Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Please read and sign the petition...PLEASE!!!

Hi everyone, I just want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!!! If you haven't noticed, I have a petition box on my blog. My family is trying to get enough signatures to print out and sent to the producers of Extreme Makeover Home Edition. I know it is a long shot, but we already filled out the application...our next big thing to do is make a video...any ideas would be great. We really, really need this. I know that I got a comment stating that I should say what we have or are doing for our community because there is nothing on it...well, we have done so much...we donate clothes, food and toys (that haven't been beat up by the kids) to the areas all around us. My husband has done many things for the schools, churches, the Cystic Fibrosis foundation, American Heart Association, and cities around here...signs from fundraisers to centerpieces and tickets...My husband is the kind of guy that makes friends with everyone. He can go anywhere and strike up a conversation with them. Always looking for the good in all, he never is quick to judge anybody. Not only is he a very hard worker, but he spends time with our kids...takes them here or there...while I stay home with the little ones, or the ones that are sick at the time. He even joined the school PTU...now how many dads can you honestly say you know, that actually ENJOYS doing all the school functions that he can! He always has to make sure that the elderly people around us...well actually...most of our neighbors around us, have their yards raked in the fall and their driveway and walkways shoveled in the winter. He makes sure that we give food to the needy, even though sometimes we ARE the needy. We may not have a "cause" to fight in the community, or a state funded grant for a "cause", but we help and care for those around us with what we have to offer.
So if you all would be so kind to pass this petition on to everyone you know and have them sign it, I would be forever grateful to you.
A great big THANK YOU to all of you that have already signed! Thank you all for the nice notes you left with your signature! Love you all!

Now I would like to take this time to publicly thank my family for everything that have done for us. My husbands business has slowed WAY down because of 1)Kenny being in and out of the hospital and 2)the economy...no one has the money for signs and graphics...advertising is the first to be cut from a budget. So this past month has been one that we would much rather not talk about. We have been struggling... and my family helped us out with a Christmas dinner and presents for the kids...Thank you all very, very much! Also, Tony's brother gave him a van, since his died. This is such a bad time for us...I've been so down about it. So sorry if I've been distant lately...it's been a very bad couple of years...Nicks death, Kenny with all his problems, financial, and a few other things...mix it all together, and you get a very stressful emotional mess.
I am so thankful to God that our marriage is a strong one, because through everything, we have each other...like our marriage vows, for richer or poorer, through sickness and health...yep...been there...done that...in 13 short years of marriage! I would not wish any of this...on anybody...and for everyone that has told us that we shouldn't of had so many kids...we wouldn't trade a hug or a smile from any one of our kids!!!! They ARE what life is about. We are proud of all of our kids and will make the best out of what God has given us (and has taken away) I can only hope that when they are grown, they rally around one another like our family has done for us...THANK YOU!
Oh, I am also still getting angel ornaments from people...I love them, thank you for sending us a little happiness.

9 comments:

Arlene said...

.Michele and Tony, As your mom I am very,very proud of you. I love you and wish I had the money and lived closer to be helping you. I will this summer, God willing. You and your sisters have been the love of my life even though sometimes it seemed to you I didn't have enough time to give you. But I hope you know I loved and still love evey one of you. Just like I KNOW you love your family very, very much. God Bless you.

Anonymous said...

Michele and Tony -- you have to remember GOD doesn't give us any more than we can handle, and sometime we question what his thinking is, but we are not to question. God closes a window, but always opens a door! God Bless and Happy New Year.

Michele said...

Mom, Thank you...Love you and Daddy tons!

Michele said...

To Anonymous...
Thank you for your comment. It is just very hard to trust Gods will, when everything you trust God to protect...he takes away. What has happened in the last 2 years I pray NEVER happens to ANYONE...from losing Nick, Kenny being in and out of the hospital, his disabilities, my guilt, Tony's business, the accusations that were made on us (which has really hurt us emotionally)...we will never get over...Just everything...I see how there are people in this world that said some beautiful stuff about my family on the petition...people that we don't even know...and some family members cant even show compassion to us about losing Nick or having a large family...THAT HURTS...My husband is hurt but wont show it to anyone but me. We love our kids and would give them anything. We teach them right from wrong, they never go without clothes, food, shelter or love. I just want something good to happen to us instead of getting slammed at every move we make.
But thank you for the comment and I hope you have a very Happy New Year too.

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Fun Mom said...

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Judy said...

Michele and Tony,
I received this petition from your mom today. I haven't been in touch for a very long time. I hope this works out for you and your family, and this coming year brings you an abundance of health and happiness and prosperity (enough to make you confortable). God bless you and your family.

Aunt Judy (Missouri)

Joey said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog... you are so sweet. I have another blog that I actually spend more attention on... http://www.dishinmom.com
I post more regularly there... and most posts from Clayson Family appear there as well... I don't do as much with Clayson Family... I made it for family and friends... and you know how they are... they just don't read it that often.. ha..see how they are? Anyway, I signed your petition, and wish you the best of luck with it... sounds like you deserve it for sure. Joey

Michele said...

Thanks Aunt Judy
I love ya!