Who we are...

Who we are...
photography by http://www.leannavite.com/
charmed by choice, the blog has been a long thoughtful walk through choices. Ultimately, choices to be resilient.
Our family is one of the thousands of real life examples from this recession ...
we have experienced jobloss, mounting debt, property depreciation....
After spending some time hovering in the freak out mode...we have decided there is a choice to be made.
We can choose to stare at all that's challenging us,
or search and concentrate on all the incredible examples of resiliency.
Come along and be amazed at how many people live resiliently...
recovering finacially, emotionally, physically, spiritually...
We've all been told not to stare... but I invite you to stare at all that's resilient.
Let's be inspired and inspire each other.

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Blogs added to my list....

Check out the blogs newly added to my list to inspire resiliency

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year

I've taken a bit of an "unannounced" break.  In an effort to regroup. I'm  seeking a more balanced schedule.  I wasn't sure if I would decide to keep this blog on my journey or decide to leave it in 2012.  But as my private decision deadline approached, I continued to "coincidentally" run across things that made me think.... that would be a great thing to share...
So for today, I'm deciding to keep blogging as a part of my journey.

That being said, I know that I'll be changing some aspects of what is shared.  Truly based on what I find to be inspired resiliency.  Examples of renewal in the lives of others in an effort to feed my resiliency and pay forward the inspiration I find.   I may also be removing some items, not because I have discovered some inherently negative aspect associated with the site or blog, but simply because they just don't seem to fit me at this time.

Happy New Year, I hope you find all that inspires your resiliency and act on the possibilities!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

An Option to Help Others... Pass It On

Shocked By Photos of Hurricane Sandy? How to Help


When Hurricane Sandy made landfall, I started receiving text messages from the staff at our HandsOn Network affiliates New York Cares and the Long Island Volunteer Center. Despite being personally impacted by the storm, they were already thinking of how they could help others.
Hurricane Sandy swept through the northeast, leaving more than six million people without power and many communities flooded. Fire, wind, rain and floods have created the need for a massive recovery.
Points of Light is working alongside National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and the Corporation for National and Community Service from FEMA headquarters in Washington, D.C., to support the coordination of the voluntary response and recovery efforts.
If you are interested in volunteering in the impacted communities, you can find opportunities online. Financial donations can also make a significant impact on volunteers’ ability to respond to disasters. You can donate online at www.pointsoflight.org/donate.
Kellie Bentz is Points of Light’s director of disaster services.
Photo courtesy @MegRobertson

Sunday, October 14, 2012

When "giving back" saves you $

Yesterday my husband and I spent a day away together. 
We went shopping to replenish some of the things that we needed.  The Under Armour outlet had an interesting take on "give back" purchasing.  I thought I'd share it with you.
 
The offer was to donate $5.00 to their Power in Pink - supporting various breast cancer centers and charities and that "earned" the shopper 20% off the purchase.
I thought it was an interesting take on social responsibility and shopping.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Hate is NOT Victory

This morning I heard a teaching on kindness and goodness.
It struck me again how the simplicity of purposefully focusing on what CAN be done
in difficult situations, empowers us to help each other.
This month is dedicated to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer.
As much as hating cancer seems right,
a focus on hating anything can drain us of our strength and power.
I'm focusing on loving and supporting organizations and individuals who strive toward
 VICTORY OVER Cancer.
Join me in supporting United Cancer Services.
 
Leave a comment if you'd like to share other programs that empower people in their battle!


Friday, October 5, 2012

Injustice and Faith

The link below will take you to a place along a journey with a family battling cancer-
Cancer in a child's body. 
It is heart wrenching, breath taking and overwhelming.
But please don't look away, join their journey.
Feed their faith, pray for them and the families we don't have a name for that are battling too.
 
 
 
 
Choose today to pray.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Assumptions

Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won't come in.
~ Alan Alda

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Be Motivated By Inner Applause

The person who seeks all their applause from outside has their happiness in another's keeping .
~ Dale Carnegie

Monday, September 3, 2012

Reasons and Rights

Everyday choices that are relational and faith based are different than everyday responses that are reactions.  In every human interaction there is an opportunity to be harsh and judgemental or kind and merciful.

 Decide today how you will respond to the faults of others.  No matter how far down a road you travel, there is always an opportunity to stop and analyze how you got there and if you want to continue down that path.  Make your choices wisely, teach your children to choose wisely.  The greatest wisdom can be gained from learning from mistakes and having the courage to step forward in a new direction

Resiliency that is faith based shows God's choice is not based on the reasons to respond to hurt with anger, but the right to show mercy.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Choosing the answer to life's problems...

For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.
~ H. L. Mencken

Friday, August 24, 2012

TRUST....

From izzy story...
I was in sixth grade the first time I played the TRUST game. I remember when we were told we had to take turns standing on top of a picnic table and falling backwards into the arms of our team members. We looked at one another in terror. The level of trust you had to have in your team was unreal. You had to believe without a shadow of doubt that they would keep there arms out to catch you no matter what. And you couldn’t just believe it in your head, you had to believe it in every square inch of your heart. I can remember standing on top of the table face forward seeing their hands and arms locked together. I turned around and even though I couldn’t see that they were still prepared to catch me, I could hear their voices assuring me that they had me. That they wouldn’t let me fall to the ground. As my heals backed to the edge of the table the adrenaline rose. I quickly questioned one last time if they would really catch me and then I leaned backwards. Falling through the air I panicked for a split second and then felt the security of their arms. They had me and their arms were actually more stable than I had imagined. It was actually a rewarding experience in the end.
I thought about this experience tonight as I lay next to Izzy as she slept. She had just finished her first dose of the chemo drug they are using this round, the one I’m told is “evil.” Initially it shows no side effects and then it explodes with horrendous nausea that lingers on days after the treatment is complete. As I watched her sleeping so peaceful and innocent it broke me to know she had no idea the poison that was flowing through her body. I was heart broken over the peace that she was about to lose and the lives that all of us already had when I was struck by the imagery of falling off a picnic table.
Finish reading....

Sunday, August 19, 2012

At the Core of our Choices



James 1:2-4

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Choosing to grow from our difficult experiences.
 

Ephesians 5:15-16
15 Be very careful, then, how you live —not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, (for doing good)  because the days are evil.

Choosing to take the opportunity to live purposefully.

Another great example of resiliency....

http://www.seekingjoy.net/index.html



Monday, August 13, 2012

The only feeling stronger than our own pain is compassion for another.

The following is an excerpt from a blog introduced to me at
 Granger Community Church from Dr. Bob. 
 It touches me in every way that has significance in my life;
 as a parent, as a Special  Education Early Childhood provider,
 as a spiritual seeker in all life's roles.
..............
This week, as I realized we’d be spending the majority of four consecutive weeks in the hospital, I finally realized that our life is on permanent hold. Locked in a hospital room watching your child try to overcome something that’s trying to take her life isn’t living. I spend countless hours staring at walls wondering how and why we got there. Yesterday, finally having to to have a break, I went outside for a walk. I started walking and then couldn’t bring myself to stop. I couldn’t bare to go back inside. It occurred to me as I was walking that perhaps I could just keep walking forever. Maybe if I kept walking I would never have to go back into this hospital. If I walked long enough perhaps I would find my way back to our hospital room on June 25th and this time when we saw the scan the cancer wouldn’t be there. Then things could go back to the way they were before. Then she wouldn’t have more of hell before her.
I walked for what seemed like forever and then it started raining. I guess even though physics wouldn’t have allowed it anyway, God didn’t want me trying. As crazy as it sounds, it made me angry that He wouldn’t let me try. I vowed to not speak to Him for the rest of the day. Which is fine, I guess. I have nothing to say. I’m too angry to be sad and too sad too be angry.
The only feeling stronger than our own pain is compassion for another. Yesterday I saw a father carrying his daughter in his arms down in the main lobby. Her limp body lay stretched acrossed his leaning into his chest for support. Her bald little head was the war wound of her fight. It broke me. It is an image I cannot forget. I felt such strong compassion for them. I felt broken by what she was experiencing. I felt heaviness in my heart. Her suffering stopped me in the midst of my self pity. But then I remembered. Izzy has cancer too.
It took me hours to make sense of it. See, I don’t feel that when I see Izzy. The pain we feel in the midst of our suffering is different because it is our own. It isn’t wrong to feel it, but it comes from the SELF. But the pain we feel when we see someone else’s suffering is completely altruistic, untainted and pure. It is Christ in us. And yes, even though I wasn’t talking to God yesterday I could appreciate that.
So here we are. Yes, our world has stopped. But what I most learned from that image of the little girl yesterday is that Christ has stopped here with us. He sees us the same way I saw the little girl. He is moved by compassion. And he is carrying both of our limp bodies in His arms and will continue to as we complete our journey to hell and back.
........

So there it is, more eloquently spoken than I could ever say...
Loving others, is seeing their pain above anything in our own circumstance.
It is ultimate purpose.
The way we experience it, the way we respond is unique
 to who we are and where we are on our journey.

To follow this journey...
(also added to my blog list in right column )

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Where is the Love?

Love is not a feeling, it's a call to action. 
Individually we can make choices that give a hand up to others,
we can join collectively to have greater impact.


Our Love Line is dedicated to giving back to children.
You choose to give...
locally to the Cass County Early Childhood Scholarship Fund
or
Internationally to Compassion International

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

What do you hope for in return?

 The game of life is like the game of boomerangs, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy
~ Florence Skinner

Sunday, July 29, 2012

live in less fear

living in less fear
stepping into faith
the truth...
God is enough
through Him, we can make a difference

a 12 yr old girl's story is an example for all of us to step forward fearlessly



Friday, July 27, 2012

Empowering support NOT entitlement support
 is the difference that is made through Compassion.

One woman's story.
Opportunity in Rwanda made possible through Compassion.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Connecting to overcome with love, with compassion....

Have you ever seen those commercials on TV asking for a dollar a day to help a child across the globe? Or perhaps you’ve tried to get your kids to eat their vegetables by using the phrase,
“Do you know there are kids starving in Africa who have no food?”
Maybe you’ve even thought,
“It’s unfortunate that children are hurting, but there’s not really any tangible way I can help.”
Decide to follow the compassion international blog and see the difference an everyday choice can make in the life of a child,  Transform their lives not only in the day to day needs, but realize the change in their opportunities for a lifetime.

Courtesy of Compassion International: http://blog.compassion.com/let-the-child-sponsorship-journey-begin/#ixzz21irNZ4As

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Love Overcomes Evil

Join us in overcoming evil with love.  Items available at our newly opened web store include a love pendant necklace, a darling simple statement of love.  Also available story bead Love charms to intertwine your story with the story of resiliency for the children of Uganda. 

Kony 2012 brought us the story, we hope to move into the story by raising funds and awareness for Compassion International, who directly supports children across the world, but for us, for now, focusing in on Uganda's children. 

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).