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My Tribe

I recently told a friend that the African proverb, It takes a village to raise a child. was written expressly for me.  While she chuckled and then helped me figure out where and when to bring my son, Chris, for his newest activity, I realized how important my village has become.  Some interpret this quote as being responsible for everyone’s children, while others feel we cannot raise our children without the help of our village.  I see it both ways, but utilize it almost daily as the latter – my village, my tribe…they help me get through whatever life throws...

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Bless These Hands

Each year, I’m fortunate to be invited to an event called “Queen for a Day”. Local women from several churches work together to pamper caregivers and provide fellowship and support. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to attend for several years, but I’m often reminded of an incredibly moving part of the day I attended six years ago.  Each caregiver had holy water poured over her hands as the following prayer was read.  It’s stuck with me over the years, and I hoped it could provide you the strength and feeling of support it did for me. Being a mother of a...

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Good News!

Labor Day weekend seems so long ago, mostly because it was.  That weekend, Michael developed a sore.  A sore that within days went down to the bone.  While we were busy taking measurements and pictures, he was put on strict bed rest.  Michael was only allowed out of his bed twice each day, one hour each time.  This made doing just about anything with him difficult.  Church, Katie’s field hockey games, Chris’ concerts, a trip to the store. We’ve been taking him down to the wonderful experts at DuPont Hospital every 10-14 days.  We’ve used the almighty Wound-Vac, as well as...

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A message from Katie

Hello!  My name is Katie, I’m Michael’s older sister.  I’m 14 years old and in 8th grade.  When Michael and Chris were born, I was two and-a-half years old. I don’t remember meeting my brothers as babies, but in the pictures, I always look happy with them.  Now, twelve years later, I still feel happy when I look at my brothers.  Being their sister is amazing, but at times, difficult. Memories of Michael’s hospital visits still make me angry and upset.  One in particular comes to mind.  I was staying with my aunt and uncle, but wanting Mikey to be home.  My...

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Valentines

Dear ICA 4th Grade Class, Yesterday we opened our mailbox to find it FILLED with valentines from your 4th grade class at Immaculate Conception Academy.  Our family doesn’t know your teacher or any of the students in this classroom, yet you were thinking of Mikey.   Our family was so touched that a class and their teacher took the time to send valentines to our Mikey.  We can see that many of you hand-wrote your valentines.  Some were even made totally by YOU!  Your kindness is absolutely appreciated.  Sending you a great big hug from Mikey and our family! Love, The Keatings

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Happy New Year!

Today is the last day of 2015.  It was a year filled with unexpected miracles, love, kindness, and generosity.  Yes, there was a painful surgery for Michael.  A bi-lateral hip surgery that was more painful for him then his spinal fusion in 2014.    Yes, we experienced struggles, sadness, and financial difficulty.  But when we look back at 2015, those are all just small pieces of our spectacular year. Not only do we feel blessed by Pope Francis and his decision to stop to bless Michael, but all of the blessings that followed: The hundreds of donations to our crowdrise, many...

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Star Wars

The first movie I ever saw was Star Wars.  It was 1977 and I was 6 years old.  My aunt took my brother and I, and it remains a wonderful memory for me.  I love going to the movies and getting lost in the story.  It’s one of my favorite things to do. This weekend, I was excited to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens with my family.  Unfortunately, my brother lives in Michigan, so we couldn’t go together, but there were 11 of us in all, and this Star Wars meant just as much as the first one.  The man...

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Landon Vargas

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Landon.  Landon was one of the other children blessed by Pope Francis on his visit to Philadelphia.  Unfortunately, this little fighter lost his battle with Cancer on December 5th.  Read more about Landon here.  A friend of their family set up this crowdfunding site.  Please make a donation if you are able, or share it with friends and family.  This special family needs prayers and support. Please help them in any way you’re able Landon faced things no child should have to endure. Spread Landon’s Smile Support the Vargas Family

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Miracles

One of the most common questions we are asked is if a miracle has happened to Michael since the Pope’s blessing in September. One of the very fortunate children kissed by Pope Francis has reported a miracle, and with this news, people are asking more and more.  Pope’s Miracle Our answer to this is simple – yes!  Our life has been filled with miracles since Pope Francis blessed our son.  We have been met with kindness from thousands of strangers – hundreds of which have sent us letters, pictures, gifts and generous checks.  We’ve been stopped on the street by people...

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Helping

People ask all the time to “Let us know what you need.”  “Let me know how I can help.”  I’ve even done it myself, and I know better.  I know that any family that you’re saying that to needs one less thing on their plate and you (and I) unknowingly, have just given them another.  You see, we all need help.  We need our kids driven home from their sports or activities, we need a nice dinner that you could drop off, we need a gallon of milk next time you’re at the store.  If you’re a teacher or other...

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