A Project for 2016

A Wife, a Mother, and a Soldier

Having become widowed in 2015 – having lost my beautiful wife Bethany in June, I’ve had to live through seven of the worst months of my life. And people were telling me, “the first holidays are the roughest”. Well, I’ve made it across that threshold, and almost now into a new year, and so I feel as if I’ve accomplished something. Something brutally hard is behind me, and while I still can’t believe that she’s gone, there may be some open spaces ahead (Lord willing).

I’ve mentioned on occasion, mostly on Facebook, but to others around me, that I’d like to write a book about Bethany’s life, and our life together. She lived, and she and I together lived, a “really an incredible life”, as she wrote to me. And as she further suggested, “you should write about it”.

So that’s what I’m doing. I’m taking up this blog – and I’m going to use it as a foundation for a book that I hope to write about Bethany’s life, and our life together. She was a remarkable woman.

This blog is going to function, in part as a memoir, but more largely, I hope, as a vehicle for publishing episodes from and chapters of a book about her life. The raw materials will appear here. Lord willing, I’ll follow the advice of a Kindle Book “advocate” on “how to blog a book”. I’ll invite comments from people who knew her, and open discussion on a variety of topics.

I don’t promise I’ll do this quickly. I’ve got a full time job, two daughters at home (at the moment), who have their own interests and activities, and as well, I’ve got other interests. But people have asked for more of our story, and I hope that this will be the vehicle to do it.

The “flip side” of this site is going to be the Facebook page that we set up for her when she was sick with leukemia. I believe that any of her Facebook friends will receive updates through that site.

That’s all I’ve got for now. Ahead will come the struggles to create a design (as I write this, the design is pretty austere), and also to make sure that the blog and the Facebook page work well together. In any event, please stay tuned.

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