Monday, April 16, 2012

National Volunteer Week

Many of you have asked me,
"What do you do outside of your home?"
I am a Volunteer Coordinator in our community hospital.
I thought I retired a long time ago...but here I am working as in interim,
...five hears later.
One of the real joys about blogging is meeting other people along the way.

I'm sure you recognize her name...Pondside! 
I wonder what her topic is today???
Over the years, we both found we had some common interests,
and have been able to meet several times to brainstorm and share life.
But you know what it's like when you start sharing your hearts..

We found we had a few things in common...
  • we both have careers working with volunteers.
  • we both have two grandsons....
  • they both have the same wedding outfits....
  • we both are celebrating milestones this year.
  • we both have a daughter getting married in 2012
  • we both love to meet each other spontaneously in quaint little shops.
  • we both love to travel.
One special thing I have gleaned from Pondside...
through our discussions is...

"Choose not to let things irritate you."

That was such profound wisdom, Pondside.
And I cherish your friendship.

This week is called National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, 2012!
So we are both busy recognizing and showing our appreciation for our volunteers.
We will both be busy hosting events in the coming month.

I'm sure that Pondside would agree with me that Volunteers give us the opportunity to



and be INSPIRED!

Our Volunteers give of their Time, which is such a precious resource.
There time volunteering must be valued, but we can never put a value on that time.
They bring skills, advice, experience, friendship, vision, leadership and inspiration.

I've met many bloggers, who also share how they live life.
And I've noticed that many of you volunteer in your communities,
your church, your schools and your families.
This is your week to be recognized...
your endless Time and support cannot be replicated.

Thank you for your on-going dedicated Time!


  1. A special thank you and recognition to two amazing volunteer coordinators!!! It takes people like yourselves to organize and make the jobs worthwhile and successful. Such a beautiful picture of two of my favourite bloggers with whom I have much in common (except the two grandsons) - smile)! This year of the number 6-0 is going to be one of the most memorable ones of our lives indeed! XOXO

  2. Two friends....from different parts of the province...sitting at a table in my hometown and comparing notes. I like that picture (even though I would have have liked to join the party:) Wishing you both the best of weeks!

  3. That evening was such fun, Marg. I came away with renewed enthusiasm for our common profession and a light heart after all that great conversation! 2012 will be a great year for both our families!

  4. Very cool. And I had the good fortune of meeting 'Pondside' recently too. Inspiring post Marg, I'll hop over to Pondside now. I had advance notice this would be happening today...ta!

  5. Love seeing you and Pondside enjoying tea together. Wonderful post and inspiration Marg!

  6. I've just come over from Pondside having read her post about the time you two shared together. I'll have to remember the bit of wisdom she passed on to you. The timing is perfect.

  7. It is so wonderful that you and Pondside have so much in common and that you have developed a wonderful friendship. She is a delightful lady and I truly love her blog. I am now a new follower of you and am looking forward to visiting.
    Here's to your health!

  8. You go, Girl! I can so see how your world is about others and not yourself...

  9. Volunteering our hearts and our time keeps us always looking out.

    It's so easy to turn in when life becomes difficult.

    In so many instances, volunteering becomes the gift we give ourselves!

    You are two lovely women...inside and out.

    Thanks for making my heart smile this morning.

  10. What a wonderful bond the two of you share. I am having a milestone birthday this year, too.

    Wouldn't it be wonderful if each person would volunteer in some way? The world would have a big smile.

  11. Oh Miss Mary, This Ozark Farm Chick just popped over from Pondside's place to say 'howdy'!!!

    Ya can tell by the pic that you are precious friends!!!

    God bless ya and have a beautiful week from the happy hills and hollers of the Missouri Ponderosa!!! :o)

  12. So much you two share along your paths. What a special friendship you two have build.

  13. I sure find it easy to appreciate Pondside too. It is so interesting how we find common ground with people who we might only meet once or twice and yet our hearts are melted together in common ground.

  14. 'Do not let things irritate you'..what a great motto to live by.
    Volunteering is close to my heart too.

  15. Came to you via Pondside who I know through CityViewsCountry Dreams.

    Your volunteer work sounds so rewarding and worthwhile.
    I wish you great joy in the upcoming wedding.
    Gretings from New York

  16. Two friends sharing a wonderful friendship working for the good of others. What could be better!

    The French Htuch

  17. Your volunteer work sounds so rewarding and worthwhile.

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