Jan 23 2012

Returning Stronger

We all have setbacks.  You can let it ruin you, or you can take the time you need to heal, and then come back stronger and healthier.  

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) announced in a video message that she is stepping down from Congress this week.

Such bravery.  

She said, "A lot has happened over this past year...we cannot change that...thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover. I have more work to do on my recovery. So to do what is best for Arizona...I will step down this week. I'm getting better. My spirit is high.  I WILL RETURN."

That was my favorite part when she said, “I Will Return”.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve made a lot of mistakes, had some loss…I wallowed for a while, but eventually I got back up.  I think that’s the key…get back up, keep going.  Maybe you’ve come back from addiction, a broken relationship, loss of a loved one…  Gabby lost the ability to walk and talk, and forever changed her…she may be resigning, but she’s not giving up on life, vowing “I will Return.”

This life we live is not a sprint, it's a marathon.

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Jan 19 2012

Against All Odds

This might be a familiar scene around your house too…

While your cooking dinner for your family, kids sitting around the kitchen table doing their homework…

I remember that as a kid.  My mom somehow balancing it all while simultaneously setting up for taco night and helping me create the dreaded science project.

But, there’s one family in New York that looks forward to those homework nights and loves the science project.  It’s Samantha Garvey’s family. She’s one of those super smart kids.  At 17 years old she’s made it to the semifinals of the prestigious national Intel science competition.  Only 300 kids get to this place, and she was announced as one of the finalists last week.  She’s graduating soon.  She’s applied to Yale, but there’s a problem, she doesn’t know where to ask them to send the forms too.  She’s homeless.  Her family was evicted over the holidays.

When the community found out about her story, they came together, donated money, and found them a place to live.

Soon she will have that place to sit and do her homework…and hopefully fill out those enrollment forms for Yale, while her mom is cooking dinner.

UPDATE on YAHOO! NEWS

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