Friday, September 5, 2008


They say things happen in threes. I don't know if that means that once the three things happen you get a break or if they just start over.

My grandfather passed away this morning. It wasn't unexpected, but it happened a little sooner than we thought it might. It's a strange thought to think about one life ending and another beginning in such close proximity. We picked the name Kellen Duncan several months ago and have known for well over a year that if we had a boy, his middle name would be Duncan. It is my step-dad's last name. My mom and step-dad have been married since I was very young, and I grew up with that family (and spent the summers with my dad here in Boise). I spent my holidays in a small Virginia town with my step-dad's parents, and I felt as close to them as my own grandparents. With Opa dying, it seems even more appropriate that we give Kellen the middle name Duncan. I am glad to be able to honor them in some way.

Because of the timing of things, my mom has to fly back to Virginia to be with my family and to attend the funeral. I obviously can't fly. Selfishly, I want my mom to stay until the baby is here. I know that she can't, but it doesn't change my feelings.

On top of the house burning down and my grandfather's passing, my mom is also flying back to Virginia tomorrow... in the middle of a tropical storm.

I would like to call a time out on all of this sadness. I know that when this baby boy comes, the joy will return. I need it to return.


  1. I'm sorry to hear about your Opa and that you can't be with your family right now. I'll help you with calling that time out & hope that your "threes" are over now. You guys have been through enough lately and need a break!

  2. I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm keeping you and your family in my prayers.