ETA: It's now 9:21 EST. Looks like WE WON! I say we, because I did not do this on my own. Thank you to EVERYONE who has voted and spread the word. I am forever indebted. The website will officially announce the winner on Mother's Day, but unless something crazy happens I'm pretty sure WE DID IT!!!!
This week will go down in the annals of history as the longest week of my life. Officially.
Okay. So maybe there have been other weeks (like the week before I gave birth to each child) that have felt longer, but whew! This one certainly makes the top five.
I was never the type of person that really wanted to run for public office. Not in elementary school. Not in Jr. High. Not in High School, and definitely not in college. We won't even discuss city, state and country! I do like to be in leadership positions though, so go figure.
But I think I now know why I wouldn't have run for office. The campaigning for votes. It's not really in my personality to self-promote very much (and yes, I realize that kind of goes against keeping a blog...but it's not like I advertise my blog constantly to every single person I've ever met...it's more of an "if I write it, they will come" mentality). Believe it or not, I am kind of shy, and I prefer to sit and watch others do things like campaign for votes.
But, apparently, I will do anything when it comes to 1000 dollars. Especially when I see it as such a huge blessing from above. It killed us financially to buy Joel's plane ticket to Spain (if you must know, it was 1161 dollars and that was the cheapest fare on the internet), but we have felt so right about it after praying and fasting about this trip. We know this is what the Lord wants us to do. So this amazing opportunity to win this money just feels like another confirmation that we made the correct decision.
Except I haven't won the money yet. And I have to campaign like crazy!!! And I kind of don't like that part, but I figure if I want blessings, I better work for them! I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart who are campaigning just as hard as I am for this, and for no other reason than that you love me. It has really warmed my soul this week, and I am not just saying that. Many times I have sat here crying as I have felt the love and support from each of your emails and messages and updates about how the votes are currently standing.
And, despite an amazing surge today by the other picture, I am again in the lead. A very small lead, but a lead nonetheless. And less than 24 hours left to this horribly long week of voting.
So here comes the campaign part: Go vote. Tell your friends. Put flyers up all over your neighborhood (okay, maybe that's going a bit too far...).
And have a wonderful Friday!