No Room In Life For This

I grew up in Louisville, IL from the years of 1978 through 1994. At that point, I moved ten minutes up the road to Flora and lived there until 2001. I have always been told that you should not end a sentence with a number and I have now done it with two consecutive sentences. Anyways, growing up in the middle of a cornfield (not literally, we’re not Children of the Corn) did not provide me with a whole lot of diversity. Continue reading “No Room In Life For This”

I Miss The Mountains

During the two years that we lived in Virginia, we were given the opportunity to vacation at the ocean on four different occasions. The agency we worked for sent us on a trip to Kill Devil Hills, NC one year and Myrtle Beach the next. We also got the chance to go to Virginia Beach and Sandbridge Beach on a couple of our long stretches off. Man, I love the ocean. I really never feel freer than when I am sitting with my feet in the waves.  Continue reading “I Miss The Mountains”

Chew With Your Mouth Closed

About a year or so ago, I was with my kids at the Patrick Henry Memorial Library in Brookneal, Virginia. We would go up there quite a bit to read and we love the library. Sometimes we would read for fun. Often times, we would read for school. From time to time, we wouldn’t read at all but would play with legos in the playroom instead. However, regardless of the reason we had for being there, one thing remained the same. Continue reading “Chew With Your Mouth Closed”

Make Time For Dates With Your Spouse

One area that I know that I struggle with, as a married adult, is making consistent time for date nights with my wife. When we first got married, we never went out on date nights. Within a couple months of being married, Elisa became pregnant with Sydney. We’ve pretty much had children around us for the entirety of our marriage. Now, this is no excuse really but between working, being a parent and just generally not having a lot of extra cash for the first seven or eight years of our marriage, setting aside time for date nights was not a priority for me. Continue reading “Make Time For Dates With Your Spouse”

From 4 to 5

On August 25th, 2011, our family officially expanded from 3 to 4. In Evansville, IN, on a morning that otherwise probably wasn’t exceptional, my son made his way into this world. Things that I remember about that morning: Sydney was with my parents and would meet us there sometime after Caleb was born; a song by Linkin Park was playing on the radio on the way to the hospital; the staff at Deaconess were incredible in getting us comfortable and settled in the hospital; Scott and Vanessa Kiser would show up to visit us later that afternoon (or maybe the next day). Oh, and one other thing, this would probably be the last time that we would be doing this. Continue reading “From 4 to 5”

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