thoughts OF

A GENTLEMAN

November 11, 2019

Some of you may already know that my father has been in prison for the last 30 years & is currently serving a life sentence. But what you probably don’t know is the amount of suffering & heartache my Grandma (his mother) has had to endure. But even with a broken heart, she still does everything she can to be there for her only son. 


Part of what she does, and has done for the past 30 years, is drive many hours away for only a two-hour visit. Then, after the visit is over, she gets in her car and drives back home. All in one day! When I ask her why she puts herself through this, she tells me, “one day when you have kids, you’ll understa...

October 30, 2019

This is my Stepdad but I call him Pops. My Mom was my hero but it was this man who saved me. He STEPPED UP & came into my life at a time when I desperately needed him. He took on the role of “Dad” even when he didn’t have to. Early on, I had my guard up. I remember meeting him for the first time and thinking to myself, “Who does this guy think he is? I’m the only MAN (I was 7) my mama needs!.” But as I look back & think about my life up to now, I’m just so thankful. He truly is one of the major role models in my life and I’ve grown to appreciate him more & more each day. 


 

My Pops has been through a lot in his life. When my mom was...

October 25, 2019

I think I was around 10 years old when this photo was taken. My dad had just been released from prison after serving 8 or 9 years. The night before, I talked to him on the phone and he told me he was going to take me fishing when he got home that next day. I remember being so excited because this would be my first time to actually spend the day with my dad. So right after we hung up the phone, I went and got my tackle box and my fishing poll and sat it next to the front door. The next day came and man what a day it was - I even caught my first fish! But just shortly after this, my dad got into some trouble and was sent back to prison. I re...

December 17, 2018

Almost 5 months ago, I was rushed to the emergency room because of what I thought was a heart attack. My heart was beating through my chest, my arms and legs were numb, and my mind was racing with thoughts that I was dying. It was by far one of the scariest moments of my life. After doing some tests, the doctor told me that my heart was fine and what possibly could’ve happened was a bad reaction to my ADHD medication. I was relieved that it was nothing too serious. So the next day, I went back to living my life.


But a few weeks ago, it happened again. This time it was much worse. For the second time in a few months, my wife had to rush me...

July 16, 2018

"There are some amazing people going through some impossible struggles with no answers...but that's where I feel like we can help."

These words were sent to me from a friend, and I couldn't agree more. But even though I agree that YES, we can help those who are hurting, why are there still so many people not getting the help or support they need?  These are my thoughts….

As humans, we’re built for connection. We have a pre-disposition to want relationships with other people and feel accepted.  If another person is going through something painful, it should be our goal to help them move past it. But what I've realized, even at times in my own...

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