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Eyes Wide Open Parenting

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I would like to introduce you to Emi and Neumann.  Neumann is the first mother-raised infant Japanese Macaque at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines Iowa in over 20 years.


My family first encountered these two on family vacation in early July.  You couldn’t help but notice that Emi was extremely protective of Neumann, she basically controlled his every move.


We watched them for a good thirty minutes and we did not see her let go of him once. Hard to tell, but he doesn’t look very happy to me, what do you think?

Then I overheard a high school – aged girl say, “I bet she is exhausted at the end of the day, and I thought “yes, yes I am.”  You see, I have three kiddos myself and have realized that it is extremely easy to fall into the overprotective or even the dreaded overbearing parent just like Emi.

As we watched them in their habitat, we could see other monkeys that wanted to interact with Neumann but couldn’t because of Emi’s protectiveness.  It is so eye-opening when you start to think of this from the human perspective.  How many times am I hesitant to let my kids go to someone else’s house because I don’t know everything about their parents?  How many times do I not let my son do certain things because I don’t think that it is “safe” for him?  Am I holding them by the arm, not letting them experience life?  Where is the line between keeping our children safe and letting them problem solve on their own?

The term “helicopter parent” is thrown around a lot now. This parenting style is basically hovering over your children so that they have a hard time making their own decisions or making it in the world outside of your house.  When I was thinking about this blog, I came across this article from the Huffington Post that talks about what this parenting style does to your children. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/5-ways-to-tell-you-were-raised-by-helicopter-parents_us_5609de6ee4b0dd850308e260

Sometimes I know I do things for my children because it is easier and faster for me just to do it myself.  My sister-in-law has a saying, “I will not do anything for my child that they can do themselves.”  This means picking out their clothes for church, filling their glass of water at the dinner table, tying their shoes for the hundredth time, even though you are already five minutes late.  These are just small things, right? Plus, I am only going to do this while they are still young.  This is what I tell myself. How about you? What are you telling yourself?  Soon, the little things become BIG things that they really should be deciding for themselves.   As parents we need to have our eyes wide open and notice the longer term impact of our choices and how we parent.

So, this is what I have started to do.  First of all, I am trying to be more aware of the things I do for them that they could be doing on their own.  They can sort, fold, and put away their own laundry. They clean up after supper, and load the dishwasher. I know that in the past I do these things on my own because I don’t want to hear them complain or fight another battle before bed.  But the time to start the battle is now, not when they are 17 and soon getting ready to leave the house.  Second, I let them make their own choice and walk away.  Yes, you read that right, walk away.  When your son wants to take the training wheels off his sister’s bike to teach her how to ride without them, smile, give encouragement and walk away. Lots of life lessons are going to be learned.  Be there for them to patch up the skinned knee, wipe away the tears, and give hugs. You are still their parent after all. Lastly, children can understand reasoning pretty early in life.  When my daughter asks me a question such as “what happens when…”  I will answer her back, “what do you think will happen?”  I am trying to start the problem- solving process now, because I want my children to be successful, productive adults that can play happily with the other Neumann’s in this world.


Mindy Hadley, on behalf of the Quakerdale Team.


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One of the great things about working at Quakerdale is the investment that our leadership puts into staff at all levels.  One of the ways that occurs is through reading books and having discussions with co-workers about how we can make improvements in the areas that are outlined in the book.  The Present is a book that we recently went though – it was a very quick read, but had some significant points that were made through the story’s fable. Spoiler Alert – I am going to tell you what the Present is, so keep reading at your own discretion.

The Present has a fable that is the main part of the book, but is bookended by how others introduce the fable to others and use it in their lives.  In the fable, there is an old man who gives out wisdom, much like Yoda, a little bit at a time to a neighbor boy as he is growing up and through adulthood.  He lets the young man know that there is a Present that everyone can have that will make them happy and more successful, however they define success.  The young boy doesn’t understand what the present is and for a long time believes that it is something that someone would give to him.  Once he becomes a young man in the business world, he is passed over for a promotion that he expected, even though he did not put in the necessary work.  He also has a girlfriend who breaks up with them during that same time.

Through introspection alone in nature, he discovers that the Present is actually the present moment.  If he is continually focused on the future – what he will do later after he gets off work, when he get the promotion, after he is in a committed relationship, etc, rather than what he is doing right now, he is distracted and not in the Present.  By focusing on what is happening right then, he is able to enjoy doing what he needs to – including doing tasks he put off because he believed them to take too long or be too difficult.  He was more attentive to those around him and was able to enjoy relationships more.

After a while, focusing on the Present only got him so far and other conflicts arose.  He was working with another person who wasn’t pulling her weight, and no matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t get it done by himself on time.  He returned to the old man and learned about the impact that the Past can make.  The old man suggested to him that he learn from the Past, apply it to the Present, and then move on.  The young man went back and addressed his concern with his co-worker, who made improvements to her performance and they were able to work better as a team.

The young man was doing well with learning from the Past and focusing on the Present and he received promotions and increased responsibilities.  With the increased responsibilities, he had difficulty prioritizing and he sought out his mentor.  The old man talked about planning for the Future – by planning for the Future, the young man did not need to be anxious or overly-focused on the Future.  He needed to come up with short term and long term goals to keep him on the right track and engaged in the Present.

Eventually, the old man died, and the young man went to the visitation.  He was surprised to see how many others the old man had impacted – there were people of all ages there.  After some reflection, the young man realized that the old man had lived his life with Purpose – he was trying to “help others become happy and successful” (pg. 74).  The young man then began passing along what he learned to others around him.

Here is a great video that also paints a picture of the book:


The Present has several good ideas on ways to focus on the Present, learn from the Past, and plan for the Future and is worth the time to read.  While the book does not delve into spiritual matters, I believe there are ways to incorporate what God tells us.  “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 NIV

When we are anxious about the Future, we can remember the following passage: “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  Matthew 6:31-34 NIV

How we define success is an individual decision, although God, through the Bible, gives direction.  “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:36-39 NIV.  By focusing and being Present for our lives, we can better do what we’ve been instructed to do in the Bible.  How many times have we missed a chance to focus on God in the Present, being thankful for all He has given us?  When have we missed an opportunity to serve others because we were so wrapped up in the Past or the Future, we missed what was right in front of us?

357bc0742fe714f139cc99eb3df2daabSarah Zollar, on behalf of the Quakerdale Team.

Johnson, S. (2003). The Present. New York, NY: Doubleday.


What I Did To Reduce The Craziness

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My husband gave me this towel as a present the other day.



It is amazing how this one little saying can mean so much to a person, but it summarized one of the main struggles that I recently went through as a new mom of two. I have a 2 year old boy and a 4 month old little girl, I have a full-time job, and my husband and I run our family farm.  Let me tell you, making the adjustment from one kid to two kids can be pretty overwhelming (especially when your kids are only a year and a half apart).  One of the main struggles that I dealt with was that I felt like I couldn’t get anything done. Between helping run our family farm, my own full-time career, caring for an infant, keeping a toddler entertained, cooking for my family, cleaning our two-story farmhouse, laundry, bathing and bedtimes I felt like I could never keep up.   Having that feeling of never really accomplishing much was very frustrating for me, and I felt like this quote:



So one day a couple of months ago, I sat down, said a prayer and made a list of the things that could use some improvement in my life.

Here is the list of problems that I came up with:

  1. Morning Madness
  2. Messy House
  3. Piled-Up Laundry
  4. Suppertime Craziness
  5. The Toy Tornado

After looking at this list, I was pretty discouraged.  I realized that most aspects of my life were a mess.  I was wasting time being unorganized and scattered and worst of all… I was missing out on quality time with my husband and my kids.

I then realized that in order for me to be the best mom that I could be, I needed to get my act together.  So I did some research and I found that there are so many books and websites that are completely focused on helping new parents become more organized, and I felt a little better about myself knowing that there are tons of other people that felt the same way as me!

Fixes to the Morning Madness

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people show up late.  If I am less than 10 minutes early to work or an appointment, I feel like I am late.  All of that changed, however, when I had kids.  I felt like it did not matter what time I got up in the morning, something would happen right before we would all walk out of the door that would cause me to be 5 or 10 minutes behind.  I have to get myself up and ready, feed the infant, cook breakfast for the toddler, get both kids dressed, get a bag packed for the babysitter, get a lunch packed for my toddler, and also pack my own lunch.  And all of this needs to be done before 7:30 in the morning.  Mornings at my house got (and can still get) a little hectic, and I constantly felt like I was racing around while never really getting anywhere.  So I went to the internet.  I found an article from Parents Magazine on their website called No More Manic Mornings.

One of the tips from this article really helped my family with our morning madness: Start the Night Before.  That was their tip.  Now I know that this sounds pretty obvious, but I had never really considered how much I could get organized and put together at night.  I now pick out all of our clothes the night before.  I find the outfit that I am going to wear to work, and I also lay out what the kids are going to wear.  I also restock and pack the bag that the kids take to the babysitter’s house.  I make sure that the diapers and wipes are full and that each of my kids has at least one extra outfit, because you never know what they will get into or get on them during the day.  I even go as far as to pack the lunch bag that I send with the kids every morning.  I put everything in the lunch bag and keep it in the refrigerator overnight.  That way in the morning, all I have to do is grab a freezer pack and throw it in the lunch bag.  I do the same thing with my own lunch.  With all of these things prepared the night before, our mornings run so much smoother.  I am calmer, I get to spend more quality time with my kids as they eat their breakfast and we almost always get out of the door on time.  I would rather spend an hour on these things at night after my kids have gone to bed, than race around for an hour in the morning trying to get all of this done.  It starts all of us out on a good note, and makes our days more productive.

Fixes to Suppertime Craziness

One main issue that constantly posed challenges at my house was suppertime. As soon as I picked my kids up from the babysitters in the evening, my son wanted to eat supper.  I don’t know if any of you have had to experience the wrath of a toddler that is hungry… but let me tell you that it is not a pleasant experience.  My normal routine included getting home from work and try to figure out an idea of what to make for supper.  Then once I would get an idea of what to make, I would then have to figure out if I even had the correct ingredients.  I don’t know how many times I ended up pulling a frozen pizza out of the freezer to cook because I couldn’t find all of the ingredients to make a healthier meal.  By the time I was finally able to start supper, 20-30 minutes had already passed.  And remember, this whole process is going on while a toddler is screaming, “Hungry Mama… Hungry”.  I would then cook supper, and it would be after 7:00 when we finally all sat down to eat.  With us eating that late at night, the kids didn’t get baths until late, and they don’t make it to bed for their 8:00 bedtime.

One overwhelming response that I got from my research was the idea of Meal Planning.  This is something that takes a little extra time in the planning stages, but let me tell you it helps so much during the week, especially when I am standing in front of the fridge trying to figure out what to cook for supper at night.  Here is my process:

  1. Plan a meal for each night of the week, find the recipes and print them off.
  2. Go through the ingredient lists for your recipes and write down the ingredients that you are missing.
  3. Grocery shop on the weekend to prepare for the next week.

Every weekend, I sit down and figure out the meals that I am going to cook for the rest of the week.  I use Google and Pinterest and all I do is search for quick and health recipes that are kid friendly, and print off the ones that I want to use.  It is amazing how many people post recipes that are simple and that actually taste pretty good!  Here is an example of a recipe that I found on Pinterest for Family Style Roasted Chicken Bake and it came directly from Kraft Food’s website.

Once I have a menu planned out for the week and all of my recipes are printed out, I then go through the ingredient list.  I figure out the ingredients that I currently have (either in my pantry or in my fridge) and I figure out the ingredients that I need to purchase.  This makes making a grocery list SO MUCH EASIER!  I know the exact things that I need at the store to make the recipes for my weekly meal plan, and I spend less money because I am not buying random grocery items that are not needed.  I also plan my grocery shopping for the weekend, that way I do not have to make last minute trips during the week.  With all of that done on the weekend, when I get home from work I look at my meal plan menu and choose the recipe that I want to make.  This has simplified my life, and my toddler has been so much happier.  We now normally eat around 6:00 each night, which leaves me with plenty of time to spend with my family before we have to start bathing and putting kids to bed.

My next few blog posts will show the tips that I found and the plans that I have incorporated into my life that has really made a huge difference for my family.  We still have our crazy moments and life is still hectic at times, but a few changes have really helped to organize my time so that I can spend more with the ones that I love.jess-family

Jessica Winter, on behalf of the Quakerdale team.

Rest Easy

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One of the big issues that impacted our recent restructuring at Quakerdale had to do with a lack of employees willing to do the jobs we needed done. I was reading about a survey done with workers hired to do the types of helping jobs Quakerdale hires and the results were interesting.

Tom Woll, a consultant to non profits like Quakerdale, recently interviewed three hundred workers in our field what it would take to stay at their position for two years. (Just two years!)  Tom stated that the answers revolved around five issues associated with the work: Stress, discouragement, belonging, purpose and fulfillment.

These were Millennial workers exclusively and all of them had concerns about the work that were very practical. They felt like the work they were doing was beyond their skills and that their training didn’t prepare them for the task. This led them to feeling discouraged and stressed out. These feelings of discouragement followed them home and had a negative impact on their personal lives. Many stated that if they do not feel calm in their work they will leave.

I know we all like to feel encouraged, stress free. We like to feel that we are fully prepared for the task and that those around us show appreciation and give us the feelings of purpose and fulfilment.

Where do feelings of stress, discouragement or belonging, purpose and fulfilment come from?

The last time I checked lasting feelings of contentment and well being  don’t come from others. The process of growing and “becomming” demands stress, anxiety, challenge and general discomfort.  Then we move to the next level and become the person we can ultimately become.  Then we better know our purpose, where we belong and what fulfils us.  Have you ever went and listened to a survivor story?  Someone who overcame something really terrible?  These people know who they are and it is because of the difficulty they experienced.

We as parents, friends or co-workers can model how to overcome hardship and take on challenges because we all have them.  We can find contentment in the midst of the trials and challenges of life even if our challenges are not bad enough to put us on the 6 pm news!   When we are modeling how to handle these challenges we must allow our kids  to experience increasing levels of hardship or challenge when they are young.  Kids who face difficulty or challenges experience stress and discouragement. Kids can learn that belonging, purpose and fulfilment come from going through difficult things instead of quitting.

So where are you helping yourself or your children avoid something difficult? Are you actually helping your child grow if you allow them to avoid the problem or fixing it for them?

Today try to take a look at life through the lense of growth and remember good things always require extra effort and they don’t come easy! Then we are better prepared for the next hard thing that always comes!

James chapter one is the place I go when things are hard in my life and I realize I am in a growth opportunity. You see as the old hymn says: “My hope rests in nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” You see when our happiness is dependent on others or even the circumstances of this world we are surely going to be disappointed. Teaching our children, co-workers or our friends how to find happiness isn’t quitting or avoiding. It has to do with where we put our trust and happiness and how we go about our lives.


I want to share a great song with you with an introduction in a concert. Not only are we expected to extend ourselves as in James chapter one, but then we can also rest easy knowing God will carry our burdens!


Hey, have you heard that corn causes cancer?

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What would Iowa farmers do if the world believed corn causes cancer?  At first, farmers would protest, reminding people that corn is great for feeding cattle, pigs and poultry.  But if consumers stopped buying corn, would Iowa farmers keep growing corn?  NO!  Corn production would stop FAST!

The shocker statement about corn is a metaphor for what Quakerdale is going through today, one that could also be applied to churches as well.

Would cancerous corn mean farmers were no longer farmers?

Farmers would still be farmers, but I believe  farming  would change radically and almost instantly.  For a few years, it would be tough.  Farmers would go through some really hard times and some would quit. But farmers would still be farmers with the goal of feeding the world and our rich black Iowa farm land would still be here.  The idea of growing crops would still be the mission of farmers and another crop or two or three would replace corn, and eventually Iowa farmers would be busy again through adaptation and planning.

Today, “best practices” taught in universities and among social service professionals claim that out-of-home group homes and shelters are universally bad for families.  This movement started back in the 1990’s.  This summer, responding to diminishing placements and these  “best practices,” Quakerdale closed the last of our group homes and shelter programs.  We closed our Waterloo and Manning campuses because enrollment had dropped (again) 20% from the previous 12 months in our remaining shelter programs.  The state (our customer for those services ) rarely requires kids to be helped in out-of-home services anymore.

Since June people have asked, “Does Quakerdale help any kids anymore?”

Quakerdale has a mission, just like Iowa farmers, and a cultural change will not stop our efforts.  Quakerdale exists to teach children about God and teach them discipline and work skills, a mission begun by our founder Josiah White in 1851.

Thankfully, Quakerdale has many other ministry programs which help thousands of children and their families each year!  Even though we are renting and willing to sell the Manning and Waterloo facilities,  we continue to have a clear mission to teach people about God and life skills,  just as we have been doing for over 165 years.

Just like the farmer with a mission to grow crops, Quakerdale is still a ministry with a mission.  While the approach was primarily group homes and shelters in the 70’s – 80’s, other programs and ministries have been developed.  Last year, Quakerdale served 3464 children and their families (some were served in more than one program).  167 of those children were served in our group homes and shelters.   That means that in 2015, 3297 were touched to by Quakerdale through home and community based programs!

Yes, folks, Quakerdale is still #makingadifference for kids and their families in Iowa and the midwest.  Our methods might be forced to change, and the means may change, but our mission remains the same!  That mission is what makes Quakerdale so special…

Please come to our web site www.quakerdale.org to learn of all the different things going on at Quakerdale.   Or, if you are a facebook friend, like us there to see regular updates on what is happening at Quakerdale.   We are excited to see what God has for us in the future as we make room for his guidance and change at Quakerdale.

And PLEASE NOTE that Quakerdale ministries are made possible by the donations of volunteers and gifts of donations or assets of those from the past and present! Keep us in your annual or monthly charitable giving.  Remember us in your estate planning so you can leave a legacy with Quakerdale!

Rob Talbot, Quakerdale Executive Director

PS. I mentioned the church in my opening “shocker” metaphor. Have any of you noticed church attendance changing?  I believe that the church, like Quakerdale, and like the farmer, has the same important mission it has always had, but how it does it needs to change, and as soon as churches figure out what the change needs to be we will see church participation rise.  Watch this interesting video spoken to college students about the revival of our selves and of the church into the future.  It takes pruning and faith to go to the next place God has for us!  We have to stop doing old things in order to start new things for Christ!


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Quakerdale Winter Classic Welcomes New Charities

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We are proud to announce that the following charities will be participating in this year’s Quakerdale Winter Classic ProAm. To learn more about each charity:

  • Click on their feature photo to go to their team page, or
  • Click on their logo to go to their website.


Neighbors Across the Land

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Riverview Ministries

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These are just two of the awesome charities that will be using the Winter Classic to spread the word about:

Who They Are …

What They Do …

How You Can Be Involved …

Join these charities and many more December 5 through 10 for the 2nd annual Quakerdale Winter Classic ProAm hosted by Beaver Hills Country Club in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Connect with us at: Quakerdale.org
Contact us at: (641) 497-5294 or Info@Quakerdale.org
#MakingADifferenceQ — #qwc2016proam

Quakerdale Winter Classic Announces Host Site

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We are proud to announce that the Beaver Hills Country Club in Cedar Falls, Iowa will be the host site for the 2016 Quakerdale Winter Classic ProAm. Last year at the Carroll Country Club we raised more than $16,000, increased our web traffic by a factor of 23x, grew our subscription lists, and spread the word about who we are and what we do to 71,000+ Twitter accounts with more than 392,000 impression!

This year we are inviting over 50 charities to join us. Collectively, our goal is to raise $1,000,000. Live play begins Monday, December 5 and concludes Tuesday, December 13. Our Results Celebration will broadcast live from Beaver Hills at 7:00 PM on December 15. We cannot wait to hear the stories of the impact this event will mean to so many awesome charities.


Connect with us at: Quakerdale.org
Contact us at: (641) 497-5294 or Info@Quakerdale.org
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Guilt free parenting

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There are a lot of babies in my life right now – seven people, including me, have had a baby within the last few months.  Our family is on baby number three, but some of these families are on baby number one.  This means baby showers and games where you give the new parents advice about being a parent.  This is hard because you have so many decisions to make as a parent, and there is some pretty crazy advice out there. Should I use formula or breastfeed? Should I use cloth or disposable diapers? Should I vaccinate my child? Should I spank my child?  Should I home school, send my kids to public school, or Christian school? A friend shared this video with me and it couldn’t explain all of these questions any better!



Here is the thing, God made us all different, so each family is going to be different.  What works for me may not work for you.  The best advice I could give new parents is do what is best for your family. If it works for your family to eat cereal for supper every Tuesday because of soccer practice and there is a lot to pack in, do it!  If your family needs to sit in the back of the church because of rowdy kids, do it!  If your 18 month old has to sleep with you so that everyone in your household can get some sleep, do it!  Do not feel guilty for trying new things and see how they work.  You must do things that work for your family.  If an unusual approach keeps you from flying apart and helps your sanity, there is no reason to feel guilty.  This is the reason there are so many different ideas and approaches in parenting…  We all have special family characteristics and in makes our communities rich and colorful.

Let’s face it, being a parent is extremely hard.  Every child is different, and they do not come with instructions. I was in the pediatrician’s office with my youngest for her sixth month check up and the doctor said to me, “you are doing a good job”.  It was such balm to a tired mamma’s soul.  Just hearing the affirmation that I was doing a good job meant so much to me.  I realized how important is it is to encourage and build up other parents. This is the perfect quote to describe parenting:

Behind every great kid

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is a mom who’s pretty sure

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she’s screwing it up.


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We are so hard on ourselves.  In reality, things really will be okay.  You ARE doing a good job. You WON’T fly apart. God has a plan for your beautiful family!  Don’t feel like you have to listen to everyone and their advice.  Pick what works for your family, enjoy your kiddos, and maybe you can be the person in other’s lives who builds them up.

Mindy Hadley, on behalf of the Quakerdale team.

#ConnectIt – #ExtendingLife – #LifeLongImpact

What is Your Marathon?

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“Here’s how you run a marathon. Step one:  you start running.  There is no step two.”

Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother

26.2 medal

I AM not a runner.  I DO coach basketball for a living, drink way too much Mountain Dew, and listen to Taylor Swift.  I am wired to set huge goals and take abnormally large risks.  So when my wife asked me to join her in her quest to run the San Francisco marathon, I quoted a modern day philosopher—Barney Stinson (see above quote) and then took the plunge.

“The race is not given to the swift, nor to the strong…”

“…but to those who endure to the end.”

Taken at face value, the commonly misinterpreted and combined Bible reference of verses from Ecclesiastes 9 and Matthew 24 certainly fueled some of my training and preparation.

Long story short, we endured—All 26.2 miles.

Cue the Rocky theme song music and the constant buzzing of our phones as the congratulatory text messages and comments via social media poured in.

But now my left foot hurts.  Seriously, like…it’s hard to walk and I could have a major issue type of hurt.  And some of my toenails are going to fall off.  I feel like I got hit by a train.  And now I am thinking about my right hip, sheesh…the list goes on.  And my wife, I know she has her own pains.

But guess what? We have a medal and a memory.  Not to mention an accomplishment that less 0.5% of the population can say they have achieved.  We have a pair of little eyes—our two year old—who saw how we endured and battled to overcome the face of difficulty and complete our goal.  I’ll limp to that!

Leadership is about accomplishing things in a way that inspires others.   Will my son or my boss or you ever sign up to run a marathon just because I did? Probably not.

But instead, I want you and everyone who knows my journey to finish the impossible task they have before them.  I ran the race for my team, for my son, and I certainly ran the race for me, but I also did it for you.  I did it so you could:

  • Complete your degree and grow the industry you are passionate about
  • Raise your unruly toddlers to the kind, caring, thoughtful leaders God created them to be
  • Get out of debt and live financially free
  • Restore your broken relationships and create wonderful memories

I did it so you could push past your limits and see a change in yourself.  I did it to say that I finished and then tell you that you can too.  Ultimately, I did it for the domino effect.

A crucial aspect of inspiring others and leaving a legacy is setting a goal and executing it to the finish.  When we signed up for the San Francisco Marathon back in November, we had no real idea what we would feel like in preparation, in route, or at the finish line.  But we kept moving forward—and we did it!  Some of you may think we accomplished what is impossible.  Heck, at mile 23, I thought it was impossible.  If we would have stopped there, what would be changed?  Who would be moved?  Instead, we kept going.  There are other aspects of our life that have been “impossible” –but we kept going.  There are things that you’ve done—and that you are going to do—that seem impossible…but you’ll keep going.  The most successful people and the true leaders, who can make a real difference in people’s lives, just don’t quit.  They keep moving forward.

If you stumbled upon this post and feel you can relate, I know two things about you.  You want to make a difference and you are not going to quit until you do.  You’ll keep moving forward.  Email me and let me know how you’re doing it. (djohnston@quakerdale.org)

I look forward to seeing the growth of others because of my race.  I look forward to hearing your story of conquering the impossible.  Be sure to #RiseUp, leave a legacy, and let me know if you ever need anything!

–Coach DJ

Program Leader
Quakerdale Basketball

MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY: Become a Social Media Partner

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Are you passionate about one or more of Quakerdale’s Ministries?

Do you use social media on a regular basis (specifically Facebook, Twitter, or Google+) to communicate with your family and friends?

Would you enjoy spending one hour a week using your social media account to spread the word about a Quakerdale Ministry?

Then we would like to invite you to …


Who Can Become a Partner …

  • I’m excited about Quakerdale!

    Anyone that is passionate about Quakerdale or one of its ministries

  • Has access to and uses Facebook, Twitter, and/or Google+
  • Sees social media as a great way to get important and entertaining information to the people they care about


What do they do …

  • Once a week they carve out at least one hour from their schedule to spread the word about Quakerdale or one of their ministries using their personal social media account by:
    • “You’ve got to see this. Now you know why I support Quakerdale!”

      Going to a Quakerdale ministry social media account,

    • Locating at least one post or tweet in the past 7 days they believe needs to be passed on to their friends and family, and
    • Then Like and Share/Retweet with a personal comment stating why you are choosing to pass on the information.
  • That’s all there is to it.

Will you help us tell your world about Quakerdale, its ministries, and the opportunities we have to serve and be served?

Then register right now to …


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