Swimmers, you’re being watched

My two oldest kids swim for the Loomis Basin Dolphins.  Since I wasn’t a swimmer growing up it has taken me a while to learn the ins and outs of how this whole swim team thing works.  It’s a whole different culture with its own unique language and norms.  This year though. I’m fully in. Continue reading “Swimmers, you’re being watched”

Things I learned at local high school film festival

Sunday was the 2nd annual Northern California Media Educators (NCME) Media and Film Showcase.  It’s an opportunity for media, film, and broadcasting students from the region to submit some of their best work to be judged by industry professionals.  Five of my students and I made our way to San Juan High School for theContinue reading “Things I learned at local high school film festival”

Conceive

A sermon at Emmaus in the middle of a series on the Apostles’ Creed called “Creed: What Christians Believe and Why it Matters.” There’s a church in New Jersey called Nassau Church.  It sits on the edge of a college campus along this busy downtown street.  You walk from the street outside, up the wideContinue reading “Conceive”

I beat him again – but not really

Yesterday was my 10th year in a row running the California International Marathon.  It runs from Folsom through 6 different cities on its way to the steps of the Capitol Building in Sacramento.  In previous years, there’s been major rain or freezing winds, but yesterday’s weather was perfect – high 40s at the start andContinue reading “I beat him again – but not really”

I can only hold 5 acorns

Bracken and Carson were practicing soccer, Cormick was climbing around on the playground, and Anders was contemplating life, limitations and priorities under the oak trees. I stood and watched our 18 month old gathering acorns for about 30 minutes.  His process was simple at first.  He crouched down and used both of his little handsContinue reading “I can only hold 5 acorns”

The Greatest Week Video Contest

It’s Homecoming week at Del Oro, and it’s huge.  Every day has a different dress up theme (doctors vs. patients, blast from the past, alarm didn’t go off, etc.) and students and teachers go all out with their costumes.  Every night this week students are at school until about 10pm building floats for the paradeContinue reading “The Greatest Week Video Contest”

Those creepy little pictures

I got my school pictures a few weeks ago.  I’m never sure what to do with these.  You’ve got the massive 8×10 that your grandma used to hang on her wall – this was cute when I was 10 but probably a little weird now that I’m 37.  You’ve got the two 5x7s that mayContinue reading “Those creepy little pictures”

A story about a fridge

This past Sunday I had the opportunity to share a story about a refrigerator magnet conversation I recently had with my kids.  The room was beautifully chaotic as families and friends (some as young as 2 weeks and others as young as 80+ years) enjoyed breakfast together.  Check out the story and the pics ofContinue reading “A story about a fridge”