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Posted: 5:21 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Your Mistakes Don't Define You 

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Your Mistakes Don't Define You

Life is partly about learning from our mistakes. And everybody makes mistakes. Now some people make much bigger mistakes than others, and I happen to fall into that "some people" category because I have messed up a whole lot in my life. I've made some pretty bad choices that hurt some good people in its wake.

But here's the promising news: mistakes don't have to sit there like heavy bricks in your lap, piling up into a wall of shame. No. When you can humble yourself enough to admit you've made a mistake, it turns into an opportunity to learn and grow and better yourself, or help someone else who may need guidance in order to make healthier choices.

When you correct your mistakes, ask forgiveness when needed, and change your behavior, then you not only shatter that wall of shame that hides your true self, you become armed with experience and knowledge to help others right their wrongs. You become the comeback story, you earn respect for your courage, and you turn into a capable mentor, helping to make this world a better place one individual at a time.

Your mistakes can become an opportunity for the greater good if you'll welcome it. Something to think about this week...

When the Game Stands Tall - New Movie Release and Sweepstakes

The Spartan's head coach, Bob Ladouceur, is no ordinary coach. Even though his high school football team holds an incredible winning streak of 151 consecutive wins (12 undefeated seasons), his coaching philosophy is less about winning on the field and more about winning in life. He talks to his young men about the value and significance of teamwork, commitment and sacrifice rather than the glory of championship titles and winning streaks. When you see Coach Bob in action, you understand why his formula for winning in life transfers onto the field for such a successful football career.

But what happens when a new crop of proud seniors take the field only to lose the game that ends the famous winning streak? What happens when real-life adversity takes its toll on the team, on and off the field? Will the pep talks stand? Will the team stand tall...or fall apart?

Find out what happens when the movie based on this amazing true story comes to theaters on August 22. When the Game Stands Tall is a heartwarming family film that speaks to so much more than the game of football. Take your family; take your kids and come away entertained and inspired by the feel-good film of the year!

As a bonus, you can go to my website right now to watch the trailer and enter to win a $100 movie gift card, plus movie snacks and an exclusive film t-shirt. I'll award 10 lucky winners soon. Good luck!

"Winning a lot of football games is doable. Teaching kids there's more to life? That's hard."

~ Coach Bob Ladouceur, When the Game Stands Tall

Granddaughter Jayla's No-Cook Vanilla Pie


2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
2 3/4 cups cold whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tub (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 crushed graham cracker (for garnish)


In a large bowl, whisk the pudding mixes, milk and vanilla extract for 2-3 minutes. Fold in whipped topping. Pour into the crust. Sprinkle with crushed graham cracker crumbs. Chill until set. It's so simple and delicious!

This is a base pie for other things you can add into it like chocolate syrup, chocolate chips and top with sliced strawberries, or add lemon zest and lemon juice, or caramel drizzled over the top and a sprinkled with almonds or walnuts, or...see where I'm going with this? Happy un-baking!

Delilah Dilemma of the Week

Dear Delilah,

My boyfriend and I were set to spend an entire Saturday together until he texted me and told me he picked up an extra shift that night at work. I instantly snapped at him out of disappointment. I was so excited to have this day with him because his kids were with his ex-wife. I adore his kids but this was the first weekend ever we would have an entire day all to ourselves. My boyfriend works three jobs and I admire his hard work, and I realized I shouldn't have snapped at him. I apologized to him but now he thinks I want to monopolize his time and he thinks I want time that he can't give to me. That's not the case. I enjoy our time together and I don't have a lot of free time either. Right now I'm giving him space he wants but I would give anything for him to see I am truly sorry and I want things the way they used to be. What can I do? Heather

Dear Heartbroken Heather,

If that's a deal breaker for him because you got annoyed about not being able to spend a day with him, then he's not nearly into you as much as you are into him. It's not good to snap or yell at the people you love, but it happens on occasion because we are human. And there are some lines you don't cross such as getting physical or being emotionally abusive...but snapping at someone because you're irritated is a human reaction. As long as you weren't cruel or mean or calling him vulgar names, it doesn't seem to me there is any reason he should end the relationship or ask for space - unless he's just not that into you. If he truly loved you, he would also apologize for disappointing your plans and ask you to be patient until you can find another Saturday together. Something more along those lines. And that's something for you to think about... Delilah

Point Hope Update - School Renovation Project

My charity organization, Point Hope, is renovating an abandoned school in the Buduburam community of Ghana, West Africa to reduce overcrowding in the two existing primary schools and increase general access to education. We have already renovated one of the two wings of classrooms and will also be investing much of our resources into a school feeding program once it's complete.

The Point Hope Nutrition Program supports vulnerable pregnant and nursing mothers and children in the Central and Western regions of Ghana. Point Hope feeds around 350 children at least 3 meals a day, around 25,000 meals each month. We provide formula, rice, porridge and other food for the malnourished, as well as funding the salaries for the caregivers, cooks and teachers who work at the Point Hope daycare facilities.

If your heart strings are being tugged at to get involved in some good charity work, we'd be happy to have you. We are always looking for loving donations in the form of school, medical and food supplies, and if you would like to get involved you can simply call 360-479-HOPE or email to share your thoughts today.

God bless!

~ Delilah

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