You’re gonna miss this…

A few days ago, Steph did something that hit me like a snow shovel to the face…

In our house, we have championships. We have a Halo championship, Madden championship and a Forza championship. At one time, I was champ in all three video games. Little by little, I played the dad card and let each one of them win one, sometimes even 2 at a time.

Joseph is good at Halo. I mean so good, he is hard to beat even when Jason and I team up against him. Jason is good at Forza racing but right now, dad can still take him.

So we are sitting in the living room during our period of quarantine for the COVID-19 virus, battling it out for the Halo championship (which I won btw) and Steph comes in. Her eyes were very glossy so I knew she was at the point of tears but smiling regardless.

“Alexa, play you’re gonna miss this.”

Our Alexa device begins playing the song by Trace Adkins about how things that drive us crazy will one day, not be there and we will miss them. It was so wrong, and yet so right in so many ways.

For the past month, we have all been together through the “shelter in place” order to ease the spread of this virus. Our worlds have collided and we have made the best of a not so good situation. We have played cards, done projects, worked on home school, watched movies and yes, played a lot of video games.

Right now I go into my office one day a week. The other 6 days of the week I get to have breakfast, lunch and dinner with my family. I get to spend time at night with just me and Steph. On Sunday mornings, we all sit together and watch our pastor bring the message online.

We have done family more during this “crisis” than ever before.

I have not seen my mom in almost 2 months except through facetime. We talk every day as always but not being able to go to see her has been the one negative side of this. I truly miss that and I long for the 2 hour ride to see her and my family.

I don’t know what will happen when the world returns to the new normal. I hope that I will continue to appreciate sitting at our new kitchen table with the boys at breakfast, while our Lily bays and begs for food. I hope I will continue to be able to do everything that I can do to lose to Joseph in Madden. I hope that the cars I chose racing Jason will always be slower than his.

I hope Steph will always have projects needing me to help her with

And now, when the world does reopen…

Yes, I am going to miss this.




Comfort from the unexpected….

So tonight, Stephanie White and I had to have the difficult conversation with the boys about the schools closing for 2 weeks and how this might impact their trip to universal IF spring break is canceled. We told them that it is serious and we are going to be careful but we are not scared. We know God will protect us. We shared Psalms 91:10

“No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;”

My son Jason was in tears. Not because he might not get to go to Florida, but he was so scared of this virus. As I put my arms around him to console him, comfort came from the unexpected. Our 80 lb. lapdog Lily, who is normally off the charts wild and crazy, came up to him as he was crying, and began to lick his hands, CALMLY, and just love all over him. It was truly a moment of where God used a family pet, a member of our family, to comfort Jason in his time of fear.

As I watched this amazing sight, it was hard to be the dad and hold back the tears, and pray with my family.

Thank You God for bringing this amazing wild and crazy animal into our lives.