The Story


These Pictures…. These pictures are more than just pictures.

There is a story, one that runs deep within my soul and was recently brought back to the surface of my heart.

These pictures represents to me that we have eyes watching us, even when we may think we are alone.

This story involves Isaac Hoverson and it just makes my heart pitter patter so please read til the end to understand the full view of the pictures.


October 17th marks 2 months since the passing of Mark Hoverson.

Ed Sheeran happen to be playing in Fargo, ND on October 17, 2018. Last minute, I went.

Ed Sheeran has been a part of Mark and I’s music since 2014 and one of his songs called, ” Thinking out Loud” we would sing and dance to often.

Let me quote some of the song as it makes “Our Story” that much more impactful.

—Thinking Out Loud–by Ed Sheeran—

When your legs don’t work like they used to before

And I can’t Sweep you off of your feet

Will your mouth still remember the taste of my love?

Will your eyes still smile from your cheeks?

And Darling, I will be loving you ’til we’re 70

And, baby, my heart could still fall as hard at 23

And I’m thinking ’bout how people fell in love in

mysterious ways

Maybe just the touch of a hand

Well, me –I fall in love with you every single day

And I just wanna tell you I am

So, honey, now

Take me into your loving arms

Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars

Place your head on my beating heart

I’m thinking out loud

Maybe we found love right where we are

When my hair’s all but gone and my memory fades

And the crowds don’t remember my name

When my hands don’t play the strings the same way


I know you still love me the same

Cause, honey, your soul could never grow old, it’s


And, baby, your smile’s forever in my mind and memory

I’m thinking about how people fall in love in

mysterious ways

Maybe its all part of a plan


This night when the pictures were taken, Mark and I had gotten into an argument just before heading out on a date night out.

We almost didn’t go because because it was a little heated and it’s just not fun to go out when there is that awkward silence.

Well, a few moments passed and Mark and I decided we would be able to recover and make it fun despite the heat, lol.

**We went out on our date, had a marvelous time and returned home late**

We returned home to what you are seeing in these pictures.

—Our kitchen table filled with drawings from our kids of Mark and I in love.

—Glasses of wine

—A vase of fresh flowers

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But what you don’t see in the picture is my favorite part.

Isaac Hoverson (12 years old at the time) had put on REPEAT on the radio, “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran.

He didn’t know what time we would be home and he wanted to make sure that we came home to that particular song so that we could dance to it after we saw the table and read the notes and drawings from the kids.


1. One part of the story is that Isaac saw us arguing.

(This was common in our house, we didn’t hide anything from the kids. We would let them see the arguments.)

2. One part of the story is that Isaac has seen us Make Up.

(But then we would also let them see the “Making Up” part of it as well. We would let them listen to us discuss the situation. And they always saw us making up.)

3. Isaac has seen us dance and sing to this song often enough to know it was one of “our songs”.

Isaac is accustomed to us having the kids draw pictures for new guests as a welcome gift.

Isaac was watching US and our ways.

You see, Mark and I’s lives were an open book to our kids.

It wasn’t all roses.

But even in the midst of the storms, we would come back and help each other to the calm.

Mark and I sat down, (me with tears in my eyes) read the notes, drank our glasses of wine and then danced to “Thinking out Loud” on repeat.

Looking into each other’s eyes, Mark with his bald head from chemo and a few years after he lost use of his legs due to a tumor fracturing his spine and requiring surgery.

Music kept us alive amongst the pain and even the kids witnessed it and knew it would bring us back in that moment.

Isaac was watching.

He watched the pain but he also watched how to recover from the pain.

Mark and I never got to see Ed Sheeran LIVE together in concert.

October 17th, 2018 – 2 months since Mark’s passing

October 17th, 2018 – I saw Ed Sheeran LIVE – Healing amongst the pain.

Pictures are usually more than just a picture. There is a story, and how powerful and healing it can be to share,


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