Monday, April 23, 2012


My sister in law, Mary Beth, is someone that I deeply admire.  Not only is she beautiful, smart, athletic and funny, she is also level-headed, peaceful, compassionate and calm.  She's just the kind of person you would want by your side in a crisis.  She wouldn't need a speck of makeup to look completely stunning.  She makes the best tomato soup I have EVER had.  She's a playful and compassionate mom to her two beautiful children.  And she does one of the toughest things I can imagine.

Mary Beth has been a volunteer for CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, for over 10 years.  I can't think of anything in the world that makes me more upset than child abuse, and I can't think of many people I am more grateful for than the people who protect, defend and comfort abused and neglected children.  Mary Beth is a gift, because not everyone would be strong enough to volunteer in this kind of capacity. . .to deal with things in a professional and level-headed manner when the pain and injustice are so raw and REAL.

And of course, because MB is just that kind of person, the majority of us had no idea that this whole "changing kids lives" thing is something she has been up to until she got nominated for a major award this past year.  So not only is she a freaking rock star, she's a really humble one at that.  

You can read a beautiful "Volunteer Spotlight" of MB here if you scroll down a but.

My heart overflows with gratitude for people like Mary Beth who make a real difference in the world, one person at a time.  I am humbled and proud to be a part of her family!

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