Nov 01 2013

Great Job, Mom!

As a Mom, I often feel like I am not measuring up. In fact, just the other day, I was thinking about all the things that I try to juggle and how often I feel like I fail. Especially when I comes to my kids. I probably have more doubts in this area than any other area of my life. Perhaps because it matters so much. A video that has hit the web is bringing moms to tears. It features a group of women who were asked to describe themselves as moms. The women answered with brutal honesty with comments like "I struggle with my temper," and "I wish I was better at taking time to sit down with my child." I'm pretty sure we all feel that way at times. The makers of the video then brought in the children of these moms and asked them the same question. They had very different answers.

 In fact, grab some tissue, watch the video, then send it to every mom you know. What you do matters! You are loved! Great job, Mom! 

 

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Oct 31 2013

The Most Successful Football Play Of All Time!

As a sports fan, I will admit that, as fans, we can put too much emphasis on sports at times. But, there are times that sports can deliver messages that we can all cling to, sports fan or not.  Football congers up images of gladiators dressed in their pads and helmets looking to physically out match their opponents, but on occasion you get a glimpse behind the all the padding to see what it is that really holds a team together… HEART!

All the students at Olivet Middle school, in Olivet, MI, know classmate Keith Orr as a hugger. Keith struggles with some learning difficulties, but it has never stopped him from participating in school, Keith even joined the football team this year.  Without letting their coaches know,  the team cooked up a plan to help Keith score a touchdown, which even required them to kneel down on the 1 yard line, when they could have easily scored.  Keith came in and ran the ball across the goal line, scoring his first touchdown!  His team said they wanted Keith to know that he was most definitely part of the team, and that they would "always have his back".

This isn't the first time that you have seen a football team do something like this, so what about this play makes it the "most successful football play of all time"?  It's the way that it effected Keith's teammates. Wide receiver Justice Miller, through tears, told CBS News reporter Steve Hartman, "Keith has never been cool or popular, He went from being pretty much a nobody to making everyone's day."  With tears streaming down his face, Justice admitted that he would have never thought of this, saying "I kind of went from being somebody who mostly cared about myself and my friends to caring about everyone and trying to make everyone's day and everyone's life better."  Which is precisely why CBS reporter Steve Hartman said, "this may just make that touchdown,  "the most successful play of all time."

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Oct 30 2013

It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month: One Women's Courageous Story

This time of year you see lots of pink, and for good reason.  Breast cancer awareness is something that has helped save millions of lives over the years, and having lost my mom to a battle with breast cancer, I am so grateful to see more and more women winning the fight!  

Sadly not everyone does, one of those women is Jennifer Merendino, shortly after Jen and the love of her life, Angelo, were married, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Throughout her fight, Angelo documented her journey with pictures that tell their story, many of which are included in a book that Angelo has written called, "The Battle That We Didn't Choose: My Wife's Fight With Breast Cancer".  Angelo said he will never forget the sound of Jennifer's voice on the phone the day that she was diagnosed, he says it left him numb.  They learned to navigate through their struggles thanks to their friends and family, who cared for them, helped with everyday chores and raised money to help them cover their medical expenses.

The love they felt from their friends and family was Angelo's inspiration to turn their own personal tragedy into a triumph for others.  Angelo's book and pictures are helping fund a charity called "The Love You Share", which helps provide financial assistance to women who are battling breast cancer.  Angelo says that it is fitting legacy to honor Jennifer's memory.  

Angelo says that each challenge brought them closer, one night, battling extreme pain, she grabbed Angelo's arm and said, "look into my eyes, it's the only way I can get through this."  Angelo says that he learned so much from Jennifer through this fight,  "Jennifer taught me to love, to listen, to give, and to believe in others and myself.  I've never been as happy as I have during this time."  

Angelo hopes that their story would be a reminder to all of us to, as Jennifer put it, "Love every morsel of the people in your life."

You can find out more of Jen's story and see some of their pictures here:

http://mywifesfightwithbreastcancer.com/

http://www.viralnova.com/wifes-cancer/

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