Friday, July 6, 2012

#PayItForward: Good News for Good People @kitkatkootie @saskadad

Most Fridays, I will share with you a post from another blog that I find particularly moving, interesting, or funny. They will be posts that fit the DKL mold... ones I think people who read this blog would enjoy. Another blogger I follow started something similar. I also wanted to do this because someone paid it forward to me, giving me tons of new followers. So this is the least I can do...

I can't stop smiling. Yesterday I received two pieces of good news from two great people. And it just made my day. It continues to make my day today. Please check out both of these posts by two of my favorite people in the blogosphere and bloggers in the peoplesphere. I truly consider both of them my friends, even though I've only met either of them on the internet. So I want to share their joy, and my joy for them, with you.



First up is Katy from I Want a Dumpster Baby. She needs no introduction from me. But in case you've been living under a dumpster for the past year, she's an amazing person, writer, and blogger who chronicles her life as a recovering alcoholic and her journey toward motherhood. Her stories serve as messages of joy, hope, and honesty. She's inspiring and encouraging. Oh, and she's riotously funny. Hers is the great American story of redemption. And yesterday she revealed some exciting, amazing news. Usually I'd provide a blurb from the post I'm introducing, but I don't want to steal this momma's thunder. Click here to read it and see the pictures of the old 'bump.' (She's glowing. It's great.)

I dream that one day My Director and I will fly to Chicago and attend a Cubs with Katy and her DH. (Dumpster Husband.) It's a goal more than a dream. (It's ok, Katy, we'll get a hotel room. I don't want to impose.)

Next up is James from EduDad. If his name sounds familiar, it's because he's been featured here several times before. Most recently in my Tribute to Dads for Father's Day. And the theme song he wrote for DKL now lives on this site right over there. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

James has a daughter named Imogen. She's Peanut's age. So her stories, her journey, always hit close to home for me. Imogen was born with an eye condition that pretty much made her legally blind, with very little hope to see normally. Well, after surgery last year and several follow-up visits, her doctor has proclaimed that Imogen can now see - with glasses - like any other kid. It warms my heart writing and reading that.

A few months ago, James wrote about his daughter's struggle with her glasses:
Whenever she would dress up in her princess clothes, she would take her glasses off. Begrudgingly, after several prompts (threats) she would put her glasses back on.
On one such occasion my Mom... overheard this conversation:

"Sweetie, please put your glasses on. 
But Daddy, I’m playing princess. 
You know you have to wear them. They’re good for your eyes.
But… But… Princesses don’t wear glasses."
Like all princess stories, this one has a fairy tale ending. Click to read how Grandma proved Imogen wrong.

I hope you enjoyed this special Pay It Forward as much as I enjoyed sharing it. Please be sure to find a way to follow these two great bloggers. You can find IWADB most predominantly on Facebook. EduDad is very friendly and engaging on Twitter.

10 comments:

  1. rock rock rock! you made me want to meet myself. Is that weird? thank you so much for your support and we would love to meet you!!! xoxoxo

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    1. No. I personally think I'm very fascinating as well. We will meet someday. And sing take Me Out To The Ballgame at Wrigley. It will be Epic-curios.

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  2. I am happy to have found your blog through dumpster baby, and I can't wait till one day I can tell my friends and family I am pregnant again, cause I need all the help in the world but I am lucky enough to have 1 already, and she too is like Imogen who needed glasses at the age of 2 and had a hard time with it (and let's be honest at the wage of 9 still does) I wish I had gotten her a princess doll with glasses :) that story made me tear up!

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    1. I'm happy you found DKL too, Amanda. Good luck with trying for #2. And I'm glad you took the time to read and comment on James' post as well. It is a wonderful post and his news an inspiring follow-up to it. Welcome to DKL!

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  3. Loved this. Goosebumps all over. I'm over the moon for sweet Katy. :)

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    1. Me too if you haven't noticed. ;-) She's the best!

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  4. Thank you so much DKL. I absolutely love PIF and am honored to be the recipient of yet another edition. Again, thank you.

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    1. You can thank that amazing, sweet, brave little girl of yours. And her wonderful, beautiful eyes.

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  5. Dumpster Baby sent me!!! You've already made me cry...and although you warned me...there wasn't anyone here to hand me the tissues!!! I'm just creating a new blog...so, lot's of work is an understatement!! I've "quit" my other blog...and making a new start...it's a new start all the way around for me! Am looking forward to more peanut stories!
    A.D.D. Music Mamma

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    1. You have been very active on the DKL Facebook page and I notice and appreciate it so much. Thanks for being here and for taking such an interest. And good luck with your new blog. Be sure to share it so I can help you get started.

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