Thanks to everyone who was posting me messages about the extended outage of the site. It turns out that my hosting company shut down the site because even though I was up to date on payments and I didn’t owe any money, they needed validation of my information that was already up to date. This is great because now that the site is not being blocked I realize that all of the posts that I had been doing for the last six months are now gone. This is disturbing and wrong.
I can’t really blame them for this of course, because it is not their fault. I should have been paying more attention and realized that the site went dark around May 7th (according to the stats). Unfortunately I have been busy with a new job, traveling and adjusting to having three kids instead of two.
Either way, the idea that once I did get an email saying the site was down, and I looked, it took way too long to fix the problem. Not having 24/7 support is a game changer for me. Anyone have any other good hosting sites they can suggest?
So let me do a quick summary of all that is missing:
Makenzie is growing like a weed. Development appears to be normal. She is standing and babbling, has two teeth and should be walking shortly. She is now 10 months old!
Maggie passed away. She was not even 6 which is very sad. Bernese Mountain Dogs have a short lifespan but hers was shorter than normal. She was a solid 100 pounds one week and then 30 pounds lighter the next and gone. The family misses her greatly.
We have a new dog named Cosmo who we rescued from Brookhaven Animal Shelter. He is a Pitt Bull Mix and is wonderful. Already I have a love for this dog like no other. Such a great member of the family.
Eli is doing great. Academically he is way ahead of where he should be and socially he is great. He still has his breakdowns but has accepted the fact that he has Aspergers Syndrome. I guess this is where the most frustration is in the missing posts. I argued with the community about how and when I should tell him and to make a very long story shorter, he approached Jodi and I and said that he knew he was different. We explained it to him and now he understands. Took it like a champion and now even uses it as an excuse every now and then which is very clever. He is about to turn 9 years old in a few days. I am thankful he is who he is and I love him dearly. Greatest kid a dad could have!
Zachary is awesome as well, he is a troublemaker and loves to make people laugh. Scary how much he reminds me of myself when I was growing up. I need to keep an eye on this devil. He shows no signs of Autism and has developed normally. He is a grazer and loves to eat and eat and eat. Kid is going to be solid 200+ pounds, I just hope he gets taller (shrimp).
More to follow, I have submitted a ticket to the hosting company to investigate the lost data. They won’t do crap probably but it is worth a try.