When I was a boy, I was always jealous of my friends who had fathers with a career. Whether it was a tobacco salesman at one of the many warehouses in our small rural town at the time, or whether it was the local attorney or Lance Truck delivery guy... there was something I felt … Continue reading No One Ever Said It Would Be So Hard
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 … Continue reading Apple Watch and My Health
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 … Continue reading 39
There are downsides to having a family Amazon Echo hooked up to your personal Spotify account...
"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 … Continue reading Wizarding School Locations from Harry Potter (or Love Letters to My Kids)
On the topic of whether parents should post about their kids' college acceptance on Facebook, but a good reminder for all of us parents who grew up in a time before social media and are still figuring out its long term impacts on ourselves and our children: "This isn’t your moment, as much as it … Continue reading To Post or Not to Post About Your Kid’s Success?
What an adventure it's already been, Merianna! Looking forward to many more with you.
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 … Continue reading Funky Little Emmanuel
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.
"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, … Continue reading Our Week in Washington D.C.; Or How do I explain to my daughters how important this all is?
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 … Continue reading Beautiful Bride at Four Months
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.
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 … Continue reading Do Vegetarians Eat Eggs?
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 TimeAndDate.com At 6:03 … Continue reading Shortest Day of the Year
Dear Mary Hudson and Laura Cooper, You'll inevitably ask "what should I be when I grow up?" when you're in high school if not before. You might not say it out loud to me, but you'll whisper it to yourself. I already see it in both of your eyes when I tell you about my … Continue reading “What Should I Be When I Grow Up?”
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 … Continue reading Pride of a Husband
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.
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.