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Dear David I Feel Helpless Today

One of the battles I struggled with as we cared for David was a sense of helplessness.  I couldn't stop the disease from progressing, I couldn't make David's pain go away, and I often felt I was failing as a father.  A dad's job is to protect their children from harm.  Sadly there was nothing I could do to protect David from the claws of Batten Disease.  I am grateful for my faith that would often remind me that while things feel and look like they are completely out of ...
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Dear David, I’m thankful for your Mom!

One of the greatest blessings I have in my life is my wife, Brenda.  For 33 years we have enjoyed the highs and lows of living together in this beautiful yet broken world.  By far the greatest challenge we have faced together was watching the devastating effects of David's disease and his ultimate death.  It rocked our relationship with each other and our relationship with God.  Often at the end of a day caring for David we had very little left over for each other.  It wasn't that we didn't ...
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Dear David…

For the next four weeks I am going to share some letters that I wrote to David near the end of his life.  One of the greatest struggles I faced as David lost more and more of his cognitive abilities was my inability to communicate to him my how much I loved him and ached for him.  I decided to start writing him letters that allowed me an opportunity to share what I was feeling and experiencing.  He never heard them or had the ability to understand them.  They were ...
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Are You a “Leaker” Or a “Gusher?”

My daughter-in-law, Brittney is from California.  She pronounces apricot as "āprəkät."  I pronounce it as "aprəkät"  Who is right?  We both are!  There is no right way.  No matter how you pronounce it, they are delicious.  The same can be said for the way we process and deal with grief and pain.  Some people store it and stuff it; others express it and share it.  Some people allow their tears to flow freely; others hold them until they can no longer be contained.  Who is right?  The following is ...
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Alajuelita: Costa Rica

As you are sipping your coffee reading this blog Brenda and I are in Alajuelita, Costa Rica with our wonderful church, Turning Point Church on a short term mission trip.  We are joining with a local church, Iglesia, Cristiana Alajuelita, to help build a home for a wonderful family.  Karolina and her four children live in a rundown shack that has no floor.  We will pour cement, build walls, run wires and lights to show her the extravagant love of God. Many of my friends have asked me why we ...
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