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Tough Decisions and Great Fishing

Posted by blake on November 25, 2014

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In the time since my last blog a lot has been happening.  Some of what’s been going on has been great and other things not so much.  The fishing has been great as of late and I’m feeling as good as I can ever remember about fishing in general and what next season will hold.  I’ve had a great opportunity with Boxer Custom Baits to design and release my signature series of football jigs and I’ve got to spend some time with my family at the beach.  I guess the only thing that I wouldn’t consider to be good would be regarding our Foster care which we talked about last time.


If you don’t remember, my wife Jennifer and I do some Foster care and have for some time now.  We had recently been taking care of a little girl name Sophia that we both feel in love with.  Things were really going well.  During this time Sophia’s birth mother had another child.  This boy really had a rough start to life being premature and addicted to methamphetamines.  His life has been an uphill battle from the moment he was born, which is terrible for any child or anyone for that matter.

After he was going to be released from the hospital, the social worker for Sophia called and said she had a home for her brother and would also be taking her from us.  I have to admit this really crushed us all as we didn’t want to give her up.  As I mentioned before, her brother was barely hanging on.  Taking him on with her and our two other girls didn’t seem responsible for us.  Reluctantly, we decided to take the brother who had just gotten out of the hospital and still was only five pounds.  As soon as we got him I noticed a scary sounding cough that sent chills down my back.  My wife and I discussed it, but decided to wait for a bit to see. During the night I couldn’t sleep.  The sound of the cough really bothered me to the point that finally I told my wife we have to take him to the hospital.

Good thing we did.  In the car, right outside the ER, he stopped breathing.  I went in as my wife performed CPR.  If we had been even ten minutes late he wouldn’t have made it.  Luckily he’s back on the road to recovery, but after that incident I knew it was just too much for us and we had to let the family they had line up take him and Sophia.  It was a tough decision and my wife and family and I took some time to finally get back to a good place with each other.

Thankfully, things are looking up though.  Like I said, the fishing part of my life has been great which has been a big help in getting through all of this.  I’m feeling great and winning most tournaments around home.  I’ve been putting things together so I’ll be able to fish the FLW Tour next season if I can get in.  The FLW cutting the field to 150 definitely makes it tough to get in especially after the past season being so terrible for me.  I’m not too happy about that, but if I don’t happen to get in I’ll probably fish a lot of Opens divisions and try to make the Elites.  I’m stoked for the 2015 regardless.