Emotions. Life, Death. Sadness, Joy.


What a week.

If I were to put my feelings in emoticons, I would have felt every single one within the span of 7 days. Two major events occurred, one on each end of the spectrum: one very sad, one extremely happy. Let me give you a timeline:

Sunday, January 17, 2016

I find out that my grandpa is in the hospital with pneumonia and sepsis.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Good news! My grandpa is doing much better and may get to go home if he gets enough strength back.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Caleb and I finish a project we've been working on for the past few months: a Titanium portable phone charger! We submit it to Kickstarter to be approved! Huge sigh of relief :)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

8:00 am | I wake up and find out that my grandpa took a turn for the worse overnight. He was intubated and transferred to a hospital in Minneapolis.

9:00 am | I go to class and can't focus.

10:30 am | Dad calls and tells me that the whole family is at the hospital. Grandpa isn't doing good.

11:30 am | I go to another class.

12:40 pm | My phone rings. Dad tells me that grandpa has passed away peacefully. My heart breaks.

1:00 pm | I go to Caleb's and reminisce of my childhood with grandpa the rest of the day.

Arlo and Marjorie Houchins| August 17, 1957

Arlo and Marjorie Houchins| August 17, 1957

Friday, January 22, 2016

Caleb and I find out that Kickstarter accepted our project! :D

Saturday, January 23, 2016

We officially launch our T-Bolt Kickstarter around 5:45 pm! Within five minutes of launching, we get over $200 in pledges!!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Our project gains momentum! As I'm typing this, we've got $3,321 pledged! We surpassed our $2,000 goal within 17 hours.

What a week.

Caleb and I will be going home on Wednesday for my grandpa's funeral, which is on Saturday. He was such a good man! I'm so proud to be his granddaughter :) Here's a bit from his obituary:

Arlo Houchins

Arlo L. Houchins, age 85, of Cambridge, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on January 21, 2016.

He worked for Northwest Bell for 37 Years in the Cambridge area. After retiring, Arlo worked at John Hirsch Cambridge motors, where he logged 770,000 miles shuttling cars around the state and country. He was a Korean War veteran and a lifetime American Legion member.

Arlo loved taking long walks, especially with his grandchildren to places like the park and Dairy Queen. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, as well as a card player.

He sure loved to walk. He'd take us to the Dairy Queen down the street and while we were walking, I'd find pennies along the side of the road. It wasn't until I was older that I realized that he would somehow fling them ahead of us as we walked without me knowing/hearing. Grandpa, I can't wait to see you again someday. We can take a walk and I'll be sure to find all the pennies you'd leave for me to find. ❤️

The other major event that occurred this week was our Kickstarter launch! Caleb and I are so grateful for all the support we've received.

The T-Bolt is amazingly strong and gives you up to 17 hours of extended battery life. If you're new to Kickstarter, think of it as pre-ordering. Once our campaign is over, we'll begin making the product and ship it out to you.

Even if you can't/don't want a titanium phone charger, we'd really appreciate if you'd share our project page (just click the image below!) I am so proud of Caleb and the work he put into this!

Fund the T-Bolt on Kickstarter! | Titanium phone charger

It comes in lots of other colors too, like light blue, pink, and gold! :) Let me know if you have any questions.

While I'm extremely sad about my grandpa's passing, I know that he'd want me to go on and make a difference in my life. He was a go-getter.

And while life is always full of ups and downs, I have hope that one day, when Jesus comes back, everything will be made perfect again. No more tears. No more sadness. Only joy.

What a week.