We have a large family. And I don't just mean us. Yes, two parents and four children is not exactly small, but when you count in grandparents, aunts, uncles, and nephews, it gets even bigger. The best bonus of a big family? Instant party! Jessie's 15th birthday snuck up on us over the weekend, so we were especially thankful to all our family who came and made it so special for her!

She gets more gorgeous every day. She is growing into an amazing woman. She dances 5 times a week, studies hard for straight A's, gets involved in every school activity imaginable, and still makes time for friends and family. She makes good choices. She is my...

Last night, Jessie had her annual strings Christmas concert. And she was amazing on the cello, as usual. But this post isn't about that. This post is about her ballet debut. Her strings teacher knows she is a competitive dancer, and asked if she wanted...

We got her the iPhone that she had requested. She opened it with delight, but she pretty much knew she was getting it. She was thankful, don't get me wrong. But we're her parents. Even the world's coolest gadget doesn't always mean as much as a...

Life is a competition. We're always trying to be better. Better than last time. Better than yesterday. Better than the next guy. I struggle with myself, always trying to improve and simply do the best that I can. Always. And it's a valiant struggle. But sometimes,...