Life Center Tacoma Perspective, Part 1

In my previous post I laid out the foundation for this series of posts, which in short were the things that I saw during my time at Life Center that I believe played a role in bring the church to where it is today, in the midst of the Dean Curry scandals* and dismissal. I […]

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Life Center: It’s Time to be Honest

As parents, we always want to believe the best about our children, yet that often can lead us to distort the reality of their actions, much like the parents who provide an innocent-looking picture of their children from several years prior rather than the Facebook picture the child took last week with drugs, or with […]

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A Tale of Bureaucracy: King County Edition

Now that JoAnn’s van is finally fixed, thought I would detail the goings-on regarding this whole fiasco. It all started back in January. JoAnn, the littles, and Evanna were up at Seattle Children’s for appointments. After the appointments, they were in the process of leaving Seattle when a King County Metro bus hit her van […]

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Review: Tommy John

Sometimes unexpected collaborations and reviews are the best. It’s not so much that I’ve been slacking on the site to explain the fact that I haven’t done any reviews since early last year…it’s just that we’ve had quite the year. For those that haven’t been following our journey, check out our daughter’s site. Anyway, back […]

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Roqos Review: Protecting Your Home Network…

For many years, I’ve had other families ask about how they could protect their home networks and filter their internet traffic like we’ve done. The problem is the method we’d used wasn’t simple, wasn’t easy to set up, configure, or even use for the average home user. Oh, and it required a separate, dedicated computer […]

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Joy and Pain…

For the past couple of weeks since Evanna’s gotten home from Seattle Children’s I’ve been thinking of this topic (Pain vs Hope) and how to express it. Today this picture popped up on Instagram as I was scrolling through…and there it was. So often it seems that we think that if there’s pain, there’s not […]

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Quality of Life: A Little Rant

This video is of our baby girl Evanna. For those who aren’t yet following her story (her Facebook Community Page is here and her website will be up soon and linked here once published), she was born with spina bifida, hydrocephalus, chiari II malformation, and clubbed feet. Here in the United States, only 36% of […]

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Has the Culture Shifted That Much?

I was recently paid a compliment on social media about how we’re handling our little girl’s issues and how we parent. (For those that don’t know, you can follow her journey on Evanna’s Facebook Community Page). I understood the intent–it was a very nice and sincere compliment, but I kind of brushed it aside. To us, […]

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It’s Not About Us…

For months I’ve been somewhat unsettled with the praise we’ve received with Evanna and her care, and haven’t been at ease in accepting (or heck, sometimes even believing) the compliments we’re received. Because here are my more internal thoughts: It’s not, and hasn’t been, easy. We’ve shed our share of tears in fear, worry, frustration, […]

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Call the Midwife: Unexpectedly Amazing…

Wife had heard some good comments about the show Call the Midwife, so we started watching. We were hooked instantly. First, there’s the topic itself: midwifery. We’ve always been that family that uses midwives and planned for home births or non-hospital births (though all but one kiddo had other plans). But the show is very […]

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