July 18, 2019

The teacher’s comments section on my report card recorded the same words year after year, “Kristen is a nice girl, but she talks too much.”  Those who know me probably won’t find that hard to believe because I’ve never been the quiet girl in the corner.  However, your...

March 6, 2019

You would never know by looking out my window that we are supposed to “spring forward” this weekend.  The recent sound of the snowplow scraping the side of the road along with the chunky clumps of snow being blown off the trees makes it hard to believe winter is going...

May 23, 2018

I couldn’t help but feel a little nostalgic as I tuned into the coverage of the latest Royal Wedding.  My thoughts reminisced back to watching Charles & Diana’s nuptials over thirty years ago.  The carriage, the castle, and thousands of well-wishers who lined the stree...

January 28, 2018

Today's blog about commitment was borrowed from a very well written piece by our daughter Carley, and was posted back around Christmas time.  We couldn't have said it any better, so with her permission, we are passing it on to you in it's entirety.  Enjoy!...

October 25, 2017

We each put our muck boots on and headed down the path to one of our favorite spots – a small creek that is about a quarter mile from our house.  This is no ordinary path that’s cut out and easy to follow.  If you know anything about Kristen and me, you know that we lo...

August 25, 2017

Situated twenty-seven stories high in downtown Grand Rapids is a sophisticated restaurant with expansive panoramic views of the beautiful Grand River and the surrounding cityscape.  It is appropriately deemed fine dining and delivers an upscale, yet romantic, intimate...

July 15, 2017

As family and friends gathered in our kitchen before a meal, my wife pointed to the paper plates on the counter and explained this was ‘standard operating procedure’ in our home since we don’t have a dishwasher.  One guest stated that he has made a practice of not usin...

May 30, 2017

My pastor tells the following story about Mabel Jean, an elderly woman in his congregation, who requested a visit regarding her upcoming surgery. “I prayed, asking God to bless the doctors, comfort Mabel Jean and help her return to full health. But afterward, Mable Jea...

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