I am a very lucky man – I’ve got an amazing wife and am the father to three wonderful kids. Lylli was born on Halloween in 2008, Gracie was born November 2010 and although she only lived for 17 months, she will remain as much a part of this family as the rest of us, and Mickey Gray, our first son, was born in June of 2012. I’m not going to say that life has gone exactly as I would have wanted, but it is a good life and I am determined to make the best of it.

This blog is an attempt to document my quest to become a dad that my family can be proud of.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Easter

I remember trying to process the extent of what the doctors told us that day that they sat us in that little room and gave us the options to do the surgery to “buy Gracie some time” or to choose “supportive care” – One of the first things that I thought about was all of the “firsts” that she’d never have – Well, as of last Friday, Gracie is  5 months old, and every day is full of firsts – This was her first Easter weekend.  On Saturday, we took the girls to a local nature center and got their picture taken with the Easter bunny – On Sunday, sure, Gracie and Daddy had to stay home and hang out while Mommy and Lyl went to church (Still can’t bring her around large groups in public – can’t risk having her be exposed to any illness this close to Boston), but later in the day we had some family over for Easter dinner.  To see my little girls in their matching flowered dresses getting pictures taken by the fence in the old red chair was a feeling that I can’t hardly describe – These things mean so much more to me these days -- Gracie still hasn’t cracked 11 lbs, and has some major chicken legs, so the little tights were so cute all wrinkled and loose tucked into her little sandals.  Lylli did her best to hold her sister, but Gracie sort of just melts into whoever is holding her, so this picture took a few tries –If I was flopping her around the way Lylli was Gracie would have been very unhappy, but when Lylli does it, Gracie just smiles.  There is no doubt that these little girls are crazy about each other –  Later,  Lylli scoured the yard for candy filled eggs and Gracie got to spend a little time in everybody’s arms – luckily the weather was beautiful and we were able to wander between our small house and the backyard.  I love having all those people at our house (although admit the scowl on my face may have appeared otherwise due to the fact that the prednisone made me a little extra anxious about everything) – but as I laid in bed last night reflecting on my weekend, I couldn’t help but smile when I recalled the images from Saturday with the girls all bundled up sitting on the bench with the Easter bunny and, Sunday, my beautiful wife in her Easter outfit and those little girls in their matching Easter dresses.  I look forward to more “firsts” and Easters for many years to come.  I hope that everybody reading this had as blessed of an Easter as we did.


  1. Such beautiful girls! Rich, thank you for sharing your life so openly with us. I love reading about your two little darlings as well as your weight loss endeavors. Because of your inspiring blog, you have now received an award: http://ellietheurer.blogspot.com/2011/04/blogger-award.html
    Continue to blog!

  2. That day sitting in that room is forever etched in my mind as well. I am so grateful that Gracie had her first Easter and I am always praying for all of you that there will be many more firsts to come...although I do worry abit about the boy who is blessed enough to take Gracie to her first prom...you have to go easy on him Rich!!
    Gracie and all of you are always in my prayers. I can't wait until May 7th to spend time with Gracie and feel her melt into my arms for a few hours!!!