Tonight as I sit here waiting for the boys to fall asleep I am reviewing the weekend events in my mind with a big smile.  It was packed with good stuff, 40th birthdays and reconnecting with friends I had not seen in almost 18 years.  It is insane how none of us are aging!

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My husband and I threw the kids in the car for a quick over night in Michigan to celebrate an extra day tacked on to the weekend.  We made it just in time for the sunset and it delivered the beauty we enjoy in our lawn chairs all summer long.  We just had to wear a few extra layers to see it.  We continue to marvel at the icebergs created by mother nature on beach of Lake Michigan and are so grateful for awesome neighbors who jump at the opportunity to enjoy it with us.

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Every year we pull out the “I have a dream” speech on this very special day and we listen.  It confirms to our family ever year that anything is possible if you not only dream but fight for that dream to be become a reality.  We live in a country that talking like that is not crazy, it is the truth.  Proven over and over again throughout history.


My middle son listened to that speech from beginning to end this past Friday.  The cool part is that he has been asking about Martin Luther King ever sense.  He can not comprehend that a person with black skin was not welcome on a bus or in a restaurant.  It breaks his heart.  This weekend was a learning experience for him and the best part of it is that he will never have to experience that segregation.  Martin Luther King and his followers did that for him, except they did not tolerate it.  They did not sit back in silence.  They stood up for what they believed to be right and because of them, my son will never have to truly understand what that felt like to live in a country with that type of hatred.  For that we celebrate.

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We celebrate heroes in our home.  Heroes that paved the way for the life we have today.  I hope as my sons listen to my husband passionately talk about those heroes they will feel the passion to strive to be a part of the next generation of change.

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4Q3B1669 copy“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr


Those words are powerful and ring true to this day.  I have the same dream for my 6 children.  That they will not be judged by their diagnosis, but be given the opportunity to show the content of their character.  I will not give up and I will follow in the footsteps of many great men and women who went before me and continue to embrace as well as encourage the opportunity for all of them to do great things.