Tattoos

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The world is divided into two kinds of people:  those who have tattoos, and those who are afraid of people with tattoos.  ~Author Unknown

That sounds about how I felt about tattoos.  If you have been around me – you would think I am pretty conservative – I dress professional, have one hole pierced in my ears, and just rather boring I guess.  I do sometimes have a splash of craziness on my fingernails but for me – that’s about the extent of it.  Growing up – I always thought people with tattoos were bad people.  I thought they were wild, they drank, they smoked and of course road loud motorcycles.  I really had not been around anyone with tattoos before.

I met someone and he had tattoos everywhere and I really wasn’t sure about him at first.  I thought he was nice and friendly and very approachable but I still was a little nervous around him.  I mean – “my kind” didn’t hang out with “his kind” – you know what I mean?  Wow – I can’t believe I was that judgmental – and I thought that.  Turns out he had all of his tattoos because he was in a terrible explosion and it helped hide some of the horrible scars that he had.  Some of his other tattoos showed his life stories, his beliefs and his passions.

So I did give our friendship a chance – I got to know this tattooed man and he was my daughter’s cheer coach.  He was so patient and gentle and so kind and truly loved our kids.  The kids adored him – he was just one of a kind.  I think it is funny now – when I see him – I don’t even see tattoos – I see his heart.  I see how he truly cares and wants to do the right thing and help kids become more self confident, more open and just part of a big family.

I may not ever get a real tattoo (but you never know…) but I must say that I know I have a tattoo in my life because he has permanently inked a spot in my family’s life.  This is a sad day today because our tattoo man and his family and others in our cheer family will be moving on.  Today is the first of many goodbyes that we say, but I know it is not forever.  This tattoo in our hearts will always remain.  Love you guys….(Mulkeys, Boyetts, and the entire XPA family)  I know all of us will have our XPA family in our hearts forever.  Just remember – three things will endure forever – Faith, Hope & Love…

From – Mommy

Leigh Christian

XPA the best in the game – that’s right we said it remember our name….Xtreme!

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The POWER of ONE

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The Power of ONE…it doesn’t seem like ONE person really has the power to make a difference but I know it is true.  I have experienced so many things that just ONE thing changed the course of my world, or ONE person made a difference, or ONE moment withstood time!  Be the ONE person to change others lives…maybe through smiling or offering a helping hand or maybe a word of encouragement.  There was ONE coach who started ONE cheerleading gym in our community against alot of odds, not many supporters and even many haters.  He still did it and it changed our lives.  He wanted to ensure there was a place to provide great instruction on tumbling, cheerleading and life!  This is a place where skills are improved, friends are made and family is formed.  This was a second home for so many, a place where you felt loved and encouraged.  You would think only the kids would feel this way but it was everyone – brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents – we all felt part of ONE family.  It changed my life forever!  ONE person – Phillip Boyett – you did make a difference and we all love you!  I think of kids who would not go to college if not for this gym, I think of families who would not have connected, friends that would have not met and lives that would not have been impacted.  Because of ONE person – a huge impact was made!

Don’t ever think that you cannot make a difference!  You alone can! ONE word, ONE smile, ONE prayer…

Here is a poem that expresses the POWER of ONE!  Be the ONE!

The Power Of ONE

One song can spark a moment,
One whisper can wake the dream.
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.

One smile begins a friendship,
One moment can make one fall in luv.
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal

One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.

One step must start each journey.
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.

One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what’s true,
One life can make a difference,
You see, it’s up to you!

BY:  Ashish Ram

There was another man who made all the difference in the world to save us – JESUS.  ONE man took on all the sins so that God could forgive us.  ONE crucifixion, one death – to save the world.   The ONE and only begotten son – JESUS!

There is only ONE God. And there is only ONE go-between for God and human beings. He is the man Christ Jesus. He gave himself to pay for the sins of everyone. That was a witness given by God at just the right time. 1 Timothy 2:5-6 NIRV

Physical – Take that ONE trip to the gym, do ONE pushup, run ONE mile, the first ONE is always the hardest ONE but it is for sure a step in the right direction….the POWER of ONE!

Mental – Determine how you can do ONE thing to make an impact – maybe it is tell ONE person about God – possibly they could become a missionary and tell thousands.  You are the ONE person that can start the change in others.  Be the ONE!  The POWER of ONE!

Spiritual – Serve the ONE and only God!  Give thanks for his one and only son who dies on the cross for you and me!

Prayers for you as you begin to see the POWER of ONE!

Pray for me that I will be the ONE to make a difference and that I will understand the POWER of ONE!

Love ya,

Leigh

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