Sunday, December 20, 2009

BLOG: Merry Christmas, Mixed and Happies!

Hi Mixed and Happies!

I'm thrilled to say that the most colorful Christmas card of the season is on its way to New Orleans and should be in Keith Bardwell's hands by Christmas day. I don't know if he'll even open the package, but it's now out of my hands and into his. I knew you'd all want to see the final result, so I snapped a few shots.

As the project winds down, I want to thank everyone for participating. Our pictures will be traveling all the way to L.A. to debut as one big collage at the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival, which will be held June 12-13, 2010. I am hoping to make it there to present our colorful project.

If you'd like to make it out, we might just make a Mixed and Happy event out of it. If anyone is interested in going, let me know.

If you missed the deadline, you haven't missed out. Every picture I receive will go up here on the blog. They will also be included in the collage. So, let's keep it going.

I am trying to teach my children that one person with one idea can make a difference. But it is only when other people stand behind that one person that real change takes place. So, thank you for standing behind me. In my mind, even if one child gets the message that mixed is beautiful, then I've done my job.

Now, for the goodies!

When it was time to print out all of the cards, I couldn't believe how it translated in tangible form. I picked them up from Walgreens and couldn't believe how thick the package was. Later at home, I laid them all out on my table and fought to keep them from spilling off the edges. What you see here is one small portion.

I asked my co-worker if she had a Christmas card so I could avoid fighting traffic on my lunch break to buy one. She sifted through her drawer and had just one left. But, how perfect was it? It said "Happy Holidays and a New Year of Happiness." How meant to be was that?

So, I started running into Mixed and Happy families everywhere I went once I started the Mixed and Happy project. I found myself scrawling the Web site url on random napkins and gum wrappers. So, for less than $10, I had these little business cards made as a way to tell people about the project. They came in handy, especially when it was time to send the card. Maybe he'll shoot me an email one day?

I didn't even think about what I was going to write on this card, I just started writing. As I was writing, I realized that this project was all about love. So, no judging Keith Bardwell, no throwing stones. Just showing some love. Because, when all is said and done, that's what changes hearts and lives.

How much do you love the Mixed and Happy penguins? Ha ha. Just kidding. I promise I didn't do that on purpose.

In other Mixed and Happy news, where should we go from here? I'd like to keep the blog going, but maybe there's other things we can do together. I'd love (LOVE) to hear your comments. I mean, really love to hear them. So send me a Christmas gift in the form of a comment.

Feel free to comment below or email me:
mixedandhappy (at) gmail (dot) com.


  1. You were awesome for thinking of this whole idea and following through with it...much respect. And, props to everyone else who sent in their photos - I really hope we could all get a chance to meetup at the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival in June. I'm all about making that happen, so let's keep in touch!

  2. Thanks for the link! I am going to post it now. That would be more than awesome, Lori. I think we can make it happen!

  3. Suzy,
    The pictures are great! The message you added to the card could not be any more perfect. It is truly wonderful and we are proud to have been a part of it.

    As for any ideas- you know mine so LET'S TALK!!


  4. I was just out near Keith's home with my sisters and mom today. Merry Christmas. I'm pretty sure he'll open the card and be blessed!

    gina ferrara

  5. Love the fact that you added about it not intending to be offensive, only for reaching out and love! Great job! Im soo curious to know if he will respond to you!!!

    Thanks for doing this!
    Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
    Hope this year brings much love and peace, to ALL!

    Be Well,

  6. Suzy,
    All i can say is PERFECT!!! Bless you and your family this holiday season and always!
    Miami, FL

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