“The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.” ~ Anthony Robbins My youngest child has a funny, big personality. This is us pretending to be irritated with one another. She’s a crackup.

Driving with windows open

A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache. ~ Catherine the Great For a few moments, having your hair blow around can be fun.

Boy with mountain

“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” ~ Jesus (Mark 11:23) Mount Hood in the background (I think) on our…

Climbing the train

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. ~ Nelson Mandela

Girl at the well

“Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used.” ~ Richard Byrd Zoos can be so educational.  My kids love them, but my mom is not much of a fan because she is a lifelong animal rights advocate. Thankfully, most…

Sunset in Patterson

If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God. ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton  We still miss Emma, and our hearts go out to the family who buries her today. We are sad and very tired. 

Mourning for Emma – does God care?

NO PHOTO Our friends lost their toddler Emma in a drowning this week. I can hardly think of a greater way to suffer, and such 'innocent suffering' is perhaps one of the toughest challenges to faith in a loving, powerful God. Why does God allow such things to happen? Does prayer do anything at all?…

Mourning for Emma – loving our children

A couple whom we know from church has had a terrible tragedy - their toddler Emma wandered out into their back yard and drowned in the pool. We are all horrified, and weary just from our own grief over knowing the little girl and her parents. It is hard to imagine the grief, guilt, and regret of…

Reading, writing, research

“Mere unbelief in a personal God is no philosophy at all.” ~ Albert Einstein I have six books outlined that I would like to write.  My first is about why and how people leave faith, and how they ought to explore truth and return to a more mature world view in the end rather than…

July 4th child

I don’t care how poor a man is; if he has family, he’s rich. ~ Dan Wilcox This is not my kid, but this photo, unretouched, came out nicely.  

Family Fun

When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~ Joyce Brothers No, that’s not a flame thrower, that’s three sparklers.  My kids are getting bigger before my eyes. We saw Toy Story 3 this weekend – if you are a parent, you will surely shed a few tears thinking of how…

Scorched earth

Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. ~ George Washington  Here’s another shot of the burned hill near my home.  

Fire burned this patch of mountain

Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean. ~ Maya Angelou  I took this shot in the afternoon, so it’s kinda hard to see that this hill is blackened from fire.  We get grass fires every year, which makes for interesting scenery – you can…

Fields of dandelions and purple flowers

“The miracles of nature do not seem miracles because they are so common. If no one had ever seen a flower, even a dandelion would be the most startling event in the world.” ~ Unknown I wish I could bring up the purple flowers in this – in person, it looked real nice.  Check out…