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Matt and I were together for 10 wonderful years - met in 1998, married in 2002, until his untimely death on November 15, 2008. We have two beautiful, healthy children - Jacob (born 5/04) and Sydney (born 5/07)... the most precious gifts he could have ever given me.

Thursday, August 8, 2013


Two weeks ago, Matt's dad was struck by lightning on the golf course. And somehow lives to talk about it. Everyone's pretty convinced that Matt had something to do with that...

Roy and three of his buddies were on the golf course in Arizona (where they live) and were at the last hole when the sky started to get really dark. They figured they would finish up the last hole before the rain started, and then bam. Roy got a direct hit right on top of his head, and it knocked down his three buddies who were standing nearby.

When his friends looked over at Roy, he was on the ground - not breathing, already turning grey, and had no pulse. His heart had stopped. They did CPR on him until the paramedics arrived, and at some point between there and the hospital, his heart stopped again. Again, he was revived.

He spent a few days in the hospital, and was anxious to go home. He suffered many burns, his hat was pretty much torn to shreds, his right eardrum ruptured, and has excruciating pain in his hands from some pretty severe nerve damage. Ginny has been keeping us updated through Facebook with his progress. His energy is extremely low, but he's starting to improve - is sleeping a bit better and eating again.

The man is 76, had a quadruple bypass fifteen years ago (when Matt and I had just started dating), and has leukemia which is managed by daily medication, and has now survived getting struck by lightning. Amazing!

Sydney said at the dinner table the other day, "If Grampa Row died from the lightning, I would be crying right now."

Then she demonstrated with her loudest ugly cry, which lightened it up for all of us!

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