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A Dash of Love And Fairy Dust: My Special Aunt Linda

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As a kid, my family wasn’t particularly close to our extended families. We lived a few hours away from most of them. While many of my friends spent holidays with cousins, aunts and uncles, we spent holidays with just the 5 of us.  There was one exception and that was my Aunt Linda.

Aunt Linda Birthday

Aunt Linda is my mother’s sister and she has been a part of every major, and minor, event in my life.  No one really knows what makes Linda special.  There is no medical diagnosis that we are aware of except maybe a few extra dashes of love with a little fairy dust thrown in for good measure.

Aunt Linda was born in a time when children with special needs were shipped off to institutions.  But my grandparents took her home instead.  There were no special needs services in public schools. My grandparents sent Linda to a boarding school in Canada where she learned how to read, write, and count a little bit.  I know that part of her life wasn’t easy for her, but it was done out of love and concern for her.

Linda & Miles

If you meet Aunt Linda once, she will remember you forever.  She loves animals and is happiest sitting in her chair with a cat snuggled on her lap.  She absolutely loves Disney’s Frozen – but not any of the kid stuff.  She is a huge sports fan particularly of the Detroit Tigers. Linda even has her very own blog!

Linda has taught me so many lessons in life. She’s not afraid to try new things. When she finds something she loves – she is all in! Linda loves her family and she will call you just to tell you she loves you.  I am so thankful that Aunt Linda is still around to love on my kids, too.  My life wouldn’t be the same without her.

Having Linda in my life makes this new movie, “Where Hope Grows” even more special to me.  Check out this clip:

Where Hope Grows” is the story of Calvin Campbell, a former professional baseball player who was let go from his team due to panic attacks at the plate.  Calvin is struggling to make sense of his life outside of baseball when he meets Produce, a young man with Down’s Syndrome who works at the local grocery store.  Produce helps Calvin see life from a totally different perspective. He helps Calvin find hope, God, and a new purpose.

I love movies of hope and redemption and “Where Hope Grows” is just that.   It will warm your heart and remind you of what is truly important in life.  “Where Hope Grows” opens in theaters on May 15, 2015. Check your local theaters for availability and showtimes.




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