Three years ago today, my sweet, sweet, sweet friend Manda met Jesus face to face.
She had been battling cancer on and off for 30 years, and at the age of only 35, she left this earth and her family behind to be with her Savior. It was a day and a week I will never forget. More than that, it was a friendship I will never forget. Manda was the SWEETEST person I’ve ever known. She was the definition of what a friend truly is and embodied every quality I strive to be…she was an amazing mother, a wonderful daughter, the very best wife and did everything with such a gracious heart.
I am honored to be one of the founding board members of the Manda Strong Foundation where we, in her honor, help make memories for moms here in Collin County fighting cancer. We send them on vacations, we plan birthday parties for their kids, send them off to sporting events and so much more. Our goal is to love on these mamas, support them both financially, emotionally and even spiritually, we also connect these moms so that they have a support group and offer them and their families countless resources. On Friday, we are having our first gala to raise even more money to help even more moms fighting cancer. It’s an event we’ve been working on for almost 12 months, and I am immensely proud of our team and what we’ve already accomplished.
Today, in Manda’s honor, we are asking for help from YOU! We would love to raise $20,000 today in her honor to help other moms fighting cancer make memories with their families too. Our charity has very little overhead at all! Almost 100% of all money we raise goes directly to these moms and their kids. We would love for you, in Manda’s honor, to make a donation today and help us reach our goal of $20,000. Whether you want to donate $10 or $1000, we would be so blessed! I miss my sweet friend so much, but I know she would be so proud of how we’re helping other mamas like her make those special memories that last a lifetime. You can donate HERE right now!!
Whew! Okay, how do you even go on from there?! It’s tricky, but I’m going to try.
On the last Wednesday of every month, Sheaffer and I host this little linky party where we share what’s going on with us right now. It’s a little food, a little family, a little what we’re wearing, a little what we’re doing, a little what we’re watching and a little bit of everything else all in one post. Here we go…
1: WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS WEEK:
Well tonight, I’m celebrating the life of my sweet friend, but my fam will be at home eating…
…Pizza Meatballs 🙂 . I am leaving these for them while I’m gone tonight.
2. WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT:
My sweet, sweet friend. Guys, friendships like this don’t come around every day and certainly, some people live a lifetime without them. This one here, this one was so special.
3: WHAT I’M LOVING:
I am still so smitten with my Air Fryer!! Did you read my review? Even if you did, go back today and read the comment section!! Why was I not air frying bacon before??? You guys even said I could air fry hard-boiled eggs. WHAT?! YES! Read my review HERE.
4: WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:
We’ve kind of been having a really chill week or so. I do think it’s the calm before the storm as this weekend, we have both a baseball tournament and a volleyball tournament…so, the chaos is just about to land…BUT boy, this weekend sure was nice and relaxing!
5: WHAT I’M DREADING:
At 9:30 this morning, I am taking all four kids to the dentist. Sigh.
6: WHAT I’M WORKING ON:
Gala, gala, gala, gala! It’s almost here!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so excited!!!!
WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:
Um, how freaking cute is this new graphic?!?! Eeeeeeeeeeeks!!!!!!
Okay, so Erika and I shared our first podcast with you guys last week and have worked so hard since then to make our second episode EVEN BETTER! (Let’s be real…the first episode was a bit of a mess!) We’ve got better equipment and a professional editor, so it’s looking up for us now! You’ll be able to catch the next episode soon!!
8: WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING:
Friday is my FEBRUARY BOOK REVIEW!
I’m really excited about that, so make sure you stop by to see it.
I’m also a little mad at you right now.
On Friday, I told you that I’m loving…
…and asked you what I should watch next that was also a documentary. Well, the majority of you told me to watch…
…McMillion$ on HBO and oh my gosh! I could not stop. The only reason I did stop was because I didn’t know (until I was all caught up!) that all of the episodes haven’t been released yet. So now, I’m hanging on for dear life to see what happens in the next episode (only three had been released when I started watching this over the weekend). Guys, this documentary is FASCINATING! Someone please tell me when the next episode releases. I hope it’s like TODAY!
9: WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:
Hmmm…right this minute, I’m listening to French Cafe Radio on Pandora 🙂 .
10: WHAT I’M WEARING:
I’m having a moment with fun tights at the gym…
I took this pic at 4:45 in the morning. Happy tights just make the whole experience a little brighter. Later when I was saying bye to the kids outside, I took this pic too…
…just HAPPY! You can find these HERE, plus, look at these (you can click on the image to see all the details!)…
11: WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND:
…I am so excited!!!!!
12: WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:
Spring Break, baby!!!
This year, we’re going on another spring break trip with the Slaughters! Here we are from spring break 2018…
…ohhhhhhhh! We’re so excited for this year’s trip too!!!
13: WHAT ELSE IS NEW:
We would love for YOU to donate today!!!! Don’t forget, we’re trying to raise $20,000 today for the Manda Strong Foundation!
You can donate right now HERE! Thank you so much in advance for all of you who do!!! We are so thankful for YOU and how you’ve loved on us over the last three years since we’ve lost Manda. Today, we want to love on other mamas fighting cancer too.
Manda Nicole Maxwell
May 28, 1981 to February 26, 2017