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”
In 1994, my dad and I got into a huge fight out in the driveway of our house in Louisville, IL. It was the summer after my senior year and I was at the height of my stupidity, absolutely. Foul words were shared. Accusations were made. My mother was able to hear the entire conversation (unknown to me at the time) from an open bedroom window. My dad said that if I thought that I was a big boy then maybe it was time for me to get out. So, I loaded up my 1976 GMC Postal Delivery Jeep and took off down the road towards Flora. Continue reading “There’s no place like home”
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?”
I rolled back into my back drive around 3 or 4 o’clock this past Saturday. Spring Break was over. The next day, we would be back to work spanking butts (we don’t actually do that) and feeding faces. The job is a great one. You would be hard-pressed to find something more fulfilling to do as an occupation than providing for the care of children. However, the break was nice. They always are. So, here’s the recap… Continue reading “Spring Break – 2018 Edition”
Vacation so far has been a pretty relaxing time though it feels like we have been driving non-stop for days. Since my last post, we have spent time in St. Louis, Missouri before moving on to Lebanon, Highland, Carmi, Flora and Pana, all in Illinois. Now, we have settled down at my mother’s house in Flora where we will spend the next two days before beginning our trip back to Virginia. Continue reading “The Past Five Days”
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.