Relationship Renewed : Renovating the Relationships That Matter Most

Love is…

In September 2021, we lost my father-in-law unexpectedly. It came with little warning and it left a gaping hole in our hearts.

He was a giant of a man and he had a big heart to match. I still recall my first time meeting him. I had driven from Toronto to Omaha to surprise (my now wife) Jennifer and he met me at the door. His first words were, “MOVE YOUR CAR!” I silently wondered if he meant back to Canada!!!

I remember asking him 10 months later for his blessing to marry his daughter. I was so nervous and I think he knew it.

He loved his family! I am honored that I got to be his son by marriage. He loved me like his own.

As we gathered for the funeral, my mother-in-law stood over the casket weeping as she told her beloved that she missed him. She missed the way he looked at her. She missed the way he held her. The wave of emotion swept over us all.

Loss can come quickly! The ancients wrote that “life is a mist.” It’s like a vapor.

Even as I write with tear-stained eyes I want to share a lesson in this.

Life is short! I believe that each of us is created with greatness in mind. We all have a purpose for being here.

Pursue your purpose!

It seems fitting to launch the Relationship Renewed website by spending considerable time reflecting on love. It’s not a how-to, instead, it is part memoir and part meditation.

I hope to motivate, encourage, and inspire you to love your people well!

I love you Dad and I miss you!

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