God’s Underdog

December 5, 2012

I always want to be God’s Underdog. You know, the one that is the long shot, like David with Goliath. What I love about being the underdog is it is all God, and He gets the all the glory. “…For my strength is made perfect in weakness…”(2 Corinthians 12:9). I got the opportunity today to […]

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The Pure in Heart

November 9, 2011

We have noticed a few things in our kids of late.  One is that they are praying for God to make them obedient, and they are praying for us more.  Another is that they have been crying more, not your “I want that” or “He hit me” kind of crying (though we get plenty of […]

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Celebrating Marriage and Family

October 14, 2011

“Stop living real easy and start living real life.” – Lamplighter Theatre (Hedge of Thorns) When we began even the planning stages of the 50 State Challenge, we knew it was not just about a big family trip.  We love being married and we adore our kids; we wanted to somehow, in some small way, […]

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Failing Forward

September 23, 2011

Driving across the great state of Texas with our day drawing to a close and the outside air temperature at 105 degrees, we made the executive decision to stay in a hotel. I found one that was very reasonably priced and had a clean room, though the room was a bit small. When we stay […]

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A Family Affair

September 6, 2011

I love how God keeps putting us where we need to be, in His timing. We are ahead of our original itinerary due to being driven onward by bugs and weather. There is enough time in our schedule now to visit with family and hit Florida and Louisiana during this last leg of the trip. […]

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Counting the Cost (July)

August 11, 2011

July is behind us and we are a 1/3 of the way through this leg of our journey. Join us as we look at the facts and count the costs of our 50 state challenge. July Stats 18 States Visited, 4807.5 Miles Driven, 4 Hotel Nights, 6 Restaurant Meals The Cost (Financially Speaking) Food – […]

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Dying to Self

August 4, 2011

Our story is about a family of seven with five little kids setting off on a challenge to see and adventure in all 50 states, making family the adventure and relationship the journey. This is only our story, our message is much much more. The following two passages of scripture are our message: Malachi 4:5-6 […]

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July 26, 2011

As we planned this trip, we knew we would have and even prayed for suffering, for Romans 5 states “…we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope: And hope does not disappoint; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost […]

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Adventures in Storytelling

June 27, 2011

Do you want to know one way you can become the hero in your family? It is really easy. All you have to do is become a storyteller and not a professional one either. Your kids long to hear you tell stories about your life growing up, great stories you’ve been exposed to, and stories […]

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The Life That Got Us Here – Part 2

June 24, 2011

Financial Peace – Dave Ramsey got it right.  We had been having layoffs for a while; so, when I got the call to come to my manager’s office, I had a clue.  But imagine this if you can, Jodi and I are debt free but the house, we have 6 months worth of expenses saved […]

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