Red tape hero

Hero’s come in all shapes and sizes and some look good in tights and capes. My beloved husband is not a cape and tight type at all. He doesn’t fly or shoot fire out of any extremities. He is our family hero in the everyday life events.

Most people wouldn’t look and know how extraordinary he is, they wouldn’t know his sacrifices or all he has gone through in his past or the things he does now.

He grew up using an outhouse, milking cows, working hard and playing hard. He didn’t have an easy life and always worked hard. He is a recovering alcoholic of 28 years,and  survived an industrial accident. The bravest thing he did was marry me 23 years ago and start this Rollercoaster ride of marriage and life. He has loved me through good and bad, ups and downs, and became a caregiver after my strokes.

He has been  daddy, a step dad aka the old man,Pops, the Big Guy, a foster parent and a parent to our adopted children. Many people typecast him as the littles grandpa aND nother their Daddy. He is a grandpa, poppa and pops to children from 21 to 4.

But today, yes today he was Superman, Wolverine, Capt America, Gambit and Thor mixed together. Today he broke through the bureaucracy of not one but two states.  Today he was relentless in using his super powers to get the meds needed for our 2 ADHD children.

He started working on this prior to our move in August. One state was to communicate with another state. Sounds easy peasy, right. NOT!  Not at all. State M did not communicate with state I. Repeated phone calls made. Excuses given. Captain Persistence was diligent and when the lower level people aren’t working on your needs, you call in the big guns.

The big guns call in and get it done. Mission complete, right? Nooo, another twist. We have insurance but no insurance cards. Capt Persistence, he fires up again and once again goes to the upper echelon. By 8 p.m. tonight, we have all the meds and with no time to spare. 

Remember this all began August 19 and short of a month the task was completed. That my friends is a hero.Breaking through red tape. Not giving it up as an impossibility but as something that will happen.

Today Capt Persistence was the red tape breaking hero. He walked in the house tonight carrying a bag of meds like he had jumped a building, stopped a freight train and locked up the Joker. In his bag were 19 medications for the family.

He still won’t look great in tights but he is mine, all mine. You can be jealous now.



I am a wife, mother, and pastor. We moved from Bowling Green, Missouri to Idaho Falls in 2016. I am a native of Eastern Washington state. In 2013 I had 2 strokes in 8 days and this is my journey of faith, family and health. I believe no matter what happens in your life that God can use it for His glory.

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