Friday, May 25th - Parks are our favorite places, and Elliot has been showing Chloe and Toby many of the cool ones he frequents. On Friday, we met at a park that had many aspects designed to be accessible, and lots of unique play equipment. Several hours later, and with a bonus of some sunburn, I took the kids to Target...
Thursday, May 25th - The Wingate had a pancake maker as part of their breakfast spread, which the kids had fun with. At the push of a button, it made two pancakes that came down a conveyor belt and out the side onto the waiting plate. The breakfast area was sunny and airy, opening onto the back patio that overlooked...
Wednesday, May 24th - We all slept until my alarm went off, and then we did our final stage of "decontamination." We changed out of the clothes and shoes we'd used in our vehicles/living environment in the Midwest, showered, and then put on the new clothes and shoes we'd packed for the day. Breakfast went until 10 AM, so we barely...
Leading up to the date we had flights scheduled, I kept telling Micah, "we could just cancel and stay here. It makes me tired to just think about it." I was going to be leaving him behind in Illinois to work, and taking all three kids out west by myself. We would both look at each other, not liking that...
Chronic illness is hard. It's hard on the sick person and hard on the well. Discouragment comes easily to the one living with difficult symptoms, and simple life actions can feel void of meaning. Even the "feeling good" moments would be considered "bad" to your typical healthy person.  I have several family members that have struggled with chronic illnesses, and these precious...

Holding On To Hope

Holidays and other special times have a way of causing a person to reminisce what this time of year held in years past.   Like my son’s birthday, which is at the end of April.  When I remember this time last year, my mind goes to laying on the couch in our house that, unbeknownst to us at the time,...