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On June 2nd, 2006, my first wife, Melinda, committed suicide. It's weird in the fact that I reflect on where I was then compared to where I am today. I am out of a wheelchair and not using crutches, I got remarried to another wonderful, beautiful woman and I have 4 great kids. I am very blessed, but would love to spend one more minute with Melinda.


My faith in God has deepened and grown since Melinda's death. The biggest lesson I have learned since that awful day is this: Melinda's death had ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with me, it was between Melinda and God.


The juxtaposition of these two pictures is heartbreaking;





I have produced many video tributes to Melinda which I put on my YouTube page.





















Throwback pictures from 1988;




This is the actual butterfly I write about in my book;



I will always love the city of Memphis, Tennessee.




The best BBQ was in our neighborhood



Melinda worked the line at FedEx briefly in 2002 and 2003. Her boss gave us a wedding present in the form of a donation to the Mid-South MS Society.
























Heisman in the West Des Moines apartment 1989





We bought our wedding rings at this pawn shop (kinda romantic, eh?) The price scrawled on the back was $53.53




Our home in Memphis;





Memphis in May poster 2006 





This is just another way or saying: Don't choose a permanent solution to a temporary problem.