Category: Family

Willis Goerzen – a good reason to live in Kansas

February 14th, 2015, 4 Comments

From time to time, people ask me, with a bit of a disbelieving look on their face, “Tell me again why you chose to move to Kansas?” I can explain something about how people really care about their neighbors out here, how connections through time to a place are strong, how the people are hard-working, […]

Contemplative Weather

November 16th, 2014, No Comments

Sometimes I look out the window and can’t help but feel “this weather is deep.” Deep with meaning, with import. Almost as if the weather is confident of itself, and is challenging me to find some meaning within it. This weekend brought the first blast of winter to the plains of Kansas. Saturday was chilly […]

Halloween: A Pumpkin and an Insect Matador

November 1st, 2014, No Comments

You never quite know what to expect with children. For Halloween this year, Laura found some great costumes at a local thrift store. Jacob loved his “matador” costume, with a cape and vest. He had fun swishing the cape around him. But he didn’t want to use the nice hat with a red flower in […]

The Heights of Coronado

July 4th, 2014, No Comments

Near the beautiful Swedish town of Lindsborg, Kansas, there stands a hill known as Coronado Heights. It lies in the midst of the Smoky Hills, named for the smoke-like mist that sometimes hangs in them. We Kansans smile our usual smile when we tell the story of how Francisco Vásquez de Coronado famously gave up […]


May 1st, 2014, No Comments

Me: “Goodnight, Jacob. I love you, and I always will.” Jacob: *happy sigh* “Goodnight dad. I love you too. But dad, will you love us if you go on a trip?” Me: “Of course! Even when…” Jacob, interrupting, and serious: “Dad, you should not take a train trip without me.” Me: “Jacob, I promise that […]


January 21st, 2014, 7 Comments

One week before the wedding, to Laura: “Mono won’t just clear up right away.” One week before the wedding, to me: “That’s going to need stitches.” Yes, not long before the wedding, Laura had come down with mononucleosis and I had cut into my finger with a very sharp knife while cutting bread requiring a […]

Richly Blessed

December 26th, 2013, 5 Comments

“It’s wedding week! Wedding week! Wedding week! Wedding week! Oh, also Christmas. Oh dad, it’s wedding week! I can’t believe it! It’s finally here! Wedding week!” – Jacob, age 7, Sunday “Oh dad, this is the best Christmas EVER!” – Jacob, Wednesday “Dad, is the wedding TODAY?” – Oliver, age 4, every morning this week […]


August 27th, 2013, 8 Comments

Today I have the delightful chance to write about a deep and wonderful joy. Yes, Laura and I are engaged! There are no words adequate for this kind of occasion, but there is a picture that gets close: I never imagined a person could find a friend so wonderful, a person that enjoys so much […]

A 4-year-old’s sudden interest in German monorail

August 1st, 2013, 8 Comments

Today, Oliver and Jacob heard about monorails. I showed them a wikipedia article about monorails, and it had a picture of a monorail in Germany. Oliver, age 4: I have been on that monorail! Me: Sorry, Oliver, but that monorail is in Germany. You have never been to Germany. Oliver: But I HAVE been to […]

Spring Always Comes

July 24th, 2013, 11 Comments

“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” — Louis L’Amour Last year, I wrote about the difficult times in my life and hope for future, but never really explained why. I have written little since, because there is little I can write without a bit of […]

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