Together We Do Make a Difference-

Heston Wayne with Libby-girl....a Kitty I Babysit

Libby was comforting Heston here...this was just before their trip to the doctor in Boston.
Libby was comforting Heston here...this was just before their trip to the doctor in Boston. | Source

Hubbers Have Donated to Help Cover Heston Wayne's Medical Expenses...and we are so Thankful

Giving a monetary donation can be risky. Unless you know the person or the organization to whom you are donating, giving money to those who ask for it can be a risk that you are not willing to take.

All I can say is that I am so very thankful for each person here on HubPages who has sent 'pennies' (many of them in the form of a check) to help us cover the mountain of medical bills that has already been incurred for my baby (six year old..who reminds me he is NOT a baby ) grandson.

It is difficult for me to read the names on the cards when I first open them because tears fill my eyes and my heart...tears of thankfulness and tears of joy that precious friends here on HubPages are sharing our journey. It is so humbling to have lovely individuals reach out to us across the nation...many of whom I will never meet in person. I cannot truly express how touched I am.


Pennies Started to Arrive

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

He said it all

Mr. Emerson chose these few words to say what it took a page full to say.

...that is what it is all about!!!

Putting the needs of others first will bring untold joy to them and to us.

Heston Wayne Showing me How Strong He is

Another photo just before the trip to Boston's doctors....He tell us how brave and strong he is...and he showed me he is very strong by getting in and out of this hammock all by himself.
Another photo just before the trip to Boston's doctors....He tell us how brave and strong he is...and he showed me he is very strong by getting in and out of this hammock all by himself. | Source

How many times have you needed a helping hand? Maybe just for something as simple as toting a fallen branch after a storm. Maybe in a time when finances were bad and you needed someone to just listen and help you try to make sense of it all.

Maybe you have needed one too, when a loved one was very ill and needed 24/7 care. You needed that someone to take your spot by the bedside for a few hours while you snatched a few minutes of much-needed rest.


Feeling Thankful and Blessed

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

— Helen Keler

My Sweet Friend Gave Heston Wayne a Hammock of His Very Own

You can see how delighted having his very own hammock makes him. We treasure each smile as he often is in so much pain.
You can see how delighted having his very own hammock makes him. We treasure each smile as he often is in so much pain. | Source

This is Not a Singular Walk We Make

We could choose to exclude all others from our lives. We could choose to try to tackle those "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" that come our way. And in some cases, many cases, we can face off with whatever lands in our lap and try to muddle through.

Just let me say, for me, having the arms and uplifting spirit of others lifts so much of the pressure from my shoulders and makes the walk much easier.

And without thinking about it, or, trying to make myself seem 'more wonderful,' there are so many opportunities that I have each day to reciprocate the kindness that lands in my lap following close on the heels of some unwanted, unanticipated unfortunate event or circumstance.

For me, and for many that I know, this walk is truly not a singular walk. As John Donne said so well..."No man is an island...." Reaching out to others links us in an even closer bond than we might have once believed is possible.


Everyone can do simple things to make a difference, and every little bit really does count.

— Stella McCartney

So Easy to Brighten a Day

How easy it is to share kindness each day...

A smile can mean so much. And we never know when that smile is just what someone needed, just at the moment you share it.

A 'hi, how're you doin' ?' quickly spoken as we pass each other on our way to and fro can begin to turn a glum kind of day into a whole new experience for someone who is receiving our greeting.


An Act of Giving

And there is always actually giving something to someone else when they are in need.

Perhaps giving clothing or food to a family directly when you know they will not feel 'bad' because we did can be huge.

Giving food and clothing to organizations that can in turn pass these items along to those in need too can mean so much.

Taking school supplies--pencils, paper, glue sticks, crayons, tissues, and on and on, to schools for those who may not be able to afford them is another way we DO make a difference.

And of course there are monetary donations that we make that can mean more than we ever realize.

Hearts for Heston ...a Glimpse

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Hearts for Heston

The giving just keeps happening. Here in this very tiny town I was reunited with a young woman to taught opposite me while I was still teaching. Her name is Yvonne...I spoke with her just this morning and she gave me permission to use her name. She is still a teacher and is artistically talented.

She texted me and asked me to come over. That she had some money for us and had something to chat about with me.

When I stepped into her home, she hugged me and introduced her husband. She then lead me over to the counter in her kitchen and handed me a large gift of money...so many pennies!! And of course I was reduced to tears...happy tears.

She then went on to explain that while she was going through a most difficult time fighting a debilitating illness she sought an avenue to occupy herself and express her feelings. So she began to design intricately fashioned hearts. She had been told she should do something with them so that others could see them and enjoy them.

She said, 'We can use them to help your family, your Heston. We can call them 'Hearts for Heston'. And so it goes. I have made copies and have already sent a half dozen out to those who have donated.

You will receive a 'Heart for Heston' if you are able to donate.

Pennies add up. And know please that we do not take one donation for granted.

Our baby boy needs care. His Daddy's medical insurance does not cover so much of the expense. With your help, we can insure Heston Wayne's care will occur.

Any Way We Can to Get Him to Eat.....

Eating is of major concern and we are working on a remedy for that. In the meantime, we present food in clever ways to try to entice him to eat. He often does not want to eat as his tummy hurts.
Eating is of major concern and we are working on a remedy for that. In the meantime, we present food in clever ways to try to entice him to eat. He often does not want to eat as his tummy hurts. | Source

We Really DO Make a Difference

Two by two, we do matter. We do cause change.

We do impact the lives of another.

We may not think about it when we do something kind for someone like opening a door or dropping coins in a jar at a store counter for a child or family in need but those gestures are far more meaningful than we ever realize.

Taking time to reach out to someone in a way we may consider inconsequential can have profound and long-lasting effects on the lives of others.

There have been times we I have been so bogged down with all that is swirling around my family that I have almost given up writing here... With.my ill daughter (that you would not think is ill as she is always doing doing doing for her family, especially Heston, right now, and for others) and Heston Wayne and his brother, Jay, who also is sick (but soldiers on every single day), I just felt I was not giving HubPages the attention it needs.

But now I am so thankful I still have this way to express my hopes and fears (just from time to time I have a few....my humanness showing)....it is cathartic for me. And reconnecting with so many lovelies here who have reached out and continue to do so is just plain good for my soul. So I am so glad that I decided to stay here and share as much as I can and read and respond to as many hubs as I can.

If there are periods of silence from me, please know we are treading some difficult waters and as soon as we conquer them I will return.

Know please that I am sending Angels to each of you this morning. Those Angels keep us lifted up and able to tread water.

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pstraubie48 2 weeks ago from sunny Florida Author

I am going to the library today to pick it up...I feel sure I will be purchasing my own copy to reread...and share.

Thank you for the tip.

Hoping all is good with you and yours.

Angels once again are on the way ps


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Peggy W 2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Patricia,

I will be eager to know how you like that book after you finish reading it. It is a short one to read but filled with things that offer such comfort...at least in my opinion. I spoke to another friend just yesterday who owns that book and she also drew much comfort from it. It is lovely to get a glimpse of what lies ahead!


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pstraubie48 2 weeks ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for the suggestion...I have it on my list and am getting it today. Always looking for new sources for ideas and food for thought.

Take care of you, my friend.

Angels once again are headed your way ps


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Peggy W 2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Patricia,

I just reread the book "Embraced by the Light" which is one my mother had. I had read it previously and enjoyed it just as much...perhaps even more...than the first time. That is because of knowing about so many people who are struggling in one fashion or another.

If you have not read that book, I heartily recommend it! It offers peace of mind that what is happening in this life will make some sense when our spirits are free and enter eternity. Sending love and prayers your way!


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pstraubie48 4 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Shauna. We are hopeful and know that things are going to improve, soon.

I do so appreciate your support and good wishes.

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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bravewarrior 4 months ago from Central Florida

There is strength in numbers. Love, support and sheer will are putting a smile on your grandbaby's face. Good things will continue to come.


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pstraubie48 4 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O Deb...you are so kind. We are so thankful for every single gift we receive. Angels are on the way to you once again...ps


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aviannovice 4 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Sometimes my mind is like a sieve, I just put an envelope in the mail for you. Sorry that I forgot, but this time you'll get it for sure.


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Peggy W 4 months ago from Houston, Texas

That heart is a beauty. I am so pleased that so many are sending money your way as well as prayers and thoughts. Our HubPages community of writers are a wonderful bunch of people from all around the globe. Your family will remain in my thoughts and prayers. Sending special thoughts to you Patricia. What you are doing for your family is truly special.


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pstraubie48 5 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi again...I cannot tell you how humbled we are to have lovelies reach out to us across the miles. It is such a blessing, Flourish.

And thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

Once again Angels are on the way ps


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pstraubie48 5 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Frank for your prayer. God is in the house ...of that we are sure.

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA

What a touching story that your friends have reached out and supported you like this!


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Frank Atanacio 5 months ago from Shelton

Oh God please bless you continuously...


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pstraubie48 5 months ago from sunny Florida Author

I always smile when I see you have stopped by, Theresa. You must know how much your kind words and uplifting spirit mean to us. This week is another milestone week for Heston. He will be in the hospital for three or four days...I will post an update when he is out.

Thank you once again for caring. Love and blessings and hugs to you are your family will arrive on the wings of Angels. ps


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pstraubie48 5 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Jodah. We as a family are truly blessed. We are so thankful that others reach out to us, some in a financial way, others with kind words and thoughts such as yours. And we receive them all with equal joy and appreciation.

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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Faith Reaper 5 months ago from southern USA

Awee, how precious to know of such generosity, dear Patricia! I know God will multiple those pennies to help with sweet Heston's doctor's visit. I also know He hears our prayers and is able to heal. Praise Him!

I will be sending pennies via Angels your way soon, sweet friend.

You and your family are so strong, courageous and precious.

(((Hugs))) and much love always


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Jodah 5 months ago from Queensland Australia

This is so touching, ps. It is such a wonderful thing you are doing on behalf of your grandson. Hearts for Heston is a fantastic idea and your friend should be commended for such beautiful work and offering them. I wish Heston, you and the family all the best for the future. The HubPage family are a generous bunch and I am glad you have received monetary help towards Heston's necessary medical expenses. Blessings.


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Genna East 5 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Sending prayers, blessings, warm hugs (and more) to your family and sweet Heston.


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pstraubie48 5 months ago from sunny Florida Author

I am so deeply touched...thank you so very much for your kind words and generous spirit. We are so very blessed. Many Angels are on the way bringing live and blessings.ps


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MizBejabbers 5 months ago

Dear Patricia, I've just written a small check for Heston Wayne and will try to get it in the mail this weekend. I meant to send it right after you wrote the first hub detailing his illness, but life gets in the way. I'm probably going to have to pay for a doctor's appointment for my husband that we got mixed up because we can't keep things straight. We have to make time to stop and smell the roses (and read the fine print).

The hearts are beautiful. Sometimes an illness brings out the best of us. I'm still waiting for that, LOL, as it seems to have put my creativity on hold. Anyway, I wish you the best of luck with Heston Wayne, his brother and your daughter. Meanwhile, I send love and light and Reike energy to you and your family. Miz B


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pstraubie48 5 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, alwaysexploring....we are so thankful for each gift. Heston has a difficult journey but we know that God is in the house and we also know that the love and concern of others will help us help him.

I am deeply humbled by your message. Love and Angels are on the way to you this morning ps.


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pstraubie48 5 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Vencatachari and I hope I spelled it correctly...

we do feel blessed that folks are reaching out and offering a helping hand. It is a difficult and stressful time but due to the uplifting words and gifts from others we are seeing the goodness that comes.Thank you for stopping to read and send us good vibes.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 5 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Karen. We are so blessed that Heston Wayne is thought of and wished well by so many. We are hoping and praying for positive results in the days ahead.

Angels are on the way to you this morning. ps


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pstraubie48 5 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Yes, bill....it is such a comforting and uplifting feeling to know we are so loved. This is not a journey anyone, any family chooses, but many have trod this same kind of path. And the lovely, yes, lovely part of it is that we are LOVED and that so many reach across time and space to touch our lives.

Thank you Sweet bill for caring enough to send good thoughts to us.

Love and hugs and many Angels are on the way back to you all. ps


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pstraubie48 5 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, DDE, we really need to get the word out that we need help raising money. And touching each other's lives makes this journey much easier.

Angels are on the way to you this morning. ps


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always exploring 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

God bless you and Heston. Look for a check in the mail. Together we do make a difference. Thank you for all the angels you've sent my way.


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Venkatachari M 5 months ago from Hyderabad, India

I am much at relief to know that many of our Hubbers are sending some money and it really makes a difference when together we make it. Wish your grandson gets well very soon.


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

As I watch my two bestest friends slowly die I am reminded that, in the end, the most important thing we have is love. Without it we are just a meaningless species creating havoc on this planet. You, my friend, are surrounded by love, and isn't that just too cool for words? :)

Sending hugs, prayers and blessings not only for that little guy but your whole family.


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Karen Hellier 5 months ago from Georgia

A sweet story and I love the hearts. Your friend does beautiful work...sending prayers for Heston Wayne!


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DDE 5 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I Tweeted! A beautiful hub expressing everything from the heart.

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