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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Smelter – I want your feedback


Cliff notes: Please do me a favor. 1. Go here: http://www.smelter.com/79cbb3a2. Click the “give feedback” button. 3. Submit an answer (or answers) to one or more of the questions I have listed. 4. Feel free to pass this along to anyone whom you feel would give interesting responses. Thanks!

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On our 13th wedding anniversary, my wife found my little black book.

I was in a rush. I left my little black notebook sitting on our bathroom counter. That night my wife saw it and began reading. She thought I had purposely left it there as a part of some well thought out romantic gesture. Wrong. I couldn’t lie. I had to tell her the truth. I had left it laying there by accident. It was a gift that she wasn’t meant to have received…yet. Argh.

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The Wood family goes to Kenya part 2: stories, photos, and the answer to the question “So, now what?”

As you might imagine, hauling our family of 10 to Kenya produced a lifetime of stories. It’s difficult to know where to start. For now, I’m going to tell you a couple stories about some of our new African friends, because our new African friends are simply amazing.

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The Wood family goes to Kenya (pictures inside)


My family and I just returned from spending a couple weeks with the people of a small rural area in western Kenya. No doubt I’ll have a number of blog posts about this trip over the coming weeks, months, and years. I have a thousand stories to tell. The trip was absolutely amazing. However, in light of recent events, I feel as though this post is as good a place as any to start:

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