Tuesday, July 30, 2019

9 Years Old

She ended her last day as an 8-year-old getting her brothers an after-school snack, helping with dinner, & dressing her brothers for bed. If 9-year-old Maeli is anything like the 8-year-old version, we’re pretty much the luckiest parents around.


Sunday, July 28, 2019

Working to Improve Our Shot

Milo asked my parents for a BB gun for his birthday this year. In the past, my mom has always handled the kids’ presents, but this purchase had Dad written all over it. I remember him shopping for it over vacation & Mom said he ran to the store to get BB’s the night before his passing. It seems fitting that one of his last errands in his time on Earth was spent doing something for one of his grandchildren. When Milo opened the gift, his first question was who would teach him to use it now that Grandpa was gone. It was all so fresh, that question was only met by silence. But Ryan stepped in & took Milo aside carefully teaching him the proper safety precautions & how to aim & shoot the gun.
Dad did so much for us, it’s hard to imagine life not being able to run to him for help all the time. But just like it was time for us to step up & teach Milo to shoot the gun ourselves, it seems like it’s finally time to step it up in all areas of our lives. I’m grateful for the opportunity that death gives us to re-evaluate our lives & identify areas for improvement. 

Dad would’ve been so proud to see Milo’s first bullseye, but not nearly as proud as he would be to see his children striving to live up to their full potential. I know that we’ll eventually hit that ultimate bullseye & get to be with my dad again. In the meantime, we’ll just keep working to improve our shot. #FamiliesAreForever


Monday, July 22, 2019

Another Year of School


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

And he's 7!!


Monday, July 1, 2019

Summertime Shenanigans


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