Still "Alive in HOPE!"

For those who've known this blog for years, know that I am still "Alive in HOPE!" Still looking at life through the eyes of faith and finding HOPE in a "hopeless" world... The only difference is that I now feel called to do so from the back of a bicycle on a 500+ mile pilgrimage; to share a message of hope from Our Lady of Fatima!


Who am I?…
By the grace of God, I was born, baptized and raised as a Catholic Christian.
After receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, I stubbornly chose my own road and took an 11-year detour into darkness.  Thankfully, the prayers of those who loved me and the support of a dear friend led me to pick up the Sacred Scriptures and ask the Holy Spirit to guide me… and guide me He did!
At 28 years old, I experienced a powerful “re-conversion” to the fullness of my Catholic faith and finally understood the words of Saint Augustine when he said, “…you have made us for your own and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”
Who am I?…
I have a disability which makes the length of time for me to complete a task a little longer than most people require.  Due to this ongoing challenge, I have acquired a great sense of discipline for the tasks that are set before me.
I was born on Offutt Air force base by Omaha, Nebraska on March 4, 1987.  Immediately after birth, I was pronounced close to death and was rushed off on a Flight for Life helicopter to a hospital where the doctors thought I would not make it.  The neurosurgeon stated that my brain had very little “dense gray matter,” and that my future was going to be very limited.  After a month in the neonatal intensive care unit I was pronounced stable enough to go home to be with my family.  By age five, therapists and doctors finally gave my condition a name: cerebral palsy, and the doctors said that I did not have enough performance in my brain to operate a computer.
I am now volunteering half time at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where I help take care of technical issues as they arise.  I work with SQL, as well as programming in
In my free time, I do a lot of biking.  Since getting my current bike in the spring of 2013, I have put on over 2,000 miles.  My bike is my main form of transportation.

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