How Can We Ever Thank You?

Words don’t seem adequate when it comes to thanking you, but wrapped up in these words are love and gratitude beyond measure. Russ and I want to thank you from the very depths of our hearts. You have prayed for us, cried with us, fed us, sent us gifts of comfort and cheer, and given […] ...more

Eight Years Ago Today

> Eight years ago today, Russ and Kalkidan arrived at the Spokane airport after an arduous 50 hour trip home. They faced bad weather, canceled flights, and an unexpected overnight stay in Atlanta. She became our daughter in January 2007 and we met her in February 2007, but due to delays with her visa, she […] ...more

Boise and Back

I had a post nearly ready to go this morning, but when I read it one last time, I decided it was too somber for Monday morning. This place gives me the space to reflect, to grieve through my words, but I want you to know that we are not mourning every moment of every […] ...more

What Makes a Mom Pretty?

“My Mom looks prettiest when she is smiling.” Eby actually wrote “smileing”, but it’s definitely the thought that counts, not the spelling. Eby made an “All About My Mom” gift at school for Mother’s Day – such a great gift. My friend’s...more

She’s Ready to Fly

We’re headed to Coeur d’Alene to watch Annarose pole vault. This is her last regular high school track meet. Track and pole vaulting have been wonderful and she has enjoyed them so much; it’s a bittersweet day ....more

Caught in the Current

Life continues to feel slightly more normal. I’m getting stronger, sleeping better, and overall, having much less pain. It’s somewhat easier to leave the house and go out into the world ....more

Standing in That Place

“Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.” Frederick Buechner After nearly four months, I returned to the place of our accident – where Kalkidan’s life on earth ended and her beautiful eternity began ....more

Two Miles and a World Away

I have so much to share with you – about driving past the site of the accident for the first time, about today being the four month anniversary of Kalkidan going to heaven, of how tears are so close today…but what I’m going to tell you about is the fun we had yesterday with our […] ...more

In This Together

Russ traveled to California...more