Gone, But Hopefully Not Forgotten!

Last Update: June 21, 2016

Hello to everyone here at Wealthy Affiliate!

I have been gone for several weeks and I have missed you.

The last few weeks have been both very rough and productive. Let me explain.

We had a death of a very good family friend. My wife took it very hard and my special needs son took it hard. It was difficult for him to understand. I spent a great deal of time doing special family things.

Another really big blow occurred just a few days before when we lost our legal battle for guardianship of our four year old grandson. He had lived with us over the last seven months when his mother abandoned him at our doorstep. She had no contact with us for over two months and she left him with no medical paperwork or much in the way of clothes or toys. We had not seen him prior to this.

Our oldest son was not able to be a part of his life and he currently could not support him so we took on the task of being parents again at age 53.

We fell in love with him and we did our best to help him over his behaviors and lack of speech. We discovered that he had a history of neglect and abuse and he barely spoke even though he was four. All he did was babble in jiberish.

We got him into a special school and helped him as best we could. He was speaking four and five word sentences and was rapidly catching up.

We had several witnesses and a doctor who were going to testify at the hearing but the judge would not hear any of the testimony or evidence. He gave Cayden back to his mother who lives in another state.

We were devastated but there was nothing more that we could do.

Despite all of this, I have still managed to do something productive every day on my business.

I have been writing and creating and building my business. I am still planning on quitting my regular jobs and working full time on my business by the end of the summer.

I wanted to share with you what has been going on in my life and to drive home the point that you want to strive for your goals no matter what. You may walk or run or even crawl on your journey towards success, but the only way that you can fail is to give up.

Toy Story, Pixel Studios.

Never Give Up On Your Dreams!!!

Dave...


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stevecox Premium
Dave - My heart and soul feel for you. We have had our 9-year-old grandson with us since he was six months old, our daughters ex just "walked out" saying he didn't want to be a father". I carry a non-violent baseball bat with me at all times in case I ever see him again. And I say this with love in my heart.

I CAN imagine what you are going through and admire your courage, strength, and wisdom in moving forward despite some tough challenges in several areas of your life.

We send our prayers and thoughts out to you and your family. Thanks for the post which helps us all realize that we are not alone in our troubles, and someone is experiencing a worse situation than ours.
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dstaple1490 Premium
Thanks a lot Steve.
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allchristie Premium
Dave - survival v progress. I feel for your family disruptions. I am fluent in gibberish from a 2yo great gand daughter who has been resident for three months so far (expected three weeks). Must be a Utah thing.Certainly slows things down. I wish you a speedy return to normal. Larry
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dstaple1490 Premium
yes, must be. Thanks Larry
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mckm Premium
How could we forget you, Dave? I'm sad to learn that your grandson has been returned to his mother. It seems so wrong after her neglect and the progress you made with him. Keep up the good work with your business and, as you wrote, never give up on your dreams. - Margaret
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dstaple1490 Premium
thanks Margaret. Good to see you again. Dave.
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storm57 Premium
My condolences on both of your painful experiences. I feel a bit of your pain as I have just lost my mother and am struggling a lot. The support I have received from this community has been overwhelming. It was great being able to put words down and than receiving shared experiences, advice and support.
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dstaple1490 Premium
Hi Gail, Thanks and I am sorry about your mother. I had that experience about 8 years ago. We are family here. We both deserve a hug:) Keep in touch. Dave.
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storm57 Premium
Thank you
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Loes Premium
Hi Dave, no, I will never forget you, sorry to hear about the fights and the sorrow your family went through, and still feels. It's good we have laws, but sometimes the law is the enemy of the righteous feelings, all the best wishes for you and your family, welcome back!
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dstaple1490 Premium
Hi Loes, Great to see you! All we can do is move on and pray that all goes well for him. Thanks, Dave.
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Loes Premium
I understand, you have to let go, but it will not be easy
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dstaple1490 Premium
My wife has really taken it hard. It is hard to watch her pain.
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