17 July 2011

What a night!

   How does one begin to say thank you after a night like last night?  There simply are no words.  Not a one of us could sleep last night, as tired as our bodies were, just thinking about the crowds of people who came to support our family.  Tyler laid in his bed and would be quiet for a few minutes, then he’d wake up and talk about something else amazing that happened.  It was so much fun for all of us!  As long as I live, I will never forget the thunderous applause when Becky asked the crowd to clap to show support for Tyler.  The power in that pavilion was more than overwhelming!  Tyler will need to draw from that strength often in the future, so to every one of you who was a part of that…thank you!

   I ran into someone at the event last night who shared something with me that stuck, so I hope she doesn’t mind me sharing it.  She told me of a story in the news this past week about a young boy whose life was taken in a horrific manner.  She felt so much fear and despair that the world was wicked and not a place to raise her children and grandchildren.  Then, to walk into an event like Tyler’s last night and see that there is so much more good than evil in the world, she felt peace that it’s not the case.  When given the opportunity, people always rise to, and surpass anyone’s expectations.  My family and I have been the recipient of all this goodness, and know it is our opportunity and obligation to forever ‘pay it forward’ and make sure that the next person we see is suffering knows that there are armies of prayers and charity coming to them as well.

   I found this quote by Dr. Seuss, and I know I usually try to find spiritual quotes that help me through the week, but this one seemed completely appropriate.

 “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,

nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.”

   With all our hearts, we thank you for ‘caring a whole awful lot’.  We have a battle ahead of us, and we know that with the army of prayers and support we have with us, we can’t lose!


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