Saturday, November 26, 2011

There's a chance Holden is excited about Christmas

Holden and I decorated for Christmas today while Leah and Maddux are out of town.  Between Jovie, our Elf on the Shelf, making his return to our house the day after Thanksgiving and now having the tree up I think it's a safe bet that the young man is excited that the holidays are upon us.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

TWLOHA - On Thanksgiving: A Note to Say You're Not Alone.

To Write Love On Her Arms is one of my favorite organizations.  The following is today's blog post from their site.  (Direct link to this blog at TWLOHA).


We hope that today is a good day, a day spent with family and friends and a day to pause with thanks. We know for some it’s not, or it’s simply not that simple.


To everyone heavy with the weight of things missing or fractured today,


It doesn’t mean you’re ungrateful or unthankful.


It only means you’re human.


And you’re not alone in that.


We lose things in this life. We all do.


Things are taken. Things break and leave and we are kept from what we love. We are kept from peace.


If today finds you more aware of what you’ve lost than what you have, this is for you, a note to say you’re not alone. A lot of people feel what you feel today.


Perhaps today finds you with the same faces as one year ago today. And when they ask how you are or if anything is new, perhaps you wish you had some different answers. Answers that sound like change or pride or progress.  Maybe you wanted this year to be about change but not a lot has changed. Or maybe changes came but they were not the ones you hoped for.


It’s okay. Where you are and what you feel and what you wish was different. It’s okay.


You’re still here and this day will pass and tomorrow has never happened before. The same is even true for the rest of today. Things can still be new. There is room for healing and surprise and even room for change.


This life is not a race. It’s not a contest or a competition. It’s a patient broken story breaking more and healing more with all our different days, rich with winning as well as losing. The beauty is that we get to go together.


The highlight of my 2011 has been to get to know someone walking through the hardest year that they have ever known. For them, it's been a year of loss and losing. To get to know this person in this time, it’s been nothing like a burden. It’s been a privilege and a blessing and a surprise. It’s caused me to believe in better things, reminded me of dreams I used to dream and how i hope to live.


We’re meant to win and lose together. We’re meant to know some people on this journey, to walk it together, to mourn and cry one day, to laugh and dance the next. We get to carry each other and we get to remind each other all that’s true, of everything not lost. We get to remind each other that we absolutely positively can't give up, can't settle. We get to say that these terrible wonderful journeys are priceless and we must keep going. Not because we have to but because our stories our bigger than ourselves and because we just might be surprised.


On behalf of our entire team, please know that we’re grateful beyond words for you and your support. We could not have dreamed this thing up, this story that you let us live, the chance to do these jobs that we believe in, this work of bringing hope and help to people all across the planet. We’re thankful and we say thank you.


Peace to you today.


And Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

An official Cubs fan

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Goodbye JoePa

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Still Fighting It

Two sons now.  Wow.
This song is so poignant for me.  This is the kind of thing Holden and Maddux are going to have to deal with as they grow up - Dad making them listen to music and discuss the lyrics.  They should know that, as it says, things will suck as they grow up.  Things will be hard. (I swear to God the first person to drop a "That's what she said" on me after that is going to get punched in the throat) and one day they will indeed fly away.  They also need to know that the hardest thing and scariest thing they'll ever have to deal with is always on the horizon.  Everyone feels that way.  As adults we're still fighting it.  They will too.  It sucks to know they're going to go through the same hardships and struggles that we all go through but I will be there for them through it all, no matter what.  All I can do is be honest and loving with them and, as the song says, hopefully in 20 years we can sit down and have a few beers and find out everything worked out okay.


Good morning, son.
I am a bird
Wearing a brown polyester shirt
You want a coke?
Maybe some fries?
The roast beef combo's only $9.95
It's okay, you don't have to pay
I've got all the change

Everybody knows
It hurts to grow up
And everybody does
It's so weird to be back here
Let me tell you what
The years go on and
We're still fighting it, we're still fighting it
And you're so much like me
I'm sorry

Good morning, son
In twenty years from now
Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
And I can tell you 'bout today
And how I picked you up and everything changed
It was pain
Sunny days and rain
I knew you'd feel the same things

Everybody knows
It sucks to grow up
And everybody does
It's so weird to be back here.
Let me tell you what
The years go on and
We're still fighting it, we're still fighting it
You'll try and try and one day you'll fly
Away from me

Good morning, son
I am a bird

It was pain
Sunny days and rain
I knew you'd feel the same things

Everybody knows
It hurts to grow up
And everybody does
It's so weird to be back here.
Let me tell you what
The years go on and
We're still fighting it, we're still fighting it
Oh, we're still fighting it, we're still fighting it

And you're so much like me
I'm sorry

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Maddux Clark Davis

Maddux Clark arrived at 8:46 am on 11-1-11 weighing in at 8 lbs 6 oz and 21 in long. Lots of pictures to come. For now though...Davis boys in monkey hats.