Legacy

On January 9, 1993, I was initiated into the Alpha-Iota Chapter (UT Chattanooga) of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Today, John officially received his bid to pledge the Kappa Mu Chapter (TN Tech) of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. This is a very proud daddy moment. In approximately 60 days, we won’t only be father and son,…

God Has a Plan

Today, I hurt for my sweet sister. She, her husband and her children are all alive and well, but she lost her job. If there is anyone alive more reliable, fair, just, sweet, solid, tireless, caring and good… besides my wife :)… I challenge you to show them to me. My sister does not deserve…

My Little Boy

I always try to find a title to my posts before I write them. Given the subject matter and the fact that my little boy, John, isn’t so little, I was hesitant, but it just wasn’t going away. So… It is interesting to watch the different paths my children have taken in different areas of…

Hello 2018!

As is probably true for many people, today is a day of reflection for me. For starters, on January 1, 2010, my mom got her new liver. This was after spending Thanksgiving and Christmas of 2009 in the hospital. The thought is bitter-sweet because those few months were, simultaneously, the worst and best I can…

St. John the Evangelist

In approximately 6AD, was the birth of John; who was to become known as Saint John the Evangelist. He was the son of Zebedee and Salome and the younger brother of James and raised on the shores of Galilee. It is thought that he and James were not raised in poverty. John and his brother…

We’re In!

I am sitting here on our couch, in our newly renovated home. Night #2. I’ve had a chance to relax a bit, but there is still quite a bit to do. Put things up here and then get our old house ready for renters and sale. However, tonight I am really thinking of my mother-in-law.…

Back in Town

So, “back in town” is just a figure of speech. I haven’t posted in a while and am trying to get back into the swing of things. Since we last spoke, quite a lot has happened. Melissa’s mom has, in fact, been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She has already undergone one round of treatment out…

Wow Day #7

Cheri was allowed to go home from the hospital yesterday and seems in good spirits. Tomorrow, we might know whether or not this is actually cancer we’re dealing with. All indications are that it is. Everyone is, sort of, in a state of holding off on any significant emotion for now. They and I are…

Wow Day #4

Yesterday was pretty uneventful for my mother-in-law. There was an attempt at putting a stent into her bile duct and performing a biopsy on her pancreatic tumor. However, since her potassium levels were so low, they were afraid to put her to sleep. They began dealing with those electrolyte levels. With any luck, they will…

Wow Day #2

Back in 2010, my mom had a liver transplant. I remember that being a great day because we had had so many trying times leading up to it. We knew Mom was going to be okay. It was just a matter of how long it took her to get a new liver. Yesterday, my mother-in-law…