Celebrate We WillPosted: January 29, 2013
Life is moving really fast.
The last month has consisted of many crazy things:
- A promotion
- With the promotion, a new office, chair, carpet, replacement, and a raise…and a whole mess of craziness!
- More free time..which I am so not used to!
- Somehow, completely filling that free time
- Financial Peace University (taking the class through our church)
- With FPU, a lot of hard looks at our spending habits
- Learning a lot of new information and trying not to be completely overwhelmed
- Baby Showers, Wedding Invites, Shower plans… all that girly stuff
- Catching up with friends
- Meeting new friends
- A lot of reflection
- Planning a Fun Run for Charity
- Marathon Training
- Some major fundraising for a great cause.
If you’ve been following my blog for a little while, you know that in June of 2012, I lost a co-worker and friend. It was all of a sudden and it was really hard. Our whole office felt it. But, we decided to do something to help James live on.
We started a scholarship endowment fund for James and have been working hard to reach our initial goal of $10,000.
Since we began in July of 2012, we have raised about $7,500. It’s been a lot of hard work and I am so happy to be a small part of this wonderful group. It’s amazing that this group (including co-workers, the family and community members) took such a painful loss and have turned it into a major positive.
In all honesty, I am in disbelief that we have raised so much so quickly. What an amazing group. And how amazing is our community’s generosity?! I’m speechless. It’s been so uplifting to see people come together, especially under such tragic circumstances.
James would have been 27 on February 12. I realized this a few days ago and it really hit me. He had so much life ahead of him.
I’ve been working with his sisters on planning this fun run and one of them sent me photos to use on race material. One was taken not long before he passed and seeing it was, for lack of a better word, heart-wrenching.
I’ve dealt with his death. I know that he is in a better place. But the last month–especially the last two weeks–have been really difficult. Looking at old photos, sharing stories about him, meeting and emailing his sisters… It’s comforting, but it also brings back that day in June. And it all comes back. My heart still breaks for his family.
He was such a caring, warm person… Thinking about that, well…it explains why we are already so close to our goal. Because the people who knew him, knew that. And they want to share that warmth and caring with people for years to come. I know I do.
So, we’ll continuing working toward our goal–and past it! And we’ll continue to celebrate the life that touched us, if only for a short time.
I know it’s early…but happy birthday, James. You left us too soon but I know that you’re in a better place.
Celebrate we will.
Because Life is short.
But sweet for certain.