Two Gifts that Keep On Giving

You will not believe this amazingly talented eleven year old boy playing a medley of Christmas songs on the guitar.

I know! Its not Christmas! You still have to see this to believe it.

The development of this boy’s talent was only possible because of two gifts he received. You have the power to give the same two gifts to a child, to someone in your family or even to someone on your team. It will change their life. So, what are these gifts? Watch the entire clip and then read on…

Waht Azamnig Bairns We Hvae

shutterstock_227580421Confession time!  I am partly dyslexic and “off the charts” ADHD. On top of that I sometimes have a hard time remembering what I had for breakfast. Yet I never cease to marvel at the complexity and beauty of the human brain.

I read the following post without hesitation.  How about you?

Lest we forget

My-DadThis is a watercolor I painted of a hero.

This is a man who survived one of the most brutal events in history. The Bataan Death March. 

This is a man who spent 3 1/2 years in a Japanese Prison Camp.

This is a man who weighed 85 lbs when he was finally released. He had malaria, dysentery, and could barely walk.

This is a man who was told he wouldn’t live past fifty. Eight years ago, he died at age 82 .

This is a man who was told he would never have children.

This is my father.

This is how he started each day  lest we forget the price payed for our freedoms.

I promise I won’t, Dad.

How do you honor the memory of your loved ones who died in combat or have served in the armed forces?

My sister, Candie Blankman,  traveled halfway around the world to retrace my dad’s footsteps.  She recorded the impact of his war experience on her life in the book “Forged by War.”  You can get her book here.


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Maybe Tomorrow will be a Better Day

This is a watercolor I painted of my granddaughter Kialee almost a decade ago.   I took this picture of her just after she had been told that swimming was over for the day and later tried to capture her sad little face in this painting.  I remember trying to comfort her as I held her in my arms and whispered, “Tomorrow will be a better day.”



Unfortunately for many children around the world most days are bad days. It isn’t swimming, but food and shelter and survival that are the focus of their days. Compassion International is making better days for tens of thousands of these children around the world. During my shows, we would often show the picture of a little girl named Taciana. This was a face without hope. My mission in using the photo of Taciana was to inspire others to give hope for tomorrow by sponsoring a child. At the time I didn’t even know her name – her little face just reminded me of my granddaughter. One day, after I had shown the picture, a woman ran to the stage. Her name was Julie Patterson.  Julie and her family  had sponsored Taciana for many years and were preparing to travel halfway around the world to see her. Julie was ecstatic as she opened a book containing all the correspondence she and Taciana had exchanged over the years.


Taciana as a child.


Taciana today.

I never dreamed that someday I would meet Taciana.  On a recent trip to Brazil, I saw with my own eyes the difference a sponsorship makes.   Taciana’s once sad expression now shines with hope.  Taciana is vibrant young women who knows the love of God and is passing His love on to other lives.  What a difference Julie and her family made in Taciana’s day… no, in her life. You can make the same difference.  Click here to see how you can make EVERY tomorrow a better day in a child’s life…  forever!  Find out more about Compassion international