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You Have Ooey Gooey Hearts. Thank you!

DSC_9309Well, everyone, the month of January has come and gone.  You clicked and you clicked and you clicked in order to support Veronica King and her precious children.  Now I have the results you’ve been waiting for…the total you managed to raise just by visiting Pennies on a Platter.  I was going to remind you of some Superbowl recipe ideas today, but I’ll post links for you on the Facebook page instead.

Let me first share with you some statistics.  If any of you are very familiar with how advertisements work on blogs, you will know that usually the payment amount is very minimal unless you’re some sort of high-end (famous) blogger.  Typically, there is an arrangement of x-cents or dollars per x-thousand hits.  Not much.  You definitely now know I do not blog for the money.  But, of course, every little bit helps.  🙂

Despite this, you managed to beat my monthly average by 441%!  Outstanding!  The fact that the hits increased that much was so encouraging to me, telling me that there are many of you out there that have ooey gooey hearts and care, even for someone you may not know.

So, without any more delay, the total we raised for Vee (both by donations via PayPal and your clicks on the blog):

$1,577.29 !!

And, over $430 of this amount was simply you sitting at your computer and pressing with your wee little finger on that mouse of yours.  Fantastic!  The other $1,000+ comes from generous donations via the PayPal button displayed on the blog during the month.

vee bellyThis is a picture of Veronica’s belly with Carter inside (scheduled to join our world via c-section next week) and Jeremy’s ring.  What a bittersweet photo.  If you’d like to see more of these beautiful belly shots, photographed by my bestie, Vicki, click over to Veronica’s blog.  Your click will also contribute to a continuation of raising money for Vee as she now has an advertisement that pays her for you just visiting and reading, just like you did here last month.   Use this opportunity to leave her encouraging notes and to remember to pray for her often.  She updates occasionally with her honest and raw emotions, so please grab a tissue first.  Her writing is heartfelt, genuine and nothing like I’ve ever read before.   By God’s grace alone she is amazingly staying strong for her children, but she needs your loving words and prayers to help her sustain this strength.

Next week I will share with you the recipe and a quick tutorial for the heart shaped cookies above.  You can quickly make these (yes, I said quickly) for Valentine’s Day.  Until then, hug and kiss the ones you love even when it’s not Valentine’s Day, because last month I think we learned you do not know when you’ll no longer have that opportunity.

Thanks, again, everyone!  I’m so very humbled.


15 Responses

  1. you are amazing for doing this for her! you rock and so do all of your fabulous readers! 🙂

  2. What an amazing gift to your friend! I love it how people are can be so generous and really rally behind a person in need.

    I was inspired by your challenge and your thoughtfulness, and am using my blog as a voice for human trafficking and sexually exploited children, raising money for World Vision for Valentine’s Day. You can read about it here: http://theculinaryenthusiast.blogspot.com/2011/01/project-love-day.html

    and here:

    Blessings to you!

  3. That is so awesome! Thank you for doing your “small” part to help out. It is inspiring to see how people have rallied around Vee and the kids.

  4. Wow that is awesome about raising that much money for Veronica and what a beautiful photo too!!

  5. WOW! That is fantastic! Thank you so much for doing this kind yet simple act for Veronica! What a blessing to her. I was faithful to keep clicking and I now find myself coming back to your blog for yummy treats. Win win win for all parites.

    I would love to know how you gain income simply from clicks.

  6. AMAZING!! I visit Vee’s blog daily, but I do not know her pesonaly. I think this was a wonderful way to help her when you dont know her but want to help. And I also found this wonderful page with amazing reciepes. Thanks for giving us the chance to help this amazing family!!

  7. That was a great idea, I’m so glad so much money was raised for her. I started coming to your blog to help raise money. I keep coming back for all the great recipes and I’m making quite a few of them on Sunday for a superbowl/10th birthday party. Thank you!!

  8. Wow! God is truly amazing! What a fantastic way to use technology to help someone in such great need of love and support during a difficult time! I’m so encouraged!

    Now I’m off to click on your friend’s site to continue helping Vee and her precious blessings! {{hugs}}

  9. Beautiful. Just beautiful! I’m so happy you were able to raise this much! How wonderful of you, Nikki! I know Veronica is probably so overwhelmed at your kindness.

  10. Wow, this is really awesome! I’m so glad you did this Nikki. I’ve been following her story since you first posted about it and my heart breaks for their family.

    On a separate note, I made sugar cookies with marbled hearts on them a few days ago! Great minds think alike 🙂

  11. What an awesome family Veronica has and I am glad to be a part of it. I love all of you and will be there to pray everyday for you and the baby. You are on many prayer chains across PA…. XXOO I love you.

  12. That is truly amazing! WOW! You’re such an amazing person!!! I am so very glad I found you through V’s site, and I have honestly clicked around here so much and LOVE it. I won’t be leaving anytime soon either. I’ve made several of your recipes, even braving the hamburger buns and bagels when I’d never, ever baked bread before! Your pictures suck me in and make me want to try your recipes.

  13. I’m sure Veronica is so amazed at the kindness you’ve shown.
    What an excellent way to use the internet as a way to raise money and support.
    I had friends of mine who knew nothing of the King’s tragedy clicking on this recipe blog just to put more dimes in the bank for her… It’s just proof that every little bit helps.

    Beyond the fundraiser, your recipes are awesome, and I will continue visiting!

    You are an excellent example of selfless kindness… and generousity.
    Veronica must be so overwhelmed.

    God Bless You!

  14. What an awesome gift for your friend! You rock! And these cookies are so adorable!

  15. I am new to your blog. I love your recipes and I am so amazed by your kindness and generosity to this family. You and your readers have such big hearts!

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