Glitches and Smiles

In Emma’s Words

Emma believed everyone should be treated with kindness and respect.  Sure, some have a few glitches and yet everyone deserves to smile. 

Don’t take our word for it.  Give Emma a listen.

Emmaisms: Air Tickles

While playing with Oliver (our grandson) the other day Marie and I stumbled upon a great memory of Emma. Up until about her 17th birthday she had one very unique quality when it came to being tickled; you didn't even have to touch her. All you had to do was wiggle...

Living Strong

We are certainly living in interesting times, wouldn't you agree? COVID-19 has changed the very fabric of our society and challenged our basic precepts on our economy. Our current normal wasn't even imagined by most Americans as little as a six weeks ago, let alone...

Emmaisms: “Wait. What?”

Last Sunday marked the second anniversary of Emma's passing. Marie, Piper and I were in Dallas for a work function and I was glad to have them there with me. I'll never forget that long flight home, by myself, from Anaheim the morning after learning of her death. I...

The Day I Met Emma

Emma changed my life, my outlook and many of my views on just about everything. Emma set me on a course to become a better person, a better father and husband.  Emma set me on a path to become a better human being.  I write these memories as a keepsake of who I was and who Emma ignited me to become.  I write these memories to preserve the light that Emma provided.

Our Foster Care System is Failing All of Us

Our Foster Care System is Failing All of Us

Providing foster care is not for feint of heart. Let's just get that out of the way right up front. The Kansas City Star's special reports on the state of foster care in our country shows us is that something is systemically wrong both in the way our culture looks at...

Earning Trust of Foster Care Children

Earning Trust of Foster Care Children

Today's post is about earning the trust of foster care children. Because believe me, this is a completely different bag of cats than raising your own biological children. Marie and I were told this when we were getting our foster parent and adoption certification in...

Living Strong

Living Strong

We are certainly living in interesting times, wouldn't you agree? COVID-19 has changed the very fabric of our society and challenged our basic precepts on our economy. Our current normal wasn't even imagined by most Americans as little as a six weeks ago, let alone...

Special Needs Adoption

Special Needs Adoption

When Marie and I first talked about adopting a child out of the foster care system it never occurred to either of us, well me for sure, that we'd be taking part in a special needs adoption. I'd like to you to consider, for the sake of argument, that almost any...

Grief Morphs and Changes

Grief Morphs and Changes

To my surprise, both my wife and I reacted unexpectedly this past Saturday when we dropped off Piper to Camp Barnabas. You see, Piper is a counselor this week with Camp Barnabas. And she has been there for both Sibling Week and more than a few times to drop off and...

Eternal Perspective and Grief

Eternal Perspective and Grief

Dr. Bruce Ewing, formerly of Fellowship Bible Church in Tulsa, OK and a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, was my first spiritual leader that I remember talking about, teaching about and living Eternal Perspective. Oh, I'm sure others probably touched on the...

Emmaisms: Air Tickles

Emmaisms: Air Tickles

While playing with Oliver (our grandson) the other day Marie and I stumbled upon a great memory of Emma. Up until about her 17th birthday she had one very unique quality when it came to being tickled; you didn't even have to touch her. All you had to do was wiggle...

Emmaisms: “Wait. What?”

Emmaisms: “Wait. What?”

Last Sunday marked the second anniversary of Emma's passing. Marie, Piper and I were in Dallas for a work function and I was glad to have them there with me. I'll never forget that long flight home, by myself, from Anaheim the morning after learning of her death. I...

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