Mad Marchness…make your mark

Here we are at the middle of March. Many of you have been referring to this time as March Madness. I tend to refer to it at Mad Marchness. This month has been a lot of fun for me, many of my friends, and even my family. And don’t you think it’s more fun to refer to all of the goodness that has come my way this month as Mad Marchness?

This month is also one that brings to mind many sweet memories. And one of my very fond memories comes from my grandfather. We had lots of fun to say the very least, and March 17th is his birthday. He is one of the people who’s made an indelible mark on my life, kinda like a Sharpie. What do I mean by that? If you think about it, it’s next to impossible to erase the mark made by a Sharpie. I’ve been blessed to have quite a few people who have made that kind of mark on me.

Most recently, my friend Parker has made that kind of mark on me. He’s a pretty special fella, ya know? I mentioned him recently, and how irresistible I’ve found him. Today I have Parker with us, and he wants to challenge us to seek out a Mad Marchness opportunity. Candidly, I can’t think of anyone better to inspire us. So without further hesitation, I bring you Parker…..

Ok are you are you up for it? Parker’s challenge is pretty easy, and will certainly be something your special person enjoys. How ‘bout we all take the opportunity and maybe make a little mark of our own?

Are you in? Let’s do this! Happy Mad Marchness!

 

Irresistibly…Inspiring

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’s Story

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!