As I mentioned recently I’ve chosen inspire as my one word resolution this year. And in my mind, inspire goes both ways. While I hope I can be a source of inspiration to others, I also want to share some of the people and things that inspire me as we go through this year.
So… that said, over the last year I’ve met a little guy and his family who have been a real source of inspiration to me. I can’t think of a better fella and his family to begin with as sources of inspiration. Parker and his family are so much more than an inspiration to me – they have touched my heart in a mighty way. His family is a unique tribe of folks with big hearts, lots of goodness and a fantastic sense of humor. Oh and I almost forgot – they are also big Auburn fans!
However I would submit that this family is far more than an inspiration to me, and I am not sure they realize how far their influence truly reaches.
Parker is the little guy I am referring to. And he is a magnificent triumph of the Children’s Miracle Network. Here’s a little of his beginning:
Parker today is very much more than this video.
Candidly, I find myself struggling to find the right words to describe him. I find that this sweet 6 year old is absolutely irresistible! He has never met a stranger. On my first encounter with him, he made his way over very quickly and asked me my name. After that, I was part of his ‘gang’ that night. On my next encounter with his family, without any hesitation he reminded everyone of who I was. He has a heart that is as big as the sky, and warmer than toast. Oh and I almost forgot – he is a very serious Auburn fan too, and often begins or ends conversations with ‘War Eagle’!
Today I just want to give you a little bit of his story. Stay tuned, as he has offered to chat with us in the next week or so. And he has told me that he wants to give us our next opportunity but knowing him it’s more likely going to be a challenge to seek out. I for one cannot resist that!