The Umbrella: An Anniversary Story

In the corner of our bedroom sits a large black umbrella.  Though now over twenty years old, it has never been used…and most assuredly will never be.  In fact, it’s only been held once: on a clear and sunny Texas summer afternoon.  Sadly, this umbrella will never serve the purpose for which it was manufactured. … [Read more…]

Full of Hot Air

I’m sure you can’t imagine a more fun way to kick-start your Saturday morning than with a pop quiz, so here we go. Does this title refer to: A) Me. B) Matt. C) The great “Mexican Plume”, a.k.a. “The Cap”, a.k.a. the meteorological phenomenon that Texans experience when a thin layer of hot air off … [Read more…]

Happy Together

Today, we celebrate our 18th anniversary.  That’s an entire childhood’s worth of marital bliss.  If our marriage was a child, it would now be graduating from high school and preparing to enter college.  It could vote.  It could hold a driver’s license.  In some states, our marriage could legally drink, and in a perplexing train … [Read more…]

Ka-BOOM! (A Third of July Story)

Once upon a time, there were two families that were really good friends.  They did lots of things together.  But one of their favorite things to do was to go watch the fireworks on the Fourth of July. Except that the fireworks weren’t on the Fourth of July.  They were on the third of July.  … [Read more…]

“Think Pink” Week: Day 2

Welcome to Gallerie’ d’Crisana, the world’s only collection of art created by yet-to-be-famous Fairview artist Crisana Speer! We begin your tour with a welcome sign and a friendly reminder: Just in case you can’t read the fine print, it says: Do not toch exept for: family, relitivs, and Raegan, if she ever sees me again  … [Read more…]

Feeling Blue

There’s an old proverb I once heard that fits our situation perfectly: “When the cat’s away, the mice will play.” Okay, so it only works if by “cat” you mean “boys” and by “mice” you mean “girls”, and if by “will play” you mean “go on a road trip to look at bluebonnets.”  Ah, the … [Read more…]

Doing a New Thing

But now, God’s Message, the God who made you in the first place, Jacob, the One who got you started, Israel: “Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When … [Read more…]