The Stories

  • My Sister Ruth

        If I had to describe my sister in one word: Courage This year MOPS International teamed up with The Giving Keys to provide moms with a Courage Key which went along with the theme of the 2014/2015 year “Be You, Bravely”. I proudly wore my key this year and embraced that word, courage, with a vengeance! And then the time came for me to pass it on. I did not hesitate for one minute as to whom I wanted to give the key. My sister, Ruth, just recently moved back to the states after her husband, Dan, finished...

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  • Strength........

      Last year I went through a divorce, and while it was my choice, it was still very painful and lonely. I was feeling a lot of burden around the decision and was worried about how my children would do through it all. I picked up a "strength" key from a local store as a gift to myself. I loved wearing the necklace and was reminded of the cause it was helping and that everyone in life needs strength at some point to get through a tough phase. Last fall a friend lost her beautiful son. He was a bright...

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  • Where There Is Breath, There Is Hope

    Ever since I can remember, the doorknocker at my paternal grandparents’ house has been engraved with our family motto – “Dum Spiro Spero,” or “while I breathe, I hope.” It’s also inscribed on the crest ring my dad wore on his pinky every day when I was growing up, and I was so upset when the saying wouldn’t fit on my ring because my fingers weren’t big enough. All those years, I don’t think I truly understood the meaning behind that simple saying. I liked the way the Latin words rolled off my tongue, but the English translation left me...

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  • A Mothers Love

    I have a daughter who has battled many demons in her young life. And she has a birthday tomorrow. Well--the message on the paper tag is for me. The keys are to herself. I chose : LOVE. BELIEVE. COURAGE. FEARLESS. THESE RESONATE WITH ME IN MY ENDEAVOR TO HELP THIS CHILD OF MINE LOVE HERSELF. HAVE THE COURAGE TO RECOGNIZE LOVE FROM HER FAMILY AND TO BELIEVE HERSELF BOTH LOVED AND LOVEABLE. AND THIRDLY CAPABLE OF A GREAT AND TRUE (BELIEVE) LOVE. AND DESERVING OF SUCH. SHE MUST HAVE THE COURAGE TO BELIEVE HERSELF LOVEABLE. AND TO BELIEVE SHE CAN...

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  • Through It All

    My name is Kelly Lee. I am 52 years old and have Cystic Fibrosis (CF). On Christmas 2013 my son and daughter-in-law gave me the amazing gift of The Giving Key. I had never heard of them before and was totally overwhelmed when I got it. They said that they had prayed long and hard for the right word to have on my key. They finally decided on the word "hope". I think this was the PERFECT word. Having Cystic Fibrosis is an everyday struggle. I suffer from serious lung infections and insufficient pancreas and liver functions. Over the last...

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