Little Miss Karen

Karen opens up and talks about her daughter’s battle with kidney cancer & the financial struggles that followed… it’ll be alright again.

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Hello everyone!

So this past week I received an anonymous tweet stating how “Little Miss” and the project has helped them. You probably seen me post it on Facebook or Twitter. I really loved getting this tweet and would love to get more!

In 140 characters or less, how has the song, “Little Miss,” or The Little Miss project helped you?

Tweet us directly @littlemissprjct or send us a direct message if you’d like it to remain anonymous. We’re running short on blogs, and I thought this would be a neat way to keep things going!

I can’t wait to hear from you all!

Feel free to tweet us even if you’ve submitted your story… 140 characters or less makes it interesting!

Thanks,

Erica

P.s. your tweeted story could be part of something bigger in the making…

Little Mister Paul

Here’s my story:

I’m 57 years old and I work hard as a grocery clerk, go to the local community college and at times I barely seem to have enough time to concentrate on the things that are important in life. I have a spouse and two children.

At the local community college, I am studying to get an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science, Cisco Certified Network Professional. I entered the program through the State of Michigan’s No Worker Left Behind Program. At the moment I feel like I am walking into the edge of the dark and lonely woods. At the present time, I am at the point financially where a huge portion of American families have been or are at the present moment; I am losing my home that we live in. The Sheriff’s auction of the home our family lives in is scheduled for April 21. I have one large financial mess to deal with. I feel like “Little Miss, down on love” and at the same time I want to say, “I’ll get tough and don’t worry about me anymore”

With regards to my lovely wife and two children, I keep telling myself that I am moving along. I’ve turned my arms to someone new on several occasions, thinking that I am not loved at home. But, ”I can’t seem to fool this fool”, “wishing I didn’t love”, them anymore. However, with every step I take keeps “just circles back” to that same door”. “I’ve seen days alone in my own room”, but, “sometimes it’s gotta be” them. “What I’d give” to have them say, “I love you”.

So, you are wondering why I find the music of Sugarland so important in my life. Why do the words that Jennifer and Kristian sing in refrains bring importance to me and my life? More importantly, why do the words of Little Miss stand out as important to me personally? That’s a tall request to fill. I need to explain that I have been listening to country music for the last 17 years. I’ve listened to many artist and groups that have come along and many are country standards like Johnny Cash, The Judd’s, Dolly Parton, and Randy Travis, Alan Jackson and so many more. However, the one group I keep turning to on a daily basis at work and at home is Sugarland.

So to answer the question, why is” Little Miss” important to me is it offers hope. Even though I’m in “one big mess”, I know that “you sometimes gotta lose ‘til you win. Yes, losing your home is heartbreaking and stressful. After listening to the words you come away knowing that “it’s alright” and there are things you can control and there are things you can’t. This one of those that you can’t control and “it’ll be alright again”, it’s only an object (the house) that you are losing. More than ever, I’ll never rest, I have a degree and certification to finish and this will bring better things in the near future and as my classmates tell me, “you’ll go far”.

So you are wondering about the wife and children. Well, I know that I am loved. I have done wrong, I have failed them in some respects but it’ll be alright. It’s time for a brand new start and I’ll do my part and my heart is open to love and all things great and small and I am ready for love. I realize that I am okay, and it’s alright.

So to everyone at the Little Miss Project and all those that have taken the time to read this I wish you much love, hope and prosperity. Thank you allowing me to share my story.

Peace, Love and Happiness find its way into your heart.
Paul Wieczkowski

Sent two weeks later:

Here’s an update:

Hi Erica and to all those visiting the LMP site.

By the time this gets posted April 21 will have come and gone. As I cannot afford to file for bankruptcy at the moment to save the house, I had to make a tough decision to let it go. On top of it all work has reduced the number of hours that I work. So, I’m in one big mess.

It’s alright,
It’s alright,

The lyrics keep echoing through my head that we will be ok. If it wasn’t for the music and the support of friends, I don’t know where I would be. Inanity seems to be closing in and dragging me to the darkness.

Sometimes you gotta lose ‘til you win.

But, I’m holding my own and looking forward to graduation (May 13). I’ll at least have accomplished one goal. Graduating from college is a big step for me. It’s only taken me, 30 plus years to accomplish.

My friends, John and Jason, who are my classmate, good friends, are a few people that I share coursework with. Both of them keep telling me that big things are in my life. John keeps telling me that I’m the smart one. I keep reminding John that he has all the knowledge. He has answers for all the hard problems and I seem to be just skating along and not getting the work done. I have two other friends, Keith and Darlene. Both them are struggling with their coursework in two separate classes. As much support as I receive from John and Jason, I turn around and support Keith and Darlene and help them out the best I can. Darlene was about to drop her last two courses, but I was able to convince her to stay the course and at least accomplish one of her classes.

I’m alright.

All, I can tell you is that because of school, I have developed relationships that are supportive and nurturing. We all have that common goal of education. It is driving us to completion. If it wasn’t for this common thread, I would have given up long ago.

So, the words to Little Miss do ring loud and clear.

We are OK!
It’s gonna be OK!

The one thing I want to say to all you out there is that we are a community of people from all differenet walks of life. Whether you are young or old, we all have and share one thing in common that bounds us together. It’s the music of Jennifer and Kristian (aka Sugarland). Rejoice in their music and let it “Shine the light”. It will drive us past our problems and lead us to a better and happier solution.

Thanks for listening!

Love to you all,
Paul Wieczkowski

Little Miss Katherine

Katherine talks about her battle with Osteogenesis, being betrayed by someone she trusted, and how Sugarland and “Little Miss” have been there to help her get through these times.

The truth is, I’ve wanted to write a “Little Miss” blog for a while, but I honestly haven’t been sure where to start. I first began listening to Jennifer and Kristian in 2004 when “Baby Girl” became a hit. After I saw them open for Kenny, I was hooked. Jennifer’s voice and energy just mesmerized me. And Kristian backs her up so well…they are just a musical match made in heaven.

My mantra soon became “Settlin’.” I am a very lucky person; I have an incredible family who loves me very much, and I have honestly always had everything I’ve ever needed. However, I do have some challenges that most people don’t. I have a genetic bone disease called Osteogenesis Imperfecta that causes my bones to be very brittle and break very easily. I can’t even tell you the number of times I’ve broken a bone; it must be in the thousands now. And yes, it does hurt, and yes, it often does suck. I’m two foot seven, and I’ve been in an electric wheelchair since I was two.

Even when I hurt and I have a ton of homework to do and I just don’t know how I’m going to get through the day, all I have to do is say to myself, “Just enough ain’t enough this time, I ain’t settlin’ for anythang less then everythang…” And all of sudden, I’m smiling, and everything’s okay again. That song has gotten me through so many of my days.

“Little Miss” came out at a very important turning point in my life. It’s a long story, too long for this blog, but the bottom line is that someone I cared about very much betrayed me; someone who I thought was my best friend and always had my back. It turns out I was wrong. When I needed her most, she wasn’t there. Not only was she not there, she purposely did some things to emotionally hurt me, and they did. Now, there’s a lawsuit involved in this story, but that part doesn’t even compare to the emotional damage she did to me. I’m not sure that I’ve ever cried so much over one person, girl or boy. The whole situation was just awful, and there were many, many moments where I wasn’t sure how I was going to deal with it.

Well, thank God once again for Jennifer and Kristian. This all happened right around the time that they were doing the “complete your album” thing prior to the release of the Incredible Machine. “Little Miss” came out and totally saved me. The first time I heard it I cried. I probably cried the second time too. But after that I thought to myself, “You know, they’re right. I AM going to get through this and it WILL be alright again. I’m okay.”

I won’t say I’m completely over her or what she did to me, but I’m definitely better. Quite honestly, part of me wants to smack her and the other part wants to hug her (neither of which she’d like…LOL). I think my head and my heart still have some issues to work out with each other. However, “Little Miss” and the “Little Miss Project” have definitely helped me get through this.

Today my new aide, who I really liked, walked out on her job just when I needed her most. It’s finals time, I’m about to graduate, and both of my parents are sick. I must say, I’m not having much luck with hiring people here lately…No more looking on CraigsList…LOL. As upset as I am with her as an employer, I’m livid with her as a friend. How can someone just do that? I don’t get it…I’d never even dream of doing that to anyone.

I woke up feeling really sad, angry, and stressed this morning, so I immediately turned on “Little Miss.” By the bridge, I was smiling again.

So thank you first to Jennifer and Kristian. You guys really have no idea what you do for us fans and what your music means to us. Knowing that I have a SugarShow coming up or just hearing your voices is the only thing that keeps me going sometimes. Knowing that you guys know who I am…there’s not even words…you have no idea what that means to me. And second, thank you to Erica for putting this project together. The power behind it is truly amazing…you are an amazing person. (Thank you so much! -Erica)

Little Miss Emily

Emily’s dad is fighting brain cancer… She tells us how her & her dad are both coping with the help of Sugarland’s music…

I’m just nineteen years old, a freshman in college. Throughout my nineteen years of being alive I have experienced a lot of heart ache but nothing compares to what my family and I are now experiencing. Two months ago my dad was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Then a week later I received a phone call from my mom telling me to pack up some clothes for a couple of days and that my aunt was on her way to my college to come pick me up and drive me to Durham, N.C. where my father was being treated for brain cancer. So my aunt, my sister and I arrive in Durham that night and meet my brother, mom and father at the hospital and we find out that my dad will be rushed into emergency surgery tomorrow morning. After the surgery we find out that my dad has stage four brain cancer, the worst it can be. He is now back at home in Greenville, S.C. and has started chemo and radiation therapy. He has started to lose some of his hair and is in week 3 out of 6 of his treatments until he has to go back to Durham to get more tests run to see what the next steps are.

Growing up my dad and I spent a lot of time together running errands for my mom or just having father-daughter bonding time. My dad is a huge music fan; he loves all kinds of music except maybe rap. The first time I ever heard a country music song was when I was about seven years old, “We Danced” by Brad Paisley came on the radio and I fell in love with country music as soon as I heard that song. So my dad would always put on the local country radio station for me to listen to when we would be in the car together. I’ve been obsessed with country music ever since that day I spent with my dad. I love how country music just tells life stories and how so many people can relate to the songs.

I’ve been a fan of Sugarland’s ever since they released their first album “Twice The Speed Of Life” but it wasn’t until I hit high school that I really began to understand how powerful Sugarland’s music is. The emotion in Jennifer’s voice when she sings makes you really believe in the song and the music. I feel every emotion that Jennifer and Kristian feel when they sing their music. It’s such a powerful thing that they do. I’ve seen Sugarland in concert twice and every time I go I love watching Jennifer’s facial expressions when she sings the songs, to me that explains so much about their music that they really feel all the emotion in their songs, they aren’t just singing them they are living them. For me the song, “Little Miss” means so much to me especially now that I am dealing with the fact that my dad has cancer. However, whenever I listen to “Little Miss” I am reminded that even though times are rough right now it will be alright again and that I’m gonna be okay. Whenever I’m upset about what will happen to my dad I play “Little Miss” and it reminds me that it will be alright again.

Country Music and Sugarland music especially will always have a special place in my heart, because it’s something that brought my dad and I closer together. I want to someday work for CMT and I didn’t realize that is what I wanted to do until I was at a Sugarland concert and just became fascinated with music and everything that goes into making an album and music. I knew I wanted to somehow do something with country music, but I can’t sing to save my life so being a country music singer was not going to work out. So the next thing I thought of was the broadcasting side of country music and I knew that is what I wanted to do. If it hadn’t been for my dad I would never have found what I feel in my heart I am supposed to do with my life and I would have never discovered Sugarland’s music. Whether the cancer takes my father from me or not I have been given the best gift by having him as my father, he made me fall in love with country music and I will always hold that close to my heart.

My father and I are exactly alike, we have the same personalities and whenever I’m with him I can really be myself. But seeing him become so weak and so emotional has really been rough on not only me but also my entire family. He sleeps most of the day and if he’s not sleeping he’s laying on the sofa watching TV. His memory is not as good as it used to be but he can remember random things, I was driving him to treatment one day and I had the radio on and within the first 20 seconds of the song he could tell me who sang it, the title of the song and what album the song came from. By the way the song was “Settlin” by Sugarland off their album “Enjoy The Ride”. My father hasn’t been able to work since he became diagnosed with the cancer so money is now an issue, which has, put so much stress on my father and mother. It’s crazy to see that something you never imagined happening to you happen and your life just gets flipped around so fast. Talking to my dad about the cancer he told me “Emily, it happens”, which I think he took the words from Sugarland’s song “It Happens” because that is his favorite Sugarland song. We are staying strong and hoping that my father kicks this cancer in butt.

I used to be little miss one big mess but now I’m little miss brand new start and I know, it will be alright again thanks to Sugarland.