Parenting a Teen Through Grief and Loss

We stayed up late with our daughter last night.  She was sad and exhausted.  We were exhausted, but we sat with her and just listened as she talked..... I won't pretend to be an expert walking down the path of … [Read more...]

Mt. St High School Color of Support

I originally posted that the Cody Botten color of support for tomorrow was tie-dye.  My daughter and her friends informed me that Cody's grandmother has requested white be the color for tomorrow.... Keep … [Read more...]

Cody Botten – A Young Life Cut Short

There is not much to say.  It is with an ache in my heart and a lump in my throat that I am making a post I dread.  Cody Botten passed away today.  Please keep the family in your hearts and thoughts.  Please … [Read more...]

Cody Botten Fundraiser – Snoqualmie Ridge Gateway Gas and Deli

Snoqualmie Ridge Gateway Gas and Deli will donate 5 cents from every gallon of gas sold this Friday, 9/17 - Thursday, 9/23 to the Botten family for  expenses during this difficult time.  There will also be a … [Read more...]

Cody Botten Candle Light Vigil Update

It was a peaceful, beautiful site... 400- 500 people coming together for a common goal. I believe Cody could feel the love of all his friends and classmates last night. What comfort and support our kids … [Read more...]

MSHS Candle Light Vigil for Cody Botten

There will be a candle light vigil for Cody Botten at 8PM tonight, September 14, 2010.  The location is the Snoqualmie Ridge soccer fields adjacent to Cascade View Elementary School. The vigil is geared … [Read more...]

Mt Si High School – Strong Friends Holding Together

Our high school experienced a tragedy over the weekend.  I kept thinking my next post would be about the lessons I learned head coaching my first soccer game.... thoughts about what I learned from losing and … [Read more...]

Here We Go – Saturday Morning Soccer Games!!

Ready, set, go.... Saturday morning youth soccer games are here! Today marks the start of our family's fall tradition... multiple morning soccer games.  Two kids just downed  smoothies and tore out of the … [Read more...]