I have so much admiration for people who can move through life with a smile in their heart, and joy in their step, in most any given situation.

My Brett is a nature boy. A mountain man. A guy who would love to live primitively.  I often think he was born in the wrong time. ;)  When I met him he was long haired, had a burning passion to be a vagabond, learn more languages, and help people. Soon we were married with a baby on the way, and volunteering for AmeriCorp with a measly living stipend was not cutting it anymore. He had his degree in International Studies, but he had reached a crossroads of pursuing a career- to supply for his new family.

He went back to school for I.T. because that was “where it was at” in 1999. He settled into a job. He has taken care of us since.

I have so much gratitude for my husband. The love that he has for his family…..I have no words that could accurately express what his effort means to me. For almost a decade he has worked loyally and diligently at the same company…..and today he is moving on. Today he says goodbye, and life is changing a bit…..

I am so incredibly proud of him.

Brett- I can’t wait to cheer you on, hold your hand, and walk beside you through it all.  ~yours always, Jesse

Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes. ~Hugh Prather

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April 19, 2011 - 10:38 am

kaila - this photo speaks volumes of love and caring
Many blessings!

April 19, 2011 - 10:55 am

mel - yay! he got the job! thats amazing news. great for the family too. daddy will be around more! so ask brett if i can twitter it now. (on my non existent twitter acct ;D )

April 19, 2011 - 10:56 am

Holly - And again I will say…I love you. You both are just wonderful…definitely an inspiration. The way you both continue to follow your dreams and grow is just beautiful.

April 19, 2011 - 11:01 am

KM RIEBESEHL (MOMMYKOGGIBOO) - This is beautifully done and shows the depth of your love and warmth and caring for him!!!O:) Great happiness and many blessings to you guys!:O)

April 19, 2011 - 12:00 pm

Cassie - One of the most beautiful pictures of fatherly love I’ve seen.

April 19, 2011 - 12:31 pm

Candice {The Beautiful Mess} - congrats! i think this is so sweet…and we hope that brett’s new journey is exciting and everything he’d hoped it could be! p.s. LOVELY photo.

April 19, 2011 - 12:58 pm

Alyson Gawrych - I love this. You two are amazing!

April 19, 2011 - 2:32 pm

meredith - Knock ‘em dead b-zwo.

April 19, 2011 - 2:46 pm

Donna - Prayers for you on your new journey!

April 19, 2011 - 3:52 pm

jen - beautiful post! love the pic…where was it taken?

April 19, 2011 - 5:14 pm

KK Photography - I have been following you for over a year now and I am finally getting enough courage to write and let you know how much you and your family inspires me. Thank you for your openness on your site.

Many prayers and blessings to you and your family in this new adventure!


April 19, 2011 - 8:48 pm

angela jackson - amazing photo. Good luck to you 2 :)

April 20, 2011 - 8:32 am

maggie - this is precious. go get ‘em Brett!

April 20, 2011 - 8:42 am

trish - This is an amazing portrait! Thanks for allowing us into your world. Your family is an inspiration to all who follow your blog! Best wishes on your new adventures, keep us posted!

April 20, 2011 - 9:14 am

Emily - Every entry of yours makes me fall in like with you and your family a little bit more.

My boyfriend is coming up to the crossroads of finishing his masters of education and what to do about a job. He has worked his butt off in school, but Cincinnati isn’t the greatest place to be a teacher in need of a job right now. So he/we are pondering different opitions and Americorp is on the board as one of his possible options, so I got all excited when I saw that you had been involved with it.

That’s my random fun story for the day:)

Congrats to Brett on his new adventure!

April 21, 2011 - 10:06 pm

Maya Laurent - That photo is so precious. And change is a good, scary, beautiful thing. So excited for you two and changes ahead!

April 23, 2011 - 8:13 am

Gabe - Brett i am sure whatever and where ever this path leads you will do amazing things. we all wish you much love and success on your new adventure.

April 25, 2011 - 2:42 pm

Gail - Congrats Brett! Excited for you to be working at home — and already looking forward to Jess’s stories of how you two are going to manage that new balance in life! Make sure to leave some time in your summer days for runs through the sprinkler with your kiddos :)

April 29, 2011 - 8:06 am

patty - congratulations to you both… life is an adventure, isn’t it?!
this photo is simply stunning!

May 5, 2011 - 1:06 am

Bobbi Sheridan - what a stunning image!!!!

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