Friday, September 27, 2013

PINK Edition- 5 ON Friday

Sleepless in DIY Bride Country
1. It's a PINK Power Friday, and this weeks 5 will be PINK themed!! If you missed my post earlier this week, I have announced my New Blog Hop for Hope- Pinkalicious Wednesdays!! This blog hop is dedicated to my aunt Linda who passed in August of last year to Breast Cancer. I thought long and hard, about how I wanted to honor her memory this year besides doing a marathon, and donating to Susan G. Komen. I've been wanting to start my own blog hop for a while, and what better way to spread awareness than to have my blogger friends link up their blogs, and enter in a donated giveaway! It's about supporting and spreading awareness to this cause! I do plan on keeping the blog hop going after October, so don't worry, it won't be going away anytime soon! I found a good blogger buddy- Jackie from City Girl Finding Her Place in the World to help me host this blog hop, and I hope everyone will link up their blogs next Wednesday! If you missed the post and want to learn more about my new blog hop for HOPE Click HERE. If your interested in co-hosting this blog hop with us, please email me at lilmadjesse85@gmail.com 2.  This is my aunt Linda. She was in the Air Force for 18 years, and passed away last year in August.
Her passing was very devastating to me, because she was my favorite aunt! When my parents were struggling to make ends meat, we moved to California to live with her and her family. Although, I was so young when I lived with her (baby to 4 years old), I do have scattered memories of the times we had when we all lived together. My memories of my aunt are the ones that really made a difference in my life.  She spoiled me rotten, and it got under my parents skins. lol When they said I couldn't have dessert, she would sneak me some behind their backs...lol when I couldn't sleep at night and cried for my parents, she was the one that came in the room to read me sleeping beauty (my favorite princess story) to sleep. When my parents took my older sister to a football game, and left me behind, she was the one who cheered me up and made it up to me, by giving me ice cream, and candy. When I wanted to go to Disneyland, she made sure, she did everything in her power to take me! I owe her so much, because if it wasn't for her helping my parents out, my life would've been a lot different. I miss her everyday, and our hours and hours of gossip sessions on the phone...lol
The worst part of my aunts passing, was the fact that I couldn't be there with her. Last year I was going through tough times financially, and I couldn't afford the trip to Cali. Once I finally had enough money to fly out there, my uncle let me know that she was passing away. It broke my heart that I wasn't able to see her before she passed, and that she passed away thinking she wasn't important to me :(
3. My Neighborhood Community hosts an event called Relay for Life every year for the American Cancer Society! This event is HUGE, and I love participating in it every year. Basically we have a week filled with vendors, donating, and supporting! You can camp out with a tent and everything for a few days to support Cancer awareness, it's so much fun, because everyone meets new people, and the kids have a ball. The event takes place in our park, and you can only camp out if your a resident of our community. I haven't camped out, but I have spent countless hours doing laps for cancer, donating to the vendors, and participating in the memorial services.  Last year, it hit me harder when I was participating, because my aunts passing was still fresh. It was a beautiful weekend, and our community did a great job raising money!  Here's the best part, if you've been skimming through, this part you don't want to miss! I think I'll underline it, just in case. So my fiance and I were doing laps for cancers, and talking when two boys came up to us and asked us if we wanted to donate money and we would be entered in a raffle for Universal Studios tickets. Gil, and I said sure, we were there to support the cause so we gave the kids a few bucks. That was the only raffle we entered in, and thought nothing of it. So the kids gave me a small little ticket to put my info on, ..it was dark, the pen sucked, and you could barely read anything. We moved on and about 2 weeks later, on a Sunday afternoon, my door bell rang. Gil's not home, and I have a rule that I don't answer the door if I'm alone. Something in me, told me to open the door. I'm pretty strict with my rule, so this surprised me that I was opening the door.  When I answered the door, a man and his kid were at my door. The man asked me, if the Hernandez family was home, and I said yes...he asks if I was at the relay for life event 2 weeks ago, and I said yes. He asks if I entered in a raffle for Universal tickets, and I said yes. Some how this angel of a man made sense of the address, and went driving around with his son looking for my house based on the barely readable letters and numbers.  He said Gil and I won 4 tickets to Universal Studios, and that he tried calling the number on the ticket but no one contacted him back. So then he decided to drive around to figure out where I lived.  Y'all I started crying! The man was blown away, especially after I jumped to hug him and his son! I thanked them endlessly and asked them if they wanted to come in. They refused but were delighted by my response. In my eyes, this was my Tia Linda confirming to me that she saw me honor her at this event, and she knew how badly I wanted to be with her before she passed! This was her, she had lead them to my house, to give me my closure! Now that I have some kind of closure, I'm happy! Gil and I made those tickets into annual passes, and we thank my aunt everyday for this! In November we will be participating in Relay for Life again! It's an amazing experience! 
4. To help raise money, I am giving away a striped ribbon tote bag to one lucky reader! All Proceeds for this bag will be donated to Susan G. Komen to help save lives!! I hope you can enter, it starts October 1st and ends October 15 at 11:59 PM
5. Breast Cancer is real, and begins most of the time without you knowing it. Women should be testing themselves every year! Here are some quick facts! In 2013, it is estimated that among U.S. women there will be [38]:
  • 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer (This includes new cases of primary breast cancer among survivors, but not recurrence of original breast cancer among survivors.)
  • 64,640 new cases of in situ breast cancer (This includes ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS), of those, about 85 percent will be DCIS. DCIS is a non-invasive breast cancer and LCIS is a condition that increases the risk of invasive breast cancer. Learn more about DCIS and LCIS.)
  • 39,620 breast cancer deaths  

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