This was my first ThanksGiving offline since TweetsGiving was born in 2008.
Instead of spending the day seeking more, I decided to simply be present & thankful for every miracle that has already found it’s way into this little life of mine. And to relish every moment of a rare day spent in the company of my family from both sides of the world.
And this is what happened.
On ThanksGiving Day, I received a totally unexpected email from someone we’d last reached out to nearly a year ago. The first words in the email were: “Dear Stacey, Happy Thanksgiving!” The email went on to grant us over $10,000 for “the construction of the school in Tanzania.”
I swear I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.
This November, we raised over $60,000 through the Epic Thanks tour, Epic Thanks online, LaLaLove, and this miraculous ThanksGiving Day gift. (Epic Thanks tour & online: $31K+ | LaLaLove: $20K+ (so far!) | Miracle ThanksGiving Grant: $10K+)
Perhaps the money has not come in exactly the way I’d expected or planned.
But it came just the same.
Maybe it’s just that the universe thinks surprises are much more fun. In truth, I do too.
This is what I believe with my whole heart: you raised that money in my inbox. The energy you created in the universe with your love, your creativity, your hope & your gratitude – it was an inescapable magnet that drew the resources we needed in our direction.
Together, we’ve raised enough to get the secondary school up with at least four classrooms, restrooms, a well, solar power, a science lab, a kindle library/technology lab, a kitchen, enough beds for the school’s first class and more.
This exceeds any goal I could have possibly imagined. And LalaLove is still going strong. There may be more classrooms yet in store for us.
And that is only what we can see most directly. What we cannot measure is how the love and gratitude we and others have shared will transform our own lives, the lives of those whom we encounter, and those who witness it. Those miracles may be even greater and more far-flung.
So, so grateful for every ounce of love you’ve poured in,
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