Inspiring People

"You Inspire Us" was born from the everyday people around us who make our days a little brighter, bring smiles to our faces, and warm our hearts! We are inspired by those who share their gifts, big and small, from the artist, the author, the teacher, to the stay at home mom and everyone in between... We celebrate you and thank you for INSPIRING us each day!


Brenda Laurin - Rescue Foster Mom

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Brenda shares with us, in her words, her journey as a Rescue  Foster Mom.  We are truly Touched and Inspired by her story!   "Photos speak a 1,000 words" and these images definitely speak for themselves...        I started fostering for Paws to the North Dog Rescue out of Norway, Michigan, UPAWS and the Women’s Center in July of 2017. I guess you could say I made the decision once my kids were out of high school and we were facing the “empty nest” stage, but it has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. "Every dog has a story...

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Artist Elizabeth Yelland

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Art & Meditation - by Elizabeth Yelland I love creating Art & Murals in Upper Michigan.  My artwork is painted with the intentions of a Higher Meaning, Friendship, and Healing.  Come and take a painting class with me and create your very own work of art at Inspired Art and Gifts.  You can find my Art Cards, Decals, Paintings, and Classes at local Art Galleries, Museums, and Gift shops.        Art is Joyful, Art is Life, Art Heals, Art is Community, Art is Educational  Wall Mural in Tahquamenon Falls Camp 33 Gift Shop, Paradise Michigan   Private commission on wall of childs'...

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Ray Leverton - Happy 90th Birthday

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Ray with his 4 Great Grandchildren and 4 Grandchildren   "If anyone could be described as an unwaveringly loyal volunteer and community member its longtime Ishpeming resident Ray Leverton" says Paul Bonetti fellow philanthropist.  "A man of great faith, generosity, and character that everyone should aspire to be" says fellow volunteer Julie Solka. Ray Leverton was born just in time for the Great Depression and grew up understanding the value of a dollar, of persistence, of community, and of family.  He is a Korean War veteran, he has 3 children, 4 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.  Ray was invited in September...

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Paula Marietti Diedrich - Educator, Mom, Volunteer

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       What Yooper doesn't provide a warm welcome and offer to help others? Paula says.  Paula was born and raised in Upper Michigan and is a graduate of Northern Michigan University.  "She is as strong as they come but has a heart of gold", says Nadine who is honored and humbled to be among her many friends.     It's that "Yooper Spirit" that guides her daily in the classroom, even after 24 years of teaching.  Paula is an English/Elementary teacher in Marquette, MI.  Paula is a wife, mom, and very active in her community. Besides the classroom, you...

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