Stephanie and David Maggitt took their 8-year-old granddaughter to the Mall of America so often that they bought a ride pass. Now the Golden Valley couple are playing cards and board games and baking with Gabriella at home.
“I’m teaching her how to measure and we work on her fractions,” said Stephanie. “I let her decorate the cupcakes; you can imagine the mile-high icing.”
When the stay-at-home orders were issued, the Maggitts (aka Nene and Papi), kept their distance. But they decided to create a “bubble” by limiting other contact so they could see their daughter and granddaughter. Stephanie is retired; there’s no one else in David’s insurance office and their daughter, a single parent, sheltered in place, working at home and schooling Gabriella.
“We like to give her a break and we missed Gabby so much,” said Stephanie.
The Maggitts have kept in touch with their other two granddaughters, who live in North Carolina, through video calls. But she admits she longs to be close to them.
“We’re all missing out,” she said.
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On June 27, Julius Cummings was stabbed 5 times and subsequently hospitalized with injuries including a collapsed lung and fractured scapula. While hospitalized, his lung collapsed again after it had already been stabilized. His medical providers were concerned that if it didn’t correctly heal on its own, they would have to perform surgery. We are grateful to God that He is in control and on July 4, Julius was released from the hospital. He is now home, recuperating under the watchful eye of his loving family.
Julius’s attacker is no longer in custody and currently remains free as law enforcement continues to investigate. This is a source of frustration for family and friends, as there are eye-witness accounts that have been provided to the police and the perpetrator also confessed. Continue to be in prayer that justice will be served.
In the aftermath, his family faces the reality of unexpected expenses that come along with this unexpected, unwarranted and ungodly attack on Julius. A GoFundMe has been set up to help offset these costs. See the links below to the stories aired on local media and also the GoFundMe campaign.