When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  

Shattered Dreams

When I was a little kid growing up in Grand Rapids, my parents got their first set of the World Book Encyclopedia and I was hooked. I dove into them and explored news worlds as I read about other areas of the world and about science. But when I read the section on space, I was hooked and a dream was born. I read about the men who went to the moon, who built amazing rockets and most importantly, were building a whole new incredible machine, the Space Shuttle.

One Year Ago…

One year.

August 29th marks the one year anniversary of the day that my life changed forever. I was driving back to work, after dropping my older kids off to our babysitters’ house, when my phone rang. I looked down and noticed that it was my wife’s doctor and I knew that something was wrong because he NEVER calls me. I answered the phone and the tone of his voice immediately confirmed my feeling and he asked me, “Are you driving?