Yesterday we added a new member to our family. No we didn’t get another dog, and no I did not pop out a kid, but we did buy a beautiful Ford Escape named Ruby. She’s three years old, she has automatic windows and locks, warm tan interior, a sleek maroon paint job, and six cylinders under her hood. She’s roomy, quick, and she’s plays a mean version of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”. I am truly thankful for all of the different subjects that I write about everyday, but after being a one car family for a year and a half, I am really, really, really thankful for Ruby. I feel like I’m sixteen again in my very first car. You know that saying good things come to those who wait? I’m gonna have to agree.
That year and half without a car of my own might have seemed like a long time, but it was the best decision for our family. The non-profit Yellow Ribbon Fund is helping out the families of disabled veterans by providing lots of great services including free car rental and cab vouchers. Even though YRF has only been around for six years they have already provided 1,400 car rental and 18,000 taxi cab rides free of charge. YRF doesn’t stop there, they help veterans and their families with job mentoring and internship programs, free lodging, and free tickets to different sporting and cultural events. I that think taking care of our veterans when they come home is so important, because they have taken care of us by serving while we were able to stay in our homes. You might expect that Ruby with her nice V6 engine would entice me to speed a little, but I think I’ll leave the fast turns to the pros like Kasey Kahne. Kahne may have a serious need for speed but he channels that energy into cool fundraisers for his charity the Kasey Kahne Foundation. The money that KKF raises through sprint car races, concerts and drifting challenges (think 2 Fast 2 Furious) helps chronically ill children and their families, as well as disadvantaged youth. The KKF has raised and given money to The Ronald McDonald House, Make A Wish Foundation, Victory Junction, and the Red Cross to name just a few. In 2006, Kahne was even appointed by President Bush to serve on the President’s Council on Service & Civic Participation, which was only one year after he started the foundation. You can also bid on some pretty sweet schwag on eBay to help support KKF. Keep up the good work Kasey!
Yellow Ribbon Fund Donation
Kasey Kahne Foundation Donation
So here’s to you Ruby! I haven’t known you very long but I have a feeling you are going to be there for me through thick and thin. You are pretty, you tell me what songs are on the radio, you automatically lock the doors to keep me safe, and you’ve got some get up and go. I see furniture, road trips, jam-out sessions, dog hair, airport shuttle missions, traveling games, and car seats in your future. Welcome to your new home and thank you for making our family complete…for now 🙂