Oh carp
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Oh carp

Recently, we took a little trip as a family to feed the fish. It has been about a decade, but since Alexa is going back to college in a week, we have been reminiscing about good ol’ times, and feeding the fish is one of them. So, we arrived at Blue Springs Lake with five...

Rejection can be a gift
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Rejection can be a gift

This week the teenagers, college-age and young adults from New Life are serving Kansas City on a missions trip called, “For my City.” We have some incredible young leaders who have done everything from planning and budgeting to organizing and now leading about fifty or so people into ministry opportunities all over Kansas City. A...

Breaker…breaker…
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Breaker…breaker…

Recently the boys have been playing with Walkie Talkies. These gizmos are pretty fun because you can talk to and be in constant communication with someone you can’t see. The other day, I came home and as I walked upstairs, I could hear the boys talking on the Walkie Talkies. One was in the kitchen...

H.O.R.S.E.
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H.O.R.S.E.

Over the past several days, we’ve developed a new tradition of playing HORSE after dinner. This may be inspired by the NBA Playoffs and of course, this is a competitive endeavor…nobody in our household likes to lose. In case you don’t know, the game of HORSE is a game played with a basketball. The first...

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...