• One beautiful girl

    One beautiful girl

    We recently received these pictures we had taken at the start of the school year.  We were very happy with how great they turned out.  Nora looks so beautiful.
    Before the photo-shoot,  Nora was worried about having to wear her mask for pictures, which breaks our hearts because it means she's self conscious about her mask.   At the same time though, she was very worried we would take her mask off Continue reading...
  • Moonlit walk wish

    Moonlit walk wish

    In the evenings, after hurling water balloons at each other (seriously, we do that very frequently), we often take a walk around our subdivision. Jaime pulls Nora in her crappy old wagon and I plod along next to her. Since it gets dark earlier now, I always grab my favorite walking flashlight before we head out. Jaime often complains that we have... Continue reading...
  • Our 2nd Grade girl

    Our 2nd Grade girl

    Our adorable little second grader!  Nora is attending school via Skype and in-home teacher sessions again this year.  However, we did stop by her classroom before the start of the school year, to meet her teacher and staff face-to-face.  They even had a desk set up... Continue reading...
  • The huge half birthday

    The huge half birthday

    Nora was extremely excited about turning seven and a half.  For everyone else who loves Nora, it was a pretty important day too.  Nora had picked "finding Dory" for her decoration theme, but had not seen the movie yet.  She made that decision after watching a... Continue reading...
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goodentree    /ˈgo͝odənˌtrēˈ/   noun

derived from our last name: Gooden and the idea of a family tree We came up with the name after we made the decision to start a family (have a child).
When Nora was born and diagnosed with the terminal disease SMA, her story quickly spread, and goodentree became established.