It’s been a whirlwind week for me and I know that this is only the beginning of what will be a very busy holiday season. Events, celebrations, work, meetings, shopping, and trying to slow down to enjoy it all with family and friends. So with that, grab a warm cup of coffee (or whatever’s your poison), pull up a comfy chair, and let’s enjoy a quick, heart-warming link fest for your Thursday morning reading.
– If you have the chance to get out to a movie this weekend, check out Saving Luna at the Ridge. Not only will you be supporting independent movie houses (like The Ridge) you will more than likely be truly affected by this documentary.
– Yesterday’s Christmas Wish Breakfast was the most successful on record. “7,000 people donated new or unwrapped toys for less fortunate kids, surpassing last year by 25%.” [News1130]
– I also received a note from the organizers of Kids Help Phone, Homes for the Holidays (since I wrote a post about the event) and they said it was their most well-attended on record as well.
– The Rogers Santa Claus Parade will be dedicated in memory of Ted Rogers, and donations (food and monetary) will benefit the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. [News1130]
– It seems as though many people are inspired to give this Christmas. Yesterday my sister told me about World Vision’s Most Meaningful Gifts. You can browse the site and choose very specific (vital and helpful) items to supply children, families and communities around the world. For example with $150 you can purchase solar panels for a health centre, $30 will provide some school supplies, $100 for a goat that will provide dairy and income, or $35 to give clothing to 25 children and families.
– Speaking of my sister (or sis604), today is her birthday. On top of having four children of her own, her family also sponsors a child in Nepal because she and her family believe, no matter how bad or rough they may have it sometimes, there is always someone in greater need.
She’s a loving mother with children that cherish sit-down family dinners, learning, reading, sharing stories, making up songs and dancing. They would be the most happy on a nature walk, seeing who could find the biggest maple leaf, rather than who could score the most points on a video game been played for hours (although, I hear there’s currently a battle over Club Penguin in the house but that’s just speculation and hearsay at this point).
Last year for her 30th birthday she was pregnant with the adorable lil Jakers or “Tornado Jake” as I saw him referred to on her Twitter so it was a pretty mellow celebration. This year is Jenny’s 30th birthday, redux, and I hope we can show her a good time and how much we appreciate her not only as a mother, sister, daughter and friend, but as one of the most courageous, spirited, and strong-willed individuals full of heart that any of us will be lucky to meet. Happy Birthday, Jenny.