Tonight I am going to sleep with the biggest smile ever on my face !! :) Today is my 70th birth-day & this day was as special as it ever could be imagined !! :)
This was one of the most heart warming birth-days ever & I will never forget it !! :) It coincided with my regular day of feeding the homeless & since I believe in gifting others on my special day, it just felt right to cook & feed today. :)
Not too long ago I discovered a wonderful recipe for Jambalaya, which I had never eaten nor cooked before. It had shrimp, chicken & Kielbasa in it & sounded like the best meal treat for today. :) How often do the people in the parks get shrimp??!! My awesome neighbors Dave & Linda donated all the shrimp & meat for the meal. :) We ended up feeding 38 people & they loved it.
Faith, my Cooking Angel, came over & together we made two huge pots full. :) Faith, you are the fastest chopper I have ever met !! :) It all turned out quite good & I didn't make it too spicy, so everyone could enjoy it, even my three lil' Munchkins, if they wanted to try it. :)
J.J. gave me a card when I picked him up at the bus stop & he asked me to open it right there. Out fell three gift cards to some of my favorite places plus one more to a new one to explore. They all were from J.J., the anonymous "Water Angel", and Mark B. & Patty B., all go to the same church. I almost lost it right there, but had to drive us to the park. I was touched so deeply by all that Love. :)
Yesterday, J.J. gathered Marilyn, Mark & Patty, & I at "Something Sweet" for sandwiches & mega desserts. :) And kind Mark took care of the whole bill. The world is full of great & loving people & I really believe that we all are finding each other to make a difference in others lives. :) Life is wonderful !! :)
Thank you Mark & Patty for your loving Kindness & for being the Angels you are !! :)
When we got to the first park J.J. ran along the whole line of homeless & whispered in everyones ear that it was my birth-day. All the good wishes were just incredible & I was so touched. So much Love again !! :)
Melissa, Brian & the Muchkins came to help out again this time & Allison (3) was handing out the water, Lucas (5) was in charge of giving out the cookies & Jillian (5) tried to talk everyone into having a jalapeno. :) The kids gave me a picture of the four of us together in a frame that they decorated themselves by drawing on it all over. You have to see it, it is precious !! :) Lucas made me a special birth-day card all by himself. Jillian was dancing & singing for me a lot at the second park & it was such a joy !! :) And Melissa gave me a loaf of her own special zucchini bread. Yummmmmm !! :)
Diane & Don stopped by at the first park to say "hi" & that was sweet too. :) Don't stay away so long you two, it is always great to see your happy faces !! :)
When we got to the second park, Debbie, one of the homeless, handed me a card with a big & proud grin on her face. :) Now, we had just gotten to the park & there had been no time for anyone to sign anything. So "Sneaky Snake J.J." :) (I kept calling him that all evening) two weeks ago had gotten a card & had Melissa go around then to get everyone to sign it. :) I had no idea this was going on, I thought Melissa was just socializing with everyone & saying prayers with whomever wanted to. Sneaky, I tell you. ;)
It has become pretty obvious that I need a small freezer chest for the homeless food, especially with all the deals in the grocery stores lately on meat. I keep trying to borrow freezer space from my neighbors & my friends. :o Dave came over the other day & told me that he & Linda are giving me a freezer for my birthday. How incredible is that ??!! You two touched me so very deeply once more with your Kindness & Generosity !! :) You have made such a huge difference in my life & you are the worlds very best neighbors !! :) Thank You for all your Love, your caring & your unwavering support !!
J.J., you made my special day so very, very special & I'm going to sleep with a huge smile on my face now. :) Thank you for being my constant helper & my friend !! :) I am so blessed by you & your caring & beautiful Heart !! :) You are making many brownie points "Upstairs" !!
Good night everyone & sleep with the Angels !! :)
My prayer is that all your Kindness is coming back to you all many fold each & every day !! :)