Category Archives: Family Adventures

Summer in El Salvador

I dare to say that it is not uncommon that a father could live their entire life without spending an extended time alone with their children. If your children have yet to reach 16 or if they are already grown and have families, I would encourage you to plan an extended time one on one to give them your blessing. I set out to give my blessing to Summer, but I was the one who was so richly blessed. Continue reading

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My Life Speaks – Neply Haiti

My wife, Julie, and I have a list of goals and adventures that we want to share with our children to expose them to sports, culture, history and life experiences.  One of these goals was to take them on a … Continue reading

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Ben’s Eagle Project

I am so proud of Ben and his efforts to achieve Eagle Scout.  Ben loves the outdoors and has really enjoyed his time as a scout.  Scouting has exposed him to so many skills and adventures.  Scouting has given him … Continue reading

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Big Sky Backpacking

One of the great privileges a father has is to give his blessing to his son or daughter. To memorialize the fact that your love for them is beyond circumstances or performance. To celebrate their practice of making good choices that follow the values that you have taught and modeled for them. Continue reading

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Congratulations to Drew Applegate for Completing the Galveston 70.3 Ironman

I have enjoyed training and participating in triathalons for many years and enjoy the challenge and the satisfaction in conquering something that seems too big to accomplish.  I believe endurance is developed by pushing on when everything tells you to … Continue reading

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Training Your Child to Make Good Choices

It has been said that we are all just 2 bad choices away from disaster. Think about it. You might receive forgiveness or be able to rebound from one bad choice, but two bad choices will almost seal your doom. Our job as a parent involves training our children to make good choices so that when they are not with us or when they are adults they will make good choices. Continue reading

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Camp Applegate – Dewberry Pickin

My daughter and I have been spotting the dewberries for several weeks in the fields behind our home and hoping that we would have a good crop for her May birthday. Continue reading

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Our Life Is Our Ministry – Considerations For Workplace Ministry

series to share some of my thoughts and experiences with the hope that it will encourage and inspire you to think about your Christian faith and God given talents permeates your church, family, vocational and recreational life. Continue reading

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This is my son in whom I am well pleased

I shared with Drew the characteristics of these men that I admired and allow each of these men to speak a word of affirmation and encouragement to Drew. I really had no formal agenda or ceremony, but allowed it to happen naturally over the 3 days we were together. Continue reading

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Big Tree + Rope = Fun For All Adventurers

If you are up for a little adventure, grab a rope, find a good tree and build some memories that your kids will share for a lifetime. Continue reading

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