Excellence in Education

I had the distinct privilege of announcing the names of three HCA seniors, Kaylee Barr, Edith Earnshaw, and Penny Miner, at the Kansas Honors Program ceremony on Wednesday, October 21. Our college counselor, Mrs. Katie Tassy, was also present to watch them as they walked across the stage at Spring Hill High School. HCA is…  [read the full post]

The Elementary School Mistake

Choosing a school for your young child . . . it’s a really big decision! As parents, we always want what’s best for our children. We also want to give them every possible advantage – academically, spiritually, socially. We often try to exhibit some control over what they watch, who they spend time with, and…  [read the full post]

Is There A Lesson To Be Learned From The Royals World Series Championship Team?

As my turn to write a blog post is once again upon me, I have to be honest. I have been obsessed for the past month with Blue October, the mysterious malady that has infected all of Kansas City unlike anything in the last 30 years. The entire city, myself included, has been obsessed with…  [read the full post]

Being Thankful For Your Seat On A Very Late Flight

Occasionally, words of encouragement – or even rebuke – come from the oddest of places. Take, for instance, the time comedian Louis C.K. had plenty to teach us about the art of being thankful. Not normally a person we would hold up as an example, Louis shared a story a few years back with Conan…  [read the full post]

Who is This About, Anyway? Seeking God’s Kingdom as You Plan for College

I was working in the yard with our oldest son as we chatted, evaluating his first semester being away at college. As we discussed his initial experiences and his re-entry into family life over the Christmas break, a realization struck him just as sharply as the rays of sunlight shot through the bare tree branches.…  [read the full post]

Fighting The Entitled Mentality In Our Children

As we enter the final two months of the year, we find our children walking a tightrope between thankfulness and desire. The month of November often turns our focus to being thankful for what we have. Through opportunities to serve, shoe boxes to fill with items for those in less-fortunate cultures, and even a day…  [read the full post]