19 October 2012

Sam is Conrad’s best friend.  I know this because Sam told me and I can tell by how Conrad responds to Sam that Conrad agrees.  Sam has been a steady influence in Conrad’s recovery since they first met over 4 years ago.   I am honored to share an article penned by Sam that was published in the St. Luke’s newsletter:


I’m not sure if I know what my gift from God is. But I know that everybody has one.  I know you are blessed if you know what your gift is right off the top of your head. But like me, most people have to figure it out on their own.

Every day I try ti find out where I am supposed to be.  In first grade, I just might have found it. I had a boy in my class named Conrad Tullis who changed my life.  Conrad was born perfect, but one day he had an accident in the pool.  He drowned, and it changed his life his life forever.  It changed mine, too. He may not go through school or life like you or me, but he is the brightest spirit I have ever met.

One of the gifts I believe I have figured out is I enjoy helping people who need help.  Whether it’s my mom bringing in groceries or helping Conrad feel included in school,  I believe one of my gifts is to help others.  Conrad has taught me to see life from a different point of view.  We are so lucky to be where we are.

You find your own gifts as you go through life.  Sometimes you have to struggle to find them  and they aren’t always easy.  But you always go to God and ask Him to help you find your gifts.  I believe you are never done finding the gifts God has given to you.  I believe there is always one more waiting.

Sam Hodgson, age 11


  1. Sonya's Gravatar Sonya
    October 22, 2012    

    I agree with Sam. Conrad you sure do have a cool best friend!

  2. Charlotte's Gravatar Charlotte
    October 22, 2012    

    Dear Conrad and Sam –
    Thanks for sharing your amazing friendship and
    reminding me there are always more gifts from God…

  3. Tina's Gravatar Tina
    October 22, 2012    

    Sam’s essay is the best thing I have read in a long time. Best friends are a gift! Conrad and Sam are both so lucky to have each other.

  4. Adelle's Gravatar Adelle
    October 21, 2012    

    Thank you for sharing your story Sam, and for sharing your gift of friendship! How lucky for you and Conrad to have found one another!

  5. Andi (FOC Fan of Conrad)'s Gravatar Andi (FOC Fan of Conrad)
    October 20, 2012    

    Thank you Sam! I loved what you wrote; Conrad is so lucky to have a friend like you! That’s what friends do- they help each other and bring out the best in them. You are both very lucky boys.

  6. Christy (Conrad's Aunt)'s Gravatar Christy (Conrad's Aunt)
    October 20, 2012    

    Sam’s essay is beautiful! Conrad is so lucky to have found such a special friend.

  7. Gloria Guerrero's Gravatar Gloria Guerrero
    October 20, 2012    

    Thank you Sam .. for being who you are and reminding all of us of the truth that we are all blessed and we all have Gifts from God..

  8. Lois's Gravatar Lois
    October 20, 2012    

    Thanks, Sam. Reading your essay was a gift! Thanks for the reminder to keep my eyes and heart open for those gifts.

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