This was our Thanksgiving dinner. What a party! A full day celebration of food, family, and fun. If your day was half as awesome as ours, you’re certainly blessed.
Daughter: Why do you love this photo so much?
Me: Because it is exactly how I feel.
I suppose I would have fallen into the same popular opinion, soliciting the government to send Syrians back to their homeland. That seems to be the response to the Paris bombing and the current refugee crisis. But refusing these refugees would be a total reversal of American idealism and, worse, a huge fail of tremendous opportunity.
Comparison Sheet of the Three Main Speech and Debate Leagues
I know, the year has barely begun, but I’m already planning ahead for next year. I updated this important spreadsheet comparing NSDA, NCFCA and Stoa leagues. You may download a PDF or access the live document here. Enjoy!
If you have ever encounter a “crisis” pregnancy – as a young girl, as her boyfriend, or as a friend or relative who cares — you will find Wendy’s testimony very encouraging. She gave this speech at the annual fundraising banquet for the pregnancy center that counseled her 32 years ago.
My wife, Wendy, speaks tonight in Pine City, Minnesota, for the Pregnancy Resource Center’s yearly fundraising banquet. It is the center she received counsel when she was a 14-year-old pregnant girl. It’s not a past she likes to speak about, but it is quite the remarkable and encouraging story.
My parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary yesterday. About a hundred guests showed up to celebrate their monumental date, most of them relatives. This picture is by far my favorite:
A friend of mine spent a good deal of time trying to explain to me why he didn’t like the selfies I post. He packaged it as a cultural analysis of sorts: it was reflective of bad parenting, a self-centered culture, and a litany of other negative things. I just know he’s going to hate this one I posted yesterday:
Did you or your parents strive to make the perfect family? Ridiculous as it sounds, I relate to the initial desire. I have found much more joy in stumbling across imperfection.
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