Concern is a tricky beast

Three five year old boys having fun poolside
Charlie, EJ, and Chapin (at EJ’s birthday party at his pool, 2005)


Many unexpected things happen to heighten an already heightened sense of concern.

Concern though, is a tricky beast.

Constantly reminding us we have two choices:

  • survive
  • thrive

Life’s fine print reveals this struggle opportunity reality lasts a lifetime.

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PS. The boys have been together for 11 years, and so have their parents.


Soul Silver Pokemon

Pokemon (Pocket Monster)
Pokemon (Pocket Monster)

What do children want?

Seems to me they want their parents to notice stuff.

Notice what they like to do and how well they do it.

Last night our son and I put a five dollar deposit on the new Pokemon game, Soul Silver, which is being released Sunday, March 14.  The deposit ensures we can reserve a copy.

Otherwise, they are very likely to run out.

Apple’s iPhone sometimes has similar challenges.

What’s the moral here?

Cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon.  Little boy blue and the man in the moon. When you coming home? I don’t know when. But we’ll get together then….

Childhood Diseases Stink

Childhood diseases stick.  Adult diseases stink.  And there are so many of both.

What is a caring person to do?  We all know, “You can’t do it all”. So perhaps the best approach is simply to become an advocate and supporter of the disease that hits closest to home.

Last night my son (9) and I had dinner at Epcot, at The Walt Disney World Resort.  We were celebrating “Wednesday”.  Since our Catechism class was cancelled, it was a free night, and we spontaneously chose Epcot.  We live very close by.

During the long walk to our car and then on the short drive home, my son couldn’t hold his need to go to the bathroom. He begged me to pull over even though we were four minutes from home. So I did.

There’s really no way to adequately describe what happened.

And last night, after finally arriving home, a faithful follower of these blogs wrote a note that couldn’t have been more timely.  While I usually keep my spiritual side reserved for, I’d just like to say thank you for your prayers.

All of us have some sort of Hell we are going through.  These jeff noel blogs (5 total)  are the seeds of “therapy” for us to learn to help each other – more often.

Crohn’s Disease and Children

Our nine-year old son first developed unusual symptoms just before he turned four.  Between his 4th and 5th birthday, he had:

Here’s an excerpt from an email I received yesterday as a member of CCFA, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America:

Through the eyes of a 21-year-old Crohn’s Disease sufferer:

Have you ever felt my pain?

Have you ever felt this hurt?

Have you ever wiped away my tears?

Have you ever measured the pains worth?

Have you ever sat in front of your food and prayed for it not to hurt?

Have you looked past the pupils to the thoughts array?

Have you ever tasted the smell of your favorite foods, for it to be taken away?

Have you ever just wanted the pain to go away?

Have you ever wished you could go back, to when there was no pain?

Have you ever hated the comments some have made?

Have you ever been afraid to eat, and ask yourself why?

Have you ever heard the saying you’ll be just fine?

Have you ever had pain just to sneeze?

Have you ever met anyone with Crohn’s Disease?

From the creator of the event: By having events like this, we are trying to raise as much money as possible to help cure Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis.

Thank you for reading this and following – Make it a great day.  Enjoy your health.