Stay blessed my friends . . . 6 years ago . . .

6 years ago . . .

I was deep in debt, unemployed and on the verge of complete failure. My marriage was in trouble and my sons were in danger of losing their father.

I had quit my job because my employer felt I was placing a higher priority on my family than my work, funny how they could understand that my sons have multiple disabilities and my need to be available for them when not in school, but how quickly they forgot when it came to their need for greed. The company I worked for survived without me . . . and 6 years later, I am surviving without them too.

22 years of marriage to my best friend was in deep jeopardy, had our marriage been any younger it may not have survived. 6 years ago the boys were 11 years old and entering 6th grade, my wife was 43 and entering her 16th year as a flight attendant with United Airlines. I was 45 and looking to start a new career and having just a high school education to back me up, I found myself lifted by the support and love of my wife and sons in a time when I could barely believe in myself.

Misery loves company; six years ago (almost to the date I am writing this) I also contracted a MRSA staph infection, I am grateful to this day for the doctors and nurses that saved my life; and I am forever in awe of God for placing such importance on my life.

6 years ago in complete desperation I walked into my insurance agents office and asked him if he would teach me to sell insurance . . . and he said “get licensed to sell insurance and come back and see me” so I did. For the last 6 years I have been working on commission only sales without the security of a guaranteed wage, it wasn’t easy in the beginning, but I stuck with it, made some mistakes and get better each and every day. Remember, knock and the door shall be opened unto you . . .

I also invested in my marriage 6 years ago and took my wife to a seminar called Love & Respect, it helped my wife and me to recover and renew our marriage and relationship. We celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary in June 2012 and thanks to some family and friends we enjoyed our first vacation together and by ourselves in over 17 years.

In 2009 I wrote and published my first book, The Trials and Triumphs of Down Syndrome in which I tell about our lives before and through the boys 14th birthday. 6 years ago I was clinging to life and thankfully, life was clinging to me.

Today, Kyle and Hunter started their Senior year of High School and the last 17 years have gone by in a flash and the last 6 years give me hope . . . hope in that I know that I have survived the last 6, that I have learned and I have grown and that I am who I am, and I look forward to today, everyday!

Stay blessed my friends . . .


About kellykrei

Husband to Michele Martinson Krei for 34 years and father of 23 year old twin boys, Kyle & Hunter, both endowed with Down syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
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1 Response to Stay blessed my friends . . . 6 years ago . . .

  1. Kelly, what a moving tribute to how far you and your family have come! Thank you for sharing your story; we rejoice with you.


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