April 3, 2019

I was feeling optimistic, confident, and excited to spend the day in Chicago with my family.  Traffic slowed as we neared the city which gave us ample time to stare up at the massive buildings.  We continued along the lakeshore until we found a parking spot.  It was co...

January 28, 2019

Our youngest child, Madi, may be a spitting image of her dad and possess the wittiness of her mom but one thing she has that didn’t come from either of us is her creative talent in modern calligraphy.  For being only fifteen years old, she is gifted with a level of art...

January 9, 2019

It had been a long week and I was tired from all the work involved with holiday preparations.  In my youthful naivete I used to think Christmas was a magical time filled with warm wishes and wonder, but as I’ve become an adult, I now associate the holiday more with wor...

October 26, 2018

I sat at the red light and my mind wandered aimlessly while my eyes scanned the surrounding area.  My thoughts snapped to attention when I noticed a funeral procession across the street about to begin.  I counted ten cars lined up and suddenly, it was as if one of my s...

October 7, 2018

We boarded the ferry with excitement and anticipation as we headed back to our Honeymoon location – Mackinac Island, Michigan.  Twenty years of marriage and four children had passed since we last visited the island together as a young couple.  Mackinac Island, located...

September 20, 2018

Like many Americans, I suffer from a chronic condition with side effects that can severely impact my everyday life.  It’s more common than people think yet many are unaware they have this condition and it is no respecter of persons as men, women and teens suffer equall...

August 27, 2018

One of my earliest childhood recollections is the comforting feeling of climbing into my canopy bed. I’d slide under the white eyelet bedspread and nestle under the weight of it as my mom sat on the edge.  She would pull the covers up around my neck as I recited my bed...

July 20, 2018

Did you know that 90 percent of marriage is spent calling out, “Whaaaat” from the other room? (Did you also know you can’t believe everything you read online?) All kidding aside, I can relate to this comical statement.  A few years ago, we downsized to a small house wi...

June 28, 2018

Driving across the Great Plains towards Scottsbluff in western Nebraska, my wife and I couldn’t help but stare at the awe-inspiring sight of two massive rock pillars reaching to the sky.   We eventually saw a sign pointing toward that direction and learned they were fa...

June 9, 2018

Ask anyone in my family a fun fact about me and they would say, “Kristen thinks sporting events are really social events that just involve a ball.” It’s true.  I’d rather converse than compete and since athletics involves people, I like to socialize. I drive my competi...

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