Lessons Learned From the Edge of Life

I can't quite figure out what just happened, but I am getting there. I nearly died from coronavirus pneumonia. My wife, our two sons, their girlfriends and I all met in San Diego for a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend. While there all six of us got sick, but only my wife Shelly and I had symptoms … Continue reading Lessons Learned From the Edge of Life

The Day I Was Released After 53 Days In a Hospital Bed

I'm currently working on a piece that discusses the highs and lows of my 53 days away from home. In the meantime, I thought I'd share a few short videos of my recent release and "jailbreak" towards home. https://youtu.be/CD921BC64RI Out of the room & moving down the hall.... https://youtu.be/vSfXu1ReX5o My wife, Shelly, pushing me towards … Continue reading The Day I Was Released After 53 Days In a Hospital Bed

KEEP PLAYING

The "Keep Playing" email is an uplifting start to each day for us at Fairway Independent Mortgage. Originally it was written daily by Jake, our founder & CEO, Steve Jacobson. Now every day a different person from our company shares a little piece of themselves. Last year I shared my 9/11 story. Today I shared … Continue reading KEEP PLAYING

Our 9/11 Story – Never Forget

Every year I share the 9/11 story of myself and my childhood best friend, Mike. It’s an amazing story of baseball, beer and friendship. In 2016 our story went viral by being told by Mike Rowe on his “The Way I Heard It” podcast. The episode was called “You Don’t Know Mike”.  Here is our story. Back in 2001 … Continue reading Our 9/11 Story – Never Forget

Growth of Gratitude

I’m approaching the four year anniversary of sharing my story of gratitude. It was difficult to allow myself to suddenly be so vulnerable, but I knew that I had a journey that needed to be shared. A difficult journey that started with the death of my fiance 30 years ago. My hope was that maybe … Continue reading Growth of Gratitude

JUNE 13th

I sat down early this peaceful morning like I do most mornings, with the intention of spending time on the book that I am focusing on finishing. But my thoughts keep shifting to the specifics of it being June 13th, so I decided to write a short blog entry instead. I marvel at time. How … Continue reading JUNE 13th

27 years #blessed

27 years.Half of our lives.We became the best of friends in California.Fell in love in Kentucky.Were married in Nevada.Started our married life & family in Kentucky.Established roots & raised our boys in Arizona.Times that challenged us in Idaho/Wyoming.To settle back down with a whole lot of gratitude in Arizona.2 sons9 different addresses5 dogs…as well as … Continue reading 27 years #blessed

Have A Blessed Day

SISTERSDina, left, with Shelly (2002) As well acquainted as I am with grief, I’ve been blessed not to lose anyone close to me too soon since I lost my fiancé, Dana, thirty years ago. I’m an only child, and my wife Shelly has just one sibling, her older sister Dina.  After painfully struggling for a … Continue reading Have A Blessed Day

My Wife. My Hero.

8 years ago today Shelly’s life was forever changed by that freak accident in our kitchen.We learned how fortunate we were that it didn’t take her life.I think back to those early days where she was unable to walk or talk, and I am amazed at the progress that she has continually made to get … Continue reading My Wife. My Hero.