Sunday, March 18, 2012


It's hard to understand why horrible things happen to really good people.  Lately, there seems to be a lot of that around here.  We hear it all the time in the news.

In the past month, it hit much closer to home...a family (the husband) we work with, whose kids we teach.  A Mom in our community, Shawn, was going about her day at the end of February when she suddenly began having trouble speaking.  Her husband and our colleague, Brad took her to the ER where they discovered a tumor.

Their entire world has been turned upside down.

Shawn is young. Shawn has a crazy amount of energy. Shawn has FOUR....count them, F.O.U.R. boys under the age of 15.  I don't know her or her family very well, but I see her often at baseball games, carpool, and target runs.

When I think about Moms of multiple boys, I feel like we are in our own little secret society...the more boys you have, the more stripes you get on your uniform ;-)  I look to these moms for inspiration, advice and sometimes a shoulder to cry on when we are immersed in poop talk, penis talk, computer games, and the non-stop wrestling....this is unique to us with only boys.  Again, while I don't know her well, Shawn is one of those moms who has unknowingly provided me with support while I take this journey of mothering boys.

This morning, we bundled up and took part in the Phoenix Brain Tumor Walk.  We are lucky to be a part of an amazing community of support.  Team Shawn had a HUGE turnout...St. Francis families, faculty and staff, Brophy families, faculty and staff, students, and many others I did not recognize.

For me, living so far away from our families reminds me how lucky we are to have such a huge "family" here.  There is comfort in knowing that we are surrounded by loving, caring and supportive friends.

Wishing Shawn, Brad and their boys strength, hope, peace and love in their battle.

1 comment:

  1. Love the pictures, and love that your participated. Here's hoping Shawn gets better soon!