The LeBaron Bunch, kinda like The Brady Bunch only BeTTeR

"Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. but the body is never tired if the mind is not tired."
George S. Patton, U.S. Army General, 1912 Olympian

Monday, October 18, 2010

The FUN in FUNdraising

This is the year of the fundraiser!!  We have been involved in a total of 5 (now 7) of them this year so far.  The Easter Car Show, the baseball fields, the 4th of July, and on the street corner: selling cotton candy, and a breakfast at the Ironman. Update: at Peach Days and Western Days too Luckily we were able to raise some money to send Mr. L and my 13 year old son to the Jamboree and History tour for 18 days, they just got back 5 days ago.  And what a sight for sore and lonely eyes were they.  They had some wonderful experiences.

We were just involved in another fundraiser, this time for Mr. L's parents, to send them to South Korea to pick up their 8th son who is serving and LDS Mission there.  With the economy and their line of work, the funds just were not there, so my husband, with all of his experience raising money had a great idea...."Hey, why not have a fundraiser?" 6 of the 8 boys and their little sister and her faithful best friend, plus some of the wives and, of course, mom and dad LeBaron, were able to sacrifice their time to be heavily involved in running a Navajo Taco booth at the Fair for 4 days.  Which was a very remarkable thing.  I was so touched to see how all of the brothers banded together for the love of their parents to pull off such a tremendous challenge.  They all worked together like peanut butter and chocolate, and made a very enjoyable day. 

Mr. L #2 (my man) frying scones, his bro. Mr. L #4 and #5 rolling and cutting scones, Mr. L #1 cutting up produce, Mr. L #7 making scone dough, Mr. L #6 and little sister and her best friend serving people, SIL at the front taking orders, me between here and there, mostly making meat mixture.  Dad LeBaron was running all kinds of errands and rescued us too many times to count, he came in the nick of time with cheese, sour cream lettuce, salsa, crushed tomatoes.  I am not exaggerating, we'd be almost out of something and here he'd come with the very thing we were almost out of.  Mama LeBaron worked her fingers to the bone doing all of the prep work:  cooking up meat and beans and shopping, plus being everywhere making things run smoothly.

I was impressed by the generous people who just told us to keep the change or gave an extra $20!  It is so wonderful to see that there is still a lot of good in the world.  People are kind and giving and not just self motivated.  

I am so grateful that I was able to help more than half the day yesterday.  I was sooo beat and sore by the time we got home, which was late.  I want to publicly thank my SIL A. for watching 3 of my kids yesterday, and a big thank you to my parents too, for taking my 2 youngest, and a close family friend, MaKayla for helping the other day, making it possible so I could help.  THANK YOU!!!!!   

So was it worth it? YES!!!  Getting these brothers together was special, seeing them interact is priceless, hearing them rock to the super stellar band that got us through some really tough last hrs of the night...UNFORGETABLE.  Dancing with Mr. L to a slow song in the middle of floor a bit SILLY but waaay FUN!!   So Yes, I would hafta say it was FUN!  

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