May I Have Your Attention

Jessica, my middle sister, finally got the attention she always desired.  She said something to this effect during her wedding on Friday while standing between her 4 siblings, in her white dress, during the barrage of pictures. The truth is, Jessica has always had the attention of most everyone she has met.  This is not because…

Memories and Anticipation

I don’t know how you feel about weddings. Do you cry? Are you overcome by the display of love by the bride and groom? Do you sit through the ceremony dreaming of what deliciousness could possibly be served at the reception? Well, I went to one this past weekend. It was my little sister’s wedding.…

Fully Alive

“I will live this day as fully alive as I can.” These are life changing words uttered from a surprising source. They did not come from a world renowned philosopher, successful entrepreneur, or religious guru. They were not uttered from a serene monastery, an erudite office, or an efficacious board room. They were spoken by…

Teeth and Hope

One of Hannah’s top teeth is loose.  This is not the first time though.  At the end of last year, she discovered the first loose tooth on the bottom.  From the moment she found it she didn’t stop wiggling it until she finally let her Daddy pull it out.  It is quite a milestone in the life…

Surprised by Grace

One summer when I was in graduate school, after the finals were over and the school work was done, I decided to drive from Memphis, Tennessee to Reading, Pennsylvania to surprise my parents.  I called my sister, who was at home for the summer from Harding to make sure that everyone would be there that…

Christmas Traditions

Do you have family Christmas traditions?  When I was a kid, my family loved our Christmas Eve tradition.  We kept first things first, which means we always ate first.  Every year on Christmas Eve we had finger foods for dinner.  Cheeses, sausage, crackers, M&Ms, and other delicious treats were always there to make our Christmas…

Growing

Luke turned four last week.  How time flies.  Luke was very excited about what would happen overnight when he transformed from a three year-old to a four year-old.  He thought that we might not even recognize him the next morning.  He would be completely different, he thought, both physically and in behavior.  He said that…

Trekking Up Mount Shavano

I was privileged to go on Trek with Wilderness Expeditions this year.  We drove to Salida, Colorado, then for next 5 days we climbed a mountain.  We climbed Mount Shavano which peaked at 14,229 feet.  We needed all five days to do it because…it was a mountain.  It was grueling, long, and at times very steep. …

Raising a Modern Day Knight

Robert Lewis’ book, Raising a Modern Day Night, has given me a vision and passion for raising my son with intentionality, purpose, and substance.  Luke is only three years old at the time of this reading but it has already got me excited about teaching him what it means to be a man.  Let me…