Not Sure What to Say

Summer is over and fall is around the corner. Football is back on the field and the Rangers and Astros are working their way into the playoffs. Business is moving forward and family is overall, good.

Yet, it’s not as rosy as it might look. The kids are about to start another year of being homeschooled and Zane has started his first year at Smith for pre-k, so we are back to dropping a child off everyday there, which frankly brings back lots of memories.

Business as a flipper and investor has been really good lately, but has had it’s challenges and big disappointments, as it always does. Was super tough to watch a years long friendship (or what I thought was) end with two people I cared so much for turning their backs on me, but frankly, it’s the price you pay when you do things the right way. Luckily, I have so many more that have stepped up to stand with us during these years. Our suit against those that threw us under the bus is well on the way now and we are seeking to make the damages done equal at the minimum.

But dad’s passing certainly is the biggest change of them all. I really have wanted to talk to him these last few days…and I have had to realize I never will again. I know where he is in Heaven waiting on the rest of us, but it still makes it hard. Mom is stronger than I ever thought she would be and I have had to be too. But, times alone which I have alot of driving around I wonder how he is, what’s going on up there and wished I could just have one more lunch with him at Pizza Inn. He was my dad. The only one I will ever have.

I am so thankful this summer was good. Business finally got some momentum and we got some great family time together down in Galveston. God blessed us with that week with my dad. He knew in a matter of days afterwords he would be gone. I was down there last week and it was hard to be there again, yet healing too. Mom has already been back too as my niece and her husband now are Islanders.

I’ve spent a lot of time going to places dad loved to eat with Ben or alone. El Fenix. El Chico. Whataburger….I have a few more left and there are a few others closed and gone forever, like Harvey’s BBQ.

I wished he could see what’s going on now yet I know he can.

I have big shoes to fill, and some shackles to be free of, but I can do all things through Him who gives me strength. I have a family to feed, a mom and grandma to watch over and others to help. That’s the mission.

Let’s do this. Bring on Fall 2017. I am very ready for it.

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The End of an Era?

Cowboys fans hearts sank this Thursday when we saw Tony Romo go down like a folding chair. He grabbed for his back and rolled in pain. Saturday we learned that he broke a vertebre in his back and will miss 6-10 weeks this year. It will mark the 3rd year in a row he will have missed significant time. He has broken his collar bone twice, played with broken ribs, two back surgeries, sprained ankle and Im sure a few concussions.

This all started for Romo in 2006 and most Cowboys fans have had a love/hate relationship with him. He’s had two strong teams, one in 2007 and another in 2014, but both fell short due to dropped passes he put right on the mark. Overall, he owns all Cowboys QB records and has been one of the most fun players to watch ever. But he hasn’t had the overall team around him, thanks to Jerry Jones, to win it all. He’s only one a few playoff games. So much talent and so little to show for it.

The team says he is going to be fine and will come back. But we all know he doesn’t have much time left. He’s fragile and he’s got a family now to think about. Luckily, we have an exciting new guy name Dak Prescott we will get to see first hand this year, but to me it’s sad to see the Romo era start coming to an end, if it isn’t already over. I like Romo. He’s a good guy and I always thought he had what it took to take the team all the way.

Who knows. Maybe will have a story book ending. My gut just tells me otherwise.

Cowboys Season Is Over…

It’s been 20 years since the Cowboys were last a truly good team. Yea last year they did great, but that was a blip in their recent history and trends. Jerry Jones has ruined my team this year the Jerry Jones curse took a major bite out of our football season. Romo is one of a long list of season affecting injuries all year long. Now it is over. They are 3-8 and playing for a top pick next April.

So depressing. Another year down the tubes. I am starting to feel like a Cubs fan…

 

These Holidays Are Special

Two months ago I wasn’t sure what to expect when Grandma Kat was diagnosed with a ruptured appendix and ended up having a big chunk of her intestines taken out. She is 92 after all. Was thinking this might be it…

Yet, just yesterday she was there at home for our annual Thanksgiving lunch. What a blessing. God is good and He must still have something for her to do!

This year has been a challenge for sure, but at the same time it has gone fast with many new things taking place. We are down to the final stages of adopting another child and we hope to have him home sometime in early to mid 2016. I still can’t believe my girls are 10 and Quinn is halfway to 9! How is it that it has already been 7 years since we went to Korea to bring him home!? Now we are looking at going back soon to bring Zane home. Wow. Time does fly.

We spent yesterday with Julie’s parents and her sister’s family down from Iowa. That was a ton of fun too. Really love those people and the kids got to spend some much needed time with their cousins!

I am learning in my “old age” that life is to be cherished and it is certainly more important than money, success or fame.

I am just glad we had another great Thanksgiving with Grandma. You never know how many of those special times you get in life.

 

Club J Fort Worth – 20 Years Later

Twenty years ago, Club J was revived in Fort Worth in what’s now called the “West 7th” area. It was such a fun time with friends working to reach out to the youth and college students in the TCU area. God did some amazing things too.

I was so proud to be a part of Club J from 1991-1995!

Check out the story here.

 

 

 

 

Kids Start New Journey

Hard to believe it, but school has started back up, temps are down, football is back and Christmas is about 90 days away.

This year is the first year our kids started home schooling too. So far, so good. They are getting into a groove and Julie is getting the hang of it this first go around. Their social life is busy too with new baseball and soccer seasons in full swing, with Friday co-op school and Wednesday church group activities. The great thing about it is they get done early, schedules are flexible so I can see them more and they get to focus on what needs to be focused on.

Quinn started real baseball this fall and is doing great. So good for him too. Girls started soccer this morning. They love it and they love their coach. She’s great!

Now real updates on things with Zane in a while. We are “in line” and waiting at this point. We do get to start sending care packages though! Can’t wait to go over there and bring him home.

So glad to have football back though my Astros and Rangers are doing great and battling it out this year. But let’s go Bears and let’s go Cowboys!

My name is Brady Speers and life is good!

A Decade of Kids

It was 10 years ago that there was a moment in time in which we weren’t sure we were going to be parents of twins after all. Chloe was pulled out of Julie’s belly pale and without a speck of life in her body.

Time stopped. I still choke up thinking about it a decade later.

Thank God she finally breathed.

I told myself right then and there that nothing else would ever be has hard as those few minutes and the next few days were. Everything else that tries to stress me out? Meh. Sorry. Try again. I nearly watched my child die so you ain’t got nothing on me.

Here we are. Ten years later. Twin girls turning 10, a boy that’s 8 and another boy on the way that’s about to be three. (Yea, it’s not that Julie is 36 months pregnant – we are adopting again).

Being a parent is hard, but frankly, if I wasn’t one I am not sure what I’d live for. Life would be absent of poopy diapers, vomit stains, category 5 fits, buck teeth, braces, farts and burps, disney channel, the Wiggles, wrong wordings like saying “Home Peepo”, runs for donuts, six flags rides, disney world and mickey mouse, animated films, picking out puppy dogs, piles of stuffed animals, legos, luvies, cuddles, every light being left on all day – everyday, growing pains, driveway play time, bike rides, beach trips, girl drama, boy drama, outfit and hair drama, night time prayers and tuck-ins, fun Skype calls, tears over a pet, Teen Beach Movie, chasing dogs down the road because of an open door, singing “poop goes in the potty” while driving up Mt. Evans, Christmas morning present blitzes, sleepovers, camps, puppet talks with Alfred and Mustard, ice cream runs, cookies at 1o, the little gym, dressing like cows for free food, Fruit Loops, snow cones, all in one bed moments, made up Mickey stories, tickle fights, laser tag, city tours, silly faces and made up songs like “Bad Butt”.

I could go on, but it’s already 1:00 in the morning. Yea, this is about the only quiet time you get as a dad.

But when they’re grown and gone, I know I will wish it be this way again. Hopefully we will have decades down the road of peace and quiet. For now, I’ll take getting 5 ours of sleep a night, working my rear off to pay for the braces, and dealing with the 30 minute eating out debates.

For 10 years now Julie and I have lived the family life in full throttle mode. Sure we could be a lot richer and our retirement accounts might set the world on fire. But for now, my answer is “all of the above” and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Korea Camp 2015 Was Fun, More Information on Zane

Once again we traveled up to Tulsa, OK, to attend Dillon’s Korea Heritage Camp. Once again it was awesome. We hooked up with our adoption friends as we do every year and also met some new ones. The strong of adoption connects us all and will always be something we will have in common. Quinn loves it too and it is great for us well being to be around other adoptees and other Koreans.

Korea Camp Group 2015

Quinn Speers attends adoption camp

Quinn Speers Korea Camp

Brady Speers family attends adoption camp

 

 

We also learned that we might get Zane home sooner than people think.

Click here for more information.

We also recently launched http://www.bradyspeers.org which is a resource for charities we believe in and try to support. You can learn more about Dillon there and would love if others would join us in supporting these organizations and efforts.

Brady Speers is a father of four and married to his amazing wife Julie. They have twin girls and two Korean born sons, plus two dogs! Brady and Julie live in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area and she is a homeschooling mother and he is a retirement income planner with Safe Retirement Experts. For more about his work visit. www.bradyspeers.net 

Quinn turns 8 and Korea Camp was a blast

Seems like yesterday we were in Korea meeting Quinn for the first time. That was 8 years ago.

My little buddy is growing like a weed. Taller, smarter and still smiling all the time. He amazes us how sweet and caring he is too.

Once again his birthday fell on Korea Camp weekend and vacation week. We had a blast being together for 10 days enjoying life and taking some time to get away from it all. Korea camp was great as always and hopefully there are many more ahead with Zane coming into the fold soon.

Without Quinn this little life of ours just wouldn’t be the same. He makes it fun for sure.

God I love this kid. Thanks for bringing us all together.

 

A Small Zane Update

While we wait on getting Zane home, we will live for these irregular updates. Check more details out on our adoption blog here.

Zane Speers

Zane Speers

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In the mean time we will wait on the Lord and enjoy the five of us will enjoy our time together hoping we will soon get to be a family of six!

Brady Speers is a father of four and married to his amazing wife Julie. They have twin girls and two Korean born sons, plus two dogs! Brady and Julie live in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area and she is a homeschooling mother and he is a retirement income planner with Safe Retirement Experts. For more about his work visit. www.bradyspeers.net