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A Treelot Christmas

28 Dec
December 28, 2015

Caleb, Noah and Zachary were all in this year’s children’s Christmas choir and the performance of “A Treelot Christmas” at our church on Christmas Eve!

Micah and Caleb have YouTube channels

08 Sep
September 8, 2015

Micah and Caleb both launched YouTube channels this past week; they’ve been wanting to for a while now as an outlet for their hobbies. Fun stuff! Here they are:

You can find Micah’s channel here.

You can find Caleb’s channel here.

Because Skateboards

17 Jul
July 17, 2015


Caleb tried something out on his skateboard. Awesome is worth the risk. His brothers all think he’s ‘a real man now.’ Sheesh!

Life with four boys!

No, it’s not broken. It is sprained pretty bad, and the bruising is around his growth plate, so the doctor wanted him in a splint out of precaution. He should heal up pretty quickly.

And he was already out trying something on his bike within an hour of getting home from the ER.

Biggest Loser Casting Call Front of the Line Pass Giveaway!

06 Jul
July 6, 2015

Biggest Loser Season 17

*EDIT: All passes have been given away at this time! Thanks for entering! Whether you won a pass or not, check out one of the casting calls! It’s a fun experience, and plenty of people have made the cast over the years WITHOUT a front of the line pass!

Biggest Loser is casting season 17! #‎BIGGESTseasonEVER‬ #‎BL17 The @BLCastingteam and @biggestlosernbc are letting former contestants like myself be a part of that process! Of course, I’ve loved the casting process for years now – check out my casting tips here! I have FIVE front of the line passes to give away to the casting calls and I want to make them count! These things are a BIG deal – you want to be at your best when you meet the casting crew, and avoiding hours in line is a BIG part of that!

If you want a chance at winning one of them, share the link to this post on social media with the hashtags #‎BIGGESTseasonEVER‬ and #‎BL17‬, and then drop me an email at with your name, email address and phone number (I need that info to pass on to the casting crew; I won’t be publicizing it or keeping it – once the contest is a wrap, I’m deleting them!)! It will be a random drawing!

  • The Los Angeles and Raleigh casting calls are July 11
  • Atlanta, Dallas, Seattle and St. Louis are July 18
  • Chicago, Cincinnati and New York are July 25

I only have FIVE total, so they could go fast! Good luck!

We Are Blessed

20 May
May 20, 2014

Some of you have followed our son Noah’s battle with Localized Scleroderma. We had no idea when we moved to Delaware that we would end up living a few miles from one of the few hospitals that has specialists in Scleroderma (we didn’t even know he had it back then), let alone some of the best out there. It was kind of fun learning the other day that every one of the specialists that works with Noah has been officially recognized on the Best Doctors in America list!

First Semester of Seminary Finished!

17 Dec
December 17, 2013

Well, I finished my first semester of seminary Sunday night. I learned a few things along the way … and I’m not talking about class content …

  • I’ve been out of school for 13 years. Going back was overwhelming, scary, and challenging! It definitely took a month or so to really start to feel like I was getting back in the range of student mode.
  • I learned some valuable lessons about scheduling classes. I accidentally scheduled too many at the same time which made for an insane four week period of time when all of my classes overlapped. I actually registered for more classes next semester than this one, but I balanced them better so I won’t have that kind of nightmare again!
  • In a bizarre twist, I think I’m a better student than I was in the late 90’s. Back then I did what I needed to get the grade I had to have; now I’m working harder and offended when I don’t get the grade I know I could have gotten. Weird!
  • Technology has REALLY made being a student easier! Text books are cheaper digitally, and easier to highlight and retrieve information from. Doing work from my laptop in my office, iPad here and there, and iPhone on the go has made getting stuff down in spare moments a GREAT use of time.

Being a student is strange. I’m working towards a Master of Divinity (finally). Going at a full time pace (fall semester, spring semester, summer semester), I will finish a few weeks before my oldest starts his freshman year in high school (also known as August, 2016). I’m really motivated by that milestone – once we have kids in high school and middle school, life is going to be a lot more chaotic and will continue to be so until our youngest graduates (June, 2027). It makes for a busy few years, but I think it will be a lot harder as our kids get older, so here goes!

On the plus side, I do have the next month or so off. Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet.

Remember when I was a blogger?

16 Dec
December 16, 2013

Remember when I was a blogger? Boy, those were the days …

I’ve let a lot of busyness get in the way of this past time. Probably not the best idea since this outlet is one of the ways in which I relax and unwind. The strange thing is, I’ve saved a number of drafts of posts that I haven’t made time to actually write even though the idea is dying to come out! In case you’re wondering, which you probably aren’t, that kind of thing just drives me crazy! I hate unfinished things in my posts list, unwatched shows in my Hulu list, and partially finished meals. It’s just not how I’m wired.

Anyway, I just had to get that off my chest. Someday I will reclaim my title of blogger.


29 Nov
November 29, 2012

I’m starting to feel like I can’t call myself a blogger … my posts have been so far and few between! Here are a few little random updates and excuses …

  • Between the Proof of Your Love tour and the Watoto Children’s Choir, there were a couple major events on my plate on top of my regular routine that really seemed to dominate my fall. They were both amazing, but I’m glad they’re behind me!
  • I’ve been working on a book that will be coming out with Simply Youth Ministry this spring. Needless to say, I’m very excited to have my own title (I’ve contributed chapters to other works)! Can’t wait to let you all know more about it in the months to come.
  • Micah received so many giftcards from his friends at his birthday party he was able to get an iPod Touch. Seriously? When I turned 11 I think I got some Star Wars figures and Transformers! Times have changed …
  • Our kids are getting older. Between Micah’s chess team, Caleb’s karate, and their various turns with soccer and swimming, it feels like we’re always running someone somewhere. I think our lives will spin completely out of control once we have kids in middle school (next year!) and high school. Sheesh!
  • I’ve been reading my sons the sixth Narnia book, ‘The Magicians Nephew.’ In my opinion, it and ‘the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe’ are the best in the series. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while!
  • I started slowly picking my way through a crate full of old home movies, importing them onto our computer and trying to preserve them. This is time consuming … and a BIG trip down memory lane. I’m going to need some more hard drives …
  • I have a hot date with Heather tonight to see two remastered Star Trek the Next Generation episodes on the big screen. Oh yeah, it’s gonna be awesome.

That’s all I got for now …

Dear Tooth Fairy …

12 Oct
October 12, 2012

Caleb lost his tooth yesterday … and then lost the tooth, which of course created some significant concern on his part. For whatever reason, he has always written letters to the tooth fairy – none of our other boys really do. Anyway, I got a particular kick out of this one!

Awesomeness achieved!

04 Sep
September 4, 2012

I have a short list of dream concerts I would like to attend at some point in my life. Three to be exact; two of which are U2 and Bon Jovi. I’m sure I don’t need to explain why. The other, and perhaps longest running on my wishlist?


Of course you know who they are; the Swedish duo made famous in the eighties for songs like The Look, It Must Have Been Love, Dangerous, and Joyride. They also have a couple dozen albums worth of other massively cool songs.

For my birthday, my wonderful wife surprised me with tickets to their 2012 world tour concert happening in New York this past Sunday!

Needless to say, it was awesome. Also kinda crazy to be packed in with thousands of other Roxette fans! I honestly never would have thought twenty years ago when I first (secretly – their tunes were banned at my strict missionary kid boarding school!) got hooked on their music that I would some day attend one of their concerts!