The Most Beautiful Hours Of The Day

Today is one of those days I don't want to soon forget.
And just like anything else...if I don't want to forget about it, I blog about it.
At least that's my motto.
Hence why I wrote about the time I pulled a thong out of my purse when paying at the meat shop.
Or that time I headbutted Bill Rancic when going in for a hug.
All very important things that I must have for future reference obviously.
Except today was a little better than thongs and Bill Rancic.
It was a day full of gratitude..awe...and a great display of the most amazing kind of love.
I'm just going to list out a few memorable moments over the course of today.
6:35 am: Woke up--went to computer--noticed we reached the $1,000 mark.
One thousand freaking dollars...in the love of Isaac.
A good start to the day if I don't say so myself.
9:00 am: $100 laying on my desk at work. Funds to be given to Isaac of course.
11:00 am: Off to a local elementary school to "mentor" (I use that term loosely as my mentoring time is usually spent insisting on getting them to tell me what their lunch schedule is for the week (I love talking food..can you blame me), taking pictures of their cute faces, and being hit in the head with a dodge ball). Except today I had an actual item on the agenda--to draw pictures for Isaac.
So that's what we did...we drew. And my heart melted.

3:00 pm: $225 on my desk from fellow co-workers. Again..all for Isaac.
4:00 pm: Had a Christmas Tree put up right outside my cubicle at work. This has nothing to do with Isaac but was just a very satisfactory moment overall. The tree has disco ball ornaments. Don't think I won't be dancing under it.
5:00 pm: Over $1500 raised on this blog...from complete strangers.
6:00 pm: Arrive home..notice that the check I had left out for somebody who was at our house today doing some work was still sitting there. Except it had her name scratched off and the words "Isaac Strong" written on it. Her hard work...now going towards Isaac.
For the millionth and tenth time today...my jaw dropped, tears formed, and I said "this...this is what it is all about.." Today was not about me. It was not about you. It was about a six year old boy who is fighting for his life. It was about love.
Unconditional, sacrificial, selfless love.
In the midst of a very (very) ugly thing I witnessed a ton of beauty.
All thanks to you, you, and you.
I can't even begin to get on a thank you tangent right now...I am afraid I will never stop.
We are going to save that for tomorrow.
(how to not get any readers to come back to your blog: tell them you will be writing a post tomorrow that will never end..)
Anyhow, for the remainder of today, I have one of my most favorite bloggers to share with you.
I said it.
One of my most favorite.
Let your brain soak that one up for a little while.
A precious, funny, beautiful, baby bearing blogger....
Please oh please get to know her...
Don't even make me begin to beg again...we all know I've done enough of that lately ;)

What's up, lovelies!
My name is Amy, and I blog over at The Farmer's Wife.
You guessed it... I am a farmer's wife. 
It's pretty fantastic... mostly because my farmer is amazing.
You know who else is amazing? Me.
My toddler is amazing... 
I am pretty head over heels.
Maybe it's his one dimple that gets me.
Or his love for tractors like his daddy.
Perhaps his kisses,
or his need for me to rock him to bed nightly... still.
Whatever it is, I find myself blogging about him A LOT.
And of course, my farmer.
A few things about me and my blog...
1. I have a thing for photography
I kind of love it.

2. I am consumed by my mom's recent stroke and her recovery.
It makes me sad on a daily basis. 
{I don't blog/talk about it too often.}
Your memory is a blessed thing... don't take it for granted.
Nor your time with your loved ones. 
Enjoy EVERY moment with them because you will miss it when it's not the same.
Scout's honor.

3. I am a teacher. Well, I was a teacher.
I recently "retired" to stay at home to take care of my mini farmer.
Best. Decision. Ever.

4. I am growing a human inside of me.
No big deal.

5. I love farm living and the funny or even scary things that occur here.

6. Fashion. 
No, not a fashion blogger.
I just enjoy clothes and dressing up...
so you'll get an occasional awkward wannabe fashion post from me.

7. I like to plan parties
All sorts of parties.
I'd even plan a party for you! Maybe...
I once agreed to be a wedding coordinator though, and NEVER again will that happen.

I'd love to have you come on over and join in on the fun.
You must be wonderful if you follow the amazing Miss Erin!
Thanks for your time - it's been real.

Gosh she is cute.
See you tomorrow....
I'll be here if you'll be here.



  1. I'm amazed by the way this cause has caught on. Congratulations, Erin, on taking on something so important and making a difference. For a while I had grown tired of reading blogs because they felt like they were all about sponsorships and giveaways...but this cause reminds me of what a great platform some of us have to be able to do good.

  2. It's amazing the impact you've had on this person's life who you don't even know Erin. YOU are amazing!

  3. You must be the coolest mentor ever.

    I am so excited about the response for Isaac. Thank you so much for being creative and having the courage to organize this.

    Also, we do need to meet. I think I should probably be taking advantage of the fact that I live in the same community as a celebrity blogger.

  4. Oh my goodness Erin. You have done a FABULOUS job raising all of this money for Isaac. His parents are going to be so so grateful. You're doing amazing things with your blog & making it more about others which is so great. You are a LEADER and you can use your power for GOOD :)

  5. What a great post, made me tear up, made me happy too that so much money was raised!! Yay awesome bloggy family!

    Going to check out Amy now. : )

  6. How awesome!! Our little family was just praying for Isaac and his family tonight:)

  7. How amazing! Goes to show: God gives you burden for a reason, and you are running with your purpose for His name!

  8. Love this! Thank you for organizing this. You are amazing!

  9. Your love and compassion for others is absolutely inspiring! Isaac has found a true angel in you and I am sure him and his family appreciate all of the work you have put into raising money for him. GOD BLESS YOU!!! You are His hands and feet through all of this. Keep it up, sweet girl!

  10. I love shit like this. It makes me tear up.

    You rock for getting word out about Isaac.

  11. You're pretty stinkin' great, Erin! (although I'm sure you don't actually stink) It's a testament to your character how much people have responded to your call to action this week!

    Oh, and I love Amy, too. Such a sweetheart!

    The Mrs. and The Momma

  12. That is beyond awesome Erin!
    You did an amazing work by spreading the word


I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)