Spring Gratitude

My friend Maggie, whom I greatly admire for the intention that she brings to her everyday life, recently invited me to a springtime celebration to honor a friend's accomplishments. In her inclusive and intentional way, Maggie opened up the evening to celebrate all of our recent achievements. She reminded us that as we grow older and further away from our parents rewarding us for jobs well done, we need to stop and congratulate ourselves on the adult equivalents of good report cards. Spring seems like a pertinent time to reflect on new endeavors and new beginnings.

Spring has certainly been a celebratory time for the NPH USA Associate Board (note the revamped website!) After pulling off our most ambitious and successful event to date, Carnaval for a Cause, we welcomed new members and strengthened our connection to NPH and each other at our spring retreat. The board is growing and thriving at twenty members, and we're excited to share our lineup of events and opportunities to learn about NPH in 2014.

I was blessed to spend Easter with Jean Francois and my family. Between books, tuition, insurance, and the minutiae of supporting a college student, I often forget to take time to be grateful for Jean Francois' presence in my life. He is the embodiment of positive change resulting from a negative experience.

Family time also meant a house party with my parents' friends to share about our trip to Haiti in January. It was very rewarding to hear my parents reinforce what I have known for years about the positive impact NPH is having in Haiti and the life-changing impact Haiti had on my parents. We were also able to sign up three new child sponsors for children in our NPH home.

Spring has brought other sources of pride and a deepening connection with the University of Portland. I recently received UP's 2014 Contemporary Alumni award, which Molly received posthumously in 2010. This award felt significant in bringing Molly's memory and her love of NPH full circle.

Finally, I recently received the news that I have been nominated to the University of Portland Board of Regents. I'm honored and excited to join the board in September. I hope UP knows what they're doing.