Category: Family

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 […]

Two boys, shrimp, and stars

June 2nd, 2013, No Comments

I recently made a routine analysis of my kitchen. (Of course I make a routine analysis of my kitchen; don’t you?) In it, I discovered these items, still usable, but approaching that magic “throw it out” date: Baby carrots Potatoes Lemons Green beans Corn So, I thought, what can I make that would use all […]

It’s Warm Enough For Mud

March 14th, 2013, No Comments

Today the outdoor temperatures got to nearly 75F/24C. The boys had this idea to go play with their “streams”. Here’s one of the cleaner moments: I had set up an old pipe and a hose, with the water coming slowly out of the pipe onto a little mound of dirt. They can then use their […]

Catching the mudball

February 12th, 2013, 6 Comments

“Dad, can I bring my mudball inside?” – Jacob “Ooo, dad, I need a mudball too!” – Oliver You’d have to have been there to see how excited Jacob was about his mudball. We had been out hiking down by the creek a day after a rain, and he, well, made a mudball and carried […]

Feed / Family