Since my daughter was born, we have lived in six different houses. She’s only 12. That’s not good. While it hasn’t been planned, we have moved approximately once every two years of her life. Now, you might say, “Why is that such a bad thing?” Well, bouncing from place to place isn’t necessarily healthy for a child. We are told that they need consistency for their development. Requiring our children to make brand new relationships every few years is not what you would call consistent. Continue reading “Where Have You Lived?”
I like spending time in the city. Which one, you say? Really… any of them. I like walking through downtown sections. The streets are busy. There are businesses open everywhere. The buildings stretch up to the sky. Everyone is going somewhere or doing something important, at least to them. Continue reading “Just Passing Through”
Think back a few years. Do you have a place that was your go-to for great (or at least decent) food that is no longer around? You know what I am talking about. You probably ate there every single day, or you would at least drop in a few times a week to grab something to eat. Continue reading “Where do you eat?”
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”
Well. It’s about that time again. The school year has wound itself down. The residents are all making plans to go home. By the end of this evening, I will have one boy in my home that is not mine biologically. We do this every spring. We have now for the past eight years. This is the last time. Continue reading “On The Road Again”
Well, our vacation is over.
We’re all back in Virginia and settled into our home here in Brookneal. It was great to get to see all of my family and friends while we were on the road. However, as much fun as traveling is, it’s always nice to settle back into normal life. That is what I want to talk about today. What does normal life look like for me and how do I start winning at it? Continue reading “Diving In”
Okay. I wrote about my family and I’s road trip from last week and I hope you all got to see the pictures that we took from the Staunton River Battlefield Memorial Site. That was definately a neat trip.
This time around, we headed south towards North Carolina. I was on duty to work on Saturday so the three boys who were home with me got to tag along. Here’s the breakdown of our trip.
Stop #1: Lester’s Food Market outside of Brookneal, VA
For the past fifteen years, I have had been doing this thing that I have referred to as “Random Road Trips” as a way to discover new things and places. I started these trips back when I lived in Flora, IL and recently began taking them again with the boys at the Baptist Children’s Home as a way of discovering new places. I did not know what to expect with those boys as I had never really done these random trips with anyone other than myself.
They loved them!
Okay, so here’s how a Random Road Trip works. Obviously, it is completely random. At this point, you might ask, “How do you randomize a road trip? You would have to have some sort of destination right? You couldn’t just drive somewhere without any input.” Here is how this goes. In order for the trip to be truly random, the driver has to have no input whatsoever in regards to the destination. In order to do that, there has to be some other deciding factor that makes those decisions for you. In my system, those factors are stop signs and my trucks clock.