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Dave O'May March 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm

First, allow me introduce myself; I am the husband of Beth O’May. Beth teaches PE with your mother-in-law, Barb (the one who we ALL can typically “read” by the change in her voice). Beth and I were at your wedding and though we did meet briefly, I am certain that I am not a person you had remembered on such a magical day. Speaking of, thank you for allowing us, courteous-invites, to share in your day!!

The other day Beth came home and mentioned your blog. I assume Barb must have mentioned it that day at school. She said that she had only read a couple of posts, but enjoyed your “story”. I told her that if I had a few moments at work the next day that I would check it out. Well, I did and I could not turn away. I read every post. When I got home that night I told Beth that I had read it all. She was not surprised!! She just wondered how I made the time, knowing that my days are typically quite busy. I responded that I skipped a meeting and unnecessary lunch!

So here I am. I had debated the past few days if I should send you this note. Debating with myself the pros and cons. Evident of this message, the pros won out!! I simply wanted to take this moment to tell you how much I appreciated the read. I appreciated your honesty, your openness, your observations, your drive, your humor, your husband, your dreams, your fear, your baby Shields, your pepper jar, your dog, your car and most all you! I know that we have “barely” met and I knew Ben just a few degrees more (he once watch my family take Christmas pictures in front of Barb’s fireplace). I now feel that I know both of you more than I would have ever, without the blog. I am certain your intention was not so that Dave O’May could know you better, let alone anyone for that matter. So, consider it a bonus!!

Now that you have read my ramblings above, I guess I will end by saying, thank you! Thank you for sharing! I truly believe that in this blessing called life, the key to happiness is perspective. In you, I see a healthy perspective, full of life!

In closing, I wish you, Ben and Baby Shields much good health and perspective!! I look forward to reading more….


Ashley Squires March 10, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Congratulations! I am so happy for you and Ben. I came across your blog via Facebook and have been regularly following your updates.

Your recent “Poop Fiction” post made me laugh until I cried regarding Ben and the statements he made: “This is the worst day of my life.” You are a fantastic writer and I giggle, smile, and, sometimes, tear up reading your entries. Despite being on the other side of the country, it’s so nice to be able to catch-up with how you and Ben are doing through your blog. Your talent is captivating – how you can freeze a moment and describe it to a point where the reader is right there with you – it’s amazing.

Thanks for sharing and I hope to see you, Ben, and Baby Shields soon!


Tod Craggio June 26, 2010 at 5:14 am

yo. I hope that your little cancer baby is awesome. I’ m gunna send you some home vids i took of my favorite kids. sophia and squish.

PS its cancer the sign not the expediant massive cell regrowth.

April November 5, 2012 at 10:58 am

Hey, my name is April i am 30 years old and for the past 2 years i have been travelling, India, south east asia and i am currently in Australia on a working holiday visa! (i am from England) I am with my boyfriend who i have been with for 11 years, we recently found out i was pregnant right in the middle of this ‘trip of a life time’ obviously it wasn’t planned, but however we are soooo excited and happy although at first i was in tears and unsure what to do! I have just found your blog while goggling stuff on pregnancy! I am also a waitress, but unlike you i never went to collage or university, although i did event planning at a 4* star hotel in the city but i hated it, too corporate and greedy and blah…so we both saved up all our money, paid of all debt and decided to travel! But anyways what i want to say is you make me feel OK, i know that might sound weird but i have all sorts of thoughts going through my head, i wanted to save money and buy a house and everything be ‘right’ before i decided to have babies! I’m scared and stoked all at the same time, we plan to go back home to be with family so we are both just working our butts of and saving as much as we can while we are here in Austalia and then we will rent a house when we get back! I’m hoping things turn out well, i know things in life aren’t a walk in the park, but i just hope we will be alright! I just wanted to email you because your blog makes me feel happy! I hope you guys are having a blast with Violet (love the name too, we like the name Olive for a girl, but we think it may be a boy in which case will be Jasper) Anyways take care, and sending your lovely little family hugs and loves! xxx

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