Never to early to think about Christmas

Last year we did our First Annual Toy Drive for Children’s hospital St. Louis.  We solicited toys from friends to give to Children’s Hospital for kids that were inpatient during Christmas.  We exceed my expectations, our friends literally filled our living room with toys.  It took the entire rear of our van […]

Making Friends 1

Making friends in school can be a difficult task.  I never really had a hard time making new friends, I can be an outgoing person, and seem to connect with people easily. One my many fears, is that Kade will have a difficult time making friends since he is non-verbal […]

Vacation Tradition 1

33 years ago my mom’s mom started a vacation tradition that has lasted 33 years.  She purchased a timeshare at Lake of the Ozarks in the Lodge of the Four Season’s complex.  It served at a guarenteed vacation each summer for her family.  We have only missed 2 or three […]

New Visitors

Since Ellen ( posted her “Why Dads of kids with special needs rock” post, I have had over 500 hits on this site. Thank you Ellen, for highlighting our page, and help get our story out. If this is a first time visit, please come back, and look through the […]

Link Love on a Friday

A week ago I got an email from Ellen from, she wanted me to write about how I rocked as a dad, and she wanted to use it on her site in a post about Dads of special needs kids.  I really don’t like to write about myself in […]

One word

Vacation.  Sorry for the interruption in mediocre blog posts, but we are on vacation and I have had better things to do (fish, drink beer, fish, swim, fish, eat, drink beer, swim, fish, you get the idea). I will have a vacation roundup post in a few days, and of course pictures.  Meanwhile feel […]

Two letters 2

People often wonder how to start a conversation with a kid with a disability. Annette picked up a flyer the other day that says it all and surprisingly the answer is just two letter.

When did the kids grow up?

Two days ago Kade started school, even riding the bus!  It is the first time that he was away from Annette and I and we do not know what is going on or what he is doing.  A new chapter in his life. This evening I took Jackson over to […]

Saying Goodbye 1

We knew this day would come, Kade went to school.  Annette, Jackson and I watched as Kade, in his wheelchair, got on the ramp for the bus and got loaded into the bus.  He will be going half days, 4 days a week until late June for his summer session. […]

25yr Anniversary

I have written before about our trip granted by Make-a-Wish, and the wonderful resort that we stayed at called Give Kids the World. Give Kids the World was heaven on earth started by an angel, Henri Landwirth, strictly for kids with life threatening conditions. This year GKTW is celebrating their […]