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Book – The Hunger Games

It’s been a long time since I’ve read (and finished) a good book. Thanks to the recommendation of my friend and co-worker, Caitlin (and also for lending me Books 1 – 3), I finally finished Book 1.

I’ve been extremely busy for the last 5 years that I have not touched a book the whole entire time. I have attempted to read Twilight but ran out of time with my local library and had to return the book.

With The Hunger Games, I really had to plan and manage my time so that I’d be able to finish it. It took several weeks but I did it. My family went to Taholah beach  just this last Saturday and that’s when I planned to finish the book. However, I got to one of the most exciting parts where one of the characters die and I could not go on reading. I was so sad and affected. I’ve been so attached to the story that when I got to that part, I can’t believe I could not go on. I had to put the book down. Caitlin reminded me that it only gets better after that. So the following day, I continued to read and finally finished.

This book is so good you don’t want to stop reading it. I’ve also been watching the trailer and new scenes keep popping up on the Internet. That’s why I’m so happy that I’m done so I can watch all these scenes in the upcoming movie. I can’t wait for the movie!

Great job Suzanne Collins.

Fundraising Potluck

We planned a potluck for the end of June as sort of culmination to the Zac’s rehab fundraising. I am happy to announce that, our firm paid for the cover charge ($5 per person). AND, in addition, added an undisclosed amount to Zac’s rehab fund.  We had a feast! Lots and lots of food. Thank you to everyone who participated by bringing dishes and to all who came and enjoyed the feast.  It does have a great feeling knowing that you are surrounded by people who care.

Fundraising Update

It’s great to know a lot of people have read my recent post and prayed for Zac’s recovery. I’ve had 4 orders in less than an hour after I sent the email with a link to this blog.

This week, I delivered the 4 orders, all towards the fundraising for Zac and Jen. I have 3 more orders to fill in the next 3 weeks.

We did a mini-fund raising in our office. Normally, people bring free treats to work. This time, we started the week with my cupcakes, then the next day another coworker brought treats, and then the following day, another person. We put the treats in the kitchen and right next to the treats, we put a little container. We asked for donation in exchange for the treats. At the end of the week, we were all surprised at how much we have collected. Some people even got really generous. We will continue to do this and planned a pot luck lunch at the end of the month where, instead of going downstairs for lunch, people pay an amount for a “buffet” lunch. We hope to collect a good amount that day.

To everyone who donated and those who prayed, thank you all so much! God is great!

Friend in Need – Sharing

A co-worker/friend, Jennifer, went to a long-deserved vacation in Europe, one she was looking forward to for a long time. Just a few days into her vacation, her eldest son, Zaccari Espinoza,  suffered a major injury while playing rugby in Denver.

Read Zaccari’s story by following this link:

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/zaccariespinoza

Jennifer had to cut her vacation short, had to rush to Zaccari’s bedside at the hospital. She’s been there since.

I’ve been in a similar situation late last year so I know a little bit what Jennifer’s going through. My daughter had an emergency surgery to her stomach in order to investigate a possible virus that caused the blockage of her intestines. During the whole ordeal, I turned to God through prayers, lots and lots of prayers. Praying the Rosary. It’s really mysterious how God can work his miracles in each of our lives. I believe that it’s through that hospital experience that I’ve become closer to Him. There were many more times when I’ve experienced God touch our lives. It is in this peace that I’m able to share this blessing to some friends that needed a little bit of Holy intervention.

As soon as I heard about Zaccari’s story, I immediately included him and Jennifer in our daily prayers. I thank God that He has allowed Zac to go through surgery with no complications. I am thankful to know that Zac is doing better.

Last week, Jennifer turned in her resignation. I felt sad because it was not expected. But in a way, I am happy because, she has nothing else to think of at the moment than take care of Zac. No work. Just be a mom.

In the meantime, I know that it will be a challenge not to have a job while someone in your family is recovering at the hospital. So I was trying to think of a way to help out. Sure we can always contribute some money. But I thought that I could do a bit more.

I’ve talked to some people who volunteer for charity work, like baking cupcakes for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. And immediately, it came to me.  I could take orders and give half of the sales to help Jennifer. Why not!

So here is my contribution, in my own little way, to help out Jennifer and Zac. If you have or someone you know has a special event to celebrate, or just simply has a sweet tooth, and would like to order cupcakes, or a cake,I urge you to contact me. I am offering my services by giving half of the sale towards funds for Jennifer and Zac. To all my friends, co-workers, students.

You may send me an email at sweettreatsbysonia@yahoo.com and let me know what you want, when you want it. As a background, I am a Wilton Method Instructor; I teach cake decorating classes, and I also make cakes and cupcakes.

Follow the Flickr link on the side of this blog to see the cakes I’ve made so far.

For Zac and Jennifer!

-sonia

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