Thursday, November 15, 2012

You are my sunshine

Like any good mother, when Karen found out that another baby was on the way, she did what she could to help her 3-year-old son, Michael, prepare for a new sibling. They found out that the new baby was going be a girl, and day after day, night after night, Michael sang to his sister in Mommy's tummy. He was building a bond of love with his little sister before he even met her.

The pregnancy progressed normally for Karen, an active member of the the Creek United Methodist Church in Morristown, Tennessee. In time, the labor pains came. Soon it was every five minutes, every three, every minute. But serious complications arose during delivery and Karen found herself in hours of labor. Would a C-section be required?

Finally, after a long struggle, Michael's little sister was born. But she was in very serious condition. With a siren howling in the night, the ambulance rushed the infant to the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Mary's Hospital, Knoxville, Tennessee.

The days inched by. The little girl got worse. The pediatrician had to tell the parents there is very little hope. Be prepared for the worst. Karen and her husband contacted a local cemetery about a burial plot. They had fixed up a special room in their house for their new baby they found themselves having to plan for a funeral. Michael, however, kept begging his parents to let him see his sister. I want to sing to her, he kept saying.

Week two in intensive care looked as if a funeral would come before the week was over. Michael kept nagging about singing to his sister, but kids are never allowed in Intensive Care. Karen decided to take Michael whether they liked it or not. If he didn't see his sister right then, he may never see her alive. She dressed him in an oversized scrub suit and marched him into ICU. He looked like a walking laundry basket. The head nurse recognized him as a child and bellowed, "Get that kid out of here now. No children are allowed." The mother rose up strong in Karen, and the usually mild-mannered lady glared steel-eyed right into the head nurse's face, her lips a firm line. He is not leaving until he sings to his sister" she stated. Then Karen towed Michael to his sister's bedside. He gazed at the tiny infant losing the battle to live. After a moment, he began tossing. In the pure-hearted voice of a 3-year-old, Michael sang: "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are gray." Instantly the baby girl seemed to respond. The pulse rate began to calm down and become steady. "Keep on singing, Michael," encouraged Karen with tears in her eyes. "You never know, dear, how much I love you, please don't take my sunshine away. "As Michael sang to his sister, the baby's ragged, strained breathing became as smooth as a kitten's purr. "Keep on singing, sweetheart."

"The other night, dear, as I lay sleeping, I dreamed I held you in my arms". Michael's little sister began to relax as rest, healing rest, seemed to sweep over her. "Keep singing, Michael." Tears had now conquered the face of the bossy head nurse. Karen glowed. "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. Please don't take my sunshine away..."

The very next day the little girl was well enough to go home.

The medical staff called it a miracle.

Karen called it a miracle of God's love!

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Rich Family In Church

What defines a rich person or a poor person?

Is it what's in your bank account, or what's in your heart?

Back in 1946 a young girl named Eddy learned the true answer to that question. She came from a monetarily poor family, as her father had passed away and left her mother with three young girls to raise with no money.

One day the church announced that they would be collecting money for a poor family. Eddy and her family thought of ways to try and save up just a little bit of money, anything they could do. They ate potatoes for a month, made potholders to sell, tried to reduce their electricity... and in the end they saved up $70 to donate to the poor family.

The only thing was, of course, that they themselves were the poor family. After the collection at church, the pastor came to their house and delivered them the envelope containing their $70, and another $17 from the rest of the congregation. Eddy and her family were shocked. They had never thought of themselves as poor!

In the end her family ended up donating the money to a missionary who was building churches in Africa. When the missionary saw the money they put in, he exclaimed that they must really have some rich people in the church! It was then that her family realized the true nature of wealth, that richness comes from within, not from your bank account.

Read the whole story over at Mikey's Funnies:
The Rich Family In Church by Eddie Ogan
and The Real Eddie Ogan

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Emperor and the Seed

Sometimes sappy stories are ages old.

There is an ancient Chinese tale about a group of young boys who are among the chosen few who may be emperor.

They are all brought before the current emperor and given a seed, and are told to plant the seed in a pot and grow it.

One boy goes home, plants his seed in fresh clean dirt and waters it every day. After a week, there is no progress. Two weeks, no progress. After a month there is still no progress and the boy thinks to himself that surely he has failed because all of the other boys have excellent growing plants to show the emperor.

When the boy arrives, the emperor announces that he is to be the chosen one!

But the boy is confused, how can this be? All the other boys have grown plants?

The emperor then reveals the truth... all of the young boys were given boiled seeds that could not grow.

Every boy who brought a plant to the emperor replaced their boiled seed with another, to try and fool the emperor.

Honesty and integrity are incredibly important traits for all children, not just emperors, so why not share this story with your little boys and girls!

Read the full story at Unveiling: The Emperor and the Seed

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

One Percent

Elliot Mealer was a successful football player at the University of Michigan.

On Christmas Eve 2007, he went for a drive with his father Dave, his girlfriend Hollis, and his brother Brock.
In a tragic twist of fate, his father and girlfriend were killed in a horrific car accident, and his brother was paralized from the waist down.

Brock was told he had a one percent chance of ever walking again.

Almost three years later, after intense physical training at the University of Michigan, Brock found his legs.

And not only that, U of M coach Rich Rodriguez asked him to WALK on the field and lead the Wolverines out for their first game of the 2010 season!

Brock Mealer, U of M, Rich Rodriguez

Read more of the story at From 'never' to walking: Brock Mealer will lead Michigan football team onto field Saturday

Friday, August 27, 2010

Puppy Love

Would you cross a busy highway to try and save another person?

Some say we're too concerned about our own safety, but this little pup put his own life in danger to drag another dog to safety.

Watch the video if you have tissues handy!

Huffington Post: Dog Saves Other Injured Dog Lying On A Highway (VIDEO)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Left walking, came back in a chair

Life for kids can be tough in the gang infested areas near LA. Sometimes it's hard to get kids to listen, since parents and teachers aren't exactly considered "cool", so the Coachella Valley Gang Task Force decided to try a new approach.

Bringing reformed gang members in to talk with the kids about reality.

Former gang members are visiting local classrooms, sharing their emotional stories in hopes of deterring teens from making bad decisions.

The situation couldn't be more dire, with the increasing violence getting closer to home.

"I see it getting worse," said Carmona. "Now we see kids getting shot in broad daylight in front of their homes."

One of the former gang members Fernando Carmona was shot by a rival gang member when he was only 20. When he was in middle school he walked through the halls of La Quinta Middle School. Now because of the gang violence, he visits those same halls in a wheelchair.

Carmona says he was shot by a rival gang member at age 20. Fourteen years later, and he's volunteering his time to talk to local students, at an age when they can be easily influenced.

Sometimes it takes a person speaking to kids from their own experiences for them to listen. In the case of gang violence it could mean the difference between life or death.

Link: New Approach To Keeping Kids Out of Gangs (Local 2 KPSP)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Dan Jansen

The 2010 Winter Olympics are coming up, and VISA has started a few inspirational new commercials to help promote it.

This one is enough to melt anyone's heart!

Dan Jansen, a speed skater for USA, promised his sister he would win the gold in 1988.
His sister died before she could see him perform in 1988, and unfortunately he did not win.... that year.

Six years later in 1994 he won the gold and set the world record for 1000 meter speed skating, and took a victory lap with his daughter who he had named after his sister.

Since then Dan Jansen has retired, and he set up the Dan Jansen Foundation to help fight leukemia.