Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Snoopy Story

During the Hurricane Sandy relief work our church was so actively involved with... Brendon gets a phone call from a lady named Danielle from a Private Family Foundation (which I will let the family name remain anonymous) saying she read about us and she is very interested in partnering financially with us in the hurricane relief efforts.

She said she was on her way out of the country but before she left she was going to send a check and when she got back in the country, she wanted to set up a meeting with us about partnering long term.

Today was that meeting!  I won't go into the details about that meeting but... God NEVER does anything small when HE wants to show off!  

The man who started this philanthropic foundation died in 2011 and so Danielle told us all about him.  I hope you will be just as inspired by his story as I was!

When he was young, he wasn't extremely wealthy but he transported children to and from a local children's hospital and that is when the generosity bug bit him!

She described him as extrinsic and he had a "thing" for Snoopy!  Yes, Snoopy the dog!  As a matter of fact, when he didn't have much, he would always have 3 or 4 little "snoopies" in his pocket and he would just give them out to children to make their day... put a smile on a little child's face!

Well, as I heard Oprah say one time, "Money only makes you more of what you already are."  So, if you were generous when you had nothing, then when you are rich, you become a very generous rich person but if you were stingy and greedy when you were poor then you are only going to become a wealthy stingy and greedy person.

This man became VERY WEALTHY in his lifetime and he became a VERY GENEROUS man.  His entire life he collected Snoopy memorabilia... as a matter of fact, you could say his office suite is decorated in "Snoopy."

There are pictures of him dressed up as Snoopy at children's events.  She said until the end of his life, he always had 3 or 4 little Snoopies' in his pocket even though he would also get out his checkbook and write large checks too.

I walked away and thought about how many people I have heard say, "If I were wealthy, I would be very generous."  Well, what do you love?  Would it be possible to invest $5 and buy a 3 or 4 and put them in your pocket and try to give them out to someone and make their day?

You see that practice would MAKE you look at your everyday world... your neighborhood, your bus stop, your grocery store crowd, etc and you would look into people's faces and eyes and you would notice that you have something to give to them!

I don't think we are trained to look around our world through "giving" eyes, we are trained to either go into auto pilot or "see what is in for me."

And... here is a secret.... the Bible says "He who is faithful in little will be given more."  One day you might be able to give away more than a snoopy too!

I dare you... take $5 and buy your version of 3 or 4 "Snoopies" and become a philanthropist.  And... here is the last secret... you actually benefit more than the person that you give to!  

Beware:  Generosity is highly addictive!

Monday, February 11, 2013


The weather in Phoenix is practically perfect all year round except for April... highly unpredictable!  Last year, for her 1st birthday at the park the weather hit some weird highs in the 90s and this year, they were predicting the possibility of rain:(

As I started hearing the forecast, I just couldn't risk the rain as the party was supposed to be at a nice park so I went to Plan B!  Plan B was that some of our friends manage a very nice neighborhood by Mark Taylor and they have a massive party room that wasn't being used... BINGO!

Drink Station... of course, PINK lemonade had to be a choice along with the ice bucket of juice boxes!

 Fruit Tart Sugar Cookies

#2 Frosted Sugar Cookies

The yummy spread!

Princess Hopscotch

Princess Bean Bag Toss

Princess Castle and Dining Set

 Paints and Markers to Decorate the Princess Play Castles
 Tables and Tissue Pom Poms

Princess Necklaces for the girls and Pirate Eye Patches for the boys!

 Princess Dress Up Clothes and Shoes for the all the girls... rack was made by Uncle and painted by Auntie!

 Our handsome guests arriving!

 The birthday girl herself!

 We had face painting!

 Princess and Pirates Cupcakes!

The triplets... well, at least that is what everyone says... we all look alike!  

 The Beautiful Grandma's!
 Some of the men in her life (Along with her princess cup!)

 Opening 1 gift at the party... a baby!

 Do not ask about the outfit... like where are the legginga, the socks, the hair bows... when you are two, things change quickly!  LOL!  Plus at this point, the party was over!

 Back at home!

 Time to open presents!


Happy Birthday to our Princess!
We love you!