Masters of the plasters
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Masters of the plasters

It is officially Christmas break in our household. The kids are out of school and this means there is no more homework, training sessions, or school projects. This also means there is time for new endeavors… In case you’re wondering the kids aren’t lining up to help with laundry or shoveling, but they are finding...

Hope again
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Hope again

I love to watch buildings being restored. Shows like Extreme Home Makeover are incredibly fun and full of anticipation because, in just a short time, there is a well-deserving family who receives a home they could have never otherwise afforded. Although we haven’t been blessed by a Makeover show, in 2015, we moved to our...

Hope
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Hope

Earlier today, Croatia beat Brazil in Penalty Kicks to advance to the final four of the world cup. Leigh-Ann and I were at the airport to come back to Kansas City during the game and we found a TV at a restaurant just down from our gate. The game was a very exciting 0-0 after...

Gooooooooaaaaaaaal
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Gooooooooaaaaaaaal

On Tuesday, the US Men’s National Soccer team defeated Iran 1-0. If you didn’t get a chance to watch it, the guys played really well and deserved the win. If they had only tied or lost that match, they would not have advanced into the final tournament of 16. This made the game incredibly tense....

Rosettes
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Rosettes

Earlier this week my parents came out to visit for a few days. We exchanged gifts, did a puzzle that seemed nearly impossible, played games and made Rosettes. In case you aren’t familiar with some of our Scandinavian Christmas traditions, Rosettes are a Norwegian Christmas experience. Here is how it works…. We start by mixing...

Love it but don’t like it
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Love it but don’t like it

Let’s talk about Christmas and the Holiday Season… I love it, but I don’t always like it. Let’s start with what I love….I love that Leigh-Ann has an incredible God-given gift of being able to make our house feel incredibly peaceful and serene. I love sitting down at night with just the Christmas lights on...

She said YES!
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She said YES!

On October 11, 1998, I woke up early in the morning and drove to the Midway airport in Chicago to fly out to Manchester, NH. Leigh-Ann and I had been dating for more than two years and for the past several months had talked about getting married. We had even looked at some rings together...

Smash
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Smash

A few days ago, I received a phone call from my daughter…. “I was in an accident and I think I ruined your car…” “Are you ok?” “I think I’m ok, but I think your car is totaled…” I took off with a friend as fast as we could to the accident location to make...

Waiting
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Waiting

Over the past few days, we’ve been staying in a place where we can fish out the back door. Of course, the view of the water is beautiful and life-giving, but fishing is where it’s at. The boys have had their fishing rods ready to go, we stopped at a bait shop to get some...

Last Weekly Email of 2020
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Last Weekly Email of 2020

This is the last pre-service Friday email for 2020 – As a family, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! From one perspective, looking back on 2020 provides plenty of on-ramps to board the train headed toward negativity and frustration. Resist! Instead, let’s each board the train headed toward GRATITUDE. Since...