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February 11, 2016

Thankful Thursday



"The making of a saint doesn't occur in a laboratory but in the field of experience; we do not grow in spite of pain but because of it."

~ Gracie Malone, Unafraid: 365 Days Without Fear



Happy Thankful Thursday folks!  This week has been looonng!  I am one tired/drained/sleep-deprived mommy.   I literally feel like I'm hanging on by threads.  Remember I mentioned in last week's Thankful Thursday post that Moo had a bad cough/cold?  

Well, her cough/cold didn't go away over the weekend like I was hoping it would.  It actually got worst and I ended taking her to the pediatrician on Tuesday after she complained of being dizzy and "seeing spots."  Turns out she had two congested lungs and was on her way to getting pneumonia!!  Here I was treating my child with over-the-counter cough syrup for what appeared to be a common cold and cough, but was really something more serious.  Also, her oxygen levels were low.

I really wanted to beat myself up for not knowing she had something more than a common cold.  However as her doctor pointed out, she didn't have fever and she wasn't complaining of chest pains.  She did have to use her inhaler a few times, but she asthma and that usually flares up here and there, especially when she has a cold.  So, there's no way that I could have known what was really happening.

In a way, her dizzy spell and persistent cough really helped us to catch this before it was too late and I'm grateful for that.  I've heard horror stories about how rough pneumonia is on kids and I'm glad that we catch this in time before it turned that.  We've decided that since her body disguises serious issues like a common cold, it would be best if whenever she starts to show signs of being sick to bring her in ASAP and they will diagnose whether or not it's a common cold or her body playing tricks on us again.  I feel incredibly blessed that my children have a pediatrician who understands our struggle.  We don't WANT to be that family who goes to the doctor for every little thing, but we have it because the risk is too high otherwise.

She was very patient and did her best to soothe me as she explained Moo's condition the seriousness of it.  She knows that I'm one of those emotional moms who internalizes things.  At the end of the day, I just want both of my kids to have one year without something major happening to threaten their health.  If I could take away all of their allergies, their asthma and everything else, I would because it just doesn't seem fair.  Nevertheless, Moo is home and she is feeling better.

She's on steroids and breathing treatments every four hours to help her lungs and praying that we get good news when we go back for her recheck.  A hospital stay is not in the cards for us right now.  Through this all my family has been amazing.  They've been calling and texting to check on all of us around the clock and my mom even volunteered to take some time off from her job and come to sit with us.  I'm beyond thankful to have such an amazing support system.  My village holds me down and I wouldn't have gotten through these last few days without them.

I'm grateful that JJ is healthy and am praying that he doesn't catch anything.  I'm thankful that we may have more Snow Days coming.  There's a snow storm that's supposed to be coming our way and I'm open to the idea of being snowed in with my family so that I can catch up on some sleep.  Some news reports say we'll more likely get a few flurries and freezing rain while another said that we should expect to see a few inches and stay inside.  I guess we'll see what happens this weekend.

Lastly, I'm thankful for reconnecting with my besties.  We're all busy working moms and spouses.   So, it's been hard to really keep in contact, but this past weekend we talked about taking a girls' trip to Mexico and I'm super excited.  I've never been to Mexico and can't wait to go with my besties.  One of the pictures I put on my vision board was a passport with the word 'Travel' on it and it looks like that vision is already manifesting itself into reality!!


Have you ever been to Mexico?  What was your favorite place to visit?  Don't forget to let me know one thing you're grateful for this week in the comments!


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February 5, 2016

Kayem Foods: Helping The Carolina Panthers Win Off The Field




There's no denying this football season has been beyond great for the Carolina Panthers.  While the coaching staff and players have done a great job of winning fans over with their on-field performance, Kayem foods is helping the Carolina Panthers win off the field.  Kayem Foods and  the Carolina Panthers recently partnered together and Kayem is now the official brand of franks and sausages of the Carolina Panthers and Bank of America Stadium.




If you think we football fans don't play about our teams, we really don't mess around when it comes to our Game Day eats either.  One just cannot properly enjoy a football game without some good eats and in my family, plain ol' chips and salsa won't cut it.  My family enjoys eating "Real Food" meaning something with meat in it and that will stick to the belly.  So, I was delighted and a bit anxious when Kayem reached out to me to try out some of their products.  I had never heard of their brand before, but felt reassured that they had good products because down here in the South we know good food when taste it.   The Panthers know this and wouldn't possibly dare to serve their fans Kayem franks and sausages if they weren't up our Southern expectations.




The Carolina Panthers and Bank of America Stadium co-sign wasn't the only reason I decided to try out Kayem's.  As y'all know we are a household with many food allergies.  As mentioned above my family members are major meat eaters, but are also allergic to gluten.  Over the years I've learned to steer clear of prepared foods, even meats, because they have gluten and a host of over preservatives that we try to steer clear of.  When I learned that Kayem doesn't use fillers, MSG and their meats were gluten-free, I took it as a good sign. 


What I Received



Kayem Foods has a variety of franks and artisan sausages to choose from.  In addition to franks and sausages, they also make deli meats, beef patties, and buns.  Although not listed on their website, on a visit to my local Harris Teeter I learned that they sell Kayem Italian Style Meatballs as well.  Not sure if this product is getting discontinued, but stock up on them while you can!

For my taste-testing I selected the following products:

  • Kayem Artisan Pineapple Uncured Bacon Sausage, 12 oz
  • Kayem Artisan Andouille Sausage, 12 oz
  • Kayem Fire Grill Angus Beef Patties, 15 oz 

What I (We) Liked & Didn't Like

 Right out of the gate everyone loved the Artisan Andouille Sausage, especially Moo.  I was chopping up the sausage to add to one of her favorite soups that I make from scratch and she couldn't stop stealing pieces from the cutting board.  At one point I had to threaten her with a timeout to stop her from eating it all.  I snuck a few pieces too and can't say that blame her.  That sausage was delicious.

It was spicy without being too spicy.  It reminded me of my trips to New Orleans visiting with family.  Great andouille sausage is staple down there.  They use it in red beans and rice, gumbo, crawfish boils, etc.  Honestly, I didn't eat a lot of andouille sausage before I stayed in New Orleans.

This is definitely the one sausage you'll want to get for your sausage dogs or sausage hoagies.  It's also a great breakfast sausage if you fry it up with some fresh peppers, onion and serve over buttery grits.

If you not a big fan of pineapples then you will want to steer clear of their Artisan Pineapple Uncured Bacon Sausage.  In addition to chunks of pineapple, this sausage also has brown sugar and maple syrup giving it a tangy sweet taste if eaten alone as a sausage dog.  Moo was not a big fan of the "sweet sausage" as she called it, at least not eating it by itself.  However, once paired with the Andouille and mixed into the soup, she came to love it 

I honestly didn't mind the taste.  But then again I'm a fan of putting maple syrup on my sausage.  I choose to crisp my sausage before adding it the soup and I loved how the sugars from the pineapple, syrup and brown sugar helped to make a nice sweet crust on the sausage chunks I diced.  I'll definitely purchase this again and see what other dishes I can use it in.

Before I talk about the beef patties, I want to let all of my Queen City folks know that these have not yet unrolled in our Harris Teeters.  I'm also not sure if they ever will, but we are really, really, REALLY hoping that will soon!  When I say Kayem Foods knows how to craft the perfect precooked beef patties, I mean they know beef and how to use the grill!!  Y'all may remember that we only eat beef and red meats maybe once a month or every other month.  However, I will confess that after trying these Fire Grilled Angus Beef Patties, we were ready to toss that habit out the window and start eating these everyday.

 These beef patties were juicy, tender, and grilled and seasoned to perfection.  Seriously, I've never had a store-bought beef patties that I haven't had to re-season myself because the seasoning wasn't up to par until I tried Kayem's.  We loved that these come pre-grilled because our package arrived the weekend of our first snow of the New Year and the scrumptious aromas that floated out of the pan as I cooked these had us feeling like we were having an indoor cookout.  Yes, we got transported right to summer.

If there was a scratch-and-smell button that I could have used, I would have tweeted y'all a sniff.   And God was looking out because each bag comes with 5 patties, but somehow ours came with 6.  From the first to the last bite we communicated in a series of "Mmms", "Noms" and sighs because these are just that good.  Seriously, I argued with my seven year old over who was getting the last patty.  We decided to split it. (Kayem Foods when you read this, please consider rolling out your patties to Charlotte, NC and Panthers please consider getting these as well to serve at the Bank of America Stadium!)

What I Made



Because our Winter weather had finally came in and we had gotten some snow earlier that weekend, I decided to make a Game Day and Moo's favorite soup- Pea Soup.  However, I put a twist on it by adding the sausages.  I served it over white rice and topped it with gluten-free herb croutons and added some cheese to mine.  The recipe is really easy to make and doesn't take that long to prepare or cook.  

I would suggest though that you soak your split peas overnight though as this helps to speed up cooking time.  You save the recipe printable below.



Since the beef patties were perfectly seasoned, the kids had patties on gluten-free bun with tomato and for myself I added cole slaw made here in NC (gotta support local businesses/brands), onion and a few squirts of ketchup aka my version of a lite Carolina Burger.



Overall, we were more than satisfied with our first experience of enjoying Kayem Foods products.  I do recommend that you visit their website to see if any of the stores near you sell any of their products and give them a try for yourself. 





What is your favorite way to eat franks and/or sausages?


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February 4, 2016

Thankful Thursday



"We all know what it's to be excited to follow a dream, and we all know how hard this journey of following our dreams can be.  Knowing this, how can we see others experiencing similar things and not be there for them?  How can we refuse to help them?  How can we be jealous?  How can we not uplift them?  How can we not be a community?"




It's that time again!  Happy Thankful Thursday folks.  This week started off with me trying to recover from a bad cold and a mini case of food poisoning from some bad shredded carrots that were in a salad I ate.  I will spare you the details and just say that I was definitely uncomfortable and slightly miserable until yesterday when I really started feeling like I was at 95%.  Thank you to everyone who posted well wishes on the last Thankful Thursday post.

I'm grateful to be feeling better.  Honestly, my cold and food poisoning couldn't have cleared up at a better time.  Tuesday, Moo started having flareups with her asthma at bedtime.  Also, she got this cough that I feel like we're going to have to see the pediatrician about on Monday if it hasn't cleared up by the weekend.  I will admit that I'm more than a little worried.

I'm worried that maybe I'm getting wound up over nothing, but yet I'm worried that what seems like asthma flareups as a result of her cough could turn into something worst.  Her breathing is slightly labored, but I already know the protocol of what to do to manage it here at home.  She's had asthma since birth and every attack isn't necessarily worthy of an ER trip.  My prayer is that it doesn't get worst.

I'm bummed because she's been kicking some school germs butt and hasn't really been sick at all this school year.  I guess a few of those pesky germs finally found a weak spot in her immune system.  However, I'm grateful that she's still been able to keep up her bubbly and bouncy personality.  She's still smiling, laughing, playing and talking our heads off nonstop.  That's got to be a good sign, right?

I've been working with JJ and trying to help get all the basics down that he will need to know for kindergarten this coming school year.  While he's struggling a bit with recognizing and memorizing his ABCs, he's picking up counting, number recognition and being able to state his full name, birthday and age like a champ.  He's always had his colors and shapes down almost since Day 1.  I think we have his obsession with Thomas & Friends to thank for his knowing his colors early one because when he couldn't pronounce their names he would call them by colors.

I'm thankful for all of his continued progress as well as his excitement over starting school next year.  Fingers crossed this excitement doesn't wear off over the summer.  I'm also thankful that he's been killing it with reading his nightly book readings.  His word pronunciation is getting better and better.

While my number 1 team, the Patriots, didn't make it to the Super Bowl this year, I'm grateful that my home team, the Carolina Panthers, did make it.  They've been underdogs in the NFL for years now and it's been so an incredible journey to see them blow everyone's expectations out of the water this season.  It's probably even more incredible being a Carolina native and being right here in the Queen City where you literally can't go anywhere without seeing some Panther pride/love.  I'm grateful that we have a QB who has constantly proved all the naysayers wrong not only about his playing ability, but his ability to be a team leader on and off the field.

Before Newton was even officially signed to the Panthers there were people calling him a thug and saying that having a Black quarterback was going to be the Panther's downfall.  People were giving him a month or two before his rookie status went to his head and he ended up busted for something illegal.  It's been sad to see how some people can't look beyond his skin color and repeatedly attack his character, but I'm proud of the way he's been handling it all and continuing to take the high road.

I know that it can't be easy for him to see how all these things.  I for one think that he's more than proven himself to be a stand-up guy and worthy role model.  We'll definitely be rooting for him and the rest of the team to win the Super Bowl!

Lastly, I'm stumbled across the quote above earlier today when I was catching up on some blog reading and it made realize how much thankful I am for the supportive community that starting YUMMommy has given me.  Y'all are truly amazing.  It's always been my dream to have some place to write other than a notebook.  Well, YUMMommy turned six years old this past January and I'm thankful for all of the kind and uplifting comments. 

Most importantly I'm thankful for everyone who has played a part in helping me to realize this dream of mine.  Whether this is your first or hundredth visit here, THANK YOU!

What are you grateful for this week?


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January 28, 2016

Thankful Thursday


"It's easy to get frustrated when things don't work out the way you planned, but having faith allow you to accept everything at face value. ... Everything will happen precisely when it's supposed to and how it's supposed to."

~ Dulce Candy Ruiz, The Sweet Life



Happy Thankful Thursday!  Whelp, our snow and ice are gone.  The kids have gone back to school and it couldn't have happened at a better time.  It's not that I didn't enjoy having Moo home, but my body decided to catch a cold this week.  And not just a light cold.  I'm talking borderline the flu cold.

So I'm thankful that I'm only chasing around after one kid during the daytime.  Also, I'm grateful Moo is back in school because she's more likely to catch what I have if she's home during the day.  She's the kid who loves to sneak sips of mommy's drink and we'd love for her to finish up the school year not missing any days of school.  I'm praying that I'll be at least 75% better by the weekend.

If you haven't heard Kita from Kokoa Magazine and her family experienced a tragic loss over the weekend when her husband was killed in a freak accident related to Winter Storm Jonas.  My heart aches for her and her kids as they go through this difficult time.  I'm so thankful to see the outpouring of support for her because if you've had the chance to interact with Kita then you know she is nothing short of supportive.

I've had the pleasure of getting to know her online and she's been very supportive and one of my most loyal blog readers and commentators.  I can't even begin to imagine what she's going through, but I'm thankful it's been made known that she and her family are not in this alone.  We all need support during the rough times in our lives and I'm grateful she has that.  If you would like to support Kita and her family please consider making a donation here.  There is an option to donate anonymously if want to. 

In happier news, I'm thankful that everything is falling into place for our move.  There was a brief hiccup, but instead of getting frustrated I took my concerns to God in prayer.  This process is definitely giving me a refresher course on the importance of trusting God's timing.  At the end of the day He knows what the best move is for us and I have to follow His lead.  

What are you giving thanks for this week?


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January 23, 2016

Recently January: What I'm Resolving, Reading, Organizing, Loving & Craving


I can hardly believe that there are less than ten more days left in January!  This month started off with a lot of excitement over our rental life departure countdown.  I'm seriously looking forward to becoming a homeowner in the next few months.  Overall, this month has been pretty good to me and my family.  Already I can't wait to see what February has in store for us.

This month my Recently prompts are once again borrowed from Jenna and Anne from their Currently series.  Also, this post contains one Amazon affiliate link, which just means if you purchase something from Amazon through my link I'll receive a small affiliate commission from them. 

Resolving

Every year I like to set goals and resolutions for the New Year.  This year was no different.  You read about what I'm planning and hope to accomplish in 2016 here.  Something I'm resolving to do before this month is out is to sit down with the kids and plan out a 2016 Family Bucket List.  This year I want to focus having more experiences with kids.  Making more memories for all of us to look back on.

Reading

Earlier this month I decided that the kids and I would join the #52BooksIn2016 Challenge after seeing Dani post about it on her Instagram page.  I actually committed to us reading 52-150 books because as a family we read roughly 3 to 4 books a day. Moo has to read one book a day for her homework, JJ has to read one book a day, we read two books at bedtime and then I read my adult books after they're asleep to unwind.  If you're keeping count we read a minimum of 31 books each month and have already read 37 books since January 1st.  I'll be sharing our favorite reads at the end of the month.




Anyways, I started reading The Honest Life by Jessica Alba this past Thursday.  I've been a fan of hers since I saw her in the movie Honey and had been wanting to read this book for the longest time, but just never got around to it.  I put in a request at our local library, picked it up and haven't been able to really put it down since.  If you're interested in living a healthy and honest, but realistic lifestyle this book is for you.  It's full of great information, tips and has a whole resource section.


Organizing

Although we aren't moving for another couple of months, I've been working hard at getting my family organized by purging our rental.  I've been shredding old papers and sorting the important ones into folders, cleaning out the closets and sorting through toys, books and more.  The Goodwill has seen us multiple times this month already.  It feels great to be ridding ourselves of stuff we no longer need and haven't used in ages.  I'm holding off on buying more storage containers until we move because I don't want to buy anything that won't fit properly into its designated space.

Loving


We've been snowed and iced in since Friday morning and I'm loving it!  My love for snow is out of this world.  It's the perfect weather for staying indoors to read and cuddle with my little ones.  We've also been baking cookies and catching up on Netflix movies.  Not sure if schools will be open Monday as they planned because I'm sure that the water from the melting snow is going to refreeze Sunday making the roads too slick for buses.  

Unfortunately there have already been 5 deaths in our area due to people driving in this weather.  One of the victims was 5 year old and that news broke my heart even more.  Definitely be safe if you are continuing to venture out and about.

Craving

My baby fever is out of this world y'all!  It seems like everywhere I turn someone I know is either having a baby or has had a baby.  A while back we dropped by a family member's house and I found out they were fostering a baby.  I think I barely said hello everyone before I made a bee line straight for the baby.

She was the cutest little thing.  Y'all I've never had a small baby.  Both Moo and JJ were almost 9 pounds each.  My baby sister kept joking that I should pack up the baby's stuff take her home the whole time I was there.  To be honest I did think about it and would have totally done it.

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What you've been recently resolving, reading, organizing, loving or craving? Leave a comment below.


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January 21, 2016

Thankful Thursday


"Muddy roads are always an opportunity.  Whatever trouble, no matter how loud the cacophony of fear, it is a time time to climb on our Father's back and hold on tight."

~ Grace Malone, Unafraid: 365 Days Without Fear


I'm sure that there are going to be plenty of muddy roads once all of the ice and snow we are supposed to be getting tonight and all day tomorrow melts on Sunday.  I'm ending my Thursday giving thanks for the Snow Day we are having tomorrow.  I have some sleep I need to catch up on and a three-day weekend is just the way to do it.  I know a lot of people laugh at the fact that down here in the Carolinas we cancel and shut down everything at the mention of snow and ice, but I'm grateful that we do.

Here in the Queen City, drivers have a hard enough time driving when road conditions are good.  After our hit and run accident, I would not want to out on icy roads trying to get Moo to school.  And having a mother who was a bus driver, I would not want school buses on the roads either.  All it takes is the wrong patch ice or a little mud and then you're getting a call from the school that your child's bus was involved in an accident.  We're just not equipped or experienced enough to drive in these conditions because for years we NEVER got snow or ice. 

However, that's been changing pretty much since my freshman year of college.  I do think that as we continue to see more snow year after that we will get with the problem though and these situations won't freak us out at much and we'll be better drivers in these conditions.  But until then my plan is to sleep in, cuddle up with my babies and enjoy a long weekend.



Speaking of cuddling, I've been curling up with these good books at night after I put the kids to bed.  I'm thankful for these great reads.  One of my goals/resolutions for the New Year was to read my devotional everyday and I'm grateful to say that I've been successful in doing so.  I've also been making it my business to read more books written by influencers and bloggers/v;oggers.  Not only is it great to read about their journeys to success, but I've been picking up a few tips and tricks here and there; learning something new everyday.

My little got his first barber shop haircut!  I'd been putting this off for years mainly because I wasn't sure how he would do.  The buzz of clippers, among other noises, has always been something that freaks him out.  As soon he would hear them, he'd take off running in the other direction or have a full on meltdown.  So, last year I decided to try to get him used to sound by sitting him outside the bathroom door while I turned on the clippers in the bathroom.

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He freaked out as expected the first few times, but gradually he got used to the sound and soon he was even starting to come into the bathroom to get a close look at the clippers.  I'm proud to say that he nothing but a champ during his barber shop visit.  I'm so proud of him and loving his new do although it's taking some getting used to. 

Lastly, I'm thankful for conversations with my family.  Since 2016 started, I've really been putting forth more of effort to keep in contact with my family beyond texting and Facebook.  So far Moo's created cute pictures for all for our extended family, we decorated envelopes and sent them out on Tuesday.  I can't wait for everyone to get their special picture.  We've also been Skyping and enjoying phones with my baby sister, mom and niece.

Remember to set aside time for you loved ones.  It's easy to get caught up the business of life, but always keep your priorities straight and hold those you love most close to your heart!


What are you giving thanks for this week?  Let me know in the comments. 


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January 18, 2016

Letters To My (Our) Children: Always Have A Dream



Dear Moo and JJ,

Always have a dream.  Today we're celebrating and honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  He was perhaps one of the greatest dreamers in history.  You see, Dr. King's dream was for all people to be treated equally.  Unfortunately there was a time when we (Blacks) didn't have the same rights as our non-Black counterparts.

Dr. King's dream was that the United States (and pretty much everyone) would become united people who wouldn't judge each other based on skin color (or anything else).  Sadly, he was murdered before he could fully see his dreams come into fruition.  However, reading about his legacy and war on inequality has taught me many things about the importance of having a dream.  Here are few lessons that I've learned about dreams from Dr. King:

Be Fearless

Dr. King grew up during a time where Blacks were killed or seriously hurt for speaking out against Jim Crow laws, discrimination or bad treatment.  However, Dr. King believed in his dreams so much that they outweighed his fears.  There will be times the scope and journey of your dreams will scare you, but don't let the fear win.  Someone once said, "Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire."

Equality, unity, love and faith are what set Dr. King's soul on fire and he pursued his passions until he took his last breath.  Therefore, as long as you two have breath in your body, continue going after your dreams.

Don't Settle/Downgrade

Set your aims for the stars and keep it there.  When you dream, dream big.  Then don't ever let anyone convince you that your dreams are too big, too much, or too anything.  Do you know how boring this world would be if everyone downgraded their dreams?  How unjust?  And while we still face great injustices today, if Dr. King and many other Civil Rights leaders didn't chase after their dreams, we might not be where we are today.  None of those people downgraded their dreams.

You won't find anywhere where Dr. King downgraded his dream of equality.  Likewise, I don't want to find any evidence of you two giving up on your dreams either!  You can totally do this.

Walk The Walk

"The distance between dreams and reality is called action."  Don't just speak about your dreams, take action.  If you're going to talk the talk, walk the walk.  Put in work daily to accomplish your dreams.  Start with one small thing and then add something new everyday.

So many people get caught up talking about what their dreams are that they forget to take the needed steps to make those dreams a reality.  Don't just be a daydreamer, be a dream achiever. 

Put Yourself First

Don't make the mistake of getting caught in building dreams for someone else.  Is it good to help others accomplish their dreams?  Of course, but don't get so wrapped up in their dreams that you start to put yourself and your dreams on the back burner.  You only have one lifetime in which to accomplish everything you want to achieve.  Don't waste it by playing second fiddle.





Support Each Other

Don't ever forget to be supportive of one another.  Our family, friends and loved ones often times are our biggest supporters.   No matter what always be there for each other.  Lift each other up by doing what you can and offering to be of assistance.

Dr. King and many activist before and after him were able to help us gain more rights and defeat Jim Crow Laws by being more supportive of each other's movement and causes.  When Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a White person, Dr. King had her back and helped organize bus strikes and marches to bring awareness to her mistreatment and how ridiculous it was that We were seen as undeserving of a place to rest of tired feet on public transportation.

The same  results can happen by offering to be a helping hand to support the causes and dreams of those we love when the time is needed. Divided we  fall, but united we strong and we stand tall.  

At the end of the day, always have a dream or two!  Never give up on the opportunity to leave your mark on the world.

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This letter is part of the Letters to Our Children series hosted by LaShawn of Everyday Eyecandy.  Keep the support going and check out Brandi's letter here.

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