They Never Give Up

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“What Do You Know About Being a Hooks?” “We Never Give Up.” “That’s Right.” My kids have watched me fail. They have watched me not get chosen, and not get picked. My kids have watched me dream big, and work hard, and not one thing turn out, or work out,…

When Life is Good…

I’m Crying Again. My Kids Are Used to It. This time it’s a Kings of Leon song.  I don’t even really know why.  I’m driving Jake to his Full Orchestra concert (he plays percussion), and it feels big. And good.  And I’m proud of him.  And I’m proud he picked…

All in One Place

This is my best friend, Jody. We did not vote the same in this last election. Jody and I started a ministry together in 2012. She absolutely changed the way I see people. She transformed the way I see homeless folks, people who are dying, my kids’ teachers, and gals…

This Is My Christmas Story

This is My Christmas Story. Ordinary Mangers. A Place for Everyone. Mom’s house on Christmas Eve is packed. Cousins.  Kiddos.  Aunts and Uncles. Extended families.  New boyfriends or girlfriends.  New babies.  It has been going on for decades.  We all show up with food and presents and wine and beer. …

Jesus Failed Me

I Find the Genie in the Lamp. “I want 100 bucks!!!” There are 100 Male Deer Surrounding Me. My Faith Feels Like an Old Cartoon. Jesus failed us this year.  I’m not really sure what to do with this situation.  But He did and He knows it. So, here we…