Mary

My husband was out of state visiting his family (they had just found out his dad was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor). I was at home with my four kids, including newborn twins. While he was away all four kids got sick. We were running low on food and I wasn’t sure what we were going to have for dinner but I didn’t feel like I could leave the house with the kids being as sick as they were. Just before dinner time my friend, Continue reading “Mary”

Lama and Vince

This story takes place on the North Shore of Oahu.

“The Polynesian Cultural Center parking lot usually empties out by 10:00 pm, so a few months ago, when Security Officers Lama and Vince noticed a truck still parked in front of the PCC’s Hukilau Marketplace, they knew something was wrong. They found three older guests standing outside their rental truck, waiting for AAA to come and fix their flat tire. Apparently, it had a slow leak and they filled it up with air earlier in the day, but after all-day activities, dinner at the lu’au, and watching HA: Breath of Life, the air had slowly escaped and now they were stuck waiting for it to be repaired. Continue reading “Lama and Vince”

Sue

“My Beloved husband of 26 years, Drew, was called home after a 19 month battle with glioblastoma/brain cancer. Shortly after, my dear friend Sue made this quilt for me and our daughters out of his neckties. This heartfelt gift was a labor of love that we will treasure forever.”

 

Story Compliments of Love What Matters.

Jessica D.

After the funeral of Columbus, Ohio SWAT Officer Steven Smith, nine police officers, who were in attendance, went to their local Red Robin to get something to eat. Jessica was their server that day and she could tell there was a gloom in the air. She asked how their day was and they replied, “It’s always a rough day when you’ve gotta put a brother in the ground.” She realized that they had probably come from Officer Smith’s funeral and Jessica knew she had to do something. Continue reading “Jessica D.”

Catherine

There are plenty of problems in the world today. Most of us hope for a better future for our children and grandchildren. We see the issues and wish they would change. Then there are people like Catherine Lucre of Sydney, Australia. Catherine is a mother of 4 and Grandmother of 3. She saw a problem in her city and decided enough was enough and put together a plan to stop it. Continue reading “Catherine”

Misty

We were out on our weekend errands. You know the kind… The busy stuff that gets put off until you just have to do it. This particular Saturday led us to SAMs club. I was probably 6 months pregnant and it was a beautiful sunny day. As we pulled into SAMs (while I was playing on my phone) our car abruptly stopped and my husbands door opened. I looked up to see the most beautiful thing unfold before my eyes. As we pulled in, Dirk, my Continue reading “Misty”

Becky

Becky was at a local fast food chain standing in line waiting to buy lunch when a man walked in. The man wore old dirty clothes and you could tell he was homeless. He stood looking at the menu for a minute then walked out. He never asked for money or food. Becky walked outside and stopped the man. She asked him if he was hungry. The man apologized and said he thought he had enough change to buy himself a meal but after looking over the menu he came up short. Becky told the man she would love to buy him lunch and after some resistance on his part he finally agreed.

Repeat Roses

Spread smiles to those in need. That is the philosophy of Repeat Roses and Jennifer Grove is its founder. Jennifer opened a boutique wedding and event design company, Sky Blue Events. Over time, Jennifer grew frustrated with what she saw as misguided misuse. Time, talent and resources were spent designing dazzling centerpieces of beautifully groomed blooms, which were then simply disposed of at the end of the day. When she recognized that this heartbreaking insight was actually an opportunity to shift the paradigm, she founded Repeat Roses. Continue reading “Repeat Roses”

airport

First of all, I would like to apologize for not updating the blog much this past week. My family and I have been out of town celebrating the wedding of our brother and our new sister in law.

The wedding was in St. George, Utah so we decided to fly to Las Vegas and drive to St. George. We have four children, including ten month old twins, so we are hard to miss walking through the airport especially being at the Las Vegas airport! We had the only children in sight. Continue reading “airport”

Denny’s Angel

“Today I met an angel. You came into a Denny’s I work at in Utah. You asked me, ‘Can I have a waitress who is a single mother?’ I thought it was very odd, but I sat you in Crystal’s section. You sat there for 2 hours just watching people. 7 families came in and ate while you were there and you paid every one of their bills, over $1,000 you paid for people you didn’t even know. I asked, ‘Why did you do that?’ You simply said, ‘Family is everything, I’ve lost all mine.’ Looking into your eyes while you said that made me tear up (it’s why I walked away so quickly) as soon as I got in the back I broke down in tears because your eyes had so much pain in them. I just wanted to let you know, the waitress Crystal that you requested was living in a shelter with her son until she was able to save up enough to get a place. Your bill was $21.34 and you left her a $1,500 tip, because of you 7 families ate for free. Crystal told me she prayed the night before for a miracle and God sent you. You left before any of us could say thank you, I hope you read this because you’re truly an amazing person and you stole the hearts of every one of us here. Thank you.”

Story compliments of Love What Matters.

Carry the Future

Living in the United States and other parts of the world that are not directly affected by the Syrian Refugees its easy to turn a blind eye. I hope to shed a little bit of light on what is happening over there. An estimated 9 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war in March 2011, taking refuge in neighboring countries or within Syria itself. Since the Syrian civil war began, 320,000 people have been killed, including nearly 12,000 children. About 1.5 million people have been wounded or permanently disabled (worldvision.org). Continue reading “Carry the Future”