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Soccer Time

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Soccer season is in full swing in my life right now.  Most of my days are spent in a black canvas fold-up chair next to a huge field of grass.

I have learned a few lessons from my days at the soccer field.

If you try to play offense and defense at the same time, you're gonna kill yourself.   The field is large and if you run after the ball every time it moves you will not be able to maintain the stamina to complete the game.   If you're playing forward you have to trust your defensive players to do their job while you get open and wait for their pass up field.

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Sweet and Salty

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I just discovered an awesome new candy!  The Pretzel M&M.  It has an amazing sugary coating on the outside with creamy milk chocolate and a salty center.  It is so delicious.  If you haven't tried it yet, you should.  (In fact, if you post on this blog I will enter you in a drawing to win your very own bag of Pretzel M&Ms.)

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Up, Up and Away

Isn't it a strange thing when you find yourself on an airplane seated next to a complete stranger for several hours?  Not only are you seated next to this person but your arm hairs are touching, you can smell their breath and with one false adjustment you could be sitting in their lap.  Airplanes are known for their close quarters and, even in first-class, your neighbor is no more then an arms length away.  This miniature community provides a very unique vulnerability. You can't choose to walk away from your seat companion or open the door and exit when you are 15,000 feet and the fasten seat belt sign is illuminated. In these situations you have several options: fake sleep, turn up your ipod, or start a conversation and hope for the best.

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Meet Jill Thompson (Legacy Retreat Coordinator)

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Meet Jill Thompson (Legacy Retreat Coordinator)

Several years ago I received a phone call from my best friend's husband that she had come out of surgery well, but the tumor was malignant.  I had been called to their home to take care of their children, as well as my own, while they had rushed to a nearby hospital to get the surgery.  As I continued with the daily activities of caring for all the little people surrounding me, I had to take a moment to stop and do the only thing I could think of doing at that moment.  I got on my knees and, through my tears, I prayed for my friend.  I prayed for her husband and her sweet children who I adore.  I prayed for healing and peace and hope.

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June 27: Leaving a Legacy

"Every Family Deserves a Legacy"®
Three days ago, we were all relative strangers, and now we are a family -- a family that has laughed together, cried together, played together, and learned together. We have all been challenged to look at our lives and consider the legacy we want to leave behind. Certainly that legacy involves a lot of fun and great memories, but it also involves some intentional planning and action.
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June 26: Whitewater Adventure!

Our third day together was packed with fun. The big event was our much-anticipated whitewater rafting trip. Some of us were a little nervous about being at the mercy of the Sacandaga River, but we boarded our rafts in groups of eight and shoved off. Immediately we faced the Cliff Drop, which got our hearts racing! Then the pace slowed for a while, and some of the more adventurous among us jumped in for a cool swim. They had to climb back in, though, so that we could face the Dragon Back rapids and reach the finish line together. Even a light rain didn't dampen the joy of our rafting experience!

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June 25: Six Flags Great Escape!

Greetings from day 2 of the Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreat! We had an incredibly beautiful day here with highs in the low 80's and brilliant sunshine. Not only were the temperatures high, but all of us experienced great "highs" today, both literally and figuratively.

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June 24: Everyone's Here!

The first day of our Summer Legacy Retreat!

We are very excited that our Inheritance of Hope "family" has grown tremendously in the past 24 hours with the arrival of some amazing families to the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Waterpark in Lake George, NY. We welcomed families from all over the United States including Washington State, Nebraska, South Carolina, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Rhode Island. They were picked up from the airport, or drove to the Lodge, and were greeted by our wonderful volunteers who came from Georgia, Pennsylvania, Florida, New York, North Carolina and Michigan to serve these families. Despite early mornings and long travels, all the families arrived with huge smiles as they admired the beautiful lodge and checked out the Indoor Waterpark complete with three huge water slides, a lazy river, a wave rider, and a kiddie playzone.

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