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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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Mostly Sweet

This time of year most of us are very blessed to spend a lot of time with our families.  Sometimes this is the only time of year we get to see some of them. It is always one of my favorite things about the holiday season. I love hanging out with my parents and siblings and in-laws.

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One thing I have learned in my experience and conversations with others is no family is perfect. I would venture to guess that behind every Norman Rockwell painted smile there are a few snickers, giggles, questionable glares and possibly even tears. Likely on the bottom of the perfectly-browned, perfectly-seasoned, perfectly-shiny, perfectly-PAINTED turkey there is a real turkey that is a little too dry and maybe slightly burned, that came out of an oven that is perfectly covered in the caked on messy juices from a day of cooking. The oven you look at and think "I really need to clean that sometime."

I think it is easy to look at other people's life, or Christmas card photo, and think, "Wow, they have the perfect family. They have no idea what goes on in my house at Christmas. I'm so glad she won't be looking in my oven."

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So Thankful

During this season of thanksgiving, I feel I should give thanks for so many things:1) I am thankful for my health but more than that I am thankful that I have learned to be intentional about this day as we never know when it could be our last.2)I am thankful for my family and the "family" of people that I get to know through Inheritance of Hope; the staff, volunteers, and incredible families we serve.3)I am thankful for my resources. I feel so blessed and love looking for ways to share those blessings.4) I am thankful for an amazing Legacy Retreat in New York City in November and another one coming up in February in Orlando, Florida.5) I am thankful for an eternal perspective that allows me to continue to know and love people who are facing the end of life on earth.  I am so thankful that this is not the end!As we all look forward to this holiday season, I pray that you are able to  give thanks in all circumstances.
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A Night Out

Tonight everyone enjoyed a night out! Even the rain couldn't damper our delight to head out on the town.

All of the parents were given gift cards to eat at a fancy New York City restaurant.  They were thrilled to have a nice evening just as adults, but not as thrilled as their children were to have Kids Night Out!  

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