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When Life Gives you Lemons

life gives you lemons

I came across this fun image and it caused me to pause and reflect. I realized I didn’t know where the phrase “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” came from. So, as my husband likes to tease, it was “to the iPhone!” (said with a loud, announcer’s futuristic voice) to look it up.

According to Wikipedia, the phrase was initially coined in 1915 as part of an obituary paying tribute to the incredible strength and optimism in a man facing disabilities. It caught on and other modern authors and all of us have come to use it to describe turning something less than ideal into a positive experience.

I think that is a good analogy for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana (RMHCK). For a medical emergency or doctor’s appointment, parents, grandparents, siblings and other family members travel to Louisville solely focused on their child’s welfare and may be anxious and fearful. They may interact with a variety of doctors and nurses throughout their day. They may have come for a quick visit and learn they need to stay overnight. They are absorbing lots of information, being strong for their children and trying to manage their own emotions. They have plenty on their mind.

Fortunately, a home-cooked meal, warm environment and bed to sleep in and the support of others going through the same thing doesn’t have to be a concern. Ronald McDonald House provides a nurturing and comfortable ‘home away from home’ for families of children receiving medical care in Louisville.  Its welcoming atmosphere, incredible staff and volunteers and spirit of strength and optimism during a time families need it most make the House one tall glass of lemonade.Dancing

I’m dancing with the stars for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana.  Since last November, I’ve been
rehearsing with a professional instructor, learning a routine, practicing in front of others – all to raise awareness and money for RMHCK.  It’s been challenging, humbling, time-consuming, fun and very worth the investment. I’m grateful for everyone who has supported me and Ronald McDonald House through this journey. Thank you.

To help me win the competition, which takes place on Sunday, February 21, please consider making a donation in my honor. 100% of the donation goes to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana. Any amount helps – maybe $15, as the event is nearly 15 days away.

To donate, and learn about my journey, visit and click the “Make a Donation” button.


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