Apple Watch and My Health

I’ve owned a couple of Apple Watches in the past and always appreciated the design and constant alerts. But after a while, I would look at the Watch on my bedside charger in the morning and think “Do I need to wear you today? Nah.” So, I’ve been skeptical about the Apple Watch and thought …

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I wrote this back in 2008 as I was turning 30: However, turning 30 still scares the hell out of me because I don’t want to loose my idealism which is tied so close to my own identity. via 29 – Sam Harrelson Today I turn 39. I feel like I’ve changed so much in …

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Wizarding School Locations from Harry Potter (or Love Letters to My Kids)

“The map above shows the locations of the 8 Wizarding schools that have been revealed so far, that exist in the Harry Potter universe.” Source: Wizarding School Locations from Harry Potter – Brilliant Maps I’ve always loved maps and map-making. As a kid, I filled notebooks with imaginary island countries or continents (and their cities) on …

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Happy Anniversary, Merianna!

What an adventure it’s already been, Merianna! Looking forward to many more with you.

Funky Little Emmanuel

Will Emmanuel ever be a megachurch? No. It’s not a splashy place that is known for its rock band or stage settings or theatrical services. There’s no “Shine Jesus Shine” here. It’s not “easy” and it gets into your soul in ways that you don’t understand at first. Going to Emmanuel on just Christmas morning and Easter …

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MH and the White House

After (over) 10 miles of walking around D.C. during one of my tour guide specials, the girls were still excited to see “where President Obama lives and works.” We’ve got amazing kids.

Our Week in Washington D.C.; Or How do I explain to my daughters how important this all is?

“The Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the United States Friday in a closely divided ruling that will stand as a milestone in its 226-year history. The justices ruled 5-4 that states cannot deny gay men and lesbians the same marriage rights enjoyed for thousands of years by opposite-sex couples. Within days if not hours, …

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Beautiful Bride at Four Months 

She’s finally showing 🙂 Your Pregnancy | 16 Weeks: “Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he’s about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His legs are …

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Economic Virtue

We’ve been taught to think that the only economic virtue is competitiveness. This is a faith: I’ll get into it for all I’m worth, seeking the maximum advantage for myself. via The “Mad” Farmer » American Scientist.

Do Vegetarians Eat Eggs?

A few days ago, Merianna asked me if I was still eating eggs. It’s a good question, after all. Part of my 2015 package of resolutions (trying to make it sound congressional) was to not eat meat or animals unless I killed them (which is unlikely, but had to make that allowance). When I moved …

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Shortest Day of the Year

The Sun is directly overhead of the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern Hemisphere during the December Solstice. The December Solstice occurs when the Sun reaches its most southerly declination of -23.5 degrees. In other words, when the North Pole is tilted furthest – 23.5 degrees – away from the Sun. via At 6:03 …

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Pride of a Husband

As someone who has spent considerable time inside of seminary walls, I know personally how challenging and gut-wrenching the process of discernment to ordination can be for anyone. I can’t express how proud I am of Merianna in all that she’s accomplished in her time at seminary and in her time as a pastor. If …

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Making Easter dinner with dad on the new cooker…

Making steak and vegetables for Merianna and I…the biscuit can pop still scares me every time.

Miss this goofy guy and I wonder how he’d deal with Willie and Waylon.

SC Earthquake!

Merianna and I were watching House of Cards Season 2 and I happened to be sitting on the floor playing with the pups when I remarked “was that an earthquake??” Turns out… yep.