“I have attended SEVERAL “self-help” workshops in my 52 years…..I stopped for awhile because I couldn’t take it any more.  I needed to re-group and find out for myself what was true.

Then I met Dr. Marilyn Powers, who is my friend, before she is a counselor to me.    I decided to do the “Bridge Workshop” because I like Marilyn and Steve.  Well, I can honestly say, I absolutely LOVE her as a leader!  She is awesome on all counts.  She doesn’t play the “holier then thou” part or act like she knows something you don’t.  She helps me feel empowered.  She makes me laugh.  She tells stories.  She has been through a lot.  She KNOWS her stuff!  She makes me happy.  She is a real live person, who doesn’t pretend to be anyone other than herself.  And, she is an amazing SELF!  Well, I could go on and on…..

I will attend any of your workshops.  Because it doesn’t feel like I am in a workshop.  It feels like I am hanging out with really cool people and I feel comfortable.  Marilyn never makes us do anything we don’t want to do.  She is very skillful….

I always feel super good after a Bridge workshop.  I am feeling more and more myself.  And, ready for more….

love, leslie

About Leslie

What do you want to know?  I am beautiful inside and out….I only surround myself with people who adore me…. Love Rocks! it’s all there is….Trust your life…..Finally. Better late then never! Oh, did I tell you that I am a good dancer? I AM!!! Leslie Murphy is also an extraordinary yoga teacher and massage therapist in Sonoma, CA.
The Bridge: A Seven-Stage Map to Redefine Your Life and Purpose by Dr. Marilyn Powers and Steve Viglione speaks about two curriculums: first, the one we all received at birth from our parents, education, religion, and culture. Second, a curriculum for us to create. It comes from within us. It speaks to our calling, our mission, and our purpose in the world. The Bridge is part of The I AM Foundation’s Love~Wisdom Series of Books and Music. Visit Dr. Marilyn Powers Facebook Page and The Bridge is on Facebook too!

 

About The I AM Foundation…the publisher of The Bridge. Founded in 1998, The I AM Foundation is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is publishing and gifting books and music from The Love~Wisdom Series. The I AM Foundation also gifts books and music from other authors and musicians who donate their products for gifting to the world. The I AM Foundation has gifted and distributed over 1.1 million books and products to children around the world since 1998. The I AM! Affirmation Book: Discovering The Value of Who You Are  is their signature book which has over 177,000 copies of various editions in print. The book has been translated into over 40 languages for book gifting to children worldwide. To make a financial or product donation please visit www.iamfoundation.org  Visit The I AM Foundation on Facebook.

Posted by: The I AM Foundation | May 19, 2012

The I AM Foundation in Pokhara, Nepal by Leslie Brown

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Greetings to all friends, family, and supporters of the I AM Foundation!

Yesterday I was invited to visit the EWN-Empowering Women of Nepal-Children’s Center in Pokhara, Nepal.  There are about 22 children living in this center; some have been rescued from domestic servitude, some out of circumstances of poverty and deprivation. All of them are now loved and cared for by this Nepali nonprofit organization: they are fed, clothed, housed, and are attending local schools.

My friend, Helen Gurung and I went to meet the children and gift copies of the I AM! Affirmation Book, and the I AM! Book for Teens.   Their faces convey the delight with which they received this wonderful children’s book of power affirmations.  I was very grateful to have the Program Manager, Archana Chhetri, there to translate into Nepali so each child could hear and share the affirmations.  19 girls and two boys living at the Center received the book and happily joined in repeating the words in English: “I AM!…” as we read the affirmations together.

After we recited the affirmations together — ‘I AM Joy — I AM Healthy — I AM Brave!’ — Archana translated, explained, and pointed out the animals, sun, and scenery shown on each page.  The kids flipped the pages back and forth as together we found the page number for the next affirmation.  I showed them the other language at the bottom of the page and told them about my neighbor country, Mexico, where this language, Spanish, is spoken, and children there read this book too.

It is remarkable to think this small book of affirmations for children has gone out all over the world and is now reaching Nepal, where the government, nonprofits, and civil society continue to work towards establishing a society that equally values and protects its children, girls and boys.

About The I AM Foundation…Founded in 1998, The I AM Foundation is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is publishing and gifting books and music from The Love~Wisdom Series. The I AM Foundation also gifts books and music from other authors and musicians who donate their products for gifting to the world. The I AM Foundation has gifted and distributed over 1.1 million books and products to children around the world since 1998. The I AM! Affirmation Book: Discovering The Value of Who You Are  is their signature book which has over 177,000 copies of various editions in print. The book has been translated into over 40 languages for book gifting to children worldwide. To make a financial or product donation please visit www.iamfoundation.org 

Posted by: The I AM Foundation | May 19, 2012

PS 18 X of Bronx, New York Receives I AM! Affirmation Books!

Deborah Birnbaum of PS 18 X of Bronx, New York applied to be a recipient to The I AM Foundation’s program. PS 18 X has been chosen to receive a box of books.  They will be receiving their I AM! Affirmation Books for gifting to the students this spring 2012. The students are in the 4th grade. If you would like to be a sponsor to help the children of this school receive books, Contact Us for more information.

Deborah Birnbaum says……….

I work in the South Bronx. This is by far and away one of the poorest districts in all of the United States. Due to budgetary constraints, the school I work in has not been able to supply enough reading books for my students on their current reading levels. I do my best to borrow books from my local public library or buy them when possible. I would love for my students to have books they will enjoy reading on “current kid” issues/life. Any help would be wonderful!

About The I AM Foundation…Founded in 1998, The I AM Foundation is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is publishing and gifting books and music from The Love~Wisdom Series. The I AM Foundation also gifts books and music from other authors and musicians who donate their products for gifting to the world. The I AM Foundation has gifted and distributed over 1.1 million books and products to children around the world since 1998. The I AM! Affirmation Book: Discovering The Value of Who You Are  is their signature book which has over 177,000 copies of various editions in print. The book has been translated into over 40 languages for book gifting to children worldwide. To make a financial or product donation please visit www.iamfoundation.org 

Posted by: The I AM Foundation | May 16, 2012

More Sure Words Ministry in Tennessee Receives Books!

Curtis Lake of MORE SURE WORDS Ministry applied to be a recipient to The I AM Foundation’s program. MORE SURE WORDS has been chosen to receive a box of books. They will be receiving their books for gifting to the students in April of 2012. The students range from age 6 to 17. If you would like to be a sponsor to help the children of this school receive books, Contact Us for more information.

Curtis Lake says………

We are begining a childrens’ ministry in Tennessee. We have only been here about a year and a half, we are operating out of a home with about 38 kids.

About The I AM Foundation…Founded in 1998, The I AM Foundation is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is publishing and gifting books and music from The Love~Wisdom Series. The I AM Foundation also gifts books and music from other authors and musicians who donate their products for gifting to the world. The I AM Foundation has gifted and distributed over 1.1 million books and products to children around the world since 1998. The I AM! Affirmation Book: Discovering The Value of Who You Are  is their signature book which has over 177,000 copies of various editions in print. The book has been translated into over 40 languages for book gifting to children worldwide. To make a financial or product donation please visit www.iamfoundation.org 

 

Posted by: The I AM Foundation | April 24, 2012

A Message from Lori Waller…friend and supporter of The I AM Foundation

A Message from Lori Waller…friend and supporter of The I AM Foundation

One of the companies I have invested in has the proven process and technology to do away with landfills, incinerators, conventional waste-to-energy facilities, and hand recycling – a simple and evolutionary way of dealing with trash for a growing crisis on the planet.  Dealing with trash is Not sexy but the problem we solve for the planet is an awesome one by eliminating over 95% of green house gases, recycling up to 75% of the waste, creating green electricity, and nothing going into a landfill 🙂

We are poised to solve the Big Island of Hawai’i — Hilo and Kailua’s municipal waste crisis as their landfill is just about full.  Additionally they have tight budgets and also are committed to getting to Zero Waste which costs them even more money.

We are in the second round of fundraising to accomplish this and if this money comes in from someone(s) who is also a supporter of The I AM Foundation, we will match the Return On Investment which the Investor would receive, to The I AM Foundation.

I recently witnessed a very generous gift that Nelly Furtado recently gave to The Unstoppable Foundation, also doing great work in expanding consciousness, which was to match the funds that they raised at an event, up to $500K.   It hit me that evening that I/we could essentially do the same for The I AM Foundation by a similar offering.

What we are looking for more specifically is an additional investment to pay for the first milestone in the Approval Process. This is not a conventional offer or blog post BUT I want to share my inspiration, love and financial support for the Beloved I AM Foundation.  Lori Waller  619-985-6095

About The I AM Foundation…Founded in 1998, The I AM Foundation is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is publishing and gifting books and music from The Love~Wisdom Series. The I AM Foundation also gifts books and music from other authors and musicians who donate their products for gifting to the world. The I AM Foundation has gifted and distributed over 1.1 million books and products to children around the world since 1998. The I AM! Affirmation Book: Discovering The Value of Who You Are  is their signature book which has over 177,000 copies of various editions in print. The book has been translated into over 40 languages for book gifting to children worldwide. To make a financial or product donation please visit www.iamfoundation.org 

Posted by: The I AM Foundation | April 18, 2012

Sonoma Realtor Experiences Greater Success After Bridge Workshop

So, my career has been on fire since The I AM Foundation’s Bridge Workshop in March, 2012. Amazing manifestations have been occurring for me.  I currently three properties in escrow in my Real Estate Business… I have three more properties going into escrow on top of those three. One of them was a very competitive bidding situation where my client, a first time buyer, won out of 11 offers. One of them is a property in which I am representing the buyer and the seller. In fact, all areas of my life are in such a blissfully state I have not stopped saying thank you every second! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you Marilyn, Steve, and everyone who was at the Bridge workshop in Sonoma in March!

Christopher Oscar, Realtor®
President of the Sonoma Valley Chapter of Realtors®

707-287-2285
Frank Howard Allen Realtors Sonoma, CA

www.YourSonoma.com

More on The Bridge: A Seven-Stage Map to Redefine Your Life and Purpose...Dr. Marilyn Powers has written a book of such power and wisdom that I have worn out two copies and am presently working on my third! No matter where I am in my life’s journey, I can always turn to The Bridge and discover something that will help me look at my situation in a new, more positive, light. Dr. Powers has written her book in such a way that everyone can easily understand and employ her concepts. The Bridge has been no less than life-changing for me, and I have been comfortable recommending it to friends on numerous occasions.  —Carol Brandon, Scottsdale, Arizona

Are you at an impasse in your life, where the past no longer works for you and the future is uncertain? Do you have more questions than answers? Have you recently experienced a profound ending of a relationship, a career, or belief system? Are you questioning the meaning and purpose of your life? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then your answers empower you to make dynamic changes and The Bridge provides the map to move you forward!

About The I AM Foundation…the publisher of The Bridge. Founded in 1998, The I AM Foundation is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is publishing and gifting books and music from The Love~Wisdom Series. The I AM Foundation also gifts books and music from other authors and musicians who donate their products for gifting to the world. The I AM Foundation has gifted and distributed over 1.1 million books and products to children around the world since 1998. The I AM! Affirmation Book: Discovering The Value of Who You Are  is their signature book which has over 177,000 copies of various editions in print. The book has been translated into over 40 languages for book gifting to children worldwide. To make a financial or product donation please visit www.iamfoundation.org 

 

I Am The Earth

Whole Foods Sonoma Presents…

Story Time & Book Signing…I Am The Earth: Positive

Affirmations for Loving Our Planet

Friday, April 20th 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM | FREE

Cafe Area @ Whole Foods Market, Sonoma

Kids and Parents join local Author Steve Viglione, Founder and CEO of The I AM Foundation for a reading and signing of his bookI Am The Earth: Positive Affirmations for Loving Our Planet in English and Spanish (for children K through 6th grade) at Whole Foods Market, Sonoma!  I Am The Earth is a book written to support children and adults in being great stewards of the planet through it’s beautiful illustrations and poems. A tree is planted and a child in need receives a book for each book purchased. ($12 donation to The I AM Foundation.) Books gifted from purchases from this event will be donated to La Luz in Sonoma. Since 1998, The I AM Foundation has gifted and distributed over 1.1 million books and products to children and adults around the globe. Stop by Whole Foods Market, Sonoma to meet the author or visit www.iamfoundation.org or call 707.343.1437 for more information about I Am The Earth. 
About The I AM Foundation…Founded in 1998, The I AM Foundation is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is publishing and gifting books and music from The Love~Wisdom Series. The I AM Foundation also gifts books and music from other authors and musicians who donate their products for gifting to the world. The I AM Foundation has gifted and distributed over 1.1 million books and products to children around the world since 1998. The I AM! Affirmation Book: Discovering The Value of Who You Are  is their signature book which has over 177,000 copies of various editions in print. The book has been translated into over 40 languages for book gifting to children worldwide. To make a financial or product donation please visit www.iamfoundation.org 
Posted by: The I AM Foundation | April 4, 2012

Nathaniel Rochester (NY) Community School Receives Books as Gifts

Jamie Klotz of Nathaniel Rochester Community School #3 applied to be a recipient to The I AM Foundation’s program. Nathaniel Rochester Community School #3 has been chosen to receive a box of books. They will be receiving their books for gifting to the students in April of 2012. The students are a range from kindergarden to first grade reading levels. If you would like to be a sponsor to help the children of this school receive books, Contact Us for more information.

 

Jamie Klotz says…….”I teach first grade special education students in an urban school district with high-poverty, low economic families. My students are below level readers and our resources are very limited. Students need access to books in order to learn to read and to close the learning gap.” About The I AM Foundation…Founded in 1998, The I AM Foundation is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is publishing and gifting books and music from The Love~Wisdom Series. The I AM Foundation also gifts books and music from other authors and musicians who donate their products for gifting to the world. The I AM Foundation has gifted and distributed over 1.1 million books and products to children around the world since 1998. The I AM! Affirmation Book: Discovering The Value of Who You Are  is their signature book which has over 177,000 copies of various editions in print. The book has been translated into over 40 languages for book gifting to children worldwide. To make a financial or product donation please visit www.iamfoundation.org 

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Greetings to all friends, family, and supporters of The I AM Foundation!

Yesterday I was invited to visit the EWN-Empowering Women of Nepal-Children’s Center in Pokhara, Nepal.  There are about 22 children living in this center; some have been rescued from domestic servitude, some out of circumstances of poverty and deprivation. All of them are now loved and cared for by this Nepali nonprofit organization: they are fed, clothed, housed, and are attending local schools.

My friend, Helen Gurung and I went to meet the children and gift copies of The I AM! Affirmation Book, and The I AM! Affirmation Book for Teens and Young Adults.   Their faces convey the delight with which they received this wonderful children’s book of power affirmations.  I was very grateful to have the Program Manager, Archana Chhetri, there to translate into Nepali so each child could hear and share the affirmations.  19 girls and two boys living at the Center received the book and happily joined in repeating the words in English: “I AM!…” as we read the affirmations together.

After we recited the affirmations together — ‘I AM Joy — I AM Healthy — I AM Brave!’ — Archana translated, explained, and pointed out the animals, sun, and scenery shown on each page.  The kids flipped the pages back and forth as together we found the page number for the next affirmation.  I showed them the other language at the bottom of the page and told them about my neighbor country, Mexico, where this language, Spanish, is spoken, and children there read this book too.

It is remarkable to think this small book of affirmations for children has gone out all over the world and is now reaching Nepal, where the government, nonprofits, and civil society continue to work towards establishing a society that values and protects children equally, both girls and boys.  The I AM Foundation is becoming a partner with Nepal as we plan for translation and printing of The I AM! Affirmation Book in English and Nepali, for wider distribution around the country. I hope you’ll support The I AM Foundation’s Nepal project; for more information, see The I AM Foundation Website or just call Steve Viglione at 619.297.7010!

About The I AM Foundation…the publisher of The Bridge. Founded in 1998, The I AM Foundation is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is publishing and gifting books and music from The Love~Wisdom Series. The I AM Foundation also gifts books and music from other authors and musicians who donate their products for gifting to the world. The I AM Foundation has gifted and distributed over 1.1 million books and products to children around the world since 1998. The I AM! Affirmation Book: Discovering The Value of Who You Are  is their signature book which has over 177,000 copies of various editions in print. The book has been translated into over 40 languages for book gifting to children worldwide. To make a financial or product donation please visit www.iamfoundation.org 

“I highly recommend the book The Bridge and its Companion Workbook to many people who I know. I have copies of the books in all of my rooms at The Cottage Inn and Spa in Sonoma. I have had guests ask to receive the copies so many of them have left with them as gifts. The book is perfect for anyone dealing with challenges on the personal or professional level or those going through change and transition. This book is a real gift to me.

I also attended a Bridge workshop was just filled with amazing people of all ages. Dr. Marilyn Powers dedication and wisdom in leading us was excellent, interesting and enlightening. I just wished we could have gone on and on.  Her dedication to her mission and vision in life is clearly exemplified in her leadership.  I am grateful that I had the time to attend. Thank you to Dr. Marilyn Powers and Steve Viglione, for what the two of you bring to the world and our community here in Sonoma” -Faye Behrens, Owner, The Cottage Inn and Spa

Faye’s generous donations, events for The Bridge at The Cottage Inn and Spa and purchases of the book have led to over 150 children and teenagers around the U.S. and the world receiving I AM! Affirmation Books as gifts through The I AM Foundation’s Buy One, Gift One Programs. See our United States and Global Blog Posts on our website to find out where we have gifted and where we are gifting books.

The Cottage Inn and Spa in Sonoma

The Bridge: A Seven-Stage Map to Redefine Your Life and Purpose speaks about two curriculums: first, the one we all received at birth from our parents, education, religion, and culture. Second, a curriculum for us to create. It comes from within us. It speaks to our calling, our mission, and our purpose in the world. The Bridge is part of The I AM Foundation’s Love~Wisdom Series of Books and Music.

About The I AM Foundation…the publisher of The Bridge. Founded in 1998, The I AM Foundation is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is publishing and gifting books and music from The Love~Wisdom Series. The I AM Foundation also gifts books and music from other authors and musicians who donate their products for gifting to the world. The I AM Foundation has gifted and distributed over 1.1 million books and products to children around the world since 1998. The I AM! Affirmation Book: Discovering The Value of Who You Are  is their signature book which has over 177,000 copies of various editions in print. The book has been translated into over 40 languages for book gifting to children worldwide. To make a financial or product donation please visit www.iamfoundation.org 

Posted by: The I AM Foundation | March 22, 2012

Live Blog: The I AM Foundation in Pokhara, Nepal

Greetings, I AM Foundation friends and fans, from POKHARA, NEPAL!

As one of the Foundation’s most committed supporters, I always find a way to share the I AM! Affirmation books wherever my travels take me!  This time, I am in Nepal conducting independent research and working with The Didi Project, a community education nonprofit seeking to educate communities and prevent trafficking of girls and young women.

I have brought copies of The I AM! Affirmation Book with me to share with a children’s rescue center at EWN, Empowering Women of Nepal, an NGO in Pokhara, on Lake Phewatal, at the base of the Himalayas.   There are 22 girl children here, some of whom have been rescued from forced domestic servitude, and some who are from families where they simply could not support them.  My friend Helen Gurung and I will be visiting them at 4pm today to share the power of the I AM! affirmations and build their sense of confidence, freedom, and self worth. Our initial visit yesterday was a two hour meeting with the nine 9th graders, pictured below. We are looking forward to sharing The I AM! Affirmations with all the children later today.

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About The I AM Foundation…Founded in 1998, The I AM Foundation is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is publishing and gifting books and music from The Love~Wisdom Series. The I AM Foundation also gifts books and music from other authors and musicians who donate their products for gifting to the world. The I AM Foundation has gifted and distributed over 1.1 million books and products to children around the world since 1998. The I AM! Affirmation Book: Discovering The Value of Who You Are  is their signature book which has over 177,000 copies of various editions in print. The book has been translated into over 40 languages for book gifting to children worldwide. To make a financial or product donation please visit www.iamfoundation.org 

Posted by: The I AM Foundation | March 20, 2012

Children of Jamaica Receive Books and Need More Help

 

Arnita Gunn of JamReads applied to be a recipient to The I AM Foundation’s program. JamReads has been chosen to receive box full of books. The children are Grade 1 (6-7), Grade 2 (7-8), Grade 3 (8-9), Grade 4 (9-10). They will be receiving their books for gifting to the students in April of 2012. If you would like to be a sponsor to help the children of this program receive books, Contact Us for more information.

From Arnita Gunn……

JamReads is a service project started by a college student that provides age appropriate books and school supplies to children in Jamaica. Most of the children we serve don’t have access to books which puts them at a disadvantage before they walk out their doors in the morning. We want to give these children the supplies they need to succeed. We need your help because we are college students and don’t have the budget to buy books, but feel a passion to continue our work. We heard about The I AM! Affirmation Book from another program that’s supports children in Jamaica and we’d love to be able to gift them too.

About The I AM Foundation…Founded in 1998, The I AM Foundation is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is publishing and gifting books and music from The Love~Wisdom Series. The I AM Foundation also gifts books and music from other authors and musicians who donate their products for gifting to the world. The I AM Foundation has gifted and distributed over 1.1 million books and products to children around the world since 1998. The I AM! Affirmation Book: Discovering The Value of Who You Are  is their signature book which has over 177,000 copies of various editions in print. The book has been translated into over 40 languages for book gifting to children worldwide. To make a financial or product donation please visit www.iamfoundation.org 

James McFadden of MS 331 in the Bronx, New York applied to be a recipient to The I AM Foundation’s program. MS 331 has been chosen to receive a box of books.  They will be receiving their books for gifting to the students in April of 2012. If you would like to be a sponsor to help the children of this school receive books, Contact Us for more information.

From James McFadden…….

“The current selection of reading material is dated and not aligned to my students needs. The majority of my students find reading troublesome and having access to books that are current and more relevant to their world will certainly lessen the current barriers. My school is located in a extremely poor section of the Bronx and becoming a better reader and writer will expand their future opportunities. Thanking you in advance for your time and consideration.”

About The I AM Foundation…Founded in 1998, The I AM Foundation is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is publishing and gifting books and music from The Love~Wisdom Series. The I AM Foundation also gifts books and music from other authors and musicians who donate their products for gifting to the world. The I AM Foundation has gifted and distributed over 1.1 million books and products to children around the world since 1998. The I AM! Affirmation Book: Discovering The Value of Who You Are  is their signature book which has over 177,000 copies of various editions in print. The book has been translated into over 40 languages for book gifting to children worldwide. To make a financial or product donation please visit www.iamfoundation.org 

Posted by: The I AM Foundation | March 18, 2012

A Real Life “I AM” Story by Blake Harper

A Real Life “I AM” Story

By Blake Harper

On Presidents’ Day weekend, 2003, while skiing at Mammoth, California, tragedy struck.  My 10-year-old daughter Catherine, who appeared to have the flu and spent the day in bed rather than go skiing, couldn’t be awakened.  I threw her over my shoulder and rushed her to the emergency room.  She was given oxygen and flown to Loma Linda Hospital in San Bernardino County, and ultimately transferred to Children’s Hospital in San Diego.  She was in the Critical Care units of the two hospitals for nearly 3 months.

Catherine was a special girl.  She never received less than a A in school, and in Fifth Grade had all A+’s except for one A.  We teased her about that A.  In addition, she loved sports.  She played on all the softball all-star teams and once blocked 4 out of 5 penalty kicks as goalie for a travel squad soccer tournament.  At the time of her illness, she played on a recreation league basketball team, and frequently would score all of her team’s points for the entire game.  Plus, she was sweet.  She never said a mean thing, and was a great friend.  She was soft-spoken, and loved to laugh, and to be the center of attention.

But in the hospital, she had to fight for her life.  For all but 3-4 days of her hospital stay at Rady’s Children’s Hospital San Diego, she was sedated and on a respirator, as we waited and prayed for her lungs to improve, so she could breathe on her own.  That meant that she could still think, hear, and move.  She clearly could hear and respond, and while she was given medication to paralyze her so she didn’t fight against the respirator, the nurses would stop the medication every few days to check her responses.  On those occasions, she could blink or squeeze your hand if you asked her to.  When people would make negative comments around her, tears would come to her eyes.

At some point in time before Catherine’s illness, my wife Janice Deaton cam across the little book, The I AM! Affirmation Book by Steve Viglione.   Steve had donated some of the books to our  community center and made a brief presentation.  I thought it was a great book for kids because of its empowering message of self-esteem and self worth.  Janice read it several times to Catherine before her illness, and brought it to the hospital.  While Catherine lay in the ICU, Janice and I read the book to her hundreds of times.

The book was a reaffirmation of Catherine’s attitude toward life.  On the door to her hospital room, we posted an anagram she had drafted for school:

        Catherine H.

C  is for confident for she is brave and true, she always believes in herself and has fun too.

A  is for author because she is the best, she writes and writes and writes and never takes a rest.

T  is for talent because she sure has a lot, she always gives it everything she’s got.

H  is for heroic because she does good deeds, she helps her family with all their needs.

E  is for exceptional because that is what she is, she does not procrastinate and takes care of all her biz.

R  is for rapid because she goes fast on her snowboard, she gets down the mountain nice and safe, thank the Lord.

I  is for infinity because that’s how many years she hopes to live, she loves her life so much and has a lot to give.

N  is for nature because it’s one thing she loves, she likes the ocean and all the plants and even the pretty doves.

E  is for emotion because she expresses it a lot, it’s sometimes sad but mostly happy, and nothing can be forgot.

H  is for ha-ha because she loves to laugh, she thinks the funniest thing is a short necked giraffe.

Catherine struggled for her life several times during her nearly three-month hospital stay.  I read to her The I AM! Affirmation Book on many of those occasions.  On each occasion, she would somehow pull through.  I believe the message of strength and purpose of The I AM! Affirmation Book helped her during those hard times.

Finally, despite exceptional medical care, Catherine’s body failed.  I don’t think her spirit ever did.  Her spirit kept her going for those many weeks, perhaps so we could ourselves be ready for her to leave us.  We miss her enormously.  Yesterday was the two-year anniversary of her passing.  She still Is.  But we will always be grateful for her final months with us, battling infections, squeezing our hands and blinking her eyes to us, letting us know that, yes, she was confident and brave and believed in herself.

Thank you, Steve, and The I AM Foundation, for giving us that message.

Blake Harper and his lovely wife Janice Deaton have generously sponsored tens of thousands of I AM! Affirmation Books for children of Rady’s Children’s Hospital in San Diego, The San Diego School System, the children of Tijuana, Mexico and children around the world. 

About The I AM Foundation…Founded in 1998, The I AM Foundation is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is publishing and gifting books and music from The Love~Wisdom Series. The I AM Foundation also gifts books and music from other authors and musicians who donate their products for gifting to the world. The I AM Foundation has gifted and distributed over 1.1 million books and products to children around the world since 1998. The I AM! Affirmation Book: Discovering The Value of Who You Are  is their signature book which has over 177,000 copies of various editions in print. The book has been translated into over 40 languages for book gifting to children worldwide. To make a financial or product donation please visit www.iamfoundation.org 

Posted by: The I AM Foundation | March 16, 2012

John G Prendergast School in Asonia, Connecticut Receives Books as Gifts

Thank you to Teacher Elizabeth Nimons of John G Prendergast School in Asonia, CT who recently applied to be a recipient to The I AM Foundation’s program. John G Prendergast has been chosen to receive a box of books.  They will be receiving their I AM! Affirmation and   I Am The Earth Books for gifting to the students in April of 2012. The students are between 4th and 6th grade. If you would like to be a sponsor to help the children of this school receive books, Contact Us for more information.

From Teacher Elizabeth Nimons…….

“I work in a low-income community with over 50% of our students receiving free/reduced lunch. Our school has been identified as a “failing” school, but we believe that everyone can achieve and be successful, I am teaching reading to children who are significantly below grade level. I have started a Community Reading Project in which community members and high school students come into the school and read with children once a week for 20 minutes. I don’t have enough books for every student and I don’t have the funds to buy them. This will be my 2nd year having community members reading in the school and I would like to get more books and more volunteers. The program was successful, but we did lack resources. My reading project targets students in grades 4-6 and the community readers sit with small groups and read with them, to them and then they discuss the books and complete short reading activities if time allows. I currently have a very small library to pick from and students can rely on the Media center but I would like to have a separate section for my program that I can make available to the community readers.”

About The I AM Foundation…Founded in 1998, The I AM Foundation is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is publishing and gifting books and music from The Love~Wisdom Series. The I AM Foundation also gifts books and music from other authors and musicians who donate their products for gifting to the world. The I AM Foundation has gifted and distributed over 1.1 million books and products to children around the world since 1998. The I AM! Affirmation Book: Discovering The Value of Who You Are  is their signature book which has over 177,000 copies of various editions in print. The book has been translated into over 40 languages for book gifting to children worldwide. To make a financial or product donation please visit www.iamfoundation.org 

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