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The Inspiration

Saturday, November 19, 2011

When Matt was six, he walked into church with us one Sunday morning, made a direct line for our pastor, opened his coat and produced a lunch bag full of pennies. He stuck it forward, looked at out pastor solemnly and said “For the poor.” There was probably only a few dollars or so in the bag. It was his money and he was going to decide how it was used. He decided, as he put it, to help, “the poor.”

In a nutshell that is child number two, Matthew Thomas. If I sat here and wrote about all the stray people he brought home in the twenty years he lived with us I’d have enough fodder for a million blogs. His heart was always open to helping someone he perceived to be less fortunate than he was. I received a phone call one night a few years back from Matt. He was out taking a walk and met a homeless person by the grocery. The man couldn’t seem to hold a job. If Matt put him on the line, would I mind giving him a few tips and maybe motivate him a bit? That’s Matthew Thomas. Matt started playing football in fifth grade. He played through his sophomore year in high school and never won a game. Yet his coaches always felt if they had three or four more like Matt, they’d never have lost a game.

But Matt, like all the Matt’s I have known in my life, the people who give of themselves instinctively, always seem to be about five inches short of getting all the happiness and success they deserve. Matt was married for five years. His wife decided she missed having fun and divorced him. He took all the bills and arranged to have our granddaughter every weekend. The divorce crushed him, I know, but he rarely let Joan and I know how he felt. If we needed something he was there. His heart is as big as the world. He works a job that allows him off every weekend but forces him to work until midnight five days a week. If he’d wanted to he could have easily worked days. His daughter is a bit more important.

Matt is thirty three and to me he is a great reminder that even though life hits you in the belly really hard on occasion you can still stick to your values and principles. There is nothing really fancy about Matt. You just really know he’s going to be there if and when you need him.

I’ll take that any day of the week.

  
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SILLYHP1953 12/19/2011 3:21PM

    I don't know why all these blogs about your kids are making me cry...but they are.

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MARCYNA 11/21/2011 6:32AM

    I wish I could meet him....GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon
PS I was thinking about last Sunday Gospel :
" I was hungry and you fed me..." Matt seems to have hit the target!!!!!

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NASFKAB 11/21/2011 3:24AM

  AS HAVE WRITTEN BEFORE GREAT PARENTS GREAT SON

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LYNMEINDERS 11/20/2011 5:17AM

    Like I have said before....you have awesome kids.....

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CARTOONB 11/19/2011 10:35PM

    I hope Matt finds his happiness.

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/19/2011 10:33PM

    Thanks for sharing that story with us John.

You have a good son.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/19/2011 9:39PM

    I bet the pastor wished he had a few hundred just like Matt. I'm sure that left a lasting impression on him. I tend to think that Matt's time is coming. Someone like him deserves the best life has to offer and it just wouldn't be fair if he doesn't get it.

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GEEMAWEST 11/19/2011 8:58PM

    I love these stories about your children and I really appreciate you sharing. I am having some challenges with my youngest daughter right now and this helps me remember that what we are going through right now does not define either one of us or our relationship.
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PROT358 11/19/2011 8:53PM

    I love hearing about your kids! Such lovely tributes, all of them. I hope you let them read what you've written! You speak so highly of them.

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SHERRYJVP 11/19/2011 3:57PM

    That is a true man. I am sure he has learned that from you.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 11/19/2011 11:55AM

    Matt sounds like a beautiful human.

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GIRANIMAL 11/19/2011 11:52AM

    John, I am so enjoying these blogs! I agree that they make it so clear what a wonderful job you and Joan have done of allowing all your very different kids to be who they are -- and truly appreciate them for it. I trust you understand how challenging that is for many parents, so kudos to you both.

Thank goodness for dads like Matt. Something tells me he learned such dedication from his own dad.

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ANNE-ELIZ 11/19/2011 11:26AM

    I'm always so impressed when I see parents who can and do appreciate their children for their own qualities and not as reflections of themselves.

...that's likely part of how they developed those qualities in the first place...

Thank you for introducing us!



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HDHAWK 11/19/2011 10:46AM

    I would give anything for my kids to have had a dad like your son. Even before we divorced he wasn't there for them. You should be very proud!

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SNUGLBUNIE 11/19/2011 9:14AM

    Sounds like a wonderful, positive person. I'm happy you have Matt in your life.

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TRAVELGRRL 11/19/2011 9:02AM

    Sounds like a great guy; he's an imspiration to all of us. No wonder you are proud of him!

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WANDAH3 11/19/2011 8:46AM

    I'm enjoying getting to know your children through your eyes. You and Joan and have done a wonderful job of allowing each child to be an individual and to grace this world with their own specialness. Thank you for sharing.

Hugs,
Wanda

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JOHNMARTINMILES 11/19/2011 8:23AM

    A truly fine boy of whom you are justly proud

Make it a great weekend!

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The Glue

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Our son Paul gets up early every morning and works on math problems for thirty minutes before he goes to work. He says it helps keep his mind sharp. He doesn’t use a calculator, he works them long hand on a legal pad. I always know when I can reach Paul, his life is very precise. His wife Geena is a perfect match for him. There have been times she’s leaned over, touched my arm and said “It’s okay John, some days he’s wound just a little too tight.”

My very first memory of Paul was three hours after he was born. His eyes were wide open and he was following sounds and movement. He will tell that’s because he was highly developed, even at a young age. When Joan was pregnant with Paul she had the very rare opportunity to hear Mother Teresa speak at a local college. Afterwards Mother Teresa spotted her and laid her hands on Joan’s very pregnant belly and smiled at her. Paul, to his credit, has used this as proof that he was recognized in the womb by a saint and that by itself makes him special. When Paul was in kindergarten he told his teacher Joan was an OB-GYN. When he was in second grade he told his teacher he was adopted. There are times he may be wrapped a bit tight but it appears to be pretty well balanced by a unique sense of humor.

Paul is twenty nine. He’s an accountant and he is the glue that holds two older brothers and three younger siblings together. Most conversations of importance with the other kids start something like this, “Dad, I talked to Paul and he said…..” There is indeed a lot of wisdom in those twenty nine years. The other kids always run everything by Paul and I have to say he wears that mantle very well. His advice is logical and spiced with love. He often calls me worried about a brother or a sister for one reason or another. If there is a crisis everyone looks to Paul.

What remains so unique is that Paul is a living testament to being you and not chasing someone else’s dreams. In reading this you may think Paul has accepted a lot of other people’s burdens or problems and it’s not fair to have to shepherd five siblings. He never has minded, enjoys it, relishes it, use whatever euphemism you like. He has wanted to be an accountant as long as I can remember. He and Geena hike a lot, Paul has run a few half marathons and he even has an appreciation for art cultivated by Geena’s sister who studies at The Chicago Institute of Art.

It’s difficult to put Paul into words. You have to meet him, enjoy a cup of hot tea or a glass of scotch with him to get a full picture of who and what he is. To me he is the glue, often over looked, that holds everything together and you never notice it until something falls apart.

At least that’s what Paul says.

  
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SILLYHP1953 12/19/2011 11:25AM

    You make me want to start writing again. I'm not sure why reading your blogs is bringing that feeling up so intensely...probably because of all the emotions it is bringing up. I have five children aged 39 to 26 and they have been my very best teachers in life.

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NASFKAB 11/18/2011 9:14AM

  great loved it all

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WANDAH3 11/18/2011 7:26AM

    What a lovely tribute to your Paul. It is wonderful, as a parent, to see our children with such wisdom.

Hugs,
Wanda

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MARCYNA 11/18/2011 5:53AM

    What a blessing...It's like the chapter of a book!!!

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CARTOONB 11/17/2011 10:27PM

    Paul sounds like a great guy. I almost said kid, but then that would put me in the old range! LOL! We all need glue.

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LYNMEINDERS 11/17/2011 10:09PM

    I would love to meet Paul...and the rest of your family....
A shame I live so far away....
Will have to settle on reading your blogs......
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TEDYBEAR2838 11/17/2011 8:30PM

    He sure sounds like a fine young man! I'm know he takes after his father emoticon

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PATTILYNN224 11/17/2011 6:43PM

    What a great testimony to a great young man.

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HDHAWK 11/17/2011 6:27PM

    They are all unique aren't they? I can't wait to hear about the others.

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SMOCKON 11/17/2011 5:30PM

    For as many things as you think you get wrong, you have gotten the important ones right: you chose a wonderful woman for your wife and you did a great job of raising your children. What are the other things in life compared to those two important things?

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EDWINA172 11/17/2011 3:26PM

    Wow. I want to be the glue. Your son sounds amazing. Your writing and descriptions are beautiful!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/17/2011 1:08PM

    How nice. Every family should have a Paul. My family and my husband's doesn't and thus we are not tight knit.

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CBLANK20091 11/17/2011 11:07AM

  I love reading about your children! You are very blessed, and they are so blessed to have such a loving, devoted, insightful Dad!

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TRISTAROSE 11/17/2011 11:00AM

    Your blog made me smile !!

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/17/2011 10:48AM

    He has found his way in this world

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KKINNEA 11/17/2011 10:32AM

    :)

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Everyday People Sometimes Make The Biggest Impact

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Being a middle child is a challenge. You aren’t first, you are not last and some days unless you accomplish something really spectacular you are simply a face in the crowd. Oh, you are loved equally, attention is doled out to you equally, but I can imagine that you often feel your voice is a little softer than lots of other folks. You may have to wave your arms a bit harder or jump up and down to be noticed. Don’t stand still, you’ll get run over, LOL.

Our daughter Maggie is the fourth of six. Not quite the end, certainly not the beginning and well I guess you could say the middle. If you could pick a friend, Maggie would be it. If she tells you it’s going to happen it happens. If she’s going to meet you for lunch at noon she’s always there. I don’t know anyone that doesn’t like her, seriously!!!!

Maggie is twenty seven and has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Development. Maggie was born with a number of learning disabilities. It took her four years to get her associates degree and no one grinned wider than she did when she walked across the stage. Of all my children, Maggie is my greatest source of inspiration. Every time I feel frustrated or want to give up on something I remind myself of how she just hung in there until she got what she was after. People, especially other students, poked fun at her slowness at times and her “not getting it.” Yes, there were days she came home crying, slammed her bedroom door and cried more. Yet, the next day she headed out the door again. In the end she succeeded where many of those who poked fun at her sorta gave up. That is always in the front of my mind. She was handed some pretty good reasons to quit, but she never did.

Maggie works two jobs. She works as a price coordinator at a pet supply store. She is the only original employee left after four years. Three nights a week she works in the child care facility at our local YMCA. Any time Joan and I meet someone new and they know Maggie, their face lights up. I have been in the store with her when little kids will run up to her, hug her and yell, “Miss Maggie!!!” When she takes our dogs for a walk she knows the name of every animal in our neighborhood. There are people she recognizes only because she knows them from their pets.

If I could share one event that sums up who Maggie is, it would be this: One afternoon she was relieving a cashier at the pet store for lunch. A man came in to buy dog food . He was fumbling through his wallet looking for money and Maggie noticed his hands were shaking a bit. She told him to take his time. The man apologized and told her he’d just found out his mother had passed away. He began to cry. Maggie stepped out from behind the register and hugged him, helped him get the correct change and made sure he got to his car ok.

If I live to be one hundred I only hope I can have a half the compassion she does.

  
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SILLYHP1953 12/19/2011 11:21AM

    You brought tears to my eyes. Your love for your children is overwhelming and they reflect it.

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NASFKAB 11/18/2011 9:12AM

  great story wonderful girl

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GEEMAWEST 11/17/2011 8:04PM

    Thanks for sharing that uplifting story!

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SPARKLING_SUSAN 11/16/2011 5:14PM

    Oh, John, what a beautiful story to share with us! You are so very blessed to have such a loving, compassionate child as Maggie is. This ol' world needs more just like her and I'll say a special prayer tonight for her and for the gift of compassion that she'll be sharing the rest of her life. God must surely have special people in her future for her to touch their hearts; the beauty is that in reaching out, she in turn receives spoken or unspoken thanks for the love and grace she shares. It's a beautiful act of giving and of receiving.

You've SO made my day and warmed my heart, John! Thank you, dear man, and thank you to you and your wife for raising Maggie to be the woman she is. God bless you both. emoticon

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CLOVER2 11/15/2011 10:55PM

    Oh my Lord, this is the child we all hope for. I just went to the graduation of my girl, she is 34 years old and is now a Certified Nurse's Assistant, we do live to see this happen for our babys, it's all we really hope for, to see them do the things that make them complete. John, you are incredible! I don't care if you EVER get to be 175 pounds, you have enriched my life as it never would have been. Thank you.
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CARTOONB 11/15/2011 10:37PM

    She sounds amazing.

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PROT358 11/15/2011 10:18PM

    What an amazing daughter you have! The world needs more people like her!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/15/2011 5:04PM

    If you can produce a child like this, John, you really have little to complain about in this world. You obviously are doing something right and one of your gifts is apparently being a father. Being a good dad is much superior than being thin. More brownie points on earth and in Heaven.

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FREDIA2 11/15/2011 5:00PM

    I too am the middle child and just recently lost my mother. I would love to get to know Maggie. Just remember that she had to have had great parents to be like she is

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KJDOESLIFE 11/15/2011 4:51PM

    Thank you for sharing! This is a great lesson in patience and compassion that I needed today.

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/15/2011 4:25PM

    This is a special woman and I sure wish her all the happiness that life can bring.

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RSTENNER 11/15/2011 3:52PM

    Well, John, you brought tears to my eyes! You just have to be so proud of her and I so relate. My son was born with physical disabilities, intestines on the outside, short arm, no thumb. I've seen so many times that they struggle, but they have such a keen sense of compassion for others. My son is in his 3rd yr of college for a 2 yr degree, and yes,I could get upset about it, but I'm so glad he hasn't quit. He has had his own disk jockey business since he was 12 and he's 22 now and works part-time at Taco Johns. He wants to be a radio announcer, in the area,everyone knows him, and tell me he's a wonderful young man. What else could a mother want? Be proud!

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LYNMEINDERS 11/15/2011 3:24PM

    I am loving your blogs about your amazing family.......
You learn so much from others and, you are so right, it is the everyday people that have the biggest impact on us.....

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ZORAHGAIL 11/15/2011 3:24PM

    Maggie has such a big heart. Thank you for sharing w/ us.

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TRACEY5280 11/15/2011 2:00PM

    Beautiful.

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MIZZSB 11/15/2011 1:35PM

    She sure sounds like wonderfull person John!

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SPARKENISTA 11/15/2011 1:27PM

    Maggie may have been born with some learning disabilities but she certainly was not born with a warm heart disability! I'll take hanger-inner over a quitter any day!

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HDHAWK 11/15/2011 12:41PM

    What a lovely girl! If only more young people were like that!

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KKINNEA 11/15/2011 12:25PM

    Amazing.

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PGNBRI 11/15/2011 10:37AM

    What a great heart she has!

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GIRANIMAL 11/15/2011 10:31AM

    Another lovely blog about another of your lovely children. I am always highly admiring of tenacity such as Maggie's. I chuckled about her knowing neighbors only through their pets, because this used to be true for me too when I still had my Killer. emoticon And I frowned at remembering how cruel children can be. But, as is often the case, she sure showed them. emoticon Hooray, Maggie!

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CMBELISLE 11/15/2011 10:28AM

    Maggie reminds me of my oldest - she knows the names of all the neighborhood dogs and the kids she teaches at the gymnastics facility all run up to her when they see her elsewhere. Vikki also has that determination to finish what she started and the compassion to give someone a hug when they're having a bad day.

You have a wonderful daughter and so do I!

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GRAMLORI 11/15/2011 10:14AM

    I was blessed with a Maggie, too! Mine was the 3rd, and last, I thought, until my DH and I got married (she gained an older sister there) and God dropped a little 8 yr old in our laps. It sounds like they both are similar in temperment, and my "Miss Mags" also brings sunshine wherever she goes. Mine is a Maggie May (NOT named after Rod Stewart's song!!) and her full name is Margaret. She was named after her great-grandma. Thanks for sharing your Maggie with us!
God bless!
Lori

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BLACKROSE_222 11/15/2011 9:56AM

    Wow... sounds like you and your Wife did something right by these kids. Your children sound absolutely amazing. Great work, John.

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KATHRYN1955 11/15/2011 9:14AM

    You are so right. Thirty years (or so) ago, I brought in a muffin to work for our new head nurse. She was an "outsider", young and seemed a little overwhelmed. I never gave it a second thought, but to this day, whenever I see her, she still reminds me of how much that meant to her.
Your daughter instinctively already knows the tremendous benefit of those small random acts of kindness...we all need to take a leaf from her book.
Perhaps if we are busy being a little "more kinder than necessary", we won't be thinking about our next high-caloric treats!!
Take care,
Kathy

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WANDAH3 11/15/2011 9:13AM

    Our children are truly our greatest blessing. They can also humble us the most.

Hugs,
Wanda

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Some People Seem To Make It Look Simple

Monday, November 14, 2011

I'll give ya a heads up here. Because this month is a study in being thankful, my next five blogs are going to be about our children and what they teach me on a daily basis and how i mostly over look it.

Katie Scarlet is twenty five. She and her brother Tim are Irish Twins meaning they were born really close together. Katie is the fifth of six children and the second girl. Since she's been a child shes battled health issues, not terrible or serious ones, the nagging ones that make your life a pain. She had her gall bladder removed at age twenty two and spent a month in bed during high school with mononucleosis and Epstein Barr syndrome. She's battled her weight all her life but is, very proudly I might add, a life time member of weight watchers.

When Katie graduated from high school she wasn't sure what she wanted to do. It was a toss up between cosmetology and accounting. She decided to work at a bank after one semester of college "bored her." After three years a client hired her away from the bank. He wanted to teach her how to do payroll for his accounting firm and some of their clients. Three years after that one of those clients hired her to do their account payable. That client is the our county government which means at age twenty five she is paying all the bills for the county.. She reports directly to the treasurer and every now and then a few county commissioners who want to dissect the spread sheets.

Three days out of five Katie doesn't feel well. It's her tummy, her migraines or shes just plain tired. I have never seen it stop her. She serves on two charitable board of directors as well as having an active social life.

Katie is going back to school in January. Her problems, issues and challenges are no different than your or mine. In many ways I have come to realize she just chooses to over look them and go on with what she wants to do. In her mind it is always so simple.

I spend a lot of time creating excuses for why "I didn't......." Than there are people like Katie who just go out there and do it and don't give it another thought.

  
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SILLYHP1953 12/19/2011 11:18AM

    Gone with the Wind fans? I'd never heard of Irish twins, but two of my step-step daughters (my husband's step-daughters from his first wife) must be...one was born in January and the other in December of the same year. Whew...that's being pregnant for entirely too long.

Your daughter sounds great and I'm enjoying getting to know your family better. This is giving me inspiration for some blog writing; I've gotten really bad at writing lately.

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NASFKAB 11/16/2011 1:33AM

  GREAT FAMILY GREAT PARENTS

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EILI359 11/15/2011 2:16PM

    Thanks for sharing John - what a great family and wow .....what a great dad!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WORKINGSTIFF 11/15/2011 8:28AM

    I'm sure Katie does indeed sometimes "give it another thought" but she still doesn't make a big deal of it or allow it to stop her.

We all have things that could "stop" us. The challege is to ignore that voice inside that says, "This is too hard, too much trouble, people won't understand, etc." The thing is to keep moving forward.

H.

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LYNMEINDERS 11/14/2011 11:28PM

    It sounds as though you have amazing children.....
I like Katies attitude....it is awesome.....

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CARTOONB 11/14/2011 10:49PM

    The more I hear about your family, the more I would like to meet them. I'm looking forward to "meeting" the rest of the family.

BTW...do they read your blogs? I'm sure they would be interested in these.

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/14/2011 9:56PM

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GIRANIMAL 11/14/2011 1:18PM

    Sounds like I could take a cue or two from my hero Katie. emoticon

Healthwise, she and I could be the twins, and it didn't USE to stop me much, but I think I have been letting it lately. I blame my 30s, or it all just finally catching up with me, but I dunno...maybe it's just time to renew my focus during this time of thanks giving. Any day above ground is a good one! emoticon

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KKINNEA 11/14/2011 12:35PM

    Another amazingly well-raised kid - you have such treasures!

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DARE2LIVE2011 11/14/2011 10:53AM

    Wow, you are blessed to be able to recognize these things in your daughter! I wish my Dad was proud of me like you're proud of your Katie, what a blessing you have each other. Thanks for helping all of us focus on our list of blessings.

Jeanne (Dare2Live2011)

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MIZZSB 11/14/2011 10:52AM

    what an inspiration !!
I know all those excuses as well and i USED them many times but there aint no place for excuses anymore John...!

Go for it!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/14/2011 9:50AM

    Thank God for all the Katies in the world because without them nothing would get done. We all have to push through the pain.

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BLACKROSE_222 11/14/2011 9:44AM

    What a great inspirational story! Very interesting to compare our daily life to someone who can live with these illnesses, and still continue on. Thanks, John.

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HDHAWK 11/14/2011 9:31AM

    Good point. I try to remind myself how bad other people have it when I make excuses for not working out. You have great kids John!

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SHERRYJVP 11/14/2011 9:28AM

    I know you are super proud of her. I, too, admire people like her. I am a bit of a wimp and don't take pain/illness well.

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GRAMLORI 11/14/2011 9:13AM

    Sounds like you raised a positive, hard-working person! Good job! And Katie sounds like someone I would like to be friends with.....or at least have my 22 yr old friends with! I may borrow your idea and blog about each of our kids. Because I am so truly thankful for each one. Hmmm.....ya got me thinking very early in the morning, John!!
Have a blessed Monday! I look forward to "meeting" your other kids!
God bless,
Lori

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JUSTLYLE 11/14/2011 8:55AM

    I too admire her along with many others who face nagging issues daily. I feel so fortunate every time I take a step or lift anything.

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Just Thought I'd Share An Update With You

Sunday, November 13, 2011

I received a text message early this morning from our son Tim. He's on his way home from Chicago and a beer tasting contest the microbrewery he works for competed in. It simply said "We didn't win. (We were robbed!!!) This was the best business trip ever."

I had to chuckle a bit. I don't ever look forward to business trips. The best part is when Joan greets me at the front door when I return home. But then I don't see the whole world lying before me full of new and exciting experiences. There is a lesson for me somewhere in all of this. It makes me smile, a bit wistfully, to know he is in store for a most amazing ride in his life.

In the picture below Tim is on the right in the orange tee shirt.

  
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SILLYHP1953 12/19/2011 11:12AM

    It took me many, MANY years to reach the point of thinking beer tasted ok. I still can't say it tastes good. We have a local brewery here called Dogfish Head and I think their beer tastes awful, but lots must like it cause it's getting pretty big around here. I'm sorry Tim was robbed!

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ANNE-ELIZ 11/19/2011 11:37AM

    Joy in business travel and beer tasting...some of that career coaching seems to have rubbed off... emoticon emoticon

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NASFKAB 11/16/2011 1:30AM

  you have raised great kids

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NEEDTOLOSE100LB 11/14/2011 4:19PM

    Well...beer-tasting...business trip...of course it was good!
LOL

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GIRANIMAL 11/14/2011 12:48PM

    That really does sound like the best business trip ever! And once again, what a freakin' smart kid you and Joan raised! emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/14/2011 7:47AM

    WOW, he looks like you! Cute of course :)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/13/2011 10:14PM

    I hope he always has his passion for this and never becomes tired and jaded like so many of us do.

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SPARKLING_SUSAN 11/13/2011 8:13PM

    John, thank you for sharing! You're right...it's a joy to sit back and watch our children experiencing the world and spreading their wings!

God bless you!
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LYNMEINDERS 11/13/2011 5:09PM

    WooHoo...go Tim....
there is a great lesson in this for all of us.....

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SPARKENISTA 11/13/2011 11:51AM

    John--It is clear that he has found his calling--for this chapter of his life, anyway. He is learning many lessons that he will apply as he goes on. How many of us get to learn while being paid?

Good luck to him--he's clearly a great guy. (The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ZURDTA- 11/13/2011 11:37AM

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HDHAWK 11/13/2011 11:12AM

    It's obvious he's found something he loves to do! emoticon

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HDHAWK 11/13/2011 11:12AM

    It's obvious he's found something he loves to do! emoticon

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WANDAH3 11/13/2011 11:08AM

    I sometimes believe the "real" purpose of having children is to remind us of how wonderous life really is! To enjoy the ride.

Hugs,
Wanda

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