Category Archives: goodness

the goodness

There is so much bad news in the world.  I have said this before.

So let’s celebrate something good.



Tears of joy


I live each day with a chronic illness.  Even the bad days are pretty darn good.

Embrace the life you have.  It is the only one that you will get.

David has exceeded my expectations.  I don’t expect perfection, in reality none of us is perfect.

I look to the Bible for what it says about perfection.

Ecclesiastes 7:20.

For there is not a iust man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

I am not a biblical scholar.  Can’t claim to be.  In fact, I rarely attend an organized church, largely because I believe that we find God in the world around us, in the loved ones we have in our lives, and in each other.

I believe.  And to me that is more important.

David is full of an energy that I can’t begin to describe.  Most of the time, he handles it well.  Do we get frustrated?  Yes.  Does he?  Yes.  He has even identified when he is beginning to feel hyper and asked for help.  To me, that is the greatest level of progress that he could ever hope to achieve, though I believe that he will continue to change, both in positive ways, and negative ways.

David once asked me if I wanted him to be perfect….

I responded with “no one is perfect.  I don’t expect perfection.  I expect that you will always do your best to be a positive person who tries hard, and doesn’t purposely hurt others.”

Thank you David, for helping me see the kind of person I want to be.  I will try to be a better father to you.

Please know that some days when I am grumpy, it is the pain in my body talking, not necessarily me being upset with you.


and to T.  Happy 16th Birthday.

You bring joy to our lives each and every day, just by being the person that you are, and the man you are growing up to be.

storm watch — warning – a lesson for my kids.

So we are under a winter storm watch. From Saturday evening to Monday morning. Winter on the Northern Plains typically lasts from mid October when we normally get our first snow to late April, when we get our last snow.  This year, we have been blessed with Spring like weather until this past week.  Two… Continue Reading

how can any parent kill a child?

I was reading a recent article at about a self-described stay at home father who assaulted his wife and then started a fire in his home in an attempt to kill himself, his kids and the family pet. First, let me start by saying that the average stay at home father has no thoughts… Continue Reading

Giving Hearts Day – Happy Valentines Day

As we celebrate this heart day with our loved ones, we need to remember that there are others who are less fortunate than ourselves. I am on the board of directors for an organization that assists families who need hope.  The organization is called Family Voices of North Dakota.  Would you consider giving 5, 10,… Continue Reading

a most magical, amazing day and other stuff

Today was incredible.  Limited arguments from the youngest. By limited, I mean less than 5.  Very nice day. Spent some time working on household chores, dishes and what not.  Laundry can wait a day.  Seems like it never ends anyway. Setup my sewing area in the living room.  While it would be nice to have… Continue Reading

Day 8 ~ Facilitated what? and new friends !Success!

Since coming online with the new blog and website on January 3rd, I have made an incredible number of new friends.  Some really fantastic people are connecting with me.  How lucky am I? ==== Back to the topic for the night.  Have you ever experienced a Facilitated IEP? According to the website, a facilitated… Continue Reading

Day 6 ~ Everything is Frozen

#url# Everything is frozen! 1-2-3 Magic Continue Reading

Day 4 ~ Waking up with Pooh, Tigger, Eyeore and Christopher Robin

Day 4 in the household.  Fabulous morning, even if it is below zero.  We are definitely not morning people.  Well, except for our youngest son.  Seems like he is on a spring this morning. Tigger is actually a Pomeranian named Tobey.  And Tobey bounces up and down at the mere sight of someone going toward… Continue Reading