Making a Difference

Making a Difference

Tuesday Tribute

My Parents, John and Marie Dean, are an inspiration to me and all those around them as they demonstrate how to lead meaningful, productive lives, regardless of age.  My Mom recently earned a degree in Elementary Education and became a second grade teacher.  A week ago, my Dad gave away most of his possessions and moved to Columbia to a be a full time missionary.  While many people in their senior years settle into a comfortable retirement and wait for the Second Law of Thermodynamics to bring atrophy, my parents are tapping into selfless creative energy and a lifetime of learning experiences to explore, grow, change, and make a difference in the lives of others.  Everyone who draws breath exists for a reason, and my hope is that readers will discover what interesting, sometimes difficult, but exciting possibilities await them!








  • Lanny A. Eichert February 13, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Alice, I’m happy about your Dad and just sent of an email using the last address I had from his email sent 03/10/12 Subject: Moving April 1st. Does he own and still respond to it?

    • admin February 13, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      If you don’t hear back, let me know, and I’ll make sure to get the right email address. Do you have Facebook? He posts pictures and updates there regularly. That’s another option to stay in touch.

  • Stephen Helbig February 13, 2013 at 2:13 am

    John 15:16
    You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed you (I have planted you), that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may be lasting (that it may remain, abide), so that whatever you ask the Father in My name (as presenting all that I AM), He may give it to you. (Amplified Bible)

    p.s. ~ Make up your mind you’re going to make a difference to somebody else. You can be a blessing, you can say something positive to somebody else, and you can focus on making the most out of every moment. ~ “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world” ~ qoute ~ Anne Frank Diary of a Young Girl

  • Mary Vanderplas February 13, 2013 at 6:23 am

    Both your mom and your dad are, I agree, inspiring models of self-giving love and service to others, grace-full aging, and a courageous willingness to risk comfort and security for the sake of obedience to the call of God on one’s life. Watching your mother – who puts in long hours and ends the day at once exhausted and exhilarated – inspires me daily and reinforces the lesson that there is no substitute for discovering and living one’s God-given purpose. Thanks for the moving tribute to these two very special people – and for the encouragement to seek to make a difference in the world until I draw my last breath.

    • admin February 13, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      Thanks for your input, Mary 🙂

  • John Dean February 14, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Thank you for such a wonderful tribute to your mother and me. I’m glad to see that we didn’t just retire from life when we retired. I am happy to be where I am now because I know that I am in the will of God. I know your mom will be a dedicated teacher, because she put a dedicated effort in to getting her degree and finding a teaching position. Keep both of us in prayer that our health will allow us to keep on keeping on. Love, Dad

  • Patrick Strickland February 14, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Thank God that there are many wonderful examples of people continuing to live life to it’s fullest, even after retirement.

    Just imagine Moses did not start His ministry till he was 80 years old. What a blessing he was. Age should not be a determining factor to quit living a full life for God.

    Grace and Peace Patrick

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