And Life Goes On

The world does not stop, nor does it spin backwards. It just keeps rotating on it’s axis despite what we might want. We have learned to accept the present and the future, even though there are so many moments we would wish to turn back the clock. February not...

Thirteen Years

People will say that grief diminishes with time. That is not necessarily accurate. Grief is still in our hearts but after thirteen years, that sorrow is wrapped in the love of all the remarkable people that Andy has introduced us to. Because of that love, the pain...

The Folks We’ve Met After Andy’s Death

The Folks We’ve Met After Andy’s Death After Andy’s death, we were visited by a number of politicians who wished to pay their respects. Some were very sincere.  For example, then Senator Mike DeWine simply rang our doorbell and paid a visit.  We welcomed him...

Pouring The Footers

No structure can survive throughout the years without a strong foundation.  It was necessary for us to pour deep footers that would provide the stability needed to make the scholarship effort an absolute reality. Mary from the Lakeland Foundation came to our home to...

How It All Began

It was a pleasant afternoon on February 26, 2005. I had just finished baking a cake for my wife when the doorbell rang. My heart sank when Sheila opened the door, revealing a Marine lieutenant colonel and two other Marines behind him. I knew then and there that we...