I moved to Texas in the summer of 1990. As many of you know, I am originally from the Chicago area and went on to spend four years in college at Marquette University in Wisconsin. Growing up, I was always cold! When I moved to Houston it was hot. Very hot. You know, TEXAS HOT! I didn’t mind at all. I hate to be cold! Hate it, Hate it, Hate it. As a matter of fact I am sitting … [Read more...] about “Baby it’s cold outside!”
I was blessed to be able to lead a new small group experience at our church, www.northwoods.org, this past fall. The class was called Contagious Joy. The idea was that the more we look for joy the more it will appear in our lives. We spent a lot of time discussing gratitude. While cleaning out my desk this weekend I found some of my notes and wanted to share a bit. I recently read a story … [Read more...] about Abundance – Master List
January is here. How many of you are caught in the trap of thinking “what are my new year resolutions?” Only to find yourself disappointed or frustrated by the end of the month? I used to do that. However, now it’s just not an option. Do you realize it is in the 30’s here in Houston! I am so cold my toes are numb, the landscaping is frozen, the wind is howling, the trees are bare, everyone is … [Read more...] about New Years Resolutions? Nope, too cold!
Recently I sacrificed a Saturday night with my family to attend a seminar on Raising Boys. I was so tired and it was an unusually packed weekend, so I really debated on whether or not I should actually go. Thankfully, I chose correctly and went. I learned a lot of things that night from the authors of the book Wild Things, The Art of Nurturing Boys, by Stephen James & David Thomas … [Read more...] about A Valuable Lesson
Recently I have seen some reruns of Ashton Kutcher's show, Punk'd. As you may already know, we are one of the dinosaur families without any kind of cable, so our late night TV is somewhat limited! Have you seen it? It's sort of like Candid Camera, but instead of something silly or funny, the show usually puts the celebrity in an awkward, slightly victim roll. I think Robert kind of enjoyed … [Read more...] about Don’t Get Punk’d
It’s all so relative, life… isn’t it? A week ago on Saturday we were all looking forward to school starting and having some space away from each other. Well, when I say “we”, I guess it was only me, who would admit it anyways. Now here we are the weekend AFTER school starts and you know what? It is so nice to be all together again. Funny. I wouldn’t have expected it. I guess after everyone … [Read more...] about Time Away Brings Time Together
We just returned from our summer vacation. It used to be that each summer our vacation time was spent visiting my family in the Chicago area. Although we loved our visits there, we decided 3 years ago it was time to start exploring the fifty nifty United States with the kids. So, we started a new summer tradition of seeing the states. Our first expedition was to Durango, CO via New Mexico. … [Read more...] about Traveling Light