It’s gone
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It’s gone

On Thursday, I came in early to work on the bulk of my sermon for today. Since it was nice out, I decided to set up for my study day on the front deck of the church. I had my water bottle and coffee cup…equally significant for my morning hydration and well-being. After a while,...

Transport and arrival
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Transport and arrival

Leigh-Ann and I are similar in many ways, but we are also quite different. I live in organized chaos…it would appear that my spaces look like a mess, but I know the location of everything I need. Leigh-Ann on the other hand keeps everything organized to the point where it actually looks good and makes...

Peace
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Peace

It seems pretty clear that nearly everyone wants peace, however, when asked to describe one’s life, it is rarely the first word given. Earlier today, a car cut in front of me and then slowed down to stop barely leaving enough room to take my right-hand turn at the light and keep moving. I was...

Alive and well
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Alive and well

Several years ago, we planted five apple trees in our yard. And within a few years, they were producing apples. We’ve had a few attacks from Japanese Beetles and plenty of squirrels pillaging for their share, but every year they continue to grow and produce fruit. Since I grew up with apple trees, I love...

The greatest moment
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The greatest moment

Over the past few days, Dallas and I have been at a soccer tournament for his team. And to be honest, it’s been a tough tournament with plenty of learning experiences. On the parent’s side of the field, we really, really want the boys to win, however, we also know that losses can bring the...

Ahhhh….Ughhhh
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Ahhhh….Ughhhh

A few days ago, on a beautiful evening, Ian and I went for a bike ride. The other kids were participating in soccer practices, so we loaded up the bikes and took off on our own exploration. It didn’t take long to hear the birds and squirrels rustling in the woods. There was a river...

That looks amazing
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That looks amazing

Leigh-Ann is incredibly talented at putting together pretty much anything edible. Whether it’s the main course, a snack, or a desert, if her hands have touched it, you can expect your mouth to be watering. This week our kitchen has been brimming with nearly anything that can be concocted with sugar, tastes great, and looks...

Big Doings
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Big Doings

Yesterday, Dallas celebrated his 13th birthday. Time flies! He was too excited to sleep, so he woke up early. He just couldn’t wait to open his gifts and enjoy a day of celebration for him. He and I went out for lunch and Leigh-Ann made him his favorite dinner-tacos and homemade ice cream cake. We...

Goooaaaaallll!
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Goooaaaaallll!

This past week, Sophia and her soccer team traveled to St. Louis for a regional championship. They were scheduled to play a semi-final and then the winners would advance to the final. Due to the weather, the games were squeezed into one day. One game in the morning and the finals in the afternoon. The...

Clearing and cleaning
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Clearing and cleaning

Family dinners are a highlight for our household. Even with plenty of kids and crisscrossing schedules, Leigh-Ann works hard to get us circled around an amazing meal several nights a week. We have a rule that whoever cooks, doesn’t have to clean up, and that leaves everyone else to either slide out of the kitchen...