Category Archives: Personal

Our Empty Nest

This Thursday Lori, Alyssa and I drive 500 miles and drop off Ashley, my youngest, at Vanguard University in SoCal (Alyssa and Ashley in the pic to the right). We’re so excited for her… but it’s weird to think about … 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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The Dark Undercurrents of Bullying

I’ve been taking time off work for a few weeks during Christmas break to not only spend as much time as possible with my family, but also to finish writing my first fiction novel, a story about a school shooting … Continue reading

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Pausing for an Infant

It’s Christmas Eve, and I’m running off to finish a project at my dad and mom’s house (we’ve dug up 165 feet of drainage- ditches up to 2 feet deep, and dropped in 150 feet of 6 inch pipe, 60 … Continue reading

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Top 10 Posts of 2014

As the year-end approaches rapidly, it’s fun to look back at some of the highlights of ministry in 2014. Today I looked back at the most popular posts on my blog in 2014. Here are the Top 10 posts from … Continue reading

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Our New “Toddler”

It’s been a long time since we’ve cared for an infant of any kind, and we’re getting a ginormous dose of it this month… raising our new puppy. Honestly, I think our kids were easier than this! Saturday we drove … Continue reading

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My Top 10 Post Surgery Activities

This morning, as you read this, I’m being rolled into surgery for a rotator cuff repair. It’s been six weeks since I first tore my shoulder (something I’ve replayed in my mind over and over again, regretting more and more … Continue reading

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The Most Pain I’ve Ever Experienced

“You’re 44-years-old. You know you’re not a kid anymore, right?” I’ve heard that a dozen times in the last four days. Starting with one of the nurses as I was being rolled out of the ambulance into the ER. It … Continue reading

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Bonding or Boundaries

Parenting is hard! I study and write about youth culture and parenting almost every day. It seems so nice and simple when I’m reading articles and typing words on the screen… then my 16-year-old gets home from school! Huge difference … Continue reading

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Scared of e-Readers?

This week someone asked me, “Has the shift towards Kindle and iBooks hurt your book sales as an author?” For me the answer was easy. “Not at all. I think it’s helped it.” Yes, it’s a fact e-readers are growing … Continue reading

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