Do you know me? Maybe not, maybe you do, maybe you follow my (very sporadic) blog posts. Over the next few weeks, or, however, long it takes, I’m inviting you to go on a journey with me.
In October of 2013, my beloved went home to be with the Lord. For about a year prior to his passing, we began to dream big, and decided to live large, as our children had all made it to adult-hood. One of the big plans/dreams was to take scuba diving lessons, become certified, and dive in exotic places around the world. Sadly, that did not materialize. I gave up on living live out loud. Or, at least, on those things we were going to do ‘together’. As a matter of fact, one friend encouraged me to still dive, and I said, no – I didn’t even want to do that anymore.
I would have to say, about a year and a half into my ‘new normal’ journey, I stumbled upon a facebook page entitled One Fit Widow. Her story of loss, but, more importantly, her desire to live, and to live out loud, was simply inspiring for me. She is truly, in my mind, a super-hero.
That is the back-story to where I find myself today. One of the facets of Michelle’s life is the building of a not-for-profit organization, called Live the List. Michelle’s passion, along with her husband Keith (chapter 2, isn’t that amazing to be doubly blessed?), want to see widows and widowers live out the passions that they were unable to do because of the death of their spouse.
The Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving, I applied. I thought, I can’t lose, right? I reached out to the Aqua-Hut to determine the cost of classes, etc. It was soon after the first of the month that I saw this on Facebook:
Man! Did I feel honored that Michelle was posting about ‘me’. I wanted to burst, so I did. into tears!
On December 8th, I posted this on my Instagram, and Facebook: It was a couple of hours later that I received an email from Live the List that I had been selected! So, yes, I burst out in tears. You probably are getting a pattern here!
Tears. I read the email to my son, as I cried.
When I think about this, I continue to cry. I am truly humbled and blessed beyond measure that I was chosen for this truly memorable gift!
Last night, I couldn’t sleep – as I scrolled Facebook, I ran across this post on the One Fit Widow Facebook Page:
Tonight I want to tell you a love story.
In the photo below is a beautiful couple who shared a lifetime together. This is Ted and Laura and they first met 12/31/1977 when they were snowed in for 5 days STRAIGHT at Laura’s sisters house during the blizzard of 78.
Talk about fate and timing!
For 35 plus years and 6 children – Laura loved Ted and Ted loved Laura.
Ted dreamed of taking scuba diving lessons when he recovered and received a liver transplant. Unfortunately Ted never got the chance to make this dream come true.
Laura has come to Live The List Nonprofit to help her complete this wish of Ted’s. She has decided it will help her move forward boldly with her own personal future all while honoring a man who gave her all of him.
That’s what our nonprofit wants to offer. You see, by fulfilling dreams they had for their future in many ways we decide to keep living our future. That’s what I personally learned when I started living Mitch’s list and I love that other widowers are able to have that incredible feeling too. Many widows don’t have the financial resources to have these simple moments of pure happiness because the difficult situations they were left in leave them strapped. No time to think of themselves and their wishes for the future. We want to grant as many wishes as possible because we believe it makes a difference in many lives.
Laura, I can’t wait to see the photos from your dive and I’m so glad our nonprofit was able to help you live this dream for Ted but also for YOU.
By December 31st our goal is to raise $10,000 for our baby nonprofit. We have currently raised about $2000. We are a 501c3 organization which means some or all of your donation is tax deductible. If everyone just gave $20 tonight we’d long surpass our goal and be able to help countless widows/widowers.
Can you help us help others Live the List?
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for any shares or donations. We can’t do it without you.
Good night world – together we can make a difference,
Guess what happened??? I cried my eyes out!!
With that, I’ll wrap up post #1. I would love to see you follow my journey!
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Growing in Grace,