Joe and his ex, Nicole, have put plenty of effort into raising the kids.  Tom and Bridget watched them for a week when they were just 8 or 9. Okay, here's how it goes down.  Elle wakes herself up, wakes Keira, they both brush their teeth, dress themselves, come down and make their own breakfast.  Then pick up their homework and their backpacks, say good-by and walk off to school. Most amazing thing I ever saw...

Joe and Julie don't notice cuts and bruises.

Joe & Julie

​​​For the last three years Joe has been running trail.  These are long distance competitions, some 100 miles long, that are runs up and down mostly West Texas goat paths.  He wins a lot of trophies at these events but his most prized win was Julie Koepke, a running soul-mate and a beauty who agreed to marry him in 2017.

Grandmary really likes Jules.  Both of them come from in snowy Minneapolis - a place that, according to Grandmary, is a good place to be from.

Joe is focused.


Our first clue about this was early on, when he asked his pediatrician how he could stop sucking his thumb. The doc told him to go to sleep with a sock over his hand for ten days.  Joe stuck to the schedule and cured himself. 

When Joe decides to do something, he commits to it and (for good or ill) gives it his 100%.  A few comparisons will serve to illustrate:

Dad:  Hey, don't strain yourself…                   Joe:  Want it, work for it, get it.

Learned a few chords on a guitar.........               Can pick any song he wants; writes them, too.
On the golf course, broke 80 at age 55...             Joe would ride with his clubs on the city bus

                                                                        to the course. He broke 80 at age 20.
Won a wedge in a golf tournament.........            Played E.A. golf one semester, winning $3,500.
Smoked too much to exercise...........                  Runs every day, ran the Boston Marathon in 2:57.
College gpa almost 3.0.............                          College gpa almost 4.0, might have gotten two Bs.
Born a Catholic.......................                           Took months of classes, still goes to mass.
Could not pass AF Navigator test.............            Air Force captain & weapons officer on B-1 bombers.
Gave most of the kid-raising to mom.......            Committed to be the most dedicated dad on the planet.