the turtle king

the turtle king

And I would tell you how awesome the book is and how it has something for everyone from a princess to a cop to a superhero turtle who uses magic powers to get the princess out of jail and how when Luau looked at the book this morning, he said, “Hmm, it seems to be … Continue reading

what I would tell you

what I would tell you

I have so much to tell you, yet the clock ticks its disapproval as I sit down to type. I don’t have time. Somehow there’s just never time. If there were, I’d tell you how excited I am that Brooke wrote a book for us. That’s right, for US. I would tell you about how … Continue reading

perspective

perspective

Tonight we had the incredible privilege of joining a friend of Luau’s who is an orthodox Rabbi, his wife, Sarah, their seven children, and numerous other assorted guests for their celebration of the Sabbath. The evening was not an easy one for Brooke. In fact, the setting was essentially a recipe for disaster – from … Continue reading

communication

communication

I am in an unfamiliar place. I do not speak the language, nor know the local customs. I do not feel well. I approach a woman nearby. “Excuse me, please,” I say. “I don’t mean to bother you, but I have a stomach ache. Can you help me?” She puts her finger to her lips and … Continue reading

through the eyes of someone who loves you

through the eyes of someone who loves you

{Image is a photo of me kissing Katie, summer 2014 – copyright Connerton Photography, all rights reserved} I’ve mentioned before that, throughout my life, I’ve had pretty severe psoriasis. I also mentioned that, some time ago, it inexplicably (or at least inexplicably to me) cleared up. What I didn’t mention was that, not long after … Continue reading

sami

{images are photos of six year-old Sami, shared with permission. Her story is below} Oh, guys. I need your help. This is Sami. She’s six years old. She’s a precious little girl who loves to play with her parents and siblings, loves pink, and loves being the princess of the house. Her parents say that … Continue reading

sometimes

{image is a screenshot of the guest replies to Brooke’s birthday party invitations on Paperless Post} Brooke’s 12th birthday party is on Sunday. Every day, sometimes multiple times a day, sometimes multiple times an hour, she asks to see the guest list on Paperless Post. She looks for new responses. She repeats the same line, “Ryan … Continue reading

she can hear it

she can hear it

Hi Mom, I wish Oomah can come back to life and come to my show [on Thursday] when I sing happy. – From Brooke’s email home from school yesterday afternoon – I wish Oomah could be there too. But just like you said, she’s always watching us so, in a way, she WILL be there. … Continue reading

the silence becomes a comfortable one

the silence becomes a comfortable one

  {image is a photo of me and Katie, nose to nose in a pool. I’m guessing it’s 2004.} An uncomfortable silence settles over the car following what I’m sure she’d characterize as the lecture I’ve just spent the last ten minutes of our drive delivering. I’m not sure what else to say as I … Continue reading