This week I sat down with my friends Annette and Mark Anderson. Ten years ago their 21 year old son Reid died after years of medical intervention due to a brain tumor. Through the highs and lows of life they have prioritized their relationship as a couple. Despite life’s struggles and the devastating loss of their son, today they feel like their understanding and compassion for one another is stronger than ever. You will love hearing words of wisdom from this insightful couple as they share their journey from grief to hope.
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More about Mark and Annette:
Annette & Mark Anderson are the founders of Cairn the Load and Trail Angels, online communities dedicated to serving the needs of others and offering hope.
The Anderson’s love spending time with their family and enjoy long walks and hikes in the nearby mountains. For Annette & Mark, gardening is therapy. Working with soil and flowers gives them time to ponder and helps them become grounded in their own lives (pun intended).
Because of their own personal and unique experiences, “Cairn the Load” was created to show others that they are not alone…that someone has been at that same fork in the road before.
A “Cairn” is a trail marker that shows the way for bewildered and lost travelers. Cairn the Load is about achieving victory in becoming. Victory comes while navigating along life’s often precarious trails that we all face in life. Difficult trails requires careful and precise steps. When coupled with properly placed cairns, a journey can lead to one’s desired destination.
Annette & Mark’s path in life has been filled with cairns….cairns that have been carefully placed before them by Trail Angels that have gone before, and cairns that they have built themselves, to guide others along their journey. Mark & Annette have learned to embrace life’s adventures, both good and difficult. Experience makes us who we are…unique and precious.
You can connect with Mark and Annette at cairntheload.com and on Instagram @cairntheload.
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