I once heard someone say, “If you want to make God laugh tell him your plans!”
I thought that was a little funny when I first heard it, but the more I have considered it the more I see how true it is. Life has a way of giving us detours, layovers and sometimes complete redirecting moments.
Such was the case for our family a few years ago when my brother-in-law Mark unexpectedly passed away. He left here his wife and five children. It has really changed the course of plans for all of us, especially this sweet family.
This experience caused us all to consider what good could be multiplied in their behalf. One of the most difficult course redirections was helping these five children cope with the loss of their father.
This started conversations that eventually led to ways we could help other families and children who have lost a parent to death.
This was the genesis of a non-profit organization that we have started called Marked Generation.
We hold firesides, dances, races, and a big conference in the summer all designed to help strengthen and support these children and youth who have lost a parent to death.
There is always such a unique and powerful spirit felt when we gather with these kids. We choose to believe it is their angel in the heavens watching over them.
If you know any children or youth in this situation we hope you will let them know about us and, if possible, help them to attend our events.
This is nothing that I ever had in the plans, but I am grateful for the divine course change that has blessed my life and is blessing many other lives as well.