It Was Mom

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there!

I would like to pay tribute to my amazing mother – the biggest influence, example, and inspiration in my life. She has made me the woman that I am today, and I owe everything I am to her.

She spends her life serving her family and everyone else around her, devoting all the time and energy she can muster.

Since I was a child, she has taught me the importance of service, a sense of humor, knowledge, strength, and faith.

She is my mentor, my confidant, my comforter, and my best friend.

I love you, mommy. Happy Mother’s Day.




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May the Fourth Be with You!

Obi Wan Kenobi

Obi Wan Kenobi

May the fourth be with you!  I know, it thoundth like you’re lithping.

Thanks to one of the coolest movies ever, nerds and wanna-be nerds can rise up every May 4th, become an honorary Jedi Knight, and greet the world with Obi Wan’s power-promoting mantra.

Yes, we celebrate the day in our house in the very best way possible – with food.

All in the name of Star Wars, here’s the actual spread we put out every year (give or take a few items) for your ridicule or enjoyment.  In either case, have fun with it. Continue reading

Progress, Not Perfection


“Perfection is not necessary to make a real and lasting difference to other people’s lives.”
J.K. Rowling

My daughter Ashley is not only a lover of literature, art, and history, but she is also a fan of science. In her letter to me this week she said she was looking up at the night sky (again) and pondering how cool the universe is and her own problems on becoming better.

She said, “I was thinking a lot this week about how God does not require perfection of us, but progress. Sometimes we get caught up thinking that we need to do things Right, or accomplish things Perfectly, all the while forgetting that God just wants us to Do.  He requires that we Try.  He’s looking for the Effort.  Yes, we should shoot for the ideal, but when we fall short (and we will), we shouldn’t get down. We should pick ourselves up and move on because any little progress is still progress.”

I agree.  The effort that God is looking for is simply to become a little better today than you were yesterday. Sure, we’ll make mistakes.  Of course we’ll stumble a little, but all He asks is that we keep dusting ourselves off.  Keep trying.  Keep overcoming.  “It’s the progress we make,” she said, “not our current state, that determines how God judges us”.

It’s not about perfection. It’s about progressing.

But that’s hard.  How do you progress always?  How do you improve every day?  Sounds improbable.  Even, impossible.  But is it?  This is where Ashley made a great connection with our Progress being tied to a complicated physics lesson that I had to share with you. Continue reading