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Getting through the morning

Each morning we seem to hold our breath. We never know how it's going to go. And the thing that is really tough is that it can change very quickly. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, it's mornings with Jeffrey. Our morning starts out with him now getting woken up with his watch. We gingerly walk into the bathroom to greet him as he prepares for his ...

Gifts

In loving memory of Kirsten, Steve, and Kim. Thank you for helping me find my gift. As a Christian I have taken a lot of “spiritual gift” surveys over the years. Healing, mercy, helps, and faith usually show up. Recently, I have been thinking about the good and hard parts of these gifts. You see, I have an ease and comfort with some REALLY hard...

Letting Go

This year has been quite a journey, but so has my life, really, and I am sure everyone can say that. Life has a way of throwing you curve balls, giving you amazing (and horrible) surprises, situations where the choices are between bad or worse. But it is a journey nonetheless. About a year ago we made the decision to step into this business. We weren&rsquo...

Purpose

I don’t remember the date, but I remember that night and all of the raw emotions I was feeling at the time. It was the middle of the night and Jeffrey was 9 weeks old. We had just been given the news that he was deaf and we were desperately trying to process what that meant. I had been reading about his level of hearing loss and the likelihood that he would ...

Bowl Week

Bowl week elicits different emotions in our house. For Kami, it's "UGH - more football!" But for me, it brings back some great memories. Let's go back to 2005. At this time in our house, things were a little crazy. Megan was not being the most cooperative kindergartner, Kami was pregnant with Christian, and Jeffrey was 3, but he wasn't your typica...

16 Weeks

Sixteen weeks. One-hundred twelve days. Sounds like a long time. And it is! Sixteen weeks from today is Monday, April 17th. Not a day that stands out to most people, but to me it's the best day other than Christmas. It's the day of the Boston Marathon. For those that don't follow running or marathons, it is the ultimate goal for the serious marathoner. You c...

Our Rockstar

We've always had a musical household, which is kind of funny since Kami and I aren't very musical at all. It started when Megan was in kindergarten and wanted to play violin. After a few years she switched to piano and then added clarinet in fourth grade. When Christian was in kindergarten he started piano with Megan's teacher and moved to drums in first gra...

Going Gray

I found my first gray hair around age 19 or 20, I tease Dan that it all started when I first met him ;). I had a few and they never really bothered me because I could just pull out the random hairs. I would dye my hair but more for the fun of it, my mom always let me explore with hair coloring from a very young age. I loved highlights especially during the s...

What Do You Have To Lose? written by Dan

What do you have to lose? Getting old stinks. Let me rephrase that - getting OLDER stinks. I don’t think I’m old, and up until the last few years, I didn’t feel old. But there were signs of it coming - creaky joints in the morning, the heavy eyes at 2:00pm, taking longer to recover after a workout (or a night out). I tried to ignore the ...

The Blog we never wanted to write

Kami and I had a plan on what and when we would post new blogs. This blog was not part of that plan. But then Hurricane Matthew happened. It has been all over the news but interestingly with no coverage on the impact of the storm in the Bahamas. We could see the maps with the storm settled over the group of islands we call home every summer. Our eyes could ...

On Faith

In 2014, Dan was asked to give the "Father's Day Message" to my church. Here is the transcript of his message. I hope you enjoy. “Nope, No way, not gonna happen.” It might not be what comes out of my mouth, but its definitely what I’m thinking when I’m asked to do something. I’m pretty sure you’re probabl...

ON R & R

R&R (Ragnar and Respite) Respite “a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant” Ragnar- 200ish mile running race with teams of 12 and 2 vans Life is hard and I don’t want this blog to become a source of complaining or negativity, but the struggle of day to day life can be overwhelming at times, for any fami...

on chronic illness...

We have a chronically ill child, nothing life-threatening, but horrible nonetheless. Chronic illness changes you. As a parent you are scared and worried but also know that it could be so much worse. Almost to the point that you don’t want to complain. When Jeffrey would need to go to the hospital I would feel guilty being upset as I saw all of the othe...