My Heart Is Warm

The election is over. I'm hopeful for America and proud to live in Washington state, but so glad to have that all behind us. Election time is brutal. Topics that normally don't come up in conversation are blasted everywhere. You are constantly told you are wrong or stupid. Friends fight. Husbands and wives argue discuss. Ha! Jacob and I don't always vote the same way. We had some lengthy discussions, and even though I sometimes wanted to pull my hair out and scream, we remained thoughtful and respectful and we each voted for the candidates and issues that we felt would best serve our country and state. That's all you can do. Don't be mean. Don't let anyone be mean to you.

Today, please remember this from our Thomas Jefferson. 

Politics and elections divide the nation, but you guys, we live in the best country on the planet and when we need each other, we're there. Check out some heartwarming photos from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Breezy Point, Queens
Belmar, New Jersey:
hurricane sandy funny
Generosity: Ben Stiller, pictured left, fed people in Brooklyn as kind notes were plastered on a wall, right
Viral: Some of the photos showing neighbourly love have gone viral online
A doctor in Manhattan offering free medical services.
Red Hook, Brooklyn:
Celebrity love: Even Bon Jovi, pictured, showed he cared, visiting residents in his flood affected home town of Sayreville, New Jersey
I love that those affected are getting through it with a sense of humor.
Lancaster, PA:

New Jersey:

Hoboken, New Jersey:
Long Island:
Although the Marathon was cancelled, participants ran through neighborhoods anyway,
delivering food and supplies and helping with clean up.
Runners met on the morning of the marathon to take the ferry to Staten Island, where the race typically starts.
And helped move garbage and debris.
There is still so much work to be done. Take it away, Adam Levine...
Another way to help is to order specific items from the Occupy Sandy (for New York) and Occupy Sandy NJ registries on Amazon.com. I donated diapers and wipes yesterday. Can you imagine not having any for your little ones in a time like this? You can also check out all the following sites. I've linked them directly to Hurricane Sandy relief.
And my advice for those truly unhappy with the returns in their county, state, or country? Do something about it! Stop bitching and get out there to make it a place you believe in. Volunteer, lobby, donate, run for office, anything. Actions speak louder than words.
I love America. And Elvis.


SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Totally awesome Sandy picture collection.

This past 4th I did a why I love America post. My number 15:

When there is trouble, Americans come together. It doesn't matter what political table we sit at, we put it aside and take care of business. If there is an OH SHIT problem, you want Americans around.

Truth. You nailed it.

Happy Wednesday.

Miss. MP said...

Found your blog through Jessica's you are my color. This post is spot on. Actions speak louder than rants on fb or political arguments. I hope everyone volunteers and helps those effected by Sandy.

Lulubelle said...

Nicely put!

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

Amazing, amazing, amazing. All of it. So happy.

Misty said...

There's just something about seeing big, strong men saving helpless animals. It makes me all teary!

I'm glad the election is over. People can be so ignorant and hateful. This is the reason we are divided. Hubby and I didn't vote the same. Life goes on.

#Merica #ElvisLives


jessica renee said...

Love this post and love you, friend! I couldn't agree more...I'm linking to this in my post today.

Peace Love Applesauce- Terri said...

Awww, great post!

♥ Marcy ♥ said...

Here from Jessica's blog! What a wonderful post... LOVED all the pics! Warmed my heart and I couldn't agree more! www.marcysmustachediaries.blogspot.com

Dree said...

Those pictures brought tears to my eyes! You are so right - people can be so judgmental about who you vote for, and it's really sad sometimes. I mean, you should vote like you know someone died for your right to do so - why argue over who you vote for? We should celebrate the privilege!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I literally have goosebumps. I was away when Sandy hit and although there was coverage, it wasn't this coverage. Things like this make me hopeful. So many other countries hate us, we need to love each other and work together.

his little lady said...

Someties a little humor is all you need to get through it all! This post is so inspiring!
xo TJ

MiMi said...

I love those pictures.
Today has been disheartening. I've seen some major hatred and offensive things online and it at first pisses me off...but then just makes me sad to the bone.

Sara McFall said...

Aww found your through Jessica's post. Loved these pictures and seeing the compassion from people affected by the hurricane!
Also agree with what you said about the election.

Karen Peterson said...

I big fat puffy heart this post. America is a great country. Even when some of the people in it are being idiots. ;-)