Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Same Sky Continues!

Dear Forrest and Same Sky Cast,

I was transfixed by the Same Sky performances yesterday at Trailside Middle School.  I had only planned to stay for two shows, but I couldn't leave.  Your performance gives me chills every time. Your individual and collective talents, courage and messages transformed the audience.  You took us to a completely different world.  A world where anything is possible. A world brimming with kindness, empathy and acceptance. By your example, you challenge every student, and every adult, in your presence to search deep inside ourselves to find those qualities, to honor them, and to bring them forth in our own lives each and every day. Yesterday, and every day, you each make the world a better, brighter, and more hopeful place.  I am profoundly grateful to come to know the cast and learn from each of you.  You inspire me to be a stronger, better person.  And I know you are having that effect on thousands of middle and high school students who have been blessed by your generosity and your amazing performances.

Thank you,

The Same Sky cast will perform this show for thousands of students over the next few weeks.  There is only one performance that is open and free to the general public.  It is next Friday, March 6th at 7:30pm at Loudoun County High School!  See the poster below!  I hope you will come and encourage friends and family to come!  I know you will be inspired like I was.
After the show, Tom asked the audience, "How many of you, or a family member or someone you know, shares one of the challenges you have just seen on stage?" More than half of the students raised their hands! 
Backstage before the third show of the day!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Snow Angels

If You Have to Walk on Thin Ice...

You Might As Well Dance...

Or Make Snow Angels!!!

Happy Snow Day!

Forrest Toliver & Mum
(Photo Credits: Pops)

Friday Shenanigans

We went to Salamander for dinner last night. I recommend the Salamander cheese burger. Yum. I asked the waitress what her personal favorite dessert was and ordered it chocolate cake and ice cream in a jar. It tasted excellent. 

Then I owned Mum in pool. 

Be Cool,


Monday, February 16, 2015

Please Join Us on March 6th!!

This weekend brother Austin was home and joined in Forrests  Pilates session! It is so much more fun and challenging to work out together. 

Forrest continues to work each day to build his strength and  endurance in preparation for his next major reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins on March 10. We find the best approach is to keep busy working to make the most of each day and to focus on the great opportunities ahead. Like rehearing with the cast from A Place to Be for the Spring tour of Behind the Label!  This courageous and talented group of children and young adults from A Place to Be will be performing in School assemblies for 4000 middle and high school students over the next four weeks. There is a public performance on the evening of March 6 at 7:30 at the Loudoun County high school in Leesburg.  Even if you have seen it before you don't want to miss this performance! Tell your friends pass on the attached poster and come for a night of inspiration, tears and laughter! 

Forrest and Toliver have a section on TBI and CCI service dogs including two songs from his show "44". The entire performance is approximately 45 minutes.  We hope to see you there!

Team 44

Monday, January 26, 2015

Great Friends Make All the Difference!

Nothing brightens up a cold winter day like time spent with great friends! 

Shayna & Gio chillin with us at Salamander Resort!

A real close game of pool 

Sunday Brunch at IHOP

Great friends learning Agility together at A Click Above in Leesburg

A rousing round of Gingerale Pong PT with Colson & Griffin wraps up a great week end!

A day spent with friends is always a day well spent!

With grateful hearts for all our cherished friends,

Team Forrest

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Four Years and Building

How do you do it Forrest? Tomorrow it will be four years since your accident. In an instant, for you and those who know and love you, the whole world changed. You and your journey have challenged each of us to look deep inside our own private spaces. To find what really matters the most, to let some things go and to hold others more dearly, to treasure each moment we are given, to count our blessings daily.

Through countless setbacks and challenges, through the painful lonely stretches, your unsinkable character and unfailing optimism were tested and stretched beyond imagination.  And still today four years shine on.

We have a new surgery date now, March 10th.  So we have eight weeks from today until the next surgery, to continue to support your efforts and encourage you to get stronger each day. But in many ways it is you who supports and encourages us; to be our best selves, to cherish each day, each family member, each friend, each small daily miracle that makes up a life well lived.  

Thank you Forrest for this gift. With a grateful heart for Kent, Austin, Tami, Toliver, and each friend, extended family member, doctor, nurse, therapist, care giver, sounding board, prayer warrior and believer for making the last four years not just possible, but truly extraordinary in every way. 

God Bless,

Click on the following link for a special message from Forrest - Happy New Year Video

Sunday, January 11, 2015


The common cold virus along with a fever and sore throat have derailed next week's carefully constructed surgical plan. We tried so hard to avoid this.   The good news is that Forrest is strong now and the risk of it progressing to pneumonia is much less than it would have been a year ago.  But in discussions today with his primary surgeon we agreed that it isn't safe for him to undergo anesthesia and a major surgery, so we will regroup and reschedule when Forrest is in the best shape possible. The likelihood is that it may be March before both surgical teams can be rescheduled.  Forrest was ready to get on with it so his first reaction to this decision was, "This Sucks!"  But we realize it's better to wait and go into this critical surgery with Forrest in the best shape possible. 

In the meantime Forrest is enjoying visits from friends home from school and his Pops home cooking. 

Wishing you all Love, Laughter, Health, and Happiness in the New Year!