My Mom and I had a great time in Anaconda, MT on May 10, 2012. MaryPat Clark and Amy Dodd, of Beyond Necessity Gifts, did a great job setting up their store with snacks and drinks, including hand dipped chocolate covered strawberries. We did not expect such a wonderful turnout. It was a steady stream of customers from 3-6 pm. What surprised me most was that my hand didn’t cramp up after signing almost 150 books. This was my first official book signing event at a store. What a great way to give back to the people of Anaconda who supported me by helping me buy my first wheelchair when I was two years old. It was sort of like a pay-it-forward kind of thing where we got to come back to my Mom’s roots and say “Thanks” by presenting my encouraging message so the people could see how their support has helped make me successful. Two Anaconda Businesses put a notice on their marquee about the book signing. That was a nice surprise to see my name in lights on the rolling marquee at Dee Motor Company and Glacier Bank. We will be back in Philipsburg for Flint Creek Valley Days so if you didn’t get your book signed at this event, I’ll sign it for you then. Take care and remember to Live C.L.E.A.R. Gabe.
Kid’s Corner on Joni and Friends
Last summer we spent an amazing week at camp with Joni and Friends. During this week, I was filmed in a segment for Joni’s website called Kid’s corner. I wanted to teach about the most polite way to handle petting a service dog. I think Ruth both did a fabulous job. Check it out! http://www.joniandfriends.org/kids-corner/be-a-better-friend/ Have a great day! Gabe and Ruth
Success Story – Kobey’s Computer
Kobey Sage-Chew was born prematurely and came into the world with many challenges. He has been through more surgeries than most of us will ever have in our life time. He is missing bones in his arms and has some complications in his digestive system. It is difficult for Kobey to hold a pencil and write for long periods of time. He had to use one of the school computers in the library to write his essays for class assignments. But each time he’d get a different computer and was required to retrain the voice software. It was frustrating and prevented him from keeping up with his work. When we learned of this issue we went to work to figure out the best solution for his needs. With a Gabriel’s Foundation of HOPE grant, we purchased him an Hewlett-Packard Laptop and loaded it with the programs he needed to succeed including Dragon Naturally Speaking voice software. Kobey’s New HP Voice Activated Computer Mr. Sander and his Leota students We tapped into Leota Junior High’s video production class to help us surprise Kobey. Mr. Sander and his students caught the moment on video. Kobey was delighted and went right to work training his new laptop. He reported to us recently that he has been able to write four times as many sentences with this new computer.We look forward to reading more of Kobey*s work and watching how your dollars donated have benefited another individual dealing with disability. Watch for more updates on our website as we track Kobey’s success. If you know someone who needs our help, our grant applications are available here on our website. Another great way that your donations met the needs of an individual living with a disability! THANK YOU!
Maywood Hills Elementary
Thanks to all the wonderful students at Maywood Hills Elementary. You did an excellent job at the assembly. I hope you remember to live with a CLEAR goal of honoring the diverse group of students at your school COURAGE LEADERSHIP ENDURANCE ATTITUDE RESPECT These skills will help you live a successful life. Let me know how you are doing too! Gabe
Pre-Release Special Price for Mack Elementary Parents and Students
Update! The special donation price has been extended to everyone. Get the book here. Today Gabe spent the morning with the wonderful students at Mack Elementary! They asked some great questions and enjoyed time with Gabe and Ruth. We handed out postcards for these families to be able to order Gabe’s book at a special DONATION price of $10.00 We will deliver the books to the school so please be sure to let us know you are with MACK! When you want to order the book select the recommended $10 donation and we’ll save you a book at that DONATION price. If you want it shipped, please choose the $15.00 donation price. Thank you so much for your support. Have a Blessed Christmas! Gabriel’s Foundation of HOPE
Day 1 of my fast
Well this is the first day of my week long fast from watching television. I have to admit that when God told me to fast from something and I decided that it would be TV I was a little excited. I have never fasted from something so big before so I was like it will be a good week to spend time praying and reading my bible. I thought a lot over the weekend what I wanted to bring to God so he could give me some direction in areas of my life. Like I said I have never taken a lot of time to pray so I was excited to hear from God. I was definitely mistaken at how easy I thought it could be. As I woke up this morning I was ready to grab my bible and read some scripture. I went downstairs put some Hillsong music on and just sat for awhile. Then I opened my bible, not quite sure where to start so I opened to Proverbs and read the seventh chapter being that it is Nov 7th. That was something I always did was read the same numbered chapter of a book on that same date. After I read I sat on the floor and just began to talk to God about my future. It was weird being the only one in my house and talking out loud. My dogs probably thought I had gone crazy or something. It was great to just bask in the presence of God with no other distractions like the TV. After I was done I looked at the clock and I had spent about an hour and a half spending time with God. I was all proud of myself. Then I asked myself what should I do next? All of the sudden I was at a lost of ideas because usually I would just go turn the TV on and all was fine. This time I couldn’t do that. So I sat for awhile just thinking of what I could do for the next several hours. I first decided to go for a long walk around Woodinville and continue my prayer time with God. I then looked out the window and what do you know…it was raining. I know a shocker for Seattle. I scratched that idea and said I will…what? Again I couldn’t think of what else there was for me to do. For awhile I just said around and wondered about different things. At times I let my imagination run wild like I was a little boy again. Then my dad came home for lunch. He was actually surprised I didn’t have the TV on but then he was so proud! Seeing that made the rest of the day worth it for me. As we were talking he brought up a very interesting point that I hadn’t really thought about yet. He asked me if I thought it was interesting how much time I had on my hands now that I wasn’t watching TV. When he said that it hit me. Yes this fast is to help me get closer to God and for him to give some direction. I think it is also an eye opener to the fact that we have so much time on our hands every day but we just don’t realize it. I know I sure didn’t. I has been so easy for me to wake up, then go turn the TV on to ESPN and watch time just pass me by. That is not what God wants for us though. He wants us to relish the time that he has given us because the truth of the matter is we are not guaranteed tomorrow. We don’t know what tomorrow will be like so we need to delight in what we have today! I am thankful God told me to do this because it has definitely opened my eyes to certain things. I hope that everyone will be able to see how precious time is and not take it for granted like I have. I will be posting everyday (hopefully) so stay tuned for the days to come! Thanks for reading
Thank you Lincoln School!
I had a blast today at Lincoln School presenting my CLEAR message to an awesome group of students. You guys ROCKED! Thanks for asking so many great questions. I want you all to know that you are AWESOME. I hope you remember my CLEAR message and apply it to your life. Remember that you are created for a special purpose so please respect yourself in all of your choices. Don’t just do things because the other kids are doing them. Do what is good and right for you. One student asked me if I have ever given up on myself. My answer was NO. And I hope you never give up on yourself either. You are important and there is a plan for your life that is good. Don’t die to be accepted by doing what everyone else is doing to try to be popular. Live to make a difference. You are worth it! Have a fun Christmas break. Let”s keep in touch. Post a comment and I’ll respond. With Courage, Leadership, Endurance, Attitude and Respect, have a successful life! Gabe