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Our family has been pondering the possibility of a pet for some months now. Our children are getting old enough to be able to share in the responsibility and have brought up the subject from time to time. We all thought that a dog would be a good possibility, though Nicole and I could never […]

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Relaxation is a Skill

We enrolled our son in Kindermusik and Nicole takes him to class each week. A couple weeks ago they learned something that was new to me. Relaxation is a learned skill. It is not something that we are born knowing how to do. I recognize in myself a tendency to not allow myself to relax. It […]


Are You Making Progress on the Issues that You Care About?

One of the Kansas Leadership Center’s Civic Leadership Principles is: Our own defaults, how we would usually or unconsciously react or intervene in a situation, can be significant barriers to making progress on the issues we care about. There is a lot to be said for this principle as well as the others in the […]

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Fruitfulness: How long do you wait? (4 of 4)

Last week, I had a series of posts about fruitfulness. As I have thought more about this topic, I wondered, How long do you wait? How long do you wait: before naming that you have been busy and not bearing fruit? to make a change? to celebrate fruit that is being born? before checking something […]


Family Time and Baby Preparation

The past few days have been full of baby preparation and family time. My parents traveled from Hutchinson to be with us for Hutchinson. Nicole’s parents and sister were planning to be here as well, however they were not able to make it due to a death in the family. We were blessed to be […]

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A Point of Clarification on Buying a Home

Nicole and I are in the process of purchasing a house here in the Kansas City area. Last week at Kansas West Annual Conference we began sharing the news and had several questions come up. Question: Did you buy a house? Answer: Yes. Nicole and I have put in an offer, been accepted and will […]

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Home Buying

Nicole and I have started down the journey of looking for a home to purchase. It seems to be a good time to buy and we have received numerous comments about it perhaps being a good idea. It is not easy to predict how long we may be here in the area. We plan to […]