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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"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
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!
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.