Warning. Today’s post will be long. Please read it.
I’m 40 today, y’all!! You won’t hear me denying it or being cute about my age. I’m not going to say I’m 39. I’m not going to be ashamed. I am so lucky to be given the gift of another year and I want to celebrate that.
Did you know I’m a native Houstonian?
I wasn’t born in Houston, but I lived in Houston from the first week of my life on.
I learned to walk in Houston, I learned to talk and read in Houston. I learned to drive on the streets that are now under water. I fell in love for the first time in Houston, I graduated from high school in Houston, and I married the love of my life in Houston. I watched Matress Mack on TV and went to Astros games (I was in love with Craig Biggio) and yelled CLUTCH CITY!!! at Rockets games. I had a daddy in the oil and gas business and I grew up around oilmen. I shopped at the Galleria and ate at Ninfa’s on Navigation as much as I could. I went to the rodeo and two stepped with cute boys and drove around listening to Geto Boys and Robert Earl Keen.
And although I left the city for the last time in my mid-twenties, I am always a Houstonian at heart.
thank you to my dear friend, cathy z for creating this image for me
Right now heart is breaking for my friends in Houston and all over southeast Texas.
I can’t drive there and help extract people from homes, although I want to desperately. My friends got themselves out of flooded homes, and are now patrolling the streets in boats and trucks. One friend is even driving party buses around town. They are shuttling supplies to GRB and Ben Taub and all of the other hospitals. I can’t do any of that,and that makes me feel helpless… but here’s what I can do.
I can ask you to give.
I can beg you to give if you want me to. PLEASE give.
Every single dollar helps. This is going to take months and months and months to recover from.
So today…for my birthday, I want a present.
I’m not selling anything or handling any of the funds myself. I just want you to directly donate.
I want you to donate ANY amount in any way you choose to Houston, Beaumont, Nederland, Port Arthur, Port Aransas, Rockport, etc.
I know there are many places you can send your dollars. Here are some ideas.
I gave to JJ Watt’s fundraiser. I believe in JJ, his heart,and his intentions for the city. And I know every dollar will go back to rescuing and rebuilding my hometown. This is my number one recommendation.
Send Undies // via Brene Brown
Of course there are many many more avenues and options. Do your research and give where your heart leads and feels most comfortable.
Now. Let me sweeten the pot. I reached out to my friends far and wide and the response swept me off of my feet. I’ve been crying all day. The love and kindness in this world will never cease to amaze me.
TIME FOR SOME AMAZING PRIZES, Y’ALL!
****Give to Houston and leave a comment. Don’t just leave a comment saying Me! or I gave. Leave a message of hope and encouragement for my friends in Houston and SE Texas. I will leave the comments open through some time next week TBA. If you give to several charities you may enter EACH time. ***
If you do what I’m asking I will enter you in a giveaway for the items below. I will choose randomly BUT feel free to tell me which item you are really hoping to win.
**note- If you have donated before today I’ll take your word for it and you may enter.
PRIZE TWO- Exclusive CZ Design stamp sets PLUS PDF ECopies of both of Cathy Zielske’s books
PRIZES FOUR, FIVE, AND SIX- three spots in any Online Card Classes class of choice.
PRIZE EIGHT- Amy Tangerine will write a phrase or custom word of your choice in her beautiful watercolor script and send you the PDF
PRIZE NINE- Heidi Swapp is donating one Light Box
PRIZE TEN- Box of Get To Work Book goodies from Elise Blaha Cripe- JUL2017-JUN2018 Get To Work Book planner, one snap-in bookmark, one notepad and one rainbow sticky notepad.
PRIZE ELEVEN- Three month subscription to Book of the Month Club
PRIZE TWELVE- Kelly Purkey Shop Grab Bag of KP goodies
PRIZES THIRTEEN,FOURTEEN,FIFTEEN,SIXTEEN – Studio Calico one each of all four of the August Kits
PRIZE SEVENTEEN- Ali Edwards 2017 collection of Monthly Digital Kits. The winner will have immediate access to all of the kits from January-Septemeber and then Ali will place you under their account in the months following until December.
PRIZE EIGHTEEN- Thirty-One Gifts Mystery Box. It will include many things, but for sure the All About the Benjamins Wallet (retail $48)
PRIZES NINETEEN,TWENTY,TWENTY-ONE,TWENTY-TWO AND TWENTY-THREE- Five $10 Gift Certificates to spend at any of the Steal Network websites
PRIZE TWENTY SIX – From Matthew Paul Turner, an autographed and personalized copy of When God Made You
PRIZE TWENTY SEVEN- from Jessica Turner, autographed bundle of The Fringe Hours and My Fringe Hours
I wrap up this post with tears in my eyes. How wonderful are all of these prizes? And all you have to do is donate any amount to my beloved Houston.
Thank you all, I have always said you are the BEST and I truly mean that.
Sending you so much love.