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May 27, 2019

Kaleb,

How are we even here?! Weren't you only starting Pre-K like a year ago?! Now you're officially a 1st grade graduate, all ready to start 2nd grade.  Time is truly flying by, these days.  The days are [still] long, but the years get shorter and shorter.

This was S...

March 8, 2019

I went for a jog this morning and ended up at a place I’d never stopped at before. 

My 4 mile jog took me, unexpectedly, to the place where Charles killed himself. 

On June 17, 2013, two hours before he took his own life, I called him. I was already at work, starting my day...

November 14, 2018

It's almost that time of year again!

I had intended to share this post last year during the EOTS process but moving that damn thing was such a time suck!!! So, here I am, sharing my ideas (from last year) in mid-November so you and I both might just get our shit together...

September 28, 2018

A right arm amputee who found motivation to over come hurdles in the gym.

September 3, 2018

Life isn’t fair. 

How many times did we all say that as a kid? How many times have we said that as an adult? 

When I was a kid, and I felt the hard truth of “life not being fair” in different circumstances, I just assumed life would make more sense and seem less “unfair” as...

May 26, 2018

DUDE! You are turning SEVEN and officially a kindergarten graduate!

I can’t help but sit here and think about the day when I’m {still} writing you this letter and I’ll be saying, “I can’t believe you are graduating high school!”  That specific letter already brings tears t...

April 24, 2018

Today on Instagram, I saw a post written by a widower that I follow.  It hit home so hard, I felt the tears well up. 

"We are all so damn hard on ourselves. Especially after a profound loss.  You may not see it. But I do.

Your bravery.

Your survival.

The ability to push...

February 10, 2018

Are you ever walking through life, it's a beautiful day, birds are chirping, everything is lining up as it should, and then BAM, it feels like you fell in a hole?

Life is weird like that. It can happen to anyone, under any circumstance. Big or little, significant or minor,...

February 2, 2018

As you might have heard me mention, Kaleb has been asking for an "earth daddy" for some time now.  The first time he asked was probably almost 2 years ago.  We had been to the cemetery to refresh flowers, and as we were driving away, he started crying and said, "I don't w...

October 25, 2017

Oh my goodness, I never thought the words 'synthetic skin' and/or 'skin graft' would be part of our daily vocabulary. But they have!  

For 9(!!!) weeks, dad has been patiently waiting for today. We've all been in knots and pushed to our very end, waiting for this day to co...

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