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NEW Official Teaser #2 – Expedition for Hope

Hey guys, check out our new teaser for Expedition for Hope! Would you mind passing it along to your friends? We are getting close to our 1st milestone: The Summit Challenge of $6,000! Currently, we are $2,000 shy. The Summit Challenge covers the cost of this expedition (gear, gear...

See What Kristina has Inspired Me to Do Next (and a Special Video)

It was June. 2014. Life for the Barrett family changed forever on the 21st when we said “see you later” to our 12-year-old daughter, Kristina. She had battled cancer for 4 years. Kristina was (and still is) a spunky, creative, funny, adventurous little girl who loved to make people...

What’s It Like in Heaven at Christmas Time?

Humor me while I dream a bit… I’d like to think that heaven celebrates Christmas as we do… albeit, on a much larger scale! I imagine preparations being made, a holy hustle and bustle as angels and people carryout the grand ideas to honor Jesus’ birth. And in the...

When Pain is Bigger than My Faith

Sometimes the pain is bigger than my faith. I’ve heard some people say, “You just need more faith.” While they mean well, this would be quite an exercise of futility where the person focuses on himself and his faith. A few days before Kristina died (our daughter who died...

For My Subscribers Only

In 2012, my wife, Melissa, and I wrote a short book of things we’re experiencing and learning on this journey of suffering and peace. That book is called When She Sings, God Dances. Well, it’s been revised. Our book will be available on Amazon for the public on the...

Hard Thoughts of a Grieving Dad

My family is in the One-year Season of Remembering our daughter, Kristina. One year ago today she was in severe pain and decline; the cancer had spread, and death was around the corner. Her birthday was right after we were told there is nothing else the doctors could do....

My Interview on KSBJ, Houston’s Christian Radio

Sharing our story is therapy for me. It’s not easy, but I feel better afterwards. Kim Wier, author, speaker, and host of KSBJ’s Sunday Night Live, asked to interview me last Sunday. It was National Cancer Survivor Day, and it was a true honor to share our family’s journey...

FREE! Thrive. Not Just Survive: A 12-week Book of Quotes

About 1 year ago, I stopped blogging. Our daughter, Kristina, began to decline quickly. She passed away on June 21, 2014, after a 4-year battle with the rare Clear Cell Sarcoma. But I didn’t stop writing. Each day I forced myself to think on positive truth from God’s Word,...

Kristina’s Gift to Me

Kristina made this bracelet and gave it to me about 2 months before she died. Not sure why she made it–probably just for fun. It has a bunch of eyeballs, and 3 beads has I C U on them. Allow me to speculate a bit about heaven… There is...

Back at Texas Children’s Hospital–But For Another Reason

So yesterday was an incredible day for me. I went to a place that I was afraid of seeing again. I wondered how I would handle it emotionally, because we had been to Texas Children’s Hospital so many times during those 4 years with Kristina. I wondered if I...