Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Dear Friends,

As most of you know, I was honored a couple of weeks ago by an
organization called Inspire Women. It was a nice luncheon and they
gave me a beautiful award to take home.

Yesterday, as I was at the doctor's office getting IV fluids, I
received a phone call from Inspire Women. They said they had a gift
for me and they wanted to bring it to the house. When I got home, I
found a beautiful red leather box waiting for me. When I opened it
up, it was full of letters from family, friends, and COF staff. I spent the next hour
reading your kind words and crying. They were good tears! I can't
tell you how much I love and appreciate each one of you! Your
encouragement came at the perfect time, after a very difficult week
for me. It always surprises me how God knows what we need right
when we need it! Thank you for taking the time to write to me. I'm
pretty sure I could never measure up to all the things you said,
but I will continue to strive to be all that God wants me to be as
He walks with me through life.

I am so thankful that God brought each of you to my life and that I
have the opportunity to serve Him with you. You each are amazing
and gifted. I love seeing God use you. I am blessed beyond measure!

Thank you!

p.s. Lalo - please give my thanks and love to my sweet la carpio
family! Talk about tears... what an incredible blessing to read
their words and to have them reminding me of God's goodness and
quoting Scripture to me!!  God has been so good to allow me to see
the transformation in their lives! Love you!


  1. Good tears are refreshing to the spirit! :) You are singing a song Laura and its a beautiful one.

    Love Love love love love, Libby :)

  2. Hi sweet Laura,

    Oh, I am so very sorry you have had such a bad week!!!! I am not getting my email notifications of your posts, but you have been on my mind all week and in my prayers.

    I do pray that you are feeling better and that you are able to enjoy Thanksgiving and having your precious children home.

    “Hope is knowing that a positive outcome awaits and being okay that it might look different than you thought. Hope is not only expecting a dream to come true, 
but having a deep assurance that it's within your reach. Hope is knowing that you can't, but that God can. 
Hope is knowing that God loves you
more than you could ever imagine. 
Hope is realizing that you don't need to know all the answers, 
because God already does. 
Hope is looking to the future with joy and having expectations of better things to come. Hope is knowing that miracles still happen everyday. 
Hope is something that never abandons you. 
Even when your life is filled with sadness and disappointment. Hope is a spark that remains inside 
to help you get through the rough times. 
Hope is a very powerful medicine. 
Hope is often beyond our understanding but always real and true. 
Hope is one of God's greatest gifts to you, because it's the magic that inspires you to keep living.”

    Love ya!!
    C.O.L.E.'s Foundation
    (Caring Openly, Loving Eternally)
    Email: sandy@colesfoundation.com
    24/7 Prayer Line 888-365-COLE (2653)

    Sandy Daron