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A Lake Kahola Memory of Emma

Emma only got to visit Lake Kahola a few times.  We didn’t move in until the last weekend of September 2017 and by mid-February she was gone.  Still, in those few visits she provided me with memories to last a lifetime. Marie, Piper and Paisley (our...

Suicide Prevention and Awareness Event

On April 29, 2019 I will be attending a Suicide Prevention and Awareness Event at Legacy Christian Church in Overland Park, Kansas. This is part of a series of events in the "Straight Talk for Families" category that LCC puts on from time to time. We've been invited...

Adoption, Family and Joy

Make no mistake; kids change our lives. And then there is the added bonus of the joy of adoption. In our modern America family means something so much different than the black and white 1950's. Allow me to share... My son, Brandon, and his girlfriend Jenna are...
Considering Foster Care

Considering Foster Care

At a family after-Christmas celebration in Missouri I had a chance to interview my sister-in-law regarding her thoughts as a CASA Executive Director. Here is what she'd like to say to anyone considering foster care. Q: What is it you really want prospective foster...

Emmaisms: Going To The Daddy Store

Emmaisms: Going To The Daddy Store

Shortly after The Day I Met Emma Marie spoke to Jodi, Emma's foster mom, to see what Emma had thought.  There were several things she said that day.  The first was that Emma knew I would be a great dad. How? Well, I'm bald.  It seems all the kind men in Emma's life to...

Parenting a Special Needs Child

Parenting a Special Needs Child

Parenting a special needs child is not for the faint of heart.  Let there be no doubt. Though I would offer that the parents of special needs children, whether those special needs be physical, mental or otherwise, will learn more about themselves and have insights in...

Throw Away People

As I was walking through Lowes this last Saturday evening coming towards me was an adult child in her upper twenties or lower thirties supporting herself with the cart she was pushing. With each step she displayed the tell-tale trait of some sort of disability, which...

Parenting a Special Needs Child

Parenting a Special Needs Child

Parenting a special needs child is not for the faint of heart.  Let there be no doubt. Though I would offer that the parents of special needs children, whether those special needs be physical, mental or otherwise, will learn more about themselves and have insights in...

Throw Away People

As I was walking through Lowes this last Saturday evening coming towards me was an adult child in her upper twenties or lower thirties supporting herself with the cart she was pushing. With each step she displayed the tell-tale trait of some sort of disability, which...

In Emma’s Words

Emma believed everyone should be treated with kindness and respect.  Sure, some have a few glitches and yet everyone deserves to smile. 

Don’t take our word for it.  Give Emma a listen.

Merry Christmas Emma

Merry Christmas Emma

Merry Christmas, Emma. You are missed. You are loved.Merry Christmas, Emma. You still amaze me.Merry Christmas, Emma. What's He really like?Merry Christmas, Emma. Smile. Relax. Celebrate. You are missed. You are loved.Our house has memories of Emma everywhere. My...

Our Loved Ones Live on Through Us

Life is energy. Energy is life.  Perhaps this is how our loved ones live on through us.  I am a believer in the Holy Trinity.  And what about our souls? Are our souls energy? This post isn't to go deep in to the theology of it all.  This post is to wonder that, no, to...

Easter and Unconditional Love

Today is the day we celebrate Easter in 2018.  I'm not going to pretend it isn't hard without Emma here.  Happily, we will celebrate this day with Jacob and Makena, Brandon and Jenna and Paisley, and Piper.  My sister Kathy and her family are coming as well.  Yes,...

Emmaisms: I NEED A BAND-AID!

You know how kids will associate a Band-Aid with pain relief? I mean, really, by the time you get to the Band-Aid portion of the healing process the pain has already begun to subside, right? Well, our first visit to the pediatrician there in Jenks, OK was quite an...

Emmaisms: Overcoming Her Fear of Water

Our best friends have a swimming pool. Emma used to love to go over and play in the water.  She wasn't much of a swimmer and yet you couldn't get her out of the water.  I suppose it is because of the freedom of movement she'd gain.  Anyhow, I thought you might like...

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