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What Has Happened to Us

Good morning everyone!  I’m going to begin our time by reading just 5 words from a Bible verse.  In Philippians 1:12, Paul is writing about something bad that happened to him, and he says, “What has happened to me...”

 

Before we see exactly how Paul continues, what about us?  Has anyone here ever had something bad happen in your life?  If you’ve been living on planet earth in 2020, then the answer is yes.  We’ve all had the bad experience of a pandemic happening to us.   

 

How do we respond to that?  What do we say?  We might say things like "What has happened to me/us…

  • has messed up our plans"
  • has messed up our finances"
  • has stressed our relationships"
  • has messed up our work"
  • has messed up our entertainment"
  • has messed up our sense of control"
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Family Spotlight: The Baird Family Finds Hope One Day at a Time

Family Spotlight: The Baird Family Finds Hope One Day at a Time
“We just take it one day at a time.  One day at a time.”  This is how Bryant Baird is coping as a newly single father.  The Baird family has suffered some hard hits this year--his father in law died one month to the day before Bryant’s wife Crystal p...
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Homemade Lemonade turns into Funds for Inheritance of Hope

For months, Leeland Garrison heard about Inheritance of Hope.  His school raised money to send families on Legacy Retreats®, and then his dad became a retreat volunteer last November.  A friend attended the April 2020 eLegacy Retreat, and by July, Leeland decided he wanted to be involved himself. So, the entrepreneurial rising fourth-grader and budding philanthropist organized a lemonade stand. 

 

“I had the idea to do one a couple of years ago, but we just never followed through with it,” he says.  “But I started learning a lot about IoH, and my dad went on a retreat, and all this crazy stuff happened like my friend’s mom got cancer.  So, my mom said we could have one on the Fourth of July.”  And have one they did.

 

Leeland’s marketing strategies helped him easily surpass his fundraising goal! 
Leeland’s marketing strategies helped him easily surpass his fundraising goal!

 

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Faces of Holley Day: Lynne Cao Shifts to Hope and Gratitude

“I always shift back to hope and gratitude,” says Lynne Cao on how she deals with her metastatic breast cancer diagnosis.  She isn’t sure why.   Maybe it is because she has a good support system, maybe it is for her two young children, or maybe it is the undying optimism of an immigrant.  

 

Lynne Cao with her family--husband Mike and children Katherine and Carter--on their family’s IoH Legacy Retreat® to Orlando in February 2020
Lynne Cao with her family--husband Mike and children Katherine and Carter--on their family’s IoH Legacy Retreat® to Orlando in February 2020

 

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Family Spotlight: the Derricot Family is Praying through the Pandemic

“I pray, and pray, and pray, and then I pray some more,” shares Shirley Derricot on her approach to life.  She is honest--there is a lot to pray for, from staying safe during the pandemic to hoping that her two Black sons stay safe out in the world.

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Family Spotlight: The Dorado-Harrison Family’s Positive Mindset

For Jennifer Dorado, there is a way to live through a pandemic with metastatic breast cancer, “One day at a time.”  The 37-year-old mother of three, former competitive softball player, and unrelenting optimist has a simple but effective outlook, “A positive mind gives you a positive future.”  Staying upbeat as she wakes every day, and pushing through, no matter how sapped her energy may be, has helped her navigate the challenges of parenting with a terminal illness, because, she knows, “I have too much to fight for.” 

 

Jennifer Dorado’s family surrounds her with love on their IoH Legacy Retreat®
Jennifer Dorado’s family surrounds her with love on their IoH Legacy Retreat®
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Holley Rothell Kitchen's 3 Things

Inheritance of Hope spoke with two of Holley Kitchen’s sisters, Missy Hobbs and Teri Larcom. They shared with us three pieces of advice based on how Holley lived out her last months. Holley battled metastatic breast cancer and passed away in January 2016. She serves on as a champion for researching a cure and building an intentional legacy. We celebrate her on "Holley Day", October 13. 

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Who is Holley Rothell Kitchen?

  

How can I make a memory with my kids today that will last them a lifetime?

 

Of all the things Holley Rothell Kitchen wanted to be—wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend—the role she is most widely known for is something no one wants to be: the face of metastatic breast cancer. Like most true heroes, Holley was an ordinary woman facing extraordinary circumstances. How she soared beyond those confines will forever define her as a champion of this disease. 

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Faces of Holley Day: The Leland Family, Healing through Gratitude

Erin Leland set her alarm for 5:30 am every morning.  The full-time teacher, mom, wife, and activist had a lot to do and didn’t want to miss a moment.  Her 11-year-old twins, husband Rich, her high school English students, and the other women she met through METAvivor were the reasons she woke up so early. 

 

Diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2018, Erin died from the disease, which has no cure, far too soon. But not before the 42-year-old made the kind of impact it takes most people a much longer lifetime to make.  

 

Rich and Erin Leland with their children Keira and Quinn
Rich and Erin Leland with their children Keira and Quinn
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Faces of Holley Day: Gifts of Two Friendships Take Flight

When jewelry designer Kendra Scott created the Metastatic Breast Cancer Necklace Charm Set, she honored a friendship cut short.  When Cindy Fish gave the pendant to Becca Willson, she did the same.  And though neither Cindy nor Becca have ever met Kendra, their stories are now linked by more than the intricate chain.

 

Kendra Scott’s delicate yet durable butterfly-themed charm set  evokes strength through endurance and beauty through change.Kendra Scott’s delicate yet durable butterfly-themed charm set 
evokes strength through endurance and beauty through change.

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