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For Better, For Worse, For All

22 May

I know that I said I would blog on dating and relationships.  And I will.  And in some ways, this post will discuss those things.

Last night, Minnesotans witnessed a horrendous act.  70 of our legislators, who were elected to represent us, ALL OF US, voted to push forth with a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.  They made it known with their vote that they believe that not all people are equal.  They decided that they get to dictate who’s love is real and who’s love isn’t.  They decided that some of their own constituents are not deserving of the right to express their love in the most sacred legal manner.

We witnessed a bunch of politicians sitting in a room supporting hate and inequality, but failing to as much as voice their reasons for doing so.  For hours, our true leaders, democrats and republicans alike, stood up, impassioned and on fire, giving a voice to love and acceptance and equality.  Outside the chamber, citizens from across the state from all walks of life, from all sexual orientations, gathered.  They raised their voices in support of Rep. Kriesel as he stood up and went against his party and said HELL NO to intolerance.  They sang songs of hope as concerns were raised about how supporting this ban would affect our children now and forever; as concerns were raised about the constitutionality of this amendment.  And still, despite this all, 70 “representatives” showed nothing but cowardice.  They decided that hate is more important than equality.

Well, let me tell you, they were wrong!  As the amendment was passed, as their hate “won”, the voices outside the chamber got louder.  And across the state, voices got louder.  Within seconds, citizens banded together to declare that hate will not prevail in Minnesota.

This will be a long fight, but the battle is nowhere near over.  Hate will not win.  I pledge my blood, sweat, and tears from now until the moment that hate is defeated and all Minnesotans,  have the same rights as I do.  And I ask you to join me.  Get impassioned.  Get loud.  Get out of your seat and fight.  Fight for love.  Fight for equality.  Fight for all the great that is in the world, and all the greatness that has yet to be created.

Join The Fight

Facebook:
#NOH8MN
OutFront Minnesota
Minnesotans United For All Families 
I will Vote No

Twitter:

@NOH8_MN
@OutFrontMN
@MN4allfamilies

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To Say I Love You

4 Feb

Last month the Love Drop Team raised over $2,500 and boxes after boxes of goods and items to help Jill and her family get through a hard time in their lives (homelessness & financial worries).  We did this in 1 month.  All 400+ people came together and gave a few bucks each to impact one family’s life.  If you participated in this, THANK YOU.  The final presentation can be seen here. (It’s pretty cool!)
This month we start all over again and circle around 2 beautiful children, Ethan & Alex. These beautiful children, ages 7 and 6 respectively, have severe autism.  Not only does it affect their learning and everyday functioning, but it has also affected their language.  Both children have regressed in the language department, and Alex is still non-verbal.  He can’t even say “I love you” to his mom or sister.
Our goal is to raise $13,000 so we can get them a highly trained service dog.  This service dog would aide in calming the boys when they get worked up or nervous, encouraging social interaction, as well as helping provide safety and security.  This dog would change their life!  And if possible, two iPads so they can speak again.
I know that this is a big goal.  But the great thing is that I also know that love and compassion are bigger.  One of my life mottos is that “Nothing’s Bigger Than Love”.  Lets show that to this family.
Here are 3 ways you can help:
  1. Join the team – This is the best way to help out, and all it takes is $1.00.
  2. Join our blogger network – Blog about our Love Drops each month like I am 🙂 It’s easy, it’s rewarding, and it REALLY helps spread the word (which in turn helps our families). Love Drop will give you all the content you need.
  3. Give a gift or provide a service – Gift cards (iTunes would be great!), two iPads (so we can help the boys speak again!), and anything else you think could help out.
Please, help us show this family how special and amazing they are!  Help us help these boys learn to speak.  Because wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to hear them say “I love you, mom.”