The RESET Button

—Brian— I grew up a Nintendo kid. When the first Nintendo console began sweeping across the U.S., I was at the ideal age to be hooked to the adventures of Mario, Link, and all the other characters of the Nintendo world.  I remember the dangers of tripping over the cords that connected the controllers to... Continue Reading →

Wounds

—Anna-Marie— Tobin goes to school year-round.  This means that during the summer, Knox joins us on our trips to the city. We love our summers together. They are sacred days where we get one-on-one time, and we are in a place with so many things to learn and do and so much diversity and culture all... Continue Reading →

Missing Out

—Brian— Lately I’ve been thinking about stuff I have missed out on at times in my life.   Stuff from childhood, high school, college... Stuff from being married, from being a parent... Stuff from being a son, a brother, a friend... This isn’t the first time I’ve reflected back at parts of my life and... Continue Reading →

Noticing

—Anna-Marie— One of my favorite things about all the extra hours we get to have together during the summer has been watching my boys love each other. I see these moments during other parts of the year, but there is something about the summer slowdown that really allows me to breathe it in. So much... Continue Reading →

Sifting

—Anna-Marie— On our way back from a family vacation in Gulf Shores, we decided to take a little side adventure to a small town in Northern Georgia. Dahlonega, Georgia (pronounced by locals as “Duh-LON-iga”—I kept saying “DAHL-uh-nayga Nights” in my head…) is the site of the first major U.S. Gold Rush. It’s a beautiful town.... Continue Reading →

Some Thoughts on “Vacation”

—Brian— Definition #1 Vacation (noun) - an extended period of recreation, especially one spent away from home or in traveling For me, vacation has always been just as much stressful as it has been relaxing. How do I best fit the stuff in the car to maximize the room? Where do I stop to get... Continue Reading →

“And That’s Okay.”

—Anna-Marie— One morning, after dropping Tobin off at school, another mom and I pulled our cars together so we could talk and catch up. I remember the conversation so clearly. At the time, Tobin had been attending his school for almost a year, and this particular morning, this sweet mom and I were talking through our... Continue Reading →

Our New Harmony

—Anna-Marie— We’re on a little extended weekend getaway in New Harmony, Indiana. It’s a tiny town in southwest Indiana that made two attempts at Utopia. One of those lasted ten years (1814-1825) and became a very thriving, prosperous town. In fact, they received “unheard of economic success” and the town was known as the “wonder... Continue Reading →

Kicking the Bucket

—Brian— Some people develop a “bucket list," a list of things they want to accomplish before they “kick the bucket.” I’ve never made a bucket list. However, some years back, I started to develop what I called the “Anti-Bucket List.” My Anti-Bucket List was a growing list of things that I said I would never... Continue Reading →

Bookending

(Evolution of Date Night--Part 2) We wrote this one together. Brian is in orange. Anna-Marie is in green. —Brian— One area that had changed greatly with the addition of our second child, Tobin, was our morning and night routine.   With our commitment to have Anna-Marie drive two hours to take to Tobin to school... Continue Reading →

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