Grateful for how it didn’t turn out

Disney Let the Magic Begin
Randy had no idea this was coming. It was cool to experience the delightful surprise vicariously through him.


Disney Keynote Speaker
i said, “Let’s get one with our back against the Castle wall.”


Disney Keynote Speaker
Two yutes having a great morning.


From the Idaho-Washington border (where i went to college), it was a six-hour drive across Washington State to get to Seattle. Then we began heading south to Los Angeles.

We drove down highway 101, the Pacific Coast Highway, most of the way, until it made sense to get on I-5. Our destination was my cousin’s relative’s house.

After spending a day or two there, we hit the road again for home (Pennsylvania).

In a thing called a phone booth, we called home on Christmas day from somewhere in the middle of nowhere Texas on I-10.

It’s kind of a miracle we made home safely, considering what we did in the car all those long hours of driving.

Grateful for how it didn’t turn out.


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Roots and wings

Ninth grade school trip at airport
Waiting to check his bag with some other classmates.


HS Freshman school trip
So much possibility when you are 15.


Roots and wings.

Four days and three nights in Washington, DC.

Airport check-in with teachers at 6:30am yesterday. Wheels up 8:30am.

He’s got a box (with four sides) to work within:

  1. Honesty
  2. Behave admirably
  3. Personal responsibility
  4. Self-control

Have the time of your life and stay in your box.





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It depends on one thing

Trip insurance screen shot
Photo of trip insurance purchased yesterday.


In the blue line above is the cost of trip insurance for the flights i booked yesterday. Wouldn’t it be nice if every trip came with trip insurance?

Insurance for what?

  1. A refund?
  2. A great experience?

Paid insurance handles the first. Our faith handles the second.

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Semper Gumby

We make big, exciting plans and then the unpredictable happens. What then? Our 14 year old runs a fever and isn’t up for walking around a hot theme park all day.

We abandon the happiest place on Earth and opt for plan b. Laguna Beach here we come.

Make the best of whatever comes our way.

Change what we can and let go of what we can’t.


Laguna Beach


Laguna Beach


Laguna Beach


We saw some things that were refreshingly beautiful.

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Pack light and carry a big heart

Minnie Mouse suitcase


Pack light and carry a big heart. One small backpack for all essentials for the five day, four night trip to Disneyland. A second empty, smaller backpack for carrying any souvenirs home.

And one giant heart too big to fit in any suitcase or backpack, yet sized right to carry everywhere, anytime.

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