Thursday, September 26, 2013

FAITH TRIPPIN' WITH THE FAMILY and Our November 6 Speaking Engagement

Faith sporting her new glasses with transition lenses to help her in the sun.
Sunrise over Mackinac Island, MI...tough to beat
Main St. on Mackinac (pronounced Mackinaw) Island
ONLY Human and Horse Power are allowed on this island...NO CARS
Beautiful shot of the island and bay.

Two of my beautiful girls taking a stroll on Main St. before our departure.

Well, it had to end, but a great view on the way back to main land.
Jesi, Brad, and Senator Rand Paul
Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Brad and Jesi
Jesi's mom takes our family to Mackinac Island every other year for the Republican Leadership Conference.  Mackinac Island is located near the Mackinac Bridge which stretches between the lower peninsula and upper peninsula of Michigan.  It makes for lots of fun and Faith also had a great time on this trip with her siblings.  As you can, Jesi and I went out for an evening and got to meet Rand Paul and Scott Walker.  Both were very nice men, but I really like Governor Walker.  It was a great weekend and its always very helpful to connect with people who can influence policies.

Jesi and I have a fun announcement.  We have been invited to be the keynote speakers at the Central Michigan Isabella County Focus on Life Dinner (that's a mouthful) on Wednesday November 6.  This is the Central Michigan Right to Life group.  We will drive to Mt. Pleasant, MI which surprisingly is located in Central Michigan.  It should be a fun evening, and we are looking forward to it.

Thursday, September 12, 2013


Now this is one determined little girl.

Faith putting that determination to work.
Faith continues to improve her walking skills; although, she had an eye appointment a few weeks ago and we found out that she probably has a had time seeing the big E on the eye chart.  We have ordered glasses for her and are very curious to see how it will impact her.  I am betting that her walking will improve because she will now be able to see where she is going.  Also, we think that she will interact with people even better than she does now.  Faith has been pretty healthy with not too many real sickness issues.  We have had a couple of small bleeding bouts, but have learned to manage this issue.  We still struggle with her GI issues and really need to try our own blending to see if it helps her.  Right now, we are just anxiously awaiting her glasses to arrive so we can see how she reacts.

Well 9/11 has come and gone, and for us, this date now has more meaning than remembering the twin towers.  The Medical Good Faith Act has gone into effect as law here in Michigan.  Residents in this state can now go to hospitals and request their policies on providing life saving treatments before they check into a hospital and find out later that the hospital won't help them, or worse and have a loved one die and never find out the hospital deceived them.  So now 9/11 to the Smith family has become a great day to remember along with the memory of the attack on our country.  If you learn of anyone in Michigan who is having a special needs child or even an older parent with medical issues, PLEASE make sure you let them know to check the hospitals for how they will treat their loved one before they find out too late.