Grow up, but don’t grow past…

When you’re little you think growing up means growing on, growing forward, growing past… But here’s the thing, all those times they said don’t grow up too soon, they didn’t mean don’t grow in ambition, in personhood, in character, or in purpose…even if that’s what your rebellious heart heard at the time.  When they said…

Getting as Close to the Truth as Possible 

I’m prepping for the shortest talk I’ve given in a long time. Probably about 8 minutes for me and the same for my sister. I just spoke for 6 hours in one day last week so this should be easy. But it could also become one of the more important talks I give. Or not….

The Essential Facts of Life

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life.” -Thoreau The essential facts of life are so simple. Painfully simple. We can hardly stand to confront them. It is easier to add noise and diversions than to come to terms with these facts. It’s more…

Better things to do

You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way. I’m not saying that you’re your own worst problem, but what I am saying is:  You are smarter than you claim, You are standing in your way, and  You know better.  So stop it, ok? Seriously, just stop. I firmly believe…

The Well-Loved Kitchen 

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, our Airstream has the heart of a giant. I love that about her.  Compared to her 31′ length, the kitchen counter spans 12 and a half feet, but the cooking space doesn’t stop there. We were intentional about our creative / cooking space stretching to the…

Love and Duty 

Duty causes us to do things well, love causes us to do things beautifully. There are so many things I could say about this quote [attributed to Zig Ziglar, although I’m not sure he was the first one to say it.]  On this Memorial Day, I am starkly reminded that I know nothing of duty….

Math only works with numbers 

I’m currently somewhere over the middle of the country heading from meetings in Houston to meetings in Chicago. The Airstream is currently somewhere between new sink and plumbing and new bed and curtains…. It kills me to not be there, putting on the finishing touches. Even more so, not sharing in the sweat equity required…

Short-term Goals

Every time we round the corner and see her my heart skips a beat with possibilities. Can you seriously love metal this much? Though I’ve been pining after all the fabulous rigs and travel destinations online for years, I know that the Airstream is only half of it. It’s not just the shiny polish or…

Last Years Resolutions 

2015 simply had to end. It isn’t possible for a year to hold any more life than this one has….but I’ll be damned if we don’t try. Cramming the best possible changes and adventures into one single year is hardly fair to the years that follow, unless we resolve to make them just as grand….

Merging Kitchens

I have had this inexplicable sense of assurance that we were going to spend our whole lives together from our second date. So when we got engaged in March, of course I was overjoyed, but by that time we were already living out complete commitment to one another so I wasn’t sure what our wedding…

Goodnews / Badnews

Why do people say, “I have good news and bad news” and always start with the good news? Starting with the good news, means ending with the bad news. And I for one, am never in favor of leaving a bad taste in people’s mouth. So, yes. We have good news and I’m starting with…

First Meal / Second Date

This is my all-time favorite food photo. While it isn’t a great photo in terms of composition or foods cooked, this is my favorite photo because this was the first meal we ever cooked together. On our second date…. The long story short is we were introduced by Adam’s childhood friend, who quickly became my…