February 1, 2014
Today, I am thankful for many things. The first is that Chris arrived home safely last night and I hope is finished traveling for a while. We are all healthy, Bailey has a bit of a cold, but says she feels fine. I am terrible about checking our Post Office Box...so today, we checked the box and the quarterly statement from the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia was there. The statement always takes me awhile to process. The Community Foundation manages The Christian Bryant Foundation and they have been a blessing! After being at the condo a couple of hours, I reviewed the letter and statement again and all I can say is WOW!!!! The last quarter of this year The Christian Bryant Foundation received gifts exceeding $14,000. Since the Beginnning of 2013, Christian’s Foundation received gifts totalling over $33, 000, we made gifts of almost $40,000 and end the year with a balance of greater than $48,000. I am humbled by the generosity, the continued support of some, and the new support of others. This past year, I have physically seen the difference The Christian Bryant Foundation has made and I will always be thankful to Cindy Tidwell (her idea and she met and reviewed the contract with me and Chris) and Rachel Smalley (she did all the prelimary work). Amazing friends that loved Christian very much and understood that Christian wanted to change the world and make a difference! Thank you Rachel and Cindy!
This afternoon, right after I reviewed the statement for a second time and talked to Chris a bit, I sent a text to the President of the Community Foundation, David Aft, and his support staff, who are beyond amazing, Mitzi Boyd and Amber Nagle!
I then got in the car to go to Kroger for some grocery shopping. As I was driving on the bypass, I spotted a special light in the sky. Since Christian died, I have spotted this light 6 times in the sky. Prior to Christian’s death, I have never seen this light. The light appears either to the right or the left of the sun usually around sunset, I have seen it only once during a beautiful sunrise crossing the Tennessee River and it took my breath away. I always see it while driving, and usually when I really need to feel Christian close. The first time was driving home from Chattanooga after school with Bailey and it was a day I just needed to breath deep. The second time, was driving back from taking my Mama, Justine to my Daddy’s grave (I had not been there since his funeral, but both my girls had). That day, I was not in the best mood and those who know me best, know that I am pretty intense. During our drive there, I barely spoke, if at all, but while Mama was weeding and doing what she needed to do, I walked around the cemetary. I have always loved cemetarys (yes, I know that is odd), but I knew many of these people and it really bothered me when the graves were unkept. So, I talked more while there and loosened up a bit. My Daddy’s physical remains are buried in the Cemetary at MacIntyre Baptist Church, he was a Southern Baptist Minister, Seminary Trained with a Master’s of Divinity. Mama and I left that day and drove by Honey Boo Boo’s house. So, as we are driving my Mama tries to tell me about some important papers she gave me when she arrived for her visit with us. I really did not want to hear it and with tears explained why and then closed down and did not talk anymore. As we were heading out of Atlanta on our drive, I saw the light again to my left and it calmed me. The next time I saw it was when Chris bought a new car shortly before Christmas in 2012, we just hit 75 south and there is the light, I told him later, Christian was saying she was pleased. (Christian loved nice cars). The 3rd time, I saw this special light was while I was driving to Chattanooga the Friday before the 2013 7 Bridges Marathon with my car loaded with Team CMB stuff. The 4th time was random, I dropped Bailey off at school and was driving back across the Tennessee River and that day there were 2 lights on either side of the sun, extremely rare and I may have been the only one that got to see them that day. The 5th time, was after returning to Chattanooga, the day I spoke to the pediatric residents and medical students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. A truly special day for me....So, today is the 6th time, I have seen the light and it was right after reviewing the The Christian Bryant Foundation financials for the last quarter and the 2013 year. Today, I turned off the bypass and parked and the light was gone. In just seconds the light returned and stayed for a while. Okay, these lights technically, are referred to as “Sun Dogs”...I had never heard of that terminolgy until someone that lives in the west posted they saw a “sun dog.” I have not done any research on Sun Dogs, but like Rainbows, I know they are gifts. Thank you to everyone who continues to support The Christian Bryant Foundation and all of our new supporters. - Robyn Bryant