Ryan’s first comic book sales

January 27, 2021

Today was a proud moment because Ryan listed his first comic book for sale on Etsy and immediately Sold 5 copies within an hour. He was very excited to make some money even though in the end we lost money because of how expensive the books are to print and ship. Despite that, we are […]

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It’s so hard to say goodbye

January 24, 2021

Just 10 days ago I had to call an ambulance to the house once again but this time it was for Nana. She was unresponsive and incoherent, the same group of paramedics came to the house that took Jeff when he was hiking his heart attack just a week prior. They quickly got her to […]

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A note to Nana from my 6th grade teacher

January 15, 2021

We’re starting to go through mom’s stuff and Ania found this amidst Nana’s recipes. I think it’s from my 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Faller (don’t recall her first name). It’s actually quite poignant to me as I read this now.  Because technically the line did snap. She officially let me go to fly on my […]

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Snow day

January 11, 2021

Today was an amazing day! Snow began to fall around 10am. It was absolutely gorgeous, everything around had a blanket of fresh snow and the trees began to claim their outline in white. One thing I do love about it is the silence that comes with the snow, almost like everyone and everything stops in […]

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Opening Day BetterU Performance

January 10, 2021

Today a dream came true for Elvis and Chandra. They opened their own coaching facility in Austin. For the past year, he’s been coaching people out of his garage or at another facility. Even at the height of the Covid virus, he continued to coach his clients virtually. I am so unbelievably proud of everything […]

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Nana and me during photoshoot

January 4, 2021

A picture of Nana and I taken during a photoshoot Ania setup for all of us. This photo was actually printed to canvas and hung in Nana’s house the entire time she lived there. Love you Nana. I miss you

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Daddy and Ryan as Knight and King

January 4, 2021

This is what we dressed up as for Halloween 2013. Nana and Mommy were queen and princess. I liked how I looked into this outfit. Ryan was so proud

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Cute picture of family and baby Ryan

January 4, 2021

It looks like Ryan was maybe 3 years old. I don’t remember where this was. But I thought it was super cute. Love my family

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Another dream with Nana

December 31, 2020

She came to me again last night. She was in a kitchen making her gravy, smiling as I walked in the door. She turned, smiled beautifully, and hugged me tightly, saying: “told you I’d take care of dinner. You have nothing to worry about Joey. I am prefectly fine. Love you.” 💕🙏 It was her. […]

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Nature

December 30, 2020

SO I love nature!!! Stick me somewhere and I’ll be good. One of my favorite memories is from Zoar Valley! Micah and I shared our first kiss there!! Let me tell you he was smooth about it too😍🥰😊 !! I’ll have him put his side :). I remember seeing some people we know and we […]

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Fun

December 30, 2020

This was the first time the girls went sledding!! We never had the opportunity to buy sleds or travel to go since Micah’s job took most of his time up. Now  COVID provided the change that we needed as a family. No, it  has not been easy we still struggle like most. We choose to […]

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2021 Family Calendar PDF

December 27, 2020

This is a calendar I created for 2021. Usually we do something more formal. But Nana’s passing is really impacting me and it’s hard to do anything or motivate myself in any way. But this was important for Ania so I made one up for our bedroom. It focuses strictly on Nana and the memories […]

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Nana teaches Ryan tennis

December 27, 2020

This photo was taken during our vacation to Virginia Beach (2012 time frame I believe). Back in the day Nana was an incredible tennis player. Learning the sport from her ex husband, she played in leagues, played for fun, and even went to Hilton Head North Carolina every year for an entire week just to […]

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2020 Christmas card to Ania

December 25, 2020

This is a card I wrote to Ania for Christmas 2020, one month after my mom passed away.

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First snowman with Nana and family

December 22, 2020

The first and only snowman we ever built with Nana. This was at her new home in PA many years ago when Ryan was maybe 4 or 5. She even bought a “snowman kit” afterwards with scarf and buttons in the hopes we would do another. Sadly we never did. But memories were made that […]

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Mom’s death certificate

December 14, 2020

I can not believe I am posting this. My mom…our Nana…died one day before Thanksgiving. Cardiac arrest in her bathroom. Ania was going to her house to help with Thanksgiving prep, and was the first to discover her. Her call and how mom looked – I will never ever ever forget. It is a reality […]

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Nana and buddy

December 14, 2020

I am going through some pictures for mom’s funeral and can smile at this one. This was our dog buddy (died in 2004). Let’s just say she was not a fan of his. And now I have to believe buddy was also at the gates waiting, ready to bark, ready to hump, and perhaps even […]

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Nana loved popping bubbles

December 14, 2020

Trying to sort through nana’s home has been very difficult. The memories that are now frozen in time, mixed with the visions and emotions associated with her passing, are more than I can handle sometimes. Small things like this help… She was always a huge fan of popping the packing bubbles. As a child I’d […]

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Nana’s inspiration sign

December 14, 2020

Nana made this not long ago. It was hanging in her bathroom, the same room where she took her last breath. If there was anyone who could dance through a storm, it was her. She was one tough mom. One we all miss very much. I’d like to think now, her stormy days are over. […]

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50-y-o Woman Grabs The Throttle And Conquers A Major Life Barrier

December 14, 2020

This is an article my mom wrote for my website years ago (actually I wrote it and she proofed it). I’d like to think she is now speaking to all of us from beyond. And when you are finished, I hope you will cheer her on as she revs that throttle at the gates of […]

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