Cheri Peoples

Secret Santa, acts of kindness, the Award goes to…

by CHERI on November 8, 2009

Remember this from my Chocolate Pumpkin post ?  It will be revealed tonight when I post my new party ITS SO VERY CREATIVE. I love it as much as my Chocolate Pumpkins.

Look at this table cloth from BHG–I’m loving it and think it is awesome for Thanksgiving.

I just want you to know that the newsletter is so I can let you know when I have give-a-ways coming up.  It will not replace my visits to your blog.  It will just be easy for me to send out one note to let you know of big events…I promise, I won’t fill your e-mail with junk and tons of notices.

Awards and Recognition abound.

I have to tell you about Noah.  Noah is my friend Deb’s little boy.  Deb and I have known each other since I was 4 and she was 2 years old and we are still friends to this day.  Deb and Todd have 2 little boys and Noah is the oldest.  I’ll never forget the e-mail I received from Deb when they learned that Noah had PDD, a form of Autism.  My heart just broke for them but I knew that God had hand picked Debby and Todd just for Noah and Noah just for them and that Debby and Todd were the best parents Noah could have.  They have gone above and beyond in working with him, and he has excelled.  Noah just received an award and I told Deb to let Noah know that I would blog about him so all of you would know what he has accomplished.

Student Achiever – Noah Rhea
Washington Elementary Second Grade Teacher Kelly Joyce has selected Noah Rhea for recognition as a “notable” student in her classroom.

Noah was diagnosed with PDD (a form of high-functioning Autism) at a young age and, in addition to that, deals with occupational therapy at school and during the evenings at home. His fine and gross motor skills are visibly not the best, Mrs. Joyce explained, but he has truly overcome obstacles to get him to where he can handle it all in a regular education classroom. Not only does he “handle” it, she said, but he realizes and faces his challenges and often times excels.

Noah is a bright little boy with a warm heart and smile. He continually gives 110 percent and, currently, it shows. Noah has straight A’s and his GMADE scores were all 9’s. Noah is gifted in his own way. He may never be the fastest runner or “star” athlete, Mrs. Joyce said, but he’s a winner.

At the age of 7, Mrs. Joyce said, “He has overcome so much.” She added that he is a great kid. “Noah, mark my words, will move mountains some day,” she stated. For these reasons and many more, he is her selected student.

Way to go Noah!!!
His sweet Mom is keeping all of your e-mails for him to read someday.

Yesterday, I was at WalMart, doing my grocery shopping.  We were in the ice-cream aisle.  Imagine 4 kiddos trying to pick out their flavor while an older gentleman is trying to tell me a story.  I am trying to be attentive and listen while keeping an eye on a 2 year old and 4 year old, who are thrilled to be out of shopping cart prison and it is only the 2nd aisle we have come to.
The man is telling me about a young man and doing good and on a mission to do good.  I thought he was telling me something that had happened to him.  I am trying to process what he is saying, with 2 little ones asking “Can I get this one, Mom?” and “Mom, can I get that pink one, way up there?”  They can’t read yet.  G3 (my 4 yr old little man) goes by the picture, while Miss G4 (2 yrs old) wants one that is pink, the ice cream doesn’t have to be pink, although she is thrilled if it is but she wants the package to be pink.  Trying to pick a package with some pink on it and a flavor that she will eat can be a little challenging.  OK, sorry I got a little off track.  Back to the older gentleman.  He hands me some money.  I am sure the look of confusion on my face, confused him since he thought he was clearly explaining his story to me.  He points to G1 (12 years old) and says “YES, that young man, now buy him whatever he wants.”  I still looked puzzled and he re-explains that he is on a 29 day mission to find someone each day who has done something good and he saw my son help an elderly man move his shopping cart and move a large Walmart cart so the man could get by.  My son goes up and shakes this mans hand and thanks him.  Have you ever had anything like that happen to you?
Back in Kansas City there was a guy who was known as THE Secret Santa and he would go to the poorer areas and just walk up to people and hand them hundreds or thousands of dollars of his own personal money.  He didn’t just do it to one person but many each year.  He would  let the channel 9 news know what he was going to be doing and they would go along, taping people’s reactions, all the while keeping the Secret Santa’s identity a total secret.  Not even his family knew that it was him.  This went on for 26 years.  It all started when he had just lost his job and didn’t know what to do. Secret Santa –who is he? About 3 years ago, they revealed who he was because he had cancer and was fighting for his life and needed helpers to carry on his work.  Santa needs help.   He even has a Wikipedia page Larry Stewart

While talking about Christmas–I was visiting Be different Act Normal and she was talking about her problem with storing Christmas lights. I made this suggestion and she loved it so I am passing it on to all of you.

What if you got some swim noodles and made a little slit in one end to stuff the cord into, then wrap the lights, cut the noodle off, leaving a little room to cut another slice into the noodle to stuff the other end of the lights, that would make the noodle small enough to fit into a box.  You could then do it again and again till you had used up all of that noodle.  Just an idea.

On the subject of AWARDS I have received several and I am sooo far behind on them it isn’t even funny.

Let me get to them NOW.

I received the Honest Scrap Award from a couple of blogs:
Home to 3 boys and  Tammy from In Stitches   I just won some fabric from Tammy and can’t wait to get it.

Here are the rules I must follow, upon receiving this award.

1.) Say thanks and give a link to the presenter of the award.
2.) Share “10 Honest Things” about myself.
3.) Present this award to 7 others whose blogs I find brilliant in content and/or design, or those who have encouraged me.
4.) Tell those 7 people they’ve been awarded HONEST SCRAP and inform them of these guidelines in receiving.

SO here is my list:
1.  I am a type A personality–I don’t think that probably surprises anyone.

2. We went through years of infertility, I know it must sound strange to hear that, when we have 4 children here on earth and 2 babies in heaven.  All I can say is God decides when to open and close the womb.

3.  I LOVE labor and delivery.  SERIOUSLY-when I was in hard labor with #4  I was thanking my Dr for allowing me to deliver (had an emergency c-section with #3).  The nurse was looking at my a little strange-she had never had anyone ever thank a Dr for allowing them to go through labor.

4..  I love decorating and DIY projects-I wake up in the middle of the night creating projects.

5. I was a sales trainer before becoming a stay at home Mommy..

6.  I was born on Christmas Day

7. I won first place in state competition, as vocal soloist my Senior year in high school.

8. I would love to travel to all 50 states.

9.  I would love to renovate homes as a business–so many ideas running through my head.

10.I home school my 2 oldest boys.

Then I received The Best Blog Award from Cathy at Stay in the Car Mom and sweet jeanette

The Best Blog Award rules are:
1) To accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his/her blog link.
2) Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you have recently discovered and think are great! Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

Wheh–no list to come up with for that one–that was painless.

Now  because I am totally swamped and don’t want to hurt any feelings I am letting any of you who would like these blog awards to grab them, you can link back to me and post that you received it.  I don’t follow blogs that aren’t amazing.  

I need to go finish a few creations.

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1 marty (A Stroll Thru Life) November 8, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Oh what a special person Noah is and what an accomplished young man. Be sure to tell him and his family that we are all so proud of him for all of his hard work. Also you should be so proud of your son for helping someone else and being so kind and such a gentleman. God Bless to you all. Hugs, Marty

2 Jenglamgirl November 8, 2009 at 3:16 pm

WAY TO GO TO NOAH, how sweet of you to honor him and his hard work. Love the old man giving your son money for his good deed, I actually got tiery eyed reading that. Love sweet old men and their kindness? Love reading about the Secret Santa, and finally Congrats on your awards too!

3 Lisa November 8, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Your post makes me think of all that is good in this world. I was touched (I have 3 boys on the Autism spectrum) more than once (the man in Walmart and the secret Santa) and am looking forward to learning more about you and your blog!

Lisa @
All That and a Box of Rocks

4 Helga November 8, 2009 at 6:08 pm

I love your blog!!! I could spend all day going through it. You do such a good job of touching on a million different subjects and still making it interesting to where I want to find out what happens next.
I loved the Thanksgiving table cloth.
Way to go Noah (and that was awsome that you honored him on your blog).
The old man at Wal-Mart…wow!!!

Congrats on the blog awards!!!

5 Sarah November 8, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Congratulations to Noah and hooray for his teacher for spotlighting Noah's achievements. Each of your stories are heart warming. Thanks for sharing. ~ Sarah

6 Tammy@InStitches November 8, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Your birthday is on Christmas, how awesome is that ?! I sent the fabric on Friday so it should be there soon…….

7 xinex November 8, 2009 at 6:48 pm

Congrats to Noah for the award. Wnat a great accomplishment! And congrats to his parents for doing such a good job in raising him. I enjoyed the stories about your children and the old guy, Cheri. I just read that you live in Naples? All my kids live in FL, the closest to you lives in Cape Coral….Christine

8 Christine November 8, 2009 at 6:54 pm

I need a box of tissues after reading all your stories!
So much said in one post!

9 dee dee November 8, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Wow Cheri, Your posting today does make one think! Like Noah, my son has had and continues to have his fair share of medical and learning challenges. I am so thankful that Noah has a set of parents that are willing to walk this journey with him. And that he has a team of teachers willing to encourage him with such a great reward/ honor! I love your story about the man in the frozen food isle. It makes me realize how important it is for me to listen to the God's promptings to help, encourage or bless others. God bless you…
Dee Dee

10 Janis@ White Alder [Home] November 10, 2009 at 10:04 am

WOW what a wonderful post, it's so nice to read about good things and to know people out there are acting with kindness and love to others.

Thanks for following my blog, I'm on may way to join yours.

Have a super day.

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