Monday, January 11, 2010

This Made My Day!

This afternoon Dwight answered the phone. (Rare event.) It was obvious from his tone that he thought he was talking to a sales person. He hands me the phone and said something like, "It's a sales person. He said you won a vacation from Vamos Travel." You know how Dwight can sound, right? Then as I was answering, Dwight said, "Tell them we're on the do not call list."

I answered the phone. I'm familiar with Vamos Travel. I was excited. Could it really be? But, then again, I too dislike those sales calls where they claim you've won a vacation, but to pick it up you have to listen to a 2 hour, high-pressure sales pitch. Do you ever get those?

Well, the man on the phone said something like: "Hi, Tina. Was that your hubby?" I said, "Yes." Then he said something like, "He sounds like he NEEDS a vacation." (Good thing he didn't say that to Dwight.) I simply said, "Yes." Then he said, "We received your letter. The staff read it and everyone voted for your letter!" WHEWHOO!!

Have you put it together yet? I WON A VACATION!! Isn't it great to get good news! I'm so excited!!

Do any of you here in San Antonio watch Vamos Travel? If you do, then you might know about their recent giveaway titled, "Do you NEED a vacation?" If you don't know about the show, then you should watch it ... if you're in San Antonio... Vamos Travel, Fox29 (which is channel 11 on Time Warner Cable), 6 pm on Saturdays.

So, do you want to read the letter? Are you curious about it? After I wrote the letter, I almost didn't send it because I thought, "Oh, this is too whiney!" But, here it is:

Dear Vanessa,

I first discovered your show while sitting by my 16 month old son's hospital bed. I thought, "I certainly NEED a vacation!" The past 18 months have been filled with exhausting challenges.

I am the mother of 6 amazing children. I am very thankful for each of my children and feel very blessed to have them. Life has changed for our family since the addition of our youngest son, Ryan.

In August 2008, Ryan finally came home after a 2 week stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. We thought at the time that he was a "premature full-term baby" and looked forward to him catching up quickly. However, by 4 months of age, it had become obvious that Ryan was not meeting his milestones. We soon learned that Ryan has Cortical Vision Impairment, Encephalopathy, a submucous cleft palate, and suspected Cerebral Palsy. Ryan slept by our bed for the first year of his life because he would frequently choke and was unable to move his head enough to clear his throat.

We have been blessed with 5 amazing therapists who come to our home each week to work with Ryan. He is now able to turn his head from side to side, kick his legs, and hold his head up for a few seconds. We have also been blessed with a team of San Antonio's most talented physicians. Ryan has had 2 successful surgeries that have helped to strengthen him.

Unfortunately, life's challenges didn't stop with Ryan. During the past 18 months, we have lost 2 homes that we were leasing due to foreclosures. My husband has been laid off twice due to the economic challenges that companies are facing, and now I am undergoing treatments for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Cancer that was discovered in November. My husband, Dwight, has been very supportive and helpful through everything. He is so good to our family and I know he is just exhausted from all his hard work.

While we have been very blessed by great friends and loving family through our challenges, I really, really NEED a vacation! And, more importantly, my sweet, loving, husband NEEDS a vacation! So, please say, "Vamos!"

And, then, I of course signed it with my phone number, email address & blog address. What do you think? Would you have sent the letter?

If I liked my teeth, I would take a picture showing you the biggest, cheesiest smile I've had for quite a while!

Thanks, Vamos Travel and Bauhaus Media Group, Vanessa, Luis, and all others who made it possible for us to go on this trip! Thank you!!


Diana said...

You've earned this vacation and you go have a wonderful time. You are one amazing lady!!!

Camille Hammond said...

That's great! I'm so excited for you. I hope you enjoy!

chickadee3357 said...

I can't wait to hear where you are going!! I hope you have a wonderful relaxing time.

Sarah said...

That is so awesome! I can't wait to hear where you headed!

DixieJo said...

you not only need a vacation - you deserve one!

Rachel said...

Congratulations! That's so exciting. I think I would have sent the letter. I liked the "I really really NEED a vacation!" part. Sounds like an understatement to me. How did Dwight react?

joyce said...

I will babysit. Love you guys