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My friend Fred Wilhelm writes great songs.  I talked to him a few months back, and told him that some of my happiest moments of the past year were the times that I heard him play this one:

I mean, seriously?  That is just the coolest.  I hope this isn’t sacrilegious, but when I hear him play this song, it feels like church.  “I’m here today ’cause that brave woman begot me” – I want to shout hallelujah.

I’m thinking about my own family today – how we have our own unique story, one that keeps progressing and morphing with time, for better and for worse, each of us changing and becoming and growing into whoever it is that we are, whoever it is that we were created to be.  We are equal parts comedy and tragedy – and a total gong show, at times.  We are far, far from perfection, but still, “when I’m with ’em, it’s like Thanksgiving.”

Today, my littlest sister Sarah is moving to Haiti. At 22-years old (and more mature than the other three of us kids put together – no offense, Jeremy and Becca, I know you agree), she bought a one-way ticket, and is moving to one of the poorest countries in the world to do a little good.  Those of us who know her know that she will do more than “a little” good, and while we will miss her terribly, can’t put into words how proud we are of her.

If I ever wrote a song about my family, today would be an important line.



  1. Sarah on June 15, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    I feel honored to be a part of your story, and a part of the Parsons family story. It is a bittersweet day to leave one immediate family to join a hodge-podge family of friends.

    I would say that my family shaped much of who I am – and you all are brought to Haiti with me.

    Love you much. Remember – 2011 is the year of Haiti travel for Annie Parsons!

  2. Emily from Seattle on June 15, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Wow….kudos to Sarah. I don’t know her (obviously), but I’ll be praying for her!

  3. Anastasia on June 15, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    Sarah, I don’t know you, but I’m proud of you too! You’re an inspiration!

  4. Peg on June 16, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Hmmm – seems that Sarah should get more than a line for today. Maybe a whole song about being in the right place, being brave, following the Call. Way to go Sarah.

  5. Jacklyn on June 16, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Annie, this post is beautiful! What a great thing your sister is doing! I can’t wait to hear more about it!

  6. Greta on June 20, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    I just love you Annie.

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