New Year

2014 was a year of change.  This year my family was devastated by loss and dramatic change.  It was one of the hardest years emotionally on record.  At the same time my wife Erin proved to be one of the most courageous and resilient people I have ever known.   I very rarely enjoy posting anything personal about my family but today is a little different.   This year we lost our father Robert O’Brien.   He was taken from us very quickly this year and it was not an easy transition for him.   Out of this great family tragedy my Erin stood by her father and step mother every step of the way.  She drove many miles everyday making sacrifice and extending herself in ways no one could have expected.   She managed to do this and go to school full time and still make time to take care of our family.  She never let anyone down and she never quit even when she was exhausted.    When Dad passed on, it didn’t end.  Erin had to help take care of the end of life concerns and all of the things that parents and loved ones leave behind.   On a daily basis she dealt with many challenges and she took many punches but she never stayed down.    Even through all of these difficult times Erin found ways to support me through changes in my career.  It was the right time for a change for me and that also meant a move.   Our whole family was thrown off by my transition.  Through it all, Erin stayed tough and resilient.   Erin is more than my rock, she is a motivator,  a driver and an enabler for me.  I am lucky to have her in my life and I am lucky to know her.   As we look to 2015, I know that no matter what happens, that Erin and I will work through it together, day by day and that this year marks the closing of one chapter and the beginning of the next.  Thank you Erin for being you.  2015 belongs to you..

Erin and Me

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