I honestly don't know who loves her more ~ the camera, her wife or the squillions of people with whom she has tirelessly shared her heart, mind, spirit, baking and well, just a gambit of personal resources. In fact, she has been known to loan her wife out as a smoking buddy.
Seriously though, I have been on the sobbing end of a jag more than once, due to being sideswiped by the generosity of both of these amazing women, and they in turn, have been on the hugging end of a jag when I was sideswiped by life.
They have been the answer to a prayer and the founders of some of the most joyful times of my life. I will never forget.
Actually there is plenty of emperical evidence that shows these women can be found at the flash-point of many answered prayers.
If you don't know who Lara is, it would only be because you've never seen her before. She's not likely to allow herself, or you, to go unnoticed. By the time your first meeting is over, you've no doubt been invited to be her guest on a personal tour of the British Museum before she even knows what country you live in. In her heart, it's a done deal; the rest is just timing.
If you don't know Jane, your life could be so much richer. She is one of the smartest people I know, and if you ever get a bear hug from her, you are indeed one of the most cherished creatures in God's universe. She is also one hell of a smoking buddy. That would be the only reason that I'm sorry I quit smoking.
So for those of you who are hearing about them for the first time, let me introduce you ~
THIS is who they are. They share their faith by living it.
How many of us have found our way, or, found our way a little brighter because Lara and Jane are part of our lives? I know I have. I also know I'm not alone.
Last year I could only bring them over virtually. I would like to do it for real this time, for the last Con, and I'm asking for your help.
Please join me in saying thank you to them, as you are able.
I've tried to set up a wide enough range of levels, so that there is a comfortable level for everyone who is able, to make a monitary pledge toward their costs of getting here and attending the Convention. Donations can be made anonymously, or not, as you wish.
However, if you are unable to pledge at any level, do not dispair! Share your story for all of us here, and thank them publically! That is what this is all about, after all! (I'm going to Lara and Jane hell. I hope.)
And finally, please share this campaign with anyone whose life you know they have touched.
ANYONE who would like to say thanks to this deserving couple, is warmly welcomed!
Time for the business end of the stick.
There are a couple of things I'd like to highlight for you, in case you are wondering. Well, I'm going to do it anyway, even if you aren't, so you may as well wonder.
1. Please direct your praise to them, publically, and your questions about this campaign to me, privately.
As much as it displeases me to have to acknowledge this, negativity, snideness and passive agressive, or any other not-nice behaviour will not be tolerated. This is about GRATITUDE.
Dems da rules, all out.
2. The goal number may seem a little high, but keep in mind that a large part of the contributions will need to be converted to British Pounds when used and I have compensated for that.
I have chosen to do it this way to avoid the possible cost of a double conversion, when they can use dollars once they get here.
3. Lara and Jane are aware of this campaign and have I believe, been sideswiped. I'm giddy.
However, they did not know about it until after the page was created, (many of you may see it before they do), and they have no say in its running, save one:
4. Lara and Jane will receive all funds pledged, minus the fees deducted by GoFundMe and WePay, even if the goal is not reached. However, in the event this campaign meets its goal, all pledges received in excess of that goal, through February 15th, 2015, will be left to Lara and Jane to instruct me on final disbursement, as they see fit, with only one exlcusion:
5. Me. I will accept no funds from this campaign.
Beyond that, I trust them to see that it will all go toward The Greater Good, wherever they feel that is. It's who they are. Their say in this will be final and once that decision is made, notice will go out as to the outcome.
I know what this community is capable of and I'm proud to be a part of it. (Oh yeah, I owe them that one, too.) Let's see what happens when we turn it toward two of our own.
Lara, Jane, I love you and this is my thank you for all that you are and all that you've done. I look forward to everyone being able to squeeze you both again, real soon!
And an immodestly HUGE Thank You to the rest of you! Fierce hugs, gentle thoughts and abundant blessings to all of you.
I hope to see you in February!
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