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One Life Matters

Today, Eddie Roy Routh was found guilty for the murder of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield.

Many of you know the name Chris Kyle because of a movie called “American Sniper”. It was a box office hit based on Chris Kyle’s own memoir. I haven’t had a chance to see the movie yet, but (as I’m sure you know) I’d like to read the book first.

Opening weekend, my newsfeed was covered with comments about the movie. Moving, Powerful, Unreal, Impactful, & Life Changing were among many of the statements I read.  It restored my confidence in our nation’s patriotism.

Unfortunately, I sometimes feel like patriotism is dead.

A little over a month later, people are being reminded of how they felt when they left that theater.
Have you done anything because of that feeling? Have you shaken the hand of a hero? Gone to your local VA? Has the thought even crossed your mind?

I see the cry of “Victory!” at the news of a guilty verdict. I hate to tell you this, but we are far away from victory. We are letting our men and women come back home in far worse shape than when they left. We are celebrating their return, and then forgetting that they are here. If we want to find victory, we can’t let that continue. We must do something about it, as Chris Kyle did. We must help and honor our heroes, because they have given us much; far more than we can fathom.

Really take a second to think about what you’ve been given today. The beauty to live in freedom is not something that comes free. Even for those of us with the best of intentions, that simple sentiment is often forgotten.

If you haven’t read my story/journey about The Art of Encouragement, I recommend you check it out for a more thorough overview of my love for all things red, white and blue. You can find it HERE.
(Skip the video, because you’ll see it below)

I’m not claiming to have all of the answers or even the solution, but I can do a small part to make a difference. Honestly, I was called to do my part, whether I see it make a difference or not.


(Take the 5 minutes to watch this view. You’ll be glad you did.)

“I keep them safe, because I know they’re keeping me safe.”

These are probably the most rewarding words I’ve heard from my work with The Art of Encouragement​. When I asked the masses to write letters for Terry, I didn’t know him or what he was going through. I just knew he was a hero in need of our help. Now, I am honored to call him and Traci​ my friends. This is just one story that we were able to see the ending to. Who knows how many lives we are touching each time we send a Christmas card or an encouragement package.

If Terry’s life was the only one I had touched in the last 6 years of doing this, I’d be honored to put in another 6. One life makes a difference. I hope you’ll join me in the pursuit of helping other veterans just like Terry. Together we can make an impact.

No matter what your passion, changing one life means you’re doing something right. If you’re discouraged, let that be fuel for you today. If you’re doing nothing, let that be a goal.

I don’t expect your passion to be the same as mine. (Though I think the responsibility of every American is to somehow honor those who have sacrificed on our behalf.)
When it comes down to it, we are all our own piece of the bigger puzzle. Just make sure your puzzle piece isn’t blank. If you’re here but not contributing to the picture, then what good are you?




If you ever need any video work done, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE go to Choate House. They are complete and total rock stars and did this video at a ridiculously low cost so TAOE could share Terry and Traci’s story of hope.

Ashley • February 25, 2015

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  1. Marilyn Morris February 25, 2015 - 2:47 pm Reply

    I agree with everything you said above. My family was always patriotic and being raised during WWII, Viet Nam, Korea, etc., I have a sound respect for our servicemen & women in all branches of our military. I am very grateful to all our veterans and pray for them every night. Thank you so much for all you do for them.

  2. Valerie Ornatowski February 26, 2015 - 12:07 am Reply

    Well said. Totally agree. I don’t think most people don’t think about Freedom…. Unless it shows up in a way that may upset what they want to do… Freedom is a huge picture that we should all wake up and realize how fortunate we are to live in this country.

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