Saturday, May 12, 2007
The story of Mothers Day is a long one. It is neither a recent phenomenon as many people believe it to be. Nor it is the creation of card and gift marketers syndicate as assumed by cynics of Mothers Day festival. To the surprise of lot many people Mothers Day celebrations are first said to have taken place in the time of ancient Greeks and Romans hundreds of years ago. Even Mothers Day celebrations in UK began much before the tradition saw the light of the day in US. In US the efforts of Ms Julia Ward Howe and Ms Anna Jarvis are greatly recognised for starting the tradition of Mothers Day but several other women too made remarkable contribution to further the cause of Mothers Day holiday.
Today Mothers Day is celebrated in more than 46 countries around the world though at different times in the month of May and in some countries it is celebrated in entirely different times of the year. In the present time Mothers Day has come to be internationally recognized as the day to honor all mothers and thank them for the services they impart for the benefit of their individual child and consequently to the development of mankind. Please read on and click on the links to know more about the related Mothers Day stories.
I had first watched The Secret in October of 2006, A very difficult time in my life. My son was just in the hospital for a chronic disease one month prior. As I watched The Secret, I had realized that I had been using the principles intermittenly throughout my life, but never sticking with it. I would teeter back and forth between feeling negative and doubtful to feeling like anything was possible.
I have always wanted to buy a home and be a real estate investor since before I was old enough to buy one. I tried several times, but after short attemps of hearing "NO" I would just give up and not follow through.
My rental lease expired in October and I knew I really didnt have much time as I had to sign another lease and the 60 day written notice time had expired. So this time instead of signing a 12- month lease. I said to my children, We are buying a house April 30 when this lease expires. For the first time ever I only signed a 7-month lease. And told the Universe it is time to buy a house and I will accept nothing less.
I did a trial run and applied for mortgages, all of them saying that sure! yes you are more than qualified, no problem they told me when I was to get closer to the lease expiration give them a call back. So I waited til March to call again.
To much of my dismay I was turned down from every mortgage company I could possibly think of. I was extremely disappointed and distraught. Just months earlier they all were in it to win it. They said if I had applied 2 weeks before I would have been able to get a mortgage. But in light of the new recent guideline changes regarding mortgages and all the foreclosures and market downturn, they were all tightening their belts. I am self employed by the way. So I said to myself. Boohoo but I am not stopping I will get a mortgage. I will buy a house ..I will have one before the lease expires. Finally I did find a company who said YES!! It was rough going as I had some outstanding debts..my debt to income ratio was a bit high ..and they said i would have to do a lil maneuvering..get rid of my car loan etc ...etc.. Everything they asked me to do couldn't have gone more smoother..at one time the loan officer asked me how i had gotten a CPA letter i needed so quickly, I didnt even have an accountant..I informed him that it was MAGIC...haha ..
Anyways, I had many experiences such as these regarding buying a home.
They told me I would need to put $500 down as Good Faith. And about $350 for the real estate appraisal. I was concerned as I really didnt have it.. I had no money to buy a house. But I had faith. I got to talking with someone from the internet I had chatted to a few times prior. I mentioned this to him and he told me ..I will give you the money! I will send the money to you, money order, express.
I really didn't believe he would. As I barely knew the man..not even knowing where he lived. I did receive the money indeed! $850 bucks...He told me a few days later that it was like Karma. He had been saving some bills in an envelope for a Rainy Day. No reason in particular just fun money.. When he went to get it ..he had exactly the amount I needed ..no more no less, I had chills... I said to him, " You were saving that money for me and you didn't even know it" He just wanted me to get the home I wanted so badly without any obstacles.
.I signed for my new home on April 26, 2007 not skipping a beat...with 4 days left to go in the month. I had NO other plan than to buy a house. I wouldnt even consider any other possibilities. And it happened for me ...I closed and only had to bring a check of $954.64.
I now joke I bought a house for $954.64.
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!
I so love mornings. All of earth's energies are zipping, zapping and crackling in alignment. The stars have been tucked in bed. The nightingales begin dreaming their dreams. And the sugar plum fairies try hard not to be seen.
But best of all, I love mornings because it's when the giants return to earth - stretching, yawning, squinting and rolling - remembering without quite remembering, sometimes for just the flickering of a second, that all is right in the world and that their greatness has never needed to be proven.
Like you, "Big Foot" -