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Ready for Times Square

Our first Times Square Legacy Retreat begins tomorrow!

Night view from Hotel Novotel

Night view from Hotel Novotel

After months of anticipation, the Times Square Legacy Retreat is almost here!  Our volunteers have arrived from all across the country, and we all met tonight to make our final preparations.

I feel very blessed to have so many volunteers returning after serving at previous Legacy Retreats.  Eight people volunteering this weekend are experienced pros, and I can't imagine doing these retreats without them.  Their understanding of what to do and how and when to do it is invaluable, and they make everything so much fun.

We also have a couple of newcomers to our volunteer team, and I am excited about the energy they bring.

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Introducing Live Updates

Stay up-to-date with the NYC Legacy Retreat!

For our Times Square Legacy Retreat, I am excited to introduce two new online features!   During the entire retreat I will be posting live updates on both this blog and Twitter.  I hope these tools will help friends, family, and supporters stay up-to-date on our experiences in NYC.  Check back often to keep up with us!

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NYC Legacy Retreat

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Most of my days are spent planning, coordinating and thinking about the upcoming Legacy Retreat in New York City.  I am very excited to meet these 9 families and I am excited for them to meet each other.  I was privileged to meet one of the families (pictured above) attending this Retreat  a couple of years ago.  I didn't know our paths would cross again but clearly that was the plan!  Check out my friend Nikki Farley's recent post on her husband's caringbridge site regarding the timing of this Legacy Retreat for their family.

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Retreat, Retreat!

I was watching a movie with my son this week....The Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian. There is a climactic moment in the movie when the Narnians are fighting the Telmarines and things are not going well for the good guys.  King Peter makes the decision to pull his troops out and he yells at the top of his lungs, "RETREAT...RETREAT....RETREAT!!!"  This message is yelled until the entire army hears the order and pulls back to safety.

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Running on Empty?

When my gas light comes on I know I have another 60 miles (at least!) until I will run out of a gas.  I tend to push that limit and have been known to be a little risky when it comes to keeping my tank filled.

My husband, on the other hand, rarely lets his gas tank get below a half of tank.  Seems like his tank is always full.

I guess someone could analyze our opposing behavior and probably figure out our place in the birth order, personality types, learning styles, sleep patterns.  OK...maybe not.  But surely this says something about the way we operate.

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Soccer Time

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Soccer season is in full swing in my life right now.  Most of my days are spent in a black canvas fold-up chair next to a huge field of grass.

I have learned a few lessons from my days at the soccer field.

If you try to play offense and defense at the same time, you're gonna kill yourself.   The field is large and if you run after the ball every time it moves you will not be able to maintain the stamina to complete the game.   If you're playing forward you have to trust your defensive players to do their job while you get open and wait for their pass up field.

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Sweet and Salty

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I just discovered an awesome new candy!  The Pretzel M&M.  It has an amazing sugary coating on the outside with creamy milk chocolate and a salty center.  It is so delicious.  If you haven't tried it yet, you should.  (In fact, if you post on this blog I will enter you in a drawing to win your very own bag of Pretzel M&Ms.)

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Up, Up and Away

Isn't it a strange thing when you find yourself on an airplane seated next to a complete stranger for several hours?  Not only are you seated next to this person but your arm hairs are touching, you can smell their breath and with one false adjustment you could be sitting in their lap.  Airplanes are known for their close quarters and, even in first-class, your neighbor is no more then an arms length away.  This miniature community provides a very unique vulnerability. You can't choose to walk away from your seat companion or open the door and exit when you are 15,000 feet and the fasten seat belt sign is illuminated. In these situations you have several options: fake sleep, turn up your ipod, or start a conversation and hope for the best.

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Meet Jill Thompson (Legacy Retreat Coordinator)

Our first post is up!
Meet Jill Thompson (Legacy Retreat Coordinator)

Several years ago I received a phone call from my best friend's husband that she had come out of surgery well, but the tumor was malignant.  I had been called to their home to take care of their children, as well as my own, while they had rushed to a nearby hospital to get the surgery.  As I continued with the daily activities of caring for all the little people surrounding me, I had to take a moment to stop and do the only thing I could think of doing at that moment.  I got on my knees and, through my tears, I prayed for my friend.  I prayed for her husband and her sweet children who I adore.  I prayed for healing and peace and hope.

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June 27: Leaving a Legacy

"Every Family Deserves a Legacy"®
Three days ago, we were all relative strangers, and now we are a family -- a family that has laughed together, cried together, played together, and learned together. We have all been challenged to look at our lives and consider the legacy we want to leave behind. Certainly that legacy involves a lot of fun and great memories, but it also involves some intentional planning and action.
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