Friday, February 26, 2010

Raising $1,000 for Children's Cancer

This amazing experience is dedicated to beautiful @LiftUpEllie, @mom2lila, @LaylaGrace and @Cindy411 's sister for inspiring me to raise money for childhood cancer.

I missed the boat on the St. Baldrick's event with @mom2lila but she inspired me no less. A local Nevada charity that is doing a "Klip it for Kidz" event on March 13th and I am thrilled to take part.

I have less than 2 weeks to collect my fundraising goal of $1,000.00. I really wanted to shave my head to raise the money but my employer strongly suggested that I commit to growing my hair out and giving it to "Klip it for Kidz" at the 2011 fundraiser. Growing this hair long will be quite the committment and challenge but I'm up for it!

There is a donation link at the top of this post (above the "Klip it for Kidz" logo). ENTER MY NAME IN COMMENTS SECTION TO TRACK ONLINE DONATIONS: JENNY N.

Yesterday a lady at my office told me that I'll never make it to $1,000. I wanted to tell her "you don't have the friends I have" but I just walked out smiling. I KNOW I can do this.

Let’s have some fun in the name of helping children. After all, it’s not about the hair.


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Gratitude on Saturday Night

I am grateful for:
1. Having @DCGratidude's perspective on what keeps him sober.
2. Being a small part of a huge, God-inspired program that keeps me sober. It's in the "we".
3. For my great friend Jenniflower that shares her love of sober living and sober mothering right along side of me.
4. Being willing and able to take my daughter to the Discovery Museum today...for 4 hours.
5. For hearing her breathing softly, fast asleep in the bed next to mine.
6. For my daughter's beauty, warm heart, spunk and silliness and most of all, her health. I am beyond blessed to be sharing my life with this healthy, happy little girl.

7. To be compassionate today for those mommy's (and daddy's) that are living with the heartache of battling the cancer that is trying to take the lives of their precious children. Please visit and
8. Attending a 12-step recovery meeting today that celebrated over 68 years of collective sobriety and had an overwhelming amount of experience, strength and hope.
9. The continued hope of finding a new home for my daughter and I.
10. Seeing the lessons in everything I go through, good and bad and the serenity and peace of knowing that nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God's world by mistake.

Thanks for letting me share.

Friday, February 5, 2010

A Snip from Chicken Soup for the Soul

Maybe most bloggers have done this, I don't know. I feel the need to write something but my ideas will not solidify themselves onto cyberpaper.

So, I've decided to jot down one of my favorite entries from Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. I know the book came over 15 years ago but I've never read it.

A guy that comes by the office weekly to detail cars gave it to me with a note that read "This book is for read (if you want it), and give to another person (if you want it). Well who can't resist a cute Hispanic guy that wants to pay it forward?

I'm reading it and feel in love with almost each story. Here's just one example that touched me. I hope I can remember this as my daughter grows into a young lady.

On Parenting ~ by Kahlil Gibran

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not
to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to
make them like you,
For life goes not backward not tarries with
You are the bows from which your children as
living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the
infintie, and He bends you with His might that
His arrows might go swift and far.
Let your bending in the Archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.