This thank you is long overdue. If you knew me before June 19, 2017 you'd have known, I'm punctual. Our whole family is punctual. To us if you aren't at least 5 minutes early, you're late. But my life has taken a turn. A sharp unexpected turn and I'm lost. Being on time has become the least of my concerns. But I share this because, I know that I should have sent this thank you months ago. In the past, I actually loved sitting down to write thank you notes. I loved the process. Its almost like getting the gift all over again. I'd sit there thinking about the gift, the people or person who cared enough to think of me and give me a token of their love. But this is unlike any thank you note, I'd ever written or tried to write. I've lost count as to how many times I sat at my computer with the determination to get this done. But with each attempt came heartbreak, sadness and grief. The tears would start as a trickle and before long I looked and felt like a bag of swollen snot. I'd get mad at myself and feel so foolish until, I just said to myself one day I'd rather wait till I can say thank you properly, then send a thank you in a timely manner. So its been just over 3 months since I found my husband dead on the sofa in our living room. I relive that moment almost everyday. I've rearranged the furniture hoping that would help. It hasn't. But I've learned a lot in these 3 months. The most important being, I'm not alone. I may not have my other half. I may not have the security and love he provided me but I have more than I knew. The day, I got a call from one of the 12 was a day like any other I'd been trying to get through. I was lying in bed looking at the stack of papers on my bed. Sorting into keep, toss, idk, and now. The idk pile seemed to be the largest. The call went something like this. Hi, I'm a part of the group called 12 ordinary women. Your name was given to us and I was wondering if we could stop by and bring you something. We know you're going through a difficult time and we don't want to take up your time and we won't come in. My first thought was how did she get my number and why is she bugging me. But the instant she said she wouldn't come in and just wanted to drop something off, I was relieved to say the least. So I agreed. I tossed on some clothes because for the past few weeks my look was less than presentable. I waited. When I opened the door, I know I probably looked like a mess. I tried to be warm but am sure I was giving the just give me the card and go look. The two women couldn't have been warmer, sweet and beautiful..All the things I wish I had felt and given in return. But they handed me the envelope and I quickly said thanks and goodbye. I tossed the envelope on the kitchen table and went back to bed. I was literally exhausted. It was several days before I remembered the card as mail had been stacked upon it. When I opened it, I was in shock. Tears began to well up and stream down my face. What was this. Why!!! I didn't deserve this. Who was so thoughtful to have passed on my name. I sat down and just began to cry. This was definitely a God moment. God was looking out for me. God had touched someones heart to pass on my name. God was working through this amazing group of women to carry out His work in His name. In that plain envelope was cash in a lovely card with a picture of the backs of the 12 ordinary women. I wish I could give all 12 of you a hug. To personally tell you how grateful I am. How in that moment you reminded me that I'm not alone. That my son and I have extraordinary people in our lives and most importantly we have a loving God. So while the money was useful and needed, it was the gesture that has filled my heart that day and everyday since then. THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR BEING A REMINDER OF GOD"S ENDURING LOVE. love, Melissa and Sam
I am totally honored and overwhelmed to receive a basket with such beautiful gifts. I can feel the love and caring of wonderful people. You are very special!
Oh my.....thank you is just not sufficient for what I want to say. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus! The package came at the end of a fast where I had been on my knees for days. I felt kissed by our Father through you and comfort surrounded me. What you do is such a blessing beyond what you can even imagine. I am moved back to my knees in awe. May God bless you and all of us who are touched through your ministry. Tears of joy and thankfulness for this storm where Christ came right to my doorstep. I love you....your Sister in Christ Kerri
Today at work I received a message from the receptionist that there were two women here to see me. I was not expecting anyone, nor could I think of any reason I would have visitors at work. I went to the lobby and met two women whom I've never met before. They shook my hand and told me that I didn't know them, but they from a special group of women called, 12 Ordinary Women, and I had been nominated for being an extraordinary woman. I was completely overwhelmed. I had never heard of this group before. They handed me a card and said it was for me and that the person who nominated me wished to remain anonymous. This amazing group of women, who I don't know, are praying for me and nominated me to receive this generous financial gift of love and support. I was completely overwhelmed... And still am. I have never felt this way before. I had difficulty standing up while reading the card and receiving the money inside. My husband is going through a very difficulty cancer treatment of chemo and radiation to his throat and struggling to make his way through it all. I am so grateful for the financial blessing inside, but even more touched that 12 women I don't even know are praying for me and my family and care enough to extend their hand, prayers, and support to me. I wish I knew who they were. I would be honored to know them. Today I felt like I was part of that old TV show, "Touched By An Angel." My heart feels lighter and my troubles seem lightened. My Love to all of you! Thank you! Love, Greta
There are no words!! I had JUST called Eb at work...told him that the kids needed $100 EACH for activity fees at MSAD...AND would soon need alot of money for both of them to do Driver's Ed which made my trip to Illinois to watch Sam in his Football tournament near impossible. I was going to tell Sam the sad news...but now i don't need to!!!!!! I can go because of this gift! When I looked inside...at first I only saw the Herman's coupons and I was so excited about those alone that I was about to run to the computer to say thank you when i noticed the money card.....you made me cry..as Jesus knows...this could not have been more timely. It was the most perfect gift..and I'm soooo happy that you guys are connecting with sweet Iman at the bakery to help him feel more a part of the community. Bless You...Bless you..Bless you...I love you whoever you are...and I want to be a part of this wonderful thing and make someone else feel the way i just felt...Eb too was stunned <3 <3 <3.
When the praises go up, the blessings come down! That's how our God works. This wonderful, beautiful, unexpected gift was right on time! Thank you all so very much! 12 Ordinary Women!!! 💞🙌🏾
Bless you, Reggie & Mitzi Moore
Thank You so much for the gift I was able to go see family that I haven't seen in over a year. In a time of need for the both of us so I would not of been able to do it with out your help so again thank you for everything that you have given and it has given me hope in a dark place that I have been in. I hope you can help many more people out when they need it god bless you for all the kindness you have shown. Skie
I just want to express our incredible gratitude for the anonymous financial gift that we received through 12 Ordinary Women. My wife was diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic cancer the first week of May 2017 and our world was turned upside down. It has been an incredibly emotional and difficult few months for my wife and I and our two daughters. So many hospital stays, medications (along with many side affects), chemo treatments, ER visits, and hospital bills. We are so thankful though for the community of believers around us that have lifted us up in prayer and have encouraged us. This gift through 12 Ordinary Women is one of those huge blessings we have humbly and gratefully experienced since our nightmare started back in May. What a gift from God you all are to us and we want to send our heartfelt thanks to the person/people that initiated this and those that generously contributed to helping us in this way. Amongst these challenges, we recognize God's care and love for us through people like you. We can't thank you enough and we pray God will bless each one of you and the ministry of 12 Ordinary Women. Thank you for being His hands and feet.
After many years of waiting, my husband and I finally had our dream come true when we were chosen for an adoption and held our daughter in our arms. Sadly for us, after just a few days, the birth mother had a change of heart. We have been struggling with the devastation and the heartbreak. The kindness of this anonymous gift and other prayers and support has made a difference during our time of heartbreak. We are very moved by the thoughtfulness behind this gift. And while we are intrigued by who might have put our name forth, we also appreciate and respect that we don't need to know "who" did this for us. We feel the support of many. Thank you! Amy and Darren
I do not know how your group found us, but I wanted so say thank you for your kindness to our family. My 5 year old son has terminal cancer, and we were approached by a woman at Chuck E Cheese who gave us an envelope with gift cards to places around Nashville. It was a precious gift to know that so many people are praying for us and supporting us. Thank you!! Katie