Everyone has a phobia, and most of us have quite a few. I hate to break it to you, but even Chuck Norris is afraid of something. When we come face to face with our fears, our response can be anywhere from mild discomfort to all-out panic. But what would happen if we decided to take just one fear, and attempt to conquer it by intentionally exposing ourselves to it? Crazy? Maybe. But I’ll tell you from experience, the payoff can be huge.
Last week, my high school English teacher passed away. Her name was Mrs. Janice Meadows, and she had a very unique and tremendous impact on me because she not only taught me how to write, she also instilled in me a deep desire to write well. I couldn’t let her passing slip by without giving her due credit for the role she played in my love for writing.
When I was a kid, teachers were selected for students at random and class rosters were posted on the glass doors of the lobby two weeks before the first day of school. We were at the mercy of the invisible gods of elementary school. Some years, the gods would look on you with favor and you would get someone like Mrs. Olson, and in other years the gods were vengeful and placed you with Mrs. Rushton. The idea of my parents (or anyone else’s) going to the administration and requesting a particular teacher was unheard of.
Last week, my family and I spent our Spring Break with my parents in Salt Lake City, Utah. They graciously flew us up so that they could see Harrison and let him play in the snow again before it all melts away. While we were there, someone asked Harrison, “How is your vacation going?” and he replied, “I’m not on vacation, I’m on an adventure!”
Most of you know that Heidi and I were blessed with the adoption of Harrison almost 4 years ago. Well, we’re now trying to save up some money for the opportunity to add another member to our family. Because we have chosen not to go into debt for an adoption, we are thinking of some creative ways to save money. Thanks to an idea from the book, Adopt Without Debt by our friend Julie Gumm, we thought it would be fun to host a fundraiser karaoke night.
We would be honored if you played a role in our next adoption by joining us, along with special guest host, the incomparable Jason M. Hammond, for “Adoption Idol”: