2 am...not time.  3 am...roll over again.  4 am...Isabelle woke up, toss her in bed for the last hour.  4:50...time to go!  Isabelle rolled off our bed with more energy than appropriate for such an hour. Barking and dancing she bounced while we packed. 5:15 I love driving on freeways before 6 am! The traffic... Continue Reading →


Isabelle rests sleeping as she waits port surgery tomorrow. I sit indian style preparing for bed. I hope and I trust tomorrow will turn out well. We get up in 6 hours. Tonight we stay with Ashley's newly wedded brother. Talking marriage I realize how much I've learned (and haven't) in 9 years. I hope... Continue Reading →

The Pain of Uncertainty

Several hours ago we tore through the house packing to take Isabelle to the ER. Initially we set out for Riley children's hospital but quickly diverted to a local ER out of fears about her breathing. Checked in, blood drawn (from her neck), and x-rays taken we enter the hardest part. We long to escape... Continue Reading →


6 AM Alarm clock rings and Ashley immediately shushes me. She whispers (to a half deaf man😀) something about Isabelle. I make my way through the dark to find Isabelle curled up on the floor behind the door in our bedroom. Facedown, butt stuck up in the air she wandered into our room and fell... Continue Reading →

Reaction? No reaction.

The day begin with the wrong alarm. I woke up late hearing Ashley's alarm and discovered my alarm read 7:15p.m.. Rolling out of bed I dove into a surprising day. Entrusting Christy to a trusted friend we hit the road for Riley. Pulling into the garage we surprised ourselves with a third-floor spot. Typically roof-parkers... Continue Reading →

Life with leukemia

With a jerk,  Isabelle looked up at Ashley and I wide eyed, and fell limp. Handing her inert form to nurses, Ashley and I wound our way through tubes and wires out of the room. Waiting for her to wake up later inspired prayers and trust in God.  Yesterday marked the beginning of a renewed,... Continue Reading →

Life with the Leukemia and other things

2:20 this morning we were finally released from the emergency room. We spent 4 1/2 hours trying to fix a fever! The day did not stop there. When your child has leukemia fevers mean ER visits. Leukemia and the chemotherapy treatment for it makes your immune system incredibly weak. So, when you have a fever that... Continue Reading →

Isabelle Bryan Goose. Girl. Grit.

A lot of people ask Ashley and I the  meaning behind #GooseStrong. Ashley usually rolls her eyes (at me) and then I explain. This blog will be a bit of an explanation while I share what I have learned from my youngest daughter. Goose Isabelle's life has been full of health problems. But you would never... Continue Reading →

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