Oasis in the desert
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Oasis in the desert

Yesterday, Sophia, Dallas, Isaiah, and I took a last-minute trip to St. Louis for some soccer games. Afterward, we ate some dinner and then had to decide whether to stay at the hotel or go out and find something to do. We decided to take on St. Louis. Our first stop was Ted Drewes custard....

Ready, set, hike
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Ready, set, hike

This past week, our middle son Isaiah attended his first-ever football camp. He is going to be entering the 5th grade and we are deciding whether or not to let him strap on the pads. Before we arrived for the first day of camp, he had a few nerves, but for the most part, was...

Leftovers
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Leftovers

I love leftovers. Ever since I was a kid, I have gained a deep sense of satisfaction from scavenging through the fridge, finding some important ingredients, and then reheating them into a mouth-watering meal. Most of my family does not share this passion or skill for cultivating leftovers into something great. The meat and sides...

Backpedaling
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Backpedaling

A week or so ago, I was helping coach one of our kid’s soccer games. It was a pretty close game and the referee was struggling. It seemed more difficult than normal for her to get to the correct vantage point to make the best calls. And then…in the middle of live play, while she...

Impact
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Impact

This is Memorial Day weekend. For many, it’s a time to see family and friends, fire up the grill, compete in some yard games and maybe even roast marshmallows…but it is so much more. Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, originated after the Civil war. Throughout our American history, thousands of men and women...

Crime Scene Investigation
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Crime Scene Investigation

A few nights ago, I went to a local auto parts store to pick up some oil. Since I’ve had a car, I’ve almost always changed my own oil…it saves a few bucks (usually) and I can do it whenever it fits into my schedule best. During this last oil change, however, I switched up...