Skip to main content

What ELSE can I do?

What would you do if your best friend died?

I think my initial reaction would be shock which would then be followed by a body heaving cry. I would head straight to my friend's house and cling to her family. I would be lost in emotion. It is my hope that at some point I would begin wondering, "what can I do?"  Once I got to that point I am fairly confident I would send Hugh to the store for supplies and head myself to the kitchen - because that's just what I do - I cook. I also hope that as I spent some time in the kitchen crying and cooking, I would start thinking "What ELSE can I do?"

A friend who lives on our crescent lost a dear friend. Her name was Audra-May Babcock and she left a husband and 2 sons ( 2 years-old and 4 years-old) to mourn her.

Some of Audra's friends did exactly what I hope I would do. They thought, "What ELSE can I do?" They put together a fundraiser on Saturday night to raise money for Audra's boys' education fund. Hugh and I went and are happy to report that they raised over $1500 for her boys.

Although I didn't know Audra, I can try to imagine what it would feel like to die before my time and leave behind all the people that I love. I think I could rest a little easier if I knew there were people out there - even strangers - who were in some small way going look out for my loved ones.

The last couple of days I have been thinking, "What ELSE can I do for Audra?" and Glennon over at Momastery came to mind. Glennon and her readers, whom she refers to as Monkees, have done numerous good deeds for families in need. You can get to the links of a few of there good deeds HERE. I figure, if they can do it, why can't we?

The answer to my question, "What ELSE can I do for Audra?" is this. I can share her tragedy with you and I can help raise funds for her legacy. Education is expense and her husband and children have been through enough.

There is a trust set up at TDCanadaTrust for Max and Mile's education fund. I am not sure if you can direct deposit, but I am looking into it. If you want to donate, feel free stop by the bank or email me the money jmf322@gmail.com. I will take a lump sum down at the end of the week.

Audra's friends are also having a steak night fundraiser and are looking for donations to use for this event. You can email me about this as well and I can problem solve with you how to get the donation to them.

I know there is nothing I can do to ease the grief of those Audra left behind, but I do know from experience that they will feel the love of strangers and it will give them comfort. So many of you asked yourselves, "What ELSE can I do for Jordan, Hugh, and Calder?" It feels good to be able to do the same for Audra.



Comments

  1. So tragic:( I knew her, and she was indeed a vivacious and happy person. My heart breaks for those two boys without their mother.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I hear you, Kelly. It is SO tragic.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Nicknames

All of Hugh's hockey buddies call him "Hammy".

Hugh has been calling Calder "Ham" for a long time. I can't even remember when it started.

Calder started calling Boone "Bean" when he first came home from the hospital. That evolved into "Boone Dog", "The Dog", and just simply, "Dog".  Boone is not a fan of nicknames. Often after we use one of his he will say, "I not Da Dog, I just Boone." Hilarious.

Boone has called Lawson "Dawsie" from about month two. (He called her "baby" for the first two months.) Last week Boone called her Lawson for the first time ever. It took a long time for him to put the "L" on Lawson. He would repeat after us "La La La La, Dawsie". He has said "Lawson" twice since the momentous occasion last week, but I think he got too much attention for using it and has moved back to "Dawsie". "Dawsie" likely isn't going any…

What I'm wearing

After my Simons' flop, I recently picked up three pairs of jegging capris at Costco. I think they were about $16 each. I got them in grey (above), teal (also above), and white. I absolutely love them and have been wearing them like crazy. My favorite of the two outfits is the bottom one. The jean jacket is Mavi and I HIGHLY recommend it. In fact, I recently bought another. Exact same style, different wash. This jacket was recommended by both Deena and Christy, so you really can't go wrong. The scarf is one I picked up this spring (Gap). I heart orange and teal. Last week I mentioned trying to define my signature look and that bottom one pretty much encapsulates it. . .
And here it is again. LOVE this one too. Cardigan and scarf are recent purchases along with the grey tee (Old Navy). Jeans are old (American Eagle) and shoes are old (Nine West). I can't wait to recreate this one!
These. Jeans. (Gap). I can't get enough of them. I wore them to professional development o…

Calder Update

Has Calder ever gotten into sports the last couple of months!?! Below he is at a Rush lacrosse game with Hugh and his buddy Kohen. Calder has been watching baseball, lacrosse, and now the hockey playoffs like crazy. In fact, he has stopped asking to watch any of his "shows". He just wants to watch sports. Oh. . . and add NASCAR to that list. Our boy loves his cars. I don't think that will ever change!

Here is Calder's funniest shark tooth yet. His permanent tooth pushed through in front of his baby tooth!  It was like this for weeks. No gap toothed grin for this boy! Below is the day it fell out!
Calder is doing so well in school. His teacher speaks of what a great student he is. Hearing her say these things actually makes me wish he used a few more manners and a bit more kindness at home! LOL. But, if he is going to be on his best behavior somewhere, I want it to be when we aren't around. Although it was great to hear about Calder's learning successes at pa…