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September 11th- We Will Never Forget

Just like you, I will never forget where I was on September 11th, 2001. That day will forever be etched in our brains- such a terrible day and what seems like the beginning of an awful string of terrorist attacks on countries all over the world. At least for me, it was the beginning of feeling so much hate in this world.

Jason and I had only been dating about 6 months. I was without a job at the time, and had a job interview that morning in Irvine, California. I have no idea what company it was for and I obviously didn’t get the job, but I do remember hearing a lot of mumbling and commotion in the office building. Something had happened, but we weren’t sure what. They cut the interview short and said they were closing for the day and to go home. It was confusing to say the least.

After the interview, I got back into my car to drive home. I was listening to Howard Stern- like I often do- and they were talking about a plane crashing into one of the twin towers- but I just didn’t get the magnitude of what was happening. I’m not sure anyone did at that point? Nothing like this had happened before so it was hard to imagine it. It was still too soon to be able to see all the pictures on the news that are now burned in our brains.

Once I got home, we had nothing else to do so we did what we always did- we went to the mall. (I am very embarrassed to tell you this.) It had not hit us yet that this tragedy was so vast. We just didn’t know. And, nothing like this had happened in our lifetime, so we just had no clue.

We parked at the mall and walked up to the door and there was a hand written sign taped to the door saying the mall was closed. I can’t remember the wording, but it basically said they were closed due to what we now know was a terrorist attack. It was then that I realized this was HUGE. It wasn’t the mall being closed that made me realize this, but it was knowing that businesses were closing early and sending employees to be with their loved ones that made me see just how big of a tragedy this was becoming. We immediately went back home.

Once we got home, we turned on the TV to watch the news. We were glued to it- like everyone else- for days. We were scared. Who did this? Why did someone do this? What else is going to happen? What did these people do to deserve this? It really made me question my safety and that of my family.

I like to believe our country is stronger now than before these attacks. I also want to believe that this has brought out the good in people. It’s strange how that happens- people want to help others no matter what their race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. after a tragedy. I have a hard time understanding why that goes away so quickly. When there is a terrorist attack, or a giant hurricane, or forest fire everyone wants to help. But then the newness of that goes away and many people go back to being angry and bitter. What would this world be like if we could continue to look past things that we may not agree with and realize we’re all human beings doing the best we can?

So, today we remember all of the nearly 3000 people who died that awful day. We remember the first responders who didn’t give any thought to what they were running into and did all they could to help others. We remember the families who lost their mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and children.

America is always strong when tragedy hits. It’s days like this that I have hope that we can put away our disagreements and anger and become one country again.

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Helping Others, Parenting

Meet Kylie Elizabeth Rowand

I’d like you to meet another young beautiful child who fought childhood cancer, Kylie Rowand. She was born in May 2012 in the San Diego area and was truly the apple of her parent’s eye. She was their first baby and they were so in love with her. Kylie was a happy, smiling and healthy baby until December 2013 when her mom took her to the doctor for a swollen eye. Kylies parents had no idea the road they were about to embark on.

That swollen eye ended up being stage 4 neuroblastoma and Kylie’s body was covered in tumors. She wasn’t even 2 years old, but she endured more treatments than you can imagine. Not long after her diagnosis she was airlifted from San Diego to New York for an intense 7 hour surgery where they removed the main tumor in her abdomen, left adrenal gland, 57 lymph nodes, and did a biopsy of her liver and lungs. Because this was all so hard on her body she soon went into septic shock and was rushed to the PICU. Her heart rate was 200 and temperature was 105 degrees. Can you imagine? A BABY going through all of this. And her parents having to watch, trying to help, but not being able to.

Kylie went on fighting for 13 months with just one new horrible thing after another. Finally in February of 2015, the doctors saw that her body was taken over by tumors; there was nothing left to do. He little body could not keep going. Obviously, the family was devastated when their baby passed away on February 7th 2015.

 

One of the reasons I tell you these stories is for awareness, but not just awareness of the disease. Also to be aware of the toll this takes on a family. When Bree, Kylies mom took her daughter to New York for months of treatment, her dad, Luke, had to stay back home to work so he could pay the mounting bills. I cannot fathom being across the country while my child was fighting so hard to live- but it’s the reality. Bills don’t stop piling up when your baby is sick.

When something like cancer happens to a family, their lives go on hold immediately. The ONLY thing the family is thinking about is keeping their child alive. There are no vacations, girl’s nights, fun trips to the zoo or other things we all do. The family lives at the hospital, of course not wanting to leave their child, and that is sure emotionally and physically exhausting.

When a child dies, it puts a huge strain on a marriage. (among other things) Parents are shattered, and are not the same people as they were before. People grieve differently even when they are grieving the same loss. Not only is there the emotional toll, but also the financial toll. Families who battle cancer often come out with hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt. This just add to the stress.

Thankfully, the opposite happened when Bree and Luke lost their Kylie. Their faith and their relationship grew stronger. They grieved together along with their family and decided they were going to do everything in their power to erase cancer!

Since Kylie’s death, her family has started the Kylie Rowand Foundation. Their program Love Like Kylie provides smiles and joy to kids battling cancer. They are able to find out the age, hobbies the child likes, and favorite things and they send these kids personalized packages. Another program they have is Kylie Kare. This program raises money for families of those who are in the midst of battling childhood cancer. Finally, through the foundation, they have raised and donated over $150,000 to go to research. It is always so bittersweet to me to see this families who’ve lost a child try to do something good for others.

Finally, I’m happy to tell you that Bree and Luke now have a healthy baby boy, Lucas and another little one coming soon. I’m sure Kylie is looking down from Heaven at her family and smiling.

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Helping Others, Life in General

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month? You probably didn’t. I never knew it until a few years back when I started following a bunch of kid’s stories of cancer on Facebook. (The sad reality is that there are SO many of these stories) Recently, I have had to unfollow many of these stories because as much as I wanted to follow them and pray for the best, often time’s things didn’t work out for the best and I became very depressed. I don’t know these kids or these families, but I feel like I could know them. I could be them.

Here are some very sad statistics about Childhood Cancer:

  • Every day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer.
  • 12% of children diagnosed with cancer do not survive.
  • Children’s cancer affects all ethnic, gender and socio-economic groups.
  • The average age of children diagnosed is six.
  • More than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year.
  • 60% of children who survive cancer suffer late-effects, such as infertility, heart failure and secondary cancers.

Here is one of the worst statistics of childhood cancer. Of all the money spent on researching cancer, ONLY 4 PERCENT of that money goes to researching childhood cancer. Tell me how our kids aren’t worth more than 4 %? Every single story I read, parents talk about their kids being worth more than 4. Isn’t your child worth more than 4%? Mine certainly is. So, these parents who have been devastated by cancer are fighting to help raise that percentage. I’m certainly not saying we shouldn’t spend money on trying to cure adult cancers, but aren’t our children our future? This makes absolutely no sense.

 

This month, I’d like to tell you about a few of the children I followed over the past few years. These kids- and so many others- have really touched my life. I have never personally met any of these kids, but I feel like they changed me for the better.

Today, meet Jonny Wade. Gosh, I feel like I know Jonny. A lot of my friends and some family know of Jonny. I don’t recall how I found his story on Facebook, but once I did, I couldn’t stop thinking about him and his family and praying for them.

Jonny Wade (7)

 

Jonny and his twin brother Jacky were 7 year old 1st graders, living with their parents in Illinois. They played with friends and their dog and loved video games. They were living normal, 7 year old lives. A week before Christmas 2014, Jonny got a very bad headache at school, but it went away. Over the next few days, he got more headaches and his parents took him to the doctor. Days before Christmas, he had a 5 hour surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor doctors found. It just blows my mind how quickly a families life can change.

The Wade Family

Over the next year, Jonny endured four more brain surgeries, as well as eye surgeries, surgical port accesses, feeding tube insertions, radiation therapy, and more scans and needle sticks than the family could count. He constantly had tubes in his nose, chest and, later, in his belly. He was in pain. He suffered radiation burns, fatigue, daily nausea, vomiting, spinal headaches and the emotional pain of spending your days in the hospital instead of playing with your brother and friends. Remember.. he was SEVEN.

As his body got weaker, Jonny’s faith became stronger. He dealt with incredible pain and suffered greatly, but despite it all, he remained positive – even going so far as to put others before himself. Jonny told his parents, he “didn’t want any other kid to have cancer”. Sadly, Jonny died on Christmas eve at the age of 8.

I’m telling this story to try to help raise awareness of this horrible disease. Yes, it’s depressing, but there is also some good that has come out of Jonny’s story. His parents started the Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation in memory of Jonny because Jonny believed he could and should make a difference. Jonny was not your typical 7 year old. He was so wise, and strong and had such unwavering faith. I wish I had the chance to meet this boy, but he will be in my heart forever. It’s amazing to think about how much a 7 year old boy, whom I never got to meet, has taught me. I’m so grateful for that.

When I have tough days as a parent, I always think of Jonny and other kids like him and remember how fortunate I am to have such a healthy child. I do my best not to take it all for granted. I remember to give one more kiss, a longer hug and another “I love you” because it can all be taken away so quickly.

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Why it is Important to Read to our Children!

Guest post by Rebecca Erickson – Founder of Read To Me

Believing that we all learn the love of learning from those we love, and realizing that more children needed to benefit from such love, in January of 2009, I founded the non-profit organization, READ TO ME.

As a new teacher in Denver Public Schools during 2001, I went through a life–altering experience while teaching at-risk children. I found myself in front of a classroom of students who were 2 to 3 levels behind in their reading and writing skills. These were the students who misbehaved out of frustration because they could not keep up with basic, grade–appropriate material. These children were growing up in high–stress homes and many, if not all, were living in poverty.

I remember their homework was to read 30 minutes every night and have their parents sign for completion. Over and over this assignment came back incomplete. WHY? I would ask over and over. “Well, Mrs. T, I don’t have any books at home”.

 

It comes as no surprise when the U.S. Department of Education reports that 61% of low-income families have no children’s books in their home. I knew growing up and then having my own family, how crucially important it was for a parent to establish the early practice of reading to a child. For a mother and a newborn infant, the bonding of voice and body ensures healthy development, emotionally and mentally.

The research is strong. Young children who are read to regularly by their parents develop better literacy skills, become better readers when they reach elementary school, and are more likely to succeed in school. Reading to young children helps to develop imagination, creativity, vocabulary, and early literacy skills. Children who are read to on a regular basis and who have books in the home are more likely to enjoy books and to read on their own.

READ TO ME can reach families at the earliest point in a child’s development, at birth. As part of our mission objective, we encourage and support mothers of newborns to take advantage of the critical early months in their infant’s brain development. In fact, researchers now agree that 85 percent of brain development occurs during the first three years of life.

READ TO ME provides book bundles to the new mothers before they are discharged from the hospital and the message is supported through the medical provider, a much respected source to the new mother. The READ TO ME book bundle includes a new, developmentally appropriate book, a READ TO ME re-usable tote bag, a hat, blanket, or teddy bear and a special note furthering the message on the importance of sharing the joy of books and reading with their newborn baby.

I’m excited to announce that READ TO ME has distributed over 10,000 books to low-income children since our inception. YOU CAN HELP! We’re partnering with Chick-fil-a Castle Rock for a Back to School Book Drive. August 28th – September 1st, bring in a new book to the restaurant and receive a FREE kid’s meal. The books collected will go directly back to our Castle Rock community and given to low-income pregnant mothers via Castle Rock Adventist Hospital Mommy & Me Market.

We can’t do what we do without the generosity of our community! But we also know that many of our readers are not in the Castle Rock area so you can also check out our website  where you can find ways to: sign up for our newsletter, like us on Facebook, make a donation, and learn more about our mission, etc.

We’d be so grateful for your support!

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Helping Others, Quotes

Quick Quote! Think Before You Speak!

I love this quote. I heard it a few years ago and it really made me think. (Are you noticing a theme with these weekly quotes?) Make sure you taste your words before you spit them out. Before you say something, be sure that what you’re about to say is kind. Be sure before you say something, it is something you won’t need to take back. Think to yourself, if someone said this to me, how would I feel? You have heard the expression “Sticks and stone can break my bones, but words can never hurt me”. It is funny when I think back to when I was a kid I thought that was true. But as we get older we realize that words can hurt more than sticks and stones and the damage can last a whole lot longer.

So often it’s easy to say the first thing that comes to mind, but how many times have you said something and wished you could take it back? In my adult life- it’s taken a while- I have realized that it isn’t always necessary to respond to someone right away-especially in a tension filled conversation. A lot of times it is a better idea to wait; to let it sit overnight and then respond. By then, I have had enough time to try to see things from both sides and not necessarily respond in anger. Sure, I may still be angry, but my response will be better thought out (at least I hope!)

None of us are perfect. We will always make mistakes, but my hope is this post will make you think twice before responding to someone in anger. Sit back and think about it for a bit; then respond. It will be better for everyone involved, I am sure.

 

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Blogging, Helping Others

Sunshine Blogger Award!

 

I have some awesome news, dear readers! It has been an incredible week for my blog and I want to share it with you.

First…. I am so excited! My little blog is getting noticed! This is exactly what I have been hoping for. It is really hard starting out a blog, asking (begging) people to read it and share it with others. It takes a lot of time and energy to write, learn, follow other bloggers and continue to promote. It seems to be paying off because I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I was nominated by Erin Ruscel at A Beautiful Life, The Journey and am so thankful! You really should check out her blog too!

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who are creative, positive and inspiring. Once nominated the blogger is required to write a post in which they:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated them and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them.
  3. Nominate 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  4. Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.

 

Kate Answers Questions

Why did you start your blog? What do you want others to get from reading your blog?

The honest truth about why I started my blog is because I was at my wits end with my full time job and hoped that I could monetize it and eventually quit my job. I knew it would (and still will) take time, but I had to start somewhere. Now, I blog because I love it. I have learned SO MUCH about blogging, and how to create a blog and I continue to learn every day. Blogging has sparked something in me and I just love learning more about how to make my blog better.

I hope that people find my blog entertaining and it makes people think about things differently than they do today.

If you had to give your personality a color, what color would that be and why?

Gosh, this is a tough one! There are times when I would say dark gray or black- but that is typically on Monday mornings. (I’m working on that!) But most of the time I would probably say orange. I have been told by people that I have a fun, happy personality. I try!

Do you have pets? Are you a dog or cat person?<

I have a dog named Burt and a turtle named Dynothunder! My son named him. Burt is a Boston terrier and was a rescue. He drives us a little bonkers when he pulls over the trash and makes a GIANT mess in our kitchen, but otherwise he is a wonderful, sweet boy. Dyno is.. well, he’s a turtle. He is sweet and funny. Every single time I feed him, he freaks out and hides in his shell. After all these years, I still startle him!I am most certainly NOT a cat person. I wouldn’t mind cats but I am allergic, so I have to steer clear.

Tell me a little bit about your family?

I am married and we have a 9 year old son. We live in Castle Rock, Colorado (about 30 minutes south of Denver) We moved from Southern California in 2006 and just love it here. In our free time we love to camp, ski, travel and do house projects.

What is your favorite drink?

Funny question- it depends on the time of day. Coffee in the morning. Diet Coke in the afternoon. Chardonnay at night! Healthy, huh?

 

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If you could give one piece of advice to a new blogger what would it be and why?

I actually would give 2 pieces of advice. First- you will see ALL of these posts about how bloggers can make thousands of dollars on their blog in the first few months. That MAY be true for very few people, but it is NOT the norm. It is going to take time.

Secondly- when you are overwhelmed with learning the ins and outs of blogging and you do not know what to do next, just write another blog post. Your blog will never go anywhere if you don’t have content.

What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I think my favorite thing about myself is my desire to help others. I love helping people find a solution to whatever problem they are having. I like to make others happy and try to go out of my way to do that.

If you had to choose one meal for your last meal, what would it be and why?

Carbs, Carbs and MORE CARBS! I’d eat buttered noodles with Parmesan cheese. Then I’d have a huge handful of goldfish crackers. And then probably some pickled beets. I love beets!

What are some of your hobbies other than blogging?

I love to hang out with my friends, have people over for dinner and I LOVE Orange Theory Fitness! I work out there about 4 times a week and it’s a killer workout! I also love to go skiing in the winter and camping in the summer.

Did you have someone help you when you first began blogging? If so, who?

I did join a blogger group in the beginning which was helpful. But I feel like I spent HOURS studying how to create a blog. It was (still is) a lot of trial and error. Facebook, Pinterest, and just Googling things were very helpful ways to find answers to my questions.

What is one of your dreams?

Interesting question… I’m really not sure. I guess my dream is that my blog gets big enough and popular enough that it would be my full time job. I would love to be able to just write about things that I love, places I travel, and beautiful quotes and not have to also work full time.

 

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And now… Who I nominated!

There are so many great blogs out there! It was hard to narrow it down to 11, but here goes:

  1. http://suitcasesix.com/
  2. http://www.whitesandsandcoolbreezes.com/
  3. http://www.ourparentplace.com/
  4. https://lyfandspice.com/
  5. https://www.bride2brideblog.com/
  6. http://simplytwintastic.com/
  7. http://toeatdrinkandbemarried.com/
  8. http://raysofsoulshine.com/
  9. http://caraodonnell.com/
  10. http://hudsonvalleyexposed.com/
  11. https://nohappyaccidents.com

 

My Questions for You!

  1. How long have you been blogging?
  2. Why did you start blogging?
  3. What has been the hardest part of being a blogger?
  4. Tell us a little about where you are from.
  5. Do you have any pets?
  6. What do you like to do in your spare time?
  7. If money was no object, where you like to travel?
  8. How many blogs do you read regularly?
  9. What do you do for a living?
  10. Do you have any siblings?
  11. What does being nominated for a Sunshine Blogger Award mean to you?
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Helping Others, Life in General, Quotes

Quick Quote- One Kind Word

We’ve all heard the saying “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. I remember as a kid being taught that and I have tried to instill this in my son. But what about saying ONE KIND WORD? One kind word can truly change that person’s day, but I want to look at this from a different perspective.

When I say something kind to someone or give them a compliment, do something nice for them, or smile at someone as I walk through the halls at work, it CHANGES MY DAY. Doing nice things for people, helping lift a person’s spirit- those things make us feel better. It gives us a sense of pride to help others and as I have stated in past posts, that “thing” does not have to be huge!

Science shows us that when you do a good deed for someone else, we feel a positive rush through our bodies and we are motivated to do it again. Doing good leads to people being happier in general. Imagine how happy our world would be if we all did something good for someone else every day. Comment on a friend’s new haircut, hold the door open for someone, pay it forward and buy a person coffee. Other things that make people happy and in turn make us feel good are to listen to a co-worker who is struggling with something, send a card to a friend you haven’t seen in a long time or send a quick “thinking of you” text. All of these kind gestures help others, but they also help you.

Why not go ahead and do something nice for someone today and see how it makes YOU feel! I bet you feel the rush.

 

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Helping Others, Life in General, Travel, Working Out

Some Ways to Find Happiness in Your Life!

A Few Ways to Find Happiness!

Sometimes life can get tough and it can be hard to see the forest through the trees. It’s easy to get wrapped up in work and parenting, kid’s activities and chores and all the other things that we have to get done every day. I know I certainly get caught up in all this stuff, but I have come up with a good list of things that I do that help make me happy and less stressed.

 

Family Time

Our Little Family

Our family likes to do a lot of fun things together. We don’t spend a lot of time staying home or lounging (which is not always a good thing!) Jason, AJ and I love to camp in the summer in our trailer in different parts of Colorado. We enjoy going to Mueller State Park and Golden Gate and other places too. A few weeks ago we went to Chatfield State Park which was a blast! It is only 30 minutes away and we had not been before. We hung out with our friends, watched the kids play in the lake and played games.

In the winter time, we love to watch football (GO BRONCOS!) and ski. We’re about two hours away from Breckenridge, Copper Mountain and other places. Yes, we’re VERY lucky!

Family time always makes me happy and helps me calm my mind. I am reminded of how fortunate I am to have a healthy husband and son and the fact that we are so blessed to do all of these things.

 

A great workout

Ok friends… let me tell you something. It is HARD to get to the gym sometimes! I’m sure you feel the same way. But, when you are done, don’t you just feel SO GOOD! I talked about this in a previous post, but I have become addicted to Orange Theory Fitness! I have been doing it consistently for 6 months and my gosh I sweat my A$$ off every single time! It consists of rowing, running (HILLS), and weight training and it is a killer workout. I have noticed that my arm muscles are more toned and I can run much longer and faster than I could when I first started. Now, if I could just stop eating so much CRAP, I’d probably lose weight. That’s another blog post down the road.

Alone Time

What can I say… I LOVE alone time. That may sound bad, but I need it. I always have. I remember as a kid, I spent a lot of time in my room alone.  Sometimes I just need peace and quiet so I can recharge. Maybe I’ll watch a show or listen to music. I can get overwhelmed when I don’t have “me time”. Thankfully, my hubby is very good at letting me have it.

 

Helping Others

Doesn’t it feel good to help others? I sure think so. Maybe at times, we can think it is hard, or too much work to help others, but the feeling I get when I do help someone is incredible. Whether it is helping someone at work, doing a little extra for someone who needs it, but doesn’t ask or even something as easy as grabbing a person’s shopping cart and returning it for them. If I can make someone else smile, I will surely smile too.

 

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Beauty, Helping Others

Change a Life – All by Your Selfie (Guest Post!)

Today, Wednesday 21st, Rodan + Fields celebrates ‘Go Naked’ Day to benefit the Prescription for Change (PFC) Foundation. For every selfie posted with #RFGoNaked, Rodan + Fields will donate $1 to the PFC Foundation to serve youth with life-changing empowerment programs. In the United States, PFC has partnered with buildOn to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations for youth.

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Never heard of Rodan + Fields? Allow me to introduce our doctors… Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields! Known across the world as the creators of Proactiv. Have you heard of it? Proactiv is a multi-billion dollar household brand that owns more than 70% of the world’s acne market. This dynamic duo met while attending school at Stanford where they quickly became best friends. They knew they wanted to change the face of dermatology and bring it to the masses.

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Some of us would assume with the immense success they achieved with Proactiv that they’d be sipping umbrella drinks on a secluded beach somewhere but not these ladies! Instead, they continue to maintain an active practice in the Bay Area, teach clinical classes at Stanford AND run their newest venture – the brand they’ve deemed their legacy brand. What’s brought us together here today – RODAN+FIELDS.

This line of products was created as a solution for skin conditions they most commonly saw with patients in their practice. Skin issues such as sensitive skin, adult acne, sun damage, and, the biggest one, AGING! The anti-aging industry is a 3.9 BILLION dollar industry AND GROWING! We are all aging all the time and none of us are very happy about it. Thankfully Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields have come up with solutions to help!

Here are some before and after photos:

They truly created a brand for EVERYONE! I would love to help you get started on one of the amazing regimens that are right for YOU!

Rebecca Erickson
Rebeccaerickson.myrandf.com
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720-292-0108

 

Disclaimer from Kate: I am promoting Rodan+Fields, but only because I have used it for years and truly believe in it. I am not being compensated for this post.

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A Story of Incredible Love, Loss and Faith- Clive Wins

For Baby George, Clive and Winnie

My close friends and family know that I have this strange interest for reading sad stories. I don’t know why. It’s the same with movies. When I go to the movies, I would rather watch a realistic drama than a “stupid comedy” as I call them. It’s not that I LIKE to read about bad things. When I read stories of children who passed away from cancer, or these other terrible incidents, I am devastated and I want to help. These stories really affect me and I remember a lot of these children for years. Also, reading things like this make me INCREDIBLY grateful for what I have. That might sound bad. Of course I do not want people go through the worst time in their life so I can be grateful. That isn’t what I’m saying. I am grateful regardless. Reading stories like this makes me appreciate life more, hug my son tighter, stop rushing and live in the moment.

 

I do not recall how I came across this family and their blog. I think it was Facebook. But I knew I had to follow them immediately because their story struck me. Sam and Rachel George were a young married Christian couple and decided they were ready to have a family. It took them a while to get pregnant and when they finally did, it ended soon in miscarriage. Of course they were heart broken, but they knew they wanted to keep trying.

In 2015, Rachel was pregnant with their son, Clive. They were thrilled! Rachel had a very normal and healthy pregnancy until her 32nd week when things took a turn for the worse and Baby Clive was delivered prematurely. After heart surgery and a mountain of medication, Clive passed away at 39 days old. I just can’t imagine the devastation. Rachel talks a lot about their heart break and grief in their blog.

A little over a year later, the George family was blessed to be pregnant with their beautiful daughter, Winnie. Rachel and Sam were so happy. They were ready to have their baby and go on living their lives. However, Winnie also had some health concerns. Health concerns that doctors thought she would overcome. Nine days later, Winnie passed away. Again I wonder, how do people go on living when their babies are taken away? I remember reading this- about the time I came across their blog- and it hitting me so hard. Here was this family I did not know, but somehow I felt close to them and was so sad to read about their sweet Winnie and their difficult journey to parenthood. Obviously it has not been easy, but the way that Sam and Rachel have been able to go on is by trusting in God. It’s been a hard road and they have struggled with their faith, which I find understandable.

There is so much more to their story, and I truly hope you read about it in their blog.

Moving forward, Sam and Rachel have planned to adopt. They are not giving up on having a family. They long to be parents; through adoption or however God makes this possible. The cost of adopting is somewhere between $45k- $50k. And if any family deserves this, it is the George Family. You will not find me asking for you to donate very often on this blog, but this is one time I am asking for you to consider helping this family who is incredibly deserving. If you feel so inclined, the links to donate are below.  Even if you can’t donate, would you share their story?

 

Sam and Rachel George

Please check out their blog and read their story if you can.

Donation Info:

YouCaring Page for donation:

-You can also donate though PayPal:

-You can email (rachelgeorge3@gmail.com) to request our mailing address if you want to send a check.

-You can still purchase shirts. All shirt proceeds go to our adoption.

 

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