EVERYDAY ADVENTURES: TAKING THE CAKE

I once got fired for making a birthday cake. Actually, it wasn’t just one cake, but a handful of cakes that did me in. It may have been the seven layer number that finally pushed it over the edge, but I think it really started with the first one, the princess cake. See, my daughterContinue reading “EVERYDAY ADVENTURES: TAKING THE CAKE”

EVERYDAY ADVENTURES: YOUNG LOVE

The best part of any wedding is watching the ring bearer and flower girl. These kids have the potential to take an event that requires months of planning, and the investment of thousands of dollars, and turn it into sheer chaos.  No matter how well-behaved a child is under normal circumstances, all bets are offContinue reading “EVERYDAY ADVENTURES: YOUNG LOVE”

EVERYDAY ADVENTURES: THE RETURN GUY

In my house, I’m the return guy. My wife loves to shop, but she hates returning things. Oh sure, she can handle online returns. Just slap a label on it and drop it in the mail. Easy peasy. But in-person returns? In the store? With real, live people? That’s another matter entirely. I can’t sayContinue reading “EVERYDAY ADVENTURES: THE RETURN GUY”

EVERYDAY ADVENTURES: DIY Nativity

Our church’s children’s ministry needed a manger for baby Jesus for an upcoming Bible story.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have much money to spend on it.  We looked online, hoping we could find a deal, but mangers are pricey these days, so I volunteered to throw one together.  My version might not be awesome, but atContinue reading “EVERYDAY ADVENTURES: DIY Nativity”

EVERYDAY ADVENTURES: Fall Break Breakdown

My family and I couldn’t wait for Monday morning. It was my kids’ fall break, and I had taken the week off so we could all hang out together for an autumn staycation. Who needs a fancy beach trip or a week at Disney to have fun? Not us! Our minivan was a party onContinue reading “EVERYDAY ADVENTURES: Fall Break Breakdown”

Everyday Adventures: Facing the Mountain

I never planned to be a lifeguard in the Smokies, but that’s just how it worked out. My wife’s family used to own some old cabins on a river near the Great Smoky Mountains national park. One of the most entertaining parts of vacationing there was watching tubers go down the rapids just upstream.  There wasContinue reading “Everyday Adventures: Facing the Mountain”

Everyday Adventures: Who Needs the Beach?

Several years ago I had the chance to attend a work conference in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Rough, I know, but it was not my idea. I got recruited into going. However, once I was invited on the trip, I kept thinking about one thing: how soon I could get to the beach.  After all,Continue reading “Everyday Adventures: Who Needs the Beach?”

Everyday Adventures: Hole in None

I once fell down trying to hit a golf ball. I’m not proud of it, but it happened. I needed P.E. credits in college and figured golf was an easy way to get them.  I was wrong.  Sure, my golf teacher wouldn’t have me out doing push ups and running laps, but the mental anguish ofContinue reading “Everyday Adventures: Hole in None”

Health Heroes: Saint Meinrad Archabbey Infirmary Staff

The spirit of the Saint Meinrad Archabbey infirmary is one of calm and comfort. Like many other health-care facilities, it is filled with dedicated people and caring hearts. Many days are long and tiring, but the compassion is inspiring. Ann Phillips, director of health services, who manages the health clinic, wellness department and the infirmary,Continue reading “Health Heroes: Saint Meinrad Archabbey Infirmary Staff”

Everyday Adventures: A Winter Escape

I feel sorry for my wife because she usually has crummy birthday weather. As a midwest February baby, she’s lucky if it breaks sixty degrees. It’s often freezing, rainy or worse. One year she even got to celebrate with eight inches of snow on the ground. By the time my April birthday rolls around, however, theContinue reading “Everyday Adventures: A Winter Escape”