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3 sources of hope and encouragement in the midst of the COVID-19 storm

It’s weird to know that we’re living in one of those moments that will be permanently etched into the pages of the history books, isn’t it? Even more, it’s weird that this event has escalated to the point that it won’t be relegated strictly to the history books. No, COVID-19 will find its way into virtually every other textbook as well: science and biology and finance and management and IT and economics and supply chain management and political science and psychology and journalism and education and nursing. It’s our kids’ “Back in my day…” story. It’s our “Remember when…”

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Top 10 ways to enhance your quarantine experience…brought to you by the Wood family

1. Create an Apocalypse List #Apocalist

Get to work on all that stuff you’ve been putting off for weeks months decades.

2. Absent a label-maker, use a sharpie to pointlessly label your food.

I don’t know why.

3. Play dress-up with your pet. Warning: your pet may loose all respect for you as seen below.

4. Play hide and see…without anyone else…with candy.

5. Send an Amazon care package to a friend or family member with young kids. For example, LEGOS! (Thank you, Nana!)

6. Dance party!

7. Read my book. I’ll send a free copy to a couple people at random who comment and/or share this post on Facebook.

Was that plug shameless enough? I think so.

8. Overreact to trick shots.

Now, on a more serious note…

9. Have your kids draw some pictures for or write some notes to local nursing home residents.

I saw someone else doing this and loved the idea. Of course, you’ll need to exercise caution delivering the pictures/notes.

10. Buy a gift card or two to a local business.

Local small businesses are making some of the most difficult decisions they’ve ever had to make. Why not buy a gift card or two to show some support during these challenging times?
Oh, and I’ll be sending out some of the gift cards below along with a copy of my book to a few people who comment on or share this post on Facebook. So, like, comment, and share away.

Enjoy my writing? Consider supporting my hobby by buying a copy of my book, Struggle Bus: The Van. The Myth. The Legend. Just click here. Thanks!

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We faced our biggest fear. Here’s what we learned about grief and suffering: our 5-step pathway through the darkness.

Background

For those of you who don’t know us, 2019 was the worst year of our lives. On May 4, a series of severe, uncontrollable seizures forced us to induce our son, Isaiah, into a coma. For two months, every attempt to bring him back was met with a return of persistent, relentless seizure activity. We spent every second on edge as we watched our son fight for his life. In the search for answers, we worked with doctors from Pediatric ICU, Neurology, Rheumatology, Nephrology, Infectious Disease, Immunology, Endocrinology, Pulmonology, Palliative Care, and Hematology. In addition to countless blood draws, IVs, tests, EKGs, x-rays, and constant EEG monitoring, Isaiah endured three spinal taps, two CT scans, four brain MRIs, two full-body MRIs, three days of hypothermia, two high-dose steroid treatments, three feeding tubes, a blood transfusion, four failed attempts at burst suppression, five rounds of plasmapheresis, 37 days on a ventilator, 41 days in ICU, and 89 days total in the hospital. We watched his vitals crash time and time again and came very, very close to losing him more times that I can count. It was by far the deepest, most prolonged, and most consuming suffering we’ve ever experienced.

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An update on Isaiah

As many of you are aware, we have quite a lot of things going on in our life in 2020 (well, we’ve always had a lot going on…but especially in 2020). Yes, I’ve recently released my book; but despite this blog and my social media accounts functioning as annoying and repeated pop-up ads for my book (sorry, it’s the only way I know how to market it), my little book is actually one of the least important things in our world this year. Sure, I’d love for it to do well; but our son’s ongoing health issues continue to be our priority (the book was written prior to his health issues).

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20 Recommendations for 2020

I’ve run across a few things over the past couple years that have made my life easier, more efficient, and/or generally more enjoyable. Today, I’m passing along these things to you. I hope they improve your life as well. You have very likely heard of some or all of these things; but I’m posting the list anyhow, because I’ve been surprised by how many people in real-life conversations have not heard of many of these items. Oh, and none of these are paid endorsements. I don’t do those.

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2019 & 2020: Looking back and moving forward

“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” – Mike Tyson

That, in a nutshell, describes year 2019. We began the year navigating a super weird world of viral internet fame. Our stupid old van opened the door to a number of interesting opportunities. One such opportunity was authoring a book based on our adventures in our viral van. I wrote a rough draft, found someone crazy enough to publish it, and made plans to make it happen. 2019 was off to a weird, but great start. Then, we had a wedding. Mary got married. We laughed. We cried. We danced. Fun times. 2019 was rolling along just fine. As a family, we made a number of plans for the remainder of the year. We planned an epic road trip over the summer–up through Utah, Idaha, Wyoming, the Dakotas, and back to Amarillo. We planned a summer of weekly hangouts with our friends in the refugee community. We planned an office relocation. We planned a number of activities with our home church. We planned a couple home renovation projects. We planned a number of kids’ activities. We planned a 13th birthday getaway with one of our daughters. We had a lot of fun plans.

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