Husband. Father. Music and Youth Pastor. I enjoy writing as a hobby.
The Innovative Charlie Brown Christmas Special
The Christmas Season affords opportunities for many traditions. Family gatherings, office parties, caroling, Christmas Eve Services and making candy cane shaped cookies are some ways that people celebrate the holiday season. Others play it more low key and enjoy simple pleasures. One of those simple pleasures that I look forward to every year is cuddling up on the couch with the family, watching the Charlie Brown Christmas Special.
My Most Memorable Christmas
I love Christmas, so it makes sense that one of my earliest childhood memories centers around this holiday season. Christmas Eve, 1977 holds a special place in my heart.
Harvard and Homeschool
Since the beginning of the Pandemic, there's been an 11 percent increase in homeschooling. Over 5,000,000 million kids now consider home, their school base. Some grieve the change, not believing the home school option a solid educational choice. In fact, many characterized the homeschool community as anti-social and grossly out of touch when I first heard about homeschool families in the 1970's.
Side Gigs Make a Difference
If you buy groceries or fuel or anything, you've probably noticed a substantial hike in costs. News outlets report we've experienced a 5% inflationary increase in the past year. That must be fuzzy math or a common core finagling of the numbers, because I would argue that it's much higher. My wife and I have been blessed with six kids...that eat...Groceries that cost $200 just a few months ago, now range from $350 to $400. Unfortunately, that's a per week increase of up to 100%. Since my teenagers balk at fasting 3-4 days per week, I determined to make some extra money to help with grocery bills.
The Legend of Satterfield Pond
Satterfield Farm was once the garden spot of Calloway County. Folks traveled from all over the Midwest to admire their perfectly plowed fields, sculpted flower beds and prized winning cattle. Even the Amish that normally shunned the way of the "English," sought ways to emulate the corn and soybean yields produced by the Satterfield Clan. For generations, people pointed to the Satterfield property as the model family farm. But things change.
If This Coat Could Talk
I spend a considerable amount of time "treasure" hunting. I love shopping at garage sales and thrift stores, searching for items to flip for a profit on eBay or in a local flea market. I watch hours of videos following full-time "flippers," learning from them "the tricks of the trade." Occasionally, I stumble across goods they classify as BOLO's (Be On the Look Out). This isn't my full-time gig, it's a hobby and a personal challenge. Can I find things in the "wild" and make a hefty return by reselling? Sometimes, yes.
Home is Where the Heart Is
A quiet read by blazing hearth, Home is where the heart is. A place of refuge in the dark, Home is where the heart is. *****
Home is Where the Heart Is
*****This poem perfectly describes our home. With six kids, life can be pretty chaotic. Some see it as chaos; I see it as home.