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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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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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