Wednesday, April 6, 2011


When I was 9, I highly doubt I would have had the guts to audition to sing, alone, in any kind of production. As a matter or fact, I would have faked sick to get out of talking in front of the class when I was 9! Logan's ability to cast her nerves and shyness aside to try out for solos in both the Young Fox Valley Singers and the 3rd Grade Musical: Get in the Game, makes me so proud of the young woman she is turning into. I love that she sets her sights on what she wants and does what needs to be done to get it.

In the end, she landed a solo in the musical, which will be held on May 5th. We can't wait to see her in action!

YAY Logan!!

Friday, April 1, 2011


Is there any doubt that life is too short? It is with great sadness that I enter this post into the collection of our lifetime stories on this blog. On Monday, March 21st, we lost Mike's brother Griff. Unexpected and tragic, his passing carved a hole never to be filled, but created a poignant awareness of all the blessings we have and how much we love Griff for the amazing individual that he was. I have dreaded this entry, but have known it must be entered as his loss is forever part of the five of us; ingrained in the fabric of the soul of our family.

God bless the many family members and friends that have come to support our extended family in ways unimaginable, even as they experienced their own sadness. From a peace plant to caring for pets to the most warm hug, we've witnessed greatness in every walk of our lives. God bless those that call for daily check-ins, plan visits and email support and prayers. God bless my children as they process Griff's loss with their unyielding resiliency and boundless hope for the future. God bless my husband, who is focused on supporting all those who need him while he feels his own deep grief. God bless Jessica as she finds the strength to go on each and every day. God bless Mike's wonderful parents as they forge ahead in spite of an unfathomable loss.

God bless you, Griff. We're so grateful to have had you with us, if only for a short while. We wish you peace and we know we'll meet again.