Life is made up of moments.

Some memorable, some not so memorable. Some life altering, some pass by without us ever noticing.

I have had a handful of moments in life that changed the course of my story. Like the first time I saw Trey. I will never forget how just seeing him made me feel.

Some moments are expected to change you and you can prepare for the birth of your child or your wedding day or the day you achieve a goal that you have been working so hard to achieve.

Sometimes little acts from people you love change you in a very unexpected moment.

A couple of months ago I was sitting at a table at Hoboken with my mom and grandpa. We were just talking about normal things. Then my Pop fetched a piece of scrap paper and he scribbled “ May 1, 2014. This place (Hoboken) has added years to my life.”

At that moment my story changed. The things that I will tell my children to work for changed. My idea for what motivates me changed.

You see my grandpa was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease about 3 years ago. At that point Trey and I talked about it and we decided that we had to get Hoboken open as quickly as possible because I needed him to see it. I NEEDED it. Up until this point we had done everything very slowly so we took out a loan that would help us get the last things that we needed and we opened. He has been in there almost every morning since we opened. Turned out he needed Hoboken just as much as I needed him to see it.

I don’t know the route that that silly little coffee house will take but I do know that even though we spent so many days, weeks and years planning and saving, it could close tomorrow and my heart would be full because my grandpa decided to share what it had done for him.

It was all worth it.

Thanks Pop for investing so much love into your family and community. Thanks for encouraging and believing (sometimes doubting...the right amount) to keep people motivated.

When I was little girl I was sitting in the church that I grew up in and it was a day that we had a guest preacher. His name was Paul Box and he said something like “if people do something to change you, tell them.”

If you share it with them, you may just change their life without even knowing it.

34 comments (Add your own)

1. Hannah Novak wrote:
This is so good. I love that quote - “if people do something to change you, tell them.”

Wed, July 16, 2014 @ 5:35 PM

2. Clint wrote:
Wow this is punch in the gut! So often we get so busy in life we miss the things your talking about when really that's ALL life is about. Your Grandpa changes my day to when I see him. I only hope some day I'll have half his character. Thanks for this!!

Wed, July 16, 2014 @ 5:45 PM

3. Emily wrote:
What a great man! Thanks for sharing Mallory

Wed, July 16, 2014 @ 5:56 PM

4. Amanda Fortney wrote:
Wow, that made me tear up. That was beautiful. Thanks for sharing, Mallory.

Wed, July 16, 2014 @ 6:33 PM

5. Paula Brown wrote:
Loved your story.

Wed, July 16, 2014 @ 6:54 PM

6. Karen OCHS wrote:
Thanks for sharing Mallory, loved your story!!! You have a beautiful family and congrats on the new addition, Miss Townes is beautiful!!!

Wed, July 16, 2014 @ 7:28 PM

7. Phil Nichols wrote:
I love your entire family but your Pop is one of the most inspiring men I have met. Yes he is very generous as is the entire Chappell family,but your Pop will always be the man who saved me from myself at my lowest point after Ty passed. His love.. patients.... friendship and wisdom lead me to a place where I could start healing. Yes I love your family and your Pop well there is nothing I would not do for him.

Wed, July 16, 2014 @ 8:16 PM

8. Paulette Woods wrote:
Mallory your gift for writing is only exceeded by your beautiful heart! Through the open door of your heart I have been drawn into an amazing family. It was God's perfect timing...that day you saw Trey for the first time. Need I say you are a precious gift to my life?!

Mon, July 28, 2014 @ 5:26 AM

9. Jeanette Martin wrote:
My sister,Paulette,your now grandmother shared with me your post! What a sweet thing to tell a part of your life- changing moments! Write-on! Isn't Life Grand? Love to you Trey & your beautiful girls! Jeanette,your now great aunt!

Mon, July 28, 2014 @ 6:04 AM

10. Ryan Chandler wrote:

Pop is one of the greatest people that I know. I consider him to be my grandfather too. I am truly blessed to be part of your family. When you write the "thoughts" like this I see a lot of him in you. He has done the same to me several different time. One I can think of is after I had started school last year. My first class was really hard and I was barely keeping my head above water. I was discouraged and down on myself. Randomly, I got a text from Pop, and it said "I'm proud of you." Those 4 little words changed my whole perspective! He did not send me that for any reason, nor did he know I was discouraged. But because he decided to share his thought with me it changed my life without even knowing it. Thanks again for doing the same!

Mon, July 28, 2014 @ 10:44 AM

11. Jeff Jobe wrote:
And just imagine the change that your Grandpa has made on the world and on the lives of so many people he is not related to...very nice post.

Mon, July 28, 2014 @ 1:18 PM

12. Kristy Kellogg wrote:
My sweet Mallory, you are such an amazing woman! Such a big heart! I am so proud of you and Trey! Pop is an amazing man and I know how proud you are of him! I love him so very much! I have always considered him my 2nd dad. As you know, my dad has been spending as much time with him as possible and I am so thankful he does. It just shows how special their friendship is. Best friends for life. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! I love you so much!

Mon, July 28, 2014 @ 1:52 PM

13. Jan Jameson wrote:
What a beautiful moment for you to share with others!!!! I believe Hoboken will be there for a long long time.. I love reading about through my sweet friend , Paulette...

Mon, July 28, 2014 @ 2:36 PM

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That was beautiful! It brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing.

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