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As Moms, we want to impart a lot of lessons on our kids: be responsible, use your manners, look both ways before you cross the street and, for Pete’s sake, stop picking your nose!

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One of the harder lessons to impart is the art of being thankful for what you have. Every kid has a buddy with cooler, bigger and better toys. How do you convince your child that cooler, bigger and better isn’t really necessary? How do we teach them to appreciate what they have? To be grateful? To just enjoy? Perhaps we could lead by example, but unfortunately, it’s not always easy to articulate the intangible.

We have been working with the House for a couple of years now. We’ve had the opportunity to get to know and spend time with some incredible kids and their amazing families. The stories of courage and strength are inspiring. The positivity, hope and sincerity that fills this home is overwhelming and infectious. We benefit from it as much as anyone else (maybe more).

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Looking closely, it’s the little things at the House that stand out, like warm smiles or how everyone gives a hug instead of a handshake. We have officially become huggers. We listen and hear with our hearts now, not just our ears. We are thankful for the kids and all of the life lessons they teach us: resiliency, courage, joy and acceptance.

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We are lucky because we take a part of this incredible House with us every time we leave. We know we’ve become better moms and better people. As Martin often says, “We are at our very best when we get the heck out of the way of the kindness of the community”.

We love this House, it’s families and all that it stands for.

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