The Greatest Feast

“You don’t think this is a silly idea, right?” “Mike, don’t forget the pie that’s going to my grandparents!” “Who wants desert?!” “Rachel, I think I just ate some ice or something in your pie…” “Why are there plastic babies in the pie….Oh my goodness! You are having a baby?!?!?!” I write these highlights fromContinue reading “The Greatest Feast”

Letting Go of Fear

As I stand on the shore of the beach and the waters of the ocean cool my sunburnt feet, I stare out into the horizon and remember an audio I love called “Bring Me To The Horizon” by Chris Brady. One sentence that Chris said in that audio has always stood out to me everContinue reading “Letting Go of Fear”

When Reality Hits

A week ago my wife and I took a two day trip and stayed near Hershey, PA. We stayed at a nice bed and breakfast on a horse farm, and we were ten minutes away from Hershey Park. We spent a day at the park and had a lot of fun. I usually don’t likeContinue reading “When Reality Hits”

The Darkest Valley

“Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.”-Psalm 23 It’s 12:45am and I was suddenly awaken from my sleep. I walked out of the bedroom to get a glass of water and started taking deep breathes. My anxiety and stress were starting to increase.Continue reading “The Darkest Valley”

Shirts For Haiti

A little over a week ago, the nation of Haiti was struck by 7.2 earthquake, which took the lives of about 2,100 people and thousands more injured. Clean-up has begun and many families are trying to pick up the pieces. A good friend of my wife and I, Tia Tannis, is a missionary for theContinue reading “Shirts For Haiti”

Switching Chapters

When people ask me “How are you doing?“, it’s really hard to describe how I’m feeling with a one word emotion. I’ve started to come accustomed to sharing this analogy. Imagine you are a writer and you give the editor you are working with a draft of your book. Now imagine that editor reading overContinue reading “Switching Chapters”

They Just Don’t Know

“Hi! Thanks for shopping with us today! How are you doing?” “Hey neighbor! Haven’t seen you around for a bit. Everything okay?” “Wasn’t your wife pregnant? How is she and the baby doing?” The hardest thing about being in the general public is that many just don’t know. When asked “how are you doing?”, IContinue reading “They Just Don’t Know”

Empty

The crib, the bassinet, the car seat, the highchair, the changing table, and our arms all have one thing in common; They are all empty. There are no sounds of our daughter crying. No diapers that need to be changed. No looking over the crib to watch Leah sleep. Nothing. It’s empty and silent. MyContinue reading “Empty”

Holding On To Hope

“Congratulations!” “She’s so cute!” “She has your eyes!” Those were phrases my wife and I were looking forward to hear, not, “I’m sorry for your loss.” “My heart breaks for you two.” “I have no words.” In three hours, our dreams and plans for our first child completely changed. On July 28th, 2021 around 2:30am,Continue reading “Holding On To Hope”