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Tuesday:) Toni’s Terrific Generous Friends

4 Mar

“Generosity is not having a lot and sharing a little, rather, it’s having a little and sharing a lot.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I’ve said this a million times,”I have the sweetest, kindest, and most generous friends in the whole world.” Most of my friends are kind of in the same boat that I’m in, and that’s great because I can’t swim and I’m afraid of water. So, if I’m going to be in a boat, what better people to be in a boat with? Metaphors aside, I find that my dearest friends are always ready to help others, and are very generous with their time and money, even when they don’t have an abundance of either.

This afternoon, Helene and I made plans to go over to Holy Family School to take over more goodies that she had picked up at the store for the children. She had boxes of cereal, canned goods, and fruit snacks. I had another bag to add to the trip. Because I’ve been posting pictures and stories about the wonderful non-profit school, many of my friends have been offering to make contributions. A little goes a long way. Thank you Helene.

This three year old boy was so excited when he saw the box of Spider-Man snacks that he couldn’t contain himself and wouldn’t let go of the box.

Then, Helene and I stopped for lunch, but only after we made a quick trip to the Dollar Store to pick up about 25 ceramic and glass bowls. We plan on using them for a couple of painting projects to benefit the upcoming Empty Bowls fundraiser in April which helps to feed the hungry of Collin County. My senior friends at Towne Creek love participating by painting dozens of bowls for the donation.

Here are just a few examples of bowls that my Towne Creek friends painted last year. I can’t wait to see what we come up with this year.

Yes, my friends are very kind, generous, and talented. I’m so glad that I get to share a boat with them.

Theme Song Thursday:) That’s what friends are for

3 Aug

“I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.”

~ Jon Katz

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I truly have the best friends in the world. Last week I mentioned to a few friends that I was collecting donations for my dear friends over at Towne Creek Senior Apartments. I’ve been volunteering there, teaching arts and crafts for nearly 11 years now. The directors decided to come up with an incentive plan to get some of the more sedentary and isolated seniors out of their tiny apartments, and down to the community room to join in some of the activities. So, Christy and Kelly are promoting participation by handing out play money to the residence, and in September, they will have an auction, where they can purchase items. What a clever idea!

Many friends have offered to donate, but Miss Pat and the gals from karaoke and Single Mingle came through right away with all kinds of fun gifts, beautiful jewelry, scarves, soaps, holiday items, etc. I’ll show you just some of the cute things they’ve donated.

I put together a little spa basket with a few fun items, and I’ll have to find some cute gift bags and boxes for all the pins, belts, earrings, etc.

Don’t I have the best, kindest, most generous friends! And there’s more coming in.

Thanks everyone!!!

Sunday Sermon and other Stuff

8 Nov

“But I give best when I give from that deeper place; when I give simply, freely and generously, and sometimes for no particular reason. I give best when I give from my heart.” 

― Steve Goodier

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A bright sunny Sunday morning, but a little on the chilly side. I had the honor of being a greeter before 9 o’clock Mass this morning. Not only did I get to smile and say good morning, I got to say, “My, isn’t it chilly,” or “where’s your jacket?” I had a few people ask me if I was freezing because I was outside,  holding the door open. I said, “This is beautiful weather. I’m from Chicago.” They smiled and agreed.

So, today’s sermon was about the poor widow who gave her two coins, all that she had, and Jesus said that she gave more than the wealthy who only gave their surplus.

My take on it…The people who give to others only for show, to feel like a big shot, looking for recognition, or they have a lot of money and want to impress people, but it’s not even missed.These people have given nothing. They never give of their time or talents, just dollars. (I know people like that) (AH)

Those who truly give are those who share what little they have joyfully. They don’t look for recognition or a pat on the back. They feel blessed and share their blessings. The funny part is, God usually blesses them many times over. Perhaps not monitarily, but with a good life, many friends, a loving family and a happy heart. (Ask me how I know.)

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Gospel MK 12:38-44
In the course of his teaching Jesus said to the crowds,

“Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes

and accept greetings in the marketplaces,

seats of honor in synagogues, 

and places of honor at banquets.

They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext

recite lengthy prayers. 

They will receive a very severe condemnation.”
He sat down opposite the treasury

and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. 

Many rich people put in large sums.

A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. 

Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them,

“Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more

than all the other contributors to the treasury. 

For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth,

but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had,

her whole livelihood.”

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Share some happiness and joy with someone first chance you get. You get twice as much back. “Double or nothing!” 

Sending you a virtual hug!