the good father

  • Dec 15, 2010

When my mother was expecting my brother Mike, she was absolutely, positively certain she was having twins. And so, she prepared two names: Michael Ross and Michelle Renae. Mike was born alone, but I made my way into the world just seventeen months later. I still wish I could claim twinship; I’m extraordinarily proud to be his little sister.

A man of many talents, Mike can fix almost anything around the house, sweet talk his way out a traffic ticket (truly, he’s weaseled his way out of fifty plus tickets) and sell you the shoes off your own feet. But of all his skills, Mike’s devotes the most time and energy to being an incredible father.


And it shows.


How about a few more of my adorable niece and nephew?








Devoted to his children, Mike considers their happiness in every decision he makes. He is an unfailing friend to Erik and a brother that I can call for advice, lunch (he always pays) or a shoulder to cry on. He has endured his share of hardships and struggles in the last few years, but instead of becoming distanced and angry he has become wiser and kinder. I could not have endured the grief of my mother dying and the ensuing aftermath without his broad shoulders to help push the load.

p.s. I can hardly express my thanks for the prayers and kindnesses showered on me for the past days; I’m convinced I have the sweetest friends on earth.

December 9, 2010
December 21, 2010



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    December 16, 2010

    Oh my goodness, what an incredible series of pictures, I could feel how much love he has for those kids! And I am continually awestruck by your talent.

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    December 16, 2010

    What amazing pictures and words. Nothing like an older brother!

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    December 16, 2010

    Michelle – gorgeous photos and a very tender tribute. Your brother’s face is so pure, I can see how he weaseled his way out of many a tickets. As for you my dear friend, I’ve prayed for you today, and I have something for you, but with funeral happenings today and tomorrow I may not be able to bring it by until Friday. I hope you weathered the day alright. Sending love.

    And was that you I passed running in the snow this morning? Yellow fleece? By chance?

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    December 16, 2010

    Absolutely loved these. What a beautiful family. Like your first commenter said, you can just see the love they have for each other.

    Sure wish I lived closer…lots of love to you from me. Xoxo

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    December 16, 2010

    Love this. Michelle, you captured them perfectly. xoxo

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    December 16, 2010

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful family. I can see your light in his eyes. The family is there for sure.

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    December 16, 2010

    I love you Mike!

    Thinking of you miss m. xoxo

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    Mitchell Family

    December 17, 2010

    I second every good thing you said about Mike. Love those photos. I’m really jealous of Mikaela’s hair.

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    A Raney

    December 18, 2010

    Thank you Michelle, It has been a while since I saw Michael but still as handsom as ever. His children are beautiful, and look a lot like him. You should come to TN with him sometime to see where he served his mission and I will tell you some tales. LOL again thank you

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    December 19, 2010

    Beautiful photos, gorgeous niece and nephew and loyal and good brother. I love it all!