This is one of those “hard for me to write” posts. I’ve put is off for a little bit hoping I can write is without crying the entire way through it.
One day towards the beginning of April I got a note from blog reader and friend Doreen. If you attended any of our retreats, you likely remember Doreen. She was at the West Union site the first year and at Oelwein the other years.
Doreen lives in a neighboring town and is VERY active with Quilts of Valor. She and her husband Jim have been very active in their community and once owned the local ambulance service.
Well Doreen messaged me and told me she wanted to help Kramer and I with expenses that have come up since he’s been diagnosed with cancer and isn’t really able to work. She said that she had a big change jar and wanted to give the change to us.
I was overwhelmed. Remember when we turned in out change jar? (Read about that post HERE.) Our jar had $442 in the jar. That was too much. She didn’t need to do that…Doreen was persistent though and offered to take the jar right to our bank for us. Kramer and I are slowly learning that we need to accept the help that is offered to us…It’s been hard…so I said okay and told Doreen that there was a branch of our bank, Bank Iowa, right in her town.
I had no idea. No idea.
That night we were getting ready for supper and the doorbell rang. It was Doreen and Jim. Doreen had a cheesecake with her and a two envelopes.
We were overwhelmed. They taken the jar to the bank and had already cashed it in. Then Doreen told the story of getting the jar to the bank…and she showed some pictures.
The jar was HUGE. They needed a dolly cart to transport it. OH MY!
Then she showed a picture of the people at the bank trying to manhandle the jar and get the money into the change counter. See….
We visited a bit and then they left leaving us with a cards and cheesecake. Kalissa and Craig were there and had been putting their coats on to go when Doreen and Jim came. Once they were out the door Kalissa said, “Are you having cheesecake? If you are can we stay?” They did. OH MY WORD. The cheesecake left us speechless.
Then we opened the cards….Doreen had a gift for Kalissa and Craig. Gannon had been sick and they had extra expenses due to him being in the hospital…Doreen knew she could use some help too. We are all shocked by the gifts. SHOCKED.
Kalissa and I both were crying…Kramer was sitting at his chair with head in his hands. Shocked.
We are overwhelmed…and shocked.
It’s amazing that even though Jim and Doreen don’t own the ambulance service anymore, they are still taking care of the people. We are so thankful and feel so blessed by their amazing gift.
Doreen, if you’re reading this thank you and…seriously, we need the recipe too!!