Free Family Turkey Trot II


Oops we did it again!! Last Thanksgiving we had an idea and now it’s annual event. I started receiving emails for all of the local races so I thought I better start spreading the word that we will indeed host our second annual Free Family Turkey Trot this year. Despite the cold weather, last year was a success and great time for all. Here’s a quick look at some of the fun!

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We’ll finalize details in the coming weeks, but I wanted to get the word out as early as possible before you decide to make those payments to another race. We will also again accept canned food donations if you feel led. It’s not a requirement. For all of the latest details, keep an eye on our official facebook page –

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6 Things My Kids Need For School

Here we are again. Where did the summer go? Maybe you’re getting ready to send your first born off to school. You might be sending your oldest to college. Maybe you homeschool and you’re ramping up for another year. Wherever this post finds you, I thought I might share the 6 things that I firmly believe my kids need before they start school. These 6 things are part of that “hill I will die on” I often refer to. I know each child and home is different, so take these for what they are worth. Here we go…. 1. R-E-S-P-E-C-T … Continue reading 6 Things My Kids Need For School

The Greatest Lesson My Dad Ever Taught Me

Fathers Day is this Sunday. How do you possibly honor your father for all he has done? Especially when you are a father now and know the requirements of the job. Today I wondered what the greatest lesson my father ever taught me was. The answer was simple and it took very little thought. Before I get to the answer, let me give you some other thoughts. Now that I am older and a home and auto owner, one of the greatest regrets is that I didn’t pay closer attention when my dad would work on the house and cars. I … Continue reading The Greatest Lesson My Dad Ever Taught Me

Dancin In The Minefields

On June 14th, 17 years ago, remarkably, Heather Anderson said “I do” and we’ve been dancin’ in the minefields ever since. Even after 4 years of long distance dating, we had no idea what we were getting into. On that day we didn’t know we’d eventually be parenting a boy and two girls. Heather didn’t realize she’d be parenting two boys and two girls (because I still haven’t grown up). We didn’t know about mortgages, debt, jobs, and all that life would throw at us. We just knew we loved each other enough to make the whole thing official. There … Continue reading Dancin In The Minefields

Knots In Your Rope

We arrived home safely last night after a week in the Outer Banks. In case you missed it, I covered why this trip was important (HERE). I also gave a mid-week update of some of the not-so-brilliant moments (HERE). It was an incredible week on so many levels. I once again was reminded who I am on the Outer Banks of North Carolina (AKA – Gods Country). My wife is a runner and I jog at a pace just a tick above walking so we typically map our various mileage routes when we arrive in OBX. One route we mapped … Continue reading Knots In Your Rope

These Eyes

  Today we celebrate 11 years that these eyes have been a part of our lives. It’s going too fast. Way too fast. These eyes captured me the first time I saw them These eyes ushered in being the father of a daughter for the first time These eyes teach me about compassion, joy, sensitivity and courage These eyes scan the room, the court, the gym to make sure I’m watching and approve These eyes have seen me fail as a dad but extended grace over and over again When these eyes lock mine, I melt In these eyes I … Continue reading These Eyes

Remembering Mom

I was standing in the grocery store a few minutes ago, looking at Mother’s Day cards. What a sobering moment that turned out to be. Tomorrow, I will pause to reflect and remember my mom. Maybe you too will “celebrate” their life while mourning the loss. When I returned home, I pulled up this excerpt of the speech I gave to honor my Mom at her memorial service. I can’t think of a better time to make it public. To all of the Mom’s out there, Happy Mothers Day. Never under estimate your impact, your role, your touch on your family. To … Continue reading Remembering Mom

Grace Week – Day One

I decided to do something new this year as we enter the week leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Because one of the greatest gifts that happened on Calvary was the gift of grace, I’m going to take each day this week and focus on that. I thought it would be good to remind myself of that amazing grace every single day. If you’d like, feel free to follow along throughout this week. A Lesson in Grace Several years ago, I received a lesson in grace and hopefully taught one as well. It was the bedtime hour and I … Continue reading Grace Week – Day One


9 years ago I launched this blog. Actually this isn’t the one that I launched. It started over on, it was named something different. Over the years it has changed and moved to where it is today. All of that really isn’t important. I bring that up because I created this blog 9 years ago to coincide with the upcoming birth of our youngest child. I thought it would be a good way to catalog all that was happening for family out of town. Today, our youngest, our “baby” turns 9 years old. When I look back over the … Continue reading “Perfect”

Dear Mom

Dear Mom, It’s Saturday, March 2nd. 4 years ago today I received that call that no child wants to receive. You fell and they were doing all they could to save your life. While those last few years were difficult for you, that last few days came so quickly. No sooner had I boarded a plane, we were all around your bed, saying goodbye. While it still hurts to type those words, I will always cherish those few moments you and I were able to share. I know you heard me. I know you shared that moment too. As we … Continue reading Dear Mom

Teach Me To Be Brave

I covered this in an earlier post, but Princess 1.0 left her first sports love just before the summer started. Pushed to the decision (we actually made it for her), she was faced with finding new things to try and learn. She had never played an organized sport. Outside of gymnastics, she had never been on a team. No soccer. No volleyball. No softball. No other sport that required her to learn the rules, the skills and compete as a team vs. another team. So why share this now? Because my middle child has taught me how to be brave.  … Continue reading Teach Me To Be Brave