Project Seizure-Freeedom

I have found that through the most difficult and painful times in my life is

when I have grown the most and God never left me.

He hasn't left you either.

Friday, May 28, 2010

The True Meaning of Memorial Day

To my Dad, who served in the air force as a pilot, and flew 21 missions before he was 21 years old: Thank you for serving our country. There will come a day when we will see you again. Until then—I remember.

God Bless America and the brave men and women who serve to keep our country safe.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Barnes & Noble

I have come to realized that you meet the most interesting people at book signings. It seems that God has a way of placing people along our path that can inspire us, change our way of thinking, and help us grow in ways we never thought possible. For me, book signings are unique and exciting.

That being said, tomorrow we launch the first Barnes & Noble book signing. During this signing, we will show slides of the journey chronicled in Good Morning, Beautiful, as well as the trailer to the book which includes the number one hit song "Good Morning Beautiful" the inspiration for the title. 

Two drawings will be held for a signed copy of Steve Holy's Blue Moon CD which includes "Good Morning Beautiful" courtesy of Steve Holy himself.

If you live in the Racine, Wisconsin area, please join us tomorrow at Barnes & Noble and take part in the book launch. One never knows, it could be inspiring!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Home from Phoenix

We had the opportunity to share our story while in Phoenix, Arizona, on the Good Morning Phoenix show. Here is the link:

To those of you who came to the events during the past three days: Thank you for your support and prayers! I know there were some who couldn't make it (not that the Phoenix Suns had anything to do with it) but if you weren't able to attend any of the events, here is the link to Changing Hands bookstore in Tempe which carries Good Morning, Beautiful, and even has a few signed copies left: . If you can't make it in to the store, they do snail mail. 

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Vessel Project's Review

The Vessel Project recently posted a review of Good Morning, Beautiful along with a giveaway. If you haven't heard of The Vessel Project yet, here's your chance to check it out:

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

From Cinderblock to Watershed

Parenting has had its ups and downs, to say the least. I don’t know about you, but when I gave birth to our firstborn, Mathew, no one handed me a manual on what to do next. The book What to Expect the First Year was very informative in regard to what his development should be; but seven months after Christina, our second child, was born, she began to have seizures and wasn’t achieving expected milestones. Disheartened by each failure, I tossed (okay slammed) the book into a drawer, never wanting to look at it again.

It was lonely and frightening not knowing how to help our daughter. And when other kids babbled and said their first word, we prayed for any attempt to form a syllable. When other kids wrote their name for the first time, we prayed our daughter would hold a crayon. And when other toddlers played “So Big,” we pleaded for eye contact. Talk about wrong. This was not how it was supposed to be, and it certainly wasn’t in the plan.

In her book, A Different Dream for my Child, Jolene Philo writes:

“By nature I’m a planner. … Planning ahead was as natural to me as breathing, and my abilities served me well as a teacher. They made my life at work and at home easier and I derived great satisfaction from the efficiency and predictability planning brought to my life.

“But those same abilities put me on a collision course with the reality of life as a mother of a totally unpredictable, chronically ill kid. My administrative skills actually hindered my ability to rest in the day or take pleasure in the unexpectedness of now. They certainly didn’t teach me to trust God to lead and provide for the tomorrow I couldn’t see.”

Can anyone else relate? It was hard for me to see through the fog at the time and realize that God was there. Yeah, I’d forgotten that. In chapter six of Good Morning, Beautiful, I share the not-so-flattering truth of my inner turmoil that expressed itself by my kicking the cinderblock wall of the hospital bathroom—only to get a wake-up call from God, one that I will never forget.

Suddenly I was flooded with a keen awareness that He had been there all along, and when I internalized this, I realized that this parenting thing wasn’t up to me alone—the One who created us to feel, to love, and to bear children had not left the scene. He was there in the bathroom, and He knew what our daughter was suffering from. I’m not quite the planner that my friend Jolene is, but I did plan that day not to go it alone. And it changed everything.