Between owning a business and tax time coming and going (that's my biggest headache, because anyone that knows me knows I'm the world's worst bookkeeper!), then Easter came and went, we had two separate revivals we were involved with (one of which was our home church and I was busy like a beaver!), track season hit at school and I'm in charge of getting the concession stand ready at all the home track meets (which I had 4 in less than a week!), a daughter who is a senior that decided at the last minute maybe she'd go to prom after all, so we spent three days dress shopping (when I say shopping it's not a hop in the car drive a few miles to the mall type of thing..... we live 2 hours from any major stores in any direction..... it's a day long event, most of which is spent driving), two graduations to plan and announcements to finish and mail, and oh yeah..... we just hosted a Soles 4 Souls Shoe Drive!!!!!!
I've been a tad bit busy! ;) (I think we can all agree that's an understatement.)
So, I'll share prom pictures and graduation as they come. I already shared pics of my church (that should cover Easter). I'm not a fan of track (just volunteer my time for the kiddos) so there's no pics of runners.
Best thing I can do, is show you just how much stinkin' fun we had at our Shoe Drive this weekend! My girlfriends that co-founded Joint Heirs Adoption Ministry (JHAM) and I sat at our local shoe store on the main street in our little podunk town this weekend (in the pouring rain!) and collected over 650 pairs of shoes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AWESOME is the only word I can think of to describe our day.
We partnered with Soles4Souls who provided collection boxes and flyers to distribute for our 'cause'. They are awesome to work with! The Girl Scouts in your community can become involved to earn merit badges. (we only had one girl scout show up but it was encouraging and fun to remind her she will be the ONLY girl scout in our area with one of the S4S's badges! :) The local shoe store, Brown's Shoe Fit, is a participating business with S4S, and gave each person that donated shoes on Saturday a coupon for $20 off a new pair of shoes! Pretty awesome!
We got our schools involved and the kids at my son's school started collected two weeks prior to the drive. They donated two full boxes of shoes!
It was so much fun to work with the girls all day and we banded shoes together from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Yes, every single pair of those 650+ shoes had to be rubber banded together. But it was interesting to see just what kind of shoes we got!
Now that's humbling.
Now THOSE are some LOUD shoes! ;)
So.... we made a decision yesterday. We are responsible for shipping ALL those shoes to a S4S's warehouse where they will be distributed. Can you imagine the shipping cost of over 650 pairs of shoes?! Staggering! We are going on a road trip! The girls and I decided we are driving the shoes to the main warehouse in Tennessee! Now, that's going to make for some awesome bloggin' and pictures! Stay tuned, in the next couple of weeks we're heading out with all those shoes! Who knows.... we may stop in to say hi to some of you bloggy friends!
Me, Melinda & Joy
Joy's mom is always our little angel in disguise too and she was kind enough to buy us all lunch. Pizza in the trailer (you didn't expect us to sit in the rain all day did you? ;) Joy's hubby has a racing trailer that we were able to conduct our shoe drive out of.... nice and dry). Thanks for the Pizza Mellanie! But thanks even more for the shoes! :)
Hopefully, we have prevented a lot less of this...
and a lot more of this....
Maybe someday the girls and I can go on one of their distribution trips ourselves and help put all those new shoes on people's feet....
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”
AND........... the one BIG surprise that I was so anxious to share! Yes, here it comes..... a new little boy in our house. (I only wish he was human! lol) ;) But GUS has become a very big part of our family and he's worse than all of my kids put together. A friend couldn't keep him any longer and just gave him to us. Along with his bed, toys and food.
Now, at first I'm thinking this was a SWEET deal! A registered mini dachshund, just like we've been looking for FOR MONTHS! How awesome that one just is given to us!?!
Then we discovered just how SPOILED ROTTEN he is.....
Needless to say, we nipped that in the bud VERY quickly! When he got hungry, he ate. But of course he didn't want us to see that he was capable of doing it on his own so he would grab a bite and hide in the other room to eat it. Ho hovering over the dog dish to feed himself.
She also put gravy or drippings on his food. Did I mention I had to buy a special 'no slip with the rubber grip' food bowl for him because it just upset him when his bowl slid across the floor while he was trying to eat.
Gus believes his place to sleep is in the recliner with my husband or in our bed. Both of which he struggles to jump into at times. But Eric is always more than willing to help him out. Heaven forbid he 'strain' his ugly ears trying to get into the bed.....
Don't get me wrong.... I do love him. But I'm not about to let on like I do! ;o) He's been attached to my hip ever since he came home. If you don't pay close enough attention to him, he'll root his way INTO your lap, no matter what you may be doing, just to get the attention he feels he deserves.
I'm just hoping I can convince him he needs to stay at home when I take that road trip to TN with the girls to deliver shoes! (He's not stayed home alone except while we're gone to church....)