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Pat Rhoads
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Attended Western Washington University
Lived in Federal Way, WA
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This just happened. Aimee's death still hits me hard sometimes, out of seemingly nowhere.
#grief   #MissingAimee  
I'm sure you've heard the expression, "(such and such) hit me like a baseball bat"? Well that happened to me today. At work. I was plugging away at my job, blissfully listening to my iPod while churning out the stuff I need...
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Got a cup of coffee in my hands. Only 2 days of work in the office this week, and then the final dash to the big day... getting married on Saturday!
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We are so excited for you! Can't wait!!!
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Wise words from +Amber Naslund  - "Influence is a slow burn, not a flash flame. Invest wisely, and it will pay you back richly over and over again."
There are bad pitches, irrelevant pitches...and then there's this tactic that's gaining in popularity but is sure to undermine your cause.
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My and Aimee's would-have-been eighth wedding anniversary was last week. With my wedding date to Sarah rapidly approaching, I wrote this letter to Aimee about Sarah and my decision to marry her.
#grief   #love    #love   #MissingAimee  
Dear Aimee, Happy Anniversary, Sweetheart. Today would have been our eighth, and I have no doubt that the last two and a half years would have been as wonderful as the first five and half were. If only we could have had the c...
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A TON has happened in the last year, and more changes are coming soon. But it feels like I've handled big changes before, haven't I?
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In which I challenge a popular stance many of us take when something bad happens to us or those we love.
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Romans 8:28: And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (NKJV) I remember as a preteen having a conversation with my mom about religion, and she...
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Wow. OK, deep breath. The second post is now live - who I hold responsible for Aimee's death, and why.
#MissingAimee   #grief   #death  
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Good write up. Totally fair to use the last names of those shitty Brits, too. 
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I'm getting married this weekend, and I'm really excited. But there is one wedding vow that will be very difficult for me to say.
#MissingAimee   #grief   #joy  
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For almost two and half years, I have been 'Daddy' AND 'Mommy'. But with a wedding just over a month away, it may be time to let go of being mommy...
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I was daddy. Opposite me was mommy. We did this together. Then mommy died. I was utterly lost. I knew how to be daddy, but I didn't know how to be mommy too. And I had a three year old girl who wanted a mommy. Her mommy. I co...
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I had planned to share another post today, related to yesterday being what would have been my and Aimee's 8th wedding anniversary. I'll share that in a day or two. Instead, this post about a grief landmine that got Rowan this morning.
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Some really good advice on becoming a man.
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I was honored to post as a guest blogger on the "Identity Renewed" blog about how men deal (or don't deal) with significant grief. I hope you'll give it a read, especially if you're a man.
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When my grief post went viral, one thing that was mentioned was that males often don't take the time to grieve. Today, I'd like to share a guest post by blogger Pat Rhoads, who lost his wife a few ...
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made the lord keep your soul and bless you every day
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Social Media Specialist for AdoptUSKids
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  • AdoptUSKids
    SocialMedia Speciaist, 2010 - present
  • World Vision
    30 Hour Famine Manager, 2008 - 2010
  • World Vision
    30 Hour Famine MPA, 2002 - 2008
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Federal Way, WA - Tacoma, WA - Mesa, AZ - Phoenix, AZ - Bothel, WA - Issaquah, WA - Kaiserslautern, Germany - Bellingham, WA - Aberdeen, WA - Pacific Beach, WA
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My purpose in life is to try and make at least one other person's life a little better every day.
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  • Western Washington University
    Marketing, 1990 - 1994
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