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For those thinking about Julie today...

Updated: Feb 17, 2022

I have thought often about how to use this blog, if I should use it. I always thought if I did, I would start today. Julie loved birthdays, she loved remembering birthdays, she loved making people feel special on their birthdays. She was always so good at remembering the little things about what people liked, the restaurants they liked to eat at, the type of treat they liked to eat or favorite flower. So, I thought there was no better day to honor her and extend her legacy than today.


This week in the Houts house was always one filled with a lot of fun, presents, flowers and a look forward to spring and summer. We would often use this week to plan our summer travel or talk about what we might want to do different or fun as the weather warmed. This year it is a reminder of the love she spread and the details she understood. We all miss it.


I haven't watched this video yet. It's the one created for and played prior to the service we had for her. Many of you have asked that I share it, so I thought today might be a good day to do so. I hope whether you watch it or not, when you think of her today, you will remember the little things she did to make you and others feel special.



Beyond posting this video, I continue to look for ways to honor her and keep her memory close, but also share it with others. Julie loved to help people, from those closest to her to the homeless person on the street, she saw it as her duty to care for people God put in her path. In the same way, I would like to help people in order to honor her. So, I met with the team at Head For The Cure, most recently this last Monday, Valentine's Day. We discussed ways I might be able to get involved to help extend their impact beyond research. To help people like me, Alexander, Kate and Julie cope with the experience of this disease. We all came away excited about what we might be able to accomplish, so look for more details on that in the the months to come. In the meantime, you can check out the memorial we set up for her on the HFTC website.


Lastly, I would like to say thank you for your support, prayers, love, cards, texts and emails. I can't get to them all and the ones I do, I am often delayed. Please know I read them all, I appreciate each of them and can't tell you how much they mean to me and the kids. Thank you.

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