Happiness Within


The footing was a bit precarious, to say the least, as I fought to keep my balance atop our little 6-foot-high haystack on Saturday afternoon.

Howling gusts of wind threatened to knock me right off, and the ragged old tarp, which Lindsey and I were trying desperately to tie down, was causing quite the ruckus with its wild flapping. Heck, the whipping and snapping of frayed plastic was so loud, it even drowned out the goats — and believe you me, they were bleating up a storm all by themselves! Continue reading “Happiness Within”


Are You A Skier?


It was a cold, quiet winter morning.

The streets were dark, and a few frosty stars still glittered in the sky as I crunched through the snow on my way to the bus stop. I glanced up from my walking and noticed another fellow bus-patron waiting just outside the booth, checking his watch and shivering. The bus was late.

The two of us just kinda stood there together, breathing out whispy clouds of smoke and listening to the early-morning silence, when my amiable new companion piped up:

“D’you think summer will ever come?!”

Now, I realize the guy was just trying to commiserate with someone about the cold weather, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. But y’all already know how I feel about wintertime

“I dunno,” I answered. “Personally, I’m still really enjoying winter.” Continue reading “Are You A Skier?”

The Night After Christmas


Well, Christmas day has come and gone. The gifts have all been unwrapped. The fridge is full of leftovers. And to everyone suffering from the Post-Holiday Blues:

‘Twas the night AFTER Christmas, and there on the couch,
I sat with a blanket, in a comfortable slouch.

Continue reading “The Night After Christmas”


A Holiday – Gratitude Rant #22


Well, folks, tomorrow is Thanksgiving.

Lindsey and I might not be totally ready for the big day, but we’re pretty close: The girls are asleep. The pies are out of the oven. All the house is quiet. And another year’s worth of Gratitude Rants is coming to a close. Continue reading “A Holiday – Gratitude Rant #22”


Sleeping Babies – Gratitude Rant #21


I think the photo really says it all Continue reading “Sleeping Babies – Gratitude Rant #21”


Family Night – Gratitude Rant #20

It may have been 9 years ago, but I still clearly remember the butterflies in my stomach as I sat on that hard, blocky chair outside the Bishop’s office, waiting for him to call me in. Continue reading “Family Night – Gratitude Rant #20”


Photo Repositories – Gratitude Rant #19


So there I was once again, staring at my computer at the end of the day (with the clock ticking closer and closer to midnight), trying to decide what I wanted to write about. Trying to decide what I’m most grateful for today.

Like I’ve said before, my writer’s block isn’t due to a lack of blessings. It’s more just a lack of focus on my part.

So, in an effort to maybe drum up some inspiration, I decided to scroll through the archived photos on my phone. Continue reading “Photo Repositories – Gratitude Rant #19”