Showing posts from January, 2011

13.1 Miles of Meaning and Purpose

I am honored to run the Houston Half Marathon next Sunday, January 30 in support of Vanessa's Big Heart Foundation as part of * Run for a Reason to make a difference in the lives of children with heart disease and their families by supporting research at Texas Children's Hospital. Our family is forever grateful to Texas Children's Hospital and the Heart Center for saving our daughter's life and making her heart happy . This is an excellent article To Save a Child’s Heart : Chuck Fraser and the Unbelievable Life of a Pediatric Heart Surgeon in the University of Texas alumni magazine about our daughter's heart surgeon, Dr. Charles Fraser, Surgeon-in-Chief at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. It’s easy to take for granted nowadays that doctors can open up a heart and fix it. The novelty of open-heart surgery has faded in the decades since it was first done. What was once a rare and brave new medical enterprise is now an everyday one. It’s not that it’s no

Let Kindness Ring

Ornament on our tree- T Bar M Camps motto  This is a beautiful story about the difference one family is making by spreading the sound of kindness in the midst of heart-wrenching tragedy. It is born out of their own personal tragedy of the loss of their young son Ben . Tonight Ben's Bells will be featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams in the "Making a Difference" segment. Ben's Bells ring for kindness: The depth of pain we were experiencing was beyond description. Every parent’s worst nightmare was our reality and we didn’t know how we would possibly survive. More than anything we just wished we could die. Perhaps we would have died if not for Matthew. He was still alive and he needed us as he had never needed us before. Slowly, we began incorporating coping strategies into our lives. We came up with a design for Ben’s Bells and started making them in our back yard studio with friends. The therapeutic effect of working with clay was amazing as was

Peanut Butter - Hot Fudge Crockpot Cake

Peanut Butter - Hot Fudge Crockpot Cake 1/2 C. all-purpose flour 3/4 C. granulated sugar - divided 3/4 t. baking powder 1/3 C. milk 1 T. oil 1/2 t. vanilla extract 1/4 C. peanut butter 3 T. cocoa 1 C. boiling water In a medium bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup sugar and baking powder. Add milk, oil and vanilla. Stir until smooth. Mix in peanut butter. Pour into crockpot and spread evenly.   In the same mixing bowl, stir together the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and cocoa. Gradually stir in boiling water. Pour mixture over batter in crockpot. Do not stir. Cover and cook on high setting for 2 to 3 hours or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean . (This recipe is for a small crockpot. I doubled it for my regular size crockpot, and it turned out great. And how can you have too much of chocolate and peanut butter in combination?) Enjoy, Amy

God of Wonders

Banff, Alberta,Canada ELOHIM God of Creation At our church Second Baptist in Houston, our pastor Dr. Ed Young began a new sermon series last week, The Names of God. The first name in the series is ELOHIM, meaning the God of Creation. It was a moving message. It was extra special that during the sermon he had his son and daughter-in-law, Cliff and Danielle Young of the contemporary Christian musical group Caedmon's Call, sing "God of Wonders" which they assisted in writing. Here is the sermon in its entirety. God of Wonders This song was requested as a wake up call from NASA by Commander Rick Husband on board the Space Shuttle Columbia STS-107 just a few days before the tragedy: Good morning...looking out the windows, you can really tell He is a God of wonders. Amazing Pictures from Space: A Hero Comes Home : a third and final article about the amazing photos taken by Colonel Douglas Wheelock Pictures from space: The approaching dawn... the aurora borea

Something the Lord Made

Like Something the Lord Made; The Vivien Thomas Story Katie McCabe's account of a black carpenter turned lab assistant whose work with white surgeon Alfred Blalock revolutionized the field of heart surgery and defied segregation-era laws. This National Magazine Award-winning article was published in Washingtonian's August 1989 issue, where it caught the eye of Dr. Irving Sorkin. A local dentist with big Hollywood dreams, Sorkin pushed for the story to be taken to the screen for many years, finally succeeding in 2004 with the HBO film Something the Lord Made. The film won a number of awards that year, including an Emmy for Outstanding Made For Television Movie. Credited as co-producer of the film, Sorkin was recognized with a Peabody Award. Irving Sorkin recently passed away at the age of 88. To read the article that inspired him and others, click here . To us it is not just a story, it is a true story that has changed our lives forever. It is the story of two men - an ambit