The Mischievous Bright Side

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Right now I’m looking at a framed picture of Judah, my 4-year-old, which sits on my nightstand. He’s standing shirtless in front of a well-loved family pond in western NY, with his pants around his knees.

He’s peeing.

In public.

And it’s priceless.

Then my sister-in-law sends me a picture of Judah riding through a grocery store, clinging to the lower rack of the shopping cart.

No, I’m not endorsing urinating in public, or that grown adults should try to squeeze themselves under shopping carts on the next excursion for bread and milk (though, mind you, that would be great to watch).

There’s a bright side to your current situation. Whatever issue you’re dealing with, there’s some joy to be found. Finding that thing that makes you smile won’t necessarily solve your problems. Probably won’t. But since laughter is good medicine, finding the mischievous bright side may just be the thing that gets you through the day. Or the produce aisle.

Keep your eyes open.

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Going Off-Grid

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After the mad rush of getting TSR ready for print and Kindle for its September 10th release, I’m taking some time off from everything to be with the family.

If you’re the praying sort, we’d covet your prayers for a trouble free week together.

The goal is to life life intentionally in the hopes of building memories together. Distraction free, technology free, and intrusion free. While all of these can’t ever be 100% attainable, we can try.

Fly or die,

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All I Needed for Father’s Day

I captured this jewel of a moment walking in to New Life at 7:15 AM this morning for sound check. This, combined with all the handmade cards, hugs and snuggles, were all Father’s Day gifts I could have ever asked for.

To all the dads out there that are making life happen, here’s to you.

Happy Father’s Day,

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All I Needed for Father’s Day

I captured this jewel of a moment walking in to New Life at 7:15 AM this morning for sound check. This, combined with all the handmade cards, hugs and snuggles, were all Father’s Day gifts I could have ever asked for.

To all the dads out there that are making life happen, here’s to you.

Happy Father’s Day,

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Floating Lanterns and Tall Ships

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Events like this remind me why we love living in Clayton, NY and feel so blessed that God picked this community for us to settle amongst. Nestled in the 1000 Islands, a 200 year old ship in the background, and the people we love standing close, nothing could have made this Friday night more picturesque. Seemed so fitting for Luik to close out his graduation from Kindergarten today with this amazing memory.

A huge thanks to Michael Folsom who’s heart and vision for this region made all this possible. Check out his blog for the best source of news, ship movement, and seaway conditions. Follow him on Twitter.

If you’re in central or northern NY, get here. You won’t regret it.

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Video of two of Luik’s lantern launches.

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Luik waiting for his lantern to get some lift.

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Michael Folsom, the man behind the curtain.

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Grandma Jo-Jo and Luik.

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Pop-op and Luik on lantern #2.

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Me and my buddy with the Lynx in the background.

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MWIP (My Week In Pictures)

I worked 15 to 20 hour days this week. Sometimes that just happens. But I find there’s a supernatural level of grace in the midst of it, and everyone and everything that needs attention receives it. It also helps that I love everything I do, that there’s a synergistic commonality to every exploit, and I’m surrounded by amazing people. Grateful for the God of time feeling welcome in my schedule; couldn’t do it without him.

Here’s my week in pictures:

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Released a new TV ad for New Life Media featuring my kids.

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Jenny captured a great morning snuggle with Levi.

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A wonderful New Life Board Meeting, which featured my father sharing on the 30th anniversary of his head-on, mid-air collision.

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One if the top four parenting moments of my life.

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Jenny captured “The Boys” moving the fire pit to a new section of the back yard.

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On location at the new Clayton Hotel shooting a new TV ad for Bach&Co with New Life Media.

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Another great, spontaneous moment with Levi.

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Checking in on the amazing buildout of Sprig Studios at New Life.

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Q&A session with Todd Agnew and Unspoken.

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Stag left with Unspoken at New Life.

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The joy of watching Eva spontaneously read her hand-transcribed Bible to her brothers.

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My glam wife all dressed up to shoot a wedding, one of her many astounding talents.

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Congratulations to Costa & Karen, two of our dear friends.

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Humor In Hiding

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Jenny and I were looking at this family pic that made second cut from a shoot we did earlier this fall. It was just a test shot as Jenny was getting the timer settings right. But we kept it because the kids were so darn cute.

As we stared at it, little thought-bubble lines began jumping out at us. And the more we verbalized what we thought each kid might be saying, the funnier it got. And the more we laughed.

Then we opened Photoshop and couldn’t stop laughing. The end result is above.

Humor likes to hide. The deeper it lurks, the funnier it tends to be. Anyone can laugh at the superficial; but finding the truly ingenious, witty aspects of life not only brings us joy, but appreciation. Which enriches who we are as people.

Add value to the lives of those around you by discovering humor hidden in every day moments of life. It’s work, but it’s worth it.

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