Congratulations Class of 2020

Keep it Real Wednesday April 23, 2020 Congratulations Class of 2020 Yesterday I heard some loud, joyous music with screams of delight echoing through our neighborhood.  Curiosity got the best of me and I took a short drive to see where this music was coming from. I found the source about ½ mile from our home. I put Rosemary on …

It Started with a YES

Keep it real Wednesday April 15, 2020 It started with a Yes A few weeks ago our first podcast was aired by a local radio station.  During the interview, one of the announcers asked me how it all started. Naturally, I started sharing the story of the bike, and how we built it and got the parts and so forth.  …

Front Porch Time

Keep it Real Wednesday Front Porch Time April 8, 2020 This weekend, I asked Rosemary to tell me about one of her favorite memories growing up in Cleveland in the 1930’s and 1940’s.   Without any hesitation, she shouted, “Front porch time” and her face softened a bit as she reflected. The stories soon followed about the families gathering on front porches, sharing …

Keep your JOY

Keep it real Wednesday Keep your JOY Wednesday, April 1, 2020 I was telling Rosemary this morning that it is tremendously hard to continue to write weekly blogs when our world is in so much turmoil right now with COVID-19.  How do we continue to live life as normal in the middle of a pandemic? Her response was:  How do …

What a time to be alive right now!

What a time to be alive right now At 93 years old, Rosemary has been through many world crises. She has survived world wars, a depression, and economic recessions and do you know what her insight is? In Rosemary’s own words “Anything can be overcome if everyone takes care of each other.  To the next generation, this is your time …

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The Irish Wake

Keep it real Wednesday Irish Wake Wednesday, March 18, 2020 During this week of St Patrick’s Day, I thought I would spend a few minutes reflecting on an Irish tradition…the Irish Wake. I realize death is not something people like to talk about, but why not?  Isn’t death just a transition from one place to another?  Isn’t a life well …

It’s all in the name

A year and a half ago, when the first story about the little bike we built for Rosemary aired on our local KTVB channel, the news anchor suggested we come up with a name for our bike. I had little time to collaborate with others and instead just blurted out to her… THE BLESSING BIKE. There, it just happened. Really and truly. …

March of Dimes

Keep it Real Wednesday March 4, 2020 March of Dimes Did you know Rosemary is a Polio survivor? In fact, she is one of the first “March of Dimes” picnic kids back in the 1930’s. During the time directly preceding WW2, our country was in a fierce battle to find a cure for Infantile Paralysis, overwise known as polio.  In fact, the …

Nose Up

Keep it Real Wednesday February 26, 2020 Nose up As long as I can remember, my mother has been outwardly proud of her “Irish pug nose” and has proudly displayed it high in the air.  It’s nothing snobby, just inherent wind checks all the time. Wade commented the other day that if Rosemary was left outside, she would drown in a rainstorm. That …

Reflections

Keep it Real Wednesday February 19, 2020 Reflections Last weekend we attended the Idaho family care provider conference and had the honor of giving a bike away to a family. I thought that giving a blessing bike away would be the highlight of the event for me, but it wasn’t.  Giving the bike away was a truly a WOW moment …