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Worship and Inspiration

August 29, 2014 - Theresa Proudfit
Trying to come up with a blog idea this morning, I searched the internet for important news stories. A few for consideration, gay marriage, domestic violence, the Ferguson protests, but I just wasn't feeling it.

Then I took a break, checked my Facebook page and found some inspiration.

There was this girl in high school, my classmates older sister, a senior when I was a Freshman, super cool and kinda intimidating, we had Publications class together last hour. It was our school newspaper and yearbook class, taught by Cheryl Wender, and my favorite class all four years.

Being the only Freshman in the class, I pretty much did whatever I was told. We would go out and sell ads to local businesses and because I couldn't drive, I rode with the upperclassmen. There are plenty of stories here, but lets just say Debbie Sauld Mckinzie had a huge influence on my early years. So much so that when she moved back to town after Cosmetology school my senior year, I let her drastically cut off all of my long hair and razor cut the back of my head. My most radical haircut to date.

Although the haircut was phenomenal, looking up to Debbie probably wasn't always in my best interest. She'll be the first to tell you she wasn't perfect. But fast forward 20 plus years and I've started worshiping this woman all over again.

Just about every time I see a post from Debbie I'm inspired. She's doing pink hair for cancer, giving free photos and haircuts for Christmas, collecting American Girl Dolls for kids who can't afford them and buying shoes for grade school kids in need. That was just off the top of my head.

This morning her status was dedicated to Iron Mountain teachers. So important, I have to share.

"Not only did it take my parents and family to raise a child that was and still is a very hyper, attention seeking, spontaneous and very much an impulsive person, but it took a group of great teachers and guidance. Which I received at IRON MOUNTAIN SCHOOLS.

I spent a lot of time in detention (because I was late, struggled with homework, etc.) obviously to this day my grammar needs much help. My math is something little to be desired. However, my teachers loved me. I know they did. They taught me what it was to have discipline, loyalty and compassion for what I truly believed in. They believed in me even when I didn't. Teachers are so important in a child's life. I think we have some of the best of the best at Iron Mountain schools. We could go on and on about the "money" situation. To me, it's not about that. To me, it's about them not giving up. Showing up and loving those kids. Making them into stronger better children that will thrive in this very difficult world. My hat goes off to all of the teachers at Iron Mountain this year."

At 41 years old I still feel like that wide eyed freshman girl when I see all the great things Mrs. Mckinzie is doing in our community.

Thanks for inspiring me to become a better person Debbie. My admiration continues and I'll be dropping off some shoes for you later today. Peace and Love.

If you want to help Debbie with any of her causes please contact her at Jodeco Salon in downtown Iron Mountain.


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