Jan 30 2013

Don’t give up hope!

I am totally inspired by two people today that refuse to give up, despite situations that you and I might fight very limiting.  

The first, is a pianist, does martial arts, and just set a world record.  She became first woman to become a pilot, without arms.  

She plays the piano, uses numchucks, and flies with her feet. 


Here is another example of a person defying the odds without arms, and without legs.  Well, he used to be without arms. 

Brendan is a soldier who lost all 4 limbs in Iraq.  He just got a double an arm transplant.  

They had this big news conference yesterday to celebrate this medical feat, 6 weeks after the transplant.


He insisted on rolling his own wheelchair into a the news conference using his transplanted arms, and then did something we do without even thinking that was huge for him, he lifted up his new arms and brushed his hair to one side.   

He had a special message at the conference for other wounded soldiers, and I admit felt like it for me you might feel like that too: 

"Don’t give up hope….life always gets better, and you're still alive.  Be stubborn. There's a lot of people who will say you can't do something. Just be stubborn and do it anyway!"

These brave people make me  think maybe my so called limitations aren’t so limiting after all.  



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Jan 29 2013


Forgive me for getting personal today.  I just had to share with you one of my greatest blessings, and hope it inspires you to be thankful too.  I hope it encourages you to pick up the phone and tell that special personal what they mean to you. 

When I turned 3 years old, my mom missed my birthday.  I didn't get a party, but it actually turned out to be the best birthday I ever had.  My little sister was born.  Yep, we were born on the same day. We are 3 years and 20 minutes apart.  

I am so thankful that God gave me such a beautiful sister to live life with.  I don't know about you, but it seems like no one understands you more than your siblings.  You have shared so many of life's experiences together.  Together we got through our parent's divorce, college together, my divorce, and now she is expecting her first child! My sister, Meaghan, is the one person that can tell me when I'm out of line, forgive me, and have my back.  Most of the time she acts more like the big sister!

Today I'm thankful for the best birthday present I ever received.  Happy Birthday Meaghan!  

Do you have someone like that in your life?  I would love to hear about them, and then maybe encourage you to tell them what they mean to you!

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