Grief and the Real Self

There is a quote from a popular young adult book, “Grief does not change you. […] It reveals you.”* Each one of us who intimately knew Ashley, has been significantly impacted by her death. As I reflect on the past 20 months, I begin to see the shift in each of our...

Ashley Busby Memorial Art Show

THANK YOU to everyone who came and supported our family tonight at Ashley’s Art Show. She dreamed of showing her work one day in a gallery but never had the chance. This was the least we could do to honor her. It consumed so much of our time over the last few...

Why I choose to share our story

I have been called courageous, strong, insightful, a storyteller. I have also been asked why I share so much of our story. I’ve had well-intentioned people ask me if it is depressing or overwhelming to constantly being thinking about suicide prevention and mental...
Overcoming Challenges

Overcoming Challenges

Given to the FHS Class of 2019 Every other summer, my family vacations on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.  On the island is an ancient redwood forest called Cathedral Grove. For those not familiar with these giant trees, I want to quickly share some...

Coming Together to Create Change

So many are doing so much good! While we try to spread the message of kindness through our small grassroots efforts, there are others really making a difference in their own personal ways. Two organizations we support are Faces of Fortitude and Annie’s Kindness...

Lessons Learned and Mistakes Made

Lessons I Learned as a Parent with a Child who had PTSD I am NOT a mental health professional, but as a parent wished I would have had these tips early on. I ALWAYS recommend turning to a well-respected mental health professional for specific questions and concerns....