thejoyfulpalmers

That’s Outrageous!

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2014 at 3:54 am

The most amazing thing has happened for Maggie!

She was chosen as one of the recipients of the most OUTRAGEOUS and GENIUS 40th birthday celebration fundraising events ever!

Our dear friend, Tracy Ward, turns 40 years old today.

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She plays BIG in the world of “let’s make everything better for everyone!” And, despite immense suffering from her own debilitating joint disorder, she goes about transforming the world by easing one small burden, comforting one person’s sorrows, feeding one hungry family, or covering one bare foot at a time.

You wouldn’t believe the stories I’ve heard about her service escapades! However, this time she’s totally outdone herself. She’s figured out how to turn her one (1) into 160,000!

For her 40th birthday she’s asking 40,000 people to give $4 to one of her four favorite causes, for a total of $160,000 in donations.

And . . . we can’t believe it . . . Maggie is one of them!

We’re totally overwhelmed by both the genius and the generosity of the idea.

Please, please go visit Tracy’s $4 x 40,000 = $160,000 of Goodness website HERE.

A little bit of good from a lot of people goes a very, very long way.

So, spread it everywhere you can. Not only is it a fabulous opportunity for Maggie, it’s simply an idea worth spreading.

May your birthday wish come true dear, bright soul!

 

 

Spread the Love Benefit Concert

In Uncategorized on April 11, 2014 at 12:13 am

The first Maggie’s Month event for 2014 is here! An amazing benefit concert perfect for your family. It’s coming up fast so check out all the details HERE!

LogofileFor all the detail go HERE! We’re looking for volunteers. If you’re interested email maggiesmonth at gmail dot com.

Dear Wonderful Human Being who loved me and my children last night,

In Uncategorized on December 6, 2013 at 10:11 am

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We were at the end of our visit to the Festival of Trees and everyone was tired and overwhelmed by the crowds. We rushed to make it on time and not everyone’s hair was combed. Mary’s shirt was stained with hot chocolate, and she had a saggy diaper. Jack is boycotting clothing and refused to wear anything but too-small pajama pants with camouflaged moon boots. Benjie was trying to climb out of the backpack and was getting his chocolate sucker stuck in my hair. I had Maggie’s wheelchair, the double stroller and was wearing the backpack. I felt like some sort of strange little gypsy bus; the sort you give a wide girth to as you walk by.

As I was trying to wipe up Maggie’s chocolate sucker drool from her face and chair I heard you kneel down in front of Jack and start having a conversation. He wasn’t super polite because “going home” was the only thing on his mind, but you hung in there with him just letting him be where he was. You asked about his brother and sisters. You told him stories about your little girls. You were kind, patient and genuinely interested. You spoke to everyone.

When you stood to leave I touched you on the shoulder to say thank you, and explain that my other children have been struggling because all the world seems to revolve around Maggie, and passing strangers and friends only take note of her. You asked if you could hug me, and I felt like spilling my guts about how Mary is literally pulling her hair out, and how Jack is convinced that his legs don’t work and the only thing he’s expecting for Christmas is a wheelchair, and how Bennie screams and is constantly putting himself between me and everyone else. But I didn’t, I just cried as you hugged me. And, you cried too.

You didn’t judge the sticking up hair, or the moon boots, the chocolate drool, the cranky impoliteness, or the obvious struggle it is to manage the complexities of parenting this little circus. You accepted that what you could see at the moment was only one facet of the diamond that is our family, and you treated us as if we were shinning brilliantly.

If I can only give a portion of the generosity that you gave us last night I’ll be a far better person, and the world a better place. Thank you dear stranger, for being such a wonderful human being.

*I’m so grateful that grandma and our dear friend Cindie were there with us. Their company and support is such a life saver!