I recently announced to friends and family that my son, Charlie has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. The diagnosis was not a surprise to our family, as Charlie has been dealing with its effects since birth. He’s seen a number of physical, occupational, and speech therapists as well as countless doctors and specialists. His dense schedule obviously requires a great deal of time away from my desk.

Since he was born prematurely in October of 2009, I’ve maintained a sporadic work schedule of 3 days a week or less. As you can imagine, this takes a bit of a tole on my availability for clients. I’d like to think I’ve managed that balance relatively well, taking only projects I know I can complete. But I owe my clients a great thank you for their understanding and flexibility. In the past two years, not one client has asked me to choose work over family. Even when I’ve gotten behind on projects, or been unavailable for short periods, my clients have been respectful of my priorities and encouraged me to keep them straight.

As a stay-at-home father trying to raise a son; as a husband trying to pay the bills and support a wonderful wife; and as a guy who just wants to do good work; I am humbled and deeply appreciative. I hope to serve you all better in the future as I start to increase my work hours this summer. I’m very lucky to work for such great people across this country. Thank you.