Hi everybody! As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I haven’t posted anything in a while. With all the craziness of getting ready to go to Virginia, finishing college applications and trying to get homework done, I haven’t really had time to get together any posts. And most likely, I won’t until school starts back up. Sorry. But in the meantime, I do have some awesome news! My brother proposed to his girlfriend and she said yes!!! I’m so excited for them and can’t wait for their wedding.

Okay, so that’s it for now. You probably won’t see me back on here for a week.

Happy New Year! May 2014 be everything you hope for and more.


Merry Christmas

It’s finally here. The day we have waited for all year. But even as you rip into your presentsĀ and gorge yourself on sweets, keep in mind the people who can’t be with their families. Maybe they are serving overseas or passed away or simply couldn’t afford to travel home. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers. And remember, you may not get everything you want but you certainly have more than someone.

Merry Christmas!

December 25

Who Is Santa?

Who is Santa? Every kid asks that question at some point. They want to know if a obese, jolly man in red really climbs down their chimney every December 24th night. I think this parent answered that question perfectly.

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This mentality has been forgotten to most people. Santa has been turned into a commercial gimmick with no deeper meaning. But in all actuality, that man is a symbol for one of the most important ideas of life. The concept of believing in something that you can neither see nor touch is hard for a lot of people. They don’t believe in religion because they don’t have any physical proof. But at some point in their life, they believed in a man who could slip down the chimney while still being way overweight. It wasn’t logical but it didn’t matter. They had faith in Santa and Santa returned the favor with presents. That’s where the problems lies. They expect to be rewarded quickly for their faith and expectation. Religions usually don’t just hand you presents, saying, “Here you go. Thanks for being faithful.” Religious gifts come in a bit different wrapping. They come in a surprise visit from a loved one. A delay day on the morning of a huge test you aren’t ready for. All of the bad things that could have happened but didn’t.

So this new year, I challenge you to look for those secret gifts and to cherish them as much as you do the physical gifts you get this Christmas. How will it change your outlook on life?