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By Eric on June 3, 2014 5

When I was a teenager, I wanted nothing more than to own a Ford Mustang. As a young lad, having a sweet ride was really all I thought about. My cousin who was one year older than me had two of them. Old ones that he was fixing up. A 1968 and a 1973. They were sweet pieces of American muscle car machinery. They were works in progress, but as I watched him work on his cars, I would dream of one day owning my own.

A dream car
Photo Credit: TheAlieness GiselaGiardino²³ via Compfight cc

Well, I’m 30 now and I’ve still never owned a Mustang. It’s still on my bucket list, but right now, it’s on the back burner. Somewhere along the line, I had to trade in the dream of owning an American muscle car for the American family vehicle… the minivan.

After getting married, buying a house, and purchasing our first vehicle together, I realized that my dreams might have to wait. Love has delayed my dream of owning a Mustang. Love for my wife, love for my daughter, and love for our family as a whole.

washing the minivan

The cost of owning a mustang at this point in my life doesn’t make sense give our current circumstances. Could I make it happen if I really wanted to? Probably. Would it be the best decision for our family? No.

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By Eric on May 6, 2014 1

It’s official. The Williams house has been infected with the Frozen bug for quite some time. Infected to the point that it follows us everywhere. Rooney enjoys watching it on the TV, iPad, listening to the soundtrack in the minivan, and sings herself to sleep while lying in her crib.

Let’s be honest, it’s a good movie with great characters, and some great tunes to sing along to. And since we’ve been through all the Curious George episodes on Netflix at least three times, Frozen has been a welcomed change of pace.

One can only listen to the Frozen soundtrack so many times before the lyrics start to sink in. I guess I’ve hit that point. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, keep listening, you’ll get there too.

We’ve been traveling a lot the past month and the soundtrack has been on repeat for all of our travels. But, now we even have a new way of measuring distance by how many times we go through the Frozen soundtrack or movie…for example…

  • Home to the zoo: 1 Frozen soundtrack
  • Home to Nana and Papa’s house: 1.25 Frozen movies
  • Home to Grandma D’s house: 1 Frozen movie
  • Home to downtown – Woody’s BBQ: 1 Frozen soundtrack
  • Home to church (round-trip): 1 Frozen soundtrack

Frozen Family Photo

^ This photo was taken on a 1.25 Frozen movies trip to Nana and Papa’s (Kelsey’s parents)

So, as we’ve listened and mumbled through the lyrics near countless times over the past few months and watched about a dozen times as well, there have been a few lyrics that got me thinking. (I could be brainwashed, I’m not completely sure, I’ll let you decide.)

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By Eric on March 12, 2014 5

There was a lot of talk and work around the Williams house about a special golden birthday that was happening on March 2, 2014, but not a lot of buzz about the other early March birthday coming up. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I’m a little jealous that Rooney swooped into our lives three days before my big day. And it’s been tough for me to hand over the attention the past few years.

I’d pretty much accepted it this year though, knowing that this coming weekend Kelsey and I would be getting away to Omaha for three days to reconnect at the Weekend to Remember marriage conference. (Yes, I consider this a great investment in our marriage and there’s nothing I would rather do to celebrate my 30th birthday.)

But, to my delight, Kelsey had some awesome surprises up her sleeve. On March 1, while we were in a mad dash to put the finishing touches on Rooney’s golden birthday party, Kelsey handed me an envelope starting a daily surprise leading up to my birthday on the 5th.

Day 1

Day 1 birthday surprise

hey! it’s your birth month! and we’re gonna celebrate!
for the next five days, you will receive an envelope with that day’s surprise!
day 1: tonight we are going on a date! our parents have agreed to hold down the fort while we get away after Roo goes to bed.
be thinking about what you’d like to do!

A date night! Which was an awesome surprise. But, we took a slight detour on Day 1 because Kelsey’s parents and my mom and nephew were planning on staying at our house after Rooney’s birthday party, so we decided to delay the date night until the following weekend (this past weekend). My mom was already planning on coming down, so we planned to go to a movie. We saw 12 Years a Slave. Whoa! Intense.

Thanks to my mom for babysitting while we were able to get out to a movie.

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By Eric on February 24, 2014 +

OK, so, we don’t have a real post for today. Our weekend was filled with an Olympic date night slumber party in our living room that actually lasted until this morning. We have yet to move our mattress back into our bedroom.

But, it helped Rooney get a little adventurous:

And I spent 6+ hours painting on Saturday, under and around scaffolding in our stairway. We’ve been putting the final touches of paint in our main living area in preparation for someone’s special golden birthday this coming weekend. We powered through though, unfortunately not leaving enough time for blogging.

We’ve got a seemingly endless list of things to do around the house to get ready for this weekend. We’ll be sure to provide a recap of the party and its details next week (maybe).

For now, in case you missed it, check out our basement project’s wiring progress at The Rockstar Ranch.

What were you up to this weekend?

By Kelsey on February 17, 2014 4

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Last Thursday night, at 8:38 pm, I found out my brother had no active cancer in his body. He is a survivor. At the time, he was still on the surgery table being stitched up, and I couldn’t wait for him to wait up and hear the news.

It’s been a long six months. For a while there, we heard nothing but bad news. First, there was a mass it was most likely cancerous. Then, it was definitely cancerous but it might not have spread. Then, we found it had spread, but we didn’t know how much.

He has worked so hard to kill this cancer. After almost 20 chemo treatments in nine weeks, two surgeries, numerous shots and countless days of feeling sick, he is done. For all those nights he spent throwing up and wondering if it was worth it…he no longer has to wonder. It worked.

The day before Halloween last year, I took him to his 10th chemotherapy appointment. He was halfway through his treatment and it was quite the humbling experience for me. Did you know the nurses have to wear a special gown and hat before they touch the chemo IV bags? It is a chemical you can’t get on your skin, but they were pumping it through my brother’s body. It was very difficult for me to watch this go on, and to see the other patients and their families coming and going. We sat there for three hours, eating Taco John’s and waiting for the medicine to drip in. I drove home that night and realized my brother had done this for several days already and he had to go back the next day to do it again. And not only that, but he often got sick in the evenings between treatments. I can’t imagine the strength it must have taken.

Not only for him, but also his girlfriend and their baby, Carson. If Carson was sick, my brother couldn’t be around him, because his immune system was obviously compromised. This meant Liz had to watch him by herself or find someone else to watch him while she went to work. In the past 16 months they have had a baby, bought a house, found out he had cancer, had two surgeries, completed a very aggressive round of chemotherapy, and found out they have another baby on the way. It has been a ride. Now the focus is on recovery for the next 6-8 weeks until their daughter is born! (After that, I hope they can relax a little.)

Six months ago I didn’t know much about cancer. It has brought our family closer together than I could have imagined and I do not wish it upon anyone, but it did give God a chance to show off. Praises.