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When you read the stories of Jesus in the bible, you come across the most amazing deeds.

Extraordinary miracles.

Great kindness.

Brilliant teaching.

Authority over the elements.

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This weekend marks the seven year anniversary of this blog.

What started as a simple idea has become a mild obsession that now has over 1,800 posts.  From humble beginnings, this blog has now been read by well over 1.5 million people from all over the world and has had a far great impact and influence than I could possibly have imagined when I first started.

But I have an itch.

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happy-valentines-day-myOn Valentine’s Day 22 years ago, Karen and I shared our first kiss.

It was a fleeting, spontaneous moment that sparked an exciting adventure of love that has seen us live in 2 states, call 6 houses our home, own 3 dogs, have 3 terrific kids and start a business together.

We have laughed and cried together.

We have held hands and hurled angry words.

We have been filled with incredible love as we held our children for the first time and been gripped by terror as we wondered what to do next.

And as I look back, I wonder, what was my favourite Valentine’s Day?

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Well, here we are again, at the end of another year.

2016 was the biggest year yet for this humble little blog.  Traffic has continued to increase by about 10% and I have now reached 1.5 million views.

Thanks everyone for your support this year, I really appreciate all of you and trust that 2016 will be your best year yet.

I now have written over 1,700 posts on this blog and here are the 10 posts that have generated the most traffic in 2016: Read the rest of this entry »

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Merry Christmas from Hayden, Logan, Madison and Dusty the golden retriever

It’s that time of year again when we send and receive Christmas cards with updates from friends and family.  I have a few family members who write lovely letters with the details of their year and so here is the annual message from our family.

2016 has been a terrific year, with the kids growing up (and up and up) and lots of lovely memories to reflect on.

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my-love-for-you-isToday Karen and I celebrated our 20 year wedding anniversary.

It has been an amazing (and rarely boring) adventure together that has spanned multiple states, multiple careers and, of course, multiple kids.  Throughout it all, Karen has been my closest confidante, best friend and most loyal supporter as we attempt to stumble through life together.

I’m no great romantic, so I’ll leave it up to Rod Stewart to describe how I feel about my lifelong love.  These lyrics come from the song, “You’re in my heart” and I think of Karen every time it comes up on my iPod. Read the rest of this entry »

At-some-point-somewhereWiser people than me say it better.  This is an excerpt from President Obama’s recent speech to the Canadian Parliament:

“When refugees escape barrel bombs and torture, and migrants cross deserts and seas seeking a better life, we cannot simply look the other way.

We certainly can‘t label as possible terrorists vulnerable people who are fleeing terrorists.

We can insist that the process is orderly. We can insist that our security is preserved. Borders mean something.

But in moments like this, we are called upon to see ourselves in others, because we were all once strangers.

If you weren’t a stranger, your grandparents were strangers. Read the rest of this entry »

John 3v16Today, Christians around the world remember the day when Jesus was crucified.

Despite being without sin, He was found guilty in a mock trial and sentenced to death.

With a crown of thorns shoved onto His head, He carried His own cross up a hill and then was nailed to it.

Naked and between two thieves, Jesus died a horrible death.

Why would He do this?

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Thanks-for-your-supportWell, here we are again, at the end of another year.

2015 was the biggest year yet for this humble little blog.  Traffic increased by about 33% and I finally reached the million views milestone in September.

Thanks everyone for your support this year, I really appreciate all of you and trust that 2016 will be your best year yet.

I now have written over 1,500 posts on this blog and here are the 10 posts that have generated the most traffic in 2015: Read the rest of this entry »

Merry Christmas from Logan, Hayden and Madison

Merry Christmas from Logan, Hayden and Madison

I love the Christmas season and always enjoy receiving cards and letters at this time of the year with updates from friends and family regarding the year that’s just passed.  Of course, I’m too lazy and disorganised to send out letters to lots of people and I would probably forget someone important, so you get my family update through my blog.

2015 has been another very busy year in our household, with the kids growing quickly and lots of change, so here’s our own annual family update. Read the rest of this entry »

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