Hug The Ones You Love.

Author of 5 books, podcaster, parent trainer, husband and father.

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I woke up this morning with a desperate feeling.

It’s been quite a week in the life of our nation. The dust had not even begun to settle from the Boston Marathon tragedy on Monday when reports spilled in that President Obama had received mail with a threatening substance on Tuesday.

And then, last night the town of West Texas (near Waco) was almost completely destroyed by an explosion at a fertilizer plant, leaving 15 dead and 160 injured.



I wanted to jump out of bed, run into each room of my sleeping family members, wake them up, and hug them tightly.

These three events were as random, on the most random days, at the most random times as any other tragedy our nation has experienced. It brings me to terms with a striking reality: this could happen to anyone, at anytime, during any day of the week.

We never know what lies around the corner. Life is fragile. Life is fleeting. Time could expire at any moment. We do not get do-overs with mortality. Therefore, hug the ones you love. Embrace your wife or husband every day. Kiss your precious children’s foreheads any time you have the chance. Spend quality time with your close friends. Let them know how much they mean to you.

I realize, personally, that it shouldn’t take a tragedy like The Boston Marathon, or West Texas to remind me of this. I should be doing this every single day I’m blessed to have my family and friends. But like so many, I forget, get busy, focus my efforts on other things, and the day slips away. I’ve got deadlines to meet, work to complete, meetings to lead and attend, and tasks to check off.

If anything, the tragedies of this week should cause us to stop. We should use their reality as a catalyst that drives us to connect with our loved ones every day we’re alive. We need to take a moment and hug the people we love. We must hold them close. In tragic times or peaceful times. Through desperate moments or moments of happiness. Out of brokenness or out of wholeness.

We simply do not know when our last moment here on earth will arrive.

Question: What are your personal thoughts or feelings on a week like this? Share in the comment section. 

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Mike and Kristin Berry are the Co-Founders of The Honestly Adoption Company and have been parents for nearly two decades. They are the authors of six books, and the host of The Honestly Adoption Podcast.

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is the executive assistant to Mike and Kristin Berry. And she is the best in the land. In addition to providing a warm and friendly response to the many emails our company receives on a weekly basis, she also manages Mike and Kristin’s speaking and meeting schedules, and makes sure that team events go off without a hitch.

Nicole Goerges

Nicole Goerges is a Content Contributor & Special Consultant for The Honestly Adoption Company. She works with Mike and Kristin as a recurring co-host for the Honestly Adoption Podcast, and co-host of Kitchen Table Talks, exclusive video content for Oasis Community, along with Kristin. She is a fellow adoptive mom, and former foster parent.

Matt McCarrick

Matt McCarrick is the Content Production Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. If you’ve loved listening to our podcast, or enjoyed any of the videos trainings we’ve published, you have Matt to thank. He oversees all of our content production, from video edits, to making sure the tags are correct on YouTube, to uploading new videos to Oasis, to hitting publish on a podcast episode, he’s a content wonder!

Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson is the Community Engagement Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. She spends the bulk of her time interacting with, and helping, people through our various social media channels, as well as providing support for Oasis Community members through chat support or Zoom calls. In the same spirit as Beaver, Karen is also passionate about connecting with parents and making them feel loved and supported. Karen is also an FASD trainer and travels often, equipping and encouraging parents.

Beaver Trumble

Beaver Trumble is the Customer Care Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. Chances are, if you have been in need of technical support, or forgotten your password to one of our courses, you have interacted with Beaver. He is an absolute pro at customer care. In fact, he single-handedly revolutionized our customer care department last year. Beaver is passionate about connecting with parents and making them feel loved and encouraged.

Kristin Berry

Kristin Berry is the co-founder of, and Chief Content Specialist for, The Honestly Adoption Company. She spends most of her time researching and connecting with guests for our podcast, as well as direction, designing and publishing a lot of the content for our social media channels, blog and podcast. She loves to connect with fellow parents around the world, and share the message of hope with them.

Mike Berry

Mike Berry is the co-founder of, and Chief Marketing Specialist for, The Honestly Adoption Company. He spends the bulk of his time and energy designing and building many of the resources you see within our company, as well as social media and email campaigns. His goal is to use media as a means to encourage and equip parents around the world. He is also the co-host of The Honestly Adoption Podcast.