Two falls ago I attended a retreat put on by Power of Moms. I loved it. I met friends I will have for life during those few fast days. One of the mothers I met I just instantly felt a connection to. (I know, that sounds like a quote from that super queer Bachelor show! Ick, sorry.) Her name was Allyson and she was this vibrant, energetic, confident, beautiful (no I am no exaggerating) mother of six. I didn’t have enough time to ask her the 150 questions I wanted to, but I knew if I had that chance, we could talk forever. I pretty much felt like that with everyone I met that weekend.
Anyways, Allyson sent me the link to her blog soon after we left and although she is not a consistent blogger by any means, within two posts suddenly her and her entire family was in Thailand, volunteering every day, all day in orphanages. I wasn’t a bit surprised either. She seemed like the type of girl that when she sets her mind to something-watch out. She chronicled her entire trip there and the photos and stories were wonderful.
I read every post with envy. And awe. Awe at her bravery. Awe at the fact that she didn’t just talk about wanting to do some incredible service project with her family, that she didn’t do what I think is easy-find every excuse NOT to go-(because you can always find excuses for just about anything can’t you?) but she DID it. All the planning, the money, the inconvenience, the medical stuff, the passports, the long flights, the car travel, the time change, the children’s ages….all the hurdles…she did it.
I think she posted twice in the year since her family was back at home and then I found this in my email box last week:
Dear friends and family,
Sorry I am late sending this out to everyone! Lots of you have been so kind to wish us well and ask for the blog. Here it is www.carefreetimelessness.
We are in Cambodia right now helping in an orphanage. We are in the middle of building them chicken coops so they have a way to get more protein in their diet with the meat and the eggs. Man can not live on rice alone 🙂 It has been truly amazing to be here. The Cambodians have captured my heart.
We then are going to Thailand to go back to the 2 orphanages we helped with last year for a month. Their website is www.homelifethailand.com Sam is doing his Eagle Project there, helping them build a new type of greenhouse because the rain continually washes out their gardens. Thanks to all who contributed funds to that! He was able to raise the money needed. We are so grateful to all of you. Then we are on to India to volunteer at a boarding school for children whose parents have leprosy. It is called Rising Star Outreach. The parents have all been cured of leprosy, they just have residual problems from the disease. We will be helping their parents as well as the children in the school. To finish the trip off we go to a small village in Spain to help in an impoverished elderly community. Hopefully we will all survive each other!! Anyway, we love you all and hope life is being good to you!
XOXO, Allyson and crew
You can read Allyson’s bloghere-I pretty much cry at every blog post she writes. There are some pretty profound things she says in there…I can’t help myself.
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