Emotional Energy

2020.

It has been a true rollercoaster of emotion no matter who you are, what you do professionally, or what stage of your life you are facing.

This October, our family finds that our emotional energy is stretched this. Losing our Gran, two close encounters in the ER, and a visit later this evening remind us that health is a true priority and a gift.

COVID19 scares us, isolates us, and connects us all at the same time.

When you try to hold it all together, sometimes it is clear how the true disconnect can somehow combine to be different from what you expected. Yet somehow, all that you need.

Hold your love ones close, be brave, and make today incredible.

Grief at Nine

Today, we found this beautiful expression Kelsey wrote about her grandmother. What a tribute.

“Gran always told us stories, but now it is my turn to keep hers alive. Some may she is a mom, mother in law, or sister. That is the best part. She can do all those things, but the thing that I think of her as is a grandmother. Gran was an amazing dinner to a sleepover host. And overall, she had the best quizzes. Even though we can’t see her, I know she is in here today. Gran would want us to party for her and she would never want to see the shred of a tear because that is how she would have wanted it. No pain. An although she would have wanted to live longer, she had done all the things she needed to do in this world.

She was the best Gran. She always let us have whatever we wanted and she always had great stories (even though not all of them were true). We all love Gran and sure, we want to see her again. I am going to tell you how I see her… I see her when I look up because she is in all of our minds. You can see her everywhere you go. Yes, I am sad, but I can deal with it when I am surrounded by family. And I do have a lot of good memories with her, and I bet so do you. No matter how far you think she is, you won’t know she is here with you, in your mind, spirit, and in real life. I say this every day in my head because it is the right timing. And, it is a quote from Gran, “You have got to be kidding me.”

It’s Been One Week…

One week of misunderstanding.

One week without answers.

One week without a fiber in our lives.

We deny.

We grieve.

We remember.

We realize how precious life truly is…

Be Brave.

Be grateful for the rest of the village that surrounds you and supports you.

Life each day to its fullest.

Call your loved ones.

Give them great hugs.

We will miss you, Gran.

May you rest in peace.

An Ode to Gran

This week, our family has faced the devastation of a loved one moving from full speed ahead to instead lagging several steps behind. We await news, continue to hope, and prepare for the road ahead. With the hope that her seventieth birthday gift can someday be shared with her, noting “Happiness is finding a scratch for every itch,” given a newly found inability to properly reach her back, this one is for you Gran.

In common, we love the same few.

Strength and confidence followed you.

Education and values at our core

Words we adore but our family, much more.

Faux Gran to some, but our Gran new.

To hope, love, and bravery as we walk forward into the unknown…

We thank you for sending strength, love, and support to our home.

Virtual Comedy for a Cure

Five years after the inaugural gala, our November fundraising event was set to be the best yet. With COVID19 precautions and measures in place, we are going virtual.

Save the Date for a virtual evening of laughter. Further details will follow.

We hope to “see” you there!

Fourth Grade

Virtual, hybrid, or a combination unknown, good luck this school year. The choice to learn in a remote-only environment has been emotional for our family. In true Kelsey fashion, her spirits are high and her attitude is positive. Her dream and future goal remain the same…

Be Brave. Mask Up. Here’s to a great year for all.

Face Masks for Kelsey

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Five Months – from Kelsey

“It’s been 5 months since COVID started and it is not exciting. I am thinking about school. It is stressful and some people aren’t even going to school. What makes it stressful is that if someone goes back to school, they have to wear a mask. Then what about kids like me? Will the kids like me that stay home learn as much? I want to learn a lot. I hope we all learn a lot.

If you think about it, the normal routine or the same routine would be nice. Should we all do the remote learning that we have been doing?

I feel like when COVID is over, everyone is going to get in their cars and go to the mall or movies. I wish that could happen soon. Now and forever, I pray that everyone in the world is ok and that they are all ok at the end of COVID.”

Kelsey, age 9. #bebrave

Virtual Party

Cancelled. More often than not, we hear cancelled in 2020.

Birthday parties. Fundraisers. Milestone life events.

Cancelled.

Positive vibes surrounded us when a virtual party came our way to support our cause.

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We are grateful for the support and generosity!

#BeBrave #MaskUp

Hitting Home

When the MLB had its first outbreak close to our home, we felt nervous and worried about how safeguards in place allowed for the entry of positive COVID tests.

When house parties of over 700 guests occurred, we wondered how long it would take to move closer to us.

When face masks are mandated for school, we worry this is far from over.

Then a close relative received a positive diagnosis. Our prayers remain as recovery from COVID now requires hospitalization. Family members await tests and await the days of quarantine hopeful that positive is not a word they hear soon.

Positive is news we need. Positive is what we have to stay, however.

Decisions require careful thought and consideration at every turn.

We safeguard as much as we can but until the reality hits near your home, does it feel real? We struggle to make sense of it all and worry that an unexpected surge will soon lead us further apart.

Be brave and mask up.