Dec 19 2011

The Adventures Of…(insert your family name here)

Maybe your packing and about to embark on a road trip this Christmas, maybe it’s an adventure of every bed, blow up mattress, and couch in your home occupied by house guests. 

You could look at this week as something to survive through or something to thrive through.

Had one of those experiences yesterday...the grandparents are in town and we took the kids to a train museum and all over the place there were kids wearing their pajamas like it was normal in the middle of the day out in public. 

Come to find out, it was the last day that The real Polar Express from the book and movie was there taking kids on rides…but it was sold out…it was if you told the kids there would be no Christmas Found.  We could have walked away saying, “oh what a bummer”…if only we had known.  And complained about it later

Instead walked up to a conductor and asked him if by chance there were any “no-shows” or extra tickets.” We got on the train…we had cookies and hot chocolate…and made Grandma cry.  It was a surprise adventure that we will be talking about for years…Remember the year that we got to go on the Polar Express?

When things don’t go the way you plan, you can either loose your cool, or laugh. 

Each day is an opportunity to build your story. It can either be a story full of complaints or a story full of triumph and adventure.

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Dec 16 2011

Mission Complete

Not letting anything stop you from what you want to be when you grow up…

So many times as a child you were probably asked that…maybe you said a fireman, or a teacher…

That was the dream for a young girl from West Virginia, but her family could not afford to send her to college

So when she was 18 she joined the army, to earn the money for school, when she was 19 she was in Iraq as an Army supply clerk…Her company took a wrong turn and came under attack…11 of her fellow soldiers died, she survived, but became a prisoner of war. After 9 horrific days, the nation watched as special forces rescued a young blond woman on a stretcher out of an Iraqi hospital. 

Today, she’s 28, and tonight on badly damaged legs and a painful right foot, she’ll walk across a stage and get her education degree.  She will be a teacher, but she’s already been teaching all of us. 

Jessica Lynch has completed her mission. 

She told a reporter, "It's tough to walk, but I look at it as, 'At least I'm walking,'" "At least I have my legs. They may not work. I have no feeling in the left one. But it's attached, at least. ... At least I'm alive."

Sure puts circling the mall for a parking spot into perspective.

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