• Nora struggling after close call

    Nora struggling after close call

    Late in the day, I received a call from Nurse Kim.  I could hear how frightened she was as she said, "You need to come home now."   "What's wrong!?" I asked.  Kim replied "Nora choked".
    I slammed the phone down and three seconds later I was racing down a backstreet trying to gain more speed.  It takes me 14 minutes to get home if I drive very fast.   I made it home in 8 minutes, and broke nearly a dozen traffic.... Continue reading...
  • 11 years together

    11 years together

    Today is the anniversary of the best day of my life.  The day I married Jaime.  
    It's been quite a journey together so far.  We were joking awhile back and we've both spent more time together life than we've been apart.  Yet, I still get excited to see her in the mornings and come home... Continue reading...
  • unravel


    We started playing this new game on our Xbox called UNRAVEL.  It's about this little red character "Yarnie" who is made of ..you guessed it, yarn.  The game is full of puzzles and the goal seems to be around collecting memories.  We all enjoy it a lot.  Nora loves the Yarnie character and helping us figure out the puzzles.  Honestly, Nora has got us... Continue reading...
  • American Girl surprise

    American Girl surprise

    I had to travel recently (hence the mask) and the place I went had an American Girl store.  I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get Nora a little something.  So, we got to sit together and open presents - which is about my most favorite thing to do.  You'll have to look at the pictures to see what she got. 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.