The Hardest Part

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The Hardest Part

It’s coming down to the wire now. We will be closing on the new house for Karen and Billy Vaughn in just a few short days. I’ve been pounding the pavement with all my kids in tow, dragging them from furniture shop to mattress store, Home Depot and local businesses — basically anywhere or anyone who I think may be interested in donating time, money, or product to this home for one of America’s Gold Star families. So many people have responded overwhelmingly, and I WANT to share with you every single miraculous occurrence as it happens, but I know the Vaughn’s read this blog and I don’t want to ruin some of the FANTASTIC surprises they have coming from some very #gratefulamericans! I got a phone call from one retailer I had visited with ten kids still wet from swim practice. When we entered the store on Tuesday, the woman behind the desk looked at me as though I was crazy. When I told her why I was there, she teared up. “My dad was Navy. Don’t say another word.” She phoned me yesterday seriously just as I had sat down to write an email to her CEO.
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The House That Love Built

Last night’s meeting in Stuart to discuss The House That Love Built was an incredible success! We had more than two dozen people attend, eager to know how they could tell their friends, families, and co-workers about the new home Believe With Me will be purchasing for Karen and Billy Vaughn. What a joy and an honor it is to find other #gratefulamericans who want to give back to such an incredible family. Bolay provided the yummy food, and little Ransom was my sidekick as he gathered everyone’s communication information and passed out my business cards and information about our non-profit.
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Believe With Me Goes to DC!

We drove two days for nearly 18 hours total to get to Washington, DC. Friends of ours, Dave and Kristina Collins, hosted our entire family for the four days we stayed in the city. Now those are some real friends…housing our brood! It was the week of the inauguration, and Believe With me had our first fundraising event held in the Trump International Hotel. Truthfully, the entire thing was a gift from God wrapped in the generosity of one Nancy Pickard. Nancy heard of our mission to purchase Karen and Billy Vaughn a new home and she jumped on board with the idea of bringing as many people together as she could muster to hear about what we’ve been doing. My most sincere gratitude to Nancy.
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The Reality

image148I went to Karen and Billy Vaughn’s house yesterday for an interview with a news station about our project, The House That Love Built. I listened to her recount the day she learned of Aaron’s death. I sat, tears rolling down my face as Billy was next to me listening to her answer questions about their son, about how difficult the holidays can be, and about Believe With Me’s mission to purchase them a new home. Billy’s eyes continually flowing with pain and memories– I realized something. We have moved from “if” to “when.”
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Sleep Deprived But Still Marching!!

img_7948 It’s been the craziest busiest weekend of whirlwind activity! Dozens of volunteers, hundreds of cups of coffee, massive amounts of tape, paper, flags, ribbon and boxes gone through…very little sleep and so many laughs and moments of hilarity and completely delusional confusion have added up to the most wonderful 4 day long Christmas party ever!  BelieveWithMe volunteers are absolutely the hardest working group of Americans I have ever had the pleasure of working along side of.
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The Gold Star Mom Believes!

img_77151It’s been a crazy couple of days, y’all. Packages for An American Gold Star Christmas are coming in like crazy. Hundreds of boxes for hundreds of America’s Gold Star kids given by hundreds more #gratefulamericans! What an exciting time to be a part of BelieveWithMe! You all are doing a fantastic job of spoiling our Gold Star kids! Yesterday morning, we had a brief interview with a local news station and then we had to get all of your gifts to our Gold star kids into the office. Dozens and dozens of packages came after this photo was taken! David’s office is getting overrun!
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A Christmas Miracle

USA, Vermont. Front porch of house with USA flag NO PROPERTY RELEASE I love it when someone tells me I can’t do something. I love it when the odds are stacked against me and the impossible looms large. And I think that’s when God does His best and most undeniable work. When a human can’t possibly take credit, He steps in and moves mountains. But as always, He works through each of us as we do our part in making Him real to those around us.
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