The Importance of Support Systems

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak to a nonprofit here in the Phoenix area that serves the Native American community. They provide support to fathers and mothers who often did not have good role models while growing up. I met some incredible...

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...