Thank you to everyone for the kind words and birthday wishes! It’s a great day.
My 7-year-old daughter set her alarm and woke up early so she could fix me breakfast in bed. I had eggs, toast, bacon, and hot coffee. She also made me a sculpture commemorating our largest achievement of the year; she learned to ride her bike. More on that later.
My wife and in-laws treated me with tickets to Spamalot, a cultural juggernaut and right up my alley!
My new job is going well, and if things go according to plan a new office will be in place at the end of the year. My very gracious employer has already agreed to leverage our grand opening as a fund-raising event for a local children’s charity. Details will follow after the holidays.
All that to say, I’m enjoying being spoiled!
I would like to ask a favor. Check out WorldOrphans. Their model is one I dearly love. They empower a local church to meet the needs of their community and then help them create the means to become self-sustaining. I’ve seen widows and widowers take on six to ten kids and begin their own families.
I would like to ask your help in a couple of ways. One, post their link to your profile, Twitter, or blog. They are working in so many areas of the world, you might create a supportive relationship by introducing them to someone in your network. Two, consider giving a small gift.
A friend once asked a very legitimate question, “Why are we “helping” orphans in Africa when we have so many challenges right here at home?” Personally, I don’t care if it is Africa, Haiti, China, Ukraine, or America… one less orphan is one less orphan. One child with a bed is one less child on the street. I don’t care where in the world it happens, it just needs to happen. If supporting World Orphans isn’t of interest, then maybe one of these others are: 99 Balloons, Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter. Or, if you dare, find one near you and give to them.
Being born was great and all, and I would take the credit but Mom really did all the work; however, it would sure go a long way if I knew being born helped someone I would never meet.
And regarding the artwork:
It is my daughters sculpture of her riding her bike. The sculpture materials are drinking straws, wire, rings and duct tape. It’s currently on sale for $1.5 million.
Thanks again for your kind words and for making it a great day!!