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...

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...