Category: children

Paying it forward: 5k set for Nov. 3 to help pay for epilepsy meds for those who cannot

When your life suddenly is hit with a serious medical lightning bolt you look everywhere for answers. You look for a way to fix it. You cry, yell, scream, hate, even mourn the life you had before. You anxiously look for a way to get your previous life back – the life with the petty... Read more »

The Big Apple with my Big Girl

I’m so excited to get on my way with my oldest girl to New York! I am taking her for Spring Break as an early high school graduation gift. Not only am I excited to spend this time with her, but I’m excited to watch as she experiences the city that she says she wants... Read more »

Clara Kirk needs our help: deadline is looming

Clara Kirk has spent her life helping those in need. She helps shelter and care for abused women and their children. Clara Kirk is there when others are not. Clara Kirk is there when the men who said they’d love these women forever showed they were liars. Clara Kirk is a tiny 72-year-old widow who... Read more »
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So many in need, who do you help?

The holidays are a beautiful time to reflect on your faith, those you love and the blessings you are grateful for. But we can’t deny that this also can be a tough time of year for families everywhere. Even if you have a good job, a typical family usually has each dollar earmarked for a... Read more »

A heart like Clara's

In my life, I have learned there are people whose live’s are so perfect they tend to invent problems and conflicts just to get attention and make their lives appear to be a bit more interesting. Then there is Clara Kirk. At 72 years old, with little means of her own, this beautiful little woman... Read more »

October is bully awareness and prevention month: Get involved!

My 14-year-old daughter was bullied, and more than once this past year. In each case I stayed calm. I was my daughter’s soft place to fall and a safe place to share. I let the appropriate adults involved in those situations know that there was a bullying issue and I needed their help in keeping... Read more »
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My message to M.O.P.S (Moms of Pre-Schoolers) - Beautiful Mess

Good morning, my name is Amanda Marrazzo, friends and family call me Amy.   I have been asked to come and talk to you this morning about my experiences as a mom, specifically on this theme of a Beautiful Mess.   What a huge topic to speak on.   We all have come from different... Read more »

I am good enough, you are good enough

To me, there is no sadder expression on a human being’s face than the expression of the feeling of not being good enough. I have seen this expression on the faces of family members, friends, strangers. I have seen this expression in the mirror. I recall times walking down the street and seeing people unable... Read more »

Epilepsy woke me up this morning

This morning laying in bed, just opening my eyes from a deep sleep, here is what was going through my mind. My 14-year-old daughter had her first seizures in February. Within days, she was diagnosed as having epilepsy and prescribed anti-epileptic medicine. On March 4, about a week after being back in school she had... Read more »
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What to do with my summer vacation?

So it’s the last week of school, the first somewhat decent days to walk outside (when it’s not raining during this long dreary Chicago spring) and I’m sitting here contemplating the summer vacation to come. With one daughter graduating eighth grade about to be a high school freshman and another wrapping up her junior year... Read more »