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Goal Post

On November 28, 2014 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the Rensselaer Central Bombers won the Class 2A State Championship in football. It was the first High School championship for Rensselaer in any sport. You can read the news articles about the records that were broken. You can find the box score elsewhere online to get a look at the stats. I will tell you though, the final was Rensselaer Central 45, Evansville Mater Dei 21. Rensselaer seemed to be…

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The Month of Christmas

To say that my wife loves Christmas is an understatement. We had our tree up before Thanksgiving this year and usually have it up 4-5 weeks before Christmas. She really gets into the decorating, the baking, the music and, of course, the shopping. Less so the shopping than the other parts of it but she enjoys an annual excursion for the black Friday deals. I play the role of the supportive husband. I’ve grown to like having the decorations up…

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Just Imagine

One of the things I love about home school is how it helps our kids be creative. Our younger two kids like to draw. I was in the office, where our kids have school, and found this picture of “Charly”. Apparently my children have a bunch of friends whom I have never met. I don’t recall having imaginary friends when I was young so they must get it from my sister. She had a whole imaginary family. I think they…

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Over Deliver

I’ve been to many conferences, seminars and training sessions in my career. Very few provide the impact I hope it will. Most are beneficial in some way and I try to find a key take-away from them all. Many also provide good networking opportunities. Recently, I went to Kent Julian’s Speak It Forward Boot Camp. This event provides a great professional development opportunity and helps me both personally and professionally. I find great insight from this conference in becoming a…

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Difficulty in Discipline

Parenting is a difficult task that includes difficult decisions. We want our children to grow up to be responsible adults. Sometimes, in that process, discipline is required to try to insure that happens. It is important that our children learn to be responsible and tell the truth. Recently, one of our children failed to keep their room clean. This was what you might call an “epic failure” of room cleanliness. But it wasn’t only the lack of keeping the room…

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Dealing with Disruptions

There was a story about a load of 12,000 jars of mayonnaise that was on the Titanic en route to Mexico. You know how they love their mayonnaise in Mexico! So when the ship sank, it took all 12,000 jars of mayonnaise with it. The Mexicans were so distraught over the loss that they dedicated a day of mourning over this event. We now know it as “Sinko de Mayo”. Of course this isn’t a true story. However, it made…

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Forced Intentionality

Being a homeschool family, we get to participate more in our children’s education. This year, I read through Where the Red Fern Grows with our youngest son. This has been a quality experience of spending time together and enjoying a great story. For those few minutes each night, we get to wander off into the woods and go ‘coon huntin’. For those of you that haven’t read it, this book tells a wonderful story about a boy’s journey in acquiring hunting…

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Keep Grinding

Run I go out for a short run on occasion to try to stay in shape and get a little exercise. The other evening as I was out running, I found that I was more energized for the run on the second mile than I was on the first. With some endeavors we pursue, we find a similar model. When we start off on a venture it takes some doing to get things going but once we are into it…

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Miles on the Journey

250,000 Miles My Malibu hit 250,000 miles on Oct 24 at 8:48 am CST. I was driving to work into West Lafayette from Lafayette after a morning dentist appointment. I remember when I was younger and 100,000 was a big deal. This Malibu has had only two owners, my Grandma and me. It had less than 40,000 miles on it when I bought it from her. The vast majority of the miles are those traveled the 43.2 miles to work…

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7 Things Your Children Need to Hear You Say

Someone is watching you. He is three and a half feet tall, has grass stains on his jeans and answers to the name “Squirt.” Our children are born into the world looking like us. Then they start talking like us and acting like us. Is it important to consider how we talk and act? Definitely. Your kids are watching you and taking it all in. You are their example of how to act in this world. So, I am going…

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