afternoon with three pairs of pants, six shirts, socks, underwear, and glory of glories! A new pair of sneakers!

What a blessing!

Have I mentioned that I've got amazing friends?

Originally posted on http://j3nny3lf.dreamwidth.org - but you can comment either here or there. I prefer HERE!

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YAY!

You help where and as you can. Thus it is in Texas.

Woot!!!

And that, right there, is an example of what a Church should be. A place of comfort where people help each other.

And you have wonderful children. Strange and wonderful. :D

What a huge help that must be! Bravo to your friends for creativity.

The first year that DH was sick we really took a hit in the wallet. His medical bills just about crippled us. the kids had to drop out of everything--no dance, no guitar. We had to drop Christian from hippotherapy. The thing I was the most distressed about was that we were going to have to give up Missions Camp for Eleni and Summer Daycamp for Christian. I really wanted Eleni to have ONE WEEK where she didn't have to worry about all the problems at home. It just broke my heart, not to mention scared the snot out of me--no daycamp for Christian means a whole summer with no routine; ack! destruction ensues. Friends at church found out. One Sunday afternoon they stopped by with cash in hand--enough to pay for all of Christian's day camp and half of eleni's one-week overnight camp. Not only that, but somebody found a scholarship for Eleni so her camp ended up totally paid for.

You gotta love it when the Church takes care of it's own. I some people might think that summer camps are trivial, but in our case they really were necessary.