I am David Avilla, father of seven children, five of whom are adopted Russian orphans. The five are currently ages 20 to 28, one boy and four girls. We adopted them from Russia in three batches beginning in 1997 and finishing in 1999.
My life purpose is to connect people with resources. I am doing that currently in my work role as a consultant providing internet marketing support to clients.
People I Respect: my parents (nine children, 32 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and still serving!), Mother Theresa and people serving others “one at a time”, anyone serving in the US military, local police and firemen, anyone who ran toward the twin towers on 9/11.
“Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway” – John Wayne
“Let’s roll!” – Todd Beamer
“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.”
President Theodore Roosevelt (Paris Sorbonne, 1910)