This time of year causes people to be more reflective and grateful. Not everyone is going through good times, but sometimes it’s what you make of a situation. It’s that way with Keith and Kari.
The couple met through Keith's company, Drakes Adventures. Keith is 50 years old; Kari is 48. Both had been married before and had experienced life’s ups and downs. For some reason they were drawn to each other – and on their first date, they discovered the connection. Kari’s daughter was born on October 4, 1994; it was the same day that Keith’s son had passed. It instantly became their awakening with the ‘Circle of Life’.
Together they believe the moment we are born, we face the hourglass of life. It is in this moment that life’s ‘play’ button is depressed and each second, granules of sand pass through it. Our life doesn’t have a pause button, we can’t rewind, we can’t fast forward. We have to live in the moment or that moment is gone. Thus their motto: In Life… There is NO Pause, NO Rewind, No Fast Forward, JUST PLAY™.
During Keith’s dark moments of losing his son, his brother and then his father – Keith realized that while he was grieving, life for others continued to carry on. The traffic outside his world never slowed down. There was no pause button, there was no rewind. Life simply kept going. It was a learning that stayed within him then and that Kari shares with him today.
Keith and Kari planned to marry on their ‘Circle of Life’ day – Sunday, October 4, 2015. Two days before their wedding, Kari’s father passed away unexpectedly. Of course, her father was supposed to walk her down the aisle. They couldn’t rewind, fast forward or pause. Traffic didn’t stop, the world kept turning. The hourglass granules continued to pass. They simply decided to live their motto and played on. They wedded in a private ceremony in front of their fireplace on October 4.
Stories like Keith and Kari are why our artisans and SHS team are so passionate about what we do. We’re not simply selling mugs; our mugs are telling stories and becoming part of people’s lives. Our artistry communicates the passion for doing things right. It connects people with America. It gives us hope that everything will be ok. Our mugs and your stories will live on much longer than you and I – and for that we are forever grateful. Find Just Play mugs online at Trending Now Promotions.
Happy Thanksgiving from our entire SHS Team. Pat