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Mental Health and the Olathe Police Department

I want this post to be a positive post. I want to take a moment and celebrate progress where progress is being made. When we were in the last days of working with Emma for her survival we were introduced Kimberly, the Olathe Police Department's Mental Health...

Suicide Statistics for the City of Olathe, Kansas

Before I begin this post I would like to extend my condolences to the family of a twelve year old Olathe boy who passed by suicide this past week. Folks, this is epidemic. Here are some Olathe Police statistics* regarding mental health and suicide I would like to...

Blame is Not the Answer

Many of you have watched the story KCTV5 is following regarding mental health care in Kansas and Missouri that features Marie and myself telling Emma's story as best we can. We appreciated Joe Chiodo's efforts with us and his desire to seek answers. Yet, I do want to...
Special Needs Adoption

Special Needs Adoption

When Marie and I first talked about adopting a child out of the foster care system it never occurred to either of us, well me for sure, that we'd be taking part in a special needs adoption. I'd like to you to consider, for the sake of argument, that almost any...

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...

Blame is Not the Answer

Blame is Not the Answer

Many of you have watched the story KCTV5 is following regarding mental health care in Kansas and Missouri that features Marie and myself telling Emma's story as best we can. We appreciated Joe Chiodo's efforts with us and his desire to seek answers. Yet, I do want to...

The Dangers of Living a Blessed Life

The Dangers of Living a Blessed Life

For those of you in Kansas City who have been following the Kevin Kietzman hullabaloo as I have, well, this is a perfect example of the dangers of living a blessed life. To catch you up to speed, Kevin is a polarizing sports commentator on WHB 810 here in KC. I happen...

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.

I’ve Been on Pause ||

I’ve Been on Pause ||

NOTE: This is me processing grief. This is not inspirational. This is the grief I feel. It is important to me to document this for my sake. And if it helps one other person to not feel alone, to know they are not on their own, well, that is why I publish this writing....

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...

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: Marry a Rich Man, Raise Dogs

When Emma Lengquist was younger she had a consistent dream: Marry a rich man who owned a lot of land and raise dogs.  As she would describe her future life she would get so passionate about all the details; lots of land, a training place for the dogs, what kind of...

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...

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