Crazy Good, Crazy Bad

“Rockin’ Roll ercoaster” was the answer my 8-year-old daughter, Sharayah, answered to her Classical Conversation home school tutor when asked to give an example of an alliteration. Mrs. Vest smiled and affirmed Sharayah that her answer was a great one. What she didn’t know was that her answer went far deeper than a grammar illustration…it was an accurate phrase to describe our life.

Yes, even our kids get that our life is full of highs and lows. And on many days, we have a mountaintop experience followed quickly by a plunge into the deepest valley. But isn’t that everyone’s story to some degree? Life truly is a mixture of crazy good and crazy bad, and this month has been no exception.
Shafer has battled one UTI after another, and we’ve administered multiple rounds of antibiotics to try and combat the infections. It has been hard seeing Shafer have such a long road of sickness…struggling with high fever and multiple extra visits to the doctor. Finally, the decision was made to schedule a urological surgery to investigate the possible cause of the back-to-back infections. So, on Friday, September 14, our little miracle will have a cystoscopy to hopefully help us understand the underlying cause of this reoccurring problem.
We are now in our third week of our inaugural year of home school. Shafer is loving his preschool activities of ABC’s, coloring, art, and getting to go on field trips.
Even though the adjustment was hard in the beginning, we are now on a manageable schedule and enjoying this new model of learning together.
We make a big deal out of birthdays in our family. Kevin celebrated turning 45 with a party in the neighborhood playground. His favorite gift by far was his Georgia Bulldog golf umbrella. Shafer especially loved singing “Happy Birthday” to the best daddy in the world…
The Daves family reunion was also a big event for Shafer to attend since we were unable to go last year due to the transplant. Everyone was blessed to hear an update and to see him looking so happy and healthy!
Tickets are now on sale for Shafer’s big fundraiser (“An Evening of Inspiration, Music, & Comedy”) coming up on Thursday, November 8, from 6:30 – 9:30p at the beautiful, historic Tivoli Theatre in downtown Chattanooga, TN. We are fortunate to have such an incredible lineup of national talent, including Squire Rushnell (Inspirational Speaker, former ABC TV executive, and New York Times Bestselling Author of the God Wink Series), Louise DuArt (Broadway Actress and Comedic Impressionist), and Gordon Mote (Academy of Country Music 2011 Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year, Solo Artist, and Gaither Pianist). You can purchase tickets online at, charge tickets by phone by calling 423-757-5050, or purchase at Memorial Auditorium Box Office Monday - Friday from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm (Tivoli Box Office will open on Day of Show at 10:00 am).
Shafer and I look forward to seeing you at this very special celebration!
All my love,
Shafer’s Mommy


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