Sunday, January 17, 2010

words cannot express...

how incredibly grateful and overwhelmed I have been since early wednesday morning. my heart and my tearducts have been overflowing. when i decided to host a benefit for jonathan's birthday, i had no idea what i was in for. so much love, generosity, and support has been poured out in our direction that i am simply in awe. thank you.

thank you for making this week one of the best i have ever had.
thank you for helping little insignificant me do something truly amazing.
thank you for taking on a cause that may not impact your life daily, but certainly impacts the lives of those closest to me.
thank you for your friendship and for your encouragement.

when i started allora handmade, i had no idea what a blessing it would be and i am so thankful for the opportunity to give in a way that was otherwise impossible.

do you want to hear what we did this week? drumroll please....

with your help, we raised over $1300 for Autism Speaks.
can you believe it? i know. AWESOME.

my sister has been in tears. what a blessing for her to feel supported through you in one of the biggest challenges she has ever had to face. and though J may not know of your willingness to contribute to a cause that will affect his life, his family will. so, thank you.

i can't think of a better way to start off the year. i feel as though my heart has been changed, and my mind has been opened to the possibilities that are out there as long as i am up for the challenge. i hope that 2010 will be a year of change and growth and giving. i know that it will be an amazing year if i can learn to look outward instead of inward and give more of myself, my time, and my talents.

thank you. thank you. thank you for making that possible. those words just don't do it justice!!


Nicki said...

Jess! You are a rockstar! That's all I have to say. rock. on. hermana. :)

Melissa said...

You are so welcome. How wonderful for you to do such a great thing with your talents! Good work Jess!

liz stanley said...

that is so incredible, congrats on raising so much money for such a great cause

Mom said...

As Grammy to 5 beautiful grandchildren, and one very special Jonathan, I too, thank you!!!!! What you have accomplished over the past few days has touched me in a way that is hard to explain. I am such a proud mom!!! Thank you for again inspiring me.

Madsen Family said...

jess, you were featured on "natalie's sentiments" which is just so random b/c natalie is from spokane and i totally know her! i went on her blog and there was a big schpeil abt. allora handmade and i was like--i know her! crazy, what a small world it is. congrats on raising so much money for jonathan. what a talented, kind, and generous person you are. i aspire to be like you someday.

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