Saturday, May 18, 2013

Relay for Life 2013

This was my first year participating in Relay for Life.  I wanted to put into words why I Relay:

I was 33 years old when my Grandpa lost his battle with cancer.  I am so blessed to have had so many memory making years with my Grandpa.  I am a granddaughter of John VanLant, the Grandpa who was there for all of my high school and college graduations.  The Grandpa who danced with me at my wedding.  The Grandpa who was there to visit when both of my kids were born.  The Grandpa who was there, always!

  • I relay for the Granddaughter who wants to dance with her Grandpa at her wedding.
  • I relay for the caregiversMy Grandma was the living definition of the wedding vows, "In sickness and in health"  She sacrificed all of herself to care for my Grandpa and it was very humbling to watch.
  • I relay for the Great Grandchildren:  My two kids were afforded 7 and 4 years with their Great Grandpa and they still talk and laugh about the silly things that he would do with them.  Just his silly sound effects would set them off in a set of giggles.  Yes, my Grandpa was 80 when he was paying soccer with my kids.

I Relay for Life! 

This year the Murrieta Relay for Life raised $75,000 and still counting for the American Cancer Society.  A little something to give the Granddaughters, Caregivers, and Great Grandchildren hope and maybe a few extra years to create memories with their loved ones.

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Power of a name...

If there is one thing I learned in college, it was that you make people feel important when you refer to them by name.  When I picked Connor up from school today a little girl that has been in his class since the first grade waved to me.  I said, "Hi Faith, how are you?"  She looked at me and said, "How did you remember my name?"  I said, "you're worth remembering."  She walked away and then ran back up to me and wrapped her arms around me and said, "Oh, I love you."

The next time you are introduced to someone, make a conscious effort to remember their name!