Do Good, Win Stuff

Short version, one of ours could use your help. You can get not only the warm fuzzies of knowing you did something good, but you can win some pretty awesome prize packages. OldNFO has the details and pictures of the prize packages, start here. Keep checking back because more goodies are being added all the time. As of this writing, there were 14 prize packages 15 prize packages!

Still here? What are you waiting for? I’ll still be here when you get back.

So I know you’ve heard that Andi is a wife, mom, sister, small business owner etc. When I met Andi, she was coffee-slinger extraordinaire at the local purveyor of blogorado breakfast, aka Obligatory Cow. (She also brought bacon, eggs, and cinnamon rolls that could give you diabetes from across the room.) I don’t think you can fully understand the magnitude of slinging coffee and vittles to this rag-tag group of misfits. We take over a room. We switch seats. We tell tall tales which usually contain not insubstantial amounts blood, gore, and improvised explosives. Not really the kind of thing that could be described as polite company. We’re loud and often unruly. Andi took it all in stride with a smile on her face. Not only that, she kept coming back for more. This woman’s cat-herding skills even kept us out of the hair of the more regular clientele.

Now she makes amazing artwork out of metal.

Not only is she one of our own, she has served as caretaker of the tribe. And now she needs our help.  I know, it’s a terrible time to ask for money, but it’s a terrible time to need the help. She’s looking at 18 months of therapy that will have to be paid for out-of-pocket. It’s hard enough to do the work to get your life back without the extra anxiety about how to pay for it. In our house, we’re intimately acquainted with the challenges that come with recovery. I’m sure many of you are as well.

If you can, please contribute to her GoFundMe. Email the confirmation of your donation to to enter the raffle. You’ll get a response which is most likely keyed by yours truly since I’ve volunteered to collect this data and make with the magic. It may just say ‘Thank you,” but I promise, I am really reading those messages and passing them on as appropriate. I’m a bean counter in my day job, I can count the beans for this too. I can even sort them out and make pretty charts.

You guys are awesome, each and every one of you. If and when I meet you in real life, you’re getting hugged. I’m pretty serious about my hugs too. No hover hands or side hugs. You should warn me if you’ve got any injuries like broken ribs prior to said hugging.

Incompatible With Life

Three words you don’t want to hear at a prenatal appointment. It’s supposed to fun and exciting to see your baby on that screen. To hear their heart beat. To make plans for your bundle of joy.

It should not be the day you being planning a funeral. And yet that’s exactly what happened to Erik and Sabra. It’s absolutely heartbreaking. I can’t even wrap my brain around what they must be feeling right now.

On top of that, they are facing eviction by a truly heartless landlord. And they are having car issues as well. Erin’s got some more details about the needs there.

They’ve set up a YouCaring site with an all too humble goal. No one should have to plan their child’s funeral. Please let them know they aren’t alone. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they walk this devastating path.

For Your Consideration

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet Tin Can Assassin and his family. Progeny is a delightfully spirited child with a powerful drive for exploration.

Without diving into the details, he’s in need of some help. Too much of what should have remained private has been made public already. My hope is that the situation can be resolved to the benefit of all parties but particularly for Progeny. She’s a sweet girl, and she doesn’t deserve to be caught in the middle of all of this.

Take a minute and consider the situation.

I don’t know why his estranged wife feels like she isn’t safe, but she isn’t a bad person. I do not believe she has malicious intent. However, I also do not believe that Tin Can Assassin is at fault. I believe that she is very truly hurt and frightened and should not be demonized here. Unfortunately, it has come to the point where it is important for attorneys to get involved.

Review the situation and do what you feel is right.

Thinking of Brigid

I took a much needed vacation day on Friday and largely stayed off the blogs for the weekend so I was surprised and saddened to hear of the passing of my friend’s brother on Friday. I am honored to be able to call Brigid a true friend and my heart aches with hers in this time of loss. Fitting that it should happen over Easter weekend when we celebrate the greatest promise of the Gospel. The promise of resurrection. A reminder that this world is only temporary, our flawed bodies only shells. Like the thief on the cross, we have our place in paradise complete with perfect bodies free from pain and grief.

Brigid is a kind soul who never hesitates to soothe the hurts and comfort those that need it. Even to her own detriment. Knowing that it was her brother that she could go to tells me that he was a fine man, indeed. Please direct your thoughts and prayers to Brigid and her family in this time of mourning and celebration of the blessings his life gave to them.

Signal Boost

Msgt B could use your time and attention. Please go read this post. It’s a very important one.

The killers will get the justice they deserve eventually. Let’s hope it is sooner rather than later so the family can have peace. I applaud the family for turning their tragedy into a blessing for others.

Love and Prayers for the Phillippines

Growing up, my family was always very close with a missionary to the Philippines. For all my life I have been connected to the work of Salvador Cariaga. I shared many meals with him at my parent’s home. He’s really more family than friend.

And so it was with shock and horror when I started to see the images from Arapal.

Arapal Children's Home
COPYRIGHT@. Pictures are private property of Shepherds Hill International. Permission required to use them for publication. Please contact or call 817 480 1287. Photos taken by Marilyn Andales. Please pass and share.


This is the Arapal Children’s Home. It has served orphans, fed countless impoverished children, and saved many lives.

From Facebook

Sometime before, during, or after Sunday services, please announce to your church the needs in the Philippines. The damage and destruction there is at the highest level of calamity in the world. List of death will be in the thousands. Tacloban alone is over a thousand deaths and counting. We were fortunate in Arapal because although all our buildings were destroyed, lives were spared because we had one solid shelter made out of cement and stone. 50 people were able to seek refuge in the basement and were unharmed. Hundreds of thousands were not as fortunate.

Please send your help to Shepherds HIll International, PO Box 11000, Oklahoma City, OK 73136. Or you may send it online to Shepherds Hill is a non-profit organization led by Dr. Mike O’Neal as the chairman of the board (former OC president). All disaster donations will be sent to the Philippines to help with the relief and rebuilding work there. Just note that it is for the disaster in the Philippines. I am also avialable to speak in churches or civic groups. For more information, please contact me at 817 480 1287 or email me at

Please pray and pass this announcement around.
God bless us all.

Salvador Cariaga

Fortunate. They lost everything they had built and yet they are fortunate. Their needs are very real and immediate. Salvador’s organization is already there. They are a part of the community. I am confident that any funds donated will go directly to help those in need.

Here is an interview that he did with The Weather Channel

Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated. Arapal was a refuge. It will be again.


Pet Project

Behold! I bring you the cute!
major-300x209Just look at that face.


This lovely girl is currently residing with our friends, the Atomic Nerds. As you saw from the link that I know you clicked on, she’s got some special needs. Enter everyone’s favorite sucker, our dear Farm Girl.

She has stepped up to be caregiver for this precious Akita. She’s got the will, the skills, and the space, but is a bit tight on the funds.

Don’t make me show you the face again!

Every little bit really does help, and you can give here.


I did it. I showed you THAT FACE again. Go on, click the pic.

There are a lot of people out here on the interwebs. If everyone just threw a couple bucks in the hat, it would make a big difference.

ETA: Farm Girl tells me in the comments below that a home may have been found for Major! Donations will still go towards her care. Just wanted to update for anyone reading in a reader without clicking into the comments.


Squeak or Treat

Yes, I know. I am fully and intimately aware of how badly everyone is hurting financially right now. I get it.

At the same time, we have an opportunity to help one of our own and get a chance at some nifty stuff. Erin is organizing a raffle to help Bonnie with her upcoming surgery. Go check it out and give if you are able and so moved.

And yes, if you scroll down into her comment section you will see that I am offering to record a voice-mail greeting in return for a donation. I’m not raffling that off. If you send me your receipt and a script, I will record a short message for you. This is in addition to whatever raffle tickets you may request.  I have veto authority on any script submitted, but silliness is welcome and encouraged. I don’t have any professional recording equipment, but I will do my best to make it sound good for you.

One of my ‘other duties as assigned’ in my day job is voice talent. You call my office, you will hear me directing you through the phone menu(s). I’m the person assuring you that your call is important to us and will be answered in the order in which it was received.

Thank you again for everyone that has helped out. You have all done real and tangible good. There is certainly no shortage of worthwhile causes out there.