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September 4, 2018

Will I ever be ‘me’ again?

A little more than a year ago, my son died unexpectedly.  I’m sorry if that’s an abrupt way to start a story, but it was an abrupt way to start a day too.  I had no control over what happened…
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December 22, 2017

Christmas Letter 2001

Well, I can tell you that I had a really funny Christmas letter planned for this year, but I am saving it for next year because of the birth of our son, Paul Arthur on December 18. He was two…
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December 7, 2017

Paul’s MOJO

I talked to my Dad yesterday about Paul and it came up that lots of people wrote lots of awesome things to us and about him in those first few weeks.  We thought it would be nice to have one…
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November 26, 2017

Paul and Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was always a special holiday for us and Paul especially enjoyed it. Kathie’s family has great food traditions and recipes are handed down, perfected and duplicated with each year.  We started hosting many years ago – I think both…
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November 11, 2017

Goodnight Paul

There came a time most every day where Paul had just had enough.  He pushed himself hard and talking and getting around simply took more effort than it did for anyone else.  He seldom had to be convinced to go…
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October 31, 2017

Paul and swimming

Paul took to the water right away.  This fact was not an assumption we made as parents – Paige never really did learn to swim very well and was not overly fond of swim lessons.  Paul loved it and he…
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October 28, 2017

Paul and Track

Seventh grade was probably Paul’s best year in a lot of ways. After a few tough years filled with surgeries and some setbacks, Paul suddenly thrived for a year. As human nature has it, we quickly adjusted to the new…
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October 24, 2017

Paul and Seizures

Of all the things Paul had to endure, I think seizures were the worst.  They were random and could occur at any time, so they affected everything we did and we had to think about them any time we planned…
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October 22, 2017

Paige’s “Letter to Future Paul” from 2011

Paige Natzke 5/12/11 Block 2   Dear Future Paul, If you’re reading this you’re in middle school. Congratulations. I never thought you would make it. Right now, you’re in third grade, you’re still having trouble with our math facts. Now…
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October 17, 2017

Gratitude

It’s obvious to me that I have AMAZING friends. And I’m not using amazing here in the overused way that so many of us do these days...my people are honestly amazing!!  My friends seem to anticipate what I need and…
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