$1 million
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$1 million

March Madness started yesterday and in our household, we have a tradition of filling in brackets. Yep, we are each competing for prizes in the NLCC bracket challenge (I’m closest to winning the worst bracket at the moment). So last night, we got home from practice and the boys immediately checked out how they were...

Filters and photoshop
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Filters and photoshop

Today, I celebrated my 13th anniversary on Twitter. I would have guessed I’ve only been on this platform for half this time. Before Twitter, I remember people started texting…and I thought it would never catch on…of course this was with a flip phone and scrolling through numbers to spell out every letter… Now, I can...

Leaf it to the boys
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Leaf it to the boys

A few days ago, when I drove home, the boys were busy raking leaves. At first, I thought they were in trouble for something and leaf duty was part of a punishment. Then I noticed a large pile and immediately figured it all out. They were building a pile so they could jump into it....

Tug-of-War
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Tug-of-War

Our two dogs, Gratzi and Poppi are growing as best friends. This has not been automatic, in fact in the beginning Gratzi was not at all amused by a new puppy in our household….a very jumpy puppy at that…. The logic presented at the family dinner table one evening was that Gratzi needed a friend....

Allegations, arguments and attitudes
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Allegations, arguments and attitudes

One of the toughest times of the day for me as a parent is bedtime. Here’s why…. I grew up with an ongoing case of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out for those of us over 40 😊) and my parents still tell stories about me sneaking out of bed and falling to sleep on the...

A Gran Torino and a Lion
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A Gran Torino and a Lion

When I was eight years old, our family took a road trip from St. Cloud, MN out to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Washington DC. It was such a fun vacation traveling in our mint-colored Gran Torino, visiting family, swinging on vines in the Appalachian Mountains, touring through Washington DC, experiencing a subway, swimming in the...

Dropped
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Dropped

Several weeks ago, I suggested to our kids still at home that we should play fantasy football. I thought this would be a fun way to learn the game of football and spend time together. It’s been a pretty big hit…. We started with a draft and for the most part, used the professional’s opinions...

Work in progress
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Work in progress

On Mondays, I take some time off in the morning to relax and enjoy a Sabbath. When the weather is nice, I sip coffee on the front porch, catch up on my Bible reading and have some extended time for prayer. After a while, I get tired of sitting and then turn my attention to...

Peace like a river
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Peace like a river

This school year, our boys are enrolled in a charter school that is a virtual academy. This means they are each home during the day and Leigh-Ann has a lot more work. It also means more competition, more arguments and of course more love…well…maybe. There has been one game-changer though…. As a pastor, I would...

Sorrow turns to joy
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Sorrow turns to joy

In just over a week we will celebrate our oldest daughter’s 20th birthday. This is astonishing…how could Leigh-Ann and I be old enough to have had a kid for two decades. During the pregnancy, we had plenty of “first-time” experiences. Such as the time when Leigh-Ann was super-pregnant wanted some relief (because KC August) so...