I've been debating with myself whether or not I should even post this here because I don't want my BOTLs and SOTLs here to think that I'm trying to garner any praise or atta' boys... but because of the friendships that I've found here on Puff, I can't imagine not letting you guys know what's been going on with me recently.
It's probably not too obvious, but I haven't been around the forum that much. I try to post when I am able, and I know I miss a ton of threads that I should probably reply to just so I can offer my goofy opinions or maybe even give out a bit of advice.
In early February of this year, I came up with the thought of having a Christian music and worship festival. I jokingly called it Lutherpalooza (I'm Lutheran and well, Luther was a big fan of music, so I thought, what the heck). Anyway, the pastor at my church said he thought it sounded like a fun idea, but I put it on the back burner. One day, I walk into our church and one of the other members approached me and says, "Hey, were you the one thinking about putting together a music festival?" I said that I was and she began to relate the story of a young lady here in our town who was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer, which had manifested itself on her pancreas. Unfortunately, the type of cancer she has also has a 90% chance of coming back. Anyway, she further told me that the woman had no health insurance and wondered if maybe we could use the music festival as a means to raising some money. Well, the idea stuck and in May we began formally planning this thing.
Now, I'm not exactly an organized person... in fact, when people talk about me, they generally talk about my "disorganizational skills" rather than my "organizational skills". Fortunately, the lady who came to me to ask about the festival is relatively well-organized. Thank God. LOL. Anyway, we had planning meetings and long story short, we pulled this thing off this last Sunday on the 18th. We had 6 participating praise bands and we were able to put together a half-day festival from 1:30 until 5pm. We were also able to raise over $2000 at the festival... which is being matched by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. So overall, we will be able to give this young lady a check for $4000+. Now, I fully understand that this isn't even a drop in the bucket for the bills she has and will continue to have.
Now understand, I enjoy giving and have always done so on kind of an individual basis to my church, to various charities, etc. But never in my life, have I felt this amazing wholeness and happiness in my heart to have been a part (a small part, because we had an amazing group of people working on this one we got it rolling) of something that could help someone like this. It was a huge amount of work, all made worthwhile by the amazing generosity of those who came to the event.
Anyway, like I said, I just truly wanted to share this with you guys because for whatever reason, Puff has come into my life and I feel like I know so many of you and have made so many good friends here... and it just seemed like something I would share with my friends and I just kind of wanted to let everyone know why I've been somewhat quiet as of late.
Thanks for reading.