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I began this blog a few years ago following the death of my late wife Sydney. During her bout with cancer, my writings on caringbridge became a meaningful way to connect with community – those who loved our family as well as those who did not know us, but identified with our story. In addition, it became a therapeutic outlet for me.

This blog is the extension of our CaringBridge story and our family’s journey in recent years. After 2.5 years of being a single dad, I married Shannon Railing, now Gaylord, on 12/28/13. She was a widow also, with a little boy, Carson, and we were both amazed and excited to find each other. We are now integrating and blending our families and thankful for a time of healing for all six of us and my new “adopted dog”, Kodi.

  1. Nancy Teague permalink

    Todd, you continue to inspire us all with your eloquence and honesty. Bless you and your sweet family during this holiday season and throughout this first most difficult year. Much Love Nancy and George Teague

  2. Hey Todd! You and those precious kids have been in my thoughts and prayers over the years and more than ever recently. I will continue to follow your story and pray for your family. Many warm wishes to you and the children this Christmas. Love, Dickens

  3. Debbie Blankenburg permalink

    Thank you for continuing to share your heart and your sweet wife with us all.
    Praying for you and your family,
    Debbie Blankenburg

  4. Amy Kate Budd permalink

    Keeping you and the kids in my prayers. Thanks for sharing your lives!

    ~ Amy Kate Budd

  5. Matt Hedspeth permalink

    Heaven forbid we ever teach our children “the right way to pray”! My 5-year old, Peter, is teaching me how to pray, worship and tell the truth. Jesus, who never spoke an idol word said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 18:3

    “The hearts of infants being free from avarice, what care they for a handful of silver more than for a handful of dust?” – Saady

    Love you brother! Missin’ Sydney with you.

    -Matt Hedspeth

  6. Cammy Young permalink

    What a wonderful way to continue to show God’s grace. I love the way your children express the fullness of their hearts.

  7. Taryn Roberts permalink

    God Bless you all!

  8. Elizabeth Allbert permalink

    Todd, Thank you so much for sharing your lives. I continue to pray for you all. Sydney’s light continues to shine.

    Elizabeth Allbert

  9. Ted Budd permalink


    Even half-year anniversaries like this are so meaningful. Amy Kate and I came down to the visitation at Hope six months ago less a few days. So many were there that loved you, Sidney & family that we couldn’t get to you that night. Friend, you still in our prayers and your writings inspire me to love more because tomorrows on this side of eternity are never assured.

    Ted Budd

  10. Amy Reed permalink

    My husband died suddenly August 26, 2011. I am so sorry about your beloved. I am so sorry.

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