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10.5 seconds. That’s how long it took for my kids to jump out of the truck, run into the woods, and find a tree to climb on Friday. 

180 minutes. That’s how long it took for the screams from the woods to reveal that one of my kids had fallen out of that tree.

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Family coins

October 15, 2013

About ten years ago I worked as a church administrator. One of the pastors in the office had a theory about marriage that always stuck with me. The idea is that every relationship has coins. When a spouse does something nice or says something nice, coins are deposited into the partner’s love bank. When a […]

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Fireside bonding

October 8, 2013

This weekend my family had our first fireside afternoon. I got it lit about 2:00 PM and ran out of wood at 10:00. It was the most relaxing, therapeutic, joyful day that I’ve had in a long time. Sharing a fire with people I love rejuvenates my soul. Tweet

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Dirty, stinky, rotten, bruised kids

July 30, 2013

Several times over the last few days I’ve realized that my kids stink. I’m not talking about in attitude, I mean in the kind of B.O. and foot odor that make me roll down the truck windows in the middle of a Texas summer. But you know what? I love it. Tweet

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S’more to Love About Camping

September 28, 2012
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It’s Fall, Ya’ll! You know what that means… cooler weather, stuffier noses, beautiful colors, more outside play, pre-holiday excitement and the biggest of all: camping season! Our family’s first camping trip of the season is this weekend, and I could not be more excited. Camping is the peak of family time to me. Fireside story sharing, […]

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A change of plans (part 2)

February 23, 2012
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As a continuation of Monday’s post, here are some additional kinks in my weekend. Kink #8: There were indeed some covered options within the Park. Each had charges which we were completely willing to pay, none, however, were anywhere close to a restroom. So we opted to look for a restaurant in the area. To […]

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A change of plans (Part 1)

February 20, 2012
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I am a list person. I know what needs to be done on a given day to meet my self-imposed deadlines. And I generally get them done or wear myself out trying. And then sometimes, kinks get thrown in my plans and I have to learn to adjust. I had about a 72 hour “kink” […]

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