February 14, 2019

Will did not wake up well the other morning. At first he didn’t want to wake up at all, then he didn’t want to get dressed, then he didn’t want to eat, then he didn’t want to put shoes on, then he suddenly wanted to eat right as we were walking out the door, then he cried in the car because he had no shoes.

January 10, 2019

Here’s part three of three, which contains books like The Return of the King (also part three of three), some YA fiction, some theology, some history, and quite a bit more. Read on for my final fourteen books of 2018!

January 5, 2019

2018 book review, part 2 of 3!

January 4, 2019

You can’t judge a book by its cover, but maybe you can judge a year by its books? Here’s the first third of my 2018, for your reading pleasure.

November 30, 2018

Once upon a time, not so long ago, Todd did the craziest thing ever. On Sunday of last week, after fifteen months of training, he swam for 2.4 miles, biked for 112 miles, and ran for 26.2 miles, and at 10:02 p.m. — after over fourteen hours of constant exertion — he crossed the finish line amid exuberant cheers and he heard those coveted words over the loudspeaker: “Todd Watson, you are an IRONMAN!!” And then he laid down in the grass and refused to eat and all our friends thought maybe he was dying, but then he did get up and he did eat and he didn’t die and here we are a week and a half later looking back on it and it still seems just as crazy. Todd shared about the experience in his own post, but if you’re interested in hearing about it from a spectator’s point of view, here are my top ten takeaways:

October 13, 2018

We almost didn’t include Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine in our travels. Did I just cause you to spill your maple syrup in astonishment? To choke on that piece of lobster you’re eating?

October 11, 2018

Back in February, Todd and I traveled to Cancun, Mexico for a vacation with two of our closest friends, Nate and Erin. That trip boasted many a lively conversation, but perhaps one of the liveliest had to do with the topic of personal mission statements. Why such a conversation should become heated may seem strange, […]

October 9, 2018

Unlike our jaunt into Chicago, where we had a fairly clear sense of where we wanted to go, what we wanted to see, and why it was significant, we were pretty much flying by the seats of our pants when we began to venture into the Northeast region of this beautiful country.

October 6, 2018

“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,” said the very astute Robert Frost in his poem Mending Wall. I first heard that poem when I was a kid living in Illinois, and I shrugged it off both because I was young and because I lived in a place that didn’t systematically erect walls between neighbors, […]

October 3, 2018

“Beneath the stars the lake lay dark and sombre, but on its shores gleamed and glowed in golden radiance the ivory city, beautiful as a poet’s dream, silent as a city of the dead.” (quoted in The Devil in the White City) Chicago is a really cool city. The architecture and the landscaping are beautiful, […]

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