October 1, 2018

As many of you know, The Warter Strong Foundation, LLC was officially established this past July in honor of Oren and Ryan Warter. We are carrying on their legacy by keeping their memory and spirit alive and raising money and awareness for causes important to them and...

August 24, 2018

Today is Ryan’s three month anniversary.

Not the kind you celebrate with excitement... like a birth or dating or marriage...

A time to just stop
And give pause
And think and laugh and cry and remember

This summer has been a whirlwind...
A yin/yang of happy and sad, busy a...

August 15, 2018

Special memories and simple moments to last a lifetime 
A&F in our hearts

July 31, 2018

“Some call it chaos we call it family”

That is a saying I have hanging in my kitchen.


I have always had my “corner” in the kitchen filled with my “stuff”...


Bills. Papers. Gift cards. Old iPads. A can of WD40... just “stuff”. But my house is always clean (ok almost alwa...

July 25, 2018

Appreciating the beauty of friendship and family...
Grateful for the kindness...
Wrapping my heart in love...
Sharing memories... 
Paying “happy” forward...
A special xoxo to Melissa Giordano for this amazing gift and Dianna Vays for thinking of Ryan through the lens o...

July 20, 2018

This morning, before my eyes were barely open I sat in bed and began imagining a morning from days past...last summer...last spring... just a few months ago.

I told Jeff to close his eyes and picture Ryan barging into our room early morning... requesting a bath with bub...

July 5, 2018

Last Thursday, I stood watering Ryan’s tree crying and telling Jeff I can’t go... I’m not ready... it’s too soon. The boys had just both left for camp. I hadn’t researched or planned anything despite the fact that months ago Jeff and I spoke about going away to Barcelo...

June 25, 2018


“Accept what you can.
Change what you can’t.
And learn to tell the difference between the two.”

That’s something I can hear my dad say to me over and over thought the years...

He is the “king of quotes”. And I guess it stuck.

Today marks a month.

In Jewish religion, the f...

June 24, 2018

As I write this post, I’m sitting on the swing by the lake​​

and watching the birds fly in...seeing the boats go by.
Both boys have left for camp.
The rain held out.
The sun is trying to break through.
And I’m remembering times past with smiles between tears.

In my heart...

June 23, 2018

Ryan LOVED going to the movies.


He loved everything about it... the loud sounds, the huge characters on screen... the music... the popcorn (he loves to feed us), the reclining seats.. the excitement of previews... being with his Nana and family...

And he LOVED posing fo...

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