How to Catch Up with Friends Without Sounding Like a Broken Record

We had friends to dinner last week who we haven’t seen in a few years. Caregiver shortages, then a pandemic, our caregiving lifestyle, and, most recently, Carly’s health and anxiety issues have generally made socializing difficult. Our friends had a lot of questions....
Family Update and Thoughts On Memorial Day

Family Update and Thoughts On Memorial Day

Periodic family updates seem to be of interest to readers, and it has been a while since I reported family news. So, after I pivot briefly to reflect on Memorial Day, I’ll turn to some recent highlights of a more personal nature and our transition to summer. We lost a...
Family Update and Thoughts On Memorial Day

Parents Make Hard Decisions for Their Kids

We live in a post Easter world. What mercy! I don’t want to imagine being Carly’s mom — being any kind of person, in any kind of role — in a world without Jesus, the cross, the empty tomb. I know that you know what I’m talking about. You don’t have to be the parent of...
Family Update and Thoughts On Memorial Day

Life Is Enriched by Relying on the Almighty Refiner

We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead.2 Corinthians 1:8-9...
Family Update and Thoughts On Memorial Day

Good Grief!

Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.Live in harmony with each other.Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people.And don’t think you know it all!Romans 12:15-16 Ouch! The first part of that passage may be familiar to you. It...
Family Update and Thoughts On Memorial Day

An Uncomfortable Family Update

Good heavens, this is not how I expected to title my first blog of 2022! Yet, alas, I’m online today for some “real talk” with friends who will “get it.” Our daughter Carly is 23 and has Angelman Syndrome. Her needs are complex and relentless. We have been extremely...