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A True Dedication

This is a story of an incredible woman.  As a young girl she made a comittment to a man that she didn’t even know.  Back in the 70s  when the Vietnam war was happening many people took a vow to wear a MIA bracelet for a soldier that was missing in action.  Many days, months and years went by.  Some men returned home and the people wearing their bracelet would be able to remove the bracelet once they returned home.  Not for one soldier and the girl who was wearing his bracelet.  After 4 decades she gets the word that his remains were located.  It was Christmas day 1972 when 12 year old Kathy Strong found her bracelet in her stocking.  She took her committment very seriously.  She wore this bracelet and never took it off.  She said she even wore it through an MRI.  This was not a promise that she took lightly.  She wore the name James Moreland until she was told that his remains were found and were brought home to be buried. She didn’t remove the bracelet until she could put it on his uniform in his coffin. She sat with his family at the funeral even though she had never met this man.  She had always dreamed of the day when she would take off the bracelet and meet the man she was wearing it for.  What dedication to follow through a promise you made as a child long into your adult life.  Thank you for your servie Kathy.

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a true dedication

Officer Adopts the “Unadoptable” Student

In Spartensburg School district they have School Resource Officers who are walking the halls to help protect the students ever since the Sandy Hook incident.  Kids, as well as the faculty. need to feel safe at school.  This is the school where Officer  Master Deputy Mike Gibson walks the halls.  The students say they love to see the officers walking around.  As Deputy Gibson gets to know the students he met a young boy that was  in foster care.  He first started calling him Police Officer  then Officer Mike, then Officer Dad and now Dad.  He had been in and out of 8-9 foster homes.  Officer Gibson talked to his wife and they agreed that they should take in this needy child.  This boy was considered unadoptable due to behavior They had to go through many hours of training to become Foster parentsl  Officer Gibson said this is the first time in all his years in law enforcement that he felt God telling him that he needed to help this boy. After months of training the Gibsons were able to add this boy to their family (they already had 3 children).  What a great gift they gave to this little boy.  Thank you for taking care of these little ones and adopt them.  You two are great people.  Thank you to all you people who take in Foster Children and give them a healthy home.

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Officer adopts the unadoptable

Labor Day – What does it mean?

What are you doing on Labor Day?  What should we be doing on Labor Day?  Labor Day has turned into the “End of Summer” celebration.  A day that we head to the beach or to the hills to just get together with family and friends for one last bash for the summer. But that is not how Labor Day started.  Watch this short video to find out why and how we got Labor Day.  You might think you know the whole story but I am guessing that there are a few things that got us here to this Labor Day that you might not realize.  Enjoy this little lesson from the History Channel on how we got to this place.  Then go out and enjoy Labor Day the way you want but take a moment to remember those that we should remember the people who suffered to get us where are we are today. For those of you who have to work on this day , like those from many years ago, we thank you for being there for those of us who have the day off and forgot to buy that item from the store to complete our celebration.  Happy Labor Day.

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Labor day

This Visitor is Welcomed

The good news of the is story is not that he is losing his certification. The good news is what good he did before this story.  You have to see the joy that this dog brought to the hospitals he visited.  Chopper the biker dog was a welcome visitor to the senior housing.  This dog has visited thousands. He is the cutest thing coming up to visit riding his motorcycle.  He has been doing this for 5 years.  They love to hold him and pet him.  What a special dog to show his love to these seniors.  Let’s not focus on the reason he wears the costume but more that the joy he brings to the people he spends time with.  Even though he may not be allowed some places he still is allowed others. Recently Chopper went to a rally of Paralyzed Veterans of America where he met with other service dogs bringing smiles to our Veterans.  This is one amazing dog and a great handler too.  Thanks for sharing Chopper with those in need.

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A visitor dog

Two Vets Reunited

Two Navy shipmates and Vietnam War veterans have been reunited after a 38-year search. Rick Mueller and Joe Martinez served together in 1971 aboard the U.S.S. White Plains.“They called us M&M – Martinez and Mueller,” Martinez said. Mueller tried to reach out to Martinez in 1976 at a Denver gas station with a phone booth and five dollars in change calling numbers in the phonebook, but was unsuccessful. He sent out many letters trying to find his friend. Then, recently, Mueller received a letter from Martinez, which said, “I have been trying to reach you. You were my best friend.” This is a homecoming that was 38 years in the making.  These two were thrown together when they met in the military.  They found an immediate connection and became lifelong friends.  At the end of the war they lost touch.  Now in this video they find each other and it is like they never lost eachother.  A friendship as special as this one is hard to come by.  How wonderful that they were reunited.

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two vets reunited

A Man’s Tribute to his Wife

A few miles south of Eau Claire Wisconsin you will find it.  Four and a half miles of love.  Four and a half miles of beautiful flowers as a tribute to his wife. State road 85 is a beautiful drive but it now is just breathtaking. Don Jaquish knew his wife loved sunflowers.  He lost her last November to cancer.  He wanted to honor her by planting sunflowers along both sides of the highway.  This area crossed 6 different farms and all of them donated the land because everyone loved Babbette.  People who travel this way can’t believe how beautiful it is.  They say she was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside.  Don will also harvest the seeds and sell them .  They are packaged with her picture and are called Babbette’s Seeds of Hope.  He will donate a portion of the proceeds to the hospitals, research and patient advocacy.  It took him a week to plant all of the seeds and then it took 75 days for them to grow and bloom.  It is quite a beautiful sight and such a wonderful way to honor his wife.

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a man's tribute to his wife

Amputee Learns to Walk for His Bride

13 years Kevin Taylor broke his leg and then contracted a nerve condition.  Doctors told Kevin he had the worse case they had ever seen.  He had to have his leg amputated.  He met Kim and fell in love.  The fact that he is in a wheelchair does bother her.  She fell in love with the man not the chair.  Kevin has been working on how to walk.  He has never been able to walk since she met him.  Once he decided to ask her to marry him Kevin started secretly working with a therapist to gain strength and learn to walk.  He has been doing it so he could give this gift to his bride on their wedding day.  When the minister says all rise, that is when Kevin will stand for the first time in front of Kim and walk to her.  She was shocked.  She knows that he will be able to do anything now.  It just proves that unconditional love makes miracles.  The lesson of the is story is to Be positive, Love often and make every day count.

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amputee learns to walk for his bride

 

Son Saves Dad After Two Days in Wilderness

A father and son took an adventure and everything went bad in an instant.  A boulder fell and hit his dad.  Charlie took care of his Dad for two day before he went for help. After his father was badly injured by a falling boulder in the Idaho backcountry, the teenager did everything in his power to make sure they both made it out alive. Charlie Wilstead Finlayson just started 8th grade at Eagle Middle School. The 13-year-old is a Boy Scout and loves the wilderness. Last week, his survival skills were put to the test after a scary situation in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.The teen was on a backpacking trip with his father, David Finlayson. As they were climbing a boulder fell and hit David. The 52-year-old’s left arm and leg were broken and he had a large gash on his shin. “At first I was freaking out a little bit, but after a few minutes I kind of calmed down and thought I have to help him out and get his sleeping bag and stuff,” said Charlie. “Charlie grabbed the first-aid kit the two had brought and helped bandage the open wound. He then ran a mile back to camp and grabbed sleeping bags and warm clothes. The next day, Charlie helped keep his dad fed and hydrated. The two decided that Charlie would have to hike 13 miles the next day, by himself, to get help.”I was saying a lot of prayers before I left,” said Charlie. It was an emotional goodbye. David wrote a note and handed it to his son so he could explain to anyone he encountered what had happened and where his dad was.As luck would have it, Charlie ran into two members of his own LDS church just three miles down the trail. They headed up to stay with his dad. Charlie kept hiking and eventually, he found another man who ended up running the next eight miles to call for help. Charlie hiked the rest of the way out. The sheriff called a helicopter to lift him to safety. What a brave young man.  We are all so proud of you Charlie.

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Son saves his Dad

School is Back so Watch for those Buses

School is back for some and will probably be for all next week.  This is a fun video created by a mom and her neighbors to remind all of us to watch out for the children and of course the buses. It is a parady of the old rap Bust a move …. now Bus and Move. How clever and cute all those kids and even the bus driver.  Have some fun and share this with every mom who has kids heading off to school.  They will relate.  It is just a fun song for all those who either have kids going to school or remember what it was like when the kids went back to school.  Summer is over.  Get ready for Fall.  Watch out for those kids standing at the bus stops and just try to get this tune out of your head after you watch.

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school is back so watch for those kids

The Highway Man Gets Saved

Thomas Weller aka the San Diego Highwayman has been driving the highways of San Diego for 50 years looking for people who need help. He spent his time looking for people who needs help along the San Diego highways.  When he was 16 years old, he drove his car into a ditch. A man came along and rescued him only asking that he pay it forward one day. Since that time, Weller has rescued thousand of people who were out of gas, had a flat, overheated, or stranded in one way or another. Weller hands them a card that says ” You don’t owe me a thing. I’ve been there too. Someone once helped me out, just the way I’m helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here’s what you do: Don’t let the chain of love end with you. Back in August of 2011, Weller’s famous rescue car “Beulah” was totalled during a rescue. The remains of his prized car still sit in his back yard. Weller simply can’t afford to repair the car but has dreams of getting her back on the road while he’s still able to help others.Back in 2011 someone crashed into his beloved “Beulah”, the car he’s been driving since 1966. He loves this car.  When hearing about Thomas’ story a few auto repair guys decided to do something to thank Thomas for all he has done in the last 50 years.  They decided to fix get Beulah running again.  This video is when the Highwayman and Beulah are reunited.  He is quite literally speachless.  He can’t believe that these guys would do this for him.  They can’t believe that Thomas could do what he has been doing for the last 50 years.  Thank you to Brent, Rick and the people of San Diego who donated the money to get this car fixed.

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the highwayman gets saved