Nice words….

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This is what Scott Lilley, of Colorado State Association of Health Underwriters said about us:

We invited Gordon and his wife Jill to speak at our Colorado State Association of Health Underwriters annual symposium. Gordon and Jill were engaging and their presentation was incredibly moving. Their story provided such a powerful message to all in attendance as to the importance of why we do what we do within the healthcare industry. Our attendees left the symposium both inspired and reminded about the value that they bring to their customers. It was an honor to have Gordon and Jill there with us to share their story.

Scott Lilley, ChHC® | Underwriting Manager
Delta Dental of Colorado
720-489-4724 Direct

Jill’s remarkable story is featured in this book!

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Everyone has a story to tell.  Gordon and I are included in this book of stories by seven local area people, all facing challenges, all looking for hope, and all learning to rise from their circumstances to find meaning.  It is an honor to be included with these people and humbling to read their stories.

Would you like to read it?  Our story is #5: Letting Go.  We have 5 copies to give away.  Simply click here and fill in your address.  Upon receipt, we send out the first 5 books.  Better hurry!

I was awesome…


Well ok…maybe not THAT awesome.

After hearing me speak, they we’re going to class.  I can’t wait to find out how it went.   If I just went by applause, I would give it an A-.  But, I am NOT the audience….as my wife says. So, we will see!

IMG_0557I spoke in front of 400 students and faculty today and they seemed “moved” by my story.  I was watching the audience as the video played and it was surprising.  Many of the attendees  brought their hand up to their mouths…. as if they were actually living the moment. I never watched the audience before, but I think I will going forward. It made me feel close to the members involved.  I will let you know how it goes.  After years of speaking, I think it is funny that I never watched the audience!

Side note: don’t I look old in the picture Jill took?

Check out at these 4 reviews:

I was good, but Jill is BETTER.  She effortlessly delivers her talk with conviction and IMG_0337empathy.  Every time I withess here delivering her talk, I get shivers down my spine.  Don’t tell her I said this:  She’s fantastic!

AND Jill is getting rave reviews:  I pulled a couple for you to read:

“I love this book. An inspiring account of a family responding to tragedy with optimism, humor, faith and perseverance.  A rerminder of how connected we all are and how we can help others.”
John Stoops

“Read your book today. Inspiring! Took your book to my son’s baseball game and could not put it down for more than 5 minutes at a time. I could have easily missed the entire game to read this amazing story. I was glued to my seat reading your story in the sunshine and in the rain – found myself chuckling out loud, and even shed a few tears.”
David Sorensen

“Jill and Gordon share some of their great life learning’s and advice that I love. I also really appreciated the bible verse quotes as it really helped connect what Jill and Gordon were going through to how to look to and use God during these extremely challenging times.”  Cara Taylor

… “She tells an honest story that demonstrates not only her strength of character, and the depth of maturity in the children (reflecting the character of the parents) but also of her humility to accept what life has offered, but a resoluteness of will to recover and move forward.P. Griffith Lindell

Time For Jill To Speak!

Jill had a busy week!

We showed up at AM Northwest, and completed the interview. Then we went to our first Painful Blessing presentation:IMG_0330 Courtyard at Mt. Tabor.  The group was fantastic and they gave us lots of tips. Jill listened to many all of them.

The second one was two days later at Durham & Bates. I was a little nervous and I don’t know why!  I arrived early so I could hook up the system.  The projector was mounted on the ceiling and I found the remote to turn it on. I felt good at that point (a mistake) and just had to the right input. I couldn’t do it.  Their IT person showed up and HE couldn’t do it either!  He asked me if I had it on a USB drive so he can put it in his computer.   I didn’t. We were running on MAC and I didn’t think it was necessary.  Jill was going to have to give her presentation… without any slides. Can she do this?   It’s only her second time. Won’t that mess her up?

When I deliver my speech, I can’t do it without having my presentation!  My presentation has still photos and video clips thoughout which tie the whole thing together.  Plus, I get thirsty; I have time to drink during the presentation while the video played.  How can I help her with this terrible situation?

She didn’t need any help. Effortlessly, she delivered her speech, with NO presentation… flawlessly.  She was absolutely amazing!

And yes, when I got home I put Jill’s presentation on a USB so we will be prepared next time.

You um…. eh;;;; It is… um

how to do_126753842How do you put a presentation into Keynote?  This was PERFECT for me to help another person.  I have done it many times with my wife.  Now I have  the chance of helping someone else.

We were in a Birrdsong meeting and I was asked to help this person with his presentation. I said “Sure” and said I would talk to him after the meeting.

After the meeting. I asked about his project.  He said he had the entire presentation already written.  This was huge!  All that was left was picking out the images.  So I started to explain,  “????????”  I couldn’t get my words out.  I knew exactly what to say, but couldn’t say it!  I kept trying, but could’t seem to get the right words out in any order.  I took a couple of more tries and I said “put the words in BLUE ink that you want to show an image.”  I THINK that made sense.  We will see what he comes up with.

My wife wasn’t there, or she would have laughed.  Sometimes you have to find joy in everything.  Jill does that really well and I admire that trait.

You um…. eh;;;; It is… um

How do you put a presentation into Keynote?  This was PERFECT for me to help another person.  I have done it many times with my wife.  Now I have  the chance of helping someone else.

We were in a Birrdsong meeting and I was asked to help this person with his presentation. I said “Sure” and said I would talk to him after the meeting.

After the meeting. I asked about his project.  He said he had the entire presentation already written.  This was huge!  All that was left was picking out the images.  So I started to explain,  “????????”  I couldn’t get my words out.  I knew exactly what to say, but couldn’t say it!  I kept trying, but could’t seem to get the right words out in any order.  I took a couple of more tries and I said “put the words in BLUE ink that you want to show an image.”  I THINK that made sense.  We will see what he comes up with.

My wife wasn’t there, or she would have laughed.  Sometimes you have to find joy in everything.  Jill does that really well and I admire that trait.