Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Extreme Makeover - Soul Edition


Have you ever seen this show? I must admit I am a complete sucker for it. In fact I almost prefer to record it and watch it the next day with nobody around because I get so emotional over it. There is something so right with the world when you can see so many people giving unselfishly to strangers. If you haven't seen the show (Home edition) then let me fill you in. They find a family - a good family. People who have tried to help out their community in some way or reach out to others. The family also is usually going through some difficulty (money, health etc.) and they have a dilapidated house. In comes ABC and the Extreme Makeover crew and they send the family on vacation while they build them a beautiful new home in a week. When the family comes home they are always overwhelmed and at a loss for words for their gratitude.

I am calling this Extreme Makeover - Soul Edition because that is what you are doing for me. Granted I have not done anything outstanding for my community - I have not started a new charity or served in the armed forces. I haven't adopted struggling children or raised substantial amounts of money for the needy. And yet you are still there. Every single day. A card. A phone call. A meal. A smile. Giving - unconditionally - to me and my family. Rebuilding my soul. Why? I don't deserve such a gift. I weep every single day at the love you pour out to me - and all I want to do is give it back to you ten fold. All of you. My cup has run over and it aches at the fullness. My soul - enriched beyond measure. My angels. I want to scoop you all up into my arms and never let you go. I want you to feel how I feel. Blessed.

5 comments:

Sally said...

That show never fails to make me cry. It's a little embarrassing really, cuz it's not the watery-eye kind of crying, it's the full-on blubbering that you can't hide.

You don't need to do those kinds of things to mean so much to so many people. You pick people up and help them every day - you always have. You don't realize your own power and how much you affect those around you. Everyone needs a Miss Sunshine in their lives - I just want to know how it's possible for you to be going through this trying time and STILL be a source of light??? Everything you get, you give back ten-fold. Trust me. I love you.

joy said...

i love you, kris.

Gwen said...

I, too, always get extremely emotional over this show, especially the ones where parents have been lost to cancer or where cancer is involved in any way. I have often been told that I should apply for this show, but, here's the rub for that show, sadly, the problem that existed before ABC comes in is often ongoing and then they are left with grand homes with huge property taxes and home insurance that they can't pay. That bothered me to the point that I've stopped watching. I think they could build much more efficient homes that perhaps these people might be able to actually keep and afford and do a lot more good KWIM??? On another note, I stumbled across a website you may be interested in blogforacure.com it is a community of cancer patients, caregivers and survivors blogging about their experiences, you can find others with your same type of cancer,in your state, in the same stage, etc. It is a great site. Anyway hope you have a good night.
Gwen

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Kailey said...

I feel the same way about that show. Brings tears to my eyes every time. What you said reminds me of that commercial where one person starts off a chain of good deeds by holding a door open for a stranger (or something of the sort). Gotta love it.

I just want to know that you're such an inspiration to me. I'm a complete stranger but you touch my life. I'm thinking of you and praying for you. Thank you for the joy you bring me.