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Service and Sacrifice

My brother-in-law is a treasure for so many reasons.  He is the most thoughtful and compassionate of the 3 Thompson brothers. He is an extremely hard worker and a very loyal and dedicated man.  He is smart and silly. He has three daughters and a lovely wife which leaves him VERY outnumbered in his household.  I think he is awesome. He is a professor of engineering at West Point and a Major in the Army.  I respect him for these roles that he leads and feel very proud of him for his accomplishments professionally. However, I have never loved my brother-in-law more then last week when I saw this picture of him on facebook. He and his wife just added twin girls to their family a few months ago and when my sister-in-law got the opportunity to go out he did not even pause when he sent her out to have fun with her friends. I'm sure things weren't all smooth the whole time she was gone but that didn't stop him from making the best of it and giving his wife a much needed break. I admire this attitude.  I have seen it in so many relationships and it is always very touching.  It is an attitude of sacrifice and service. Many loved ones in Inheritance of Hope do this for one another.  A spouse who takes on an extra job while her husband goes through chemo.  A teenager who makes meals for his younger siblings while mom and dad are at the hospital for mom's most recent surgical recovery. An IOH volunteer who for 4 days on a Legacy Retreat does everything he or she can do to give all members of the family a much needed break.  It is a beautiful picture of love though service and sacrifice. I am privileged to love and serve alongside these people and I can't wait to grab both of these babies and give both my brother and sister-in-law a break when I get to see them in July. Strap on the baby carrier and hand me two bottles.  I'm ready!

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Nesting

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My family and I moved into a new house this Spring and I have really enjoyed setting up my new home.  I have moved around furniture and trinkets until things look the way I want them to look.  I am nesting.

Nesting is defined as:

1. To build or occupy a nest.
2. To create and settle into a warm and secure refuge.

One of the things I love most about my new home is the location.  It is situated on a lot that backs up to the woods and there are many, MANY birds.  We have installed a bird feeder off our new deck and we can watch the birds come and go all day long from the many windows in our home. They are fascinating.  They are beautiful.  They  are hungry.  We fill the feeder a couple of times a day and watch as the birds eat their fill, sometimes 7 at a time!

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The Puzzle of Life

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.

Putting Together the Pieces

Putting Together the Pieces

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Join the Fans Group for the May 2012 Legacy Retreat

Click here May 2012 Legacy Retreat Fans Group to join.  Follow the 16 families from 9 states that will participate in the retreat this weekend.
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Enjoy the Here-and-Now

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.

Make every second count

Make every second count

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A Seed . . . Happy 5th Birthday Inheritance of Hope

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.Every Family Deserves a Legacy

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Poor Cat

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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?

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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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