My (First) Journey to Walnut Valley

January 2018: late night at a Steak n' Shake in Ft. Wayne hanging out with Doug, our dear friends and mentors Ted and Donna, and their family...Ted (the 2010 National Champion) says casually "Hey, you should go compete at Winfield"...at…

When God says “Hold My Beer”

Facebook reminded me today that I made a very special trip a couple years ago. Let me set the stage: 9/4/16 – Doug was recovering from TWO MONTHS off work from pneumonia. He was barely well enough to be left…

Gratitude

I’m 36 today. Some people don’t like to make their age public – I’m not one of them. Every year is a gift that I’m grateful for and I see no reason to be ashamed of the life that God’s…

An Unexpected Surprise...Several Actually

Oh my neglected blog! I haven't updated this in two months - and what an AMAZING two months it's been!

I could do an entire blog just on our trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park - Doug…

A Bit of our History (Anniversary Reminiscing)

If you're interested in our background here's a fun blog post for you! On 6/12 we celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary (yay us!)...but we've been together much longer than that:

Our wedding was in 2004 but we started a…

Requirements and Assumptions

I had a conversation recently with someone who is trying to determine what their life really ought to look like. As we discussed the details I realized they were unconsciously writing off some of their most important desires. Life will…

Stretching

I've read a lot of success / self-help books over the years. Some better than others. Many talk about the idea of stretching like a rubber band. If you've never heard it, the gist is that when you stretch a…

My Certificate of Authenticity...AKA: Mistakes

I want to be better - add more complexity to my music, think up more exciting ways to play a familiar song, and have higher accuracy with fewer stinker notes! But I'm not "better" I'm where I am: stuck playing…