Anna’s New Disco + Wok Cooker

Anna was gifted by John with a new culinary gadget. For those who know Anna, you are well acquainted with the very true fact that she cooks amazing food, and this only adds to her options!

Since the disco needed to be seasoned, she went ahead and did that Saturday, and then Sunday, for our family dinner, she made Smoky Chipotle Chicken. You might wonder how exactly a disco is better than cooking on the stove or some other method. I have to confess I asked that question myself, and the several answers are: it allows you to cook at very high heat (much hotter than a cooktop), you can easily cook for a large group of people, and it keeps the heat outdoors + other disco users insert your answer here.

If you’re interested, here’s the link to the King Kooker wok that we have from Amazon (Titus2’s affiliate link, so you can read our disclosure here).


Start out with oil.
Next add chicken.
Stir frequently.
Add onions.
Add seasoning.
Anna made up this sauce herself–it was an awesome, Mexican-sort of sauce.

Near the end, place tortillas to warm.

And then enjoy!

“And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee:
for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”
Psalm 9:10


Being Still

How many of us enjoy the concept of just being still? Waiting. Quietly.

Almost two weeks ago, a 30 pound kettlebell rolled out of a vehicle onto my foot and made its impression on my big toe. Yep. It’s true. The pain was super intense. Anyway, I took it easy for almost a week and then got back into my normal physical activity. That was a mistake as I completely set it back. Likely the toe was fractured or broken, and there’s not much that can be done except for scaling back on activity and being careful, allowing time for it to heal. I don’t prefer to reduce my activity, but guess what? Man plans, but the Lord determines our ways. The Lord was gently reminding me of two words today “Be Still.” Yes, Lord.

What is the Lord teaching you to be still on today? I’d love to hear in the comment section below ↓↓↓.


“Be still, and know that I am God…”
Psalm 46:10

Laughing, Fellowship, and Enjoying the Outdoors

We recently enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship out at Weston State Park. The weather was 100% perfect. I’m grateful for God’s faithfulness to our family! Have you pondered how vast God’s faithfulness is? He never changes–ever.


Anna and Benjamin

Dad took care of grilling our hotdogs to perfection!
Even Ellie came :).
Abby putting finishing touches on her picnic eggs.
John and Calia
Christopher’s kiddos!
Roasting marshmallows. A big thumbs up and thank you to you guys for doing the work for some of us!
100% adorableness!

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh
down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness,
neither shadow of turning.”
James 1:17

A Dad and Son Work Project

I have five brothers, two older and three younger. When Joseph, John, and Jesse were little guys, and Nathan and Christopher were in their teens, you would often see them working with Dad on projects in the evenings or on Saturday.

From redoing landscaping to finishing a basement to just the normal handy-dad project—my brothers were there and involved with whatever Dad was doing. As you all know, including younger ones requires extra effort. Okay, so that’s probably an understatement. A lot of extra effort. (If you’d like more information on including your boys in work projects, I highly recommend reading Preparing Sons. It comes in paperback, audiobook CDs, or MP3 download.)

Fast forward and that fruit of including boys in projects pays off. All five of my brothers have a broad skill set, and I believe that’s due to my dad investing in them!

Skip ahead even more years, and it’s a delight to see the three married brothers doing work projects with their little ones.

Take, for example, Nathan and Buddy on Saturday. Obviously Buddy isn’t really a help at this point, but working with his daddy will strengthen their bond and begin creating in Buddy that desire to be a diligent worker. Give Buddy another 10 years, and I promise he’ll be quite a handy little man!


Buddy credits Aunt Anna with teaching him how to get dressed. (Anna has helped out at their house before and after Benjamin’s birth.) In Buddy’s defense, it’s easy to get the front and back of clothing a little confused sometimes.

“For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands:
happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.”
Psalm 128:2