12/27 You don’t know how much I needed this...

I don't think you all know how much I needed you at the moment you rang my doorbell. That day would have been my parents' 49th wedding anniversary. My dad passed away in June from a long battle with rectal, lung and liver cancers. My mom had fallen and broken her wrist in November. I broke a pipe and flooded my bathroom and damaged my family room in October. We had a mini vacation in September that got cut short from Hurricane Florence. My husband got diagnosed as a type 1 Diabetic (he almost died from Diabetic Ketoacidosis in July) so that change has been a struggle. OH, and my sister in law found a lump putting on a bathing suit on vacation for her 40th birthday that turned out to be aggressive breast cancer. So we have been helping with my nephew and doing what we can for her during her chemo, double mastectomy and radiation. Needless to say, this has not been a good year for me.

The gift that arrived was PERFECT for me. Obviously, someone knows me very well. I have to tell you about the most touching gift. Someone made a painting of my cats. I'm a graphic designer and went to school for art. I know a little about what I'm talking about. The canvas on this painting was hand stretched on a custom wood frame. This wasn't a made in bulk canvas from an art store! It took a ton of time and skill just to get to the starting point. Then, the painting that was done of the 2 cats I just adopted this year was MAGNIFICENT and done by a very talented artist. It was based on a photo from my Facebook page. I have made the photos public so that the rescue group can follow them. It was not a dumpication of the photo but a touching image to capture their personalities with the artists' style. It is truly a TREASURE. 

The other items in the gift were so touching and perfect for me. Chocolate and coconut - cookies and coffee. And a beautiful necklace. Also a treasure. 

Perfect items that were perfectly timed from some perfect angels! Thank you


12/26 If I could fly!!!

If I could fly I would fly in the sky, I would fly so high that I would touch the stars and the moon, and I would float like a balloon, and when I land I would land in the sand, and all my friends would give me a hand.TIM
I just wanna say THANK YOU!!! 2 wonderful ladies came to my job on Christmas Eve and really touched my heart with the gift they gave me in that white envelope I was really shocked when they asked for me. Just wanna say keep soaring and touching hearts because y'all really touched mine that day and whenever y'all decide to land 12 Ordinary Women will deserve a standing ovation. MAY GOD BLESS EACH AND AND EVERYONE OF YOU!!

P.S. I remembered your names JOY & FAITH

12/25 You blessed our 6 little lambs.

To say that our house with six of God's lambs was blessed by your random act of kindness would be an understatement. Every day you brought my wife to tears of happiness and gratitude. The lambs that live with us were so excited to see the gifts, and hear the scripture attached to it. Thank you so much for being God's hands and feet to bring us joy, and feel the humility of Gods work through another sister. I am personally humbled by your ministry that you shared with us.

God bless all you with peace and love,


12/20 Texas Thank you!

I am speechless but overwhelmed with joy and glee. I was taken back a minute when this lovely lady showed up today and handed me a simple white envelope. My family are very appreciative of the gift we receive today from 12 special Texas angels. May GOD BLESS YOU ALL today and everyday. BE safe and take care my special 12 Texas Angels


12/20 Happy tears???

When I got home last night, my husband met me in the garage to share: "You are going to cry when you come inside". My first question was: "Happy tears or sad tears?" because we've had our fair share of both recently. "Happy", he said. When I walked in, he explained that two women - strangers to him - had personally delivered gifts for our family to our house a couple hours prior. He was right, I did cry. A beautiful card, a gift basket, a gift bag filled with toys for our toddler, and a beautiful miniature Christmas tree.

All the gifts appeared to be hand-selected for us. A huge surprise and much needed reminder that God is with us all the time. Christmastime will always be bittersweet for our family, as we relive our daughter's adverse prenatal diagnosis, birth, spending the holidays at the hospital three years ago, and, as we continue to juggle the unknowns about our daughter's prognosis. This holiday season (and the last couple of months) have been particularly stressful for us with some unexpected challenges and big transitions. Thank you "12 Ordinary Women" for your thoughtfulness and generosity!! We have a feeling you know us (and our little one) very well... Thank you for reminding us we are not alone in this journey!!!


12/19 Thank you so much

I hope this is the right email to send a thank you. Wanted to thank you so, so much for your generosity. I was honestly shocked by the huge basket of thoughtful gifts and gift cards I was blessed with yesterday after being nominated by my amazing therapist. I'm the single mom of two special needs kids and I've been struggling with money, with loneliness, with exhaustion, and with feeling invisible for a long time. Your gift made me feel like I had someone on my side; like someone actually SAW me, and for a moment in my life, I felt completely loved by people who don't even know me; like I actually matter. Long after the gift cards are spent, the journals are written in, the lotions and lip balms are used, I will still have that gift to carry with me always; the gift of knowing there are people in this world who still care and still love their neighbors as themselves and want nothing in return.  I promise to pay it forward when I can and hopefully make another person feel like they are loved and that they matter too.

Blessings, Vanessa

12/19 Thank you Dallas

I can't tell you how much the lovely succulents brightened my day. My sincere thanks to 12 Ordinary Women Dallas Chapter. Grace dropped off the beautiful arrangement but I was not available to thank her in person.

Happy Holidays to All


12/19 ​I just received the best gift I could ever hope for...

I just received the best gift I could ever hope for... a reminder of God’s presence in my life. It has been a challenging year but I am humbled by all of the love I’ve felt and strength I’ve found in God. I will continue to persevere knowing I am not alone. Thank You are 2 small words for a HUGE gesture. Thank you and may God be with you... whomever you are!