A child stole the show at his mother’s wedding when he rushed across the aisle to embrace her
Kristie Mihelich will never forget her wedding day walk as her son, who is two, Pierson added some extra sweetness to the event.
Every wedding is an unforgettable wedding. However, this bride will not forget her wedding day for a reason that was very special. Kristie Mihelich from Troy, Michigan, was walking towards her husband, Bobby Mihelich, when her son, age 2 absolutely was the star of the show. Pierson was so thrilled to see his mother that he let out a huge shout and then ran toward her. The moment was captured by best friend of Mihelich’s and her wedding photographer. The video was uploaded on the internet, where it swiftly became the most-viewed video. In an interview on Good Morning America, the bride spoke about what it was like for her.
“They both looked down at the aisle, and their jaws dropped. the man asked, “Huh What’s that?’ He was like, ‘Hi mom!’ and he shakes both of his hands with a vigorous shake then he sped off towards me.” Mihelich recalled during the interview. “It was the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen. I was hoping he’d just sit there and watch me, but instead, he was running for his mother.” The video was shared on Instagram and has been overwhelmed by all the positive comments and messages she’s received from random people.
Mihelich said, “The more it gets shared the happier I am because there is happiness at the moment.” She claimed she was unaware that her son, who she affectionately calls Piercy will react as he did. “We had always planned on having Pierson as our wedding ring bearer since he’s extremely outgoing, charming, and a natural entertainer. We believed that this would be a right for him to play the role,” the bride said. “The evening before, at our rehearsal meal, it wasn’t happening this way. He was just looking to have fun in the venue and just be a 2-year-old.”
But, on the day of the wedding, the baby definitely stepped up the charm. Mihelich said, “I was like, I’m sure it won’t occur, and that’s acceptable because he’s here. It’s going to happen naturally as it should. Thank goodness, he certainly, in his showmanship manner performed a fantastic job and amazed us all by expressing the most joyous response to me when he saw me dressed in a nice way.” The moment for her was far more memorable than she could have ever wanted. “It was like a fairy tale come real,” she said. “I think I could not create a better picture of a perfect day. In fact, it was like watching a movie. He was so excited that he could not contain himself. He rushed across the aisle to me, and I’d never had a sweeter experience in my entire life. I’ll never forget that sensation.”
In the end, Pierson was just as lively following the exchange of vows. Mihelich said, “After we had dinner, and as I said Pierson is like an entertainer. He had his meal and then went straight to the dancefloor and He didn’t quit the dance floor until after midnight.” But, he’s focused on getting three years old in the month of May 2022. “In 2019 the year he was born, he was born on Derby Day. This Saturday also happens to be Derby Day, so we’re going to be celebrating,” his mom said. “His birthday falls on a Thursday however we’ll be celebrating this Derby Day and getting dressed up. A lot of people will be coming. We’re planning to do the fascinators as well as the dresses, and (we’ll) be celebrating this birthday.”
The woman and daughter reunite at 98 years old. She put the girl up for adoption more than 80 years ago.
“When I heard it the news, I couldn’t believe it. It must be … an amazing thing. It’s a huge blessing to be alive for this moment”, stated Gerda Cole.
Gerda Cole had an amazing and unforgettable birthday celebration in May 2022 after which she finally got to be reunited with her biological daughter Sonya Grist 80 years after she gave her up for adoption. Grist, who lives in England, flew to Toronto just in time for Cole’s big day–which appropriately coincided with a Mother’s Day event at the Revera Kennedy Lodge Long Term Care Home in Scarborough, where the Gerda Cole now resides–after learning her birth mom was still alive and living in Canada, reports CBC News. “I’m crying,” Grist told reporters while waiting to see their mother, for the first time.
“Just one month ago, I had no idea I had a mother alive. I knew nothing. I don’t have a lot of knowledge and I have a million questions I need to ask her but I’m not looking to overwhelm her,” the 80-year-old added. Grist along with their daughter Stephen Grist arrived in Canada on May 7, 2022, in order to see Cole meet for the first time. When the mother-daughter duo finally met, they clung to their hands tightly, unwilling to let go as Cole was euphoric. “Eighty years old,” Cole said in shock and looked up at her daughter she replied jokingly: “Don’t emphasize my age.”
Cole said that the idea was in the making for a while following the house’s contact with her son. “When I learned of the plan that, I was awestruck by the news,” she said. “This is … it must be a true miracle. It is a huge blessing that I am alive to witness the moment.” Cole was sent by her family in Vienna, Austria, to England when she was just 15 years old in order to avoid the persecution of Jewish individuals in the year 1939. Three years after she gave birth to an infant girl, and then put her in foster care due to her financial situation.
“I was a very mediocre student in my educational background, and this together with the wartime meant that I had no choice but to get Sonya adopted on the advice of the refugee committee,” she said. “The conditions were not to maintain any connection to the baby.” While Grist had a close relationship with adoptive parents from England, Cole arrived in Canada following the war. She earned three degrees from universities and a BA with honors from the University of Toronto in Jewish studies. They may not have seen each other again if it weren’t because of Stephen Grist researching his family genealogy last year in order to prove evidence of Austrian descendants so that the family could be granted Austrian citizenship.
“I was very uninformed about my education and that together with the wartime meant that I had no choice but to get Sonya adopted following the guidance of the refugee committee,” she said. “The requirement was that I not maintain any connection to the baby.” While Grist was raised by adoptive parents from England, Cole arrived in Canada following the war. She was able to obtain three degrees from universities with honors, including a BA at the University of Toronto in Jewish studies. They could not have ever seen each other again if it weren’t because of Stephen Grist researching his family lineage in the last year to show evidence of Austrian descent to ensure that his family could get Austrian citizenship.
Stephen was able to contact Cole via the Long-Term Care center. Wendy Gilmour, senior vice head of long-term care for Revera said plans to bring the family together were in the works for some time. “It is amazing the experience that everyone has gone through, including [Cole] and her children and grandkids,” Gilmour said, saying that the event was precisely what the residents required after two years of fighting the effects of the COVID-19 virus on long-term care. “It’s been a struggle for us, and it’s been a tough time for the homes as well as our residents, and having celebrations, which that we’ve never had before in a very long time, brings joy” to the residents She said.
A mother with four children shares candid pictures of how her home appears to be in the aftermath of four straight days no cleaning
The users of TikTok were enraged by the revelations of Bri James shared the look of her home after just four days of taking care of it.
In a TikTok footage, a mother with four children, Bri James, revealed the state of her home after only four days without cleaning herself up and following her kids. Naturally, her house appeared as a tornado had swept through it. The mother explained that the mess was the result of “two unmotivated adults” not taking care of themselves. In addition, the mother explained that the home was messy, but not filthy. This was certainly an important distinction to be made. The other TikTok users were a bit split in their doubts about what was the right method in which children should live. Bored Panda reports.
“Four days, you guys I haven’t even cleaned up or done dishes up for four days,” James said in her TikTok video. “It isn’t dirty, it’s just messy.” She also said that she would take the day to clean. The footage showed exactly what you’d expect from a family of six people that haven’t been cleaned in the span of one week. There were toys all over the place, as well as dishes, clothes, and more. In some areas of the film, you can see furniture pieces that had been flipped over that could be from children who were in the home.
Since its initial upload on the internet, the TikTok video has been watched at least 18 million times. It also was a hit with 1.2 million shares. In the comments, however, the users who are TikTok users appear to be split. On one hand, users have been extremely kind towards and welcoming of James. The majority of them, parents of multiple kids themselves noted that a messy house was given when you have the size of a family. “I have five children and my home will be this messy in less than an hour,” one user wrote. “No person should judge this.” However, there were very judgmental remarks as well.
One TikTok user wrote, “I have four kids. I was a full-time employee as a single mom. My home was never like this. This is absurd, there are no excuses.” Others also pointed out the ways that a messy house could influence children. “I lived in a place that was like this, and it impacted me in many ways that I don’t know to this day,” another individual stated. “Your children are dependent on you to make sure it’s clean.” James was one of the parents who noticed this and uploaded videos of cleaning up after she organized her home and cleared it of clutter. If you know the struggle of having to transform a messy home into a tidy one, these videos could be extremely pleasing to take in.
Students from high school quit their graduation ceremony to set off an unlit fire in their house with their classmates
The teens who are firefighters with Port Jefferson’s Port Jefferson Fire Department were called out to investigate an ensuing structure fire at the house of a classmate
A group of students from Long Island, New York changed their graduation gowns for firefighter equipment after the fire erupted near their school. The Port Jefferson High School students were about to walk across on the podium to present their degrees and were snapping photos with their families following the event when they got notified of an encroaching fire. The teens immediately–identified by their principal Eric Haruthunian, as Ryan Parmegiani, Kasumi Layne-Stasik, Hunter Volpi, Andrew Patterson, Shane Hartig, and Peter Rizzo–refused to do what they were doing and ran towards the Port Jefferson Fire Department firehouse to assist with the fire.
As reported by the news program Good Morning America, the teens, who were believed to be between 17 and 18 years old – volunteered for their local Port Jefferson Fire Department. “We were all still in our gowns. We had our diplomas and we took from our gowns. I didn’t realize that I had the tie,” said Rizzo, 17. The thing that made their brave actions this day so memorable is the way they were students, two of them on the first engine that arrived at the scene and four who were on a ladder truck – responded to a request for an unintentional fire in one of their fellow classmates’ residences. Port Jefferson fire chief Christian Neubert said that the student had just returned to his home after the graduation ceremony.
“Port Jefferson” is a small town,” Neubert said. “You have heard the phrase”it takes a village to raise a child? This is the place.” In a Facebook message congratulating the new firefighters, the fire department posted: “Last evening PJFD responded to a fire in a garage at Arlington Avenue just after 7:30. Six of the firefighters who were on the scene were just graduating from the Port Jefferson School District. While snapping pictures together with family, they rushed to the firehouse in order to deal with an alarm.”
“This year PJFD was able to have 8 of its members who graduated from Port Jefferson High School. They’ve all shown incredible commitment to the Department as well as the local community. We are extremely satisfied with their efforts and wish them the best of luck when they go off to college next year,” the post continued in the post, noting that the fire had been swiftly put out without any injuries and the fire not spreading to other structures. In an interview with Newsday, Neubert disclosed that the majority of the high schoolers enrolled in the department’s junior volunteer group at the age of 14. The group has been “full-fledged” members for one to two years after receiving intensive training.
“But you can’t tell what a person is going to perform until they’re performing,” Neubert said. “I’m extremely happy for their accomplishments.” Although their graduation day took an unexpected turn, students said that it proved to be a memorable event. “I took more photos of me during that fire, than of me at graduation. However, overall, I will remember it as an awesome memory and an interesting story to share with others,” shared 18-year-old Parmegiani. A lot of people users on Facebook applauded the teens for the bravery they did when the circumstances required it.
“I attended the ceremony of graduation to watch the daughter of a friend be awarded her diploma. I was awestruck by the number of graduates who mentioned the word “PJFD volunteer” in their walk-up description. We were able to hear the alarm sound and we thought it might be a salute to the junior volunteers. When I realize that the fire was actually a blaze and that they reacted, to it, I am more amazed and feel that the village is in good hands should it ever need to be. Thanks to everyone PJFD volunteers as well as the young people who took on the responsibility to carry on this amazing legacy,” commented Lauren Sheprow. “Wow. What an amazing testimony to these children and their desire to help others. Normal kids doing incredible work. What a bright future is ahead for them! They would make PJ very proud.” Jenna Kreitner Testa.
The cast of “SNL” isn’t able to keep their heads together during the sketch in which Ego Nwodim tries to eat the steak she ate
Bowen Yang had to cover his face.
The majority of seasons of ” Saturday Night Live” are planned so that the most fun parts are shown first. The more risky and bizarre sketches are added at the end of the show in the event that they need to be cut to make room for the time. However, in the episode of February 4, starring hosts Pedro Pascal (“The Mandalorian,” “The Last of Us”) the last sketch “Lisa of Temecula,” was most likely to be one of the most memorable sketches of the night.
This is a high-end rating as it was a great episode that included a hilarious “Last of Us” parody featuring the Super Mario Brothers and a sketch in which Pascal was portrayed as the role of a protectorate mother.
“Lisa from Temecula “Lisa in Temecula,” Paul, played by Pascal, invites a group of friends out for dinner. performed by Punkie Johnson and the newcomer Molly Kearney and breakout star Bowen Yang. The issue arises as Johnson’s younger sister Lisa who is performed by Ego Nwodim orders her steak “extra and well-done.”
The sketch plays on the idea that it’s wrong to order a steak that is well-cooked even in the expensive restaurant. But Lisa isn’t bothered and will not allow “one one speck or speck of rouge” in her steak.
The sketch is among the rare episodes of “SNL” that are so hilarious that the cast break their character. Pascal is having trouble delivering his lines, and Yang is forced to hide his face as the comedian can’t stop laughing. However, Nwodim just has one minor gap in the scene, and keeps it in place to form the comic center.
“Lisa From Temecula” received lots of public attention on social media. Nwodim afterwards thanked creators Alex English, Gary Richardson and Michael Che.
Philadelphia Eagles player is carrying his wife’s ORBGYN with him to the Super Bowl, just in the event
Kylie McDevitt’s OBGYN has packed a bag to travel with the NFL actress’s wife, in case little Kelce decides to go to the game, too.
Being a parent is a personal, intimate experience, which is why people become very close to their healthcare professionals. I’ve known women who planned an induction plan to be with their preferred doctor, not the doctor on call should they go to labor without a doctor. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as an issue for birthing mothers the fact that Kylie McDevitt, Philadelphia Eagles player spouse of Jason Kelce will not take her chances in her travels to Arizona to watch the Super Bowl.
Kelce was the subject of attention along together with his brother Travis in the past when it was announced it was the Eagles, as well as the Kansas City Chiefs, would be competing in this year’s Super Bowl, making the duo one of the only brothers in history to play against one another for the rings. It’s clear that McDevitt did not want to miss out on this historic event even though she was two weeks short of the normal 40-week mark of her pregnancy.
It’s a risky choice to make a trip to the other part of the country is close to having a baby, however, McDevitt prepared for the worst by packing her OBGYN. Mama’s got a plan and her doctor is there, both literally and metaphorically.
The Eagles player made the announcement on the podcast he hosts alongside the brother of his ” New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce,” saying, “Kylie’s going to bring her OB as she’s due into 38 weeks of pregnancy by the time of the game.” Kelce joked that “That may be one of the great Kelce bowls. If she’s got a baby inside the arena, that’s scripted.” What did he think of the sudden revelation? “We’re trapped in the Matrix,” Travis replied.
Kelce as well as McDevitt both have children and if you’ve ever heard anything regarding birthing babies you’re likely to know that each child born after comes slightly quicker. However, of course, this won’t be the case for everyone, but if you don’t have any issues, it’s pretty exact.
In an article for VeryWell Family Dr. Robin Elise Weiss, the postpartum and childbirth educator explained that the subsequent births are generally faster and it is believed that the body gets looser after birth. I mean, it certainly would make sense is that when pregnant, your body releases the chemical relaxin. This specific chemical is designed to loosen the ligaments and muscles in the pelvis to prepare for birth according to the Cleveland Clinic.
Personally, I’m hoping baby Kelce isn’t born for a while until when it’s the Super Bowl. I can’t imagine giving birth on a filthy floor while the vast majority of America watching. I’m sure it’s possible that McDevitt hopes to do the same.
If the baby Kelce is born when the family is living in Arizona whether or not this is sure to be a celebration for the entire family and a moment that can make history. The fans are even pleading to get the Kelce brothers’ mom to do the coin toss. Kelce brothers’ mother Donna Kelce to participate in an actual coin toss. What a bind to find yourself in as a mom. Whatever the outcome of the game, the son she has will lose. However, from the look of it, the entire family is close and, regardless of the outcome, it’s sure to be a happy celebration.
A couple awakes with a stranger’s dog cuddling up to them in their bed: ‘This isn’t our dog’
The couple own dogs but only when the sun rose it was then they realized that they were snoozing with another dog
Have you ever awoken to find your pet snuggled on your bed? If you’re a lover of dogs this is undoubtedly a wonderful experience ever. One couple got an unexpected surprise when they realized that the puppy snuggled up in their bed not theirs! The Tennessee couple posted Facebook the funny story and claimed the puppy was at home and was snuggled in their bed not showing any signs of a desire to leave. Julie Johnson of Benton and her husband, Jimmy, were used to having their three dogs sleep in their bed, and didn’t even be aware of the fact that the unidentified dog moved in their bedroom and became cozy. Julie posted pictures of the dog lying on her bed and looking as if it was home, according to PEOPLE.
“It is perfectly normal to get up in our home and find one of OUR pets sleeping together with us” Julie wrote. Julie. “One tiny issue, this isn’t our dog and we don’t know how she entered our home.” Julie Johnson explained that she believed it was one of her dogs when it was able to jump into their bed at midnight. “At first we thought that it was our dog however they never lie on their pillows! In the pitch dark, I assumed that it was. We all do it, don’t we? As the sun began to creep through our curtains We realized that we were cuddling with a dog belonging to someone else,” she wrote before asking her followers and her acquaintances to help reunite the dog find its proper owner. “This is probably the most bizarre blog post I’ve ever had to write. Do you have a pet? Please tell us about it,” she concluded.
Cris Hawkins, as well as Felicia Johnson who resides in the Johnsons area, Reacted to the article and claimed to be the pet’s owner, known as Nala. The two joked about how the odd changes were not a surprise to Nala. “Our dog, who is incredibly friendly, Nala, has hit the record for most ignored personal space, and she has added one more trick on her list of Houdini tricks,” wrote Hawkins. “She lost her collar yesterday when she was being walked, and then ran across the street to a neighbor’s home and managed to sneak inside their home, and then got into their bed at the end in the evening.”
“The couple have three dogs of their own who all sleep together. The dogs did not react to an unintentional dog jumping into their bed while the husband and wife didn’t be aware that there wasn’t a dog sleeping in their bed until the sun began to rise,” added Hawkins. Julie called them and posted information on Facebook and Twitter. “Her Name is Nala and her mother is on her route to find her. Best of luck in to get her off of bed ma’am,”” she wrote.
Julie Johnson later posted that they are now close friends. “Nala as well as her mother aren’t unknown to our family! Yesterday’s puppy playdate was an absolute blast and the pups enjoyed the attention and frozen ice cream. Also, we had a lengthy conversation with all four of them on asking permission prior to letting the nights have fun! We all have space within our hearts to share light, love, and happiness. We’ve taken our dogs to the dogs!” Julie said. Julie laughed, “I don’t recommend waking up with someone new, however, in the event that you do I would like to know if it’s similar to Nala.”
A man who is 100 years old sets an all-time record in the world after working for the same company for 84 years.
Walter Orthmann started working for an industry of textiles at the age of 14 in January 1938. He has been with the same company ever since.
The Brazilian man has set the world record for working for the same company for more than 84. Based on Guinness World Records, Walter Orthmann 100 was employed by the textile firm Industrias Renaux S.A for more than eight years. Orthmann began his work in the month of January 1938, at the age of 15 and his family struggled to get by. This was also the time in which the majority of kids were employed. “Back in the year 1938 children were expected to work in order to provide for their families,” said Orthmann. “As the youngest child at the age of 5, my mom helped me find an employment opportunity when I was 14.” He began his career as a shipping clerk before becoming a sales assistant. Soon after was his promotion to manager of the department. “Walter thinks that the most rewarding aspect of having a job is that it creates the sense of purpose, determination, and a routine,” Guinness World Records said of Orthmann. He’s currently an official Guinness World Records title holder for the longest tenure in the same organization.
In a period when businesses struggle to keep employees due to offering low salaries and creating a hostile workplace, the story of Orthmann stands out. The 100-year-old said that one of the major reasons for him to stay at the same job for the rest of his life was having the opportunity to travel and get to know new people, as reported by the publication PEOPLE. “Throughout the nearly 84 years at the same company and experience, he’s seen numerous changes in the business, across the country, and throughout all over the globe,” said a press release from Guinness. “As a result that he has come to realize that one of the essential aspects of a company is to remain up-to-date and be able to adapt to changing environments.”
On the 19th of April in 2022 Orthmann was celebrating his centennial birthday with family, close friends, and family members in the workplace. “When we do the things we love and enjoy, we never see the way that time passes,” said Orthmann. “I don’t plan much and don’t care about the next day. What I am concerned about is tomorrow being another day that I’ll get up, rise for exercise, then go to work. You have to focus on the present rather than the future or the past. The present is what is important. Let’s get back on with our work!” Orthmann says that his desire to learn new things led him to keep moving forward every day. For Orthmann it was never about the records. He was always satisfied and was in a work environment that kept him going. “Looking back and despite not having thought about breaking records I believe my greatest accomplishment was getting acknowledged as the title holder for the longest working career within this same firm.” Industrias Renaux S.A, where the company he works currently, is ReneauxView. He was from Brusque which is a tiny town located in Santa Catarina, Brazil, with a significant German population.
When he was a child the boy would walk around without shoes to school, and was a great student. However, when the family faced financial difficulties, he set out to seek the first position. He visited the weaving factory with his mom to seek an opportunity and, due to his ability in German and English, he was able to be selected. “I received the opportunity to be a salesperson. I traveled across Brazil to Sao Paulo and in less than a week, completed the order equivalent to three months ‘ working,” he recalled. As he progressed up the ladder, his responsibility increased. In the 1950s it was a constant trip and meeting new friends and clients. He was a fan of this lifestyle. He was always moving and developed a large client base which was later to become his best friend. One of his best traits was his ability to change and this was what helped him through his 84 years in the company. He’s always up-to-date on new procedures and practices, and he adapts according to the needs.
He may be 100 years old but he’s in excellent health, thanks to a regular routine of exercise and fitness every day. He drives to work and has outstanding mental focus and memory. When asked about any professional advice would he give to someone just beginning their career, he replied that it’s essential to join a firm that keeps you motivated. He leads a fairly unpretentious lifestyle and isn’t fond of thinking too far into the future. “I don’t plan much or care about the future. What I am concerned about is tomorrow being another day when I’ll wake up, go to bed to exercise, and head off to work. You have to be focused on the present rather than the future or the past. The present is what matters. Let’s get into work!” The man declared.
Ballerina, born with no arms has made her mark on the globe with her talents and charisma
The Brazilian dancer Brazil became famous following her appearance on season 15 of Germany’s Got Talent
It’s a difficult job to become a ballerina since they must learn to maintain their entire body weight on their feet. This is an elegant and enjoyable dance style that is enjoyed by a huge population across the globe. Additionally, it is growing in popularity because of ballerinas like Vitoria Bueno. The dancer of 18 years old in Brazil was born without arms, yet nothing could stop her from having an education in ballet.
She’s also risen to become a prominent online influencer who displays her skillful technique. She has over 400,000. Instagram followers. In 2021, she received the Golden Buzzer during the “Germany’s Got Talent” Season 15 auditions. While she was second in her initial “Got Talent” contest and was able to qualify to be a part of a future season of the show, dubbed “America’s Got Talent: All-Stars.” The episode starring Vitoria premiered in January 2023. She continues to impress us with her charisma and talent on and off the stage.
Vitoria showed off her signature lighter-than-air dancing ability during her performance. She interspersed her performances with short displays of astonishing agility. She moved across the platform with her signature radiant smile, emitting beams of pure joy all the time. Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, and Howie Mandel as judges were all talking about her performance after she was done. Cowell declared, “I believe the sign of a great performer is one who has perseverance, and when they’re performing, they brighten off the stage. You have both of those qualities. You radiate a glow around you.”
When it came time for judges to decide the talented young dancer and her fellow contestants, they had their task cut out for them. As per The New York Post, the ballerina started ballet at the advice by the physical therapy therapist she worked with. She began taking dance classes at the age of five years old. dancing has changed her life to Hollywood Life. Victoria declared, “For me, arms are just a speck of detail. I observe them with my eyes as if they were.”
Disability does not mean that a person should be restricted to any extent. Mallory Weggemann, an American Paralympic swimmer, is proving that by nearing the birth of the first baby of her own. Weggemann 33, as well as her partner, Jay Snyder, had lengthy IVF procedures as they adjusted to Snyder’s infertility due to the male factor as well as the fact that she has a Paralympic sporting career. She said, “Jay was adamant that we talk about male infertility. Society needed to meet couples who say”Actually, it’s the spouse who is not disabled that is suffering from fertility issues.”
Weggemann and Snyder Snyder, who’d had three operations, over four hundred injections as well as two stim cycles, and one failed transfer, announced on August 1st that the egg transfer was successful and they were having a baby by March. The doctor stated, “So often we form our beliefs about the possibilities from what we have seen being emulated by other people’s lives.” In addition, to competing in the 2022 US Para Swimming Nationals in December, while pregnant at 26 weeks, Weggemann has been defying the odds.