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Finding Courage

I read something recently about courage and what it means.  Does it make you think of respect, strength, assurance, endurance, bravery of spirit and conduct?  How does it fit in with fear?  Fear can be such a debilitating feeling in our lives, yet once we conquer it, it can produce feelings of freedom, relief, and even excitement.  

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The Whole Body

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I am not a very fast typist. However, to my children (ages 10 and 8) I am a superstar typist.

When my children walk into the room and I am working on my computer they usually comment on how fast my fingers are moving on the keyboard.  They are amazed at the clicking sound my nails make when I type quickly and they often try to replicate it when they play on the computer. Clearly, my fingers are important for typing but my brain, my eyes, and my internal organs are all functioning to help me.

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The Journey and the View from the Top

I live in the mountains and it still amazes me how awe struck I can be at any moment.  The mountains are the same, but with just the right light and any given time of year they look different.  They look more beautiful and breath-taking everyday.  Some days it is because it is a crystal clear day and other days it is because of the way the fog has settled in or is lifting.  Here is a story I read from You Changed My Life by Max Lucado that really made me think about the mountains in our lives and the daily journey we have throughout our lives.

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A Kiss of Kindness

A Kiss of Kindness

A Kiss of Kindness

"Kind hearts are quietly kind. They let the car cut into traffic and the young mom with three kids move up in the checkout line. They pick up the neighbor's trashcan that rolled into the street."

It really is the little things in life that mean so much. We all have opportunities to do these little things for each other, but we also have the opportunity to receive these gifts of kindness.

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Tides and Waves

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I just spent a few days at the beach with my family for Spring Break. It was wonderful! My parents recently moved into a condo that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and I really enjoyed standing out on their balcony and listening to the waves come in and out constantly.

Sometimes they were gentle and other times they were quite rough, but one thing was certain, they were never still.  The waves kept coming and the tide rose and fell.

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Life's Most Urgent Question

I was reading an article the other day that proposed "life's most urgent question".

It was not...

1) Where is the best sale today?

2)Who is the prettiest/sexiest/wealthiest person alive?

3) What is the most lucrative career?

It was....

What are you doing for others?

I love this!

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Today's the day!

Hurray!  Today is the day we've been looking forward to -- the beginning of the February 2012 Disney Legacy Retreat!  The staff and volunteers are in Orlando and are so looking forward to picking up all the wonderful families soon. It's a beautiful day here in Florida -- so many good things are in store! We are very excited to meet and welcome 12 families and 35 staff and volunteers from Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, Indiana, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colorado, Michigan, Kansas, New York, Georgia, and North Carolina.  The Double Tree hotel has been extremely gracious to us, making us feel very comfortable. We are coming from many places to share an amazing Legacy Retreat! If you haven't already, please join the Fans Group to see updated pictures, videos and posts each day.

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It's a Small World

In just one week 16 families and 34 staff/volunteers will meet in Orlando for an amazing Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreat.

We will travel from Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, Indiana, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colorado, Michigan, Kansas, New York, Georgia, and North Carolina.

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A New Suitcase!

I have a great job.

I get to meet beautiful families that are faced with some difficulties and plan a dream vacation for them.

The absolute BEST part of my job is the phone call when I tell them it is their turn to go on this dream vacation.

Many people cry. They all echo words of gratitude and emotion. Many are overwhelmed and even slightly speechless.

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Dream Big

As we were driving to my son's preschool graduation, my sweet 5 year old was explaining that he and each of his classmates were going up on stage and they were going to have to say in the microphone what they want to be when they grow up.

"What are you going to say?" I asked him.

"A drum player..... I would really like to change my answer but I can't because it is too late."

"Why?"

"It's already printed on my diploma."

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