Life Is Short. God Is Good.

Today, I should be texting my sister, “Happy Birthday”. Today, I should be eating cake and ice cream. Today, should be the day my sister, Kelly, turns 46. My sister, Kelly, left this “home” on January 9, 2001. Her life was taken short from a rare disease called, “Wegener’s”. Kelly was only 25. My children …

Why Is It Called A “Honeymoon”? You’ll Be Surpised!

Patty and I have now been married for 29 years. WOW! On our honeymoon, we traveled to Orlando, and enjoyed time with each other, and hung out at the theme parks. Patty has learned, I’ve always enjoyed learning the origins of words and phrases. There’s just something about knowing the backstory that has always fascinated …

An Inspiring Swim Around Mackinac Island

Sometimes, the craziest ideas lead to the best of times! I’ve gotta say, the Mackinac Island Swim seemed crazy, and to over 230 swimmers, it was the best! Eric Hansen, along with Jon Vos, had an idea to swim around the island. This was to be a fun swim, not a timed event, and to …

Goodbye To A West Michigan Pastor, and Friend

Sometimes, I plan to write a blog. Today wasn’t one of those days. But, circumstances have brought me to writing. Today, I woke up to the news that a friend, Worship leader, and neighbor, Pastor Ken Reynolds, was in need of prayer. I wasn’t sure what the need was, but knowing that he needed prayer …

Olympic Heartbreak In Tokyo

I love the Olympics. As a runner, I can appreciate the training, and discipline, that it takes for the spirit of competition. (On a much smaller scale of course) So when I hear of a heartbreaking story, like the Netherlands Womens Cycling Team, it breaks my heart. Annemiek van Vleuten crossed the finish line with …

God Sees You As An All Star!

When I was a kid, I collected baseball cards. I would save my money, go to the store, and grab a pack for 25 cents, in hopes of getting the card of an All Star baseball player worth some big money. Very rarely did that happen. It seemed like my baseball card pack was filled …

Do Something Ultra

What you’re about to read will sound ultra crazy. It kind of is, and kind of isn’t. To me, it’s ultra amazing. It’s called, an Ultra Marathon. By definition, an ultra marathon, also called ultra distance or ultra running, is any footrace longer than the traditional marathon length of 42.195 kilometers. Becca Joyner, from West …

Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are About To Experience Turbulence

Recently, I had to catch an early flight. Early as in, be at the airport by 3:45am. 3:45am was the easiest part of my flight. I got my seat, buckled in, and was ready for take off. The dark sky was beautiful as I overlooked the city. It reminded me of fireflies flickering in a …

Sometimes You Just Need To Move The Tomato Plants

My wife, Patty, loves to plant her flowers. She waters them, cares for them, prunes them, and they grow. Except last summer. Something was wrong. Her tomato plants just didn’t grow as they had in years past. She was doing the same things, but something just wasn’t right. Yes, we did get a small cop …

A Simple Idea To Change Someone’s Day

It was the fall of 2018, and my son, Sammy was living in Finland. My wife, Patty, and I went to visit him. We had a wonderful visit, but there was one thing in particular that they didn’t do: smile. I’m not exaggerating when I say that they don’t smile. In fact, in most European …