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Jogger Finds Apology Note After Being Cut Off by Driver “Wracked With Guilt”

Mother of three, nearly struck by car, not so angry anymore after anonymous driver says he’s sorry

By Lisa Fernandez | Friday, Apr 4, 2014 | Updated 6:55 PM PDT

Julie Colwell was out jogging Thursday morning, as she does every morning, when she was cut off in the crosswalk by a passing car.

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“I was like, ‘You jerk! Pay attention!’” Colwell recalled. “I yelled, ‘What do you think you’re doing?’ I was fuming.”

But the 42-year-old Sunnyvale, Calif., mother of three had a sudden change of heart Friday morning.

She said she found an apology note taped to the crosswalk pole near Cherry Chase Elementary School, the exact spot where she had nearly been hit the day before.

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The note was written in red marker, and left unsigned.

“To the woman I cut off yesterday, I am incredibly sorry for doing so,” the note read. “I am wracked with guilt over the thought I could have injured you. Thank you for the wake up call to give driving my full attention. Sorry!”

Colwell said that as soon as she saw the note, she knew it was intended for her.

She said she dropped any lingering anger she had for the mystery motorist, whom she described as a man who looked like he was driving his kid to school.

“Of course I forgive you,” Colwell told NBC Bay Area, as if she were speaking to the driver. “Thanks so much for owning it. We need more of that.”

Houston waiter refuses to serve customer who insulted Down syndrome boy

Published January 20, 2013 FoxNews.com

Usually, when a waiter refuses to serve someone at a restaurant, customers complain. In this case, customers cheered.

The waiter in question, Michael Garcia, has been receiving goodwill and friend requests on the restaurant’s Facebook page since word spread that he stood up for a child with special needs.

Garcia, who works at the Houston restaurant Laurenzo’s, was waiting on a family, regulars with a 5-year-old child, Milo, who has Down syndrome. The server said that another family at the restaurant commented on Milo’s behavior, which Garcia described as “talking and making little noises.” Garcia moved the complaining family to another table, but they were still unhappy. “Special needs children need to be special somewhere else,” the father reportedly said.

The waiter then took a stand. He told FoxNews.com that such talk is ignorant and is due to people’s fear of the unknown. “My personal feelings took over,” he said, leading him to tell the father, “Sir, I won’t be able to serve you.” The family left the restaurant.

It didn’t take long for the story to get out. The eatery’s Facebook page has received praise from people in Texas and beyond.

Facebook user Tisha Baker wrote, “Thank you so much for speaking up when most just turn away.”

Rick Park posted, “Thank you Mr. Garcia, I have a 17 year old son with Down syndrome and I love to hear about people like yourself standing up for people with disabilities.”

Stephanie Painter added, “Thank you Michael for standing up for this beautiful little boy! Anyone who has ever come in contact with a child, or adult, with Down’s knows how loving and happy they are. Milo is a precious gift from God and so is Michael!”

Outside of Texas, Garcia gained other fans. Sue Pusztai posted, “I wish I lived in Texas so I could eat at your restaurant. I would loved to have met Mr. Garcia and thank him for his compassion and courage.”

Grateful mom of Milo, Kim Castillo, added her thanks online the night of the incident on a friend’s Facebook page: “Yay for people like Michael … who not only love (my son) Milo for who he is — a customer and little boy with Down syndrome, but stand up for him no matter what.”

 

FoxNews.com’s Alexandria Hein contributed to this report. 

 

Harvard Lawyer Does The Most Incredible Thing for a Homeless Family

At the age of 51, lawyer Tony Tolbert decided to move back into his parents house just so a homeless family could move into his own. This unbelievable act of kindness just has to be seen! This man is truly an angel.

Texas cop hands out ticket—and $100 bill

By | The Lookout – Mon, Dec 17, 2012

 

Normally, being stopped by a police officer is not good news. But this traffic stop was not exactly typical.

When Hayden Carlo was pulled over by a Plano, Texas, cop for driving a car with an expired registration, he told the officer the truth.

“I said there’s no explanation for why I haven’t done it, except I don’t have the money. It was either feed my kids or get this registration done,” the 25-year-old told CBS News.

The cop handed Carlo a ticket, along with something extra, “I opened it up and there’s a $100 bill,” said Carlo. “I broke down in my car, what else could I do?”

He could, and did, update his and his wife’s car registrations. Carlo’s grandfather, Billy McIntire, then wrote a letter to the Police Department to commend the good-hearted cop.

McIntire told CBS, “I get emotional when we talk about this type of thing. You just don’t find that many officers who would do this type of thing.”

Or anyone who would, for that matter.

Recently, images of an NYPD officer buying boots for a barefoot man spread on the Web along with praise for the officer’s warm gesture. But the mystery cop in Plano chooses not to be identified.

Still, the department plans to honor him anyway. A Police Department spokesman, David Tilley, told CBS, “As he told me, this man needed it more than him, and it was the right thing to do.”

“He helped me out when I needed it. I appreciate that, I’ll never forget that man,” Carlo said. “It definitely restored my faith in God.”

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The Amazing Story of Ian and Larissa

This is truly a beautiful display of God’s design for love and marriage. 10 months into their dating relationship, Ian was involved in a tragic accident that caused significant damage to his brain. Larissa has been faithfully by his side the entire way.
Larissa and Ian have overcome unimaginable obstacles in their relationship and continue to face them daily, however they have put Christ in the center and are living out a beautiful love story. Do not miss this incredible story! desiringgod.org/blog/posts/the-story-of-ian-larissa
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Powerful Story of a Woman Who was Aborted – but Survived

The video at the link below is a story of survival and God’s plan for a life.

Her biological mother decided to have an abortion, but by a miracle of God, she survived and has grown up to be a powerful tool for the Lord.

Powerful Story of a Woman Who was Aborted – but Survived


Happy Mothers Day!

 

I think I posted this last Mothers Day, but it says so much and says it so well, I wanted to share it again..to encourage and to celebrate each of us who are mothers and to remind us all of the awesome place our mothers or "mothers" (and for some that might even have been dad) have had and, for some of us, still do in our lives.

The greatest thing my mother shared with me was her faith

that became mine.

Thank you, Mama.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY !!
 

This is for the mothers who have sat up all night with sick toddlers in their arms, wiping up puke laced with Oscar Mayer wieners and cherry Kool-Aid saying, "It’s okay honey, Mommy’s here".
 
Who have sat in rocking chairs for hours on end soothing crying babies who can’t be comforted.

This is for all the mothers who show up at work with spit-up in their hair and milk stains on their blouses and diapers in their purse.
 
For all the mothers who run carpools and make cookies and sew Halloween costumes. And all the mothers who DON’T.
 
This is for the mothers who gave birth to babies they’ll never see.  And the mothers who took those babies and gave them homes.
 
This is for the mothers whose priceless art collections are hanging on their refrigerator doors.
 
And for all the mothers who froze their buns on metal bleachers at football , hockey or soccer games instead of watching from the warmth of their cars so that when their kids asked, ‘Did you see me, Mom?’  they could say, "Of course, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world," and mean it.

This is for all the mothers who yell at their kids in the grocery store and swat them in despair when they stomp their feet and scream for ice cream before dinner. And for all the mothers who count to ten instead, but realize how child abuse happens.

This is for all the mothers who sat down with their children and explained all about making babies. And for all the (grand) mothers who wanted to, but just couldn’t find the words.

This is for all the mothers who go hungry, so their children can eat.

For all the mothers who read "Goodnight, Moon" twice a night for a year. And then read it again "Just one more time."

This is for all the mothers who taught their children to tie their shoelaces before they started school. And for all the mothers who opted for Velcro instead.

This is for all the mothers who teach their sons to cook and their daughters to sink a jump shot.

This is for every mother whose head turns automatically when a little voice calls ‘Mom?’ in a crowd, even though they know their own offspring are at home — or even away at college.

This is for all the mothers who sent their kids to school with stomach aches, assuring them they’d be just FINE once they got there, only to get calls from the school nurse an hour later asking them to please pick them up. Right away.

This is for mothers whose children have gone astray, who can’t find the words to reach them.

For all the mothers who bite their lips until they bleed when their 14 year olds dye their hair green.

For all the mothers of the victims of recent school shootings, and the mothers of those who did the shooting.

For the mothers of the survivors, and the mothers who sat in front of their TVs in horror, hugging their child who just came home from school, safely.

This is for all the mothers who taught their children to be peaceful, and now pray they come home safely from a war.

What makes a good Mother anyway?
 
Is it patience? Compassion? Broad hips? The ability to nurse a baby, cook dinner, and sew a button on a shirt, all at the same time?

Or is it in her heart? Is it the ache you feel when you watch your son or daughter disappear down the street, walking to school alone for the very first time?

The jolt that takes you from sleep to dread, from bed to crib at 2 A.M. to put your hand on the back of a sleeping baby?

The panic, years later, that comes again at 2 A.M. when you just want to hear their key in the door and know they are safe again in your home?

Or the need to flee from wherever you are and hug your child when you hear news of a fire, a car accident, a child dying?

The emotions of motherhood are universal and so our thoughts are for young mothers stumbling through diaper changes and sleep deprivation…

And mature mothers learning to let go.
 
For working mothers and stay-at-home mothers.
 
Single mothers and married mothers.
 
Mothers with money, mothers without.  This is for you all. For all of us.
 
Hang in there. In the end we can only do the best we can. Tell them every day that we love them. And pray.

Please pass along to all the Moms in your life. "Home is what catches you when you fall. l and we all fall."
 
Please pass this to a wonderful mother you know.

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