Our parents worked hard to build a strong foundation…a foundation of faith that has sustained us through some very difficult trials of life.  That is our primary objective as we parent Evan and Cole.  Plant the seed and build the foundation.  I can hear my late fathers gentle yet confident voice saying “Tara, be there.”

It’s the start of a New Year. TWENTY EIGHTEEN. Our resolution is not elaborate or complex. You ready for it? “BE THERE.”  This is a simple, yet profound phrase that we want carved into our children and loved ones hearts.  We want you to BE THERE.  Physically, be there.  Emotionally, be there.  Spiritually, be there.  Ultimately…Eternity, be there.  If we accomplish that purpose, it will be our greatest legacy.

My dad is there…waiting….on the other side.  I can hear him saying “will you be there too, Tara?  Meet me there.”  Let that marinate for a second. Will you be there?  That is my prayer for me, my prayer for my family, and my prayer for you.  A day of celebration is coming like nothing that has ever been seen in the history of mankind.  Be there.  It is the only comfort to those who suffer, struggle and grieve today.  Be there.

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. (Rev. 21:4)

Our 2018 Prayer:


This is the reward for the faithful. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.  (2 Tim. 4:7–8).

Be there,

Tara & Jeff

10 thoughts on “BE THERE!

  1. Tara and Jeff, You are so inspiring and positive. Your parents must be so proud of you! You are such a blessing to everyone around you. May God bless your family and heal Jeff. I pray daily for all of you. You have a wonderful family!

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  2. For Jeff and his lovely family….You may find this hard to see right now but Jeff is much stronger than you know. I worked on the same scrum team with Jeff from July 2016 to the spring of 2017 when he changed positions within the company. Not once did Jeff let on in his actions or words that he was facing ALS. Every time we passed in the hall or were own the elevator together, he always asked me how I was and how my job was going. Jeff always had a smile and he above all others on our team would get my silly jokes. Jeff made my tough work days much easier and had I known he was embarking on this journey I would have made the same extra effort that he did with me. I am so grateful for having worked with him. It is in hindsight now that I see what a strong example of a human being is like and I will do my best each day to reach Jeff’s level of just being a great and generous person. It seems weird and maybe not exactly right to say that ALS has given you a gift of sorts. Through your blog and in many other ways you get to learn just how much you are loved and appreciated. Most of us will never get that remarkable experience of knowing just what type of impact we have made on the people and world around us simply because we were not chosen to have such an illness. May God bless you and keep you in the palm of His hand.

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