Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Zach now has his own blog page!!!

To follow Zachary's on his 2012 mission to raise $5,000 for the Hays County Food Bank, please go to his blog page located at http://helpzacharytacklehunger.blogspot.com/  Thank you!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

There is still time!! Will be going to the food bank on Monday!

Zachary has done better than I could have ever dreamed!  He is currently over $2600!!  We have decided to make our donation to  the food bank on Monday morning.  So if you want to help Zachary we still have a few days! (Donation button located to the right of this post) Thanks for all who believed in his dreams!

Monday, November 14, 2011

4 more days!

Wow!  What a whirl wind this last few weeks have been.  Zachary has been doing an amazing job!  To date he has raised $768.06!  I am so proud of him!!  He can't wait to go to the food bank and give them his donation.  I have been asked if I think that he will continue this beyond the Thanksgiving season, and I truly think that he will.  Right now the food bank doesn't really have any volunteer opportunities for children his age but I am hoping that they will be able to come up with something that he can do.

I have to say that I am so moved at all who have put their support in Zachary!   I know that he doesn't even being to understand why people think that he is such an amazing kid. 

If you would like to donate to his cause there is a donation button to the right, 100% of the donations will be given to the Hays County Food Bank.  Please email me at jimmyandlaurie at verizon dot net (spelled out to prevent spam) and I will give you our mailing address and you can make a check payable directly to the food bank.

Thanks to all who have BELIEVED in a little 7 year old kids dream....

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Zachary's done it again!

Its time for the annual food drive at school, last year Zachary blew us away by his desire to help others.  See the last entry (yes I know I ignore our poor blog).  This year he has done it again!  Today a lady came in from the food bank and Zachary was able to talk to her and tell her his plans to raise money for those who might not otherwise have a Thanksgiving dinner. I could tell from his voice that he had big plans in mind I just didn't know then just how BIG he was dreaming.

We talked about it further this afternoon and about what his personal goal was this year in helping out the food bank.  "Momma I want to raise enough money to feed 200 familes!!"  "Zachary honey that is a little unrealistic" I told him.  "Momma you never know what CAN happen".  The faith of a child.  We all have something to learn from that faith, it seems we give up so easily now days.  

So then began this years dream....to help 200 families.  I told him that was $4,000 that he had to raise and he just knows that he can do it.   I told him to come up with a plan on how he was going to make this happen and he decided that a video would be best.  I asked him if he needed to write anything down and he said "No Momma its all right here" (pointing to his heart).  Talk about making a Momma tear up!  Of course we did several "takes" before he was satisified with one.  And we put it out on facebook and youtube.  It didn't take long before friends and family were on board for helping him out.  A friend donated $25 and when I told him he said  "YES!! Thats already a family that will have a good thanksgiving!!!"  All while clapping and jumping up and down for joy.  Oh if you could have only seen the smile on his face!  He is up to almost $90...a long way from $4,000 but all that keeps going through my mind is "Faith momma...you just have to believe". 

I believe in you Zachary! You have no idea how amazing you are! I love you!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Twenty Dollars.....

$20 dollars…most of us don’t have second thoughts about that $20 dollar bill sitting in your wallet. Zachary has been holding on to this same $20 since his birthday in January. Every once in a while he would want to spend it on this new toy or his new all time favorite Hot Wheels. Well guess I should say he would spend a little bit at the store promising to give me that $3 or $4 when we got home, heck I guess over the past 10 months he has spent that $20 by spending a little here and there. But we never pushed the issue and asked for the money from him. So he has had this same $20 bill…guess he was waiting for the most perfect thing to spend it on. Disney has been on his mind lately, as we are going at Christmas and he decided that Disney was the best place to spend that $20.

At school, they have been having a food drive. Turkey’s Tackling Hunger, it’s the Hays county food banks annual food drive. The kids have been told that a $20 donation will feed a family this Thanksgiving. I knew that it was going on; however I had never discussed it with the kids. Well Thursday he came down to the office and handed me a $20 bill. My first thoughts were great someone lost $20, how am I going to find the owner of this money. Then he told me that he had “accidently” taken his Cars wallet to school and his teacher had told him he needed to come down and give me the money. She was afraid that if he put it in his backpack it might not ever make it back home. I took the money and gave him a short lecture on how that is wayyyy too much money to bring to school, and that he shouldn’t ever take money without talking to me first. He agreed, and gave me a quick hug and headed back to class; never once mentioning the real reason for taking his wallet to school.

It wasn’t until later that morning that I learned the whole story. His teacher came down and asked if Zachary had given me the $20. Then the whole story came out. He wanted to give is money to Turkeys Tackling Hunger, he wanted to make sure that a family had a good Thanksgiving. She said the other kids in the class were surprised that he would give away his money—they were telling him what all he could buy with it. Of course he told them that he had planned on taking that money to Disney. Apparently she could tell that he was having second thoughts, the other kids were making him feel a bit uncomfortable, and she wondered if I even knew what was going on. So that is when she gave him his money back, told him to come talk to me and give me the money.

When she told me what he had wanted to do, I wanted to cry. I was soooo proud of him. During his lunch I went down to take him to the book fair that was currently going on at school. I casually asked him about that money, and he so “matter of factly” told me that he wanted to give it to Turkey’s Tackling Hunger…he wanted to make sure that a family could have a good Thanksgiving because “you know Momma, there are families out there that won’t have a Thanksgiving dinner”. “My $20 will buy a family a whole Thanksgiving dinner.” I was beaming with pride. I did ask him about not having money to spend at Disney and he said “Momma its okay. I really want a family to have a Thanksgiving dinner. And there really isn’t anything that I NEED from Disney”

Never was he pushed by his teacher, never did he come to us and tell us that he wanted to donate money and ask us for the money. He put this all together on his own. He had to have been thinking about it for a while, to remember that he had $20, to make that unselfish decision to help out someone else. He did tell me he wanted to think about it over night. Later that evening he told his Daddy about what he wanted to do, even Daddy was surprised by his generous act. Daddy knew how long he had been holding on to his money. He offered to still donate $20 and let Zachary keep his money. Zachary told him No, we can both donate $20 so TWO families can have Thanksgiving.

The following morning shortly after school started he came to me and said he wanted to take the money to the teacher in charge of the collection. We walked, hand in hand, up to the 5th grade class that she teaches, and he handed her that crumpled up $20. At first she thought the donation came from my wallet, and then he explained the whole story to her. Well she fought back the tears, and so did I. As we walked out, he looked at me and gave me the biggest smile and said “Momma I feel good! That made me happy! Oh!! and Momma we now have to get $20 from Daddy—so we can help TWO families!”

As he skipped down the hall I couldn’t help but smile and to be soooo proud of my 6 year old son, who had decided on his own that he wanted to help out others. Little does he know now how many people have been touched by his little act of kindness. Nor will he ever see the faces of those 2 families who will have a Thanksgiving dinner because of him, but he learned that by doing something so selfless a true feeling of happiness, one that can’t be gotten from the newest latest toy but a feeling from doing something AMAZING!

I’m sooo proud of you Zachary! May you continue to be a blessing to others! I love you!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Its Garden time!!

We have decided to give the garden another try.  Our first year was amazing!!  Then the drought in Texas started.  We planted year 2 and we lost it all....well I think that we might have harvested enough green beans for a meal or 2 but that was it.  We fought until the bitter end...spending hours and hours and hours watering it.  The Texas heat (one of the hottest on record) was just too much for it and we had to quit.  It was hard to take that loss...yes its only our garden and not our livelihood but it was still hard to let it go.  Year 2 was such a dissappointment that we didn't even try in year 3, plus we were still in the middle of a drought.
Year 4 appears to be promising....weather pattern seems to be alot like it was our first year. So we are giving it a shot!! Now this isn't your normal backyard garden....no we like to do it up BIG!!  So far we have planted 5 80ft rows of sweet corn, 12 20ft rows of green beans (3 varieties), 5 25ft rows of black eyed peas, 5 25ft rows purple hull (cream peas), and about 15 mounds of zucchini done. We got a good steady rain on Tuesday so hopefully we will see some sprouts by early next week.  Still have a lot to get into the ground!!  But this is a great start!!

Kids and their friends helping pull the weeds out.

Green beans planted on the right and left of this path, along with blackeyed peas and cream peas

Kinder Rodeo Days

Last Friday was Rodeo Days for the Kindergarteners!!  Zachary counted down the days until he could go to school dressed like a cowboy!!  Ya know boots are one of his favorite things to wear, so boots and a hat....man the boy was in heaven!  They played lots of cowboy games and ate cowboy food--a good ol hot dog and cactus juice.  They even ate some real cactus later that afternoon. 
He really wanted to wear Pa's hat....I really wanted him to as well, but I was soooo afraid of someone mistreating it.  So we opted for Daddy's well used and abused hat.  I can't tell you how many of the teachers stopped me and told me how much they LOVED his hat!!

Watch out ladies....he is gonna be a killer cowboy!!

Don't ya just wanna grab those cheeks?!?!!

He came home and know all he has talked about is wanting a horse.  Maybe one day we will have a horse up here again.....honestly I miss having one here.....