what it takes to survive challenges

I am trying to help find ways to show/teach/encourage my daughter to thrive and survive these different stages of life she is travelling through.

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Memorializing Erich

On This Day. 2 Years Ago. We Memorialized Erich McChesney at First Pres. in VB with songs, hugs, speeches, prayer, tears and bagpipes – and then the next day we set him free out on the water off 47th street with more hugs, love, toasts and songs. I wanted to grab all of the kind […]

Erich Gerald McChesney March 30, 1973-May 6, 2016

Published two years ago today, and it still reads like I wrote the words yesterday. It makes me happy to share this story about you Erich – even though it only captures a sliver of your life and the person you were – I think it gives those who knew you fond memories of our […]

Things I would do and Erich would laugh (sometimes on purpose)

  Everyone loved to hear my husbands big ‘ole belly laugh. Including me. It was pure joy and happiness caught up inside a baritone bark, complete with a head tilt and eyes to the sky dance move that would easily have given Elaine a run for her money on the dance floor. The last few […]

Try to Stay “Up” When you Really Feel Down

In light of so many things swirling around the universe right now pertaining to depression I thought I might take a moment to share some things I do to help me when I am having a hard time getting through (or starting) my day. Mornings can be the hardest. Getting started with your day is […]

Fire 101

I have decided that when you are living with someone who has a terminal illness like the kind we live with – aka one that does not slowly and visibly take your loved one’s life away or one that requires immediate attention (Like requiring life-impacting medications, operations, or rehabilitation that people can see and feel […]

The Big Scary Question Everyone Has….and Needs An Answer to…

We all have one. That thing in your life you constantly wonder about, ponder over, rationalize yourself in or out of again and again… It’s different for everyone – BUT yet the same. It drives us to live our life or change our life depending on where we are or what path we happen to […]

We meet up with the cheznutts far into yet another leg of their adventures

In order to prepare for a massive transition within our family in 2015 we will start – today – by transcribing a story about our lives, our adventurers, our passions, hopes and dreams. Everything from the mundane to the life-changing and all else in between will be shared as often as necessary. I invite you […]