Update on Isaiah

As word has gotten out about our week, it has gotten a bit challenging to return all the texts, messages, calls, etc. Sorry, everyone. So, I thought it might be more efficient to use this blog for one of its intended purposes: update family and friends on our little world. For those of you wondering, here’s a synopsis of our last few days:

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How to Listen to Audiobooks for free

I’m a nerd. As such, I’m a big fan of audiobooks. I’ve had a number of people ask me where I obtain said audiobooks. The fact that I rarely pay to listen to my books seems to come as quite a surprise to most people. So, since I’ve got this old blog site sitting around gathering dust, I thought I’d throw together a quick blog post for anyone interested. Here’s how I listen to most of mine:

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Donald Trump – uniter?

Well, blog readers, I had a good long run. I avoided political blog posts for a good long while. That run ends today. Sorry. You have the following statement to thank: “I’m a uniter.” – Donald Trump

Donald Trump-uniter? Are you kidding me right now?

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College Station Road Trip 2015. It could’ve gone better.

Warning: this is not my usual post. It’s long and anti-climactic. I typed it up mainly to share the story of our trip with our family. Then, I thought, “Perhaps others will get some joy from our misery.”

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How we balance life (a summary of our M.O.P.S. talk on 10/21)

2006. That was the last year anyone could possibly describe our family as “normal.” 2007 and beyond–not so much. Between June of 2007 and March of 2009, our family doubled in size from 4 to 8. All six kids of ours were under the age of six years old. Four of them were still wearing diapers. Goodbye, normal (*shameless plug* read more about that journey in my book). Not too long after, our family grew by one more. Here’s the ultra-short version of that story: our teenage neighbor found herself in a tough spot in need of a change. That change ended up being a move into our house. Hello, insanity. Our life was crazy, and we loved it. Fast forward to 2015. We now have 8 kids at home, ages 11, 9, 9, 8, 8, 6, 1, and 1 month. Our favorite teenager is living it up in College Station as an awesome Aggie at A&M.

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The Price of Proximity

Location, Location, Location.

Why is this real estate rule #1? Forget the usual reasons of resale value and such. Let’s talk about time. When you have a family as large as mine (or a family of any size, really), you quickly realize that time is your most precious commodity. When my wife and I were house hunting, we intentionally confined our search to locations that were in close proximity to my office. I now live one minute from my office. Literally. My daily commute time: 2 minutes. It’s glorious.

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5 non-parenting books that parents should read

My wife and I have 8 kids. As those of you with large families know, one thing that happens when you have a lot of kids (in addition to a higher-than-average number of awkward discussions with strangers at Walmart) is that you find yourself in the middle of tons of conversations about parenting. Throughout our conversations, it has occurred to me that many parents are unaware of the parenting wisdom that lies beyond the “parenting” section of the book store or iTunes or Kindle store. Here are 5 books I’ve run across this year that, while they contain some great parenting wisdom, won’t be found in the “parenting” section.

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