My Makenzie Monsoon

A few hours before dark, eight years ago today, my Makenzie left.  She wasn’t sure she wanted to go but the lure of a ballerina photo shoot was too strong to resist.  I was sitting at my computer in our little office by the back door as she leaned over and gave me a kiss … Continue reading My Makenzie Monsoon

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Seven Years Afloat: Makenzie Home-going Anniversary – Todd Stocker.com

Seven years ago, I thought my anchor gave way.  My life’s-boat was set a drift in a storm called “the death of a child” when my oldest daughter, Makenzie, was killed in traffic accident. Yet what I found was my anchor was more secure than ever.  The pain, the grief, the emptiness and the heartbreak were … Continue reading Seven Years Afloat: Makenzie Home-going Anniversary – Todd Stocker.com

043: SPECIAL: Celebrating Makenzie’s Last Birthday [Podcast] – Todd Stocker.com

May 3rd is my Makenzie's birthday.  She only saw 18 of them before she was killed in a car accident.  Here are my thoughts on this day. Free Resource: "Helping Those Who've Lost A Loved One" It was her last birthday but none of us knew it.  In life you never do.  Yet deep down, … Continue reading 043: SPECIAL: Celebrating Makenzie’s Last Birthday [Podcast] – Todd Stocker.com

LIFE IMPACT: MAKENZIE AND QUINN

They didn’t know each other and we didn’t know her.  Yet last Friday, we all connected. I opened up my email and saw one sent from, “Quinn.”  I don’t know any one bearing that name.  Spam had spammed me I thought.  As is my habit on these junky occasions, I hovered my cursor and right clicked … Continue reading LIFE IMPACT: MAKENZIE AND QUINN

Makenzie: Five Years Old

Today is my ‘oldest’ daughters birthday.  There won’t be presents.  There won’t be cake.  You won’t find our family all together dining at her favorite restaurant or sharing stories of past celebrations around the table. Makenzie has graduated from all of that.  Her final birthday celebration was five years ago today, a month before she died. … Continue reading Makenzie: Five Years Old

Easter in Heaven for Makenzie

(Several years ago, my oldest daughter, Makenzie was killed in a traffic accident.  Below is a re-post from our first Easter without her): We have been comforted by many people over these last months after Makenzie’s death.  This week has provided countless opportunities for people to send their well wishes as we walked through Holy … Continue reading Easter in Heaven for Makenzie

Makenzie’s Misunderstood Bible Verse – Jeremiah 29:11 – Part 2

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” – Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) Truthfully, this translation is not the best for this verse (see part 1).  Even though millions have it as a life verse, … Continue reading Makenzie’s Misunderstood Bible Verse – Jeremiah 29:11 – Part 2

Makenzie’s Misunderstood Bible Verse – Jeremiah 29:11 – Part 1

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" - Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) I hate this verse.  No – that’s a bit strong.  I struggle with this verse.  And while many of you have this … Continue reading Makenzie’s Misunderstood Bible Verse – Jeremiah 29:11 – Part 1

First-Withouts – Birthday Without Makenzie

A handful of days ago, Kellie and I were privileged to share Makenzie’s story at the Woodbury Area Prayer Breakfast.  Among the 700 people were Bill and Zoe Hyland whose high school aged son, Braedon, was killed in a car accident in October of last year.  It was a painful yet beautiful conversation as they, … Continue reading First-Withouts – Birthday Without Makenzie

Makenzie in My Dreams

It’s been nearly three years since my oldest daughter, Makenzie died in a car accident.  Since then, our family has been on a journey marked by recovery, struggle, joy, sadness, questions and pain.  Pain - there’s been plenty of that.  But what has been lacking in our movement forward are dreams.  In my vulnerability, I … Continue reading Makenzie in My Dreams

Just A Simple Kiss

There is something special about a gentle kiss that Daddy receives from Daughter.  Those innocent lips smacking against a well-seasoned, gruffy cheek, communicates sweetness ... connection ... love.  Just A Simple Kiss. I loved that kiss from her.  Usually it comes unexpectedly.  Hurrying off to school.  Driving into the drop off lane.  Suddenly, she grabs … Continue reading Just A Simple Kiss