There are SOOOOO MANY people doing things behind the scenes who are making this journey so much more than I ever imagined it could possibly be!!! I have mentioned the one’s who recently offered fundraisings through a bbq/meet & greet upon my return, compliments of Roger Jennings & Tina Marie Jennings. Then there is Jenean Hornbuckle, an incredibly talented artist in Cherokee who is painting a limited edition painting as a fundraiser, Barbara Robinson, who offered her waterc…olor paintings for illustrations for a book, my cousin Carole Coates, who said she would help me with information about a photo journal and self publishing a book!!!
But tonight I want to tell you about someone who communicates with me almost every single day during my journey. Harold Sandlin, who many of you may know as Tom, is documenting, organizing & recording EVERY SINGLE PHOTO I have posted with pertinent information such as date, location etc. of my journey. He is placing all of this on disks so I will have a record upon my return! Tom Sandlin, I can only imagine the amount of time you are spending recording all of this information. He recently sent me the following message:
THANKS FOR YOUR NOTES, YOU MAY NOT BELIEVE IT, BUT I, IN SPIRIT, TAKE EVERY STEP YOU TAKE! I WOKE UP CHRISTMAS MORNING PARALIZED ALONG MY LEFT SIDE & COULD NOT WALK WITHOUT HELP AND HAVEN’T WALKED ALONE SINCE THEN. HAVE A GREAT DAY! RESPECTFULLY, TOM SANDLIN
I AM NOW EXCEEDING OVER 1000 DOCUMENTATIONS FOR YOU!!!
Spending so much time on the trail alone, I become a little emotional at times. When someone such as Tom Sandlin crosses my path, I cannot help but to shed a few tears. Just know, they are “tears of joy” for the multitude of new found friends coming out of this journey!!! From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU TOM, and thank each and every one of you who have touched my heart in your own special way!