“A Follower, not a Fan”

Today, I went to Mass with Lennon at school. It’s amazing how much you can learn from Mass when it’s geared for children between the ages of 5-13. 🙂 Father Tom asked the kids what was the difference between being a “fan” of God and being a “follower” of God. Even I was a little puzzled at first, but after a little explanation, it was clear. Fans sit of the sidelines to watch, while followers are involved, invested in the journey. Great analogy with the Super Bowl approaching.

This past month, I have had the pleasure of getting to know a young man who is a great example of being a “follower” of God. He doesn’t sit on the side and watch, he decided to get involved in the game, literally.

We met Matt last fall at The Basketry Fundraiser. Matt was entering a baseball competition called “Home Runs That Help,” and had decided that he wanted to raise money in honor of Benjamin for the Miracles To Milestones playground.

The competition was held January 4th in Miami, and with our family Miami news connections (thanks Holly and Sheldon), Matt even made their local news to share his cause. 🙂 Benjamin and I cuddled on the couch, and watched Matt live. We couldn’t have been prouder.

This week Matt came by and brought Benjamin the money he raised (Thanks to his sponsors!) with over $1300, a signed homerun baseball, and a cap from the event. Matt took the talent that God blessed him with, and turned it around to bless others. This is such a great response to what is said in Luke 12:48… “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”

I can only hope that my children will be more of a “follower” and not just a “fan.” Thanks Matt for being such a great example for my children and our community.



A Tiny Voice Of Reason

The past few weeks have been very stressful for our family as we approach so many milestones. New job, new insurance for Benjamin, new healthcare, new baby, new playground, new colds, and the possibility of a new home and mortgage just became too much for me. Yesterday, I was almost at my breaking point, but today…today is a new day. 🙂

On my way to drop the girls off at school, I could barely hear them in the back, preoccupied by what all I have in front of me. (You have to be really preoccupied to not hear these two) As Lennon crawled out the door to go to school, she picked up on the Christian song on the radio. Almost as if time stood still, I heard Lennon yell and sing,

“God’s Not Dead, He’s Surely Alive!”

I was speechless and with tears starting to fill my eyes, I could barely tell the girls good-bye. What does this tell me 1. I love that my children speak of God so freely. 2. Things always get resolved. 3. My children go to such a wonderful school where this is encouraged. 4. I am so blessed to be in the position I am in. 🙂

So the day continued, and an enormous weight was lifted as problems were resolved and blessings continued.

Today, I picked up $400 from New Sarpy Elementary for the playground (Way To Go Guys!), and checked in on United Way to see that over four-thousand dollars had been donated directly to them in the past month. I love that these donations are coming from all ages, families, companies, this community, and supporters from around the nation.

Sometimes, it’s easy forget how blessed we are while we are piled under our daily stressors, but with an open heart, there is always a tiny voice of reason to keep you going.