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 4, 2011

More Walking With Grace

Your mama woke me early one day with news that changed me as a man
Seems our vision to wait awhile to give your sis a sis had started sooner than we planned
We laid in bed the rest of that morning pondering how you'd be
How excited we were to add another child to our already amazing family.
Oh what a lucky man I am
I can't say when I thought about how my life would be, this was what I had planned
but what I can say is that I’ve learned the most important things are not ones that can be replaced
that day we began our journey of walking with Grace

At one point they told us that you'd never make it onto this earth
Doctors visits and hospital tours prepared us for the worst
we believed in you and love and faith and vowed to do everything we had to do
so the day would come where we could share all this love with you
I witnessed the greatest love of all in your mother as she prepared us for this race
If love is enough, there was no doubt that the day would soon come,
we'd be walking with Grace

Just days after you arrived as your heart failed, the doctors told us of their doubts
we had to think through tear filled eyes of what life was all about
we chose the path we had to choose and said when do we start
this little girls already beaten the odds, now let's go fix her heart
We knew the first path we chose wouldn’t fix you, but was a path to buy us time
to search to find a way because I couldn't give you mine
we didn’t know how much time we had and quickly learned life would now be at your pace
but we won't stop 'til there's an answer now that we are finally walking with Grace.


  1. That's fantastic, Rich. Well done.

  2. Rich, beautiful post and beautiful pictures!

  3. Rich...This is beautiful! Just think...it is the miracle of your sweet baby Gracie that drew this out of you!

  4. This is so stunning...we only met briefly at the birthday party, but you have me in tears in Texas. Grace was indeed beautiful and her smile even more so.

    Will be thinking of you as you go to Boston...

    Terri Sundberg