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Memorial Day REMEMBRANCES

While Memorial Day remembrances originally started as Decoration Day to honor those who fought and/or died in the Civil War in 1971 it became Memorial Day by federal decree. Today, for many, Memorial Day weekend offers us the chance to grill hamburgers, drink cool...

Living Strong

We are certainly living in interesting times, wouldn't you agree? COVID-19 has changed the very fabric of our society and challenged our basic precepts on our economy. Our current normal wasn't even imagined by most Americans as little as a six weeks ago, let alone...

Emmaisms: “Wait. What?”

Last Sunday marked the second anniversary of Emma's passing. Marie, Piper and I were in Dallas for a work function and I was glad to have them there with me. I'll never forget that long flight home, by myself, from Anaheim the morning after learning of her death. I...

The Day I Met Emma

Emma changed my life, my outlook and many of my views on just about everything. Emma set me on a course to become a better person, a better father and husband.  Emma set me on a path to become a better human being.  I write these memories as a keepsake of who I was and who Emma ignited me to become.  I write these memories to preserve the light that Emma provided.

What is Family?

What is Family?

My son had a son.  How awesome is that?  Shortly after that occurrence a well meaning acquaintance asked me if it was any different having a “real” grandchild.  Let me back up.  My second son, Brandon, is the biological half-brother of Emma.  We adopted...

Adoption, Family and Joy

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...

Running for Kansas State Senator

Running for Kansas State Senator

My name is Chris Lengquist, Emma's father, and I am running for Kansas State Senator in District 23, Olathe, Kansas. As those of you who follow this blog know mental health has greatly impacted the lives of both myself and my family. Additionally, too many in our...

Choose Hope, Not Suicide

Choose Hope, Not Suicide

If you are reading this there is a possibility you are considering suicide. I'm here to beg you to Choose Hope, Not Suicide. Listen, I know you can give me a dozen reasons you are considering this drastic measure of ending it all. Yet before you do anything, challenge...

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: Singing to Emma

Emmaisms: Singing to Emma

When we first started fostering Emma and Brandon, on the road to full adoption, I discovered something quite by accident that first week of full time custody; Emma responds to music...and a tight hug.* Age wise Emma was 5. Emotionally and developmentally Emma was more...

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We do not guarantee every submission will be included. Since we do want to turn this website into a community of advocacy for Special Needs, Adoption and Mental Health we are currently looking for contributing authors…and we’d love to hear from you. 

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