Thursday, November 11, 2010

"It is one of the most beautiful compensations in life that no man can help another without helping himself." Ralph Waldo Emerson

In a supermarket, Kurtis the stock boy was busily working when a new voice came over the loud speaker asking for a carry out at register 4. Kurtis was almost finished and wanted to get some fresh air, so decided to answer the call. As he approached the check-out stand, a distant smile caught his eye; the new check-out girl was beautiful. trick      photo story friday Later that day after his shift was over, he waited by the punch clock to find out her name. She came into the break room, smiled softly at him, took her card, punched out and left. He looked at her card, BRENDA. He walked out only to see her start walking up the road. Next day, he waited outside as she left the supermarket and offered her a ride home. He looked harmless enough and she accepted. When he dropped her off, he asked if maybe he could see her again, outside of work. She simply said it wasn't possible.trick3

He pressed and she explained that she had two children and she couldn't afford a babysitter, so he offered to pay for the sitter. Reluctantly she accepted his offer for a date the following Saturday. That Saturday night he arrived at her door only to have her tell him that she was unable to go with him. The babysitter had called and canceled. To which Kurtis simply said, "Well, let's take the kids with us."trick2

She tried to explain that taking the children was not an option, but again, not taking no for an answer, he pressed. Finally, Brenda brought him inside to meet her children. She had an older daughter who was just as cute as a bug, Kurtis thought. Then Brenda brought out her son, in a wheelchair. He was born a paraplegic with Down syndrome.trick4

Kurtis asked Brenda, "I still don't understand why the kids can't come with us?" Brenda was amazed. Most men would run away from a woman with two kids, especially if one had disabilities - just like her first husband and father of her children had done. Kurtis was not ordinary - he had a different mindset.katelyn 2  

That evening Kurtis and Brenda loaded up the kids, went to dinner and the movies. When her son needed anything, Kurtis would take care of him. When he needed to use the restroom, he picked him up out of his wheelchair, took him and brought him back. The kids loved Kurtis. At the end of the evening, Brenda knew this was the man she was going to marry and spend the rest of her life with.

A year later, they were married and Kurtis adopted both of her children. Since then they have added two more.katelyn 3

So what happened to Kurtis the stock boy and Brenda the check-out girl? Well, Mr. & Mrs. Kurt Warner now live in Arizona, where he was employed as the quarterback of the National Football League Arizona Cardinals. Is this a surprise ending or could you have guessed that he was not an ordinary person?trick1

It should be noted that Kurt Warner also quarterbacked the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. He has also been the NFL's Most Valuable Player twice and the Super Bowl's Most Valuable Player.katelyn 1

This beautiful story was emailed to me by The Simple Truth’s website. I get emails from them frequently. Often, I just delete them. I mean, honestly, life gets so crazy some days. I just don’t feel like being inspired. When I click though and read….well, it touches my heart. I hope this story touched your heart today as well.

51 comments:

blueviolet said...

Who knew? That's lovely!

The Incredible Woody said...

What a wonderful story!

Mari said...

I got this as an e-mail a while back and was touched also. What a guy!

Tracy P. said...

Love that! I will have to share it with my Ben--so thankful for great sports figures who are great role models. :-)

scrappysue said...

what a beautiful story - are they the family in those pics? beautiful family

Wanda said...

Wow....simply WOW!

Cinner said...

It really was touching, I wish them a long and happy life together. beautiful. have a great weekend.

Colleen said...

That is a heartwarming and beautiful story. Thanks for sharing it and brightening my day!!:)

Heidi said...

Such a great story, and love how you added you photos throughout.

Marilyn said...

Great story and a great person. Love the pictures.

Gigi said...

How great to know that there are such angels who walk among us!

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

What an amazing legacy!

Lisa said...

OH! I am touched! What a great way to start the day. See there are Super Heroes out there!

Love this story! Thanks for sharing:) I never would have known this!

BEAUTIFUL PICTURES!!!!!!!!

Nurse Nancy said...

I think that Kurt is such an inspiration! What a great guy and a great family.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

That is a great story. Thanks for sharing.

Anita Johnson said...

Great TRUE story...and I love your photos with it. Excellent!

TSannie said...

I don't know which is more beautiful. That story or your photos. He really is an incredible man.

Maddy said...

Wow!! Who knew! I'm not much of a sports fan, but I do love Dancing with the Stars! And he seemed like a class act throughout the show! Nice to know that there are some good ones left ;o)

Freckles & Dimples Photography said...

thanks for sharing...with all the negative stuff that goes on in the world, its heartwarming to be reminded that goodness and 'simple truth' still exist.
have a great day!
M

Lolli said...

What an inspiring story! I love hearing true stories like that.

lifebythecreek said...

That's what should be on the front page of the newspaper, or at least the sports page. We should celebrate goodness rather than glorifying bad behavior. Maybe if that was the background music that was constantly piped into our brains, we would all try to be better people. Maybe. I would surely be willing to give it a try. But til then, I'll come here for my dose of goodness...

CJ said...

Love stories that end like that...and you have such great pictures - always enjoy seeing them :)

Jen said...

long time no see :)
you have a gift of capturing people's personalities!

Alicia said...

Wow! That is an amazing story!!! I was blessed by reading that!!!

I've missed visiting here, Rebekah!!!

Matty said...

I get the Simple Truths newsletter too and saw this story. I had always known about his job as a bagger, but I never knew the rest. Great storyline.

Jenny said...

Precious story. Love all the photos too.

Jabacue said...

Who would have known!? What a great story. I just 'met' him on Dancing with the Stars' and wondered if he was for real....such a gentle man and nice guy. I guess he is!
Thanks for this.
Jim

Formerly known as Frau said...

Goose bumps and tears!! Becky wow thanks for sharing such an amazing story! Have a wonderful weekend!

septembermom said...

What a truly beautiful love story in many ways.

kbreints said...

YEP YEP-- he was a UNI grad and all of that happened in IOWA! Gotta love Kurt Warner!

Susan said...

Oh wow, I didn't know this!! How incredible...

Thanks for sharing. I never leave your blog without being touched deeply.

Hope you have a BLESSED weekend.

Kim said...

Had I not been all cried out from just watching a movie (Hachi: A Dog's Tale) I would have cried while reading this. How absolutely beautiful and the guy I have been watching on Dancing with the Stars is this guy. I knew I liked him for a good reason! Wonderful story with wonderful photography (as always). Thank you for sharing it.

gretchen said...

I am so glad it was a true story. I should have known that one because he was a stocker boy in Iowa at Hy-Vee (that is the name of the Iowa grocery store). Great pics and story as usual. :)

Kelly said...

Beautiful story! Even if it wasn't about a real person, it's a true story ... I know so many amazing people whose stories are awe inspiring. Very cool to hear this one!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Tear. tear.
Beautiful. Thanks for sharing Becky.
xoxoxo

Joanna Jenkins said...

You made my day. What a wonderful and inspiring story. Thanks for passing it on with all your gorgeous photos.
xo jj

Tezzie said...

What a beautiful and heart warming story...thanks for sharing!

And, thanks for stopping by my blog to say 'hi' :D We do, indeed have weather that cold already! It's been snowing for a week and the kids are taking the skis out tomorrow!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What an amazing story! It is really beautiful. I love your photos.

Raise Them Up said...

Really, really cool story!

Manisha said...

Great story! So uplifting and heartwarming!

She Writes said...

Ohhhhh, that got me :).

Nessa said...

It was a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing it. Fantastic images as always.

Mrs.Mayhem said...

I had no idea. Thanks for sharing that story.

Your photos are lovely. I found the first to be especially touching, with the little fist curled around the handle of the pumpkin bag.

Grace said...

Thanks for sharing the inspiration and your photos are lovely.

Grandma Nina said...

I never knew the "rest of story" about Kurt Warner! What a wonderful man and wonderful inspiration! Loved him on Dancing With The Stars, too.

MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

I have always admired the Warner family but didn't know about this part of them. :) Very touching and convicting. Would we do the same? Especially at a younger age?

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Trish.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

What a special story ...thank you for sharing !

photowannabe said...

Whew, I needed this story today and the bright faces of those lovely children.
What I got from it.....keep pressing on.
Thanks Becky.

Kristin said...

Such a great story. Thank you for sharing! I have no idea who he is, but I just love beautiful people like Kurt!

Liz said...

Awwww.... what a sweet story! Great pictures too!

BLOGitse said...

What a beautiful true story with beautiful pictures...
Have a good week!