Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9

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It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

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Nearly eight years ago I lost my first wife, Jeseca, to cancer. Why start with that? Well, because it was the most difficult situation I’ve ever faced, and it has shaped nearly every action I’ve taken in my life since. Something happens when you lose the person you love more than anyone in the world—it forcesContinue reading

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Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Just looking at this very-familiar-but-so-far-removed-from-the-present-life-I-have writing screen is strange. It’s been so long since I’ve had the chance, or even the interest to write again. And now……well, where do I begin? I made some changes to the site this week. To gain perspectiveContinue reading

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It’s been a long time since I’ve written, and I’ve missed it. I’ve made myself busy; I’ve spent time on other things and with other people. But now I want to come back here and begin a different journey. I want to explore what it is to be a man. A real man. I don’tContinue reading

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The boys are back again! Well, that’s not entirely true. Now they’re at their aunt April’s house camping out for the next few days, but at least they’re back in California. We’re just two weeks away from the second anniversary of Jeseca’s death and the beginning of the third official school year at The RockContinue reading

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Yeah, my boys have left town. They’re in Indiana right now and the house is so quiet…so different. I found these photos of a tour of the airport they recently took while I was working away. Aren’t they so cute? Hilarious that Christian hit Everen with Rabbit Ears! Love this one… And where in theContinue reading

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I heard Daughtry’s new album yesterday. I know it’s not out yet, but through Rhapsody I was able to listen to it a week before its release. I like Daughtry for some reason, and this album’s pretty good. One of the most touching songs is called Tennessee Line. It starts with, “I opened my lungsContinue reading

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Do you believe in symbolism when it comes to every day items and the significance we place on them as we go about life? I do, I guess. I’ve had a lemon tree in a pot on our porch ever since we moved. Technically, it was Jeseca’s lemon tree, but Christian said he wanted toContinue reading

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For the past several months, I’ve contemplated what to write about after writing about Jeseca for so long. I’ve written about hope, love, and an incredible God who has carried this family through a loss we honestly didn’t see coming. And now? Well, that’s why I like this commercial. I don’t know exactly what liesContinue reading

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