Hey Dreamers. I''m coming to you with a heavy heart today. My daughter's friend (they were room mates when Tami was stationed in Sicily) had a fire in her home on Oct 30. She and some friends had walked down the street to a Halloween party, only to arrive home and find that her home was fully destroyed. She lost it all...her car, her motorcycle, her Naval uniforms, her clothes, her electronics, pictures, EVERYTHING.
Perhaps her greatest lost is her dog Luna. Luna had loved her through some tough things in her life and this loss was as deep as losing a child
Another huge loss (disappointment really) is that the government that she has given her life to has turned their back on her...not offering any help in this awful time in her life! No rallying around to help her replace stuff, no emergency housing...oh wait, they offered her a low rate loan! Thanks Uncle Sam for nothing. (Excuse my bitterness, but that's how I feel. No holding back!)
She has renter insurance, but it doesn't cover all she lost, or enough to get her going fully. I am fully aware of how tight finances are for all of us (I'm making house payment in Chicago & Oklahoma).But in a couple of weeks we will all start shopping for our Christmas presents for our family. And maybe we will stop at the Angel Tree and pick a child off the tree to purchase a gift for. Well, I am presenting you my Christmas Angel this year...
She is a bright, smiling sailor who lives life to her fullest. Her heart is bigger than Texas. When Tami wanted to drive to California, so her in-laws could see Ethan for Christmas, she was afraid to drive all that way with a 1 year old...in winter. I was nervous about it also. Lea offered to help her friend. She flew from California to Oklahoma just to ride with Tami! She stayed at our house before they left. She is just an amazing young lady.
So my daughter (another amazing young lady) has set up a registry for her through Target. The basics, things she loves, and maybe a few things that are just to bring some enjoyment into her life are on the list. I know my friends have hearts of gold and would love to help a young lady who has given herself to to protect us. Just go to Target.com and find Lea Ponder on the list registry. It will ship to the friend's house that is housing her right now. You can put in the note you are a friend of Momma Funk, if you wish.
As I am writing this, the song on my play list has turned to Amazing Grace and I am once again reminded of how much God has given me. Home, family, friends..the things that make life on earth worth while. And I again am reminded of Matthew 25: 34-46 that speaks of the day we will be gathered before Him, at His throne. "Cone, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothing. I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.'" and 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who re members of m family, you did it to me."