So long 2016

Sometimes the shroud of grief can be overbearing and all-consuming making it difficult to focus on the blessings that life brings. Our arms remain empty but our hearts are full. We have a lot to be grateful for. Highlights from 2016 (in no specific order): Visiting SF for Gabriel’s 1st Birthday Rachel job sharing as a part-time teacher Rex promotion Continue Reading →

The Ultimate Gift

The Season of Advent is quickly coming to a close. Last Sunday, Rex gave a talk at our parish for an event called XLT. XLT is short for “exalt”, which means to highly praise. The night started off with a couple praise and worship songs. Then following Rex’s talk, our pastor processed in with the Blessed Sacrament for a time Continue Reading →

The Boy Who Healed My Heart

This little guy turned one this month. Gabriel Chase is his name. He is my nephew and godson. Gabriel’s life changed mine. So in celebrating his birthday, let me share with you the story about his life. To begin, you will need some context to understand what was going on in my life at the time. It was late fall Continue Reading →

6 Years Down and Going Strong

This year for our anniversary we galavanted to places that were filled with the wonderment of creation, awe-inspiring moments, and uplifting interactions with others. Despite the fact that Rachel and I both grew up in the Pacific Northwest, this was the first time we explored the Olympic Peninsula. We had planned to stay local because originally Rachel was going to be in Continue Reading →

Words Matter: Fighting the Culture of Death

Words are powerful. They are a sharp two-edged-sword. Words cut into the depths of our hearts. They can inspire and uplift us or completely destroy us. As Christians, we are used to being counter-cultural. However, too many times I notice words being used that communicate half-truths regarding life and family whether it is in every day conversations, on social media Continue Reading →