I love to do puzzles, but it is much easier if you have the box top "big" picture to guide you. Life is not like that. We do not have the "big" or the "whole" picture at any given point. We get one puzzle piece at a time and over time as we put them together in what makes up our individual life picture so we start to see a part of the "big" or "whole" picture of our life. However we never really know how much of the picture we are seeing at any given time. It may seem that it is only a corner of the puzzle, but it may actually be the majority of our life puzzle or we may think our puzzle is nearly complete when we have only put together half of the puzzle.
With 16 families eagerly and nervously getting ready to head to Orlando in the next day or so, much is being anticipated and much is unknown. This trip will changes lives, not only the lives of the families that are attending the retreat, but also the lives of volunteers and others who will encounter the families this weekend.
Monday, May 21st will be the 5th birthday for Inheritance of Hope!
Don't miss the release of a special video on the website on Monday - www.inheritanceofhope.org!
It only takes a seed . . . That is exactly the way Inheritance of Hope started - one simple idea - a seed.
Inheritance of Hope will be celebrating its 5th birthday next Monday, May 21st! I have watched the growth of Inheritance of Hope and its subsequent outreach to 99 families since its inception in 2007. I have watched my friends, Deric and Kristen Milligan, Inheritance of Hope founders, take up the challenge to live vibrantly after a diagnosis that would send most of us staggering.
I am not a cat lover. However, tonight when the car in front of me accidentally ran over a cat I shivered and shreeked. I felt sad for that poor kitty and the owner who was currently ignorant to that fact that the cat was gone.
Why on earth did the cat bolt out so quickly into the road when cars were speeding by in both directions? Why couldn't she just wait a few minutes for a clear path so she could cross safely?
Today it is rainy outside. Here in North Carolina the pollen has finally subsided and the trees are full of green leaves. We are in the midst of spring. I was just sitting at my kitchen table with my young boys watching them eat their breakfast. They are ravenous as soon as they wake! My 3 year old asked me why it was raining. (He is in the "why" everything stage!) Over the past six months I have been reading a book that I cannot seem to put down. Clearly it is teaching me old truths with new perspective that are enticing. So trying to put together some logical answer for why indeed it was raining outside, while still trying to wake up at this early hour, all I could come up with was this: "honey, God lets it rain so that things around us can be more beautiful". You know what followed that... "but why mommy?" I smiled.
Why does it rain in our lives? Sometimes it just sprinkles. We find out news that could lead to worse news. Sometimes it pours. We feel like the whole world is beginning to fall apart around us. Sometimes it floods. We feel like we may drown in it all.
The New York Road Runner's have chosen Team IOH to be a part of the 2012 ING NYC Marathon charity program. With the 5 spots awarded, the Team IOH goal is to raise at least $50,000 (each team member with a goal of $10,000), which will send 10 families on the NYC Legacy Retreat this November. One spot on the team is still available.
Contact Lisa Duscio, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are interested in joining this inaugural Team IOH NYC Marathon team. If you are a runner, you don't want to miss the opportunity to run this prestigious marathon on November 4th and support IOH families. With just one spot left, you need to act fast.
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