Monday, December 31, 2007


What a year. There has never been another year in my life in which so many life-changing events were packed into such a short time. I compare the upcoming January to that of one year ago, and I can barely recognize my life, as it was.

While it's true I'm the same person, it's also true that my life has been affected in so many ways this year, that I will never be the same. So many have reached out and touched my life, cheering and supporting through personal hurdles.

Saying goodbye and sending my son off to Iraq is the hardest thing I have ever done. Before that day, I would have said that picking out my father's casket was the hardest thing I had ever done. A morbid measure, I know, but still, the thought that often goes through my mind is "even THAT was easier than THIS."

And so many more just came running when I put out the call for beanies, last May. I'd wager there are thousands of you that have contacted me, to bring beanies, to send beanies, to send care packages, to send money. So many have stepped up and said "I can't do much, but..."


But you DO.



Last May, I asked of you this: Don't Do Nothing.

What you did this year to change my life forever was to respond with a resounding "We Won't!"

Elizabeth Gilbert closed her book Eat, Pray, Love, with this sentence:
In the end, maybe it's wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.
Perhaps she's right.

Thank you.

I mean it.

Thank you.


Oh yeah. And one more thing:

And Happy New Year, that too!


  1. Anonymous12:35 AM

    Happy New Year!!!

  2. Happy New Year!

    Doesn't it feel good when your personal growth relates to helping others?

    I hope 2008 is a good year for you.

    {{{Lori}}} (those are hugs for you, for all you do)


  3. (((Lori))) and for (((your son))).
    Our son-in-law was just north of Bagdad for about 9 months. He returned home on Valentine's Day to see his 2 year-old son and a daughter who was born while he was there.
    There is a good chance he will be deployed again. They are expecting their third child.
    I have missed what we can do to help. Please e-mail me at
    to let me know what projects you have going on right now. I want to be a part of it.
    I won't return home until next week, but will check this out as soon as possible.
    May you and yours have a healthy, happy, and safe 2008.

  4. You need a holiday in warm climes parked under a stationary umbrella with a pina colada in hand.

    I have just the place in mind!

    Have a great 2008 and hope all goes well for you.

  5. Happy New Year GnightGirl! Thanks for reminding us that people really and truly are good at heart.

    I hope 2008 is a fabulous year for you and yours!


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