Category Archives: Family

Top 10 Things I Learned After 1 Week in an RV

Just got back on a really fun trip, just me, Lori and my parents for one week in an RV, traveling 1,000 miles across four states, from Boise, through the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. We all had a great time. … Continue reading

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Somethin’ a lil’ different with my teenagers

We were bored and looking for something to do for the day, something… different. 20+ years as a youth worker, I go back to my youth worker connections when I want to do something fun with my girls and their … Continue reading

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Death of the Dining Room

As families and friends gather together for the holidays, the big question I have is… where will they gather? Their dining room? The kitchen? It’s funny how much you can tell about a society’s social norms solely from the changes … Continue reading

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Ashley’s Unconventional Speech

Last Friday night Lori and I got a chance to escort Ashley onto the football field at halftime for the Homecoming “Royal Court” while the commentator read her speech. I guess I should have know what to expect, knowing Ashley. … Continue reading

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Instagram Contest

WINNERS POSTED! (at bottom of post) I feel like giving something away! Last week in Chicago my 16-year-old got on my case for Tweeting and posting pics on my Pinterest… but not Instagram. So I finally caved in to her … Continue reading

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Son of God Movie

I usually try to keep up with upcoming films, but this one caught me off guard, a new film about the life of Jesus, coming to the theater this February. The film is titled, Son of God. I saw the … Continue reading

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Lieutenant Colonel Christmas

Most people love Christmas, but in my house, Ashley LOVES Christmas… sometimes a little too much! I know, I know… how could someone love it too much? If you lived in my house in late November through the New Year, … Continue reading

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One thing I really love about Thanksgiving is the fact that it triggers much of the country to stop and reflect about what they’re thankful for. Here’s the top 7 items on my “thankful for” this year: My 18-year-old daughter … Continue reading

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A Heart for the Unnoticed

Do you notice that kid who seems to disappear under the radar? In the shadow of a tragic teen suicide, and a weekend training youth workers to notice and connect with teenagers, I was pleasantly surprised by a film that, … Continue reading

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Top 10 Zombie Apocalypse Survival Activities

The Walking Dead premiere broke all the records Sunday night, with 16.1 million total viewers, 10.4 million of those in the 18-49 demographic. That makes “Dead” the most-watched show in the demo on any channel, broadcast or cable, this fall, … Continue reading

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