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Ode to Annie

Annie was a 4.0 student in high school, she was ambitious, personable, driven— all the things we know her to be now as well. Annie’s high school guidance counselor was disappointed when she told him that all she cared about in her future was being a mom because he had big dreams for what she […]

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Tennis, Faith and My Dad

My dad has been a part of the Iowa Men’s Tennis program for 47 years. He became the head coach the same year I was born, so for 33 straight years I have been cheering on the Iowa Tennis team. Yesterday I watched them lose a heartbreaking match 4-3 against Indiana. I clenched my teeth […]

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Stable to offer stability

I asked a high school senior what she loves about her Young Life leader who had been her leader for the last six years. She responded, “Jenna is always there and always is interested in what is going on in my life. Whatever is important to me is important to her. My friends were more […]

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Central Indiana Young Life Update

We recently held an All City Young Life club at a Pacers game. The Pacers gave us 600 tickets at a very cheap price and let us use the practice floor for a Young Life club before the game. We used all the tickets and had a wait list. We hosted some “Adult Guests” who […]

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Thoughts on how to invest time.

I don’t like the term time management but how we make decisions about what we invest our time may be the most important decisions we make. The overarching philosophy for the choices we make when investing our professional time is to be increasingly investing time in what we are uniquely created, called, or qualified to […]

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Believe in me

Do you perform better or worse when people around you show you that they believe in you? Do you want the people around you to perform their best in their chosen endeavor? Do you communicate, with sincerity, to the people around you that you believe in them? What do you need to do differently to […]

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Thoughts on Relationships

Relationship Advice: It is odd to be blogging relationship advice because I got very lucky. I met Annie, who is near perfect, and somehow she liked me and I followed her lead and 6 months later we were engaged. I am not sure that I did many things right but I did do these three […]

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Hero

Two of my heroes have no idea that they are heroes of mine. One is a retired elementary school gym teacher. The other teaches drivers ed. (His story will come later) They are two of my mom’s brothers. My maternal grandparents are aging rapidly. They are 97 and 93 (I think) and they live by […]

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Choice

When my brother Scott was a little kid he used to have near panic attacks in fear that when he gets older that he will smoke and he didn’t want to smoke. This was absurd. It was an irrational fear of course because if he didn’t want to smoke when he was older than he […]

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