CHP Appreciation Day was created five years ago, in 2014 to celebrate the 85th Anniversary. At that time, the atmosphere was changing towards Law Enforcement and by celebrating them on this day, the goal was to show our men and women in blue that they are honored and appreciated. I custom created 11,000, 85th Anniversary lapel pins that were meant for every CHP employee. I sent them to the Divisions to distribute to each area office. We also had about 40 wives who helped bring a cake or goodies to their offices that first year. It was amazing to see.
Five years later, it’s heart warming to see those amazing ladies who continue to help out each year and all the new ladies who are helping out. I truly appreciate each one of you. Thanks again! 💙💛💙💛
Happy Mother's Day!
For some reason I was having a problem trying to upload my picture and post a blog post. Anyway, every Mother's Day since my Mom died, I think about her and how she lived her life. My Mom was only 49 years old when she died. In that short amount of time, she made such a huge impact on so many peoples lives. She was not a "hero" in the traditional sense. She did not wear a military of law enforcement uniform but she was my Hero. When the College recruiter interviewed me, 25 years ago, and he asked me who my hero was, I said, my Mom, he was shocked that a teenager would say that. I knew back then that she was an extraordinary person. I just wish I would have showed her more of my appreciation back then. Appreciation is why I created CHP Appreciation Day. I could say a lot about that but for now, I will focus on my Mom. Anyway, we went to the cemetery on Saturday instead of Sunday because I knew it would be ridiculously crowded. Sure enough, it was already crowded on Saturday. It's such a beautiful cemetery. There is always a lot of distraction so I don't feel like I can really just think. I miss my Mom. I miss her everyday. I used to talk to her everyday and tell her about the daily things of life. I think about how no one can ever replace her. It hurts my heart that she is not able to continue her relationship with my girls, especially Tina. It was an amazing thing to see them connect. Tina loved my Mom so much. She needs her. I need her.
I am thankful that God allowed me the opportunity to be able to celebrate this day. I was not supposed to have kids. Yet, God granted me this gift. I hope I can be the Mom that He wants me to be.
Thanks for reading. God Bless You!
Happy 5th Anniversary to Gifts 2 Help! 🎉
Yesterday, I had a breast ultrasound that was inconclusive, so it’s time for more testing again. I’m reminded that #Godisgoodallthetimeeveryday I have been very blessed with businesses that have helped me fund my Non Profit. Today is the 5 year Anniversary since becoming a 501 (c)(3) Organization to honor my Mom’s legacy. I will continue to do that, as long as I have breath in me. I tell my girls I’ll be dancing when I’m 100 years young. 💞
Happy 5 year Anniversary to #Gifts2Help !!! 🎉 It is such a blessing to be able to give back. Very thankful for the opportunity and very thankful for your support. 💞 #nonprofit #giveback
Happy Christmas Eve. 🎄 Here is a picture of our 3rd annual #Gifts2Help & #CHiPsforKids event at Carmel Elementary. We were able to have the kids pick a toy, take a pic with Santa, have some cookies with a juice box and make a craft. 🎁 It’s always great to see them excited to see Santa🎅🏽
Happy Christmas Eve! 🎄 Nine years ago was our 1st Christmas event. It was a project to help the Claridad family enjoy their first Christmas without their Dad & husband. Claro Claridad had saved 2 kids who fell in the lake in Wrightwood. Unfortunately, he did not make it. We were able to treat Mom, Grandma and the girls to dinner at Mimi’s, provide them with gifts and take pictures with Santa. 🎁 It’s always a blessing to help others. Our mission is, “Giving gifts to those in need, with Love.” 💞
Happy 88th Anniversary, California Highway Patrol!
Hello! Today is the 88th Anniversary of the California Highway Patrol. This is also the 4th year that I've been coordinating with wives across the State to bring in goodies to their husbands office. I am constantly amazed by their creativity, generosity & willingness to celebrate their men & their colleagues. I am very thankful for all their help. 💙💛💙💛
Today is a special day to me. It's also my Grandma's 90th Birthday. She is celebrating in Heaven. Four years ago, when I prayed about this idea to celebrate the Anniversary of the CHP, I knew it was meant to be because it shared the day with my Grandma's birth. I have so many wonderful memories of her. We talked everyday. I was blessed with a special relationship with her. I miss her & my Mom, so much. 💜
This day means a lot to me. I didn't start it or continue to do it for recognition. It's always been about my husband, his commitment to his career & it just happens to be the same day as my Grandma's Birthday. My hope is that the offices that are brought in goodies will appreciate and recognize that we Thank you & appreciate you for your daily service to the people of California. May God protect you as serve.
Remebering my Mom on her 10 year Angelversary. 💞
10 years ago, on this day, my Mom unexpectedly passed away. She was an amazing woman with a very big heart. Not a day goes by that I don't think of her & want to call her to tell her about what happened that day. Tina misses her Grandma so much. She wishes they could still go shopping together & enjoy desserts together like they used to. It's an ache that doesn't really go away. We know she is in Heaven and that we will see her again. We love you so much, Mama. We miss you. Till we meet again. 💞
Happy Mother's Day! 💐
Hello! Thinking of my Mom this Mother's Day & remembering all the selfless things she did for us. When I was at my interview with a College Scout, my Senior Year of High School, the recruiter asked me who my hero was. Right away, I said my Mom. I shared with him all the things I admired about her. I later learned that I was awarded a full ride Scholarship. I am very thankful for the memories I have of her. 💜 I am also thankful to be a Mom to our 2 beautiful girls and 1 baby in Heaven. 💞
My hope is to always help others and be generous, just as she was. 💜
I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful day. God Bless!
Happy 4 year Anniversary to Gifts 2 Help! 🎉
Today is the 4 year Anniversary of my Non Profit Organization. I created Gifts 2 Help as a way to honor my Mom by giving back to others. My Mom was constantly giving of her time, money & love. I was hoping to continue on her legacy through this Organization. It is mostly funded by me. Sometimes I question if I should continue to fund my Non Profit. This message sent to me in an email by my Dad this morning is very timely. I love how God speaks to us. 💜 and I love my Daddy. 💜
May you have a blessed week!
2 Corinthians 9:6-15
By Charles Stanley
God’s blessings to us are not meant to end with us. His desire is that they filter down to others. This principle applies in all areas of our life, including our finances. Did you know that our heavenly Father has plans for our money? God’s children generally want to discover what His will is for their life, but so often they fail to consult Him about His desires for their paycheck.
The Lord graciously supplies us with income so we can provide for our needs and even some of our desires. But He also wants us to use our money to achieve His purposes. And one of His goals is that we share our resources with others. If we decide in our heart to participate in His plans, He commits to provide all we need to live and to share.
Just look at His extravagant promise in 2 Corinthians 9:8: “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiencyin everything, you may have anabundance for every good deed” (emphasis added). This encouraging scripture is a good reminder that sharing blessings with others will never lead to deprivation. In fact, the Lord promises to increase the harvest of our righteousness and enrich us in everything in response to our generosity. We can never outgive God.
A hoarded blessing is never enjoyed as richly as a shared one. Using your gift to meet someone else’s need glorifies the Lord by demonstrating His grace at work in your life. Don’t allow His generous provisions to end with you. Pass them on to others and discover the joy of a never-ending cycle of blessings
Today would have been my Mom's birthday. She was the most generous person I have ever known. She had the biggest heart. She always included everyone. I don't think she realized how truly special she was. At her funeral, over 600 people came. She was not a celebrity, not a Soldier, not a Law Enforcement Officer. Not someone who would normally have lots of people show up to their funeral. She was a normal everyday person who had a huge heart. I could tell she made a difference in many people's lives from the amount of people who showed up to pay their respects. The funeral director commented to my Dad that my Mom's funeral was the biggest he had been at. She died unexpectedly. She was taken way too soon. We miss her so much. My sister shared this today. My Mom is the reason for #Gifts2Help It is because of her that I do what I do. Happy Birthday, Mama! I love you! 💜
Hello! My name is Amy. I'm the wife of a CHP Lieutenant and the Mom to 2 beautiful daughters. I love my life! My desire is to help serve others. Thanks for reading. :)