all the firsts

First Christmas after loss is hard.

Every day,

every event,

is hard.

But all the “firsts’ cut a little deeper.

I know even though my husband will be smiling when he watches his boys squeal in excitement opening up their  gifts, he will have one thought on his mind,


And that’s okay, I just hope there is a certain amount of comfort he has looking at the family God has blessed him with.

I cant help but see my  boys running through the dirty shop, tripping on tools,

grease on their hands and think that was the same exact sight Bill saw twenty or so years ago.

And instead of it being our boys,

it was Sean and his big brothers.



It’s a special thing to be a part of a family business,

not easy,

lots of hard work,

but think of the reward of carrying on something,

from generation to generation.

I could only wish that my boys would have the work ethic that

my father in law instilled into his children,

that’s rare these days.boys


I am so thankful that Sean has his sons to remind him every day why his Dad started our businesses in the first place.

The boys have a way of keeping us always on our toes and smiling.

It is a  reminder that THEY are the future,

the legacy we get the privilege of leaving behind.

They truly are Sean’s “arrows” that he gets to send out into the world one day.


Then comes the question,

to the Reader…

What is your legacy?

Who is your arrow to send out into the world ?




“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
    the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
    are the children[a] of one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
    who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
    when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”

Psalm 127:3-5








5 thoughts on “all the firsts

  1. Family is everything and Bill showed his children, their spouses and significant others, his grandchildren and every one of his friends that love…He found his soulmate which is truly a blessing that so many never find…thank you for sharing your life’s firsts with us…Merry Christmas from my family to yours xoxo

  2. hola Es una buena explicacion del proceso pero ahi un detalle que no entendi la profundidad de la placa como se co?tqolanrue se necesita para que sea mas profunda? mas tiempo de exposicion o menos? si mi placa es de polimero

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