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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Importance of Being Earnest (not about the play) (08/04/11)

TITLE: Unwavering
By CJ Raney


I have met some amazing people in my lifetime, who have fought through adversity and won. They have encouraged me to try to be a better person. I am blessed to have these steadfast people in my life. I learn from their struggles and diligent attitudes to triumph.

My best friend is one of the most passionate and dedicated women I know. I have watched her, for the last ten years, raise and care for a special needs child with such love and devotion. Her drive and determination to improve her son’s lifestyle motivates everyone that knows her. I am a more thoughtful person because of having a remarkable individual like her in my life. Her precious little boy has also inspired my daughter to go to college for Exceptional Student Education.

Then there is my “superman,” as I call him. My loving, supportive husband who has always stood by my side. He is a dedicated father to our two kids and loves unconditionally. I watch him fight every day for our family and the many families that depend on him. Does he get frustrated? Absolutely! There are many days when he wants to quit, but he always finds that mustard seed of faith to keep going.

He doesn’t like the word, can’t. I hear him say to our kids and employees all the time, “Can’t never could and won’t never will.” Of course our kids finish the quote before he finishes now. His other famous quote is, “Quitters never win and winners never quit.” He definitely lives both of them.

He has had all the “nay-sayers” throughout his life try to knock him down, yet he always finds the strength to continue on. I know it is his deep faith in God that gets him through, but it is still hard to watch him struggle sometimes. He is always available to encourage someone else and put others first, even at his lowest.

He walks around with the weight of the world on his shoulders with a smile. I look at all he does for our family and everyone else and it amazes me. I believe God has blessed him and our family above and behind our imagination because of his faithfulness. I never pictured my life as it is now.

Is he perfect? No, but he is perfect for me and our family. He is our “superman.”

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Joy Faire Stewart08/11/11
This is so touching, I have tears. What a beautiful tribute to two very special people. You are fortunate to have them in your life as they are to have you!
C D Swanson 08/12/11
So sweet, I felt your love from over here! I lost my best friend three years ago, and I still miss her to this day. Special people make a difference in a single life; after of course God - who is always first. God Bless. Amen~
Linda Goergen08/13/11
Heartwarming read of a loving tribute to two special people who have touched your life as God would have us touch lives. Our loads in life become so much lighter when we have special people like this to help us lighten them! You are blessed, as they are blessed to have you. Thanks for sharing.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/16/11
Aah what a beautiful tribute to two incredible people.

Tiny typo you wrote women instead of woman.

When I was done reading I really felt like I knew your husband. Nice writing.