December 13, 2009

I wish...

I wish
I could show you all the hearts that touched mine on saturday
but I can't
~~
I wish
you could hear all the laughter I heard on saturday
but I can't
~~
I wish
you could see all the beautiful families I saw on saturday
but I can't
do that either
~~
so
now I hope
~~
I hope
that next year in your town
you can be involved with
in order to see and hear and feel all the love that surrounded us
~~
us
a bunch of strangers who gathered together to make the lives of some families
a little brighter this winter
~~
us
a bunch of strangers
who laughed and played and worked together
like we had known each other for years
~~
us
who quickly figured out
that when one of our spanish interpreters wasn't immediately
available
that a smile and a hug were always understood
~~
us
who all ended the day saying
"well, when we do this again next year"
and
"let's do something like this before next winter"
~~
us
who sit here today
still amazed by the hearts that thanked us over and over again
as
we thanked them for sharing their families with us
~~~~~
help-portrait has a privacy act for all the families photographed and we are not to use them for our own use
the day was all about them
not us
and
that's exactly the way it needs to be
~~
below is our team
at the end of our 10 hour day
~even 12 hours for some of them~
minus a few volunteers

and
when you've only had
pizza and donuts
to eat

and
coffee and mountain dew to drink
you go a little crazy
when it's your turn in front of the camera
*

37 comments:

  1. These were hysterical! The girl standing behind you can REALLY contort her face!

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  2. What a wonderful thing to do for others, and for yourself! It feels so good to be able to do something like this! To make a difference!

    Blessings!

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  3. I am sure ALL involved came away a little changed for the experience! Thise pics are priceless~ And I did NOT go out at all today- it was lovely. Rumor has it it was much warmer- now rain- ugh. hHve a great week~

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  4. What a great thing to do. :-)

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  5. truly inspiring!!!

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  6. I heard about this when watching the Minneapolis TV station the other day. What a cool thing to do. I'm glad you and others in Madison were involved too.

    Thank you Beth for making a difference in someone's life.

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  7. You guys are a blessing!

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  8. you should have done a jumping picture!

    what a great day i sounds.

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  9. now that's a true christmas gift!

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  10. I love it what a great way to give back! Love the insanity pictures too fun!

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  11. Fantastic!
    I wish I had have been there too

    best wishes
    Ribbon :)

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  12. What a wonderful Christmas present you all have given so many families. I would have loved to be a part of this miracle!!! How blessed you must feel!
    Merry Christmas!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  13. This is so great, beth ! What a gift all around - so perfect to make you realize what this season can be all about if we let it.
    Love the shots of you and the beautiful crew ! How come no jump shot ? ;)
    Enjoy the glow, lovely One !

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  14. You guys are what Christmas is all about. Thank you.

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  15. Ouuuwww this is such a good project. I'm gladd they've asked you Beth.

    And I do love the goofy pics...hilarious.

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  16. love, love, love this - was thinking of you sat and wondering how it was going. pure inspiration beth!! :)

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  17. Terrific and Awesome, two perfect words for what you all did on Saturday. I am sure your hearts were singing and not just with Mountain Dew and donuts.

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  18. I am so proud of you Beth, what an awesome thing to be a part of. I love the last photo, the fellow that crossed his eyes. loved it. I can imagine how happy you made some families, what an incredible gift for them and I have a feeling you all recieved as much as you gave! Big hugs. Are you sure your not an angel?

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  19. What a wonderful thing to do to make someone else feel special.

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  20. I've been trying to get this going at a nursing home because too often after our loved ones are gone, we have no portraits of them

    what a beautiful cause - and I love these shots of you all.

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  21. I've never heard of it, but it does sound like fun!

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  22. Great story. Great group...how neat to be part of something so personal and touching.

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  23. i needed to read something good today and this is it!! what memories you have and made on saturday!!!
    xo~

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  24. awesome, Beth & Co.!

    can tell that you were moved.
    love the photos!
    C~

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  25. so funny.

    love this side of you beth.

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  26. Wow! What an exciting day! I think that's one of the greatest projects I've heard about.

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  27. What a wonderful time I know you all had. There is no blessing like giving, is there?

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  28. You guys are some cool peeps!

    (PS- I LOVE how you cracked up in the last one! You look blissed out!)

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  29. yeah, pizza and doughnuts will do it! : )
    xo

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  30. i looked into this in Atlanta but couldn't be involved because of a previous engagement. it sounded like such a wonderful thing to be a part of.

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  31. oh how I wanna do this so much...Beth you are an amazing soul

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  32. The gathering of people with such loving intention in their hearts...how beautiful is that?

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**I love reading the comments you leave, as they make me feel like we're sitting in my kitchen, having a cup of tea, discussing life and wondering where all the time has gone ...beth