This is Where I Live

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”
— Albert Schweitzer

I live in a really great place.

My kids go to a wonderful school. Olivia has wonderful friends that love her. Gabe is part of a wonderful group of boys who are the best of friends. Matthew has several really good buddies who don’t care that he’s not in Kindergarten yet. I have a solid group of wonderful friends that I adore and cherish more than they know. Matt has a great group of friends. Our families are close and we see them often. We are really, really lucky.

And yet just when I think I’ve felt the love, they give me more.

A few weeks ago, I was accidentally sent an email saying that Olivia’s friends wanted to have a car wash so they could raise enough money to be a hole sponsor for our 3rd annual Olivia’s Open golf outing. It was supposed to be a surprise, but I saw it. I was floored. These girls and their parents were going to give up a whole Sunday so that they could raise money for my sweet little girl.

And they did. Those girls and their parents and siblings washed cars for 4 hours to raise money for the 5p- Society. It was amazing, really.

I sent out emails and texts and messages on Facebook encouraging friends to come out to the car wash and support these girls in their efforts.

And they did.

It was a whole afternoon of car after car of friends, teachers and family members all coming for those girls and for us. I know it was just a car wash, but it was a wonderful experience.

Olivia only lasted 2 of the 4 hours of the car wash; the girls called and asked if they could stop by after they were done to give us the money. I answered to the door to a group of little girls soaking wet in their bathing suits, along with their parents and siblings, as they handed us….


It was so touching. The girls were thrilled and so very proud. Olivia was clapping and screaming. I was getting teary-eyed, of course. I felt so overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity.

And guess what? The girls asked if they could do it again the next weekend! We all laughed at that thought (they didn’t realize how much work it was!) but I definitely think this will be their first annual.

This is where I live. In a community where friends and family support each other.

And it is amazing.


If you would be interested in donating to our 3rd annual Olivia’s Open charity golf outing, you can donate here. We are in need of hole sponsors, silent auction items and golfers too!! Contact me if you are interested at

**Dear Readers,

I’m on vacation but hopefully will post if I have wifi…you never know at these campgrounds!



12 responses to “This is Where I Live

  1. That touched my heart and made me tear up. What a great act of love and from your friends.

  2. This is spectacular! How heartwarming! Just made my day to read this!

  3. what beautiful girls with beautiful hearts! and parents who support them….which around where i live, is usually what stops a child in their tracks. i love what olivia is teaching others around her, just by being herself 🙂

  4. What an amazing show of love and support. That is what real community is all about. Good luck with the golf tournament.

  5. How wonderful! I have to admit I am jealous of “where you live”!

  6. I LOVE stories like this. People are awesome.

  7. This is so heartwarming!!! Totally made my day. So happy for you!

  8. This brought tears to my eyes!!! Way to go! That was so freaking awesome. And I wish we lived close because you know I would be there to help. I also wish I had some money to send you guys! The best part is how much fun they all had at it. And I hope I can live in a great town like that too one day. Where I know that everyone will have the best friends and people to support and uplift! That is wonderful!!

  9. We drove by that day and there were cars lined up 🙂 It was a bad day for Eli so we didn’t stop. It made my heart swell to see the number of people waiting and then to hear the amount of money raised in just 4 hours! This truly is an amazing community. I’m so glad I live in it with you!

  10. Kindness of community always makes me teary eyed. It is definitely inspiring and uplifting. And what a wonderful way to commemorate their special deed.

  11. Yay! I’ve got a huge smile on my face. What a wonderful story of real, true friendship.

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