Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Quick Update

Hi All,

It's been a long time since I posted anything on the Blog and I thought it was time for me to check in and let you all know that we are still here and doing OK.  The boys are doing well in school and have been in good spirits.  I have the twins in an after school program that they really seem to like and Hunter is enjoying having a little brother free time in the afternoons.

We had a great Christmas at my Mom's house in Illinois.  I decided a car trip was a great way to get out of town and have fun with the boys.  All in all we visited Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Oregon.  We had a great visit with Katie's friend Vicki in Springfield Missouri, and Katie's best friend Brenda in Palm Springs.  I had a great time driving and the boys had a pretty good time riding, we had no fights and nobody got sick (a first for us).  The only thing I have to say is I have a great group of boys and I would have had no problem getting up the morning after our trip to start over again!!

I know some of you are Facebook friends with me and I have to say I'm Sorry.  I deactivated my account yesterday, I may be back at some point in the future but to tell you the truth I kind of enjoyed my first Facebook free day!

Well that's it for today, I think I have another unpublished draft or two to post and I promise I will get back to them at some point.  Right now I am compiling Katie's blog into a single PDF document and have been thinking about converting it into an eBook format.  We shall see....


Take care,
Kevin

50 comments:

Novice Naturalist said...

It is so good to hear from you. I think of you, your boys, and dear Katie so often. Post when you can. You know there will always be readers eager for your updates! Blessings.

susanc said...

So glad that you and your boys are doing well. What a great trip! They will always remember that - I have such fond memories of the roadtrips my family made when my brother and I were young. Great times! Take care and I hope you check in here from time-to-time.

June K said...

I'm so glad you and your sons had a nice road trip. It's nice to hear from you. I've been thinking about you and your family. Thanks for posting.

THE HOOSIER STAMPER said...

Hello, so glad that you are all doing good :O) Sounds like a fun trip, and I'm sure it was very well deserved and needed. Remember you all daily! Nice to hear from you...a great idea putting Katie's blog in PDF document...Take Care! Prayers from Don and Leah Ann in Indiana.

Kathy said...

So very good to hear from you, Kevin. I'm glad your Christmas went well and wow! what a trip! Wish my dh and I could take off right now and go exploring. What a blessing that no one got sick and no one fought. Your love for your boys is so very evident. You sound good, Kevin.
continued prayers being said for you and the boys.
Kathy

THE HOOSIER STAMPER said...

Oh, my brother lives in Three Forks Montana, and I loved seeing Crazy Horse on the trip out there a few years back...it was amazing! I have an Uncle who lives in South place to go, and my husband loved that Montana didn't have a speed limit :O)

Bobbi-Lynn said...

It's so good to hear from you, you and the boys have been on my mind. Your road trip sounds great, and just what you all needed. I like the idea of what you have planned for Katie's blog, she was an amazing writer, and quite the inspiration.
God bless you and the boys

Joan V said...

Kevin, so nice to hear that everyone is doing okay. I think of your family, often, and I am so glad to hear that you are thinking of doing an ebook of Katie's writings. God Bless you all.

Marsha said...

So good to hear from you Kevin. Thanks for the good report. That was quite a trip!

Gina said...

Thank you for taking the time to keep is in the loop Kevin, sounds like you had a wonderful time on your roadtrip with the boys. You are doing a grand job.
The Ebook sound a great idea, and would be a wonderful resource for the boys when they are old enough to read some of the more emotive posts. Take care :D XXX

Becky Jo said...

Kevin, it was so good to see a post from you. I think of you all often. Sounds like you and the boys had quite an adventurous trip over the holidays. I'm sure it did you all good.
I think an eBook of Katie's blog would be a wonderful tribute to her memory! I still miss her as I'm sure you and the boys do too.
Thanks again for the post. Hugs!!

Anita said...

To Kevin and boys, lovely that you popped back in and let us know you are all well and getting on with life. An Ebook is a great idea for Katie's blog. Good to hear from you. Take care x

Grandma Nancy said...

It was so good to hear from you. It made me smile to hear that you had a wonderful vacation and spent lots of time with the boys. Katie is smiling about how well you are all doing, I'm sure! I truly appeciate the effort you have put into keeping us close. Thank you and I wish you continued love and healing.
Nancy

~amy~ said...

Thanks for the update...it's so good to see you pop back over to here. Sounds like you guys had a wonderful road trip!

Cath said...

It's so great to hear from you, Kevin. I am so glad to hear that you all are doing so well, and that life is taking on a sense of normalcy. I think of you and the boys often, and will always wish you well.

Linda said...

Perfect way to spend the holiday. Roadtrips are the best for bonding. I was hoping you would make Katie's postings into a book. Good luck to you. You and the boys are in my thoughts daily. Katie really touched my soul. Linda

Sherry Eckblad said...

Sounds like a perfect getaway for you and the boys. Thanks for sharing.

tilly said...

Thank you for the post Kevin, your Trip sounds like a huge success and the boys did so well not to fight or get sick, I was thinking of you all over the holidays and I am pleased you had a good time together....Pleased also the boys are doing well at school.
Take care
Tilly x

LaurieJ said...

It is wonderful to hear from you Kevin! I am glad to hear that you all are doing OK. Your road trip sounds fabulous! Funny, my brothers and I did that same trip with my parents when I was seven, only we started in Iowa and headed west. I still treasure the memories from that trip. Take care. You and the boys are in my thoughts.

Pryn said...

It is great to hear from you. I think and pray for you and your sons daily and will continue to do so. Sending you all hugs!

Queen Mary said...

Kevin, you are very kind to keep us updated on the boys; I'm sure I'm not the only one who sort of emotionally adopted those great looking guys! My kids still remember our road trips from DC to Indiana to visit grandma -- those are great memories they'll always have -- and surprise you with later! Much love and many blessings to you all!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kevin,
Thanks for the update...I have been thinking of you and your boys alot and hoping all is going well...Take care and enjoy your facebook free time...

Carol W

Emily Painter-Davis said...

Kev,
As you know, you have to do whatever you have to FOR YOU!
No worries.
Hugs.
em

Emily Painter-Davis said...

Kev,
As you know, you have to do whatever you have to FOR YOU!
No worries.
Hugs.
em

Emily Painter-Davis said...

Kev,
As you know, you have to do whatever you have to FOR YOU!
No worries.
Hugs.
em

Shazza said...

nice to hear you are all okay x

Suzi said...

What a wise and loving dad you are! You all went through a terribly tough year, even with a trip to Disneyland. Now you are making great new memories! You are still in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kevin, It was soooo good to hear from you. What a wonderful Christmas venture for all of you. You are so blessed with 3 wonderful boys and they are so blessed to have such a special DAD. God Bless all of you, may you always be close and happy. An e-book of Katie's journey is a wonderful tribute to her and an inspiration for so many. I think you have a book of your own in you. Remember we are all out hear praying for all of you, remembering Katie, and waiting to hear from you from time to time...pictures would be nice too. Loving thoughts and prayers, Elaine from New Jersey

jperr said...

Kevin,It is so good to hear from you,I think of you and your boys often hoping you are able to cope with your grief.I,am so glad you had a great Christmas with family and friends.
I will still keep you and the boys in my prayers.
Jocelan Perry

Anonymous said...

So happy to hear you and the boys are doing well. You have touched the lives of so many and you will always be in thought and prayer.

Whimcees said...

Hello Kevin!

It is so good to see a post from you and know that you and the boys are doing well. The trip was a great idea and it sounds like you had a wonderful time and many happy visits!

I keep you in my prayers always. Sending much love and good wishes to you! Thank you for posting an update and I look forward to the next one.

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

ThePurplePlace said...

Hi Kevin,
I am happy you found some time to write a little update...it was nice to hear that you and the Boys are doing well! Bless your heart!

As for your Facebook page, I can truly understand and I'm thinking about deactivating mine too. I'm not one who spends hours online and I just don't find it to be all that exciting or fun!

Please know we all continue to think you, the boys and Katie, too! I do hope you are all finding peace and that each day will hopefully ease some of your pain.

Sincerely,
Lisa

Anonymous said...

Kevin,
It was so super great hearing from you and with such a fantastic update!! I check Katie's blog often to see if you've posted anything new. I will be heading to CHA this weekend and have been thinking about Katie alot and remenbering that this was one of her long term goals. It won't be the same without her there!! Take care and continue to be the awesome DAD that you are to your awesome BOYS!!!

Hugs,
Jan

Leslie Hanna said...

Hi! So glad to see an update, as I do think about you guys. That sounds like a fabulous road trip you had!

You take care!

Curt in Carmel said...

Hey Kevin! It was so good to see a new post. What an awesome trip to have taken with those great kids! That will be something that they and you will remember for the rest of your lives. I'm glad your Christmas was a good one with your Mom. You were actually right next door to me! I hope this New Year brings great new beginnings to all of you! Best, Curt

Patty Bailey said...

Hello, Kevin!I am so glad that you took some time to post. It is nice to hear that you had a nice Christmas trip with the boys and some of Katie's good friends. We have never met but your family is often on my mind.

Kathy Mc said...

What a nice surprise to see a recent post from you, Kevin! Think of Katie often and also have been wondering how you and the boys made it through the holidays. Sounds like perfect timing for you to take a road trip to your Mom's. I'm sure she was thrilled to have you visit. It's been a pretty mild winter in most of the US, except for us in Washington State about 10 days ago. Hoping 2012 is good to you and the boys!

Janine said...

Good to know you and the boys are doing well - sounds like a great trip. Glad you still can pop in and update us all from time to time.
Take care
x

Claire said...

Hey Kevin & the guys, I'm so glad you are doing well, the trip sounds magic, perfect for youngsters. Great about the book, it would be a perfect tribute to a wonderful lady. I look forward to seeing it. Take care now,you are all in my thoughts every day.
claire xxxx

ribenaruby said...

Hi Kevin, lovely to hear you're ok, so glad you and the boys are out and about! Keeping you all in my daily thoughts. Take care. Ruby x

Karen L said...

Definitely think it would be a wonderful tribute to Katie to publish in an e-book. Not only to keep her words alive, but to help those who are traveling the same path. Katie was an exceptional writer, she got to the heart of the matter and said all those things that many think but cannot say.

Deborah Frings said...

Sounds like you all had a super adventure. Glad to hear that you're all well. Keep strong!

Jodene said...

I was so glad to see your update and hear that you and the boys had a nice vacation and that you are all doing well.
I think of you all often and you were all in my thoughts over Christmas and continue to be in my thoughts.
(((hugs)))

jengd said...

Glad to hear everything going well and everyone's doing well. Your Christmas trip sounds like it was a huge success which for that length of a trip, is great! I think the eBook idea is wonderful and I envy you the ability to drop off of FB- it's a drug I'm not able to give up yet. :)

Julia Aston said...

Hey Kevin - Just happened to check in and found your update! your Christmas trip sounds wonderful - how great to see all those states with the boys! So glad you are all doing well....

hugs to you all!

Susan said...

Thank you, Kevin, for giving us an update. It is good to hear that all of you are doing well. I know that you must miss Katie so very much, but I am glad that you are able to find joy in life. I only knew Katie and all of you through her blog, but I think of you all quite often and wish you the best that life has to offer.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kevin,
Thank you for sharing an update with all of us! Glad to hear you & the boys are doing well. Sounds like you had an amazing holiday adventure...coast to coast! I'm in awe.
Peace & love, Vina

Sandie said...

Thank you for the update. I am happy to hear you and your boys had a decent 1st Christmas without Katie. Your road trip sounds like it was so much fun!

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Linda said...

Kevin, you and the boys are in my thoughts and prayers daily!
I promised Katie you would be, and you will be. Love to you always. all of you.

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