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Pets and Kids, Good Idea or Bad?

Back in 2010, Lindsay and I decided to look for a dog. We had been married for almost 2 years at that point and were no longer renting. It was a glorious day when our search for a Boston...

Eyes: A Children’s Board Book

The story behind the pages When our daughter was first learning to talk she started with just a few words. One of those was “eyes”. And not only was she able to say it she would point them...

Recharge and Refresh – Lake Harmony, PA

Taking time to plan breaks in working is incredibly important for any family or creative individual. For me, those breaks usually take the shape of time spent outdoors. We were fortunate to get some time in July to spend...

Never Say No?

“Really?! Never say no? Like that will ever work.” Maybe you thought that same thing as I did when I first read the title. But then wait I want to “raise big-picture kids” like the subtitle suggests. Plus, if...

Dad’s Hat (no, not the whiskey)

This past weekend I spent most of the day outside enjoying the sunny weather by the lake. I made the mistake of forgetting to apply sunscreen regularly and got a nice painful burn on my face and shoulders....