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Heroes

Today is a day to think about heroes.

I heard a stat on the radio that over 800 first responders have died since 9 – 11. Many are due to lung disorders and cancer. As I researched this, the numbers appear to be higher, closer to 1,000, as the number of 800 is actually from 2010.

I can’t help thinking – the tragedy of that day will never end.

I also wonder if this knowledge will keep people from responding in the future.

No, I don’t think so.

Those who rush head-long into dangerous situations are heroes. Hero’s do not let things like stats keep them from saving lives.

Am I a first responder? Do I step into a dangerous situation to lend a hand? No. I am not a hero to the world. But I am to my kids and my husband. I am their first responder. Maybe someday I will save the world. Right now, it’s just my family. But to me, they ARE the world.

A hero doesn’t just build bridges, hero’s save them.

*Remember the post about one of my hero’s? If you don’t remember, you can read about her here. There is an update that I haven’t yet posted, but if you follow me on facebook, you’ve heard about it. Instead of my words telling you about it, you can hear it in her words in the documentary Blind Judoka.*

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My Olympic Hero

As we anticipate the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics, athletes are being interviewed and featured all over the TV. Today I’m going to feature MY Olympic Hero!

Jordan Mouton

Here is her story:

I am 23 years old (as of yesterday) and have been practicing Judo for 6 years, but have geared my life towards sports ever since I could walk. I was born with no vision problems and found out at the age of 8 that I would one day lose all of my sight and be completely blind. I played soccer from the ages of 4 to 12 and only gave the sport up because I could no longer see well enough to keep up with the game. At 12 I was not going to be stopped by the slow loss of my sight, and was determined to find a sport I could excel in with my limited vision. I tried a number of different sports but none of them kept my interest for very long.

At the age of 16 I was introduced to Judo. I fell in love with the sport, and the rest is history. Since then I have dedicated my life to excelling in Judo in hopes that I may one day represent my country in the Paralympic Games. I have been training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs off and on for the past few years in preparation to qualify for the London games.

I have qualified and have secured my spot in the 57 KG (125.6 lb) division to compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. I am currently training and preparing to reach my goal of not only competing at the London games, but bringing home the gold for the USA!

You can read more about her here.

We love you Jordan and are cheering for you!!! Bring home the GOLD!

While we are inundated with stories about the Olympic Games, America is just starting to recognize the Paralympic Games. Did you know it is the second largest  To read more about the Paralympic Games, go here.

 

 

Just a little update

Summer is here and we are enjoying the outdoors before it gets sweltering here in Texas! The numbers are creeping higher but we are still enjoying our time outdoors. Next week my husband is taking two of our kids camping. The temps will be nearing 100. Have fun, y’all! I’ll be inside enjoying AC! 

We are doing summer school this summer. I think time off from the strict school schedule is important, but not as important as keeping facts fresh and reading levels up. And I need to confess, we did fall behind in the higher level maths and sciences, so the girls are working hard to complete their courses. Our focus this summer is also on writing. The girls keep a journal daily, creative writing weekly and we just started the research paper process. 

Speaking of writing, I am still working on Reflecting Him: Student Edition for Reflective Life Ministries. My goal is to complete it by the end of July. For the next three nights, our church is doing a family VBS – Supersonic. Fun for the whole family! I am so excited about this program! My favorite part – bridging families together as we worship, learn, and pray together. (I’m also a bit proud of the family huddles… ) 

If you enjoyed the family huddles at Supersonic, that’s what I’m doing in my abundance of free time – writing family devotions. Stay tuned, I’ll be posting one a month on here for you guys to enjoy. 

On a more personal note, I’m learning lots this summer about food allergies. I’ve known for years that I have an allergy to corn, but it didn’t seem to bother me much. A few months ago, I started feeling bad- extremely tired and enough sinus pressure to feel like a sinus infection that wouldn’t go away topped off with stomach issues and the cherry on top was an increase in my level of irritability. I finally linked it to food. My eating habits have changed drastically. No corn or chicken. Did you know corn is in everything??? Not only is it dusted on coffee filters, and used in food packaging, it is also in everything from salt (added iodine) and anything enriched (flours and rice) to fructose and dextrose and lots of those other unpronounceable words. Just for fun, I’m also staying away from most dairy. It’s been quite a challenge!

My niece, Jordan Mouton, has qualified for London Paralympics – Opening Ceremony August 29, 2012. She has such an amazing, inspirational story. Please go to her Blog/Webpage – read all about her – and consider supporting her on her “Road to London”. She is an amazing young lady!
www.teamjordan2012.wordpress.com

That’s my update! What’s going on in your world?

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