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Meet the Contis

The Conti family of New York still looks at their photo album from the Inheritance of Hope Legacy Retreat at Disney World in January 2011.

“I’ve even looked at it just recently,” said Angela, 45. “We still cry over it, but it’s happy tears now because my husband just found out not too long ago that he’s completely cancer free.”

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Ask BIG

The other night my family and I stopped at a new convenience center in town that is way better then your average gas station.  Yes, they sell gasoline, snacks and drinks but they also have a full deli and a pay-by-the-ounce yogurt and topping bar.  Well, as we got out of the car to check it out a somewhat scraggly looking man approached my husband. The kids and I kept walking into the store unaware that my husband had stopped to talk with the man.  

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How Do I Get Started Fundraising??

Fundraising can be scary ... and can be overwhelming for some of us.  And these feelings can lead to putting off getting started.  I know, because I've been there.  But, I've learned that fundraising isn't so hard or scary, and can even be invigorating.

"If you run without any reason, you are just chasing the wind." - Wesley Korir, 2012 Boston Marathon winner

So, how do I get started fundraising??

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Running the Race of Life

"Show kindness whenever possible. Show it to the people in front of you, the people coming up behind you, and the people with whom you are running neck and neck. It will vastly improve the quality of your own life, the lives of others, and the state of the world."

Ann Patchett
 
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Inefficient and Undignified, part 1 - July 2012

2 Samuel 6 is not often cited as a favorite Bible story.  It features God killing a well-intentioned man, an immodestly dressed and wildly dancing king, and a fierce marital spat.  Could such a story have any value for us today?

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Meet the Lanhams

Larry Lanham, his wife, Michelle, and daughters Madison and Maggie raise sheep and cattle on their 38-acre farm in Corbin, Kentucky. Larry has worked the same job providing housing for the elderly for 26 years. However, the last five years have been anything but stable for the Lanham family.

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Life Legacies

I received the following on a card from my grandmother and I have had it displayed next to my bed since then.  It really spoke to me.

Live Deep

Never stop learning, playing, or finding wonder in the world around you.  Live the length of your life, but live the depth of it as well.

Travel Light

There is no use in carrying around worry and regret.  They only weigh you down.  Always keep yourself open to hope and to love.  They give us wings.

Forgive Imperfections

In yourself and others.  Imperfections keep things interesting.  They're the cracks where the light shines through.

Own Beautiful Things

And not just to keep in the drawer, tucked away for a perfect day.  Surround yourself with things that make you happy, that remind you of the beauty all around us if we only keep our eyes open to it.

Make Mistakes

Follow detours. Sometimes it take an unexpected turn to help us find the life that is waiting for us around the bend.  Trust yourself and the path that is meant for you.

Take Care of Yourself

And sometimes that means you need the ice cream.  Be good to your body, but also your mind and spirit.  You're the only one who can.

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Don't Quit

I was once asked in a job interview what the quote I live by was and my answer was the poem "Don't Quit."

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Pointless Compassion - June 2012

In Luke 10:25-37, Jesus tells a story which has become widely known, even beyond Christian circles.  The basic plot is this.  A traveler is attacked half to death and left on the road; two religious leaders pass by, but an outsider has compassion and helps the left-for-dead traveler.  The basic point of this basic plot is to demonstrate the nature of neighborly compassion.

This, of course, is an important lesson, but the story is too rich to be left at this familiar level.  

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Meet the Felkers

Before last summer, neither 17-year-old Seth nor his 13-year-old sister, Mandie, had ever been on an airplane. Yet in June of last year, the entire Felker family from Alliance, a small town in northwest Nebraska, boarded a plane to Disney World in Orlando, where they enjoyed a Legacy Retreat unlike their usual family road trips in the Midwest.

“Believe it or not, this was the first family vacation we’ve ever had,” said Mark, father of the four Felker children.

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