On Sunday I watched a video in our church that told the story of D'Brickashaw and Kirsten Ferguson. D'Brickashaw played left tackle for the NY Jets. Like many of us they started life out with the dream that they would get married, buy a house, have children and live happily ever after. Sadly brokenness entered their life when they discovered their baby didn't have a heart beat at their first ultrasound. They were devastated. They wept, sought counsel, and held to the belief that God still loved them. Six months later they discovered they were pregnant ...
Have you ever been really sad but at the same time filled with a sense of incredible joy? It's a really a strange feeling. Yesterday an article in the Daily Orange was published about David's Refuge and our story of how and why we started it. While reading it I was overwhelmed by a sudden rush of emotion and sadness as I was hijacked back to the days of David's diagnosis, our thirteen years of caregiving, and then his death. Tears began to leak out and my throat tightened as both good and bad ...
One of my personal goals this year is to do a better job of taking care of myself. I am slowly starting to realize that I am no longer a 23 year old man who can stay up late, eat ice cream and Doritos for dinner, and sit like a couch potato watching 4 episodes of Blue Bloods instead of going for a bike ride. For way too long I have followed the following principles when it comes to exercise:
- "Whenever I feel like exercising, I lie down until the feeling passes."
- "I ...
How would you like to experience the following?
- Improved physical, emotional, and social well-being
- Greater optimism and happiness
- Improved feelings of connection in times of loss or crises
- Increased self-esteem
- Heightened energy levels
- Strengthened heart, immune system, and decreased blood pressure
- Improved emotional and academic intelligence
- Expanded capacity for forgiveness
- Decreased stress, anxiety, depression, and headaches
- Improved self-care and greater likelihood to exercise
- Heightened spirituality — ability to see something bigger than ourselves
Six years ago Brenda and I bought a pound of bacon, a dozen eggs, some fresh fruit and a gift certificate to a local restaurant to prepare for our first guests at David's Refuge. We were filled with a mixture of apprehension, excitement, fear, and wonder. Would parents come? Would we accomplish our mission of "Caring for the Caregiver?" Would this one weekend really make a difference in the lives of these weary caregivers? Six years later with 279 families served, 475 weekend getaways provided, and with a goal of serving 250 families in 2017 ...