It’s been more than a year since Brave took on a new meaning for our family. Brave became the word Kelsey’s brother placed on headbands and has worn faithfully for over a year. Before the pandemic came, through the pandemic, and today.

Brave has become a favorite word for us.

We receveid these bracelets. They once again remind us to be Brave, have hope, and feel grateful.

Thank you to all of our supporters, those who think of us, and all who show bravery today and every day. We see you.

Brighter Tomorrow

Below is a letter that was anonymously written to a family that lost their dream home in the San Diego fires.  The letter was taped to a shovel in their front yard and the author GB remains unknown.  It brought comfort to the homeowners. As we arrive at the year mark on a global pandemic, the words bring a sense of comfort here, too. 

We cannot escape the tragedies that arise in our lives. We can search for a reason and ask – why? Maybe we could hold others at fault or imagine what life would be had this not happened, but perhaps what defines our character is not our struggles but how well we meet them and rise up after getting knocked down.

Faith will overcome fears, doubt and insecurities. Sometimes in life we don’t recognize how strong we actually are until we are faced with a great tragedy in our life. This calamity we face today will help develop the strength and fortitude we need for tomorrow.

Losing everything we own is sad, but the things we own do not diminish who we are inside. Sometimes the worst situation brings out the best in us and others.

When you put together a jigsaw puzzle made of hundreds of pieces, you put it together one piece at a time. No one can go back and change what has happened, but we can all start today and make a new tomorrow, one shovel at a time, one day at a time.