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Simple Ramblings From A Prim Cottage

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

My heart is overwhelmed! The big Thank You


Well girls this is gonna be a long a mushy post if you want you can just scroll down to the Thank You part..smile..I've always said that the friends you meet online are your real friends.They are the ones you connect to.They visit you in your home,share your joy and sorrow,send up a prayer when you need it and encourage you in your daily life..I started recieving Christmas cards a few weeks ago (the first from Lil Raggedy Angie) and they kept coming.I thought boy am I blessed that so many wonderful people took the time to think of me by the simple gesture of the card.The simple joy it bought going to the mailbox and finding them was like a warm hug when I was down and out.Things have been hard here and you all always encourage me but I don't always like to share bad news or sadness I like to be the person I normally am upbeat and caring about others (yes you)..My dad's cancer has bought so many emotions anyone that has been through it knows it is high stress but also a learning experiance and alot of guilt thrown on top.Me I've always been the type that needs to keep going till it's done in every area or I can't be at ease.Well the cancer has taught me that their is no end and the unpredictible will be around every corner..I initially was scared and felt I had to do it all for my dad and didn't know the long road ahead.I got burned out fast but when a case worker was assigned I assumed she was taking care of his needs as far as Insurance and assistance.A few drs visits back we found out there was a problem with the insurance.(this coming right when the second round of chemo pills were needed) The Dr was nice enough to give dad his very expensive pills till the insurance is staightened otherwise we will have to pay for them which is in the thousands.He has also been getting a good bit of money from me which has drained me. The other day I stopped and he had a shut off notice for the water and sewer if that happened then they would condem his house.So after we talked I found out that the man he let stay in a spare room after he got a divorce switched his PO box address over to my dads address because he didn't want to pay the fee.Well the assistance office found out about this and considered the mans income as my dads and cut out his benefits.The man gives my dad $100 a month if he is lucky.I also found out my dad is only getting $200 a month in assistance.So I asked my dad Why after working 35 years are you not getting unemployment? Well the case worker had told dad not to file as it would affect his insurance which I thought was wrong.So instead now I am looking into Social Security but it is a long process.I really didn't realize he was only getting $200 a month really who can live on that? So I didn't know what to do I started calling differnt agencies only to be treated rudely and no help for him until after the first of the year...Well work has been slow with the economy for my hubby so we are just making it right now,I've been trying to help dad but our bank account is drained..Why tell you this personal stuff? Well for the first time ever in my life I ask for help no I didn't want a hand out just was hoping if I got some extra sales in Etsy I could help dad out....Well let me just say I have been humbled.I am Thankful that it was kept anonymous but I know in reality the ones that pulled together know who it was for. Traci http://yorkmountainprimitives.blogspot.com/ tried to do a simple thing to help me out and it grew and grew.You my generous friends all wanted to pitch in and give me some relief and peace during this time that should be joyous.I am overwhelmed with how you all cared and pulled together for my benefit.Traci was a angel in disquise her simple act of kidness spread through my dear friends hearts and grew into something so special.So thank you sweet Traci not only for putting your time into this during the busiest time of year but for always being my friend.Thank you to Carol,Lecia,Tammy, Gina, Brenda, Jean, Patti, Teri, Eve, Marie OLM, Pamela and Mary for feeling the need in your heart to step in and help Traci.Thank you Penny, and the other bidders.Thank You to all that purchased a little something from Etsy or helped out in your own way.Thank you for all the prayers and well wishes.I have tried to email some of you on a personal basis but I wanted to take the time and say how much it has ment to me....You my sweet friends showed me what the true spirit of Christmas is.You have help carry my burden and gave me some peace as well as the knowledge that there is so many who care rather you are in good times or bad.I have never been on this side of the fence I've always been the giver.I never ask any of you for anything and you opened your hearts up just because you cared about me.What a special group of friends I have.I am truely blessed.So a Heartfelt Thank You! I know you will all be blessed 10 times over.Warmest Blessings!~Amy

39 comments:

cucki said...

very sweet post deary,,i am agree with you..our online friends are our true real friends..
ia m here in cape town..out of the house for holidays..but somehow i look for the internet..i cant wait to meet my on line friends..i love you all so much..my life in- complete without you all..
big hugs cucki xx

Green Creek Primitives said...

Amy, I couldn't have said it better myself, I agree, friends I have met through my blog are true friends, they are there when you are up and there when you are at your lowest, they don't judge you. I am so amazed at these group of women, I didn't know people like this existed. My heart goes out to you, dealing with my dad for four years, it drains you of all your energy, emotions, and yes even money, but somehow you find the strength to continue. I wish I had known all my blogger friends then, you have something I didn't have at that time. I know I feel so blessed just having come to know so many of you. Just wanted to tell you I am here if you need to talk, my prayers will be with you in this time of your life. Sending you blessings and hugs, Vicky

Christine said...

Dear Amy,
I want to assure you that I am with you in prayer support and blog hugs!
And God is so good as He knows our every need and how we need help from friends!
God bless you all
Christine

Tammy ~ A Primitive Place said...

Hi Amy,
You and your family are in my prayers.

I literally got tears in my eyes yesterday when I read Traci's post about the grand total. I was so thrilled with the result.


I couldnt agree more about online friends. They are Amazing!!!


Big hug to you, sweetheart,
Tam

Raggedy Creations said...

Keep encouraged Amy. God know what you are going through and He has promised never to put on us more than we can bear. May you have an extra wonderful holiday.

Lots of Hugs
Felicia

White Sheep Farm said...

Oh Amy,
I just said it tonight ... I have met some of the most wonderful people, I have never met. I do someday hope to meet some, of my blogger friends, how nice that would be ...
I do know what it is like to be the caretaker of a family memeber.
I am so happy for you that your blog family saw a need and help fill it.
You and your family will be in my prayers.
A most blessed Christmas to you and yours!
Teri

Lorna/Live Oak Primitive Peddler said...

Hi Sweetie, I have been gone so long and did not know you were having such a rough time. What a blessing for sweet Traci to organize this for you!! My heart is filled with joy to know that it was for you!! Warmest hugs to you my sweet friend!!
Merry Christmas!! Will be praying for you and your Dad.
Hugs,
Lorna

ArtyMarti said...

It is more blessed to give than to receive. The ones who helped are truly blessed also. Will continue to hold you and your dad up in prayer.

Sassafras and Winterberry said...

I just love our blogger friends...and you can just groove in the support and caring that this wonderful group has offered! I'm thinking of you and your dear family so much...
Hugs and blessings!
Courtney

Traci said...

Amy, I think that I speak for everyone involved...we are filled with such joy to be able to help you, our friend. I know how hard it is to care for an elderly parent as I go though it every single day. So, being able to help you was so rewarding to me. I think ArtyMarti said it best.

Merry Christmas from my family to yours....Traci

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

Amy, it has been a very difficult year, indeed. Finally got my brother back on his feet and in his own place, and my Dad has this stroke. Luckily, it wasn't debilitating. He does however, require care and my Mom isn't able to do it all. I don't mind. They are my parents, after all, and have always been there for me.
As you say, our on-line friends are true friends. It was amazing to watch this effort unfold. So many people getting together to try to make things easier for you. I imagine that just the prayers and thoughts brought your spirit up more than anything. It is good to feel the love--like a soft, warm blanket on a rainy, cold day. You are loved, my friend, and you know you can always reach out. We are here for you.....
Big bear hugs and love,
~Linda~

Farmhouse prims said...

Amy, blogger friends sure are the best! You know you are a special friend and when you are hurting we are hurting. I am so glad that I was able to help in a small way. I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas my prim friend. Hugs, Lecia

Kendra said...

Amy,

What goes around comes around sweetheart. That's all I am going to say : ).

Kendra

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

Amy,
what a beautiful post...it came from your heart same as the 'help' your friends gave came from their hearts...you are blessed.
I'm so sorry this is happening to your father and is on you and your family now too...God is wonderful and works in strange ways sometimes. I just know things will turn around with the help you need for him.
I pray for all of you.
Please have a Merry Christmas
Karen

lilraggedyangie said...

Amy,
I hate that this year has been so hard, but know you are never alone! Continued prayers my friend! We are all blessed to have you in our lives and wouldnt think of doing anything but help . Merry Christmas to you and yours! hugs lilraggedyangie

Lynn said...

Amy, I am so blessed to know you this year! You have been such a blessing to me this year! I am moved beyond words that our blog community came together to help you!! There is a wonderful bunch of ladies out there! I am so happy for you!!! YOu are so deserving of this special gift. I know that whoever won the auction is going to blessed beyond words also. All the ladies that stepped up to help Traci and donated items, the blessings will come back to them. I hope this touches everyone who reads about this and it leads them to reach out to someone they now in their community who might be going thorough a tough and expensive health issue at this time of year. People who do not deal with health problems daily do not understand the burden it places on the pt and their family not only physically but mentally, finacially,and emotionally!! I survive by the prayers of others!! I truly believe this!!
I am so blessed to be part of this wonderful group of ladies in blogland!
Merry Christmas!

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

I feel so badly that I couldn't do more last week...I hope my humble purchase helped in some way. Bloggers really are wonderful friends and you seem to be blessed with many. As I told you before, you have given so much...it only seems right that you are given something in return.
Wishing you a blessed Christmas Amy.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Amy ~
I hope you can find the help your Dad needs to lift some of the burden off your shoulders.
May you have a blessed Christmas!
Hugs :)
Lauren

prims by olde lady morgan said...

Amy,

Wishing you a most wonderful Christmas!!!!
When I read your orinigal post, I wanted to do something, Then I saw what Traci was doing.... I am humbled and thrilled to help in a some small way. I feel your pain... I watched and held my mom's hand for over a year as she battled cancer. She was blessed to not have to worry about her insurance. That is not the case with so many, I so hope this helped in some way! OLM

Pam at Antique or Not said...

Amy, we may be "virtual" friends but the outpouring of generosity and love that you have received is very real.

The blogging community is full of small tight-knit circles of people who share a common interest...ours happens to be prims. I think our love of the simple things helps keep our hearts open.

Big hugs,
Pam

Pamela@ Our Pioneer Homestead said...

Merry Christmas, and a hug of encouragement ((((( )))))

TheCrankyCrow said...

As I said, Amykins - I knew how hard it was for you to reach out - and I was relieved that our delightful Traci came up with a way that we could reach out together for you. I know you have a long, rough, patch ahead, and my prayers for you and your father will continue. But know in your heart that you are a blessing to him - and to many. Smiles, Hugs & Blessings ~ Robin

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Such a Beautiful Post Amy!
Three Cheers to all your wonderful blogger friends!!!!
I wish I could of done more to help out!
I hope You and Yours have the Merriest of Christmas's
I pray you get through these tough times with your Dad.
Prim Blessings
Robin

Raspberry Lane Primitives said...

Dearest Amy: Wishing you peace, happiness and health for the new year! Have you contacted your Dad's local office for the aging (OFA)? They can help out with many, many things for your Dad.
Peace to you and your family.
patti :)

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers every day Amy. I wish I could help, but I have alot going on here and I don't know which way to turn, myself.
What truley wonderful blogging friends you have.
I know what you are going through. After my husband passed away, I literally jumped in to take care of my Dad as he had cancer also. 8 months after I lost my husband...I lost my father also.
Praying for you and your family and I wish you a Very Merry Christmas my friend!

Brenda said...

Such a sweet post Amy!! Isn't this blogging world great. We have a great bunch of friends and I'm blessed to have gotten to know you!
Love ya girl and big HUGS!!

Brenda

Stacy said...

Prayers and a big hug for you friend!
:) Stacy

Samantha Lynne said...

I'm having a smelly good Giveaway. You should stop by and join in! :)
xo
Samantha

http://www.samanthasaccessories.blogspot.com/2011/12/3-new-years-giveaways.html

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Dear Amy~ Oh,girl you have so opened up our hearts~ you are a caring & kind lady~ I feel so blessed to have met you through blogging~
I pray things will get better financially, that maybe Social Secruity will help, and Please my friend take the time for you~ Have a PJ day!!!!
Hugs to you~
Teresa

Allison said...

Thinking of you and your family, sending prayers.

Theresa said...

Amy you are truly blessed with some wonderful bloggers!!! I think most people like to give...just as much as receiving. :0) Hugs,
Theresa

Shelley said...

This is a true Christmas story...I know our Lord is so pleased with so many giving hearts....blessings

Mary said...

Amy,
You and your dad are in my prayers. I know how difficult it is to take care of elderly parents. I was very happy to help and glad to have met such a kind person. Mary

TheRustyThimble said...

Dear Sweet Amy still sending up prayers for your Dad

I was so Happy to Contribute and I am so Thrilled that it helped.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

BIG HUGS
Brenda

Beckyjean said...

Amy~

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!! Bloggers really are the best!!
My thoughts & prayers are with you.

Blessings~Becky

Bittersweetfolkart said...

Merry Christmas Amy !

The Moonlit Stitch said...

You & your dad are in my prayers! Hang in there and bless your heart ~*~Lisa

Barb said...

Hi Amy,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Hoping this next year will be a better one filled with joy!
Have a wonderful Holiday!
Enjoy,
Barb

Angie Berry said...

Amy, I have been away from blogland since the middle of November only now getting on to catch up with everyone. I am so, so sorry to hear all this and wish I would have known so I could have helped out. What a mess you have before you, a mess that you don't need with your dad's health. I will be in prayer for you my friend. I pray that help will come soon, that you will find rest and peace, that your Dad will have the strength to take care of things that need to be taken care of. With a new year upon us, I hope things will only get better for you. Why God is taking you down this path, you may never know but He WILL give you the strength to get through it if you earnestly seek Him. Hugs, love, and prayers to you my sweet, sweet friend!