Cheap entertainment
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Cheap entertainment

Last night, two of our boys and I entered into a healthy competition. We were at a soccer field (I know that’s a surprise 😊) and we decided to shoot on each other. I figured out a way for the two boys to compete against me (if they compete against each other, typically war breaks...

Never Forget
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Never Forget

Tomorrow we remember the 20th anniversary of 9/11 when nearly 3,000 people were killed and thousands more were injured. When the airplanes flew into the World Trade Center Towers, it resulted in the largest loss of life by a foreign attack on American soil. This attack was carried out by the Islamic extremist group al...

Darkest before dawn
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Darkest before dawn

“It’s darkest before dawn” and “Pressure creates diamonds” are two of my favorite inspirations for difficult times. This past week we have watched COVID-19 numbers climb and as a result, governing bodies have tightened restrictions. So we have a choice, complain or adapt and make the best of it all… It’s easy to complain about COVID,...

Trust the driver
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Trust the driver

When the weather is nice, we love to ride around the neighborhood and downtown KC on scooters. I love the wind in my face and the fresh perspective of people and places from the vantage of two wheels. Of course, the kids always love to jump on and enjoy the ride together. They have learned...

Forgotten Umbrella
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Forgotten Umbrella

A few days ago we took a short retreat with our NLCC office team. We stopped at the grocery store and picked up some meat to grill out. I offered to take on the job as “Griller” and after marinating the Pork, went down three flights of stairs to some grills out in the open....

Dog Dish Dump
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Dog Dish Dump

When I was a kid, I hated going to bed…I didn’t want to miss anything. So, when it comes to bedtime in our household, I am typically an advocate for a few more minutes of “family time.” Leigh-Ann is an advocate for me to “be a parent.”  As you can imagine, this becomes a point...

Hover Board
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Hover Board

One week ago Isaiah turned 10…DOUBLE DIGITS (Say it slow with a deep voice)! The one gift he wanted more than anything was a Hover Board. He brought it up multiple times a day. This did not go unnoticed by his sister and she decided to pull the siblings together and pool their money to...

It’s definitely poisonous
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It’s definitely poisonous

A few days ago, the boys and I went for a bike ride on a paved trail. It has become a Monday evening tradition. We ride for a while and then stop at a park and then ride a bit more and stop at a bridge and skip rocks and then ride a bit more...

Challenges and Opportunities
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Challenges and Opportunities

Last night after reading for a bit, we settled in as a family to watch Extreme Makeover-Home Edition. We love this show because within an hour we get to hear a story of hardship, learn about hundreds of people who volunteer to help and then in the end watch everyone cry tears of joy over...

Story and Sunday Service Updates
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Story and Sunday Service Updates

Earlier today I took Dallas out for his birthday lunch to one of his favorite restaurants…Red Robin. We ate a lot of French fries, played multiple games at the table and we ended the meal with a birthday song and an Ice Cream Sundae. When it comes to birthdays, we love to take a few...