Our 4th of July in pictures + 2 apologies to Francis Scott Key

The Fourth of July is one of my favorite days of the year. I love this country. In honor of our nation’s birthday, we tried to be as American as possible.

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Vacation 2013

Well, we’re back in the US-back from a week of being gloriously unplugged from Facebook, Twitter, and whatever is going on with Paula Deen. So, where were we?

Remember the Carnival cruise ship that had the plumbing problems recently? Well, while the world was thinking “EW, GROSS!”, I was thinking, “Hmmm…I bet the next cruise on that ship will be cheap!”

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How to throw a Messy Party (pictures inside)

So, my wife started a tradition a couple years ago: end-of-school Messy Party. As you will see, it is aptly named.


For those of you desiring to throw your own Messy Party, here’s my wife’s recipe. Fair warning: messy parties are not for the faint of heart…nor do they help the resale value of your home.

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Book Giveaway



First off, feel free to share this post on Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, etc.

As you may have heard (or deduced from the giant ad on the right side of the page), I wrote a book last year. If you haven’t yet, you should read it. My mom says it’s great.

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The Ebenezer wall – an Old Testament teaching tool for your kitchen


There are thousands of versions of the song “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” All of them contain some variation of the following verse: “Here I raise my Ebenezer. Here by thy great help I’ve come.” So, what in the heck is an Ebenezer? Why are we song-fully raising it? In case you don’t know (and since the song is probably going to be stuck in your head for the remainder of the day), allow me to help you avoid singing in ignorance.

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Surprise, world. We have some news to share.

Perhaps you know my wife and I personally. Perhaps know us from your casual reading of this here blog. Perhaps you know us from stalking us in your spare time. Regardless, you’ve probably gathered that we’re not normal. At all. There was a time, however, when our family was closer to “normal.” We had two kids. We drove a normal-sized vehicle. We did a normal amount of laundry. When we ate dinner, we ate sitting down. We slept sometimes. Our house was clean. We didn’t spend 10 hours per week searching for missing shoes. Or coats. Or toothbrushes. Or sanity.

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