The Gift That Keeps Giving!

One of the greatest gifts that I am receiving this holiday is pictures and stories of your loved ones in their MagnaReady shirts.  Some of you I have had the pleasure of speaking with directly and I so enjoy putting a face with the name!

Please keep sending.

One face, one shirt at a time – we WILL change the way limited mobility or disability look. We are all in this together!

The pictures of your loved ones in their new shirts are making our year!!

Maura,
Here is a picture of my Dad–Richard Richardson– in his MagnaReady shirt.  It was a big hit and the quote of the day was:

                           “WOW–NO BUTTONS!”


Wish i had video taped it, it was SO well received!

Thanks again Maura!

Lucky

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Stamp And Send Love

On Facebook,  I saw a gentle reminder of how one of the smallest Christmas traditions could be a gift and help not only brighten someones day but spark change.

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Horton Christmas Card 2008

From the mom of a close friend of mine asking for something so simple.

It read:

“My daughter’s picture of the boys has me thinking of our annual “Breakfast with Santa” at North Ridge & how much Donnie enjoyed them. There is little joy now, so we do everything we can to spark a moment of clarity or a memory. Cards sometimes help! His address: Donnie Stancil, Room 320A, Crabtree Valley Rehab Center, 3830 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh 27612.

Her husband, Donnie, has Parkinson’s and additional health challenges. This is the first Christmas they won’t celebrate together in “their” home.

Not sure if it was the brutal honest comment of – there’s little joy now – or the HOPE that something we could do could help change a day, a minute or a connection but I applaud her plea and will happily oblige.

Hope that all will take a moment during this busy season to send love via a stamped card, especially to families that need a little extra tenderness!

Horton Christmas Card 2009

Horton Christmas Card 2009

From all the Horton’s much love and hope this holiday!

 

 

Until there is a cure we will be the change.

 

Believe In The Magic Of Christmas

An unwanted and unsolicited dialog has been happening at our home.  Our 10 1/2 year old openly questioning her belief in Santa.  Although, I would assume she had started having doubts last year, she was kind enough on my old soul to keep her curiosity silent.

That is until now.

The conversation started….

“Mom, so-in-so’s mom told her there is no such thing as Santa.” My initial quick response, I shouldn’t repeat.  It caught me off guard and my guttural sense to preserve our children’s youth and naivety kicked in.  The next day….again…..”Mom, so-in-so said her mom and dad let them pick what they want off their list.  She has NO Santa gift.”  I was a tad more prepared and responded gentler with; “Well, that’s great for their family but WE believe.”  The last straw……. “Mom, seriously, I can handle it. I know the truth. Everyone else’s mom is honest with them.”  I took a deep breath, turned and looked in those deep blue eyes to try and touch her soul and stated what I truly hope my family will always believe.

May you always believe in the magic of season.

May you always believe in the magic of season.

I said, “Libby, if you don’t believe in Christmas or in the existence of St. Nick, then it makes it difficult to trust in magic and miracles. In turn, it makes it unfathomable to believe that there will ever be a cure for Parkinson’s or hope for your dad.  We have to be able to have confidence in things we don’t see.  You just have to believe.”

Not that I expect her to fancy in a jolly old soul coming down the chimney forever but I do want her to trust in the true spirit of Christmas.

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PS….. Damn you moms that think it’s ok to spread your disbelief.  Sometimes that’s all we have and need.

Make A Difference

I post the following personal letter not to highlight Don’s impact through his career but to help illuminate that anyone can make a difference.  Be kind – expect great things because the people you touch will in turn DO great things!

Serving his 7th deployment in Afghanistan

Serving His 7th Deployment In Afghanistan

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A Late Bloomer “Pee Wee” Turned American Hero

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Lessons Taught Through Sports Can Equal Positive Life Lessons

Thank you Colonel for your kind words they mean the world to our family but more importantly for your amazing service and dedication to our country!