This year, our church's Actions of the Heart Ministry collected and distributed hundreds of items through it's annual Giving Tree drive. It was particularly poignant event for me because the committee decided that in addition to collecting items for the homeless in our area, we would also collect items for our deployed soldiers.
This year, my son, Christopher, deployed with his unit to the Middle East right before Thanksgiving. Although we have had pretty limited contact with our son, it became quite clear that life is not all that easy for our troops during the holidays. So, when it came time for our committee to decide who would be the beneficiaries of our parishioner's good will, I felt a rush of gratitude when they decide to collect items for our deployed troops as well as the homeless in our community.
With my son's permission, we packed up 20 care packages and shipped them off right before the holidays. He was treated to the role of playing Santa Claus, passing out packages to those in his unit who were in need of some Christmas cheer. Just knowing that our brave men and women received a bit of home at the holidays made this strong Army mom shed a few tears, and forever grateful to the generous hearts of our friends and family.
Recently I was recruited to help organize and run the Italian Cafe booth at our church's annual Italian Festival. For four nights, I stuffed cannoli shells, brewed espresso and served thousands of friends, families and supporters of St. Anthony Church. I had the time of my life! Granted, my feet were sore and, boy, was I tired, but having the opportunity to work side-by-side with my daughter, Kaleigh, and my best friend, Mary, was downright spectacular.
In this day and age, we often are busy running from place to place, striving to achieve the next big goal, and often don't see the simple pleasures life offers us. I, too, often get caught up thinking about what's coming up next rather than finding joy in the moment. But, it was hard to ignore the joy that I saw on the faces of the dedicated team of volunteers who made the St. Anthony Italian Festival a success. And, I realized that it is in the simple things, like giving back, that life has it greatest rewards.
That's why I've decided to start this blog. It will be a place where I can take a few minutes to recognize and share the simple things that make my life spectacular. I hope this inspires you to celebrate the simple things in your life that bring you pleasure and together we can live our lives to the fullest - no matter what comes our way!
I'm a mother of three (adult triplets!),a proud Army mom, a (devoted!) wife, a work-at-home professional, a passionate supporter of nonprofits and a crafting enthusiast who loves to travel and spend time with my family and friends. Life can sure be busy but I've learned it's all about simplifying the journey. Join me as I share some of the tips I've learned to keep it all in balance!