Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I missed you yesterday. Yes, I do love having a post here. Though sometimes life gets in the way and I try to honor that. Yesterday we spent time with our nephew and brother in law; I called about a foster child that our doctor friend told us about (it turns out he's already being adopted by someone..but I now have a new interest in foster children); I also took care of my new plants (I'm obsessed!!! haha. I got some new plants and I really should take pictures of them and show you :); and, we had a rather full and beautiful weekend. And this is why:
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Spent the day with a crew out at Gerritsen Beach, one of the hardest hit areas during Sandy. Many families are just barely able to start rebuilding their homes. Funding has been an issue for many of them as they have still been waiting on insurance checks or FEMA assistance. In the meantime, one amazing organization we know of has been stepping in to help families rebuild. It's called Heart 9/11 Healing Emergency Aid Response Team and they were founded soon after 9/11 by a retired Port Authority Police Department Lieutenant (whom we met...he is amazing). Currently they're focusing on the Gerritsen Beach area (here's a news article about them) and projects are being funded by The Robin Hood Foundation. We were greeted by the founder upon arrival and he said their main goal is to bring some hope healing to people's lives by showing love, support and interest in their well being - while also sheet rocking, painting, and finishing homes (demolition and mold remediation has already taken place on the homes they are working on). He also said that being able to help people sometimes feels like a selfish endeavor - because doing so also blesses the lives of the giver so greatly. Well, I felt some of that out there. Truthfully, there were a hundred other things I could have been doing that day and I was definitely being pulled in the direction of my own home projects or to do lists or endeavors. But I'm glad that I went. Joining with humanity to help fellow people in need is never, ever going to be something that you regret. (If anyone feels inclined to go out one day and volunteer, they are in great need of people and have MANY homes to still do. You could contact them and set up a time to join in. Better yet, put together a group of people to go with you. :)
Danny returned home from a business trip. He got delayed getting out of JFK which was a bummer as he so wanted to hear the Robert Plant concert in Prospect Park. Luckily the bandshell is close to home and we literally just RAN there when he arrived. As soon as we entered the park, we could hear the roar of the crowds just screaming and cheering. For sure the show had just ended. The screams and cheers just kept going and going as we ran, and Danny kept saying, "Pleeeease let there be an encore!!" Sure enough, a song began. Danny was the happiest guy in Brooklyn. :) We got to then hear (2) great songs and sit among hundreds just soaking it all in. Sometimes I have these moments in Brooklyn that just take my breath away. :)
1:00 pm After church we met up with a wonderful reader of the blog for a "walk". Oh man, every time we do it we have the most amazing experiences ever. We just have such fond memories of every person we've met and every discussion that we've had. We're so grateful for that little corner of our lives.
3:00 pm And then we came home and made dinner for a family who is in the process of packing up to move.
Now, I'm curious about what your lives look like...
You see, we do a lot of the service related stuff because we're just used to it...our entire lives we've had so many opportunities provided daily/weekly by our church congregation. So we've learned through experience that this way of life really is what makes us the happiest. We seek to live our lives that way as much as possible. Though I often wonder what my life would look like if I didn't have all those opportunities at my fingertips on such a daily basis. Would I have developed that pattern for living? Would I have ever found out that it really was the way to live the happiest kind of life? And the happiest kind of marriage? I have no idea. I shudder to think of how my life was before I truly started to live this way. And so I'd love to hear...how is it for you? Have you found a way to work in charitable efforts into your life regularly? What does that look like? How have you found opportunities? Is it a rewarding part of your life (or is there something else that you find is more rewarding?) Open to any answers. I'm just really curious how it is outside of what I know.
And, later today I'll be sharing more about my journey to greater health.
See you soon, friends.
P.S. I was inspired to share this post based on one of the questions from the recent "Q&A With Danny + Mara": "How do you add so much 'life' into your life?" The best formula we have found is by doing service related stuff like what I listed above.
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