Celebrating America’s Workforce

The topic of “what do you want to be when you grow up” is often discussed at my house. I have a running joke with my children that I need one of them to be a plumber, another a hair stylist, another an electrician, another an auto mechanic, and so on.

While it is said with humor ( I want them to be whatever they want to be), I’m only half kidding!

Without today’s workforce impacting, influencing, inspiring we would be in serious trouble! I realized during our renovation how valuable these “ordinary” jobs are. Without our electrician advising and helping us, we might have burned our house down.

Often we elevate certain professions and consider them better or more valuable, but truly our workforce is comprised of millions of people doing thousands of important jobs.

As I watched the videos on 1in100million.com I remembered back to my days as a waitress. I thought of the hundreds (maybe thousands) of people I interacted with while I served them food and drinks. I didn’t just serve them food, I listened to their stories, and helped them celebrate events like engagements, birthdays, and graduations.

My job as a waitress was to make their experience at the restaurant about great food and great memories. Like Catie Boles said her in video, I never wanted to say no to a customer. I wanted to make their meal, at my restaurant, the best one of the week or even month! It was a great opportunity to serve others in many ways every single day that I went to work.

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I hope that I made a difference in people’s lives like Catie is doing today.

Today’s workforce needs to be celebrated. Sure, we celebrate on Labor Day every September, but it needs to be more than one final trip to the beach and a cookout.

Our country runs on ordinary people being extraordinary in their jobs every single day.

For several years my husband was a nurse. He touched families every single shift. From births to final breaths he was a part of hundreds of families who looked to him for support, information, and sometimes a shoulder to cry on.

I remember one Christmas Eve he was scheduled to work in the pediatric ER. He couldn’t stand the thought of children being sick and stuck in the hospital on Christmas Eve. Before his shift he headed to the store and purchased several bags of inexpensive toys and treats for every child who happened to visit the ER that evening.

One of his fellow nurses dressed up like an elf and together they brought joy to families who were very much in need of some good news that night.

You or someone you love probably have your own workforce story to share. You can watch more workforce stories at 1in100million.com. They share a new story every month. April’s story is about Brett Laxton, a major league pitcher turned bat maker.

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Brett supplies everyone from kids in Little League to some of your favorite professional players with wooden baseball bats.

I grew up watching my brother play baseball several times a week, so Brett’s story took me back to the days of slushies and corn dogs when I was a kid.
I’m thankful for the millions of people who work hard every day and inspired by those who go above and beyond their job description. I’ve been influenced and inspired by many who I only encountered briefly in my life. I hope throughout my life I’ve been able to pay it forward and inspire others as well.

1in100million.com is a free website featuring inspiring workers from around the county. It’s presented by Kronos, the leader in workforce management solutions. Kronos delivers industry-focused time and attendance, scheduling, absence management, HR and payroll, hiring, and labor analytics solutions and services — in the cloud and on the go. For more information, visit kronos.com.

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He is Risen!

Christian Cross 42

O Praise the one who paid my debt
And raised this life up from the dead
O Praise the one who paid my debt
And raised this life up from the dead

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

2 Corinthians 5:14-15

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Cora and Kit: 6 Years


Can you believe it has been SIX YEARS? What happened to my itty-bitty, smaller than an American Girl doll, baby?

While Cora Jane doesn’t have a baby book, she does have six years worth of blog posts to document her life.

Happy Birthday to our sweet Cora!


See all the Cora and Kit posts here and read her birth story here.


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How You Can Make a Difference #ShopTobaccoFree

Over the past several months I’ve been working to help promote shopping at tobacco free retailers. Before participating in this campaign I was unaware of the facts about our tobacco industry.

When I learned that tobacco kills 1,300 people every single day and costs our country $289 billion a year in health care and lost productivity, I knew it was important to get the message out to the public.

What really struck me was that 90% of all smokers start before they turn 18.


If you think tobacco companies are not marketing to kids you are wrong! In an industry where almost all of their users start before their 18th birthday, it would be bad marketing not to.

When kids are young, they often mimic or assume the values of their parents. If I talk to my kids and explain why we shop at stores like CVS, Aldi and Target, I’m starting a dialogue with them about making choices that support our values as a family. As parents we have the opportunity to be a positive influence on our children and help them make smart choices as they grow up.

Also, if I can avoid exposing my young children to some of the 8 billion dollars spent on tobacco marketing I will.

If you think one person doesn’t make a difference, think again. Since the tobacco free campaign launched late last year over 700 stores have stopped selling tobacco products! That’s 700 fewer places our children will be exposed to tobacco.

Unfortunately stores like Walmart, Publix, Walgreens, and Safeway are still selling tobacco products in their stores.

Even though we’re wrapping up the campaign it’s not too late to get involved and encourage more stores to stop selling these harmful products.

Here’s what you can do:

Check out the list of tobacco free retailers and support those stores. You can find a list of retailers who are tobacco free here.

Find out which of your local stores are still selling tobacco products and send them a message on social media. Here are some sample messages you can use.

I am proud to #ShopTobaccoFree at my local tobacco free retailers! Find out where you can shop tobacco-free at shoptobaccofree.org

Want to know my #OneGoodReason to #ShopTobaccoFree? Putting my family’s health first! Learn more at shoptobaccofree.org

I learned where I can #ShopTobaccoFree from @TobaccoFreeKids’ shoptobaccofree.org. Check it out!

Join the movement & #ShopTobaccoFree with me! Encourage your retailers to take tobacco off their shelves! shoptobaccofree.org

Add a Shop Tobacco Free badge to your social media profile. (Right click and download)


Download the shopper toolkit for more information. 

Follow Tobacco Free Kids on social media and use the hashtag #ShopTobaccoFree.

As for my family, we will continue to support our tobacco free retailers like Aldi and Target and encourage other retailers in our area to stop selling tobacco. What will you do to make a difference?

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