Personal Statement on Job Change

History Being a children's pastor came out of left field for me. I wasn't looking, aiming, or intending to be in children's ministry. It came while I was interning for Hayward Wesleyan Church (HWC) in...

Family Trip to Hungary

Amanda and I and our two girls, Sari and Macie, are going to Hungary to visit for a couple of weeks at the end of April and the beginning of May. I have been involved...

5 “What It Means to be a Man” Statements and 8 Marriage Anniversary Questions

This morning, my oldest daughter, Sari, who is 9 years-old, was digging through our journals. She wasn't meaning to do anything conniving, but it was a little unsettling when she walked into our bedroom...

I Just Deleted the Facebook App Off My Phone

I just deleted the Facebook app off of my phone. I'm just disgusted with it. Now, I'm not a Facebook hater in the least. I have had an account on the popular social media site since...

Why Am I Always Late?

A reflection from my journal dated: May 20, 2014 We are chronically late to school. I could share a number of reasons why, but it still doesn't excuse our constant tardiness. As I reflect, one of...

Reflections on Being a Kids Camp Counselor

For the last several years, I have directed a Kids Camp. I ran all the operations, led the staff, tried to keep everyone safe, and managed the environment and expectations of all those involved....

Overcoming Fear on a High Ropes Course

Recently we took our Youth group to a High Ropes Course in the area. One of the four groups had a student that was having some difficulty with her confidence. To put it more accurately, she...

It’s Their Hill!

Every winter I create a sledding hill of of the stairs of our deck by clearing the deck of snow and slowly creating a mound higher and higher as the winter months progress. Sari...

Reflection on a Parenting Workshop

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 8:30a - 5:00p, 21 folks gathered to engage in Dr. Kevin Leman's "Have a New Kid by Friday" parenting curriculum. This is a reflection video on the format of the...

Offending Cultures

I'm currently sitting in a coffee shop in Hayward next to a group of people talking a lot and sharing lots of stories. After the group had been sitting for a bit, another member...

“Calling People Out”

A friend of mine was sharing a story about a time (some 20 years ago) when he was at Lake Hayward Beach area (in Hayward, WI) and a mother was asking her older daughter...

Would I Recommend Climbing On Top of a Moving Train?

Back in the Spring, our family took a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. We had so much fun on this trip... especially our girls! One day, as we were riding on the...