Creating a Sense of Community Throughout The Appalachian Highlands

She Says…

I love your happy side, your sad side, your silly side, your mad side,
I love your fingers and toes, your ears and nose.
I love your hair and eyes, your giggles and cries.
I love you running and walking, silent and talking.
I love you through and through… yesterday, today and tomorrow too.
– I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak (2005)

I used to read this book to my kids everyday. There was even a time where I had memorized all the words and I would recite it in the car, on the phone, or just when I picked them up from daycare.

When I was younger, I used to think about having children, never really understanding how my heart could add more love than I already had in my life. Wow! Was I wrong. I know that there are people out there that cannot or may just not want children, and I respect that, though I knew I always wanted children. In 2003, I was blessed with my first child. My heart was full, or so I thought. How? How could so much love fit in such a small organ? Then, in 2009, our son was born. And, just like that, my heart grew “two sizes too big.” What a fantastic ride!

Which brings us to today…

On September 2nd, 2016 at 11:51am, this world became a little brighter. Angela and Mickey Baker welcomed Jackson James Baker into this beautiful world.

Yes, this life is filled with challenges. Yes, this world is filled with struggle. But, Jackson James could not have been born to two more understanding, giving, loving, successful, and driven parents. I, along with the entire staff at VIPSEEN Magazine would like to officially welcome Jackson into this world. Welcome to one of the most beautiful places on Earth with its gorgeous landscape and infinite possibilities. The people of the Tri-Cities will embrace you like their own and teach you how to be part of a community with a limitless appetite for giving.

We know that children are the future: they are who will take over when we stop working and when we decide to pass the baton. VIPSEEN works every month to bring attention to those in the community who strive to do good both for the present and the future. The non-profits we profile, the individuals who attend events to donate money, and the community that comes together in support of causes are all aspects of living in the Tri-Cities that make this area so unique. Everyone who Jackson meets will leave an impact on his life in some way: indelible marks that will help to form the adult he will become.

Angela has built a business that strives to focus on the positive that exists in the communities we live; the positive that works to help rid the world of negative. I, and the rest of us at the magazine, am excited for Angela to take the reigns again and continue showing the people of the Tri-Cities region what a great place they live in.

Angela and Mickey will be taking this ride together and we will all be waiting in anticipation of the wonderful things that are to come!

Angelica Ares
Creative Director

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