10 Observations from Escape to the Lake 2016

A few weeks ago our family attended our third Escape to the Lake (ETTL). What is ETTL? We all laugh about that question because it’s actually kind of hard to describe. Is it a conference? Is it a camp? Is it a retreat? Is it for artists or fans? Kids, families, or singles? Is it for […]

At Foundling House: The Beauty of Dependence

Hey friends, One of my favorite things to write about is how I grow from my experiences in nature. Today I’m at musician Adam Whipple’s literary site, Foundling House, sharing how nearly falling off a mountain brought clarity to my search for beauty. Enjoy some pics from our trip, then click on the title below to […]

A Thing of Beauty

In my pre-teen years, I was a motivated babysitter. I’d make up games, run around in the yard, and clean up the house—determined to earn every dollar. It was never much in the early 1990s, but still I was excited to get my little stash of folded bills when the parents came home. After one […]

Nothing New Under the Sun: What Has Meaning?

So I’ve been reading Ecclesiastes lately. Amazing little book smack in the middle of the Bible. And a couple of verses have been dancing around in my head. Ecclesiastes 1:2 Meaningless! Meaningless! says the Teacher. Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless. 1:9 What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is […]