Best laid plans don’t always go as planned. Sometimes they can go completely off track. We were headed to Florida for a fun spring break with friends. They had already flown out the day before and we were to meet them later that day. We arrived early and waited to board the plane, only to … Continue reading Detours
This was too good to wait for this weekend's post. You won't likely see me sharing a lot of my picks for reading. I can tend to be kind of particular in the books I choose and what I enjoy. Typically, they tend to be nonfiction and first-hand accounts of people’s stories. I know, not … Continue reading Fun Summer Read!
What do you do when your world feels out of control but you have the strength of developer? You foster puppies, of course! The strength of developer is defined as seeing the potential in others. You see everything as having potential and being alive with possibilities. You want to see others experience some bit of … Continue reading The Strength of Developer
This is the fourth part of our story as written by Patrick Durand. After we informed our girls of the new diagnosis, I immediately felt relief from the constant tension I had felt over the preceding weeks. I had been so worried about how they would react to the news, particularly Emily, since she was … Continue reading This is Our Story, Part Four
This is part three of our story as written by Patrick Durand. We faced a situation we hadn’t remotely considered only three weeks prior – stage IV breast cancer. And more specifically - death. After the diagnosis, Melissa and I were in a complete daze; we could not concentrate on anything. Our minds continuously processed … Continue reading This is Our Story, Part Three
When you travel through life you meet special souls along the way. One example for me are Gavin and his family. I met Gavin and his mom, Nicole, in a Target parking lot when Nicole was my daughter's math teacher. Meeting Gavin was uplifting. He wanted to know who we were and was genuinely interested in meeting us. … Continue reading Trusting God’s Plan
This is part two of our story by Patrick Durand After Melissa completed a battery of tests: EKG, Echo, CT Scan, Pet Scan, etc. we met with Dr. Thomas to review the results. Over the past two weeks we had come to terms with the cancer. We accepted it. Of all the cancers to get, this … Continue reading This is Our Story, Part Two