February 1, 2019

Kayla, my wife, is an amazing teacher. I know that without ever having sat in her classroom for a single lesson. I know it because everywhere we go, young people ages 14 to 21 run to her just to say hi. I had maybe a teacher or two in my life that I would have acknowledged while in public, never at the risk of embarrassing myself. These kids lose all sense of self, and it doesn't matter how many y...

January 9, 2019

I never wanted children. Occasionally, I would let my mind wander to a field with a little boy in a baseball uniform patting his glove and guarding the third-base line, but I honestly never believed that image would become a reality in my future. I don't know if I was too scared to believe it, fearing I may jinx myself, or too selfish to picture my life revolving around anyone other than me. For w...

July 30, 2018

I remember growing up thinking that my father could do no wrong. He was my hero until his dying day. In my eyes, he was the only person who could protect me because I knew MY dad was the strongest man alive. He expected his children to be disciplined and to mind their elders. We said, "Yes, ma'am," "Please," and "Thank you." I never, ever wanted to disappoint my dad. He had my absolute respect, an...

June 19, 2018

As a kid, I loved the movie "Tommy Boy." Chris Farley had just exactly the right blend of size, silliness, and funny facial expressions that made the adolescent version of me laugh hysterically. For those of you that are not familiar with the movie, "Tommy Boy" was the degenerate son of an automotive tycoon. When his father passed away, it was his responsibility to market and sell products in orde...

May 27, 2018

Today, Ireland voted to legalize abortion. At first, when reading the news, I got angry. I wanted to tweet some nasty things because I'm only human. Before I hit Send though, I knew I needed to pray and think it through first. See, it really makes me mad, like fighting-mad as people around here would call it, when someone says they're okay with aborting babies. I have a 2-year-old and if anyone ha...

March 21, 2018

I'm the type of person that rehearses past scenes in my mind. I don't mean to be, nor do I really know why I do this, but it is something that I am most certainly guilty of. What do I mean? Think of conversations with friends, loved ones, co-workers, etc. from your past. Now, replay them while trying your best to figure out what happened during them or as a result of them, and then try to analyze...

March 14, 2018

July 2, 2011:  I was standing in what had previously been my wife's church while growing up, and I had my game face on. You know the face--the one you put on when you're fired up for battle, the one that lets everyone else know that you mean business.

That day had its share of chaos. My future brother-in-law had put the finishing touches on our movie, the one that would play between ceremony and re...

February 28, 2018

I’ve done many things in my life I’m not proud of. I’m not going to name them here because I don’t want to. I’m sure there will be plenty of people who will be willing to tell you my “secrets” and some of them will probably be true. But you all know we’re none perfect. And what’s even better than that is that someone who was perfect sacrificed himself so that we could be made perfect in our Heaven...

February 21, 2018

I moved twice as a youngster. When I was nine my family moved from upstate New York to Western Kentucky, and when I was 13, my mom and I moved from Western Kentucky to suburban Detroit. When I was 20, I again moved, feeling compelled to transfer my academics back to Western Kentucky at Murray State University. And, with each of these moves, came new friends. Of course, beyond the moves themselves,...

February 17, 2018

One time, in middle school, I was crazy about this boy. I thought he was SO cute and I wanted to be his girlfriend more than anything! (Insert rolling eyes emoji here.) I got up the nerve to call him on the phone and he told me that he would "go out with me" if I would find some way to make it to his baseball game that night. (I know, stupid, right?) So, I asked just about everyone I knew to take...

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