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A little late for resolutions…

Me & my girls at the Mt. Tabor New Year's Eve Bash

Well, it’s a new year.  It’s time to start reflecting on the past year and to think about the year to come.  2011 was very eventful and exciting for me, with the birth of my first son, Jack, and starting school at Taylor University…there were definitely a lot of ‘ups’ and a few ‘downs’ too, but all in all, it was a good year.  I can’t wait to see what 2012 holds for me and my family, and where God will lead me next!

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The thorn of my flesh

I have suffered with psoriasis since I was about 9 (that’s about 17 years for those who are counting), and it is the thorn in my flesh.  It has caused me a great deal of pain and embarrassment over those years, and, despite lofty and expensive efforts, I have yet to find any sort of effective solution to the “problem”.  Perhaps, however, I’m not meant to find a solution at all.  Perhaps this is one big, red, itchy, painful, disgusting blessing in disguise.

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Save the drama for your mama!

OK, so he doesn't only chomp on boobs...

Like most men, I happen to think boobs are pretty awesome.  Unlike most men, it’s because of their natural, God intended purpose.

Before Jack was born, my wife and I decided that he was going to be breastfed.  We decided this for a number of reasons.  1) it’s free, 2) it allows you to use boobs the way God intended them to be used, and 3) it’s free…oh yeah, I already said that.  So far, it’s been an excellent experience that has opened my eyes to a lot of things, such as why the world doesn’t want you to use boobs for food, and just how quickly the corporate world, and hospitals, will throw you and your children under the bus in order to make a buck.

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Who cares if I spend 6 bucks on a cup of coffee?

Public discussion of personal finances | Think Christian.

I just read this article on Think Christian and thought that it was pretty interesting.  Do you ever go through your budget and spending habits only to find that you spend a lot on frivolous and unnecessary things?  I know I do.  My wife and I have done a lot of budget cutting over the last couple of years due to uncertainty at work, and over the last year, mainly due to several lifestyle changes, we’ve been pretty critical of our own vices and have been actively cutting out our waste.

We started with things like cigarettes and alcohol, because they were so obviously detrimental to our health and the health of our children, as well as being expensive.  Cutting those habits saved a buttload of money, but we’ve continued examining our spending habits and cutting out unessential things.  We’ve cut back on trips to Wal-Mart, which were made seemingly on a daily basis before because it is so close to our house.  We did this with the combination of planning ahead and avoiding altogether.  The discount store ALDI has helped tremendously (but the tornado that destroyed it did not help much). Continue reading

The Dedication Dump.

From left: Amanda with Steven Jr., Melanie, Morgan, Me

All three of my children were dedicated to the Lord at Mt. Tabor Church of God today.  The experience was unforgettable, but not in the way that you’d expect.  Y’see, our Baptisms were unforgettable as a spiritual experience and a turning point in our lives, but this moment, however, will forever be engrained in my mind because Steven Jr. crapped…big time. Continue reading