Thursday, March 10, 2016

See Beautiful

Hey All.

Here we are once again for "This Moment See Beautiful" hosted by SUGAR.  Momma and I see it every single day in so many different ways.  One of those ways is at a homeless shelter.  A homeless shelter really?!  Yep.  I know that many of you know that my momma works at a homeless shelter, The Lantern House.  In fact many of you have help support the shelter with your generous giving to help build a pet area. Momma calls it "Gooses Pet Park" because my angle brother worked so hard to help raise funds to build it.  But the beautiful does not stop there.

This here is The Lantern House.  That main big building is where people, men, woman, children and their pets can have a clean, safe, comfortable place to lay their heads.  And within that building are dedicated people who help all those in need get help so they can become self sufficient again.  The small stuff work tirelessly each and everyday to make life better and beautiful for all who come there in need.  The smaller building on the left is the kitchen and dinning hall.

Yep you read right.  Last year The Lantern House provided over 40,000 shelter nights!  Some might see this number and feel despair that so many were in need a place to lay their heads.  But we See Beautiful in the fact that such a place exists so that all those people didn't have to worry about where they would sleep.

Not included in that 40,000 number is all the shelter nights that were provided to all the doggies (and cats) who stayed at the shelter with their humans.  You know that is beautiful.

Unbelievable!  30%!!  But do you know where the beautiful is in this?

Right here in this sweet beautiful face.  Sure he may have started his life in a homeless shelter, but because of that shelter he will have all he needs to thrive, not only a family room to stay with his mom, and food in his belly.  But selfless case managers work very hard for him and his family to get them into housing. 

It can be a little scary I imagine for little kids to come into a strange place.  But when they walk into their room look what greets them.  Cheerful colors and a welcome package with soft stuffies, pajamas, books and more.

Not only that, in each family room there is a beautiful mural on the wall (each room has a different one) and a care package for the adults.

And look at this!!!  Just two weeks ago The Lantern House put in a play ground for the children.

Thanks to the generosity of a family the children at Lantern House have a safe place to play.  Momma says I can slide down the slide.  I am so looking forward to that.  Yep a playground at a homeless shelter is beautiful.

This here is where my momma spends a lot of time, the kitchen.  Momma is the kitchen manager and cooks lots and lots and lots of meals.  In fact Lantern House served thousands and thousands of meals last year.  I'm not kidding.  On average she serves 8 to 10 thousand meals each month.  Food is always beautiful don't you agree?
And check this out.  That there is a cooling table.  As the name suggest it keeps food and drink cool.  Beautiful right?  And apart of that beauty is this fact.  A little while back See Beautiful choose Lantern House Kitchen as one of their giving initiative to buy this here cooling table.  So every time someone purchased one of the See Beautiful products (which are VERY cool) they could choose Lantern House Kitchen Giving Initiative and See Beautiful would give money to buy this cooling table.  And boom!!  Just like that my momma got a cooling table which is oh so beautiful in so many ways.
Even though my momma works long, long hard hours (which she loves.  She always says what greater job is there than to feed those who are hungry) we both sleep better at night knowing a place called Lantern House exists to bring so much beautiful into so many lives.  So you see my dear friends when you open your heart, and not just your eyes, you can indeed See Beautiful, even in what some say is the most unlikely places and situations.


  1. Your momma does some pawsome work!

  2. Your Mum is totally Pawsome for all the work she does,xx Speedy

  3. Hari OM
    That is truly a beautiful place, filled with Love with the capital 'ell'!!! Thank you for showing us round Buddy! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  4. The Lantern House turned out so beautiful! It is wonderful that they can help so many people & their furry friends. (That black doggie in your pic is cute.) Your tour of the House is definitely a See Beautiful moment.

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  5. this post has so much beautiful it hurts my heart to look at it and also makes me happy. the best beautiful of it all is that last shot of you and mama.

  6. it is a beautiful thing everyone does to make such a place available to those in need

  7. I'm so glad the Lantern House is there for those who have nothing... I'm sure all people and their pets feel the love when they sleep there and they know that so much people take care of them... That is sure super beautiful to make this cold world a little warmer...

  8. I don't HOP.... BUT, do enjoy reading your post. Such a blessing that there is a safe and BEAUTIFUL place to find comfort and caring. Thank you for all you do.
    God Bless YOU and YOURS, Jennifer

  9. That's so great that you're doing that! :)

    Your pal,
    Christmas the Dachshund

  10. This post was full of so much beautiful. Thanks for all the endless ways you're always creating beautiful.

  11. Lenten House is TRULY a Beautiful place, in EVERY respect of the Word and MEANING.
    AND Buddy... So is your MOM fur all the dedication that she has to the place.

  12. What a terrific place! Kudos to momma
    Lily & Edward

  13. Buddy and Mom,
    oh my word this is absolutely amazing!! we had no idea.
    mom just sent you mom and email Subject: Madi and Easy
    hugs madi your bfff and mom

  14. dood...thiz iz total lee awesum oh what yur mom & all de otherz R doin for theeze peepulz and their families.....blessings ten fold, high paws & head bonx....thiz see beauty full..... troo ...iz ~~ ♥♥♥

  15. That is so wonderful, Buddy! Beautiful things happen at the Lantern House!
    We LOVE that picture of you and your mama!!!
    Yours sincerely,
    Margaret Thatcher

  16. A beautiful and much needed facility! And the guy with the black dog looks a lot like mom's ex-BIL Paul.

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

  17. That sure is a beautiful place and a beautiful thing your momma does.

  18. Your momma truly lives a life of giving and of love. Lantern House is amazing and incredible. Thanks to your momma, I knew about it when K died, and I got the chance to contribute to the pet housing part in her memory. So, I actually feel wonderful that we got the chance to help a tiny bit.

    Thanks for sharing such beauty. The Lantern House is a shining example for communities all over our country, especially the inclusion of pet housing.

  19. Oh, this is such a BEAUTIFUL postie!!! I loves all the FABulous thingies the Lantern House does for all the peeps and furiends! I thinks this is a place that needs to be replicated across the nation!!!! Oh, and I had Ma go overs and check out the most BEAUTIFUL thingies they have for's hard picking which thingie I want...☺
    Ruby ♥

  20. Lantern House is one of our very favorite places. We always love it when you update us on how they're doing. We can't wait to see Goose's Pet Park completed!

  21. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is great blog. A great read.

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