Life goes on…

Time moves forward and there is nothing that can stop it. I was reminded of that during a recent visit to my grandpa’s farm to celebrate his 89th birthday. Where did the time go? I have poignant memories of visits to the farm over the years, but this was my first visit in over 2 1/2 years, which made the changes seem that much more obvious. Driving a route that I could normally traverse with my eyes closed, I missed the final turn because a landmark sign for the nursery on the property just north of my Grandpa’s was no longer there; the owner had retired. Would this be a sign of things to come? Once on the right road, the late afternoon shadows cast by the silo had the barn so hidden that I wondered if it had been taken down. It wasn’t until I was a quarter-mile or … Keep reading!

That’s life…

Having a family is all sorts of fun. There are unique challenges to be faced, as well as numerous questions to be fielded from young ones (like, “Where’s Mama?” asked seventeen times in a row by the almost-two-year-old). I couldn’t do all I do without my wife by my side. There are times of peaceful quiet. One of the more cherished events for me is being able to hold my sleeping young ones. It does not happen often, even when they are little, so it is special in a way that I can’t fully describe. Occasionally my older ones will wake up in the middle of the night and sitting up with them is what helps them go back to sleep, but usually it comes down to refilling a water cup and/or tucking them back into their blankets. Not that I don’t enjoy being able to give them even that small … Keep reading!

Fun things are coming along!

I’m sure you’ve all been on the edge of your seats wondering just what’s going on with me and my family. Fear not! I have come with tidings that shall leave you shocked and awed. While on vacation, Abi and I talked about the setup of our house, schedules, and my job. Ever since we moved to Des Moines, I’ve used my laptop as my primary computer, usually at the kitchen table. This isn’t always a big deal, but when other materials creep onto the table and add additional clutter, it becomes especially frustrating for Abi. I can see her point, even though it’s not a big deal to me. We have a bookshelf in the living room that has a fold-down writing desk, and I was pretty sure the cubby was big enough to fit my desktop, which would allow me to move that computer downstairs and then keep … Keep reading!

A much-needed vacation…

I was blessed to be able to take my family on a vacation October 4th-11th. We probably spent more money than we should have, but I think it was a great time of bonding and refreshing as a family. Plus, we were able to see some neat things on our trip. One of our stops was in Crawfordsville, IN. There we visited the Rotary Jail Museum. This was a look at a unique idea for the penal system in America. It was also a testament to the craftsmanship that used to exist in our country, and served as a sad reminder of the way we tend to look at manufactured goods. We also stopped in Danville, IN at the Mayberry Cafe, a tribute to The Andy Griffith Show. The food was great, and since we were there around 2 in the afternoon, it wasn’t super busy at all. Of additional … Keep reading!

Suck it up…

One of my favorite TV shows is the series “Monk” starring Tony Shalhoub. If you haven’t seen the show, here are the basics. Adrian Monk is a genius detective. Unfortunately, he is plagued by a variety of psychological disorders such as OCD and germophobia that make his ability to function in the real world difficult to impossible at times. Monk has struggled his entire life, but he became especially helpless with the murder of his wife. In order to get around, he has a full-time assistant (first a nurse, Sharona; later on it’s a widow, Natalie, that he solved a case for at one point). I think one of the more memorable episodes, one that Abi and I both really enjoyed, is titled “Mr. Monk Goes to the Circus.” Sharona has a fear of elephants, and Monk, with all of his quirks, tells her to “Suck it up.” Talk about … Keep reading!

Just one more post in the storm…

Yep, I decided I’d write a little something after hearing about the Supreme Court’s decision from yesterday. I was saddened to hear what the ruling was, but I wasn’t surprised in the least. We live in a world that rejects God whenever it can, so to have the highest court in our nation say it is wrong to prohibit homosexuals from being legally married shouldn’t shock anyone. The prophet Jeremiah says it so simply: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9, KJV). He goes on to say that God gives to “every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings” (Jer. 17:10, KJV; cf. Rev. 20:11-15; 1 Sam. 2:3). While it is the responsibility of the faithful to stand for truth, God will ultimately judge each individual that has ever lived. It would be easy for … Keep reading!

Hour after lonely hour…

While I am generally content to spend long stretches of time by myself, at heart I greatly desire human companionship and interaction. This has been driven home to me quite forcefully the past two nights. Being at work with little to do for my actual job has the benefit of having time to write, but it’s sad at the same time–and, if I may be so bold, a little creepy. I’m used to most or all of the ambient noises, but being alone isn’t all that fun. This experience reminds me of Genesis 2:18 and Hebrews 10:24-25, just to list a couple of verses. Man was made for fellowship. Marriage is perhaps the ultimate expression of fellowship as the husband and wife become one flesh. Marriage is also to represent the relationship between Christ and the church (Eph. 6:22-33), and I highly recommend it. I have been blessed and enriched beyond … Keep reading!

One night down…

Hey there, sports fans! I’m coming to you live from Iowa with a breaking news update: I have finished my first overnight shift. I feel incredibly blessed to have had my first night of this schedule be on the night when Daylight Savings Time goes into effect. One of my coworkers mentioned that I will probably have to use one hour of vacation time to compensate for only being physically on-site for seven hours, but I’d say it’s worth it. I managed maybe three hours of sleep last night before coming in, a huge help. I’m still tired right now and pretty much thinking I won’t hit the gym this morning like I’d originally planned. It’ll take a couple days to get into the swing of things. Probably the absolute worst part of all this is that I’m on a different schedule from my family. Sure, we’ll probably have a little … Keep reading!