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What Did You Say? What Did I Say?

What do an alarm clock, running water, dogs, and children have in common? The answer is simple. They all create sounds that I hear every day of my life.  The horrific sound of my phone's alarm clock wakes me up every morning. As I brush my teeth, take a shower, or wash the dishes, the noise… Continue reading What Did You Say? What Did I Say?

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Beautiful Hanging Rock

Eye-opening.  That is one of the phrases we use to explain our work in the community. If you follow this blog, heard us speak, or know us at all, you have heard use say these words over and over again. Our eyes have been opened to our own stereotypes, insecurities and shortcomings, the desperate needs of… Continue reading Beautiful Hanging Rock

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Operation: Military Kids

There are approximately two million military kids in the United States.  These are children who have at least one parent active in the military.  They face many of the same challenges and stresses as their parents: frequent relocations, deployment, and reintegration.  Thankfully there are organizations that focus on these children.  We had the opportunity to… Continue reading Operation: Military Kids

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Hope On The Farm

It was a beautiful evening in Northeast Indiana. The sun was shining.  The sounds of a tractor could be heard in the distance.  The smell of the old barn brought back memories from my childhood.  It was great to be on a farm, especially this particular one.  It is a special place.   A place of… Continue reading Hope On The Farm

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Organized Chaos For A Great Cause

Every spring hundreds of people gather at the Mason Temple in downtown Fort Wayne to support a great cause.  They come together to support an organization that works tirelessly to end and prevent child abuse in our community.  The organization is SCAN (Stop Child Abuse & Neglect) and the event is the Brown Bag Lunch. SCAN… Continue reading Organized Chaos For A Great Cause

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High-Fives, Hugs, and a Great Story

I exited the building and walked towards my car.  My right hand red and throbbing from the day's repeated blunt-force trauma.  My head pounded from the loud noise, the constant chatter, and the overall chaos.  My heart raced a mile-a-minute from the exhilaration and the excitement.  The corners of my mouth were sore from one… Continue reading High-Fives, Hugs, and a Great Story

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Giving Time to Beautify Our City

Question: What do used feminine hygiene products, a soiled pair of blue jeans, liquor bottles, and a cell phone have in common? Answer: All of these items were picked up on the streets of Fort Wayne during our latest volunteer activity. Yep, you read that right.  These are a just a few of the items… Continue reading Giving Time to Beautify Our City

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It Is More Than Transportation

Day after day, I get in my car and drive.  I drive to work, church, the store, to visit family, to get ice cream...blah, blah, blah. You get the point.  Each day I drive to the places I need, and want, to be.  Each day I do it without thought and without appreciation.  I take… Continue reading It Is More Than Transportation

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Wrestling a 900 Pound Dragon

This week, I wrestled a dragon.  Yeah, you read that right.  I wrestled a big, green, 900 pound, fire-breathing dragon and I survived to tell you about it.  Are you impressed? Now, I must be honest and confess to you that this dragon is not as scary as you might think.  Actually, he is quite… Continue reading Wrestling a 900 Pound Dragon

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Painting For Children

We are not artists.  We are not painters.  We are not professionals.  We are volunteers. This week, the kind folks at Crossroad Child and Family Services learned that first hand. We arrived on the 47 acre campus of Crossroad Child and Family Services on a beautiful Saturday morning.  It was our first visit and introduction… Continue reading Painting For Children