This event is a celebration in memory of Chris, the child who sparked a global wish-granting movement and the beginning of Make-A-Wish.

Christopher smiling in his official policeman’s uniform.

He was only seven years, 269 days old when he died. But he taught me about being a man. Even though he was only a boy. I can tell you that because of meeting Chris, I am an entirely different man. Ron Cox said the same thing. He said he didn’t fear death anymore, because he knew Chris would be there waiting for him.   – Tommy Austin, Make-A-Wish® co-founder and retired U.S. Customs agent

When a child has a terminal illness it makes adults feel so helpless.  We all want to do anything we can to make it better.  When Chris let it be known he wished he could be an officer, it seemed like something that could happen for him – something the adults could make happen.  To see the smile on his face made the effort worth while to be sure.

It breaks our hearts to know children are so sick and likely won’t get to make their dreams come true as an adult.  What a wonderful idea to help them make a wish come true.  We naturally want to do anything we can to help them.

That is what the Make-A-Wish foundation is all about – making wishes come true for children with terminal illness.  These brave children deserve to have a wish come true because they face so many days filled with pain.

Make-A-Wish granted 14,000 wishes last year alone – on average, one every 38 minutes. But for every wish granted, another child is diagnosed with a potentially qualifying condition. A child who needs a wish.

We all look forward to the day when no more children have life-threatening medical conditions. Until that time, Make-A-Wish remains committed to granting a wish to every eligible child. Because wishes make very sick kids feel better – and sometimes, when they feel better, they get better.

It’s been more than 30 years since my son Chris received his wish, and I am still amazed and inspired how one little boy’s dream to be a police officer has touched the lives of so many thousands of people.  – Linda Pauling, mom of Chris

I’m so thankful there is an organization that can make wishes come true for brave boys and girls.  Some want to have a certain animal, or be on a TV show.  One little girl got to be a cartoon character – do the voice-over on her favorite cartoon show!  Some want to play an instrument or play a certain sport.  Some want to be a character in a play or go to a certain place.  Riding in a hot air balloon might be the wish of a child.

Let’s pray for the little ones who need some wishes to come true.  WORLD MAKE A WISH DAY let’s make some wishes come true for these kids.  🙂




If you are not yelling at your kids, you are not spending enough time with them.  – Reese Witherspoon

I didn’t get to raise my own children, but I taught children’s Sunday School classes for over 40 years.  I also taught a few adult Sunday School classes…  briefly.  I begged to go back to teach the kids.  Adults have way too much baggage!

There were times I wondered if God just didn’t trust me with my own kids.  It really does seem as though it would be the heaviest load of responsibility you could possibly get – I mean, you are molding a little person’s character for the rest of their life – and wow – that is HUGE!

 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.  – Proverbs 22:6

As a teacher, I had responsibility for other people’s kids for an hour once a week, which in the grand scheme of things is not that much.  Their teachers at school and their coaches and even their band directors have more time with them.  Chances are that my influence will not make a huge dent one way or the other.

Hours after our first child was born, a nun at the hospital handed my husband a typed poem:

“Be careful where you go, young man,

Be careful what you do.

Two little eyes are watching you now –

Two little feet will be following you.”

It’s easy to overlook that those little eyes soak up things you might not be aware you’re transmitting.  Like how family members treat one another.  How often please and thank you punctuate the day.  Whether you come to a full stop at a stop sign.  The kids might look oblivious, but they’re watching.  – Paula Spencer

Children are so impressionable and tender.  All we adults, but parents in particular, need to be so careful when we label others a certain way or make off-hand or slightly off-color remarks.  You may not think those little ones are paying attention, but they really do pattern themselves after you.  We have a choice to teach love or hate, peace or combat, patience or impatience.

I’m reminded of a little song I taught in the Kindergarten class.  Oh, be careful little eyes what you see…  remember that one?

No, I’m certainly not an expert on raising children.  I’m just a children’s Sunday School teacher who has seen a lot through the years.  Take it for what it is.  🙂




It is GIVE KIDS A SMILE DAY!!!  Smiles are precious and if kids can get a good head start on one, that’s great.

Every smile makes you a day younger.  – Chinese Proverb

Something like this would have been great because at the age of 7, I was reading the funny papers to my dad in the kitchen one Sunday and accidentally hit my elbow – my funny bone – and it was not funny at all.  I fainted and when I landed on the floor it was face first – and I cracked all of my new permanent teeth that had not been in all that long.  I never got any of them fixed.  Now at middle age, I have some seriously cracked front teeth and the enamel is – well – it’s just not good.

So – anyway, if we can make sure kids get good smiles to start out with, that will set them on a good path in life.

The ADA’s Give Kids a Smile program began in 2003 and was initially a one-day event in February, but has since grown to local and national events year-round.  Dentists and other professionals volunteer their time and services to provide screenings, treatments and education to children throughout the United States.  Each year, about 350,000 kids benefit from more than 1,500 events, because of the efforts of 40,000 or more annual volunteers.

I’m happy to say the future holds a world of confident kids with healthy smiles.

Be true to your teeth and they won’t be false to you.  – Soupy Sales

There’s a facebook page if you’d like more information about the program.

Those of us who underwent trauma to our teeth at a young age (holding my hand up) just have to smile with our hearts and hope others have understanding spirits.  Fortunately, children today have advantages I didn’t have when I was little.  God bless all the people who make this wonderful work possible.  🙂