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Yellowstone and the Tetons

Family Vacation | Yellowstone | Jackson Hole | Wyoming | Montana  I met my friend Beth when we were 8 years old. We were inseparable…until we left our small, little elementary school and went to high school. We still kept in touch, but Beth moved her senior year of high school all the way to …

Field Of Dreams | One Year

Field Of Dreams | One Year Here we are. An entire year went by. Just like that. I wish I could sum up for you a years worth of firsts without my dad. We just celebrated my niece, Aly’s birthday. Most everyone made it. Normally, my dad would be sitting in the corner overlooking the …

Let Them Be Little

Newlin Mill Park | Easter When Bob and I first started dating, we took a ride up to where he grew up and to see his mom (now affectionately known as “Granny Sandy”).  We got to see the house he grew up in and then went to Newlin Mill Park to see the waterfall, the …

Staying Connected- Too Early?

Today, I got to see and feel the joys of my children growing up in the technology age. My son Grayson, almost 7 years old (in July) and his twin sister, Madelyn have Apple iPads. They are in the first grade and are really excited about reading, writing and “growing up”. They had Samsung tablets, …

Happy Birthday Pop!

Happy Birthday Pop!

Happy Birthday Pop Today, many are celebrating St. Patrick’s day.  My family will be celebrating my dad, Kelly Patrick (aka Pop).  He was born 64 years ago today.  He died almost a year ago (May 9th).  Since then we have had a lot of firsts as a family.  Today is no different. It’s his first …

Funerals Are For The Living

Funerals Are For The Living

Funerals Are For The Living Often, when I talk about death or dying, I say “funerals are for the living, not the dead”.  Further explaining that I didn’t really care much about what happens to me after I die. Why would I? I will be dead. I would insist that I didn’t want people to …

All Dogs Go To Heaven

All Dogs Go To Heaven

All Dogs Go To Heaven I went through the Fire Academy almost 14 years ago (I was 20 years old). When I graduated, I bought my first townhouse and almost immediately bought a dog.  It was around Christmas time. There was a breeder in Howard County that only had litters once a year. I went …

If You Build It He Will Come

If You Build It He Will Come

If You Build It He Will Come  Many people have asked about the eulogy at my father’s funeral. Some wanted to know what I said who could not attend…..  I hope the words give you some comfort and my dads advice gives you strength.   When I wrote it, I printed each section in a …

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