What if She’s An Angel

Dear Slumber Sunday,

Today is gorgeous here in the heart of Country Music.   Well, the East Coast got pounded by Hurricane Irene and all the weather that comes with a 500 mile wide storm. Nashville has been rather peaceful and calm weather-wise.    Yesterday I volunteered for the first time with Habitat for Humanity.   And might I say, it was an experience which has changed my perspective of the organization and the people Habitat helps.

As many know, I have a song for every moment in life and the one in particular which fits perfectly with Saturday is “ What if She’s an Angel,” performed by Tommy Shane Steiner.   This song is reflective on how my perspective was changed.

As mentioned, Saturday was my first time volunteering with Habitat for Humanity so I only had a general idea of the operations of the organization, and I didn’t know much beyond the surface.   Habitat for Humanity is an organization helping to provide affordable housing for the poverty stricken and homelessness all around the world. I thought the houses were just given away, free, to the individual/s who would eventually be living in them. I was very much mistaken.

Fact #1 The future homeowners must pay the mortgage.   The house is one they will most likely live in forever due to financial circumstances.

Fact # 2, the homeowners invest their own time and sweat into the project of building the house.   On site yesterday, the future homeowner was working right alongside all of the  volunteers.   The team I assisted on was building a home for future homeowner, Edwin.   Edwin was a ray of sunshine the whole time.   You could see in his eyes how happy and excited he was about the house coming together.   I can only imagine all the other emotions running through Edwin.   Joy, excitement, accomplishment, pride, and I am sure many others.

Fact # 3, the homeowner must take a certain number of classes including financial management, how to be a good neighbor, how to be a good homeowner, and many others.   Habitat wants these homeowners to succeed.   The organization works with those who are willing and invested in making a change for a better life.

                                                         You can go on with your day to day
                                                    Trying to forget what you saw in her face
                                    Knowing deep down it could have been her saving grace
                                                                    What if she’s an angel

Saturday was an amazing day.   It is one that I will forever remember as well because of the friendships formed and the joy in my heart of seeing Edwin achieve his dream.   When you listen to the song think about the lyrics.

                                                        What if he’s an angel sent here from Heaven 
                                                 And he’s making certain that you’re doing your best? 
                                                                 To take the time to help one another.

I believe Edwin is an Angel and he was a way of reminding me to count my blessings everyday.

As always music lovers, until next time keep those ears entertained.

Musically,
Chelsea

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The Shoebox

Happy Monday Music Lovers,

Where did the warm weather go?!?  Here in Nashville we got a bit of a teaser to warmer days as last week we had highs in the 70s.  Now it has dropped down to low 50s, brrrr.  I for one want the warmth with the beautiful sun shining down upon the land.  You ever notice how sunlight greatly affects motivation and mood.  On a warm and sunny day I feel more productive for some reason.  Rainy days are not all that bad, but I would like a little less.  I recently had a loss in the family, which is why the song I chose this week tugs at my heart with the meaning behind it.

For this Music Monday, I chose “The Shoebox,” performed by Grammy nominee Chris Young.  It was a terribly rainy day in Nashville on Saturday so I couldn’t go for my usual jog in the wooded trail.  I spent the whole day cleaning my apartment.  That was when I stumbled upon the memory box my best friend, from PA, gave me last Christmas.  When I took it down off the shelf, I couldn’t resist taking the lid of to begin the journey into the past.  This has truly been the best gift I could have ever received.

 

Don’t forget the little moments

They’re the ones that mean the most

When the way home seems so far away

In the box there are all kinds of things and each holds a special moment in time.  Some of the contents include letters from friends while I spent my time over in Australia and now new letters as my life in Nashville unfolds.  Reading through the letters I smile from ear to ear because someone took the time to write me.  In today’s world where email seems to rule, it means the world to me to have a personal hand written letter from Mom, my best friend, and all my other amazing friends I have been blessed to have in life.

 

Look back on

A little window to the past

Just as Young describes it is a window to the past.  As I shuffled through the box more I found some old Valentines Day cards, a Chinese fortune, some ticket stubs from the amazing experiences I have had in Nashville, and a few pennies.  The pennies mean the world to me because if you have ever heard the expression ‘Pennies from Heaven,’ you will understand how much one little penny can be worth.

If ever you should ever doubt the blessings that you’ve had

The memory box doesn’t just serve a purpose of holding timeless treasures to me, it reminds me of the many blessings I have been given in life.  The handwritten letters are the blessings of the beautiful and amazing friends I have gotten to know.  The concert tickets are for the blessings of the music I enjoy.  The backstage passes or special event badges are a reminder of how hard work pays off to achieve dreams.  The newspaper write ups from College, the little fortune slips that make me smile, etc.  This list could go on and on.  Every piece is a blessing in its own unique way.

 

And don’t forget to fill an old shoebox

Fill that old shoebox with anything you like.  You never know when a rainy day will provide you with time to look back on the past.  I know I look forward to adding more memories as time goes on.

As always bloggers, until next time, keep those ears entertained.

Musically,

Chelsea ♫

 

 

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