Well friends, it’s that time of the year. The time where we spend countless hours with the ones we love (or maybe tolerate) and reflect on the past year.
2010 has certainly been momentous for our family! It all began with the new addition in our family, Robert Thomas (aka Bubby). He’s a bundle of absolute joy and smiles. Our little princess Kaylee turned 2, and Michael entered 3rd grade where he’s thriving. Ryan went back to school for motorcycle mechanics, and I got a job at So Cal Officiant where every day I get to help couples plan weddings. I love my job 🙂 Mom had double bypass and valve replacement surgery. It was a difficult situation for everyone in our household, but we came out stronger because of it. I’m likely facing back surgery in the New Year, but I remain very optimistic. Nana hit the big 9-0 and is still going stronger than me some days!
We also spent countless hours and days giving back.
We participated in many charity events, and donated to numerous organizations. Here’s a list of organizations we donated to:
Adopt A US Soldier ~ Bears On Patrol and Miles The Bear ~ Broken Loaf Food Pantry ~ Chemo Angels ~ CHOC Walk In The Park ~ Coasting For Kids and Give Kids The World Village ~ Drum Hike ~ Friends Like Us ~ Great American 4th Of July Bike Parade ~ Inspired Grace ~ Kids Korner @ LB Sunday Market ~ Layers Of Love ~ LB Depot For Creative Reuse ~ Love In The Mirror ~ March On Alzheimer’s ~ NOH8 Campaign ~ Operation Easter Basket ~ Operation Gratitude ~ Paint The Park Pink ~ Relay For Life Lakewood ~ Relay For Life Long Beach ~ Ride For Kids ~ Ronald McDonald House Walk For Kids ~ Soldier’s Angels ~ Toys For Laughs Comedy Show, We Love LB Food Drive ~ Wish Upon A Wedding
We raised over $1000 for the big events we participated in: Ronald McDonald House Walk For Kids, Ride For Kids, Coasting For Kids, CHOC Walk In The Park, and March On Alzheimer’s.
My son, Michael, and I started Mikk’s Kid Krusaders, a charity family team. MKK participated in CHOC Walk In The Park. Our team raised $600 and blew past our goal of $350. Our family adopted a soldier from Soldier’s Angels. We also coordinated a drive for Operation Gratitude, in which we raised over $200 for them! I started my charity, Inspired Grace, which sends notes of encouragement and support to those who need it. My charity craft company, Brianne’s Basics, has expanded tremendously. We’re currently selling “Brianne’s Beanies”. For each beanie sold, 100% of the money goes to purchase more skeins of yarn. In turn, those skeins can make 4-5 beanies or scarves for the troops! Our crochet awareness flowers are going to be included in the Sundance Film Festival Gift Bags.
I was named a Kids Are Heroes Ambassador, Friends Like Us HUGS Program Rep, Bears On Patrol Supporter, and It All TABS Up Southern California Team Leader. We started a Kids Craft Corner at the Long Beach Sunday Market. I was a guest on the SwoopsWorld.com Radio Show for their one year celebration on December 8.
The outpouring of love and support has been amazing. We’ve had local businesses support us tremendously: Averyboo Arts, Caught In The Moment, Ceremonies By Carolyn, First United Methodist Church Of Lakewood, Frosted Cupcakery, Heather’s Cards, Long Beach Depot For Creative Reuse, Red Eye Media, Second Street Optical, So Cal Officiant, and Subject Clothing. We’ve also had many national organizations support us: Bear Haven Boutique, Lollipop Labs, Jodi from microfiber-products-online.com
I just want to say thank you. All of you have inspired me to be better, to work harder, and to love more. I thank all of you for your support, and I look forward to working with you in 2011! Happy Holidays!
With friendship and gratitude,
Heather and Ryan Nelson (Michael, Kaylee, and Robert)