Fighting On

You blink and suddenly more than a year has gone by, and what a year it’s been…

As some of you may know, we have been struggling with Josie’s health and well being due to the side effects of her allergies. I won’t get into details here and now, but suffice it to say yeast, fungi, and bacteria all seem to adore her face. At the same time. Yeah.

Josie is a rescue dog, so the extent of her allergic afflictions wasn’t well known. She also has several behavioral quirks that require continual monitoring. Monty and her are not best friends, and they may never be. Sometimes however we catch glimpses and realize how dependent they’ve become to one another.

Monty & Josie 6/17/2015

We continue to fight on to support more moments like this. They both deserve it.

New Adventures and Experiences 2

There won’t be much in the way of any updates here for the next two weeks as we begin our first lengthy vacation since we were married in 2007. Monty is neurologically stable and will be staying with our good friends and his best doggie buddies. Bailey will be with them as well, so I know our kids are in a good place and in great hands. Without this I’m not sure we could undertake this in the right frame of mind, so we are thankful to have friends that are family.

In two days we embark on a much anticipated adventure with several of our closest friends. I have no doubt it will be an intense, emotionally cathartic journey, but not unlike the Phoenix I can’t wait to emerge from the ashes renewed, refocused, and a better person for the experience.

We’ve been planning and preparing for this for months but now it’s finally real, and I can’t imagine a better group of people to share this with. We’ll see you on the other side…

Tragedy And Restoring My Faith In Humanity

In general, I hate people. I hold myself to a very high standard and when others can’t or don’t follow suit, disappointed doesn’t quite reach the level of adjective I tend to reach for. Then something happens that changes everything, puts it all in perspective, and in a moment nothing is the same. Life is funny like that.

Tuesday night our good friend John Walker was involved in a horrific accident while leaving his second home, the music studio, to be with his wife and children, and at this time he remains in a coma and in critical condition at the Baylor ICU. Hearing any kind of news like this is shocking, but to have it strike so close to home and within your inner circle is devastating. How does the universe allow something like this to happen to such an amazing person? I was numb, angry, I hated people even more, and I didn’t want to acknowledge it. The normally emotionally stalwart C shed tears, and I’m not ashamed to admit I cried.

But then something started to happen. Word spread. My Facebook feed lit up, exploding not with informal half ass condolences some might expect, but truly inspiring and emotional outpourings of love, energy, and support. Having the privilege of getting to know John since moving to Dallas it was however no surprise. You may not have met him yet, but he is already your friend, and one that you could count on for anything. Soon friends, friends of friends, acquaintances, business contacts, even people he never directly met were mobilizing, coming together to offer anything and everything they could, and I am absolutely humbled by the response. A donation page was set up and within 24 hours $13,500 had been raised to assist John and his family through this trying time, with many additional benefit events in the works. Even more importantly a Facebook group 900 strong has people pledging and scheduling to help with the kids, house cleaning, cooking, transportation, and anything else to help the family keep focused on John and his recovery. To be sure, he has a long road ahead, but he WILL get there with the kind of support he has.

Live life, love and be loved, smile, and surround yourself with good people.
I’m both honored and proud to know John and so many other good people here. He is an inspiration, as is the overwhelming outpouring of support that I have borne witness to.

For anyone who would like to contribute please visit: http://www.gofundme.com/2for2w