Just a few updates today, no rants. 😉
My son’s birthday is next week. We shopped on eBay for gifts or I told him he can have some money to spend. He doesn’t want a party, but just a barbecue with some of his neighborhood friends. Other than a few Lego things, there’s really not much he wants.
My friend, who’s in the hospital for a while, had a birthday yesterday. I went to see her, but I didn’t bring a card or a gift. I told her I would take her out to dinner for her birthday as soon as she could go. The birthday dinner thing seems to be the best thing. You get to spend time with your friends, share a good meal and have some great memories.
Helping the homeless.
I went to an orientation for Our Calling. This organization, started by Wayne Walker, is quite an impressive operation in helping homeless and broken people. There are many ways to help people through Our Calling, from serving people in person to financial and donations. I sat for a little while with a man named Jeff, who is now clean, off the streets after many years and is out there helping others. His comment to us was, “… thank you for helping me, because now I can go out and help others.” Check it out if you have a minute.
I can’t end this section without also mentioning our local homeless shelter, The Samaritan Inn. Suburban homelessness exists, only it’s more difficult to see since they aren’t hanging out under bridges or panhandling in our downtown areas. Our suffering economy (as opposed to the economists that need to make it sound like everything is stable and improving) has severely increased the homeless population over the past few years.
If you’re in the Frisco area and have any desire to work with these organizations, I’m starting a Go Group (through Preston Trail Community Church) that focuses on helping the homeless. Join me!
I’m probably going to need tires on my 14 year old SUV before this challenge is up. I’m starting to look on eBay and craigslist, however that is going to require me to know way more about tires than I ever wanted to know. I’ll keep you posted on this one.
I’m past the 1/3 mark for the year! Time is flying…