There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 (NIV) Lynn and I were born into a farm family in the midwestern United States. We have a brother, John, and growing up we also had so much more. On both mom’s side and dad’s side, we had aunts and uncles and cousins – acres and acres of cousins. Growing up, they were our best friends. They will always be our … [Read more...]


“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” -Mother Teresa

I was going to write about when to send emails, then I looked at the date. I’m not sure if it’s good or bad that, for at least a moment, I forgot the significance of today. Maybe it's both. I do not want to forget, but I am happy that my 4-year-old daughter knows nothing of it. To my son, born in 2004, it will always be history. To me, I’m instantly taken back to the present: where I was walking when I heard the news of the first plane, where I was standing when I watched the second, … [Read more...]

When the Unexpected Happens


My husband and I were on our way to my first official outing with my new employer, the incomparable Miles & Co. I was a deliberate packer, checking my list twice as we left for the airport. The skies were blue. I was going on an adventure. Life was good. And then it happened. As I approched that point of no return in the security line, the voice in my head whispered, “You don’t have your phone.” In a nano second, I felt complete nausea and entered that well-known parallel university … [Read more...]

When You Don’t Know What to Do


Please excuse us while we depart from our usual type of post.  The death of Robin Williams has touched a deep nerve with us and with the world.  We strive, in all we do, to be helpful.  If you, or someone you know, struggles with depression, we hope with all our hearts, that this post helps.   If a friend tells you they have cancer, you mostly know what to do. You drive them to treatments. You fix food for their families. You pray for the eradication of deadly destructive cells that … [Read more...]

27 Days


27 days, 6 states, 8 beds, 3 clients, 7 Go-Kart tracks, 9 rounds of mini-golf, 2 Floridian visitors, 2 kinds of music (country... and western), 1 wedding, 529 biscuits, and more than 2100 miles later, we are all home. Our family is a unit again in our own house with our own beds. That’s enough to post for today. Monday, we all get back to school and work. Enjoy your weekend and your people. We will do the same. … [Read more...]

Vacations Ruminations


I’m writing this barefoot while listening to Patty Griffin, drinking good coffee, and surrounded by family in the hills of South Carolina. There's a golf course outside my door. The Mobil station just up the road has coolers full of ice cold soda pop - including RC, Mountain Dew, and Coca-Cola - in glass bottles for under a buck apiece. Vacation does not suck. When not on vacation like this, I work crazy hard for three reasons: So I get to do this several times a year. So the rest … [Read more...]

Packing List


"Daddy, what are you doing?""I'm making a packing list for our upcoming vacation, Will. It helps me make sure I don't bring too much or forget anything."(Thinks...)"I should make one also." … [Read more...]

4 Life Lessons Learned Playing Scrabble


(Lynn is off staring at the ocean today. Originally, I was going to put up a picture of an umbrella and call it good, but our dear friend and all-around person of awesomeness Nancy Schneider posted this on Facebook over the weekend, and it was so great, I asked if I could share it. She obliged us. She’s a baller that way. I’m leaving in her hashtags because I like them. Take it away, Nancy!) [My husband] Tom and I play Scrabble with some frequency. I think it's been good for our marriage. … [Read more...]

Celebrate Our Independents


 This weekend, do us a favor.Enjoy one meal at a local, independent restaurant.Buy one gift for a friend at a local, independent retail store.And ask your friends to do the same.If you own a local, independent restaurant or store, do us a favor.Charm the pants of your customers this weekend. Don't just go the extra mile; go the extra marathon.Delight us so much we tell all our friends about you.This weekend, let's promise to remember that more convenient, faster, or cheaper … [Read more...]

4 Things Canadians Can Teach Us


Have you been to Canada? Do you know any Canadians? I am proud of my heritage, and I love the U.S., but I have a deep affection for the Canadians I know. If you’ve never visited, seriously put it on your list, and not just “it” because it’s, you know, pretty big, but at least a couple of its different provinces. But whether you visit the hip, urban metro of Toronto or the wide open spaces of Banff, you’ll generally experience a warm, helpful welcome from whomever you meet. Here are four … [Read more...]