The kids wrote letters to Santa tonight. When I commented to Luca how many items she came up with she said, “I underlined the really important stuff”. I’m sure Santa will appreciate that extra bit of flexibility.
The plan is hatched on a night the kids don’t have school the next day. Luca is the ringleader. She calls a huddle in the living room, and I know something is going down when I hear the whispers turn to giggles and finally someone says, “Anna, go ask dad!” Within a few seconds, Anna … Continue reading The Inflatable Mattress
I spent four months in Rock Springs, WY before moving to the Seattle area. During my time in Rock Springs, I rented a small apartment and didn’t have many friends outside of work. But over time I got to know a man who managed a small print and frame business. One afternoon he asked me … Continue reading Trust Is All That Matters
Have you ever found yourself in a situation and thought, “What am I doing here?” Going back nearly twenty years, I asked myself that question the day I woke up in Germany, and it finally hit me that it would be two years before I saw my family and friends. I stared at the ceiling … Continue reading Enjoying Every Minute
When I was 20 years old, I was serving as a missionary for my church and living in Siegen, Germany. Siegen is not a tourist Mecca like Munich or Heidelberg. But it has its share of castles and is home to a university. One gets to know a city when traveling by foot or by … Continue reading Walking My Bike In The Rain
On the way home from Chipotle tonight Lincoln dumped a 20 oz. soda on the floor of our Honda Odyssey. “Lincoln, why didn’t you hold your drink!?” “Hold ON TO IT next time!!” “What were you thinking??” He’d placed the cup in the small cup holder in his booster seat, and it came out as … Continue reading The Queen Size Bed
Kim and I went to school to meet with Luca’s teacher. She placed a manila folder on the table and walked us through the curriculum for third grade. This was our first time to meet with her since the first day of school. We listened as she went through each subject and explained to us … Continue reading Looking Beyond the Grade