The Intangible Gift Becomes Tangible  0

I am blessed with the presence of our 7 year old; Madisyn Grace. She is compassionate, happy, an athlete and destined for the theatre one day. When she finishes High School Madisyn will have a college fund. Since her birth she has had love, food, clothing and shelter. She remains in the same home her daddy and I had completed just 7 months prior to her arrival. She has had me; her mom to comfort, teach, take care of her basic needs and to completely love her. I have not had to work out of the home, I was privy to being with this love child of ours. To teach her that life has trials and tribulations, events that will shake our soul and tears that will be frequently shed. She has had me to teach her the positive side of life, that no matter what happens in our life we will stick together, love, cherish and take care of one another. We will teach one another how to get through our moments, how not to judge others and how to simply live life in a loving and giving way. Madisyn and I would be an example of not only how to go on in life but to take our tragic circumstance and thrive in our life. Thanks in part to one great man; my loving husband Mark Jeffrey Wandall.

Two weeks from being a daddy Mark lost his life to a Red Light Runner. He was bold, beautiful and brilliant. Mark prepared our financial life in the case of his absence. He loved his family deeply and showed us just how much in his untimely death.  We were just two weeks from bringing our love child home. If we had waited to purchase life insurance after Madisyn was born, our lives would have been completely different. I would have had to go right back to work, leaving this newborn and possibly moving out of our home. Life was hard enough at that time, the love of my life, the one that I needed the most was now gone! In an instant! No warning!

Thankful for Life Insurance I was able to concentrate on raising my daughter while managing our grief. Her daddy was physically gone but we would manage financially because he had the foresight to protect us in his absence. This Intangible gift: Life Insurance now became Tangible: life. It was now my turn to lead our little family on a new path. We would concentrate on the love and not the loss. We would show everyone that by receiving life insurance we could make a difference in this world. We would take Marks “token” of love and share our gratitude for this gift that has given us a great start to our newfound life.

The gift of Life Insurance has gone way beyond being able to remain in our own home and protecting our daughters future. We have been able to Start a foundation; The Mark Wandall Foundation. We have been able to start a coalition; The STOP Red Light Running Coalition that has allowed us to pass a life saving bill in my husband’s memory; The Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act. We have been able to build a business; M3 Motivational Concepts; “Marked by Grace with an authentic approach to educate, encourage and empower.” We have the privilege of speaking to Insurance Companies to thank them for being in a business that not only saves lives but changes lives as well. We not only share our gratitude for this business but encourage financial service professionals to continue urging their clients to prepare their families for the unimaginable.

Do not wait! Show your family how much you love them. A friend told me that “life is a delicate balance.” We do not sit around and wait for the other “shoe to drop” but we should always prepare just in case the unimaginable happens. Please, do not leave your family empty-handed. The loss is hard enough to manage without the financial burden.Mark “payed it forward” in a great way. His intangible gift has not only affected our lives in a beautiful way but that of our Community, State and Nation.

Life will always happen and always be in motion; the good bad and the down right tragic. Why not prepare?


*September is National Life Insurance awareness month. If you would like to view some real life stories, find a financial advisor in your area and/or  find out what amount of life insurance you may need to take care of your family then please visit

*Life Insurance in no way takes away the deep emotional pain but it helps you manage your daily life. When loss occurs vision is blurred, small tasks seem huge and the thoughts of getting up the next day and continuing on with your routine no longer exists. With the gift of Life Insurance you can concentrate on managing the physical loss and not the financial.

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